Beer Review: Stone Citrusy Wit


Beer: Citrusy Wit
Brewer: Stone Brewing Company
Source: Draft
Rating: **** (8 of 10)
Comments: On tap at Saus in Boston, this is a good beer to accompany Belgian specialties.  The beer appears cloudy and orange with a foamy head.  The citrus is strong with this one from the muted orange peel aroma to the orange/lemon flavor, punctuated by coriander spice, and followed by a bitter apricot punch.  As someone who is not a fan of bitter beers, this is a pleasant exception.

Beer Review: Ballast Point Wahoo White


Beer: Wahoo White
Brewer: Ballast Point Brewing Company
Source: 12 oz. beers
Rating: **** (8.2 of 10)
Comments: This is a cloudy, straw-colored beer with a bubbly, thin head.  The aroma is a fruity spice, while the taste is orange and spice with a malty happiness.  This is a spectacular beer with a nicely-balanced, mellow flavor and is a new favorite.

 

Beer Review: Harpoon White IPA


Beer: Harpoon White IPA
Brewer: Harpoon Brewery
Source: 22 oz. bottle
Rating: *** (7.3 of 10)
Comments: Boston’s Harpoon Brewery continues their 100 Barrel Series with this Belgian IPA, a blend of a Belgian Wit with an American IPA.    The beer is cloudy and golden in appearance with a thick golden head.  It gives off a floral aroma and the taste is of bitter spice with orange and citrus flavors.  Another good beer from the Bay State.

Beer Review: Allagash White Ale


Beer: Allagash White
Brewer: Allagash Brewing Company
Source: Draft
Rating: ** (6.1 of 10)

Comments: This is cloudy, bright yellow beer with spicy, citrus aromas & flavors.  It’s a nice balance although my glass tasted somewhat weak and flat compared to previous tries of this beer.  Perhaps a bad keg or a bad pour?  At any rate, a decent refreshing beer.

Beer Review: Ommegang Witte


Beer: Witte Ale
Brewer: Brewery Ommegang
Source: Draft
Rating: ** (6 of 10)

Comments: This Belgian style beer comes from Cooperstown, NY and is an attractive cloudy, pale yellow beer served with a slice of orange.  The aroma is grassy and earthy and the taste is sharp and tangy with a citrus sweet aftertaste.  The head disappeared quickly and left behind moderate lacing.  Overall this was a decent beer, crisp and refreshing, and suited to a hot summer evening.

The Beers of Amsterdam


Here are a few beers I sampled on our recent travels in Amsterdam (not counting the six-pack of Grolsch I bought at the Albert Heijn store).

Beer: Hertog Jan Pils
Brewer:
Hertog Jan Brouwerij
Source:
Draft
Rating:
** (6.7 of 10)

Comments: A bright gold beer with a must pilsener aroma and a crisp, dry taste.  Foamy lace lines the glass.  A nice, drinkable beer.


Beer: Wieckse Witte
Brewer:
De Ridder Brewery
Source:
Draft
Rating:
** (6.3 of 10)

Comments: This is a cloudy, blond beer with a citrusy aroma and a dry, fruity taste.  The head evaporated quickly and did not leave much lacing.  Not my favorite style of beer, but not bad.


Beer: Budels Pils
Brewer:
Budelse Brouwerij B.V.
Source:
Bottle
Rating:
* (5.8 of 10)

Comments: “Just Beer,” a pilsener with a foamy, flat, golden appearance and a dry, grainy flavor.  The beer retains its carbonation and leaves a light lacing on the glass.  An OK, everyday beer.


Beer: Hertog Jan Springbier
Brewer:
Hertog Jan Brouwerij
Source:
Draft
Rating:
*** (7.0 of 10)

Comments: A deep amber beer with a fluffy head.  The scent is musty, like cannabis, or perhaps the scent pervades everything here?  Sweet & malty with fruity highlights.  Sporadic lacing lines the glass and the head disappears quickly.  A decent beer for the season.