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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 2.94/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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In 1815, Jefferson writes in a letter to Joseph Coppinger (himself a brewer): “I am lately become a brewer for family use, having had the benefit of instruction to one of my people by an English brewer of the first order.”

Large-scale brewing began with the appearance of a British brewer detained in Albemarle County during the War of 1812. Captain Joseph Miller improved upon the quality and quantity of Monticello beer, introducing ale, stronger beer suited to storage. While at Monticello, Joseph Miller trained the enslaved Peter Hemings in the arts of malting and brewing. Hemings – a brother of Sally – carried on the brewing operations, making 100 gallons of ale every spring and fall.

Jefferson wrote in 1821 that he had “no receipt for brewing,” doubting “if the operations of malting and brewing could be successfully performed from a receipt.” Using ingredients grown on the Monticello plantation, Jefferson’s brews varied based on the grains that were available at any given time, including barley, and larger quantities of corn and wheat. At Monticello, about three-quarters of a pound of hops were used for every bushel of malt.


2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DocLock (7824) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2012
Draft at Green Leafe Newtown. Poured flat hazy gold with minimal head. Nose was over-fermented fruit, bitter hops. I thought something may have been off with the tap here. The flavor was rather dull, mildly wheaty and hoppy, with some off flavors late.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jhliesen (719) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2012
750 mL Bottle-- I really, really wanted to like this beer, but no, it didn’t happen. Poured with a nice head and hazy, golden hues. The first thing that hit me was the aroma, one of over ripe almost rotten fruit. Fruit taste cover what little wheat I noticed. The fruit was super sweet apple and an odd buttery taste, as noted by other reviewers. Buttery and disapointing finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kassner (1349) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2012
I really liked this wheat beer. Great mouth feel , a little sweet, and i would have sworn it was cask aged. definite whiskey notes and buttery pleasant taste. Had it in williamsburg garden restaurant so not sure if bottle or tap.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (3752) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 1, 2012
Honey and cornbread, slightly buttery, with white sage accents. Cloudy amber, medium head. Buttered corn pone flavor. White sage is present but less prominent on the palate. Thin mouthfeel. The butteriness could be an infection, but it isn’t unpleasant. In fact, it works well with the other flavors and aromas.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braudog (5624) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2012
Draft at Taphouse. Quite a light-colored beer for an antique recipe -- clear and golden with a thin white head. The aroma is malty, but the initial taste here has a unique different edge ... it initially comes off with almost an orange essence. This drinks with a clean, smooth, malty character, unoffending, and unique enough to make it fun. Interesting. (#4529, 3/21/2012)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (4544) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2012
750ml bottle, split three ways. Poured a slightly hazy light golden yellow color with a small one finger white head. Aroma was sweet fruits, sugar, lemon, caramel. Flavor was sweet malts, sugar notes, fruits (apples in particular), touch of lemons. Not really worth the ~$11 I spent, but I did enjoy it more than the others who have rated it.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jcr (2198) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Bottle. Golden body with a fizzy white head, rapidly diminishing. Aroma of toasted grain, citrus and butter. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes the same. Medium body, watery texture and moderate carbonation. Strong buttery taste that overpowers the other flavors — caramel, lemon, earthiness, sugar. Combine that with the moderate carbonation and it not only tastes like butter, it approaches the mouthfeel of it. Interesting to try considering the history of the recipe. Thanks, Mike.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Butters (3745) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 6, 2011
Sampled at the shockoe beer festival. Hazy light yellow pour with ample offwhite head. Lightly lemon but not citrusy. Some grainy yeasty bite. I thought this was pretty interesting in concept, and certainly a drinkable brew, but overall, not that impressed.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jimhilt (2397) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 23, 2011
Pours a five+ finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color. Good carbonation and light-medium bodied. Light lemon wheat nose and flavor is tart lemon and wheat with a dry tart finish. Not worth $12.95 for a 750ml bottle from Monticello Gift Shop Charlottesville, VA.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hershiser2 (1208) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2011
$7.99 for a bomber at Kroger. Pours slightly hazy golden with a two-inch white head. Smells of wheat, light fruit, and possibly honey. Tastes of grasses, honey, pepper, and corn. I expected much more. Bland.


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