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.

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O.K., I admit it, I was taken in by the label.

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.

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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.

Weyerbacher Seventeen, Weyerbacher, seventeen, XVII, Weyerbacher XVII, Saison Ale, Pink Peppercorn beer, Grapefruit beer, Citrus Ale, Citrus Beer, Pennsylvania Beer, Pennsylvania Ale

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~ by VegansHusband on October 3, 2012.

3 Responses to “Beer Wednesday: XVII”

  1. I just posted the dessert version! =D

  2. Haha, what’s wrong with ‘somethings’ as a rating system? It doens’t really matter what you call the ratings as long as you give a descriptive, accurate review, right?
    I happen to love wheat beers, though I couldn’t describe them the way you do. I know that I like strong citrus flavors but find that they can be lost in brews with a high alcohol content. Idon’t know if I would be willing to try this if I came across it…doesn’t seem worth getting a buzz off one drink if the flavors aren’t really outstanding.

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