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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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This is the Lightning bier de garde, or beer at the ready! Typically brewed on French farms in the spring for enjoyment in the fall, we have ours available year-round. This beer has many of the flavors typically associated with white wines and is not very bitter. See what you think!

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4.4
MetalNHopHead (2123) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JUL 5, 2017
If you’re expecting a funky Biere de Garde, Electrostatic will throw you off balance. This brew has a mostly sweet balance, and the body is incredibly light for having almost 12% ABV. Bright stone fruit flavors and a bone dry candy-like finish. This was easily the most vinous beer I drank in SD. So vinous, in fact, that I might have told you this was a semi-sweet white wine if I tasted it blindfolded on tap. My experience with Lightning was brief, but I greatly enjoyed their old-world sensibilities.

3.7
bytemesis (8969) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 12, 2017
Bottle. Pours clear deep orange, Medium off white head, decent lacing. Aroma is field grass, Belgian yeast, floral notes, spicy. Flavor is light plus sweet, light bitter, herbal, kind of like a tripel, honestly. Medium body. Kind of hot.

3.1
GarrettB (1635) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 14, 2017
November 29th, 2014 - Lightning’s Electrostatic Ale is rather soft and gentle for something named after a crackle of dangerous energy. While light and supple at the same time, the color is decidedly deep, reflecting a deep foxy orange color, with just a little haze, and a light white head on top. The aroma is crammed with esters, mostly banana and a graham cracker sweet-bread note. Finally, the flavor is defined by its heavy alcohol, followed by a crisp and out of place sweet apple note. The body is fizzy, but not carbonated enough to break up some of the cloying sugars. On the aftertaste these sweet layers shift into grape notes, and then, oddly into an egg nog finish. It’s a parade of sweet tastes, but almost all of it is too strong and too cloying.

3.3
Blairgus (4613) - California, USA - MAR 5, 2016
5 mar 2016, tap at Lightening. Gold, clear, no bubbles. Thin body and moderately fizzy. Floral, sweet, rock candy. Ok.

3.5
BeerandBlues2 (13697) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 4, 2015
Tap at the brewery. Pours clear copper with a medium, creamy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is biscuit and honey malt with figs, pear esters and light floral hops. Flavor is sweet honey and biscuit malt, pear esters, figs, light earthy hops and bitterness with a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

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mensch (289) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUL 1, 2015
Fruity, not as light bodied as expected. It hides its alcohol well. I’m not tasting much of the "wild" or sour flavor they’re talking about. Very good.

3.7
snoworsummer (5958) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 28, 2015
Draft at the brewery. Pours hazy amber with a thin, fizzy white head. Tastes like strong sweet booze, smokey wood, dried light fruits, very malty, caramel, syrup. Medium body and low carbonation. Smells like caramel, yeast, boozy, malty, and light spice.

3.4
jandd1983 (4544) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - OCT 27, 2014
On tap at the brewery. It poured an orange color with a small white head. The aroma was of caramel, fruit, yeast, gum and some spices. The taste was sweet with yeast, caramel, syrup and fruit. Decent.

4.1
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 25, 2014
22oz bottle - Aroma - fruit cocktail, cloves, bubblegum, Belgian-y esters, light orange peel. Appearance - hazy orange body, fluffy 3-finger head, long retention, above average retention Mouthfeel - medium-full bodied, medium-high carbonation...busy mouthfeel Flavor - sweet, lots of caramel/toffee flavors, straw/grassy hops and noticeable alcohol bite Overall - never heard of Lightning before and this was damn good. Priced right at about $8/bottle, a solid buy and an even better beer.

2.5
GT (10002) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 22, 2014
[ Keg ][ 4oz ][ Lightning ][ $1-2 ][ Plastic Cup ][ 7.19.14 ]
>> Full haze deep orange pour, yellow cream foam. Nose is estery, plastic, chlorine, red apple. Taste is sweet, acid, sugar, salty red apple. Not bad. Sweet, strong Belgian amber.


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