Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Beer Notes from Tuesday

Sometimes you go out on a limb, and sometimes the branch breaks underneath you. It wasn't awful, but it wasn't worth the money for a six pack...


W'09 Belgian Style Ale by Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
I'm immediately struck by the moulded glass, with a compass rose and a W inlaid in the glass itself. A ring around the bottom says "Widmer Brothers Brewing Company," as if the red and beige label would leave any doubt as to who produced this. The label is a bit much, and makes the beer seem like it's trying too hard. The beer itself pours quickly, with little carbonation. It's a transparent, pale copper, perhaps a few hues from the colour of honey.

Immediately, the odour is sweet, with a heavy citrus hand. The beer isn't particularly odiferous, even in the most encouraging of stem-ware. Despite the low carbonation, the beer has a crisp feel in the mouth. The flavour principally dominated by wheat and yeast, definitely disappointing. Before leaving the mouth dry, there seems to be a few final notes of sweetness from the W'09. It's moderately heavy at 6.5% ABV, and would be easy enough to mindlessly drink. An unengaging beer. C+: 3.05/5

5 comments:

flying fish said...

Interesting take on the bottle, I think you're right, it's a disguise for a not very exciting (brand of) beer. They used to be a decent go to beer no matter the style.

TwoYaks said...

Heh. Or they spent so much on the custom bottles that they couldn't afford to spend any on the beer...

Alaskan Dave Down Under said...

Yeah, flashy bottles and labels in the US usually mean a not so good bear but definitely better than the standard US stuff from the big breweries. I don't like beers that are too yeasty either. At 6.5% and still yeasty? They coulda fixed that by getting it to mid 7% so it wouldn't be yeasty.

Too bad you can't send homebrew to the US, I'd like to send you some of mine, oh well.

Alaskan Dave Down Under said...

pleeze scuz teh tie-poes

flying fish said...

Working in a store with an attached liquor store with smart dude selling the alcohol...the Dogfish Head beers are something to behold.