Thanks to TipTop for the bottle! The cork's a toughie on this one, did NOT want to come out of the bottle.
Pours out orangey copper with a white head that fades rapidly. Some cloudiness and yeast particles that gradually settle out.
Aroma is primarily wheat estery yeastiness and some whiffs of alcohol - some clove, banana, a sweetly honey and nut background... interesting.
Really digging some of the flavor notes here - there's the expected clove-banana-wheat combo up front, yes, but it's accompanied by an enveloping earthiness that deepens the range of flavors and seems to expand whats going on. Hard to explain, easy to enjoy. Once the earthy roundness dissipates, other secondary notes begin to emerge - some faint citrus/apricot, a peppery spiciness, faint alcohol... very balanced, not an in-your-face brew but a very tasty one. Moderate body, and drinkable for it; slightly prickly carbonation that seems to accentuate the cloves, pepper, and alcohol.
Very solid brew, highly enjoyable take on the style that's balanced rather than knocking one aspect out of the park.
12.7 oz bottle provided by the great spointon. Been looking forward to this one for a while. My love of wheatwines has grown, so his is a nice treat. Served up in a snifter.
A: Vibrant, bright orange in color. Held to the light, more of that orange comes out around a light caramel center. The body is hazy with a little bit of debris floating around in here. Carbonation is lazily moving around in the body or just simply resting on the side of the glass. The head is a bright white finger. Falls to about a 1/4 finger thatstics around and tosses up some pretty decent lace on the glass.
S: Smell is what I have always wanted from a wheatwine. Smells like an imperial wheat/weizen. Big wheat aroma but a decent dose of alcohol. There is a bit of sweetness in here that has a wine like smell, almost like a reisling. Little bit of clove, citrus and banana rounds things off.
T: Not much unlike the nose. Starts off with a good amount of wheat. Citrus/grapefruit comes out just a bit with some banana. There is a wine presence as well but it is more of a chardonnay and dry one at that. Kind of a strange flavor to have in here and it does draw it back just a touch. Could have done better with the fruity sweetness of reisling presence like in the nose. Clove and spice round things off. WIth all that said, the flavor is very thin. It just doesn't have a big presence and flavors are weak when they are present. They are good though.
M: Thin side of medium in body. Carbonation is light and keeps this creamy, or on the thin side of creamy. There is a light prickle from the alcohol, bringing some light heat. The beer is pretty dry at times and sweet at others. That aspect really works for the beer. Aftertaste is all clove and wheat.
D: Overall drinkability and impression is good. The aroma is fantastic, I only wish the body was a bit thicker and the flavors were a little more consistant and amplified. Other than that, it is very easy drinking and enjoyable, even with the inconsistency. Not bad at all and was a good experience. Really enjoyed it.
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