Troublesome - Off Color Brewing
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District of Columbia
4/5 rDev +4.7%
Appearance: hazy straw gold with only a ring of head. Lines of bubbles floating enthusiastically from the deep.
Nose: distinct wheaty aroma; sweet pilsner malts with a lacticity. Lemon hop notes and a mild spice trail (coriander, clove)
Taste: surprisingly sweet, though effervescence cuts through nicely. Pils-y and wheat-y. Hop flavor is lemony, which melds nicely the faint acidity from the lacbacillus. Nominal bitterness. The finish is tea-like—herbal and spicy—but a little bland.
Overall: this brew has subtleties and little sex appeal (i.e. not barrel aged, not very sour or hoppy), but is quite a nice sip, nonetheless. It’s likely too sweet: it would be more quaffable if somewhat drier, or perhaps more highly carbonated. Additionally, the lactobacillus may under-deliver, but its subtlety is commendable.
08-31-2014 22:56:13 | More by bruachan
4/5 rDev +4.7%
Off Color Brewing "Troublesome"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness dating.
$3.25 @ Stinky Bklyn, 215 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY
I can't deny that marketing affects me. When I saw the label on this beer I just had to try it. In addition to the artwork, the label also reads "SECRET INGREDIENTS: Coriander, Lactobacillus"...
It looks like a Berliner weiße or Belgian witbier with a light straw gold body that's gently hazy and a short but creamy bright white head. The smell is a touch off-putting at first. To me it smells like spent grain, and perhaps a little bit of that "old bar" smell where dripping draft lines have left small puddles of beer in some unseen area, covered in white mold. Beyond that there's coriander, and the combination gives a bit of a wet straw or damp plywood character. The flavor is much the same, with the flavor of the lactobacilus coming in right up front, followed by bright coriander, and then sweet malt that gently fades away. It's tart, but not overtly so, and the balance of tart going to sweet is interesting. Oddly I find it a bit salty as well... ? ... and I see that it's listed on Beer Advocate as a Gose beer, but that's not on the label, nor is salt listed as a "secret ingredient"... but of course, it is (I checked their website). So now it all makes sense. Well that's great. Personally I find the salt a bit strong, but that's up to the brewer to decide. It's curious, charming, and ultimately, refreshing and enjoyable. It's not the best gose bier I've had, but I'm impressed and I'll have to try seek out and sample more beers from them.
08-27-2014 14:38:51 | More by NeroFiddled
2.75/5 rDev -28%
Interesting, but ultimately distasteful. Enjoy Gose very much, but found the lacto way too prominent to the extent that taste devolvd to sour milk aftertastes. Seemed a relatively nicely made beer. Would try the brewery again,.Maybe just a bottle that wasn't the best.
08-23-2014 10:40:40 | More by BillRoth
3.5/5 rDev -8.4%
I got this as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99 at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL. 12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.
The beer poured a cloudy yellow color with just a ½-finger of white head that dissipated in less than 30 seconds and leftr no lacing whatsoever.
The beer smelled like wheat, fruit, funk, and spice.
Wheaty flavor with a big lemon twang and hefty dose of coriander spice. Not much in the way of hop bitterness.
Light bodied with really high carbonation. Salty aftertaste.
A very different and interesting beer. Easy to drink with the low 4.3% abv.
08-19-2014 07:54:55 | More by matjack85
Troublesome from Off Color Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 508 ratings.