It’s been a beautiful Saturday outside, and my wife and I took the opportunity to go out and do a bit of shopping. After dinner and a beer at the new BraiZe restaurant here in town, we went home to watch the Final Four. Basketball and beer go great together, so I cracked open this one, given to me by my friend Kevin. He’s a huge fan of Triton and brought me several beers from them.
Location: Poured into a tall glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 5.4% ABV, 25 IBUs, 3.9 SRM, 140 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s straw-golden in color, and as hazy as would be expected of a wheat beer. It had a huge, fluffy white head that fell after a few minutes. It has a bready-yeasty aroma to it.
Taste & Feel: The body is light and the mouthfeel is lightly crisp from the carbonation. The flavor up front is a bit bready, almost like toasted bread. In the middle, the breadiness mixes with some malty yeastiness, but it finishes with a bit of a noble hop bitterness that slightly overtakes the bready maltiness. The breadiness and hoppiness last briefly in the aftertaste.
Food Pairing: This beer has a bit of breadiness and a little bit of noble hop bitterness, so I think it could go with almost anything. I think it would be great with spicy food, as it would tame the spiciness back a bit. Personally, I think I’d pair this with some spicy pad Thai.
Overall Impression: Sometimes it’s a bit tough to judge a wheat beer, since there’s not a ton of flavor in it – only the breadiness and yeastiness. I really enjoyed the noble hop flavor in the finish, which lightly overtook the malt and yeast flavors. Overall, it’s a solid wheat beer, with a very light hop kick on the end, which I really enjoyed. Of the american wheat beers I’ve had, I found this to be among the ones I’ve most enjoyed.