Allagash Starling Wit

It’s been awhile since I had a witbier and Allagash certainly makes some outstanding ones, so let’s get started.

ABV: 8%

Style: Witbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Take flight with notes of ginger, citrus, and spice. This Belgian-style wheat beer is brewed with coriander, Curaçao orange peel, and Maine-grown ginger. Its flavor is full of tropical esters from our house yeast, while a generous grain bill lifts its ABV a bit higher than your average wheat beer.”

Random: We happened to be at the brewery for the can release of this, so I tried it at the brewery and then took a four-pack home.

The beer poured with a pillowy, three finger, white head. It took a long time to dissipate and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy and the color of lemon juice. There was some carbonation visible. The nose was fragrant and started with some lemon peel and flesh along with coriander and the expected Belgian yeast. I didn’t pick up the ginger in the nose, but it was the first flavor that I picked up in the taste. The flavor also had a generous dose of citrus with orange and lemon peels and had some warm spice at the end of the sip. There was a slight alcohol bite to the beer, but nothing overwhelming. The body was on the heavier side of the style, but had enough carbonation to cut through it. The finish had orange peel and ginger. I thought this was an outstanding beer and would certainly have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Edmunds Oast Bucket of Flowers

Tonight’s selection is another from South Carolina. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 5%

Style: Witbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Located in the Pacific Box & Crate development at 1505 King Street, Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co. is less than a mile from Edmund’s Oast restaurant and Edmund’s Oast Exchange. The 20,000 square foot brewery produces a variety of beers packaged in cans, bottles, and kegs for wide-reaching wholesale. The brewery sports over a dozen EOBC beers on tap and regularly cans a number of offerings. Brewing Director Cameron Read produces an array of beers for both immediate consumption and barrel-aging. The facility includes an area dedicated to extended non-sour or wild barrel-aging, and a sealed area for sour and wild fermentation. EOBC beers are available at the Edmund’s Oast restaurant, as well as other restaurants and bars in Charleston and beyond. Edmund’s Oast veteran chefs Geoff Marquardt and Johnny Singleton oversee the kitchen, which features a wood-fired brick oven and a Polish smokehouse. The food is casual and approachable—with selections including pizza, sandwiches, and entrees. The Taproom’s interior sports a 65-foot bar featuring 26 taps of house-brewed beers, wines, and cocktails. There is patio seating overlooking the courtyard and neighboring businesses. The venue is available to rent for special events. The taproom management team, led by Devin Marquardt and Jen Eppich, offers a variety of programming for guests to enjoy including weekly trivia, live music, sports, family friendly events, charitable fundraisers, pop-ups and more.”

Random: The brewery space was awesome. It had board games, pinball, food, high ceilings and good service.

The beer poured with a half a finger of pure white head that was thick. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left some lacing on the glass. The body was very hazy and bright yellow in color. There was no carbonation visible due to how cloudy the beer was. The nose started with notes of flowers, specifically rosebuds and rose water. There was some wheat as well. The taste started with light orange flesh along with wheat and quickly went into rosebuds. The body was on the lighter side with moderate carbonation. The finish was quick with flowers and wheat. This was a decent beer with some nice flavor that I would have again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Goose Island Broken Resolutions

After Val and I left Saint Benjamin, we stopped at the Goose Island Brewpub in Philly. I had never been before, and even though they’re AB In Bev, I wanted to check it out.

ABV: 6.8%

Style: Witbier

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Goose Island Brewery is a brewery in Chicago, Illinois, that began as a single brewpub opened in 1988 in Lincoln Park, Chicago, and named after a nearby island. The larger brewery opened in 1995, and a second brewpub, in Wrigleyville, in 1999. Their beers are distributed across the United States, and the United Kingdom after a stake of the company was sold to Widmer Brothers Brewery in 2006, and the brewery was able to expand into different markets. In 2011, Goose Island was sold to Anheuser-Busch InBev. Greg Hall stepped down as brewmaster with the AB InBev purchase in 2011; Brett Porter was hired as the new brewmaster.”

Random: I also had a BCBS on tap, which was pretty good.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left very lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy orange with little visible carbonation. The nose was filled with wheat and bubble gum. The taste was bright as well. It had wheat and then went into notes of orange. There was some malt as well. The alcohol was noticeable and took away from the flavor. The body was on the medium side with lots of carbonation. It had a moderate finish with orange. I thought this beer was alright, but nothing to write home about.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

River Horse Quick Witted

This was the second beer that I had at the brewery.

ABV: 5.4%

Style: Witbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “You don’t have to be in a dead end job to feel like you aren’t going anywhere. That’s the way we felt before River Horse. We were finance geeks living in a world without soul. Grinding it out everyday for a fee, wearing suits and kissing butt. Then this brewery chose us…she forced us to ask ourselves, “Is this desk job really how I pictured my life?” We answered that question by taking over River Horse in 2007 and have not looked back. We may not end up as the greatest success story on earth, but at least we had the balls to try. Sometimes, for better or worse, your dreams get the best of you. Just remember, it’s a big world out there and cubicles don’t have doors, so you can walk out anytime. Come see us when you can. We are located in Ewing, NJ. Thanks for supporting the cause. Hope you enjoy the beer…”

Random: There are no Beer Advocate entries for this beer.

The beer poured with a one finger, white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the plastic cup. The body was slightly cloudy and I expected more cloudiness from the beer. There was some carbonation visible. The nose had wheat and a touch of Grains of Paradise. There was some citrus as well. The taste had a lot of wheat along with some lemon and not much else. The body was light with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick finish with wheat. I paid $3 for the beer, which came to $.25 per ounce. I thought this beer was alright, but nothing amazing.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Bell’s Pooltime Ale

I love canned beer offerings for Summer. I’m a big fan of drinking by the pool, so I picked this up during a trip to New York. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 5.2%

Style: Witbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Pooltime Ale is a refreshing Belgian-inspired Wheat Ale with light clove notes. The truly distinguishing feature is the use of 100% Montmorency tart cherries grown in the Traverse City region of Michigan. These cherries add a subtle tartness and bright counterpoint to the other flavors, enhancing Pooltime’s fruity character and making it the perfect beer for all summer activities.”

Random: This is available on draft and in cans.

The beer poured with a two finger, thick, slightly off white head. It took a little while to dissipate and left some lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and was orange with a slightly red tinge. It had moderate carbonation visible. The nose started with wheat and orange segments, but quickly went into tart cherries. The taste was much of the same, except with a more significant cherry presence. It had red, tart cherries and a small amount of spice. Wheat and orange cleaner came through next. The body was on the light side, which was to be expected. It had a lot of carbonation. The finish was quick with cherries. A can of this was $2.03, which broke down to $.17 per ounce. I thought this beer was above average, but I thought it needed the citrus dialed up.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Stone Citrusy Wit

Today’s selection is a beer that reminded me of warmer weather, which I think is right around the corner.

citrusywit

ABV: 5.3%

Style: Witbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “CLEVERLY TWISTED WITH TANGERINE & KAFFIR LIME LEAF. When it comes to our beers and the ingredients we use, we give a wit. So rather than spinning just the same fruit wheel of the classic orange peel, we punched up our wit with the dynamic duo of tangerine and kaffir lime leaf. The fruit-forward aromatics and flavors are perfectly balanced, so you don’t have to bother adding a slice (or leaf) to the rim of your glass. Even with this lack of unnecessary garnish, you won’t find an absence of intense fruit. In fact, each dryly refreshing, citrusy sip of this coriander-spiced, tangerine-infused, Mandarina Bavaria-hopped creation will satisfy even the most hardcore fan.”

Random: Stone seems to be really into the Mandarina Bavaria hops. I’ve already had a few of their beers that utilize them.

This beer poured with a two finger, thick, white head. It took forever to dissipate and left some lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy and bright yellow in color. Despite the haziness, there was still some carbonation visible. The nose had wheat, lemon and lime zest. The kaffir lime leaves are quite apparent in the nose. The taste had a lot of lime and coriander. There was also wheat and lemon juice as well, but huge amounts of lime and kaffir lime leaves. It had a light and crisp body with high carbonation. The finish was quick with kaffir lime leaves and coriander. A bottle of this was $1.79 ($.15 per ounce). I enjoyed this beer a lot and it would make for a great summer beer. My only complaint is that it came in bottles as opposed to cans.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Ballast Point Thai Chili Wahoo

This is a beer that I was really excited to pop open when Val and I got sushi. I thought the flavors would pair really well and I’m always excited about a chili beer.

thaichiliwahoo

ABV: 4.5%

Style: Witbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our Wahoo Wheat is brewed with unfiltered, un-malted wheat and oats that give it a distinctive cloudy complexity.True to the Belgian tradition, this Witbier boasts a refreshing, citrusy flavor thanks to the orange peel and coriander we add to the boil. This makes Wahoo an ideal beer for year-round beach weather.”

Random: Getting up early for work during the week translates to me not being able to sleep past 7 AM on weekends.

This beer poured with a quarter finger of white head that dissipated instantly. There was no lacing left on the glass. The body was very hazy and light yellow in color with minimal carbonation visible. The nose had a hot pepper note with orange peel and wheat. There wasn’t any other spice and the dominant scent was hot pepper. The taste was flat-out disappointing. It was all capsaicin heat, to the point that it burned the back of my throat. I couldn’t pick up lime, citrus or wheat because the heat was so intense. What annoyed me was the fact that the spice didn’t add flavor, but seemed to just steamroll every other aspect of the beer, which made it a bit gimmicky. The body was light and the carbonation was more significant than I would have guessed based on what I saw. The taste was all capsaicin heat. It burned the back of my throat. There was really not wheat characteristic because the heat was so overwhelming. The body was light with moderate carbonation. The finish was long and hot. This beer just wasn’t one I enjoyed. I felt that it was a bit gimmicky, and although the bomber was affordable at $6.99 ($.32 per ounce), I wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0