White Labs Reviews


DuffMan
White Labs Barleywine (WLP 007) 3.6
On tap @ the brewery. Nearly identical to the 001. Sweet toffee, sweeter than the 001, and with a subtly different fruit ester. Both were decent.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

DuffMan
White Labs Barleywine (WLP 001) 3.6
On tap @ the brewery. Medium copper amber, gold tinted head. Sweet toffee with fruity undertones, moderate bitterness. Nice.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

DuffMan
White Labs Frankenstout (F96) 3.3
On tap @ the brewery. dark brown, low tan head. Aroma is roasty, spicy, with underlying dark fruits. Roasty backbone, lots of estery dark fruit notes, some spicy phenols in here (light clove), vegetal hints (tomato especially). Certainly unique and strange! Medium bodied, a bit thin. I’m hglad I got to try it at least.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

DuffMan
White Labs Pale Ale (WLP 530) 3.1
On tap @ the brewery. This flight of pale ales was listed as 5.6%. Light orange body, low white head. Light caramel, fruity and spicy undertones, low bitterness. Most similar to the 300, perhaps a little more estery. These were all pretty mild, and the differences quite subtle.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

DuffMan
White Labs Pale Ale (WLP 300) 3.2
On tap @ the brewery. This flight of pale ales was listed as 5.6%. Light orange body, low white head. Light caramel, fruity and spicy undertones, low bitterness. A touch sweeter than the 001 and 002.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

DuffMan
White Labs Pale Ale (WLP 002) 3.1
On tap @ the brewery. This flight of pale ales was listed as 5.6%. Light orange body, low white head. Light caramel, stonefruit, low bitterness. Not as bold as the 001.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

DuffMan
White Labs IPA (WLP 540) 3.5
On tap @ the brewery in Miramar. Lightly hazy yellow persistent white head. This brew had a distinctly spicy estery quality in addition to the grassy and fruity hop notes present in the others. Very cool to see how the yeast can make such a difference, even in the face of assertive hop character!
Friday, January 15, 2016

DuffMan
White Labs IPA (WLP 041) 3.3
On tap @ the brewery in Miramar. Lightly hazy pale yellow persistent white head. Aroma and Palate have more of a grassy hop character than the 001 and 008, with fruity undertones. Moderate bitterness.
Friday, January 15, 2016

DuffMan
White Labs Pale Ale (WLP 008) 3.5
On tap @ the brewery in Miramar. Lightly hazy pale yellow persistent white head. Aroma and flavour of nectarines and light tropical fruit. Slightly sweeter than the 001. Moderate bitterness.
Friday, January 15, 2016

DuffMan
White Labs IPA (WLP 001) 3.6
On tap @ the brewery in Miramar. Lightly hazy pale yellow persistent white head. Aroma of white grapes and light tropical fruit. Palate has more of a vegetal hop character with fruity undertones. Moderate bitterness.
Friday, January 15, 2016

DuffMan
White Labs Hefeweizen (WLP 715) 2.5
On tap @ the brewery in Miramar. Clearer than the other yeasts in this series, weak spicy aroma, noticeable residual sweetness, a touch of tomato. My least favourite of the wheat flight.
Friday, January 15, 2016

DuffMan
White Labs Hefeweizen (WLP 380) 3.5
On tap @ the brewery in Miramar. Looks the same as WLP 300, and the profile is nearly identical. The main difference is that there is a touch of vanilla here, that isn’t present in the 300, and the spice character is a bit bolder.
Friday, January 15, 2016

DuffMan
White Labs Hefeweizen (WLP 029) 2.7
On tap @ the brewery in Miramar. Hazy medium gold, white head. Lightly fruity but otherwise little yeast character, wheaty, clean, but pretty boring.
Friday, January 15, 2016

DuffMan
White Labs Hefeweizen (WLP 300) 3.1
White Labs German Hefeweissen. (WLP 300) On tap @ the brewery in Miramar. Hazy yellow, mild banana and clove character, dry wheaty finish.
Friday, January 08, 2016

slowrunner77
White Labs ESB (WLP 037) - Raspberry & Oak 3.7
a unique take on an ESB...caramel malts and earthy hops under a nice low level raspberry flavor and aroma. The oaking smooths it out.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015

slowrunner77
White Labs Frankenstout (F96) 3.6
Belgian leaning and sweet. Cool experiment and nice enough beer, but lost in the wordlof awesome Impy Stouts, though. Cool to see what yeasts overpower others.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015

slowrunner77
White Labs Porter (WLP550) 3.3
a little fruit and zest with light roast and caramel in this just a bit too light porter. just ok on this one.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015

slowrunner77
White Labs Porter (WLP003) 3.7
Chocolate and walnut brewer deScription is right on. Best and most robust of the 3 porters.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015

slowrunner77
White Labs Porter (WLP 001) 3.4
An ok porter. Comes across a little light, almost like a brown. Dry as well, which is nice. Clean roast and caramel finish.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015

slowrunner77
White Labs IPA (WLP 540) 4
I thought this was a fantastic example of a Belgian IPA. Fruity esters and spice from the yeast without sacrificing ANY of the oily citrus and pine hop quality.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015

slowrunner77
White Labs IPA (WLP 008) 3.8
Cleaner and more bite than the CA ale yeast, just by a touch. Would be hard to tell apart if not side by side. Bright, citrusy, bitter and tasty.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015

slowrunner77
White Labs IPA (WLP 001) 3.7
Bright citrusy vibrant IPA. Thought it was pretty clean (til the east coast was cleaner). Good brew.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015

blipp
White Labs Experimental German Pilsner (WLP 862) 3.2
Sampled 802, 830, and 862 side by side. All poured clear gold with a grainy malty base. The 802 had a bit of sulfur coming through that wasn’t nearly as pronounced in the other two. 830 was probably the "cleanest" of the three, though is seemed to have a bit more perceived sweetness. 862 brought some more pronounced straw-like notes, and was the more "rustic" of the three.
Saturday, December 19, 2015

blipp
White Labs Experimental German Pilsner (WLP 830) 3.2
Sampled 802, 830, and 862 side by side. All poured clear gold with a grainy malty base. The 802 had a bit of sulfur coming through that wasn’t nearly as pronounced in the other two. 830 was probably the "cleanest" of the three, though is seemed to have a bit more perceived sweetness. 862 brought some more pronounced straw-like notes, and was the more "rustic" of the three.
Saturday, December 19, 2015

blipp
White Labs Experimental German Pilsner (WLP 802) 3.1
Sampled 802, 830, and 862 side by side. All poured clear gold with a grainy malty base. The 802 had a bit of sulfur coming through that wasn’t nearly as pronounced in the other two. 830 was probably the "cleanest" of the three, though is seemed to have a bit more perceived sweetness. 862 brought some more pronounced straw-like notes, and was the more "rustic" of the three.
Saturday, December 19, 2015

blipp
White Labs Pale Ale (WLP 530) 3.3
Sampled 001, 002, 300, and 530 side by side. All pour orange gold with a white head. Mild malty sweetness, and faint citric fruity hops. The 001 is the "cleanest" of the four, with the 002 close behind, which would is quite similar but for some mild apple-like notes. The 300 has some mild spicy notes and a hint of vanilla. 530 has mild and well integrated spicy notes.
Saturday, December 19, 2015

blipp
White Labs Pale Ale (WLP 300) 3.4
Sampled 001, 002, 300, and 530 side by side. All pour orange gold with a white head. Mild malty sweetness, and faint citric fruity hops. The 001 is the "cleanest" of the four, with the 002 close behind, which would is quite similar but for some mild apple-like notes. The 300 has some mild spicy notes and a hint of vanilla. 530 has mild and well integrated spicy notes.
Saturday, December 19, 2015

blipp
White Labs Pale Ale (WLP 002) 3.2
Sampled 001, 002, 300, and 530 side by side. All pour orange gold with a white head. Mild malty sweetness, and faint citric fruity hops. The 001 is the "cleanest" of the four, with the 002 close behind, which would is quite similar but for some mild apple-like notes. The 300 has some mild spicy notes and a hint of vanilla. 530 has mild and well integrated spicy notes.
Saturday, December 19, 2015

blipp
White Labs Pale Ale (WLP 001) 3.3
Sampled 001, 002, 300, and 530 side by side. All pour orange gold with a white head. Mild malty sweetness, and faint citric fruity hops. The 001 is the "cleanest" of the four, with the 002 close behind, which would is quite similar but for some mild apple-like notes. The 300 has some mild spicy notes and a hint of vanilla. 530 has mild and well integrated spicy notes.
Saturday, December 19, 2015

blipp
White Labs IPA (WLP 540) 3.4
Sampled 001, 008, 041, and 540 side by side. All poured gold with a white head, had a generic fruity hop base (Cascade possibly?), mild-moderate bitterness, and relatively low sweetness. The 001 and 008 were the two "cleanest" yeasts, with the 008 having a bit more perceived sweetness. The 041 had a touch of a spicy character, and also seemed to have the driest finish. 540 was certainly the outlier, with spicy and lightly fruity Belgian yeasty notes.
Saturday, December 19, 2015

blipp
White Labs IPA (WLP 041) 3.5
Sampled 001, 008, 041, and 540 side by side. All poured gold with a white head, had a generic fruity hop base (Cascade possibly?), mild-moderate bitterness, and relatively low sweetness. The 001 and 008 were the two "cleanest" yeasts, with the 008 having a bit more perceived sweetness. The 041 had a touch of a spicy character, and also seemed to have the driest finish. 540 was certainly the outlier, with spicy and lightly fruity Belgian yeasty notes.
Saturday, December 19, 2015

blipp
White Labs IPA (WLP 008) 3.3
Sampled 001, 008, 041, and 540 side by side. All poured gold with a white head, had a generic fruity hop base (Cascade possibly?), mild-moderate bitterness, and relatively low sweetness. The 001 and 008 were the two "cleanest" yeasts, with the 008 having a bit more perceived sweetness. The 041 had a touch of a spicy character, and also seemed to have the driest finish. 540 was certainly the outlier, with spicy and lightly fruity Belgian yeasty notes.
Saturday, December 19, 2015

blipp
White Labs IPA (WLP 001) 3.3
Sampled 001, 008, 041, and 540 side by side. All poured gold with a white head, had a generic fruity hop base (Cascade possibly?), mild-moderate bitterness, and relatively low sweetness. The 001 and 008 were the two "cleanest" yeasts, with the 008 having a bit more perceived sweetness. The 041 had a touch of a spicy character, and also seemed to have the driest finish. 540 was certainly the outlier, with spicy and lightly fruity Belgian yeasty notes.
Saturday, December 19, 2015

jbruner
White Labs Frankenstout (F96) 3.6
Pours a deep reddish black on tap with bubbly tan head that dissipates to leave moderate lace. Aroma of Belgian like phenols with a fruity back end. Taste follows, big roasty acrid finish. Not bad, definitely interesting.
Monday, November 30, 2015

rlgk
White Labs Porter (WLP550) 3.3
Draught at the taproom in San Diego. Clear dark brown beer with a nice beige head. Roasted fruity aroma, figs, plums, chocolate, licorice, caramel, yeasty spicy, some cocoa. Fruity yeasty flavor, grapes, plums. Chocolate notes, some citrus. Decent beer.
Thursday, November 05, 2015

rlgk
White Labs Porter (WLP007) 3.2
Draught at the taproom in San Diego. CleR dark brown beer with a nice beige head. Malty caramel aroma, licorice, toffee, caramel, hazelnuts, some tar. Roasted chocolate flavor, caramel, toffee, licorice, fruity notes. Thin but still a decent beer.
Thursday, November 05, 2015

rlgk
White Labs Porter (WLP003) 2.6
Draught at the taproom in San Diego. Clear dark brown beer with a decent beige head. Roasted chocolate aroma, caramel, tar notes, some ash. Thin chocolate flavor, grapes, tar, some licorice. Rather thin.
Thursday, November 05, 2015

rlgk
White Labs Porter (WLP 001) 3.5
Draught at the taproom in San Diego. Dark brown beer with a nice beige head. Roasted chocolate aroma, caramel, chocolate, fruity notes, caramel, some licorice. Roasted chocolate flavor, licorice, tar notes, coffee, some caramel. Good Porter.
Thursday, November 05, 2015

rlgk
White Labs IPA (WLP 515) 3.6
Draught at the taproom in San Diego. Hazy yellow/golden beer with a nice offwhite head. Hoppy citrus flavor, grassy, pine, grapes, caramel, spicy yeast notes. Hoppy pine flavor, grapes, citrus, caramel notes, yeasty, some passion fruit. Surprised to find so much west coast-style with this type of yeast.
Thursday, November 05, 2015

rlgk
White Labs IPA (WLP 090) 3.8
Draught at the taproom in San Diego. Clear golden beer with a nice offwhite head. Hoppy pine and tangerine aroma, lemon juice, pine, some grapes. Hoppy pine flavor, mango, passion fruit, caramel, citrus, orange zest, some peach. Really refreshing.
Thursday, November 05, 2015

rlgk
White Labs IPA (WLP 072) 3.5
Draught at the taproom in San Diego. Hazy pale golden beer with a nice lasting offwhite head. Hoppy citrus aroma, pine, yeasty, perfume notes, bready, bready, peach, some herbal notes. Fruity hop flavor, grapes, yeasty, bread notes. Quite nice.
Thursday, November 05, 2015

rlgk
White Labs IPA (WLP 028) 3.3
Draught at the taproom in San Diego. Clear golden beer with a nice offwhite head. Hoppy citrus aroma, caramel, grapes, bready, some yeast. Hoppy pine flavor, grassy, caramel, citrus, bready notes, some passion fruit. Decent beer.
Thursday, November 05, 2015

GarrettB
White Labs IPA (WLP 007) 3.8
August 2nd, 2013 - This review is going to bundle the three varieties of the IPA I enjoyed on my first visit here, spanning from the Centennial Single, to the El Dorado, and the Dry English Ale type (WLP007). Beginning with the first, the aroma is bright and heavy with citrus, mostly oranges, pineapple and grapefruit, though a heavy-ish creaminess to relax the astringency. The flavor is mildly hoppy, pronounced by the light palate. There’s a mild touch of pineapple, though barely ripened. All together, this is a perfect, crisp, enjoyable light, hoppy beer. Onto the El Dorado yeast version, the aroma is sweeter, with more custard and vanilla. This is reflected in the taste too, where the dessert flavors are joined by banana. This, too, is delicious, and could easily be on my top 10 of IPAs. Finally we end with the Dry English Ale (WLP 007), which returns to the ephemeral body of thy Single Centennial, but expressing more pear and custard. And this is even better than the El Dorado version, trumping my expectations as we move forward in the sampler. That’s a rare experience, and it’s all thanks to White Labs’ powerful expertise with microbes.
Thursday, September 24, 2015

fordest
White Labs Hefeweizen (WLP 300) 3.3
Draft at the Santee Bluegrass Festival. Nice to compare the American version with the German. German Hefe wins. I really like the cloves and bubblegum when I can get it and the American version just doesn’t do that for me.
Thursday, September 17, 2015

fordest
White Labs Hefeweizen (WLP 320) 3
Draft at the Santee Bluegrass Festival. Nice to compare the American version with the German. German Hefe wins. I really like the cloves and bubblegum when I can get it and the American version just doesn’t do that for me.
Thursday, September 17, 2015

blipp
White Labs Hefeweizen (WLP 715) 2.9
Hansen Flight – Wheat Ale, 4.8 % ABV
All pour light hazed gold with a white head.
WLP 029 German Ale/Kolsch Yeast – Mild honey and fruity sweetness, lingering grainy notes, and very mild diacetyl (3.0).
WLP 300 Hefeweizen Ale Yeast – Slightly more fruity, banana, mild spicy notes, and a yeasty finish (3.3).
WLP 380 Hefeweizen IV Ale Yeast – Spicier yeast profile compared to 300, with milder fruity notes, and lingering banana sweetness (3.4).
WLP 715 Champagne Yeast – Mild fruity and honey sweetness, but otherwise relatively mild. A bit sweeter the 029 (2.9).
The kolsch yeast and the champagne yeast result in very little perceptible yeast flavors, through the champagne yeast resulted in a slightly sweeter beer. Of the two true hefe yeasts, the 300 is the milder of the two, while 380 has a higher clove-like spiciness, and is probably closest to getting the yeast profile I associate with true German hefes.

Friday, September 11, 2015

blipp
White Labs Hefeweizen (WLP 380) 3.4
Hansen Flight – Wheat Ale, 4.8 % ABV
All pour light hazed gold with a white head.
WLP 029 German Ale/Kolsch Yeast – Mild honey and fruity sweetness, lingering grainy notes, and very mild diacetyl (3.0).
WLP 300 Hefeweizen Ale Yeast – Slightly more fruity, banana, mild spicy notes, and a yeasty finish (3.3).
WLP 380 Hefeweizen IV Ale Yeast – Spicier yeast profile compared to 300, with milder fruity notes, and lingering banana sweetness (3.4).
WLP 715 Champagne Yeast – Mild fruity and honey sweetness, but otherwise relatively mild. A bit sweeter the 029 (2.9).
The kolsch yeast and the champagne yeast result in very little perceptible yeast flavors, through the champagne yeast resulted in a slightly sweeter beer. Of the two true hefe yeasts, the 300 is the milder of the two, while 380 has a higher clove-like spiciness, and is probably closest to getting the yeast profile I associate with true German hefes.

Friday, September 11, 2015

blipp
White Labs Hefeweizen (WLP 300) 3.3
Hansen Flight – Wheat Ale, 4.8 % ABV
All pour light hazed gold with a white head.
WLP 029 German Ale/Kolsch Yeast – Mild honey and fruity sweetness, lingering grainy notes, and very mild diacetyl (3.0).
WLP 300 Hefeweizen Ale Yeast – Slightly more fruity, banana, mild spicy notes, and a yeasty finish (3.3).
WLP 380 Hefeweizen IV Ale Yeast – Spicier yeast profile compared to 300, with milder fruity notes, and lingering banana sweetness (3.4).
WLP 715 Champagne Yeast – Mild fruity and honey sweetness, but otherwise relatively mild. A bit sweeter the 029 (2.9).
The kolsch yeast and the champagne yeast result in very little perceptible yeast flavors, through the champagne yeast resulted in a slightly sweeter beer. Of the two true hefe yeasts, the 300 is the milder of the two, while 380 has a higher clove-like spiciness, and is probably closest to getting the yeast profile I associate with true German hefes.

Friday, September 11, 2015

blipp
White Labs Hefeweizen (WLP 029) 3
Hansen Flight – Wheat Ale, 4.8 % ABV
All pour light hazed gold with a white head.
WLP 029 German Ale/Kolsch Yeast – Mild honey and fruity sweetness, lingering grainy notes, and very mild diacetyl (3.0).
WLP 300 Hefeweizen Ale Yeast – Slightly more fruity, banana, mild spicy notes, and a yeasty finish (3.3).
WLP 380 Hefeweizen IV Ale Yeast – Spicier yeast profile compared to 300, with milder fruity notes, and lingering banana sweetness (3.4).
WLP 715 Champagne Yeast – Mild fruity and honey sweetness, but otherwise relatively mild. A bit sweeter the 029 (2.9).
The kolsch yeast and the champagne yeast result in very little perceptible yeast flavors, through the champagne yeast resulted in a slightly sweeter beer. Of the two true hefe yeasts, the 300 is the milder of the two, while 380 has a higher clove-like spiciness, and is probably closest to getting the yeast profile I associate with true German hefes.

Friday, September 11, 2015

blipp
White Labs Leeuwenhoek Saison (WLP 590) 3.4
Leeuwenhoek Flight – Rye Saison, 5.3 % ABV
All pour golden amber with a thin white head, except for the 590, which is hazier and closer to straight gold. Rye is relatively light in all examples.
WLP 023 Burton Ale Yeast – Some grain and light fruity sweetness, with mild diacetyl (2.9).
WLP 410 Belgian Wit II Yeast – Mild fruitiness, with hints of the traditional wit yeast spice profile, and moderate sweetness (3.1).
WLP 565 Belgian Saison I Yeast – Peppery yeasty notes, lower sweetness, definitely the driest of the four examples (3.2).
WLP 590 French Saison Ale Yeast – Some pear-like fruity sweetness, mild yeasty spicy notes. I found this to be the most enjoyable of the four (3.4)

Friday, September 11, 2015