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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A taste of… Grand Teton Tail Waggin’ Double Wheat

Grand Teton Brewing Co.
430 Old Jackson Highway
Victor, Idaho, 83455
United States
phone: (208) 787-9000

Preface: This 12 oz. bottle of Grand Teton Tail Waggin’ Double Wheat was sent to me by the folks at Grand Teton Brewing Co. for inclusion in these tasting notes. There was a yellow stamp on the neck that noted: “bottled 03/18/10”.

The following notes are made after a mouth wash with room temperature sparkling water. These notes have not been influenced by reading promotional material or any other review of this brew.

I am including this preface to inform the reader of any and all circumstances that might be conceived of as creating a biased review or a conflict of interest regarding the choice of words used in the following review. I could go on and on with semi-legal jargon but I guess you will just have to trust me eh?

The following are my tasting notes:

Appearance: This is a faintly cloudy straw yellow brew with a thin head of small bubbles. Carbonation is fairly active but not enough to build a lasting head.

Aroma: The first sensation is one similar to Bavarian wheat brews, with a sharp lemon citric aroma. The second visit revealed more of a bread aroma to back up the continuing citric sensation. The third nose dive has a balancing act going on with the previously explored aromas.

Flavor: The tang of wheat and the unique esters (specific flavors and aromas) from the fermentation of the yeast used for this brew are evident in the first sip. The second showed more of the citric tang than the banana and bubble gum found in the Bavarian wheat brews. The third sip had the taste receptors settling in with the flavors and noticing less specifics.

Mouth feel: This is a fairly full bodied brew.

Finish: There is a fairly long lasting tang that finishes almost metallic.

Comments: American Wheat beers are not one of my favorite brews. This is a fairly good copy of a Bavarian (where this style was born) brew. However there is sharpness to this brew that is not familiar and gives it a particular taste and finish.

The flavor tang and sharp flavors would go very well with a nacho style platter of corn chips, chili, peppers and sour cream.

The Brewery: http://www.grandtetonbrewing.com/

What others say:

BeerAdvocate: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/413/57630

RateBeer: http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/grand-teton-tail-waggin-double-white-ale/121534/

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