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SAMUEL ADAMS WHITE ALE (2010)

Mild gold-hazed Belgian-styled witbier stays sweeter than previous versions. Honeyed citrus entry places floral peach-apricot-tangerine tang and zesty lemon-squeezed sourness above astringent peppery hop fizz. Doughy white breaded backdrop soaks up pallid plum-dried orange-peeled bittering plus tertiary hibiscus, rose hips, and vanilla illusions. It’s quite approachable for lighter thirsts.

DOGFISH HEAD NAMASTE

Summery moderate-bodied ecru-clouded Belgian-styled white ale accrues sharp-spiced lemongrass-coriander-cardamom peppering above floral-hopped citric pleasantry. Tangy lemon zest and tart mandarin orange gain affluence but lightly buttered white bread spine falters. On tap at Dogfish Head 2016, serene floral-perfumed lemon zest glimmers alongside white-peppered lemongrass, chamomile and coriander adjuncts as well as newfound banana sweetness.

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THE BRUERY ORCHARD WHITE BELGIAN ALE

Subtle soft-tongued sunny-hazed light-bodied Belgian witbier retains well-rounded profile. Breaded wheat-oats bed cushions perfume-hopped lemon-fizzed white peach, yellow grape, and green banana fruiting as well as white-peppered coriander-clove-ginger spicing. Chalky lavender and limestone acridity may be off-putting to some, but mellow white Sangria finish proves indelible.

 

 

SAMUEL ADAMS IMPERIAL WHITE (2010)

Updated and bettered 2010 Imperial White recipe of glutinous golden-browned ‘wheat ale brewed with spices’ takes unlikely stylistic route, forgoing rudiment banana-clove-coriander expectancy for boozy malt-driven tropical-fruited 10% alcohol elixir. Bright hop-spiced, peach-brandied, nectarine-pineapple tang picks up bittersweet cherry-pureed bruised orange viscosity and minty tingle as whiskey-tinted caramel creaminess thickens.

FLYING DOG WOODY CREEK WHITE

Effervescent light-bodied golden-hazed Belgian-styled witbier with noticeable tender yeast sinew, ‘traditional spices,’ and carbolic excess proves to be crisp, clean lawnmower fodder. Coriander and clove permeate sour lemon candied burst, honeyed orange linger, white-peppered green tea illusions, and lemongrass snip. Beneath, dried banana speckles mild eucalyptus oiling.

SARANAC BELGIAN WHITE ALE

Weak pale-clouded sunshine-hued off-dry Belgian-style derivative picks up early bubblegum scent and tart grapefruit-orange peel souring. But as tangy lemon bitterness fades, unripe banana invades blunt perfumed hop thrust, sweet clove lag and bread-crusted edge, becoming thin, watery, then metallic. 2011 re-tasting: carbolic Seltzer watering precludes candi-sugared lemony spritz, orange-dried coriander-ginger spicing and herbal tinge.

HITACHINO NEST WHITE ALE

Heavily foamed moderate-bodied white ale with hazy golden viscosity, cumulous pearly head, and daisy-like floral aroma gets earthen wood-toned herbal-spiced pick-up. Clove, coriander, ginger, and allspice bedeck rosebud-dandelion bouquet to wheat-dried mandarin orange finish. Mild banana flourish seeps into tertiary lemon astringency.