FishBizkit (228) - Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fantastic beer. Pours great, nice citrus hop nose. Palate is medium, nice bitter balance with a bit of toasted grain. Surprise! No grains... Great beer that happens to be gluten free. Widmer never ceases to impress.
Ernest (5879) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 28, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium amber.
Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain, cereal, caramel, malt syrup), moderately hoppy (grapefruit, apricot, resin), with a light note of dried mango.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, slightly husky.
Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation.
How bizarre. From a brewery that can hardly make a good "normal" beer to save their lives comes two of the better GF beers on the market. But wait...are they really GF? Their website says these are made from typical brewing grains but the gluten is removed during the brewing process...but that they canít verify theyíre really GF..."product may contain gluten". All righty then. So that explains why these are so much better than true GF beers made from sorghum and so on. Sneaky fuckers.
poisoneddwarf (1479) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - SEP 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2012 12 oz bottle. I picked this up today because it seemed interesting. I had no idea what it was. The Widmer logo is on it, but itís faded and hard to see on the label. Itís like the brewers were purposely trying to distance this from their normal lineup. The slogan on the label "It isnít just what we took out, itís what we left in" intrigued me. I figured it was either gluten-free, alcohol-free, or something else entirely. It certainly doesnít say what it is on the label. Once I got to researching it, I realized it was indeed gluten-free. Anyway, aroma consists of piney hops and bready malt and doesnít smell rancid like most gluten-free beers. That being said, itís not particularly memorable for your average APA. It pours hazy orange with a medium collapsing off-white head that leaves some lace. Taste is remarkably good for a gluten-free beer, but itís completely average for an American Pale Ale. It starts out lightly sweet and finishes with a little bitterness. Carbonation is minute and the body is medium to thin. Itís very smooth and drinkable. The best thing about this beer is that it will be the first thing I reach for if I ever develop an allergy to gluten.
jkwood04 (2912) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 19, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle in a shaker. Pours amber with lacy, off-white head. Aroma of light malts and a good amount of hops. The malts sort of taste like cardboard, but otherwise itís a good beer for the style. Average texture.
Nuffield (3536) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured by the Widmer founder himself...and you could tell just how proud he was of this. Interesting labeling problems. Now, as for the beer, if youíve had sorghum beers before, you know how much of an accomplishment it is to have something that is in the ballpark of a good APA, yet not have any gluten. A bit on the light side of the hopping spectrum, but still colorful. (bottle at the Ale Jail backyard beer festival, 2012)
J_man (619) - Tustin, California, USA - SEP 11, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Roasted malt and faint earthy hop aromas from a clear light amber body with a small off-white head. The roasted malt follows right into the taste along with a little caramel sweetness. The hops here are earthy and piney to an extent, but kind of muddled. Thereís a bit of a soy sauce/metallic aftertaste, but itís not heavy. Overall, not bad but it would be much better with crisper and distinct hop flavors. Like the Omission Lager (which I just reviewed), this is an excellent gluten-free beer that actually tastes like real beer (unlike the sorghum-based variety).
douglas88 (5115) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 9, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle from the Utah State Store. Pours a clear copper color with a small white head. A sweet lemony nose. The flavor is decent: like the lager, this is a smooth light bitter flavor, certainly some cascade, a bit of honey. Very drinkable, a darn good gluten free.
boxofrane (1695) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2012
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Pours copper with a finger of white head that quickly dissipates leaving a small film. The aroma is nice with citrus, floral notes,and a big grapefruit dominance. Taste doesnít match the flavor. There is a little bit of a hop bite on the finish but the majority of this brew is on the bland side.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle poured into glass. Omission just canít seem to sell me on any beers they make. This one is like a hoppy amber but with less flavor and character. Very bland and flavorless.
brokensail (9108) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 4, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a clear orange color with a finger of white head. Nose starts off with some bread and paper notes followed by a decent enough hop aroma. Some oranges and citrus peel followed by a touch of floral hops and grass. The flavor is a bit on the bland/watery side. Some paper and cardboard, bread, cracker, and orange peel is pretty much as far as we get in terms of actual flavors. Very light bitterness.