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Tasting – Wai-iti Summer Wheat

05/08/2014

Wai-iti

The end of summer has been really warm over here and this beer has gone down well in the heat even though it really wasn’t quite the thing I was aiming for.

Appearance : Pours with a white head that settles down to a finger wide fluffy foam that leaves a nice lacing as the surface goes down. Colour is pale yellow with a slight haze. Not a bad-looking summer beer.

Smell : Lime and some spiciness. No banana at all despite the hefe yeast, which is a good thing in my book. Some bready malt hints.

Taste : Some citrus notes followed by a bready graininess from the wheat.  After you sip the palate is left slightly “short” and leaves you wanting for more taste. Bitterness is on the soft side, suitable for a beer this small.

Mouthfeel :  Unfortunately this is not one of my best session beers when it comes to mouthfeel. The body is on the thin side and watery. People often think that wheat gives a richer mouthfeel but I have to say I don’t agree.

Notes/thoughts : Not bad but not especially good either. An ok-ish beer for warm weather, I would not want to drink anything with a higher alcohol content when the meter shows 30C+ outside. The Wai-iti hops give a nice distinct lime citrus aroma but it doesn’t have the strength of some of the American varieties. I don’t think it could carry an IPA or even a Pale Ale just by itself but could work well in tandem with another more robust variety (talking about aroma here, with an alpha value of ~3% it is obviously not suitable for bittering). Not much else to tell about this beer really, an ok-ish summer beer that could be a bit more fuller. Perhaps some third malt could be used to give more mouthfeel, flaked rye perhaps?

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