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#29 Shock Top Belgian White

Shock Top Belgian White

#29 Shock Top Belgian White

Type: Witbier
Container: Bottle
ABV: 5.2%
Sticker Price: $6.99/6-pack of bottles

Belgians are among my (and Shilpi’s) favorite beers. I should have known from the marketing that this is the dressed-up-yet-empty-at-the-core version. I wouldn’t even pound it just to get a buzz as the cloying flavors made me nauseous halfway through one bottle.

  • Rating (5=best): 1
  • Nose: Bread dough, bit of coriander.
  • Flavor: Fruity sweetness, grapefruit, citrus rind, white pepper. Alcohol flavor comes through.
  • Finish: Quite dry, tiny bit of orange zest. Slight corn syrupy feel that reminds me of Fruit Loops residue.
  • Notes: I like Belgians but this is like the artificial candy version. No thanks.
  • Shilpi: “It’s bitter but enjoyable.”

#16 Angel City Eureka! Wit

Angel City Eureka

#16 Angel City Eureka! Wit

Type: Witbier
Container: Bottle
ABV: 5.5%
Sticker Price: $8.99/6-pack of bottles

I’m definitely in favor of drinking local. Angel City is brewed less than 5 miles from where we live. However, my first taste of their wares leaves something to be desired. They label this witbier “California Style,” and while I’m not sure what that means, it doesn’t impress. I’m sure there’s wheat in here but the carbonation and bitterness washes away most of that Belgian flavor I love. If you’re hot, thirsty and not looking for anything complex, it might just hit the spot.

  • Rating (5=best): 2.5
  • Nose: Minerals, coriander and clove. Yeast gas, like over-proofed bread dough.
  • Flavor: Quite bitter. Lots of lemon rind but not peel. Very bubbly: the carbonation whisks away a lot of flavor.
  • Finish: The carbonation takes a lot away with it but left be hind is grapefruit without the sweetness. Bitter, hoppy and crisply cleansing.
  • Notes: Thirst quenching yet too bitter for a witbier. I prefer mine more yeasty sweet and less pale ale bitter.
  • Shilpi: “I wasn’t too impressed. I felt like it was more bitter than I wanted it to be.”

#7 Double Take Belgian White

Double Take Belgian White

 

#7 Double Take Belgian White

Type: Witbier
Container: Bottle
ABV: 5.4%
Sticker Price: $6.99/6-pack of bottles

I used to hate wheat beers of any type but I’ve learned to like them, as they tend to be my lovely wife Shilpi’s favorite style. We’ve tried a lot of Double Take’s wine (and been unimpressed) so I thought I’d give their brews a try. Inoffensive and cheap for a white, this would be good to bring to a party but I’m not keen to buy another six pack soon. I do have a bread recipe that uses beer. The other four bottles might find a better use there…

  • Rating (5=best): 2
  • Nose: Corriander, celery, aluminum, bit of citrus
  • Flavor: Sweet malty notes, corriander, orange peel bitterness, all muted and blended with a creamy carbonation
  • Finish: Bitter citrus rind (not peel), tiny bit of grapefruit on the end of a short finish
  • Notes: Pleasant but unremarkable. Overall impression is of a watered-down witbier, certainly not the “head snapper” it’s billed as.
  • Shilpi: Unenthusiastic: “It’s malty; darker tasting than a white beer.”