Seedspitter - Parallel 49 Brewing Company
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3.48/5 rDev -1.1%
341ml single bottle. Watermelon and brewing seems so much like chasing ghosts with a pitchfork to me.
This beer pours a hazy medium golden colour, with one finger of loosely foamy, bubbly off-white head, which leaves nothing in the way of lace around the glass as it quickly subsides.
It smells of sweet, sugary candied wheat malt, vegetal watermelon rind, a further unusual flinty graininess, and faint leafy, earthy hops. The taste is actually dominated by watermelon - huh, who knew - as the fleshy fruitiness joins the initial rind essence in overshadowing the meek wheaty, grainy malt, and quite subtle attendant witbier usual suspect spices. Again, there's a strange flinty mineral character that is easy enough to ignore, as are the ethereal, as best, weedy hops.
The bubbles are definitely quite sedate, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, those edgy mineral notes biting back a bit at this juncture. It finishes still fruity, still a wee bit grainy, and still a bit flinty, all under a nicely moderated off-dryness.
Well, I've tried a few watermelon flavoured beers before, and it was all I could do to discern even the faintest echo of said fruit. Not here, nosirreee Bob! This is big on the fleshy, rindy, seedy (?) goodness that is one of my summertime indulgences, which also seems somehow to marry well enough with a rather plain witbier. Interesting, though I don't know how many of these I'd want to put back, back to back.
11-21-2012 01:58:50 | More by biboergosum
3.8/5 rDev +8%
A - clear golden, short head resulted in a clear glass of semi bubbly golden brew with not much head to speak of
S - big wheaty and pilsnery hop aromas, mild sweet watermelon bubbalicious gum aroma makes an appearance that sticks like the gum
T - big stuggle between wheat and cracker grain malt with the sweet watermelon and bubble gum flavlours, with a perfumy hop presence on the side, they basically make a nice compromise as the malt brings up the front while the hops & profile ingredient holds down the rear
M - a little on the light side with mlidish carbonation, but does bring up some body with a very fruity and perfumy feel that ends dry
O - don't know that i've tried an watermelon brew but it seems the sweet and mild flavour of the fruit goes well with the characteristics of a whitbier, would like to see more of this around
11-12-2012 06:21:19 | More by joemcgrath27
British Columbia (Canada)
3.93/5 rDev +11.6%
A: Pours a hazy golden wheat with about 2 fingers of white head which quickly dissipates into a thin rim around the glass. I don't normally mention the bottle - but eight the emblem embossed into the glass and an old-timey watermelon spitter grinning ear to ear the bottle itself warrants a 2 thumbs up.
S: Instant scent of watermelon upon opening the bottle, although tho is less noticeable in the glass. Scents of wheat, citrus, coriander and white pepper on the nose. Background scents of tangy sweetness.
T: Initial taste of cream of wheat cereal, citrus peel, coriander and white pepper and finishes with a nice blast of cool watermelon. Very clean and crisp and easy drinking. Even though this is a fruit flavoured wit, it remains true to the wit style.
M: Light bodied with medium carbonation. Clean, crisp and dry.
O: This is an excellent summer patio drinking beer. It is a nice representation of a traditional wit while adding a unique summer finish. Well worth seeking out.
07-22-2012 02:20:09 | More by FondueVoodoo
3.6/5 rDev +2.3%
Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice white head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves next to no lacing.
Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of wheat, watermelon, coriander and citrus.
Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some dominant wheat malts, light sugary watermelon, coriander and faint citrus.
Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.
Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by decent flavors and aromas.
06-02-2014 23:10:26 | More by SebD
3.23/5 rDev -8.2%
Appearance - Pours a clear yellow gold with a thin amount of white bubbly head. Lots of bubbles to be seen.
Smell - Watermelon, wheat, orange.
Taste - Watermelon followed with wheat, grains, and orange. This is a weird taste - not necessarily in a bad way, just unusual.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A little watery.
Overall - An interesting experimental wit by Parallel 49. I'm not quite sure what to think of the flavour other than it is an acquired taste. Falls a little short in the wit category (missing that coriander and cloudiness).
11-24-2012 02:43:12 | More by leaddog
3.33/5 rDev -5.4%
Parallel 49's Seed Spitter pours an ever so slightly hazy gold with a thin head. The aroma is rindy watermelon, with some overripe fruitiness. The flavor is dominated by watermelon, with some nice crisp wheat character. The perceived sweetness from the watermelon fades and the beer finishes fairly dry. I don't taste any spices, or character from the yeast like I would expect from a wit. Overall a fairly interesting beer to have in a mix pack.
09-17-2012 05:26:20 | More by ericj551
Seedspitter from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.