The Beer Savant

September 25, 2013

Great White

Filed under: Ale,American,Witbier — hikingsandiego @ 9:24 pm
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Date: September 2013
Cost: $7.99/6-pack at Sprouts
Brewery: Lost Coast Brewery, Eureka, California
Alcohol content: 4.8%
Served: Cold in a chilled glass

As the end of summer neared, San Diego’s weather decided to get one last hot punch in before giving way to fall. The last several weeks of August/early September were wretchedly hot. Although the local libation providers were already displaying fall brews, I wanted something lighter…more refreshing…to mitigate the brutal heat. Great White seemed to fit the bill.

Great White poured a mild yellow with a slight head and lacing. It carried the scent of summer…a light wheat and citrus. And the scent carried through to its taste…light wheat and citrus, with a hint of herb. These are nice traits, yes, but I would have liked to taste them more; as it was, I found myself straining to taste anything. It’s a refreshing beer—the right lightness and crisp flavor for a hot day—but a beer can be refreshing and flavorful as well. Great White’s cousin, Tangerine Wheat Ale, is a good example of a refreshing beer that’s chockfull of flavor. I don’t think that Great White will find itself in my shopping cart again.

September 23, 2012

Tangerine Wheat Ale

Filed under: Ale,American,Fruit,Wheat — hikingsandiego @ 7:30 pm
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Tangerine Wheat AleDate: September 2012
Cost: $6.99/6-pack at Ralphs
Brewery: Lost Coast Brewery, Eureka, California
Alcohol content: 5.0%
Served: Cold in a chilled glass and chilled in the bottle

September has been brutal in San Diego: temperatures in the 90s and 100s, alternating between tropical rainforest humid and desert dry. When I saw a six-pack of Tangerine Wheat Ale on sale at Ralph’s, I thought that sounded like a nice, light, fruity beer that would put a cold kibosh on the murderous heat. And I was right.

Let me preface this by saying that it wasn’t love at first taste. My initial reaction to the first sip was that the tangerine flavor was delightful, but the ale behind it was weak. Still, not a bad summer beer.

Subsequent bottles have made this beer grow on me. Served cold, really cold on a blistering summer day, this beer is like a liquid oasis. The spicy, fruity tangerine and cold, mellow ale flavoring mixed with the chill of the fridge will make you feel civilized again. It’s a different beer with a unique flavor, and I’ll definitely buy it again.

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