BEER STYLE AND COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Style category: American-style Pale Wheat Ale
An American style, pale wheat beer. Light and fruity, brewed with Golden Promise malt and Cascade hops. 4.2% ABV.
OUR BREWVIEW ON STU BREW’S WHEAT WANDERER
Served at 45° F, pleasant pale to light Golden color, poured a nice 1.5 – 2 finger white colored dense head with large and small bubbles, (this was a “beer clean” glass) that did collapse a bit quickly in the long run, but the lacework it left behind was even sheeted. The meniscus for an ale at only 4.2% ABV was slower rising that customary… good sign.
The clarity is good, since this is not a bottle conditioned ale. After around 5-6 minutes the head did reduce down to around 1/8 inch, enough to keep in the aromatics of the liquid intact. The rim color variation is very light straw colored.
With it being a Wheat beer, it was quite surprising to get some nutty notes as well with the citrusy / fruity notes. It still held on to its British roots with the classic Butterscotch/ diacetyl notes as well, in the nose. Since this is a Wheat ale, there are also notes of freshly baked bread / yeast component in the mix.
Very gentle Wheat flavors, along with the cereal tastes from the malt bill, but an agreeable ale none the less.
Effervescence level is light, the finish is like a buttermilk biscuit finish. The hop bitterness is very light.
FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS
Make it very light- mild cheeses, (brie and the like) cheddars that are not sharp. An easy pairing with light whitefish or chicken tender salads with in-season greens.
Super wide open. Depending on your palate, you can go as light or intense as you want, and the beer would not be a offending component. I would suggest roasted chicken with creamy mashed potatoes.
The local Newcastle dish of “Pan Haggerty” (A classic potato dish that is made up from fried onions combined with a layer of thinly sliced potatoes oozing with mature cheddar cheese) would be a fantastic pairing with Wheat Wanderer.
As with all the Stu Brew ales that we were able to BrewView, (as with the “classic” British tradition) all of them are very easy to drink, light to moderate in ABV% making them (as we’ve said before) very sessionable.
When you come from a mindset that certain 7% ABV ales are sessionable, (like us) Wheat Wanderer is an ale that you could want in an all-around, versatile ale. Imagine being at the lake with nothing to do but relax. It sounds good to us.
Lastly, if you are visiting Newcastle University for any reason give their local pubs a call. “Why aye man!”
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