blipp (7084) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours gold with a white head. Light citric hops, pale malts, and a light sweetness. One of the better gluten free beers Iíve tried.
RobertDale (4346) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - OCT 20, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber with a decent white head. Aroma of citrus and malt. Taste is citrus, pine, malt, caramel, and grain. Interesting for sure, but very drinkable.
steview (1036) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 8, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
This is not hop-forward. If anything positive, I like the appearance: fair lacing, moderate head, and a nice translucent hue with random globules. I want to like it because it seems that it ought to be good. The texture is a bit oily. The hops are old. Itís like a mediocre honey ale, which is weird because I did get a note of burnt coffee so I donít know what the hell is honestly going on here.
gsmitty80 (2028) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2012
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
My first experience with a gluten free beer and it wasnít terrible but you can tell that something is off in the flavor. Interesting orange color and a good white head. Aroma is of hops and was strong but just not quite there in the taste as to be expected, i guess.
FishBizkit (234) - 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 (6749) - 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 (1982) - 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 (4814) - 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 (3858) - 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 (796) - 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).