Allagash White

allagash-whiteAllagash Brewing Company started in 1995 as a one-man operation in a small space on the outskirts of Portland, Maine. Founder Rob Tod had worked in a brewery before, and recognized a void within the craft brewing movement. He designed a small 15-barrel brew-house, gathered the finest array of authentic raw materials, and began his quest towards the production of traditional Belgian style ales. Today, Allagash is known coast-to-coast for an amazing portfolio of delicious Belgian inspired brews.

Allagash White is a Belgian style wit beer. This lighter style wheat beer stands out due to a double fermentation brewing style. This brew is first fermented in tanks and cooled, then before being bottled a small amount of yeast and sugar are added for a second fermentation in the bottle.

Pours a hazy light yellow with a soft head. The head dissipates moderately leaving behind a nice lacing on the glass.

The nose has big spice notes. Coriander and orange peel are center stage with notes of clove in the background. Some slight fruity notes, like bananas and lemons are present followed by a nice maltiness.

It has a lighter to medium body and the cloves show on the first sip. This leads to fruit notes of oranges and bananas followed by a mild sweetness from the malt. There is a slight acidity from the citrus fruits not much hoppy bitterness.

A great year round selection and refreshing during unseasonably warm temperatures. If you’re a fan of Blue Moon or Shocktop and looking to try something new, you won’t be disappointed. This beer goes great with seafood, from fish and chips to lobster rolls. No surprise there with this beer coming from the heart of Maine.

The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.0 Out of 5 Pints

Brooklyn Brewery Greenmarket Wheat

brooklyn-greenmarket-wheatSteve Hindy and Tom Potter founded Brooklyn Brewery in the mid 1980’s. In the beginning, most of the beer was brewed on contract sites in upstate New York, until they found space in Williamsburg for a functioning brewery. It all started with Brooklyn Lager, but today the brewery produces over 16 year-round brews with an additional 8 seasonals. They have grown well beyond their microbrew roots, to one of the most recognizable brands on the market today.

The ingredients for their Greenmarket Wheat is sourced entirely from the state of New York. They partnered with GrowNYC for local grain, even the hops are grown on a family farm in up state New York owned by member of the Brooklyn Brewery team.

This beer pours a light yellow hazy color, with carbonation swirling from the bottom. A small off white head forms before quickly fading away.

On the nose there are notes of grains and a heavy malt presence. In the background there are hints of light fruits, and almost earthy aroma. Some hops finish it a touch of pine.

A little more body then you would expect from a wheat beer without being overtly dry. A strong wheat presence leads to heavy malt flavors similar to what you would expect from an old world German style wheat beer. Slightly more hoppy without an overly acidic finish.

Wheat beers typically don’t stand out this time of year with a lot of brewers pushing stouts or porters. While this may not be one to help keep warm around a fire it still makes a case for heavier old style German brews during the colder months. A nice paring with a hearty pot roast, something lighter like raw oysters or something sweet like cheesecake.

The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.0 Out of 5 Pints