"Empire" Vanessa volunteered to do a guest review a few weeks ago, well, she did two! Again, I first met Vanessa as I was drinking two of her home brews at Beer Tasting Extravaganza: Coffee District Edition. Here was her first guest review, posted one week ago. You can read more info about her over there, but for sure check out her Potables and Edibles Blog! Read below about her search for the Holy (Summer Beer) Grail.
Terrapin SunRay Wheat Beer
It's summer in SoFl, and I'm always on the lookout for something that's not too heavy on the abv and lighter in taste for those 90+ degree days, grilling out on the patio. I was thinking this one might be it being a relatively light Hefeweizen at 4.5%...I think I thought wrong :(
Poured a 12oz glass and ended up with little to no head whatsoever. It's a pretty golden colour, with a cloudy hue due to the yeast in the bottom of the bottle. A teensy tiny bit of lacing sticks to my glass as I drink it, but not much.
The aroma is standard hefe; a touch spicy and some faint banana notes, along with some tart apple and definitely a good whack of honey sweetness. Taste was a bit of a letdown really. The carbonation was good, but it just tasted watery to me. You could definitely taste the honey up front, with some mild hops following it (Terrapin's site says German Select) - it's nice and dry on the back end though which really balances out the honey on the front, which is definitely a plus.
All in all it's not a bad representation of a local wheat beer, but I'm still on the lookout for this summer's perfectly quaffable wheat. A solid grade of C on this effort.
SERVING STYLE: 12oz bottle