Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Windmill Wheat

Purchased this with a sampler 12 pack in Bettendorf, IA at the Hy-vee where Jen and I dropped off over 150 bottles and got $11! That money was cycled right back into the beer fund.
Appearance: A sunny straw glow to it with visible micro-bubble carbonation. Mediocre foam filmed head. Turbidity is high but completely uniformed. 
Aroma: Very yeasty with touches of citrus and sourdough bread. There is a rich smell of orange zest at the nose, then finishing in a pungent barn-like smell, typical to the usual wheat. Subtle notes of banana, and other fruit phenols. 
Taste: Citrus enthuses the palate first followed by the yeastiness. I find that this beer has a lot more spicing towards the end. Banana is most apparent here with the accompaniment of cloves. I like that this is a lager because it gives the beer more of a crisp finish that finishes pretty clean aside for some remaining wheat flavors on the palate. Zest and sour-citrus permeate through the interspersed flavors, furthering the complexity. 
Mouthfeel: Thicker but the carbonation helps loosen it up. Medium tackiness. Carbonation incorporates a little prickle on the tongue that is a bit more aggressive than most. But given the circumstances that this is a lager, I can expect it. 
Overall Impression: Definitely unique for what I’m used to. Quite a complex beer, especially as it is a Wheat Lager. Very refreshing and very drinkable.


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