bellco33 (699) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - JUL 3, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Bidwell: Pours hazy straw with a one finger white head. Aroma of coriander, corn, slight banana. Taste is more of the same but can’t get too far past the corn water aspects of it. Nice idea, meeh execution.
GenDV138 (6091) - 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 (7515) - 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 (6245) - McLean/Jackson Hole, 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 (7388) - Alexandria, 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 (21633) - Charlotte, North Carolina, 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 (7695) - 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 (2103) - 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.
ChadPolenz (1699) - Lakeland, Florida, 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 (9662) - 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.