I have been fond of the beers from Davenport, Iowa’s own Great River Brewery. In the past I have written about Roller Dam Red Ale, 483 Pale Ale, [https://mygreenmisadventure.wordpress.com/2012/10/25/great-river-brewery-beers/] Farmer Brown Ale, and Redband Stout. [https://mygreenmisadventure.wordpress.com/2012/11/26/another-trip-down-the-mississippi-to-great-river-brewery/] Thus, I was excited to try a couple of summer seasonal beers: Widespread Wit and Chicawawa Lemonale.
Widespread Wit is an unfiltered Belgian White ale:
It seemed like this would be a great summer beer. Light in bitterness (~10 IBU) and middling in alcohol (~5.5% ABV) it was positioned to be a perfect can to crack after mowing the lawn and sitting down to enjoy the last rays of afternoon sunshine.
However, the beer as nothing to recommend it from a flavor perspective. It’s like a whisper of beer across your tongue and then it is gone. You look from side to side hoping to catch a glimpse of the beer, but nothing is in view.
Unfortunately, this seems to be a critique that is epidemic among “summer beers.” In the end, it was a forgettable drink little better than the most derivative of macro brews:
It does not get any better with Chicawawa Lemonale:
Chicawawa Lemonale is billed as “that girly drink that men will drink from time to time, ‘just to taste it.’” Whatever. No one is getting past a single can of this “beer” candy. If you have ever had a can of Sunkist Lemonade soda you get the idea. Throw in a little eau de Natty Light and you would emerge with a pretty good facsimile of Chicawawa Lemonale.
Not much else to say: