White Label | Almanac Beer Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States
almanacbeer.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sour blonde ale aged in wine barrels with spices & muscat grapes & dry-hopped with Hallertau Blanc.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 05-19-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,560
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
103
pDev:
6.33%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
14
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 103 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by Ralphs66:
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

More User Reviews:
Photo of dbrauneis
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a cloudy medium lemon yellow in color with moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy white head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of medium thick film (medium to large sized bubbles) surrounded by a large patch of thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of vinous/white grape and light to moderate aromas of coriander, slightly spicy saison yeast, and white wine + oak. There are also moderate aromas of funky tartness and hops - grape + lemongrass and citrus/grapefruit.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of pale, grainy, and wheat malts with minimal amounts of sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of vinous/white grape and funky lactic tartness. That is followed by moderate flavors of coriander, white wine, oak, and slightly spicy saison yeast. Finally there are light to moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit, spicy/lemongrass, and grape hops which contribute a light amount of bitterness which fades away quickly leaving a light lingering tartness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of acidic prickliness and a light amount of dryness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable, easy to drink with well hidden alcohol. Not overly tart or sour and I could easily see this appealing to wine drinkers as well as beer drinkers.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle into tulip. Summer 2016 release.

A: Pours a fairly clear lemon color with a thin and short-lived white head that faded into a faint collar. No lace.
S: This beers’ bottle description is spot on because I can pick out the dry hop and muscat, and spice easily over the sour blonde base beer. The nose is vinous and full notes of grape, lemongrass, pepper, herb garden, and earthy spices.
T: Follows the nose with earthy and spicy notes mixed with grape skins and vinous white wine flavors. I get notes of golden fruits, especially pear and apple juice, in the finish, and the aftertaste is full of buttery oak, creamy yeast, and a kiss of tart acidity. There just a hint of bubblegum yeast flavors as the beers warms. Buttery oak and spiced apple linger long after the swallow.
M: Medium body, great balanced mouthfeel between sweet and dry, sugary and tart, plus there is a clean and tingly spiciness throughout. The carbonation is fuzzy, soft, and subtle. Sweet overall but with a lightly tart and drying finish.
O: I consumed this bottle fairly warm, and to me it tastes almost as much as certain white wines as it does a sour beer. Tartness is toned down and the wine flavors, spices, and hops really shine. Flavors are subtle and complex.

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Photo of bpfrush
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of acurtis
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Futbolmanby
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fthegiants
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vonerichs
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
2.8/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a hazy burnt off sort of yellow color. No head nor lacing. The aroma had overly vinous sour muscat grapes. Light grassy hops, somewhat bitter with a decent level of sweet roaming in and out of the flavor. The flavor yields to the sour vinous grapes with some lemon rind and bitter grassy hops rolling in and out. Dry vinous aftertaste leading into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body. Mild carbonation yields to the drying vinous qualities souring the feel majorly. Overall, not that impressed by me and in fact overly vinous. They brew much better beers than this thing. Only disappointment I ever had by this brewery.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dflo32
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy pale golden orange, cluster of larger bubbles to one side, spotty lacing.

Aroma is pretty nice, some citrusy and oaky notes, a little soft and a light sweetness of necco wafer candy.

Taste is lighty acidic and tart, citrusy with noticeable dry hop herbaceous presence and no bitterness. Soft dry oak in the aftertaste. Light bodied with light carbonation. Fruity and pleasant, definitely something to convert wine drinkers with.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

More dry than tart. Overall a good flavor profile, the wine acidity is more prevalent than the other additives. Just would have preferred a bit more sour

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Photo of Supergenou
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gehille
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Stofko1992
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SveNss0N
3.21/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DrBier
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a NB globe to a light gold topped by a minuscule white head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of a nice bright sourness and wine barrels with some white grape notes.
T: Taste is a nice bright sourness with some clean grape flavors along with some dry hopped notes. Nice oak in here as well. Swallow is slightly citrusy and melony with more grape and oak with some lingering sour.
M: This beer is on the light side in body but it is not watery. Carbonation is low but adequate which is nice. The acidity gives this one a drying finish.
O: Overall this is another really well done and clean sour from Almanac. Great flavors and some solid complexity make this on a joy to drink. The fruit addition and the dry hopping make it do some interesting things too. Worth a try if you like the convergence of wine and beer.

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Photo of dsshuck
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stortore
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled 7/28/16, had 8/30/17.

The first pour is a bright and clear yellow, the second pour is a hazy yellow. A short, quickly dissipating head and some thin, soapy lacing. Aromas of funk, light sour and tart, wine, grapes, yeast, Hallertau hops, light lemon, spices- which pop out more as it warms, some black pepper. The taste is more sour and tart than the nose, but overall it’s still not a lot. Funk, wine, grapes, malt, Hallertau hops, light oak, spices far more subtle than the aroma. A light hop bitterness on the finish. Smooth, a bit dry, well carbonated, a solid body for the style.

Well blended flavors and great aromas. The wine barrels and the grapes are excellent, the Hallertau hops contribute a lot of character. I really like what Almanac does and this is no exception.

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White Label from Almanac Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 103 ratings