5% abv. Fresh batch that I picked up the day it arrived at Rapid Liquors in Stoneham, MA. This is one of the best beers for the price that you can get anywhere. It sells here for $6.99 a six pack and brings so much flavor. It really is an incredible value and it has become my daily staple beer. I stock up with at least 3 cases every time I find it available. I should have reviewed this a long time ago, but perhaps I subliminally wanted to keep it all to myself!
It pours a hazy orange gold color with a decent white head. Pine, orange zest, and tropical fruit salad on the nose. First sip is super smooth with a light to medium body with good carbonation. Great hop bite with first sip, which is surprising for a session beer. Incredibly thirst quenching, so it goes down super easy. Dried apricot, mango, pineapple, and papaya flavors upfront with a slight orange zest and pepper finish. A touch of dankness and earthy fresh cut grass. A sweet caramel or wheat roll maltiness helps round it all off. Really the perfect beer for a summer BBQ or watching a game. I love this beer.
Bell’s Brewery, Oberon, American Wheat Ale, Comstock, MI
5.8% abv. I first had this beer while attending the Museums and the Web conference in Indianapolis in 2009. I stopped in for a snack and a beer at Scotty’s Brewhouse and it paired nicely with some chips and guacamole.
I had it again tonight thanks to a beer swap with my friend George Schwartz . Bottled on 4/6/17 . Pours a murky copper gold color with a thick white head that slowly dissipates. Spicy aroma with a touch of funk and ripe banana. Great Belgian lace. Wonderful peach, apricot, and blood orange flavors. Orange zest and white pepper zip of hop spiciness. This is an American Wheat Ale with an extra punch of hop bitterness. This beer would pair equally well with a fresh fruit salad or a bratwurst, making it a perfect summer beer. It is medium bodied yet very thirst quenching. I literally drank this beer in about 10 minutes trying to rank it…that is generally a good sign of drinkability. Honestly, this is one of the finest American Wheat beers that you will find.
Victory Brewing Company, Whirlwind Witbier, Downington, PA
I first had this 13 years ago and it looks like the label has gotten a facelift. 5.1% abv. I really love the aroma. Belgian yeast gives it an authentic witbier smell and taste. Excellent carbonation and amazingly refreshing mouthfeel that is incredibly suited to summer backyard BBQ sessions. Subtle but complex flavors include black pepper, clove, coriander, wheat crust, and a touch of lemon and orange zest at finish. This really is an excellent American witbier. Pair it up with some savory sausages or sweet Belgian waffles, you can’t go wrong either way.