#17 Widmer Brothers Lemongrass Wheat (2011)

I don't make a habit of buying the same bottle twice. But I had broken that habit when I spotted this bottle of Widmer Brothers Lemongrass Wheat Ale at my then local beer stop. It was something I had picked on a whim about a year ago. I remember taking a picture of it. I remember really enjoying it. I remember thinking "If I had a blog, I would write all about this."

Well guess what? Now I have a blog, and the best part about that is people actually read it! So when I saw it I grabbed it up quickly and went about my business.

So, lets get it on!

Yes, lets.

And before we go any further, I should note that when I first had this bottle, it was late 2011, so the bottle was relatively new. I had the luck to have another almost exactly a year later. Someone over at (one of my favorite beer blogs) Two Girls, One Beer wrote something that stuck with me:

I’d like to say something refined like “I buy two of every bottle, one to sample now and the other to age”; thus, I have a reason for getting around to drinking this beer.

It really makes a lot of sense, and I think its a habit I am going to get myself into! And lets go!

It comes in a box, A BOX! I am feeling damn fancy!

I do think that one of the selling points for me, is the nice packaging. When I'm spending $10+ dollars a bottle, I like to be made to feel fancy. Thank you Widmer Brothers, you succeeded!

As always, you have to start somewhere, and you cant drink without a good pour. And what a pour! A nice, cloudy beer color with a beautiful, fluffy 3.5 finger head. And it was a brilliant, pure white. Beautiful looking beer. Catching a whiff, it smells like lemonade, a light touch of malt and grape. The muscat grape juice kinda has me excited, and was another reason I picked this up initially.


This is a wheat?! Ha! No way, this is a sour. This is puckery! Very sweet and sour! Ok, I know its not a sour, but still. If it was wearing a fake mustache, It could sneak into a Sour Beer party.  Even with the strong sour/sweet, this beer has a nice, light feel to it. Tiny little bubbles massaging my palate and making me all warm and fuzzy.

I would definitely buy this beer again, and If you see it, I would suggest you try it also. It doesn't have the highest rating on BA, bringing in a score of 74. But who really cares what ratings say? I don't!

Widmer Brothers Lemongrass Wheat Ale (Brothers' Reserve 2011)

Smell: 4/5
Appearance: 4/5
Taste: 3.5/5
Feel: 3/5

Overall: 3.6/5

This beer pairs well with: Stone Temple Pilots - Sour Girl