Monday, May 23, 2011

Beer of the Month - May (I have another)

The beer of the month for May is Leinenkugel Brewing Company's Sunset Wheat {4.9% abv}. I first heard of Leinenkugel a couple years back when shopping for new variety; I purchased some of their Honey Weiss brew on gut intuition and was rewarded handsomely. I snagged their Oktoberfest for the first time last fall, which made BOTM for October a tricky one. Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company is one of great tradition and history in the United States; it was started near the clean waters of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin in 1867. This long running company has beer brewing roots going back to 18th Century Germany, but for the sake of time check out the site to find out more; Leinenkugel's story is currently being written in real-time by the 5th Generation of this family.

Sunset Wheat is a Belgian style white beer (Witbier), which are known for a light body and moderate citrus flavor. The first sip brings a pleasing aroma of almost fruity hops; initially what comes to mind is fruity pebbles cereal, but thankfully not in a bad way. This cloudy amber brew has a moderately clean finish with appealing carbonation. After drinking Sunset Wheat I found myself trying to determine a familiar underlying flavor which drove me up a wall. After some research I found out this beer is brewed with coriander and it all made sense; New Belgian Trippel is brewed with the same aromatics, and while these two brews cannot be compared it was still a familiar chair to recline in. Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat is a great year-rounder in the same vein as Hoegaarden and Blue Moon. 2.5 stars.

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