Watermelon Wheat - Finger Lakes Beer Company
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4.15/5 rDev +36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Romping through the finger lakes, right off on Rte. 54. Sampled a few beers and decided to go with an unsampled one for the growler.
A: The ale is a light amber color, translucent. A thick helping of white head does the ale good.
S: Lactic tartness wafts out of the glass, the wheat is mighty strong here. The nose, in fact, has such a bite that I'm tempted to call it a Berliner weissebier due to that tartness. Watermelon steps in near the finish, adding a sugary sweetness. The tart bite of the wheat, though, very dry and appetizing, is the highlight of the nose whether it is intentional or not.
T: Lemony citric from the start - the acidity really shines through. It's not a biting bitterness, just pleasantly assertive. Watermelon is not present initially but, after the first few sips, manages to come through. Like the fruit, its sweetness isn't overpowering but it does register in every sip, cutting into the lactic bite of the wheat. While present, the fruit doesn't linger long, disappearing back into the morass of the citric wheat.
M: A stunning beer. I wasn't expecting this much nuance based on my past experiences with Finger Lakes. The wheat fires on a tight rotation, lemony and strong, with the watermelon adding sweet relief. Dry, the ale is quite refreshing. I'm missing it already.
Serving type: growler
09-02-2012 18:22:39 | More by akorsak
Watermelon Wheat from Finger Lakes Beer Company
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