Beer Reviews – January 2010

It’s a new year and the forecast on the local craft beer front could not look any better. Squatters will be releasing an array of Belgians, RedRock will be pumping out more with the help of their new facility, Bohemian brewery is slowly producing more seasonals,  Hoppers has got a bottling line and Bud Light Golden Wheat has managed to take a fat hot carl on us all. What a great fuckin’ way to kick off the year. So, in honor of this mass-market piece of shit, I figured I would toss out some wheat reviews. But first, let me take some time to shortly review Bud Light Golden Wheat. Out of the bottle BLGW is a hazy golden color with aromatics of decaying fruit and stale coriander and almost a faint amount of tin foil. From there BLGW hits your palate as smooth as municipal tap water, except with less flavor. (Only one beer reviewer was injured in the drinking of this beer.) So when you get a chance to drink this piss water in disguise, turn it down and reach for one of these …

Happy Valley Hefeweizen
Brewer/Brand: Desert Edge
Abv: 4.0%
Serving: On-Tap
Description: This purdy yellow hefe is hazy and comes with a nice little head. The aroma is lightly grassy, hints of yeast, and a very light amount of banana. The flavor is on the sweeter side with a light malt character and some notes of banana coming through in the finish. All around balanced flavor.
Overview: This is one of those ‘hard to argue’ beers for me. It stands well on its own, but its simple character makes this a regular for me to pair with their portabella salad. The light flavors of this beer also make it a decent pairing with any of their chicken salads as well.

RedRock Hefeweizen
Brewer/Brand: RedRock
Abv: 4.0%
Serving: On-Tap
Description: Off the tap, this hefe is a hazy straw yellow with a tight head and some light lacing left behind. The aroma is yeasty with light amounts of spice, citrus, and almost a pinch of banana. The flavor is on the sweeter end of the spectrum with floral and spice notes finishing out the light bodied drink.
Overview: This is one of RedRock’s regulars in their line up of beers, so plan to find it on tap year round. The light body and the pleasant flavors make this a simple sipper to drink with a light appetizer or any of their seafood options.

Golden Spike Hefeweizen
Brewer/Brand: Uinta
Abv: 4.0%
Serving: On-Tap/12 oz. bottles
Description: This brew pours a hazy, honey blonde color with an average head. Off the nose, you get a lot of bready malt characteristics with a hint of citrus, almost orange-like aromatics. The flavor is very light and sessionable. There is quite a bit of citrus notes in the flavor and a soft floral background.
Overview: This brew has been around for as long as I can remember and it has managed to stand up over time. The accessibility of this brew is another big bonus for me. It can generally be found at most sporting events and every 7-Eleven that you score smack from.