Thursday, November 25, 2010
Williamsburg AleWerks White Ale
I have the privilege of eating a massive Thanksgiving Day meal twice every fourth Thursday in November, as a result of my wife's and my families living relatively close. I usually get mixed reactions when I tell people this fact because of the sheer amount of gastric fortitude this requires, but I consider it to be one of my favorite days of the year!
We are finally home now, and before I lapse into a Tryptophan induced coma I want to sample one last brew on the day.
My wife and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary this past weekend by driving a few hours away to Williamsburg, Virginia. We ate some incredible food, toured the Jamestown settlement, visited Colonial Williamsburg, and on a whim stopped by Williamsburg AleWerks - the town's local craft brewery.
I have sampled several of their offerings before, from a previous trip and also from finding one in a local shop where I live. The brewery was a cool little hole-in-the-wall, and they offered an abbreviated tasting while I got to talk to the head brewer. Everything was delicious, so I picked up a sixer to bring back with me!
I will get to the other beers shortly, but there was one in the pack that they didn't have on tap as it is typically a summer seasonal.
Williamsburg AleWerks White Ale is a bright yellow brew that pours with a two-finger white head of small bubbles. The beer smells of Belgian yeast, coriander and citrus.
At first sip, this Belgian Wit has a biting and spicy flavor with orange zest becoming increasingly present on the tongue. As I drink more I get the impression that this beer has a much higher ABV than it probably does in reality - it warms probably from the spices involved. The pilsner malt provides a pleasant medium body, and the wheat malt gives the beer a crisp, refreshing finish.
This is a VERY good representation of what this style should taste like, and I am thoroughly impressed!