Alengrin (4604) - BELGIUM - OCT 16, 2016
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
French witbier with moussy, creamily lacing, egg-white head with medium retention and hazy pale straw blonde colour with notable greenish hue; the equal haze is perturbed by strings of vivid fizz here and there. Aroma of industrial - not sharp - lemon juice or even lemon-scented air freshener, soap, starfruit, bread dough, lime cake, fresh sorrel, faint banana, unripe gooseberries, clear coriander, Conférence pear, sourish grains. Fruity, crisp onset, somewhat ’clean’ but still with vivid impressions of starfruit, unripe pear and some gooseberry, softly sourish with a sweetish touch, quite spritzy carbonation well fit for the style but calming down quickly, soft and rounded, smooth but somewhat thinnish mouthfeel. The sourishness, combining a dim, basic soapy sourishness of wheat with a sharper, more pronounced lime-like acidity, makes for a very refreshing mouthfeel, with a lot of retronasal soft lime juice or sweetened, almost hand soap-like lemon aroma; the soapiness is further accentuated by the coriander, as is to be expected from the style. Goes down as soapy as it began, with this soft ’industrial’ lemony touch dominating the finish and, frankly, becoming a bit tiresome in the end. Not bad per se, lacks a bit in malty breadiness perhaps, but it has an outspoken lime-like quality which, though feeling a bit ’fake’, lends it a fresh character which is easy to appreciate. Simple and straightforward for sure, but different from the old Hoegaarden standard. However: it says a lot that the brewer himself recommends throwing a slice of lemon in it - something a Belgian witbier brewer would never do - and that this style, which has become a bit outdated in its country of origin, still remains fairly popular in France. It is cristal clear to me that France still has a long way to go in order to produce really interesting beers; there is a lot of hobby brewing going on throughout the country but they seem to be stuck in Belgian clichés rather than trying to experiment and find something new. Of course, copying 20th century Belgian ale standards is exactly how the beer revolution in e.g. Italy or the Netherlands started - but that was in the eighties and nineties... Let us hope that French brewers are willing to draw from the rich wine culture of their country and find ways to incorporate that know-how into their beers, like the Italians have done - then France may one day become a truly interesting beer country.
Heidbummer (269) - SCOTLAND - SEP 4, 2016
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Beer of the day at Brasserie Zedel apparently. Pours hazy yellow, thin head. Faint aroma of slightly artificial bananas. It doesn’t taste of a great deal, amd hasn’t any depth, but it’s fresh and went ok with what I was eating. Ok, but lightweight and anonymous.
60minuteman (1358) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2016
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2016 Cloudy yellow. Wheat, citrus, yeast and zest. Short palate. Ok, next one please.
fbeerlover76 (2) - - FEB 3, 2016 does not count
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice beer with light citrus notes. Very refreshing, quite different from the Belgian style wheat beers but I really enjoyed it. More a summer beer in my opinion.
BuckeyeBoy (6154) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 17, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle pours out a hazy straw topped with a white head. Nose is citrus bread malts and a touch of spice. Taste is more of the spice citrus and wheat taste.
Calisky (2500) - ALSACE, FRANCE - MAY 12, 2015
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Couleur jaune trouble, légère mousse blanche. Nez malté, légères levures et note citron. Gout malté et levures, légère agrume citron. Corps léger fin rapide.
erickok (5462) - Leuven, BELGIUM - MAY 4, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very yellow body and bubbly head. Simple wheat citrus malts and a clean yeast, bit really like Belgian wit actually. Simple taste, starting okay and fresh but very boring and watery if you drink a bottle. (25cl bottle from Saveur Bière)
kappldav123 (5933) - GERMANY - SEP 1, 2014
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thanks to quack-duck for that one! Bottle looks very simple. Beer in the glass very zippy, huge head. Starts mild, malty, light sourish, fruity like lemon, salty hints. Finish dry malty, light bitter. Okay.
Idiosynkrasie (6544) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUN 29, 2014
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
250ml bottle. Hazy, yellow-ish, pale golden colour with small to average, frothy to creamy, diminishing, white head. Slightly artificial lemon aroma, ascorbic acid, cautious hints of wheat malt. Taste is more lemonade than beer, artificial hints of lemon, slightly sugary, cautious herbal-spicy overtones in the finish. Effrontery.
Beerhunter111 (17303) - P´Castle, GERMANY - MAR 3, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein trübes goldgelbes Bier mit ordentlichem Schaum. Geruch leicht hefig, leicht fruchtig, Gewürze. Geschmack hefig würzig, leicht fruchtig.