Avery Liliko’i Kepolo

In the summer, a witbier always hits the spot. I started seeing very positive reviews of this one, so last time I went to Half Time, I was hoping that they had this beer so I could give it a shot. They only had a few cans left of this beer, so one came home with me.

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ABV: 5.6%

Style: Witbier

Trivia: According to brewbound.com, “Avery Brewing Company will release Liliko’i Kepolo, a new beer in the lineup of beers available year-round. This witbier features tart Hawaiian passion fruit, so Avery is throwing a luau in its honor, complete with leis and surf rock music. Liliko’i Kepolo ‘adds a tropical island flair to a spicy tradition witbier, erupting with monumental passionfruit aroma and acidity along with a sublimely succulent finish.'”

Random: Why is this not distributed in Jersey? I could see this being incredibly popular.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy yellow with no visible carbonation due to the cloudiness. The nose was really bright with citrus and yeast and passionfruit. The taste had tartness up front and quickly went into citrus and yeast and a burst of passionfruit. The flavors were really balanced and the beer was incredibly crisp and refreshing. The body was light with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with fruit. Since this beer is only available in New York, I paid New York prices for it at $3.50 a can ($.29 per ounce). This beer was outstanding and a great summer beer. I could put a few of these away without a problem. This is worth searching out and keeping stocked in your fridge.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

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La Trappe Witte Trappist

On Monday, Isaac Newton’s had a King’s Day event featuring all sorts of beers from La Trappe. This was a left over from that, so the other half got a tulip glass full of it and I gave it a try.

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ABV: 5.5%

Style: Witbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The world’s first and only white Trappist ale that continues to ferment slightly after bottling. Brewed using only water, wheat and hops. No herbs are added. Saphir hops give the ale its citrusy aroma. A real thirst-quencher on a hot summer’s day that also makes for a delicious drink at any other time of year.”

Random: Why can’t their food just be better? I really wish Twin Light Tap House reopened.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly, yet left no lacing on the tulip glass. The body was a hazy yellow with light carbonation visible. On the nose, I picked up lemon and lots of yeast. Some coriander was present as well. The taste was almost like witbier-flavored seltzer. There was barely any lemon or citrus, some yeast and a touch of coriander. There was also an odd note of very light anise that was completely out of place on this beer. The flavor was way too light on this. The body was also bordering on thin and the carbonation needed to be dialed up. The finish was quick with yeast and anise. This beer was really boring. I wrote in my notes the word “boring” at least three times. I would avoid this one. There are so many other examples that are better.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Harpoon UFO White

We spread out some birdseed on the balcony and the cat is intently watching the birds through the window. He has been known to run at them and then knock his head into the glass. Anyways, onto a beer that I know I’ve had before, but never reviewed. Let’s see how it was.

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ABV: 4.8%

Style: Witbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Since we introduced UFO White in 2009, our brewers have hand-ground the spices used in this beer to make sure they were the proper consistency. That’s dedication! All that hard work seems to be worth it – UFO White is our fastest growing beer style. Light, crisp, refreshing UFO White follows in the tradition of spiced wheat beers that have been brewed in Belgium for well over 300 years. Brewed with orange peel and coriander, UFO White is the perfect choice for a summer’s barbecue, a night out with friends or any time you’re thirsting for something a little different. Like all UFO beers, we leave UFO White UnFiltered.”

Random: I wish I had the meow’s football sweater for him to wear during the game.

This beer poured with a three finger, pure white head that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing. The body was a cloudy, dark lemon yellow color with lots of carbonation visible. The nose had huge notes of orange slice and nothing else. The taste was very bright with lots of orange and wheat. There was very little spice to it. I didn’t get much in the flavor profile. The body was on the medium side of the style with high carbonation. It had a quick, yet bright orange finish. For $1.33 a bottle, this broke down to $.11 an ounce, which was very affordable for this easy drinking, introductory witbier. For what this was, it was really enjoyable and I would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Samuel Adams White Christmas

Our plans for the day are as follows: eat delicious snacks, relax and possibly watch the game. After working 20 days in a row with each day being a minimum of twelve hours, I have absolutely no desire to go out. We’re also supposed to get snow as well, so I would be perfectly okay with being snowed in. Anyways, back to the beer. This was one of the few I hadn’t tried in Sam’s holiday pack.

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ABV: 5.8%

Style: Witbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A special time of year calls for a special brew. For us, this brew combines the crispness of a white ale with the warmth of familiar holiday spices.”

Random: I don’t really care who wins this year’s Super Bowl.

This brew poured with a one finger, pure white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, golden color with moderate carbonation. The nose had some spice to it, with clove sticking out. Citrus and black pepper came out with some coriander. The taste had banana, bubble gum, clove and orange with some sweetness. The spice was lighter in the taste than the nose, but there was some coriander present. Light clove, too. The body was on the light side with prickly carbonation. It had a long finish with citrus and spice. This beer wasn’t anything special, but it had some decent flavor. I wouldn’t rush back to have this again. It didn’t bring anything impressive to the table. This beer was $1.33 a bottle, which broke down to $.11 per ounce, which wasn’t expensive at all, which was good, given that this beer wasn’t that impressive.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Suiyoubi No Neko

This is a beer that we absolutely bought because we liked the can art. It has a cute cat on it and I knew absolutely nothing about the brewery before this. So, I didn’t know if this would be a gem or a dud. Let’s see how it worked out.

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ABV: 4.5%

Style: Witbier

Trivia: According to Brewery International, “Suiyoubi No Neko is an Ale in the Belgian Wit style. A lightly carbonated and smooth Wit Ale with flavors of citrus, coriander, cinnamon and wheat. Scent of straw and citrus.”

Random: I’m really liking the show “Gotham.” I just read that they cancelled “A to Z” which I also liked. Figures. If I like a show, of course it gets cancelled.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left slight lacing on the pint glass. The body was a hazy, light yellow color with moderate carbonation. The nose was not that fragrant and had some yeast, spice and wheat to it. The taste was not impressive. It had some lemon to it with grain and a bit of yeast. The lemon flavor was weirdly artificial, almost like Italian ice. The yeast was very bready and there wasn’t enough spice to it. The body was very thin with lighter carbonation than I wanted in the style. It had a thankfully quick finish with some lemon and yeast. I really wasn’t a big fan of this beer and wouldn’t rush back to have it again, especially since it was $6.49 a can. I understand that it’s an import, but it was a total rip off.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Saucony Creek Hexerei White Magic Witbier

I love when I go through my drafts and see a beer that I was almost positive I posted a review of, but instead, only half finished. Anyways, this was a brew that I picked up down in Delaware (yes, I’m still getting through some of those beers). I haven’t had anything from this brewery yet, so let’s see how this one was.

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ABV: 5%

Style: Witbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A traditional witbier that we brew to style with a balance of soft white wheat and malts that offer a slight sweetness and distinct citrus orange aroma and flavors with the additions of coriander and sweet orange peel. Hexerei is then filtered over blood oranges for an enhanced citrus flavor experience that is extremely refreshing.”

Random: The Eagles better win today. I was so angry at them for the game last week.

This beer poured with a one finger, pure white head that dissipated quickly and didn’t leave much lacing on the glass. It left a crown on top of the cloudy, yellow color with lots of visible detritus that eventually settled to the bottom of the glass. The nose had lemon zest and coriander with some yeast. The taste was light and citrusy with navel oranges and coriander with lemon yeast. The body was really thin, even for the style with moderate carbonation that needed a bit more. The finish was quick with coriander and yeast and citrus. This was a nice beer, but won’t be the best witbier you’ve ever had. It’s definitely drinkable and relatively local and has a cool label. So, in short, it’s worth a shot.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Brooklyn Greenmarket Wheat

Since I finished all of my Netflix, I decided to watch the new episode of “Brewdogs” and then moved on to a new series called “Best Bars In America.” It doesn’t have a huge emphasis on beer, but so far, it’s a decent series. It reminds me a little bit of “Three Sheets.” Anyways, let’s get to the beer.

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ABV: 5.5%

Style: Witbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Brooklyn Greenmarket Wheat Beer is brewed from 70% New York State-grown wheat and barley. Drinking this lovely beer helps reinvigorate the state’s grain industry and benefit GrowNYC’s mission to support family farms, farmers markets, gardens, recycling and education. Greenmarket Wheat is as bright and refreshing as a summer day. The Raw wheat gives this beer its zing, barley malt brings depth, and Belgian yeast lends complexity. Accented with orange peel, local honey and a dash of coriander, the beer is naturally carbonated by re-fermentation in handsome 750ml bottles. For now, Brooklyn Greenmarket Wheat is only sold in New York City. The beautiful, Milton Glaser-designed bottles are available at your locally-minded restaurants, bars and at some GrowNYC Greenmarkets around the city.”

Random: Nothing makes me happier than when the Giants lose.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated quickly with no lacing left on the glass. The body was a dusky, dark yellow color with moderate carbonation. The nose had a lot of wheat notes and heavy banana as well. The taste had a lot of bubble gum, banana and wheat notes with a touch of honey sweetness. It had a medium thick body with very high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with banana. This beer was alright, but was relatively simple and need some other flavors to add some complexity to it. I wouldn’t rush back to have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0