Lemongrass American Wheat - West Sixth Brewing Company

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Lemongrass American WheatLemongrass American Wheat

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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 17.48%
Wants: 0
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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West Sixth Brewing Company visit their website
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: TheBeerAlmanac on 12-08-2013

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Photo of chinchill
3.78/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lemongrass Wheat on tap at the brewpub in Lexington.

Light amber with excellent clarity. Excellent lacing.

Aroma: lemony, grassy, faint light bread.

Flavor: very nice balance of wheat and lemongrass. Lemongrass seems to displace much of the common banana. Aftertaste is a bit too bitter.

O: excellent for style, and now available in cans.

Photo of Retroman40
3.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured this into a frosted glass and drank on a hot day after some yard work.

Poured out a hazy golden color with a tight foamy head that quickly settled into a thin lace. The aroma was very light with hints of malt and fruit. The flavor was primarily malt sweetness very almost no bitter hop note at all. The mouth feel was a bit on the thin side. Overall this was not quite what I expected. It's a decent enough beer but not as refreshing as I would like in this style. I'm happy I gave it a try, but I am also happy that I purchased a single first since I probably won't buy this one again.

Photo of KYGunner
3.3/5  rDev +1.2%

I went to West Sixth on the weekend this was tapped. I found it tasted like Pine-Sol, as the deeply bitter piney hops meshed with the lemongrass to create an industrial cleaner like flavor. I felt enough allegiance to West Sixth to spare them the dismal review.Then I heard that it was going to be in cans and a plan was hatched. I would buy a can and let it sit for three months; allow the piney hops to dissipate a bit. Turns out this tastes like lemongrass and wheat malt! Very easy, sessionable and actually pretty dang good.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can, one of my friends gave this to me. Served in a Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat glass, the beer pours a hazy dark gold color with a half inch off-white head that lingered around a little while. There's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice but a bit light, it smells like wheaty/grainy malt, lemongrass/lemon and straw/grass. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some earthy floralness. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's a nice refreshing brew with a good amount of carbonation. Worth a try if you've never had it before, and would be a good choice for a hot day.

Photo of cferg88
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Very unique beer. Good for summertime consumption. You should try it.

Photo of Immortale25
3.62/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Florida Beer Co. tapered glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains very well before reducing to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a large center bump of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Some slight cereal grain sweetness with a bright shot of lemongrass right after. Smells more like a pale ale than a wheat beer.

T- Bready malt with a moderate hop bitterness and a faint trace of lemongrass in the finish. Still very little to no wheat presence detected. Decently drinkable, just not the expected flavor profile.

M- Small tingle from the hops and medium carbonation. Body is leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Would never have guessed this was a wheat beer if I didn't know beforehand. Would have scored higher if labelled as a pale ale.

Photo of metter98
3.28/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is hazy orange yellow in color. It poured with a short white head that died down, leaving wispy lacing on the surface.
S: Light aromas of caramel malts are present in the nose along with notes of lemongrass.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a little bit of sweetness from the caramel malts and has some hints of lemongrass towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be quite malty and sweet for being a wheat beer, so if you are looking for something light you might want to choose something different.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.62/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a Bell's tulip. The pour is a light, hazy gold with about 2 fingers of white fluffy head. I get some nice lemony notes on the nose along with an underlying grainy sweetness that makes the beer smell a little like a lemon drop.

Very mild flavor with a nice fruity tartness. Firm feel for such a light, easy-drinking beer. Some stoney cracker-like notes up front and then a flavor like lemon curd and fresh toast. Very little hop character here, just enough to provide an herbal accompaniment to the lemon and wheat character. Still, it drinks like a dry beer and finishes that way with a short lingering lemon-like flavor. Quite refreshing.

This is one of those beers that tastes just fine, but probably tastes a lot better when you're hot and thirsty and need some liquid refreshment fast. It's an interesting offering from West 6th and I appreciate someone trying to liven up a boring style without resorting to the cliched technique of stuffing it full of hops. This is a nice Summer beer.

Photo of Droopy487
4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I gave this beer a solid 4 all the way around. The mouth feel is very light, which matches the overall taste and smell of the beer. It is not overly hoppy or bitter, which is nice in a warm weather beer sometimes. If you want to drink a beer after being outside in the hot sun, this is definitely the go-to beer for that.

Photo of udfan07
4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good summer beer. Really enjoy the lemon taste and it's perfect for a hot summer day

Photo of woodychandler
3.87/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Once more, it pays to advertise when you are the creator and founder of The CANQuest (TM), my ongoing attempt to seek out and review EVERY CANned beer in existence. I was in Harrisburg on Saturday for a Stouts and Stilettos event as a prelude to HBG Beer Week when its founder, "Tyranny" Tierney Pomone asked if I had included this one in my quest and when I replied in the negative, she ran home (around the corner) to get it for me. Many thanks!

From the CAN: "Why a CAN? Better for the Beer. Better for Our Planet. Better on the Go.”; “Crafted by West Sixth Brewing in Lexington, [CAN]tucky”; “Please Recycle”.

The Crack! revealed another brimful craft CAN and I got a little spritz across my fingertips, to boot. It smells like lemon shandy in here! An inverted Glug produced two-plus fingers of fluffy, bone-white head with decent retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9). I put my nose into the glass and got a whiff of lemon zest/lemon tart/lemon muffin! Lemon. Mouthfeel was light, not thin, but not much above thin, either. Taste was lemony-tart, not puckeringly tart, but enough to let you know that it was a presence. Finish was dry with a lingering taste of lemon biscotti. I liked it well enough, but I know that I would really like it on a hot summer afternoon.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Applauding the effort of wheat beer, the common taste of tropical banana and clove are pushed aside; in favor of citrus and dry wheat grain. Its refreshing and zesty taste is perfectly suited for thirst quenching and cleansing effect.

But much like their Deliberation Wheat, the ale pours with a hazy appearance of gold and straw. As its racy carbonation constructs a mid-level head, it soon collapses in a part-fizzy part-frothy appearance during the later half of the session.

As the nose dips in, the profound aromas of lemon and straw take hold- along with the natural lemon, apple and pawpaw waft about. Soon after, the grassy, hay and straw flavors fold in with mild earth and spice.

And its taste is a short-lived bready-sweet flavor that's of dry bread, tangy sourdough and slim yogurt-like milky tang. As its sweetness fades and its tart grain character pronounces, its fruit flavor takes center stage: lemons, banana and pomegranate chase its middle flavor- just ahead of a spicy grass, straw and hay-like flavor closes its taste with hop bitterness and grain bite.

Refreshing at its core, the beer relies heavily on its citrusy and earhten counterparts to not only carry its flavor but its feel as well. Its early creamy bread textures are quickly shed in order to favor tangy grain textures with dry bread, mild minty alcohol and fleeting maltiness.

As a fan of Italian foods, I see the the perfect pairing potential of this beer with a classic piccata dish with white wine reduction and capers, But as a stand alone- the beer is misplaced: meant for summer this refreshing ale is a winter offering.

Photo of denver10
2.04/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.75

Pours a hazy golden orange with a slightly off white head. Aroma is heavy lemon, sweet and slightly tart, perfume, and cake. Flavor is hoppy lemonade mixed with some perfume. A medium bodied, active mouthfeel. Overall, this one was a huge miss for me. Would not drink again under any circumstance.

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

With so many full flavored beers around, it's hard to find something sessionable that can hold a candle. Their very nature leads to a lighter, less than robust experience. But occasionally you'll find one that can tread both realms and it's something special.

This beer is a hazy, copper pour with large bubbles of pitch white, fizzy foam. Aroma is surprisingly full with grain and mildly tart citrus. Not overbearingly full, but more than the average pale. It's prototypical session ale on the tongue with a manageable mouthfeel but pushes the taste boundary for the style. Lemongrass really shines in tandem with the grainy wheat, adding an extra dimension of flavor most session ales lack. It's not terribly complex and I don't think this beer will necessarily win any awards, but it's a good, full flavored beer with an ABV that accommodates multiple pints, which is exactly what I like.

1.97/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

First off I'm a huge wheat beer fanatic. I am also a huge west sixth fan. This however didn't suit my palletIt.

T-Taste well my mother happened to be over and I let her try it she Said it tastes like a what she imagined a dragon fly would taste like. I can't say she's that far off. If you like green tea or earthy tastes this is for you. I however don't prefer the taste of dirt and old shrubbery. If you could lick the inside of an old hippies soul, I believe it would taste something like this. Actual tasting notes pond water, flies,Cattails, lots of citrus I'd say that's the major note, grassy yes not to bad though. Some lavender but not over powering faint if anything. All on all it just isn't pleasant to me.

O-odor go to the store pick up a steel reserve and take a whiff. I mean it smells like day old malt liquor and tin. I can't really pick up much more.

M- manifestation Well the best part is when you swallow it because the lavender comes out and you can't taste it any longer. It never really manifests to anything besides what you want it to be is over.

This is nnot the best offering from them imo.

Photo of barczar
3.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There's a pronounced lemongrass aroma, with substantial wheat and a touch of floral hop character.

Flavor is more malty, though with more pronounced lemongrass. The finish is surprisingly bitter and earthy. More bitter than I'd prefer, but it definitely delivers on lemongrass.

Lemongrass American Wheat from West Sixth Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.