12 oz can from Boise Co-op. Pale yellow pour, fizzy head. Light, bready aroma. Taste adds a snap of citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, but still has its wheat base prominent. Fades off to nothing. Not much to this, simple.
this is one of their new ones that just came out, an attempt, i think, to take on a more modern look with beers that might do better than a generic lager, a malty ipa, or adding blood orange to something else, but i dont know for sure. i was surprised to learn after i had my first one that this is a low calorie offering, sure its super light, but it doesnt seem to be missing anything the way so many of these do to me. its got a lot of flavor, a bright fresh and herbal hop complexion, a light lime element as well on the citrus side, and a dry finish while still being able to taste the pale wheat malt, its nicely built for sure. a few things i really dig. one is the way the fruitiness pops, like the hops and whatever citrus is actually in here work together so well its tough to tell where one starts and the other ends, and thats a success, lime and lemongrass, almost a cocktail vibe. its also not overdone, neither sweet nor one dimensional, a common pitfall for these, so well done with the proportions! the beer is kind of dull and ugly looking, plenty fizzy and holds its airy white head well, but the color is dishwatery to me. fortunately it tastes fresh and alive, relatively hoppy for what appears to be a mass appeal beer too. clean ferment just a light belgian ester in the background, and crackling dry, very refreshing and summery. way ahead of the low calorie curve, and a beer that should do well for them this summer. a welcome addition to their lineup.
edit: i like this better each time i pop another can, its dry and refreshing, has a very faint belgian yeast element and pushes toward the wit range as it warms without losing any thirst quenching capacity, nice with spicy food too. really enjoying the sixer i bought, maybe the best low calorie beer out there right now.
edit: weird how this was so pale and hazy from the can, but is so clear in the pint glass at the brewery. weirdly its almost too clean on tap there, i prefer the slightly more rugged version both for taste and for texture, but maybe thats just me, maybe its been cleaned up too much already and the current cans are like this too, who knows, lots of changes happening at payette right now it seems...