Another sampler pack for me to crank out several tasting notes at once, this one by Widmer. This is their standard sampler. Three of the beers are standard offerings and the fourth is a rotating sampler.
Widmer Hefewiesen – 4.9% ABV
This beer pours a cloudy pale yellow with a thin white head. A light aroma with some sweetness and just a little bit of bready aroma. Very light hop aroma. Clean crisp flavor with a little bit of hop bitterness that fades quickly. No aftertaste.
Rating – 3.5 (out of 5) Stars: A nice serviceable beer. The American Style Hefe doesn’t have the characteristic spice and fruitiness of German counterpart. This however, is the beer that started it all 30 years ago.
Alchemy Pale Ale – 5.8% ABV
This beer pours a nice golden color with a thin white head. Some malt sweetness in the aroma along with pine hop aroma. Crisp bitterness in the flavor with a lot of pine hop and some citrus. Clean finish.
Rating – 3.5 (out of 5) Stars: Another good serviceable beer. Tastes especially good after finishing the Shamrock Run 8K.
Upheaval IPA – 7.0% ABV 85 IBU
This beer pours a nice reddish gold color with a thin white head. Strong citrus and pine hop aroma. Some caramel sweetness in the aroma as well. Pine hop flavor right off the bat which mellows into a combination of citrus hop and malt sweetness. Bitterness lingers long into the finish.
Rating – 4.0 (out of 5) Stars: A solid IPA without being a hop bomb.
Brrr – Winter Red Ale (Seasonal) – 7.2% ABV
This beer pours a nice reddish brown color with a thin white head. Sweet caramel malt aroma, faint aroma of citrus hop. Slight sweetness in the flavor which gives way quickly to hop bitterness. Piney and earthy hop flavors. Bitterness lingers into the finish.
Rating – 4.0 (out of 5) Stars: Nice seasonal winter warmer.
*A note on the head retention. All of these beers had fairly thin heads, but I think some of that could have been coming from bottled product as opposed to draft.