Amber Waves Of Grain - Liberty Street Brewing Company
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Reviews by tectactoe:
3.55/5 rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
So I didn't know what to list this beer as. Because at the brewery it was called "Amber Waves". On their website, it's called "Waves of Grain". So... "Amber Waves of Grain" it is. Murky, unfiltered and hazed-out golden color, just like you'd expect from any hefe. Not much of a head, though, which is a disappointment to say the least. Just a mild, white collar, possibly from the pour itself.
The aroma is soft, soft, soft. Hefeweizens are typically "lighter" beers in the American craft beer scene that's littered with 10%+ ABV brews. But they still manage to explode with aroma and flavor like no other. Amber Waves is an even lighter hefe at 4.0% ABV, and unfortunately it loses some spunk as a result. A bit of bubblegum, clove-y spice, mint, bready yeast, very mild, soft wheat, and a faint touch of rotten banana. The aromas are their... They're just toned down too far.
The first sip indulges a nice platform of blanketing wheat and grain-y notes, complete with much yeast and fresh baked bread. The banana and fruit esters from the yeast combine to form a somewhat "banana bread" essence in the beer that's really quite pleasing. Faint residual sugar sweetness with some orange peel and very mild, sweet lemon finish. Spices go fairly unnoticed but there may be a hint of clove hidden way in the back.
It's relaxed and smooth, and it'll go down like a champ, but it looses the wonderful mouth feel that some of the best, authentic, German hefeweizens have. That nearly thick and chunky, unfiltered and yeast-ridden mouth feel. You know what I mean. This one is just a bit thin for my liking, but the carbonation levels are nice (so why the poor head?).
Certainly not the best hefe out there, but it's something nice to quaff if you happen to run out of options while you're at Liberty. Or if you're just a hefeweizen fan. It's good, it really is. But it's lacking the oomph and the punch of some of my other favorites of the style. A little bulking here or there would do this brew some good. A decent hefeweizen; nothing less, nothing more.
Serving type: on-tap
09-19-2013 16:47:46 | More by tectactoe
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