Beer Wednesday: XVII
Happy Beer Wednesday all! After the week I’m having, I could use one. . .
This week, I’m happy to be reviewing Weyerbacher Seventeen.
Coming in at a style (and sobriety) shaking 10.5% ABV, the Weyerbacher XVII was a little disappointing. The color was interesting, a bright golden yellow, with orangish hints, but, as is becoming a nasty theme with me, the head was completely disappointing. It was thin, and left little to no lacing on the glass.
In term of flavor, the yeast was a bit present, with forward flavors of citrus, but a very grapefruit-y finish, that seems like it was over-hopped. That same bitterness that hops presents was present in this, but with a citrus tang. Not bad, just a little odd.
I got very little of the citrus flavors outside of the grapefruit at the end, and some lemon zest on the nose,. In the middle, it wasn’t as present as I would have liked.
I won’t lie and say that I usually love wheat beers. I don’t. This had the look of a wheat beer, but I always look for a more forward citrus out of mine, when i do enjoy them. I also was not wild about he alcohol that I could taste throughout the bottle. I would rather it be a mellower, calmer brew than one that is so forward, but for 10.5%, I suppose I can live with it.
Over all, not my favorite, but some of that would be because I don’t love the style, so, take that for what you will. I would give this 3. . . somethings. (Still no really ‘knock me out’ ideas for a rating tool.) Not one I would buy again, but as part of a mix-six, it was worth it.