Saturday, May 10, 2014

Lucette Hips Don't Lie

The Lucette Brewing Company is from Menominie, Wisconsin. Apparently, Lucette was Paul Bunyan's sweetheart (never knew that). This is a 6.2% ABV Bavarian-style Weissbier brewed with clover honey and rose hips (I also never realized that rose bushes had "fruit", which is what rose hips are).

The beer pours a dark yellow golden in color. There is a half to three-quarter inch of pure white foam that dissipates fairly quickly. The aroma is classic hefe, bread dough, banana, herbal, yeast.  The taste mostly follows the aromas, the honey adds a noticeable sweetness, but the beer never becomes sweet. Rather, it finishes dry, with a light bitterness and astringent fruitiness, I’m guessing this is the rose hips making themselves known. The beer drinks easy and is crisply and refreshingly carbonated. This is an interesting beer, the flavors of a classic German hefe, veering to sweet from the honey, but immediately cut down by the rose hips, all with a body like an American lager.

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