Profiled by Maria Devan for PGA
Pours a cloudy and beautiful pale yellow with a short head of loose white foam that falls fast and does not leave any lace. The middle of the beer seems to glow a bit with a light as it passes through the haze.
The nose is graceful and has the malt up front. Wheat sweetness with a bit of the coriander laid in earthy. So it’s what but a bit edgy. There’s chamomile and that’s floral and sweet. There’s a soft breath of lemongrass faintly in the background and the orange peel comes up earthy to the nose as well.
The taste is subtle but spicy. As the ingredients combine they create a very unique flavor. The what is dry and crisp, the chamomile floral and sweet the lemon grass is also faint on the palate. The surprise is the subtle and gentle orange. it’s not loud but it is powerful. It too has an earthiness but it brings the sweetness of the orange t the drink in a way that is light yet juicy. Drinks softly and pleasantly. Crisp lager carbonation that is perfect with a just enough bite.
The mouthfeel is somewhat creamy in defiance of the spicy character.
Welcome to the PGA beer rating system: one beer “Don’t bother.” Two: Eh, if someone gives it to you, drink. Three: very good, go ahead and seek it out, but be aware there is at least one problem. Four: seek it out. Five: pretty much “perfecto.”
Maria Devan lives in Ithaca, NY and is frequent reviewer of beer and a beer lover deluxe.