Chardonnay Summer Ale
Spearhead Brewing Company

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Style:
Belgian Saison
ABV:
4.3%
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Avg:
3.44 | pDev: 11.92%
Reviews:
2
Ratings:
6
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Spearhead Brewing Company
 
Ontario, Canada
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Reviews by BigGruntyThirst:
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3.84/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of Jotora
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheHammer
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A golden yellow body that has orange highlights and ample carbonation is a good sign, as is the two fingers of head that was produced. What wasn't so good was said head evaporated down to a half pinky in short order and no lacing was to be had.

Smell: Has an unmistakable white wine aroma to itself, and that's really it. Probably one of the harder whites like a Pinot Grigio and not something light and sweet like a Riesling. Potency is there, and warming doesn't really help it out, but yeah...white wine.

Taste: Nothing bad here, but very basic and not quite what I'm looking for in a beer. It starts with a mild touch of bready malt and a slight grape note, which then turns into foamy white wine. It's not bad wine, but if I wanted white wine, I'd drink white wine.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is a bit too well done. As you drink it, it's fine but after you are done it leaves a mild dry wine note and seltzer water note that don't mesh well. Transitioning is basic as expected for something this basic.

Drinkability: Glug glug, guzzle guzzle, where did it go? It's a lawnmower drinker, and a decent one at that I suppose. You know the type, refreshing, ridiculously easy to put back, light in extreme and only really falls into that niche. In this case, maybe also as a substitute for cheap wine?

Final Thoughts: I will applaud the brewer in making a brew that according to the can has no grape juice in it. I'll also applaud them for being a bit bolder and making a "Summer Ale" that wasn't a wheat beer. That said, why wouldn't I just drink white wine is what I'm asking on this one. I guess because this is a bit more refreshing, can extend your drinking longer and has carbonation without the higher acid I always found carbonated wine to have. While those reasons might win over some people, they aren't winning me over. You will likely want to pass.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

473 ml can served cold into a pint glass. LCBO purchase for $3.25 CDN or so. Glad to see these guys putting out new beers, the Hawaiian style and Moroccan Brown are both pretty solid.

Appearance - Hazy golden color, some sediment poured into the glass. A small finger of white head is poured and fizzles out very quickly.

Smell - Some wheat, hints of banana and a light floral aroma.

Taste - Very watery and otherwise quite similar to the nose. Seems more like an American Pale Wheat than a saison. Wheat and subtle fruitiness is the extent of the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel - Thin, watery, middling carbonation and not a terribly dry finish that is commonplace with a saison.

Overall - Seems more like a pale wheat ale, either way this was disappointing and could've used being a little more robust.

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Photo of Pmicdee
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

May 27 2019

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Photo of boszormeny
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Chardonnay Summer Ale from Spearhead Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.44 out of 5 with 6 ratings