Blue Magic | Right Brain Brewery

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Brewed by:
Right Brain Brewery
Michigan, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Blue Magic Lavender Wheat Ale is a uniquely different & refreshing brew. Did we mention it’s magical too? It’s brewed with local honey from Honey Pot Priory & fresh local lavender from Light Of Day Organics. This is a straight forward wheat with dried lavender. This brew has a floral nose and a wheat finish.

Added by TheBrewo on 10-10-2013

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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 8
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a few fingers of bubbly head that's here and gone. No lacing. Aroma is bready, biscuit, honey, lemongrass, some spice, and lavender. Taste follows: biscuit, honey, bright citrus, some corn notes, with lavender present throughout. This one took me back to the Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse Bay, and the breeze off the lavender farms on a warm summer day. Great summer Ale.

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Photo of tectactoe
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of chuckgietzen
2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy orange. Not very bright. Small white head.

Smell - Lavender is really nice. Super floral. I love the aroma of lavender. Very grainy wheat.

Taste - Initial slight citrus. Then lavender. Much more of the wheat ale comes out though. Grainy. Light spice and lavender in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light. Grainy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Lavender is delicious in every way and this beer showcases it really well.

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Photo of ianpstephens
4.5/5  rDev +24%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of tommy5
2.77/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of HardyA
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of stortore
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of StoutHunter
3.17/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Right Brain's Blue Magic for $1.79 at The Lager Mill. I've had this beer a long time ago and all I remember about it was that it was really heavy on the lavender, so lets see how it is now. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it goes well with the beer and it's just a little eye catching. It poured a nice golden orange color that took on more of a golden color when held to the light with a little over a fingers worth of off white head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it didn't leave much lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, but I wish it had a little better head retention and lacing.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of medium sweetness with the doughy yeast being the first to show up and that leads into the malts which impart a grainy, pale malt, sweet malt and light biscuit malt like aroma. Towards the end comes the lavender which is a little on the lighter side and it imparts a soapy and perfume like lavender aroma. This beer is has a nice aroma, the lavender isn't too overpowering.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the doughy yeast still being the first to show up and it leads into the malts which impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma. Up next comes the lavender which is just a little lighter than it was in the aroma and it imparts a pretty light lavender flavor that shows up a little into the aftertaste with no bitterness and some malty and doughy flavors. This beer is just ok, the base beer is pretty bland and the lavender barely shows up.

M- Fairly smooth, a little clean, not too crisp, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a light amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is ok, but I wish it had a little more crispness and carbonation.

Overall I thought this beer was just ok and I thought it was pretty average for the style, the first time i had this beer the lavender was way too strong, now is seems to barely show up and i think they need to settle on a nice middle ground for this beer. It didn't have that good of drinkability, one is a little more than enough for me. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance, it's a pretty nice looking beer. What I like the least about this beer is the taste and mouthfeel, they both could use some work. I might buy this beer again, if they continue to work on it and I can't say I would really recommend this beer. All in all It might be a little better than I remember since the lavender isn't some overpowering, but it still needs some work when it comes to the balance. It's one of my least favorite Right Brain beers and it's average at best for the style. Better luck next time guys this one could still use some work.

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Giggy
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Blackop555
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours orangeish gold. Foamy, medium, white head and lasts shortly.

Smells bready, floral, honey, wheat and light lavender.

Tastes light citrus, grassy and lavender. Followed by light wheat, honey and spice hint. Finish is semi dry with wheat linger. Lighter body and fizzy medium carbonation

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2.25/5  rDev -38%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of TheBrewo
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

We open a bomber, pouring a brew of pale straw coloring into our Bell’s Weizen glasses. It holds a solid two finger head of active, creamy white bubbles, showing nice retention. Wet lines of lacing are left dripping around the glasses. A definite haze cuts clarity, and no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears to be light, but the bubbles that rise are large. The aroma gives spicy and massively floral notes of dried lavender, oily hoppy grassiness, light phenolic clove, chalked wheatiness and pale malt grit, metallics, chemically sunscreen, mineral water, coriander, chamomile, and celery seed, under ripe banana fruitiness, and blue cotton candy sweetness. Our first impression is that the lavender is certainly there, and rides high along the palate for the entire sip. This is inherently a wheat beer at heart, with a sturdy bill of grain to support it. As we sip, the taste begins with oily lavender herbal qualities, that sunblock chemical bite, eucalyptus, dull cantaloupe juiciness, lemon rind, green grassy and dried pale straw graininess, cinnamon sugar, and freshly plucked mint leafiness. The middle comes to a peak chamomile, lemon balm, orange pith, heavy and dirty wheatiness, mineral earthiness, gravel, sticky bun syrupiness, oily herbal hoppiness, black pepper spiciness, subdued hollow vodka booziness, and chalk vitamin crunch. Washing through the finale is a blend of wet wheatiness, sweaty saltiness, green pea vegetals, iron, continued sweet lavender spice, rosehip, heavy honey sweetness, mineral water, jasmine, chamomile, and tannic black tea leafiness. The aftertaste breathes of more lavender, standard wheatiness, grassy and lightly citric hops, gravel, plastic phenols, salicylate, blackberry juiciness, clover and raspberry honey, wet paper towel, light gingerbread toast, and black pepper booziness. The body is light to medium, and the carbonation is medium to actively prickly. Each sip gives nice slurp, smack, cream, froth, glug, and pop. The mouth is lightly coated with wet foaminess, but this eventually gives way to puckering tartness and bite of the spice and the heavy wheatiness. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks nicely.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its unusual, innovative flavoring. This is really a bizarre but uniquely tasty beverage!! The lavender is out-of-this-world strong, affording it a heavily medicinal, apothecary type of presentation. That vibe, mixed with the name and retro label, make you kind of question what’s going on around you, and even make you a bit uneasy. That’s a bit beside the point, but it is an interesting experience nonetheless. We feel that wheat, while down-low and dirty, was the perfect base to support such a robust showing of florals and spice, which seemed to morph and include other similar aromatics and flavors throughout the tasting. The honey only helped this along, adding sweetness where you wanted it, but without taking too much from lavender that drove this guy home. Very, very interesting beer, and you should try it if you can, if not for just the experience of the thing.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 8/28/2013. Pours moderately hazy golden straw color with a 2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of lavender, lemon, pear, apple, wheat, bread, honey, floral, grass, ginger, light cinnamon, light clove, and herbal earthiness. Very nice and interesting aromas with good lavender, malt and light hop balance; with good strength. Taste of lavender, lemon, pear, apple, wheat, bread, honey, floral, grass, ginger, light cinnamon, clove, pepper, and herbal earthiness. Light floral/pepper bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, wheat, bread, honey, floral, light cinnamon, light clove, and pepper on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of lavender, malt, and light hop flavors; with nice robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy, smooth, and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming present on the finish. Overall this is a very nice spiced wheat ale! All around good balance and robustness of flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of ElleMills
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MattBreight
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of amalburg
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Kataco16
4.5/5  rDev +24%

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Blue Magic from Right Brain Brewery
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 59 ratings