Hey hey hey Beer Leaguers! Sorry about the lack of communication last week (it’s not you, it’s me) while your Captaineer was in Austin, TX for SxSW – it was an oversight on our part, and for that we apologize. We apologize a lot at Beer League because we fly this plane by the seat of our pants. When we’re wearing pants.
But in one of the usual comedic timings of our League, this weeks beer is none other than the Texan powerhouse (not Lonestar, you Gross-y Grosserson) Spoetzl Brewing, the makers of all things Shiner related. And in full form, we’re going to try their Belgian offering – White Wing.
What does Shiner have to say about their beer you ask? Well, although their website is beautiful, I can’t copy and paste the damn beer description (C’mon, Shiner!) so I’ve re-typed it and left the typos in. That’s what you get for making me work at it:
“This beer rules the roost. Brewed with authentic Belgian yeast and hints of coriander and orange peel, White Wing has all the spice and citrus aroma of a ture-to-style Belgian wheat ale. Slightly sweet and highly drinkable, it’s a delightfully odd bird.”
Beer Advocate has this brought in at a 78%, with this review as a standout:
A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the side of the glass.
S: Light aromas of orange peels are present in the nose along with some hints of wheat.
T: As in the smell, the taste has flavors of orange peels along with hints of coriander and wheat.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a lot more orangey compared to other beers in the style. It is very easy to drink.
Ratebeer is a little more rough on this one, with a 32/35 with this highest review:
This beer really reminded me of Blue Moon and Leienkugel’s Sunset Wheat. The only difference is that is tastes better than both of those beers. As the beer cooled you could really taste the orange peel and the coriander. The balance of those two things really made the beer taste great. I have not had a bad beer from Shiner and this beer kept that streak going.
Spicy, cirtus-y, full-flavored and priced right. That’s like all of my favorite things.
See you tonight, Beer Leaguer.