Saint Saltan | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Saint SaltanSaint Saltan

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: Gose

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Spring

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Added by tone77 on 01-20-2013

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.82/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Magic Hat Saint Saltan
12 oz. bottle, ink jet date code on neck not possible to read

A gose beer. Interesting. A good choice for Magic Hat.

It pours a hazy deep gold body beneath a fluffy head of bright white. Appropriate. Good head retention and lacing.

That Magic Hat yeast is still present in the nose. Malt. A light touch of fruit.

In the mouth it's medium to medium-light in body with a gently crisp carbonation.

The flavor is fuller and more rounded. It's not tart, but there is a suggestion of it, mainly showing in the finish. Salt, however, is present. Some coriander. OK balance between the components (somewhat wheaty malt, yeasty fruitiness, actual yeast flavor & chalkiness, saltiness, delicate spice, moderate bitterness) but it seems that the tartness is lacking. Hops take a back seat as they should, but maybe a bit too much so, just leaving a dusting behind.

It's an interesting beer, although it's a bit choked back like most of the other Magic Hat beers. A slight touch of sourness would really bring it into focus and leave it more drinkable.

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Photo of Brenden
3.72/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The head, just the slightest shade away from white, rests at one finger or so, fluffy and fairly thick, on a cloudy golden brew. Activity continues steadily as it sits, and the head never diminishes beyond a pretty thick foam that leaves patches, though the body doesn't provide as much stick to the lacing as it should.
The yeast is heavy in this one with lots of earthiness, nuttiness and something green and raw along with dry, bready notes from malt and some kitchen spices. Interesting and not off-putting, though a sort of earthy/sulfuric/seaweed-like element, not to mention something skin to mustard (curious, but fairly subtle) could throw one off.
The taste isn't nearly as salty as I'd expect, though it's there. It doesn't overwhelm. I'd even expect a briny sort of finish, but I've had some DIPAs and stouts lately that gave much more of that brine than this beer. It tastes (and feels) like the malt base is wheat. There are also, however, more crusty/biscuity malts notes as well. There's a fruitiness underneath and a bit of sulfur as might be found in a pils or a Helles. Otherwise it's very earthy and there's something raw and grassy underlying the base.
At first, this beer is absolutely creamy and fluffy, with a nice body. That tapers off, and the crispness is left to carry it through, which it does.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint: Pale, transparent golden-yellow with about half-a-finger of thin head that drops to a thin coating.

Mild, grainy smell with some coriander, a little bread crust, some lemon peel, slightly "lager-y" mineral note. All pretty subdued, a little thin.

Light citrus & a little cracker at first in the taste, but that fruitiness really gains momentum with some peach & apricot notes added, becomes pretty full & pleasant. Has a seltzer-y kind of dryness in the finish, not bad.

Medium-light-bodied, light but still full in mid-sip, ends with a satisfying sugary slickness that hangs around nicely.

All around pretty nice, simple brew. I can't say I really "know what to look for" in a gose, but I would've pegged this as an American witbier or pale wheat if I didn't know better. Kind of an odd offering for winter, but pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.68/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a clear pale yellow. A thin white head rests atop. Nose is of wheat, malt, crackers. Ample carbonation. This beer was crisp and easy to drink. Nice mellow smooth flavor of wheat, lemon zest, white bread. This beer was a nice simple break from the big bold beers I've had of late. My first of the style as well. Not sure how representative this is, but I liked it. Great beer for the summer months.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was able to find this in the mix and match section at my local House of 1,000 beers. Not sure how I feel about a beer brewed with salt but I will keep an open mind. I don't think I ever had a Gose.

A - Looks sort of filtered with a bit of sediment floaties and a 1/2 inch of sticky white head that sticks around longer than I expected.
S - I do get that sort of "sea salt" smell but mostly a wheat base and the obvious spicy coriander. Has a touch of sour lemon as well.
T - Kind of a weak offering when it comes to coriander or even wheat. It does have a bit of drying salt bite in the end that seems to mix with a sour lemon twang. Guess I had too many Witbier's since I expected more spice or wheat. Not bad.
M - Very thin and watery like most Magic hat beers. Makes for a drinkable brew.

Overall I can't say it was terrible but if I wanted a German wheat beer I would seek out a Witbier over this offering. Not terrible just kind of forgettable.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I give magic hat a lot of credit for always being bold and trying new things, ambitious styles, and just overall far out stuff, but I criticize them for doing all of them within the safe realm, not quite authentic, and sort of leaning towards mass appeal. usually it works just fine for me, but you cant half ass a gose. a salted wheat beer recipe resurrected from yesteryear cannot be played safe, im sorry. pours clean and mostly clear duller golden with a finger or so of off white suds, fine lace left behind. the nose is straight coriander, fresh green leaves, not seeds or extract, very vegetative, and it detracts from the minerally salt and bready wheat malt I want to be paying attention too. the taste is equally over-herbed, with the salt only coming in the finish. its not dry, not refreshing, sort of like a pretzel... its a great snack, gets the job done, takes the edge off the hunger, but doesn't fill you up or leave you completely satisfied, like a precursor for something that never comes. that's this beer through and through, much left to be desired. I want a salty stop in the feel, and I want an effervescent carbonation that keeps it moving, and both are absent, but I cant be too hard on this. nobody makes a gose, and I love the effort to reintroduce the style to America. I also love its drinkability. maybe I wouldn't call this genre defining, but it is playing a useful role in this summers beer spectrum.

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Photo of tone77
3.52/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is salty, some grains. Taste is also salty up front, some malts and grains, easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a different and pretty good beer.

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Photo of Neorebel
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Honey colored and carbonated, with a sudsy white head. After the head dissipates to a mere ring, there is no lacing left on the inside of the glass.

Smell: Inviting aroma of grains, a whiff of pear, European hops, and a definite salty presence.

Taste: Very light and crisp. There is a small spicy presence, particularly coriander, as well as a touch of lemon peel. Yeasty and bready. Sea salt is obvious in the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Coats the mouth very nicely - more than you would think for the style.

Overall: Very enjoyable, would be great as a summer session beer.

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Photo of Jason
3.49/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date

Bight clear golden hue, bubbly thin lace. Vague coriander and salt, bread crust, green plantians, mustard seed, and nutty yeast in the nose. Semi-smooth, crisp moderate sized body with a dryish palate. Maltiness lands a little watery though does express some biscuity and grassy flavors. Modest hop bitterness goes well with the saltiness and subtle coriander. Grainy finish.

Not half bad, just misses the mark a bit more me ... still a decent drink.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle served cold into a pint glass.

Saint Saltan is a very pale golden yellow color with a slight haze. The head is fizzy and short lived with no lacing left behind.

Aroma is mild and sweet with a bit of a yellow corn element.

Flavor is also fairly mild with lemon, coriander, and slightly spicy European hops. The salt is there but it's not a distraction.

Mouthfeel is light in body and appropriately carbonated.

Overall not a bad beer but also not one I would get again.

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Photo of chinchill
3.42/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

undated 12 oz bottle served in a lager glass. Confess very limited familiarity with this style, and I sampled it without, at first, knowing or guessing the style. Sparkling clear despite a thin coat of sediment left on the bottom of the bottle.

Light and tart, as expected for style, but with a lemon and apricot fruitiness. Good dosage of coriander; sufficient to have a clear yet subtle effect on the flavor, aroma and aftertaste. Light body with medium-high carbonation that's a bit coarse.

Overall: A light, fruity and refreshing version of this style. Little in the way of salt or wheat. Improved with warming, allowing more of the malts to come forward.

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Photo of wingman14
3.42/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy white head. Smell is yeasty, with coriander, hints of bread and citrus. Taste is grainy, coriander, yeast, with the salt coming in at the end and staying through the aftertaste. Very interesting flavors, but balance out well. A smooth well carbonated light bodied beer. Overall an interesting beer, good flavors, and a nice balance. Worth a try.

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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
3.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very pale yellow color with light carbonation and mild head. Unique salty aroma. Salty flavor with a creamy, savory element and herbal, citrus and coriander notes. Maintains its head throughout the beer. Surprisingly good. Good taste, complexity and body. Could use less carbonation.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.37/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I am now committed to reducing, if not eradicating, my backlog of bottles. This one was part of a local, in-person trade with tone77.

From the bottle: "The ancient ritual of brewing a distinctly rich and flavorful beer is a performance to behold. Our mysterious melange of time-honored ingredients harmonize with chaotic chemistry, humble patience and blind faith to create this unique beer to share in the rousing company of kindred spirits. Cheers!"; "Do Good, Drink Well, Be Saintly"; "a performance in every bottle".

I am very curious to try this as Gose is not an everyday style. Also, as a U.S. Navy retiree, I am definitely a "salty dog"! I used a heavy-hand to begin the pour, resulting in a pseudo-cascade, settling into a finger off bone-white (salt-white?) head with fair retention, dropping into a skim across the top of the beer. Color was a button-bright sunshine-yellow (SRM = > 5, < 7). Nose smelled like sea spray. I kid you not, I felt like I was back on the forecastle of any of the four ships on which I served. Man, my mouth was watering, both from the memory and at the prospect of what was to come! Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. The taste was salty, sure and slightly spicy, but in both instances, they seemed muted. This lacked Ooomph! to make it a really standout Gose. Finish was dry, but it could have been so much more.

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Photo of shand
3.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Saint Saltan pours out a slightly hazy yellow-orange color with a small head. The smell is strongly of the Magic Hat house signature yeast, with a bit of coriander and a pinch of salt. The taste is pretty heavy on the coriander, but otherwise tastes just like Magic Hat's Single Chair Ale with just a hint of salt on the backend. The mouthfeel is on the heavy side of light and well-carbonated, and the drinkability is good. Overall, one of the more average brews Magic Hat has put out in a long time. It's tasty, but absolutely nothing special. And, beyond the slightest hint of salt, there's nothing Gose-y about this at all.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.29/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

"3/4 pint of beer brewed with coriander and sea salt. Do good, drink well, be saintly." Brewed in the style of a Gose beer, my first representative of the style. It's good to see more mainstream American-brewed versions of rare German styles popping up. No bottle date- package was dated to January 6 2013- standard 120 day freshness policy makes this best by early May.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Magic Hat pint glass. Served north of 55º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crispy sudsy head of a near white consistency. Retention is below average. Body color is a pale gold amber with plentiful carbonation and pulpy sediment in tow. Appearance is decent- it's quite short on head quality, which is surprising for a wheat-based beer. 2.5

(Smell) Aroma is light with a mild wheat malt presence and a touch of light cracker pale malts, perhaps some pilsner. Grassy hops and a touch of floral hop aroma build the subtle hop profile, and are joined by a subtle tart lemony acidity. It's difficult to discern salt in the aroma, but it's certainly probable within the lightness of this beer. For Gose first timers, this isn't far from a pale lemon-wheat beer. Potency is mild+. 3.5

(Taste) Moderate fluffy wheat malt base, follows through with a lemony cracker malt sweetness and a grassy hop essence. Coriander is hardly evident in the flavor. Finish is tolerably arid with a mild saltiness to it, lightening up the pale malts to a dry, fairly low sweetness biscuity character and leaving the slightest iodized salt aftertaste. nothing sharp but certainly noticeable to trained tastebuds. I don't have a lot of personal experience with this beer but do find it one worth seeking out more. It's incredibly light and the salt does play a fair role, especially in the finish. Not very tart, not sour in the least- there much that differentiates this from a German Pale Wheat ale. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Mild carbonation fuzziness with a gentle sweetness. Mild dry finish, common for the style but lacking tart or sour qualities that are expected. Body is light/medium for the style and light overall. Alcohol presence is very low. The carbonation is fine for this beer, but could sprite up a bit. The mild salt finish would pair a bit better with some lemony zest or tartness, but it's very mild overall in this beer. 3.5

(Overall) This is probably not the best representative of a Gose beer to introduce myself to, but it's easily the most accessible to the casual craft beer drinker in my area. Expect a beer that drinks similarly to a Pale Wheat Ale, albeit intentionally lighter with some unusual caveats. The salt impacts a very slight change to the flavor, although it's perceivable exclusively in the finish and just a bit in the mouthfeel. It's probably better to check out other examples to better explore the potential of the style, but this shouldn't be a terrible drink overall for those who take it at face value. 3.25

Magic Hat Brewing Company's
Saint Saltan Gose

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This beer was shared by StonedTrippin, so a big thanks to him!! We poured a brew of solid yellow coloring. It held a one finger head of foamy white bubbles, showing quick retention. Minimal spots of lacing were left clinging to the glass. There was a mild chill haze, but otherwise no real obstruction to the clarity of sediment. Carbonation appeared active. The aromatics were kept very simple, with bright coriander spice, mild clovey phenols, raw wheat, corn, dirty scrap metal, and big adjuncty dryness. With warmth came light orangey zest freshness on the back. Our first impression was that the flavoring was wrought with adjuncts, taking away from the raw wheatiness and ground saltiness we were hoping for. The sip opened with white flour, pale grain, barley, tinny metals, faint earthiness, and light grassiness. The peak came with buttered Wonder bread, light lemony bite, powdered stone, and light muskiness. The spice finally came in with the finishing wash, which showed a lightening of the malts to a watery nothingness, leaving room for that coriander, clove, and faint boozy bite to finish the palate off. The aftertaste breathed of wet wheatiness, dirty dishwater, coriander, dried cilantro, light saltiness, and mineral water. The body was lighter, and the carbonation was medium to full. Each sip gave light froth, cream, or slurp, with only decent smack and finishing pop. The mouth was briefly coated and wet, with light chalked dryness to the tongue. The abv was fine, and the beer drank okay.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its lightness, and decent spiciness on the back. With this amalgamation of raw and unfiltered ingredients we were worried about getting a big muddled ball of contrasting elements. We were pleasantly surprised to find the opposite, as the finish, while watered, was clean and relatively spicy. This beer was actually much more reminiscent of a lighter, more watery Wit than your traditional Gose. The spice was there through clove and coriander, but any salty wheatiness fell to the wayside with more pale, overly adjuncty malts as a whole. The yeast was also a bit too overrepresented, giving palpable muck to the feel and powder dryness. While we commend Magic Hat for attempting the style, we are left wanting a bit more substance and a lot more flavor.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle from Trader’s Joe. Pours golden with short-lived white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of funky yeast, wheat malt and hint of spices. Body is medium and smooth. Taste is of wheat malt, salt, spices, herbal hops and hint of citrus. Finish is long and salty. I like salt.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.24/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear yellow color with a fingers worth of head that quickly reduces to a thin cap

A: Some wheat, a touch of sweetness, and a little yeast. Very clean and simple

T: Again, very clean and simple. Wheat, a light sweet fruitiness, and a hint of the house yeast which lends a little buttery flavor

M: Light bodied with moderate-high carbonation

O: A little to clean and simple for me. It's almost like a more flavorful BMC-type lager... I'm sure this would be a nice easy drinker in the summer, but it's still a little too cold out in the spring to get the most enjoyment out of this

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Photo of CHickman
3.1/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear macro brew yellow with a 2 finger foamy snow white head that was full of tiny bubble and faded slowly , leaving pretty good lacing.

Smells husky and of vegetables, grains, biscuit, lemon zest, light coriander and funky yeast; very grainy nose that is like an earthy toasted wheat bread, and very much like a Euro lager and very basic.

Tastes of husk, vegetables, seawater, toasted grains or malts, biscuit, lemon, light coriander, herbs, tea leaf or faint hops, caramel, funky yeast and salt; like the nose, it’s full of malt / grains and on the herbal and earthy side with very basic flavor accents. Oddly enough, the coriander lingers and the caramel peeks through, but then the aftertaste is very basic and reminds me of a Bud or Michelob.

Mouthfeel is very light and crisp, with mild fizzy carbonation, a light body and a grainy aftertaste that has a hint of citrus zest or bitterness.

The salty aspect reminded me of dirty bathtub water, for you readers out there with kids…I respect the experiment, and like the low ABV and drinkability, but I doubt that I’d have this again if it wasn’t included in a Magic Hat variety 12 pack.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.03/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

P: Minimal white head that fades fast and holds close to the edge leaving a well of crystal clear golden brew.

S: Fresh grains, subtle citrus, salt, maybe honey mustard, pilsner malt and coriander. Aroma is simple but clean.

T/M: I'm not tasting the Gose in this at all. It lacks tartness and is really much more of a pilsner than a Gose. The taste follows the nose with crisp grains and honeyed citrus with the addition of a white grape wine like profile. After taste is like lemon camomile tea and leaves the palate wet. Carbonation is spicy and nice on the medium body that finishes grainy. Second beer brings more acidity and a similarity to sparkling water like lemon San Pellegrino. I think I may have missed out on the yeast at the bottom the frat time. Much better the second go round.

O: I was really excited to grab this Gose. I love the style but this was not a success. Overall the beer was easy drinking and tastes great. My withdraw us the style choosing for this beer. Didn't really hit the mark stylistically but I would drink this regularly.

Rating was based on style.
Taste rating is a 3.75

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Photo of bubseymour
2.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pale yellow and fairly clear with 1 finger head. Decent retention

Smell - Very earthy and grassy.

Taste - Very grainy on the pallet. Otherwise its a fairly bland tasting and watery beer. Not sure how this is even considered a Gose.

Mouthfeel - watery.

Overall - A not so interesting beer yet easily sessionable.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.94/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

The patron saint of gose? Why not? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear gold topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises wheat, coriander, sweet biscuit, and a twinge of sweet flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, though everything has congealed into a characterless mass of vague wheatiness and sweetness. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate and a fluid feel. Overall, a bland, meek excuse for a gose, one that comes across more as a weak pale wheat ale than anything resembling a gose. Shame, really...

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Photo of PumaSaysRawrr
2.85/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

I, too, purchased this from the House of 1000 beers...But I got it for $1. Others have said there isn't much memorable about this beer and I would agree. Maybe that is the reason I like it so much. Just a beer to enjoy ice cold right from the bottle and not feeling the need to remember it. Maybe I like it because it was just a buck....

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Photo of JebBeerFish
2.85/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Label is the best aspect of this beer. Label says "Beer brewed with Coriander and Sea Salt". Bottle is likely a year old. Not picking up any coriander or sea salt. Pleasant enough, but nothing I would buy again. Very low carbonation.

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