Recently, The Brew Club did a beer review of the Ommegang Witte, and found it to be a really nice Belgian Style White beer. Light feeling and refreshing, I think these Belgian wheat beers are perfect for enjoyment during the hot summer months.
While I was in that mode, I thought I’d give the sample of Lakefront Brewing’s Belgian White Beer a try, and see how it compares to the aforementioned Ommegang Witte and the classic Hoegaarden. Lakefront Brewery is located in Wisconsin, and checking their website this Belgian White seems to be a seasonal beer for them and it weighs in at 4.6% ABV.
A couple cool things to note about Lakefront Brewery – they seem to make a gluten-free beer called “New Grist” which is good to know, and they also seem to have a nice Coffee Stout which sounds delicious!
For starters, if you’ve had any of those other Belgian white beers, the Lakefront Brewing version is not a surprise in the look, or the smell. The beer is a pale straw color, slightly cloudy as it is unfiltered. A foamy pure-white head is created and it looks exactly like one would expect from this style of beer.
Getting on to the smell, again, nothing unusual considering the style. I picked up on the spices for the most part, and a little bit of a sweet citrus action was happening as well. Obviously, as the label states, this beer is brewed with coriander and orange peel.
So it really boils down to taste. Is this a clone wannabe of its more popular competitors, or does the Lakefront Brewing Belgian White stand out from the pack somehow?
I’d say that while refreshing in all the ways one would hope in this style, it just doesn’t stand out as all that special in the taste department. The one thing in particular that I didn’t like was the comparatively bitter and dry aftertaste that this beer left.
Otherwise, it was just OK – it had some enjoyable citrus and spicy flavors, but it just didn’t seem as balanced or fulfilling as the Ommegang Witte. To me, this beer was more watery in taste and texture, and the flavors seemed a little forced.
I’d also like to mention and thank BeerMonthClub.com for sending me this sample! Cheers!