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La Quinta Old Town Honey Wheat

April, 2017
Judges Rating: 
83
Aroma: 
18 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
35 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
16 / 20

Old Town Honey Wheat was evaluated as a Standard American Beer (BJCP 2015 Style 1D, American Wheat Beer).  Initial whiffs of tart sourness are a bit of a surprise, but the beer is a clear deep gold with a large white head of small bubbles - the head dissipates quickly. A background note of honey in the aroma with moderate lemony and bread character. The flavor comes across more with fresh baked bread and honey, moderate graininess, slight hay and a bit of yeasty fruitiness like strawberries. Just a hint of umami cooked tomato. Bitterness is nicely balanced with a medium length finish of honey spread on whole wheat bread. A medium low body and moderate carbonation presents the wheat notes nicely. A bit of a coarse mouthfeel from the grainy character. The slight tartness in the aroma does not come through in the flavor. Try this beer with diced ham baked on top of pineapple rings (with a cherry on top).

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