River Brew Review: Wolaver’s Wildflower Wheat

Location: Nick’s House

Beer: Wolaver’s Wildflower Wheat

Ol’ Mother Nature, you can be a fickle old Hag!!!

It’s another rainy springtime Saturday in New England. In fact, we went for breakfast this morning in Wilton, NH and upon our exit from the establishment we were met with a fresh coating of white on our cars. Yes, April 23rd and it is still snowing in southern New Hampshire.

Based on the temperature reading of 37 degrees this afternoon and bone chilling rain, I decided the best course of action would be to hang out at home, tie some flies and sample a new beer my sister had told me about from Wolaver’s Organic Ales. I thought that maybe if I consume a spring time beer, then maybe Mother Nature will grant me some good weather next week for a little early season striper fishing.

The beer is Wolaver’s Wildflower Wheat handcrafted by Otter Creek Brewing Company in Middlebury, Vermont. The company uses certified organic products from local producers, and this particular beer is brewed with pure organic Vermont honey. A little added bonus for all you hippies.

I have always enjoyed unfiltered wheat beers, and the Wolaver’s blend of chamomile and honey (yeah, I know what you’re thinking, but trust me) offers an easy drinking beer that pleases the palate and stimulates the spirit, even on a wet and dreary spring day in New Hampshire.

The real info:

Appearance: coppery light straw color, quite cloudy with very little head after the initial pour.

Aroma: wheaty smell reminiscent of other Hefeweizens, but with a hint of chamomile to add some citrusy floral notes

Taste/Mouth feel: Very light carbonation just stimulates the tongue to receive the gentle tastes of wheat and chamomile. The honey adds just the right amount of sweetness throughout each sip, and the beer to finishes clean and refreshing.

Overall: This is a great spring beer to be enjoyed out on the river, lake, or at home. The smooth taste and easy drinkability makes it great for enjoying with friends after a long day outside, or in this case, a cold dreary Saturday by yourself. If you are a fan of unfiltered wheats, I would recommend checking this one out.

Beer Stats:

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

ABV: 4.25%

Brewery: Otter Creek Brewing, Middlebury Vermont

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