GenDV138 (3535) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Can at the DC Local Gathering on 8/1/2015. Hazy yellow with off-white head. Aromas of citrus, corn, herbs. Tastes of malt, herbs, light corn, citrus. Medium-light body with a dry finish.
nimbleprop (6063) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 2, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
16oz can pours a murky, faint yellow with some cloudy, white head. Nose has mild grist, honey, perfume. Flavor follows with orange, perfume, honey. Sweet finish.
Iphonephan (4625) - McLean, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2015
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
From a 16 oz can shared at the RB DC tasting Aug 1, 2015. Pours a hazy light gold with an off white head. very light citrus nose. Tein wheat bread flavor.
radagast83 (5813) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2015
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
16oz can. Poured a hazy dark orange color with a small white head. Aroma was light herbal notes, almost like spiced tea or some kind of winter grog. Funky notes, light citrus peel, meh.
Travlr (16422) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 1, 2015
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Can. Cloudy golden yellow color. Aroma of herbal hay. Taste is light straw. Easy drinking.
solidfunk (5472) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 1, 2015
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Paper and straw and not much else. Pours hazy golden. Light bitter finish. Not really like a Belgian wit. Tall can.
boto (1963) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAY 28, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught: This one poured a cloudy straw yellow color. There was a small white head on it. It has a lighter aroma. Wheat, citrus and some spice. The taste is decent. Wheat, citrus and some spice. A little light.
Chad9976 (1441) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Witbier is one of my favorite styles for the summer because it has genuine character and complements a light body pretty well. Most breweries tend to make these bigger than they need to be, so it’s nice to see Grey Sail Hazy Day which is a featherweight at only 4% ABV. While not the most robust or complex beer in the world, it works as a sessionable witbier.
I poured a 12oz can into a short lager glass. There was no freshness date and it cost $1.69 ($0.14 per ounce).
Appearance: Pale whitish/yellow hue; cloudy body with no carbonation visible. Pours to a small, bright white, soapy head which mostly evaporates but does leave minor lacing.
Smell: The standard witbier ingredients of orangepeel and coriander, though a little less aromatic than most.
Taste: Brewers don’t tend to experiment with the witbier style. So basically if I described the palette to this beer it would sound more or less the same as the majority of other witbiers I’ve reviewed over the years. So yes, it is a light body with a mild wheat character at the base but a pretty decent amount of orangepeel and coriander flavors that emerge at the end. It’s a tasty combination to be sure, but a bit more mild than I’d like. Otherwise, it’s pretty much to spec; no frills but no surprises or off-flavors, either.
Drinkability: At only 4% ABV I don’t think anyone is going to argue whether or not Grey Sail Hazy Day qualifies as a session beer in the technical sense. I think most would agree it is one in the hedonistic sense, though. The mouthfeel is – not surprisingly – very light. At times it does come across a bit watery and noticeably thin. I will say that it never feels flat. Refreshing while in the mouth with a pretty clean aftertaste. I could definitely see most beer drinkers having no problem sucking down multiple cans of this in the summer.
BVery (8064) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can from Nikki’s Liquors. Very clear yellow pour with a small white head. Aroma is wheat, yeast, hint of spice and citrus. Not bad. Taste / palate are a touch muted, but still some flavor here. Okay.
mikedR (1562) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - AUG 10, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very enjoyable. Not complex but this works. Nice wit base. Orange infusion readily identifiable. Great summer brew.
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