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Moonlight Sour Mash Wheat

Moonlight Sour Mash Wheat
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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.71/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
Wheat ale with a sour mash.

cloudskipper's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cloudskipper (17) - Kaneohe, Hawaii, USA - AUG 8, 2010
On tap @ Beer Revolution. Pours a hazy golden color with an inch thick head. Aroma of lemongrass and wheat dominate. Big lemon notes on the sip, nice wheat character as well. Fades fairly quickly from the palate. Great summer beer. Hope more places get kegs of this - really loving the Moonlight concept of using a sour mash on their beers. More please!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (16055) - Dublin, California, USA - APR 2, 2012
Slightly cloudy golden orange color with a white head. Tart lemony/lactic aroma to it with a slight funkiness. Grass and wheat aromas are prominent and there is a light sweetness of bread. Pretty simple aroma. The flavor has a touch of metal up front, but otherwise a nice tartness to go with the wheat and soft malt characteristics. A little bit of grass, maybe some yeast flavor, too. A nice lemon zest flavor all the way through.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (21441) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2012
Draft. Cloudy yellow color, thickbtan head. Aroma of softly sour lemon. Taste is bitter lemon. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beershine (5221) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Draft @ Flavor. Is nicely hazed with very thick lasting head. Looks great. Aroma is interesting, has a lot of unusual character with quite a bit of lumberyard and then a lively body that is impressively thick. And yet in spite of that thickness in the mouthfeel the beer is so lovely, light and refreshing. This is a style that should be made more but I bet is really difficult to execute, to get the flavors and the body just right. Wow itís so refreshing! Itís as refreshing as a Berliner weiss but is so different from it at the same time (more malt backbone and body, for two). Also the aroma has grass from a cow pasture and the flavors have a lively upfront acidity yielding to complex pale malts with all their purely sprouted goodness and so it tastes very healthy like sourdough health bread. Gets better with each sip

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
joet (2538) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 4, 2011
Light golden, clear and with a white frothy head. Served cold and with little head space but there were some appreciable sour cereal flavors that blew off quickly. Very citric, lemony aromas. Medium to maybe a skosh heavier in body. Some light floral noble bitterness. Iíd like to see this lighter in body, lower in alcohol and with greater effervescence to become more clearly, a drinkable summer sour. This is a great invitation to this kind of refreshing beverage and a solid experimental step in what I think can be a rich vein for exploration.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mortenag (1) - NORWAY - OCT 7, 2011 does not count
Very interesting beer. I liked it when I had it, but didnít think it was phenomenal. However, now I realize it was. The sour taste was distinct and quite extraordinary, I now crave it! Unfortunately there is no getting it in Norway as far as I know.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 26, 2011
A - Served a cloudy golden-yellow color with a thin layer of spotty white frothy head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind barely any lacing. S - Aroma is full of sour smells, with some wheat, tart lemon, lots of funk, hay, and a bit of lager yeast. T - Starts off with sour wheat, tart lemon zest, and some acidic flavors. Through the middle some hay, funkiness, farmhouse flavors, and some lager yeast. The finish is full of sour and tart flavors with more lemon and wheat and funky elements that linger. M - Medium-light bodied with mild carbonation. Smooth with a fairly sharp sourness and pucking tartness. D - Very drinkable. The first sip is quite sharp, but once you know what to expect it is very enjoyable. I like the combination of funkiness and sour flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - OCT 28, 2010
On tap @ Toronado. Hazy straw color with a thin even white head. Lightly sour grain aroma. Taste like a mildly tart berliner. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (4165) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 15, 2010
On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Pours a slightly hazed yellow color, and a small white head sits on top. Pretty nice lacing. The aroma is great, with wheat and citrus, lots of lemon. Some tartness is evident. Some mild lemony tartness on the flavor as well, along with wheat and pale malt. Rather grainy with some grassy hop notes. The aftertaste has something a little strange about it, something like wet dog. Still really good though. Refreshing and crisp on the palate, very nicely light-bodied and drinkable. Another winner from Moonlight.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 28, 2010
Cloudy dark yellow with a foamy white head. Mildly sour fruity and grain aroma. Crisp tart taste with a nice fruity presence a sparkling palate and a good grainy finish. Yum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 18, 2010
Draft @ Flavor. Pours a very hazy, dulled-straw color with whitish edges; significant, fine-bubbled, mousse-like off-white head that lasts, with solid lacing; really nice pour on this, though the color obviously isnít as vibrant as one might like; dulled. A very modest tartness, if any, present in the aroma; thereís some bright citrus, or at least suggestions; both of these hint at a solid acidity forthcoming; the basic element here is a toasty, aromatic wheat character thatís just lightly touched and edged by these other elements; toasty, fresh wheat. (Iím glad someone listed this as a wheat ale; well chosen!) Medium-light body; lively carbonation; a light creaminess and toastiness present, with some coarseness from the wheat (a husky character) there as well; nothing sloppy here: bright, moderate, lemon-tinged acidity; a mild, citric tartness, possibly some lacto?; the creamy, vibrant wheat character in the nose and mouth are what drive this beer, not the tartness. Very nicely done. Medium finish, with some zesty citrus and minerals calming down to a lasting, toasty end.

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