Tasting: August 7, 2011
This is an organic wheat ale from Vermont. Label says that it was made with organic chamomile and pure Vermont honey. It says its USDA certified organic, so we’re left to assume that the wheat and hops used are also organic. I’m not sure it’s totally necessary — you don’t really read about chamomile being inundated with fertilizers. But, organic is always a nice bonus.
This one is very effervescent in the glass, but a smooth drink you have no problem picking up the flower and the honey. My wife had a couple of sips. Her comment, “It’s nice. I could see drinking this on a summer’s day. It doesn’t really taste like beer”. I see her point. She’s really on the mark. The honey and wildflower do dominate and you don’t get much in the way of traditional beer flavors (grain and hops). It is somewhat refreshing at first but gets stale pretty fast.
I’ve had about a dozen different summer seasonal beers this summer — in search of the best. This one isn’t it, but a worthy effort, 83 points.