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Victory Whirlwind Witbier

Posted in Uncategorized, Wheat with tags , , , , , on August 16, 2012 by Steve

Victory Whirwind Witbier – Brewed by Victory Brewing Company out of Dowington, PA – 5.0%

First, I apologize and hope Victory doesn’t mind me stealing their picture. I took one and it seems like my phone deleted it along with all my other beer pictures. Bastard.

Whirlwind Witbier was voted 2005 Best of the Mid Atlantic / Southeast Belgian Wit (vit) at some competition or other. It smells like a wheat beer with its lemony citrus goodness and I guess that is to be expected since it is a wheat beer. Immediate thoughts after my first sup were that it’s not too bad, but I’ve had better. It’s a pretty light, sessionable beer and goes down quick, but I think when it comes to a wheat beer, I want more flavor or more, I don’t know, something. It’s lacking something that puts it above other wheat beers. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing either. Maybe I was just expecting more from Victory as a number of their other brews are downright delicious.

I see no reason most people wouldn’t enjoy this beer. It’s light, citrusy, and it doesn’t taste horrible. Just think it’s a little too light for my tastes. I almost wonder if there is too much citrus overwhelming any other possible flavors. Who knows, I’m no expert and my palate is suspect.

Final Rating –  (3.5 pints)

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Purple Haze, Abita Brewing Company

Posted in Wheat with tags , , on July 28, 2012 by bizzlepop

Let me start by saying that I’m very excited to publish my first review. I will be posting, or at least attempting to post, every Friday as a contributing writer for Beersighted.

Today, I will be tackling Purple Haze. A light, fruit/wheat beer brewed just outside New Orleans, Louisiana, in the town of Abita Springs. Don’t let the 4.2% abv fool you, this is much more than your average light beer. Crisp and refreshing, the raspberry puree that’s added after the filtration process does a nice job keeping the wheat from taking over, and adds the perfect amount of sweetness.

When I think 4.2% abv, I immediately think of Bud Light, Coors Light and Michelob Ultra. These are the kind of beers that will get you full before they get you drunk. Not to be confused with these volume beers, Purple Haze combines a light drinkability with the flavor  of a heavier, small batch craft beer. Honestly, I’m not sure if my lack of descriptive words is due to this being my first review, or because the beer is just THAT good.

Yesterday, I enjoyed the majority of a growler of Purple Haze. It was so good that I was done drinking before I could get any notes in. Now, I’m halfway through a 6 pack, and I can’t believe how good it tastes out of a bottle. Now I’m a firm believer in the Draft>Bottle>Can methodology, and will ALWAYS encourage a beer to be enjoyed from a tap, however, the bottle is damn near as good as the growler I had yesterday. Overall, this beer cracks my all time top 5. Go get some as soon as possible! -BW

Final Rating- (5 Pints)

Two Brother’s Ebel’s Weiss

Posted in Hefeweizen, Wheat with tags , , on July 13, 2012 by Steve

Ebel’s Weiss – Brewed by Two Brother’s Brewing Company out of Warrenville, IL – 4.9% alcohol

This is a hefeweizen (German Wheat) style beer with a banana and vanilla aroma. I thought that by the looks of the label, with the flowers, that this would be a weak chick beer. I was wrong. I don’t know if I just have a thing for hefeweizens or wheat beers, but once again, I’m a fan.

This is a nice, smooth, refreshing brew. Tastes delicious and when the 6 pack is gone I’m going to wish I had more. Two Brother’s specializes in rare and seldom-brewed beers. I’m not sure how rare hefeweizens are, but who cares. This shit is awesome.

Final Rating – (4 Pints)

Florida Beer Company’s Key West Southernmost Wheat

Posted in Wheat with tags , on November 10, 2011 by Steve

Key West Southernmost Wheat – Brewed by Florida Beer Company from Melbourne, FL – ?% alcohol

Yet another real tasty beer. I seem to be on a string of good luck with the beers I’ve been picking out. That, or I just like EVERYTHING. Anyway, this brew is good. Slight taste of orange (Florida Beer Company…) and it says key lime, but it’s just oranges to me.

Real light, high drinkability. Probably even better on a hot summer day. I would definitely buy this again or get it out on tap if I ever saw it.

Final Rating – 4.5 Pints (4.5 pints)

Magic Hat Circus Boy

Posted in Wheat with tags , on September 28, 2011 by Steve

Magic Hat Circus Boy – Brewed by Magic Hat Brewing Comapny – 4.4% alcohol

I wrote this review a long time ago and somehow totally forgot to post it. So here we go…

Magic Hat Circus Boy. Those of you that know me, know that recently I’ve become a HUGE fan of Magic Hat, especially their #9 Not Quite Pale Ale. I’ve never heard of Circus Boy, so of course when I saw it, I had to try it.

It’s a wheat beer, or to be correct, it is THE hefeweizen. And once again, Magic Hat does not disappoint. Sometimes wheat beers can be a little overbearing. I don’t know what it is about them, but they can just be too much in your mouth (that’s what she said. ZING!). Magic Hat of course, as expected, does it the right way though.

It’s awesome. Goes down smooth, has a great taste and it’s just simply the shit.

During the summer I’m know to pick up some #9 or some Wacko from the Magic Hat folks, but seeing as this brew is a year round beer….I very possibly could have found a new favorite.

Final Rating – 4.5 Pints (4.5 pints)

Troeg’s DreamWeaver Wheat Ale

Posted in Ale, Wheat with tags , , , , on September 22, 2011 by Steve

Troeg’s DreamWeaver Wheat Ale – Brewed by Troeg’s Brewing Company – 4.8% alcohol

Ok…why the hell does this beer smell like cinnamon? Their website says “Spicy, peppery, clove taste with a slight hint of bananas.” I definitely didn’t smell any bananas, but that spicy, peppery smell? Yea…it smells like Big Red Chewing Gum.

They also say right on the bottle to pour 3/4 into a glass, swirl, and then poor the rest. I don’t usually put brew into a glass (though I think I may start…). It definitely has that Big Red spiciness to it. I’m not even really sure what to think of this. I’ve never had any beer that had this type of spice and flavor to it and wasn’t really expecting it.

I drank the other 2 of these, and I mean, they are good, but I don’t think this is what I want from a beer. It’s just a little too different for me I guess.

Final Rating – (2 pints)

21st Amendment – Hell or High Watermelon

Posted in Wheat with tags , on July 27, 2011 by Steve

Hell or High Watermelon – Brewed by 21st Amendment Brewery from San Francisco, CA – 4.9% alcohol

I have never heard of 21st Amendment, but looking at their collection of beers, I can’t wait to try more. They

have “Monks Blood”, “Fireside Chat”, “Brew Free or Die IPA”, and many others. They sound so fun!

Anyway, this was another brew I tried on tap at The Wherehouse, the same night I tried the Summer Shandy. Before I arrived, my homeboy Jay texted me saying “I’m trying this watermelon beer at The Wherehouse, you have to try it”. I don’t think he was aware of our plans to go to dinner there that night, but I’m glad he told me about this beer.

It’s a watermelon flavored wheat beer that again, does the whole fruit thing the right way. Surprisingly, it’s not red, which I expected. It looks like your normal wheat beer. You can definitely smell the watermelon, and before tasting it, I was expecting to be overpowered by the taste of watermelon. I wasn’t. It hits you with just the right watermelon after taste that makes you wanting more. Simply delicious.

The day we went to dinner, it was a brutal scorching hot day here in NY. I left work with my temperature gauge reading 106. Drinking this at a restaurant off tap and this day was awesome. It’s an excellent beer to come in to and cool off with. I won’t lie, I did feel like a chick drinking it, but who cares. Good beer is good beer and that should be enough for anybody.

The 21st Amendment Brewery is located at 563 2nd Street, San Francisco, CA 94107. They are also a restaurant and the menu looks amazing. Not sure if they do tours, but they are open daily. If your out that way, definitely stop in and check them out.

Final Rating – 4.5 Pints (4.5 pints)