Friday, March 18, 2011

Sunset Wheat

Thanks to Valerie Bustle for being a gracious guest and bringing this beer by on one of her trips to Augustana and "The Dump" aka Tim's house... Tasted before my (Jen) first official Augie track meet!

Appearance: Extremely cloudy with what looks to be clumps of yeast floating in throughout the beer. Hue is of a deep golden yellow with a tint of orange. Foamy, thick and creamy looking head of a slight flesh color. Lacing appears on the side
Aroma: Very very sweet aroma, strong presence of candied sugars and sweet orange pulp. There is also an overwhelming flowery and perfume like aroma. Smell is definitely heavy and leads me to think it is artificial.
Taste: Although the aroma is quite strong, the flavors are less powerful. Mellow malted flavors are overpowered by the blueberries and oranges. Takes a few sips to detect hop flavors which are helpful to balancing out the sweetness from the fruit. For a wheat beer however there is not much of a wheat taste.
Mouthfeel: Light body that makes it very drinkable. Does not have very overpowering carbonation, yet I don't feel like the bubbles reveal any underlying flavors to the palate. Has a sort of creamy texture. Not much of an aftertaste either.
Overall Impression: Nothing outstanding about this beer. Other critics mention how it resembles "Fruity Pebbles" in the aroma which in turn gives me the impression of artificial flavors. Sadly, the fruitiness overpowers any flavor of wheat which kinda defeats the purpose of a "wheat beer." If you want a truly interesting and refreshing wheat beer, I would skip this and go with Three Floyd's Gumball Head instead.

Jen: 70/100
Tim: 68/100

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