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Troublesome - Off Color Brewing

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very good

440 Ratings
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Ratings: 440
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 25
Gots: 32 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Off Color Brewing visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Gose |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 06-17-2013)
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4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Troublesome – Spiced Wheat Beer (4.3%) - Off Color Brewing (Illinois)

App: Solid golden pour with slight greenish hues to the extremities of the glass. Head is very thin. Weak ring of bubbles clings to the edge. No lacing at all.

Smell: Aroma is bright, grainy, and slightly sour with some strong aroma of lemon and a slight pepper like characteristic. Definitely got that sour twinge high in the nose.

Taste: Taste is bright, with a cider like acetic quality that shines through. Coriander lends a slight spiciness which compliments the semi-dry finish very nicely. Almost akin in acidity to white grape juice, with a similar puckering quality. The thing that makes this beer great is the finale. After the initial hints of white pepper, lemon and grainy sweetness, the hops bitterness appears and mingles with a lacto sourness long after the swallow. This might be the ultimate porch on a hot summer afternoon beer. Top notch.

Mouth: Medium bodied but slightly slick. Slightly dry and spicy in the aftertaste. Carbonation is overall very low, but this brew never feels oily or like it's sticking to your tongue.

Home tasting, 12oz bottle into Snifter. 4/9/14.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 00:11:19 | More by ZoomanCru
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

04-06-2014 02:21:25 | More by Hellpop65
Photo of kojevergas


3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with fantastic label art and a polished glossy style label as well a an unbranded silver pry-off pressure cap acquired from the very generous Duff27 in one of our many trades and served into a New Belgium tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given Duff27's implicit recommendation. The brewery's website calls this a "Blended wheat beer" but does note that lactobacillus and salt are used, so I can see why some would call it a gose. I'm reviewing it as a blended wheat beer, but I'll consider its merits as a gose as well.

Served cold - at fridge temp. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Fair frothiness. Head retention is average - about 2 minutes. Even when I tilt the glass, I can't get any lacing to stick to its sides.

Body colour is a clear translucent yellow of above average vibrance. Appears adequately carbonated. Good clarity. Clean looking; there's no visible hop sediment or yeast particles.

Overall, it's a good looking wheat beer - though it does appear filtered, which I didn't anticipate. It's far from unique or special, but there are no obvious flaws and it's looking pretty good in a general sense. I'm excited for the first sip.

Sm: Wisps of lemon zest and lemongrass. It's quite grassy, indeed. Floral hop character. Crisp full wheat. Clean barley. Munich malts. Honey. Some fruity tartness. Cream. Pilsner malts.

Looking at the label, I notice oats are listed as an ingredient; I didn't pick them up blind, but I do now that I'm prompted. I'll say the same about the coriander; it's not real prominent.

The lactobacillus bacteria is very subtle, but well integrated, lending the aroma a clean funkiness. That said, it does have a very sterile clinical feel; this isn't the complex bacterial aroma of truly spontaneously fermented beer like a traditional lambic.

This is one hell of a fresh flaked wheat aroma. Some hints of cereals and grains -dareisay even maize - complement the flaked wheat nicely.

The sweetness/tartness/bitterness balance seems near ideal. The more I smell this, the more I find it appealing. It's a soft perfumey pleasant aroma of average strength.

I don't detect any salt, alcohol, overt yeast, or any off-notes.

T: Wow. The core of the beer is a wonderful flaked wheat foundation, which is supported well by hints of cereals as well as clean barley, pilsner malts, more wheat still, and a dash of munich malts. Maybe even some faint honey? It's got a nice sweetness to it without pushing it too far. It's certainly fruity, which I think is a mixture of the hop profile and the tartness of the lactobacillus bacteria. I get lemongrass, hints of lemon zest, and some other less distinct tart fruits. In any case, the subtlety of the lactobacillus is fantastic. Just a bit of clean funkiness, but nothing too substantial.

As much as I search, I don't pick up on any salt, coriander, or even oats.

Overall, this beer has a lovely balance and almost a gestalt build. It's certainly cohesive and boasts some impressive amplitude and layering of flavours. This flavour profile offers subtlety and nuance rare in a wheat beer. It could be more intricate and complex, but that might ruin what's working - the artful simplicity and elegant balance. Above average depth and duration of flavour. Average intensity of flavour.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-flavours come through.

I really like this. I just hope no one is walking into this expecting a sour beer or a true gose.

Mf: Crisp, clean, smooth, wet, refreshing, and soft. An approachable and enjoyable texture befitting the flavour profile of this tasty wheat beer. Complements the flavour profile nicely, with a good presence and weight on the palate. Thickness and body are both aptly moderate. Hides its ABV well. The lactobacillus lends it a light smackiness which is a lovely touch.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

Dr: This is a surprisingly enjoyable wheat beer with plenty of flavour and ample nuance. Its artful balance and effortless drinkability will impress the most discerning of drinkers. I'd absolutely recommend it to friends, and if I could snatch it up by the 6 pack at my local shop, I imagine I'd be doing so on a regular basis. I already want another. This is almost the kind of quality wheat beer I'd expect from a brewery like New Glarus. Shockingly tasty.

I hadn't heard of Off Color brewing before, but they immediately have my attention.

Low B+

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 02:07:39 | More by kojevergas
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

04-05-2014 21:12:27 | More by smokeypeat
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North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Milky yellow topped with a thin head that drops to a creamy ring. Aromas of grainy wheat, lemon, lactic funkiness, spicy/leafy notes, and a little coriander. Tart, tangy flavor upfront followed by a load of fresh wheat toastiness and citrus. Coriander sweetness, a slight mineral quality, peppercorn, less lacto funk than the smell. Fairly light and crisp with only a bit of pucker lingering. An interesting, quite refreshing beer. Soft, tart, and savory...

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 02:35:10 | More by wedge
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

04-04-2014 23:50:17 | More by jfcaa193
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

04-03-2014 13:47:31 | More by MikeCactusGordon
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3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a dull, light lemon golden color with a wispy white head that quickly fades. Slight haze.

S- Acidic lemon, coriander, clove, and wheat. Not overpowering, but fresh and spry.

T- Clean and crisp with a well timed level of tart kicking in to make things interesting. The yeast comes together really well with the coriander and fruit notes.

M- Just simply one of the most refreshing beers I've had in a while. Perfect summer beer. Clean, easy drinking, and thirst quenching. Light body.

O- One of the better wheat beers out there. It light, refreshing, and tart.

$3 for a 12 oz bottle. Pair with an herb chicken salad

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 03:26:26 | More by Bosoxfan20
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

03-31-2014 22:46:47 | More by JimmyFlatRock
Photo of ArrogantB


3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle that I believe I paid $3.99 for which if this is gose then i guess they priced it to be in line with imported gose? Either way its not cheap for a bottle of 4% wheat beer. Appearance is a hazy yellow-orange, ok head. Aroma is a slight bit of bile at first which must be from teh lacto? Maybe not. The bile subsides and then a decent wheat aroma takes over. The flavor was quite mild and easy to drink, wheat and yeast but i didn't really taste any saltiness at all.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 15:36:52 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky light yellow-orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, wheat, lemon, and coriander aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour wheat, lemon, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and fairly light and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 05:41:18 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Off Color Brewing has perhaps my favorite labels in the beer game. Troublesome pours a slightly cloudy yellow color with a shallow, white head.

S-Quite interesting. Coriander is the first thing I pick up on. There is some light lacto and tangy wheat. A little hint of tartness.

T-Wet wheatiness with the coriander that is a bit more buttoned up. Some lemony flavors, maybe lemon meringue. Soft lacto that lends only the slightest hint of tartness. Finishes with a soft, yet lingering saltiness.

M-Very light bodied. Salt adds a savory element to the feel. Buzzing carbonation. Drinks easily.

O-Love the labels and also love the fact that they brewed a Gose in a 12 oz. bottle at a very reasonable price. The beer itself isn't half bad as well.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 22:05:58 | More by VelvetExtract
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3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with minimal head. The nose starts with a heavy cereal malt/ wheat component. Very bready with waves of lemon and notes of coriander. The predominant note is grain. The flavor starts with a light dry and tart note and quickly gives way to heavy bready wheat notes. The finish brings in some citrus notes and is quite dry. Mouthfeel is very light and highly carbonated. This is a very refreshing and easy drinking beer. It reminds me a bit of a berliner with less tartness and more malt character. Definitely not your average run of the mill 6 pack brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 05:09:17 | More by homebrew311
Troublesome from Off Color Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 440 ratings.