This sample of Stevens Point Belgian White (from Wisconsin) comes to me as part of our most recent exchange for The Brew Club. (Giving Liz credit here) As the name indicates, this is a Belgian White style beer and FYI it weighs in at 4.76% ABV. This beer review conveniently follows this week’s earlier post by Lee who got to tour the Point Brewery. (You can check out his tour of the Point Brewery here!)
I’ve been able to sample quite a few Belgian White beers, and just when I think I won’t be able to stomach another one, here comes another bottle of the stuff that I end up liking! It seems like every brewery makes one, and most of them are pretty good although some definitely stand out as superior to others like the Wit from St. Bernardus and the Winter White from Long Trail.
This one from Stevens Point, however, can hold its own!
The look of this beer is standard for the style. If you’re new here, I’ll describe it as cloudy and straw-colored. The head is a foamy white form that has some surprisingly good retention! I aggressively poured this wheat beer into my over-sized lager glass just to see how big the head would be, and it was respectable in its foamy whiteness.
The aroma was also very typical for the Belgian White beer style. Wheat (bready) smells, along with orangy and coriander spice. Nothing really special stands out here, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing either. This seems to be a predictable beer, and….
Tasting this brew from Stevens Point, I find that the orange and coriander come though again quite nicely in the flavor. There’s some bready-tasting malt flavors, and its lightly hopped with the Saaz and Hallertau varieties. the mouthfeel is certainly acceptable and I’d say right on target being not too watery. Again, as expected for the style.
Overall, I can’t say this is the best Belgian White I’ve ever tried, but I found it to hit most of the happy buttons for me – at least in the sense that it didn’t do anything wrong. Is it a beer that is memorable in any way? No, I don’t think so. Is it a beer that does what you would expect from a domestic Belgian White? Sure, I’d say so.
This beer was smooth and refreshing, and while it wasn’t a superstar beer, or exceptional in any way, it was very good at being a decent Belgian White and a nice change from the spicy and dark winter ales I’ve been drinking lately!
Sometimes, that’s enough.
What’s your favorite non-pretentious beer?