Illegal Ale-Ien | Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant

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Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant
Maine, United States

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A hybrid kolsch/wheat beer brewed with organic blue agave nectar. Light in color and finish.

Added by ToasterChef on 06-08-2009

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Novare Res.

Pours a hazy golden yellow color, huge huge creamy head that fills the glass (makes me think there was something wrong with the tap line even though it's on nitro), leaves tons of lacing.

Smell is citrusy and light hopped with a good malt backing.

Taste is mildly hoppy and bitter but is evened out with the malt sweetness, strength is well hidden. The first taste was pretty much all creamy head, quite surprising for the style, after the head faded, the carbonation tasted a little flat but for the first half of the pint it was quite good.

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Three Tides, Belfast, ME

A hybrid of a wheat beer and a Kölsch brewed with blue agave nectar. Light and surprisingly tasty, as I'm not a big Kölsch fan.

Poured a slightly hazed straw-yellow with a foamy finger of white head. Light, sweet malt aroma, with some citrusy hops noticeable. Toasted biscuit taste, very light, some floral hops, honey (or agave nectar, I suppose) and just a tad of citrus, with a clean malt finish. Looks are deceiving, for this light beer is pretty complex. Crisp and easily drinkable.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap and served in a tulip, the beer is a hazed, copper-orange coloring with a filmy, white, sparse head. Nose of toasted wheat and floral highlights. Flavors are roasted grains and honey balanced throughout. Very balanced. Smooth bodied and easy to drink despite the higher ABV. Subtle honey sweet aftertaste, with a grainy roast character to keep it in check. Smooth, light, clean finish. Very solid, strong brew.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew has morphed into about 8% according to the brewery. Pours a bright yellow with a white head. Almost a wheat cracker flavor upfront and then I could notice the blue agave flavor. Some minor notes of hops, but not overpowering. This beer is very easy to drink. The alcohol is well hidden.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my Uprising Chalice at Novare Res. This beer pours a golden straw color and has a thick white head of tiny bubbles. You can see plenty of additional carbonation bubbles rising in streams inside the glass. The aroma is of wheat and grass, which isn't too surprising, considering this is a hybrid kolsch/wheat beer. This is a full-bodied beer, it is kind of thick. There is some sweetness up front in the taste, as well as some hop bitterness. I found it to have pleasing amount of carbonation. According to the brewey's website, this beer is brewed with blue agave nectar, which may have been a taste I couldn't identify. They also say it is served on a nitro-tap, which explains the impressive looking head. Overall, a fine beer for a warm summer day, a very good one to enjoy outside in the sun.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear amber color with a fingers worth of head that quickly fades down to almost nothing

S: Some agave sweetness right up front along with a bit of fruitiness. Also get a hint of the wheat

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with quite a bit of agave sweetness and fruitiness. Goes into the wheat malt and an almost cherry/almond note. Alcohol nicely hidden away behind the agave

M: Medium bodied with light-moderate carbonation

O: Labeled as a hybrid kölsch, it definitely has the fruity aspect down. The curveball of the agave and both the flavor and sweetness that it brings is a nice change of pace and is the highlight of the beer. Drinks extremely easily for being 7.3%. Worth a shot

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