Lemon Wheat - Abita Brewing Co.
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Reviews by xare:
3.9/5 rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75
Got a growler of this to go, as I wanted something light and summery to drink after completing a massive yard project. First pour - a breathtaking hazy (clear at bottom, cloudy at top, gradually getting hazier) lemon color. Insane soft carbonation creates a 1-2" fluffy and creamy head that didn't disappear.
Smell is of what with light lemon undertones. Smells a bit south of 'clean', but not off-putting. Not entirely appealing either. You know it's a beer. You'll drink it.
Taste is of light Meyer lemon (not regular lemons) blended with a hint of coriander and a touch of cream. Almost tastes like a hard lemon cream candy.
Mouthfeel is superb. I only wish all wheat beers and heavily carbonated beers had as smooth a mouthfeel as this one does. Finishes with a soft clean feeling, with light bubbles massaging your tongue before you swallow. Every swallow you make of the head gives it a light effervescence that accentuates the light lemon flavor.
I like lemons. I was expecting a heavy lemon flavor, but I was blown away by how balanced this beer was. It far exceeds some of Abita's other seasonal "fruit/nut" beers, such as Pecan Harvest and Strawberry Harvest. It's probably superior to Purple Haze, which was my previous favorite flavored Abita beer.
Definitely drink this one during a hot day. It'll cool you down. And yet, I wouldn't reach for this beer all the time. Given a choice between this and Bud Light (with no other factors to be considered) and I'd pick this every time. Above Blue Moon as well. But it's no match for something like Hofbrauhaus Munich Weizen.
In short - this is a superior mid-level beer. Treat it as such.
Serving type: growler
06-08-2013 20:12:28 | More by xare
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3.58/5 rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 10/22/2013. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy bright golden color with a 2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of lemon zest, orange zest, floral, grass, wheat, bread, light honey, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of lemon, hop, malt, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength, a bit perfumey. Taste of lemon zest, orange zest, pear, wheat, bread, cracker, floral, grass, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of lemon zest, orange zest, wheat, bread, cracker, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and robustness of lemon zest, malt, hop, and yeast ester notes; with no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a slightly creamy, smooth, and crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a pretty good wheat ale. Good balance and robustness of flavors; and very smooth a crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.
Serving type: bottle
10-19-2013 05:07:11 | More by superspak
3.26/5 rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
A- Cloudy yellow, two finger head that doesn't last long, some carbonation
S-Ehh. Artificial lemon with slight wheat. Nothing else.
T-Artifical lemon. Bland wheat. No bitterness. No hops.
M-Light, not carbonation, watery.
O-Picked up to round out a mix-a-six for the discount. This beer was essentially free but man it was not overly enjoyable. Abita went way wrong on this.
Serving type: bottle
09-17-2013 02:23:53 | More by rlee1390
Lemon Wheat from Abita Brewing Co.
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