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Salopian Puzzle

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Brewed by Salopian
Style: Wheat Ale
Shrewsbury, England
Serve in Shaker, Weizen

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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.35/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Occasional - most recently as a monthly special for June 2013. Has also been available bottle conditioned.
A clear crisp wheat beer with a floral, citrus and spicy aroma and a long dry finish.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8672) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2013
Cask conditioned handpump Far From The Madding Crowd Oxford 29/06/13. A golden beer with barely any head. An odd one this. No Belgian wit notes for me. Instead I got citrussy hoppiness, marmalade notes and a good malt balance. I got quite a large amount of ginger although I’m prepared to accept that there are probably other spices (coriander) in there rather than ginger. What I did get was a tasty enjoyable beer where the spices were in good balance, As usual with Salopian an enjoyable experience.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RichTheVillan (2772) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2013
Cask at North Birmingham Beer Festival; light amber pour with white head, doesn’t look like a wit has a slightly spicy aroma, a bit of spice in the taste a bit biscuity.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DanielBrown (3789) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2010
Hand pulled at the Black Bear, Gornal. Golden, with lychee aroma. Fruity, chinese spice flavour. Hops, fruit cordial, then light weetabix finish. Didn’t really have this pegged as a Wit. Nice enough.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2006
Cask Stillage at the Town Hall, Stockport 30/05/2002 Golden coloured and slightly sweet on the palate. Hints of ginger spice. Lively wheat flavour finish.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29226) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2005
[Cask at GBBF 2004] A light orange beer with a small bubbly and disappearing head. The aroma is sweet and slightly floral. The flavor is sweet with notes of ginger and a dry finish. A nice and very refreshing beer.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - APR 26, 2005
[Cask conditioned] Pale golden coloured. Fantastic big aroma. Very spicy, flowery and herbal. Sweet, spicy, herbal and fruity flavour. Really tasty and refreshing. Definately my favourite wheat beer so far.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7347) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2004
After a run of rather dull bitters, this was just what I needed to liven my palate up a bit. Slightly hazy gold colour. Fruit esters, orange peel and spice in the aroma. Citrus, ginger and wheat in the flavour. Peppery finish. There’s a lot going on here, and it’s quite a nice beer - I can see the parallels with a Belgian wit - but, if anything, it’s a little unfocussed and the mouthfeel is a little soft. But these are minor gripes - overall, it’s a good, interesting, beer. Cask (handpump), GBBF 2004.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2004
Cask@GBBF04’. Slightly honeyed sweetness, orange and citrus flavours also present. Texture is syruppy, and theres an odd cosmetic flavour which lingers around. I think i have also written here ’ginger’, which i don’t remember, but i see that JonMoore also mentions it in his review, so i’ll go with it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
JonMoore (1851) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2004
Bottle. Yellow colour and clear. Floral aroma . Taste is complex but includes citrus, coriander, ginger, plus floral and perfume elements. Bottle was two years past best before, but still a nice wheat beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dok (1) - ENGLAND - APR 17, 2004 does not count
I lifted a glass of Puzzle to my lips and was astonished to discover that it smelled of Earl Grey tea. I was even more astonished to discover that it also tastes of Earl Grey tea. Strong floral overtones, probably from bergamot. One of the most unusual beers I've ever tasted, but a very fine one. (Cask at Coventry Beef Festival 2004)


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