Thursday, June 14th, 2012
A few weeks back, I entered the Wil Wheat beer in a local competition. I knew that it was off-style when I created the recipe, but was interested in some feedback. Surprisingly it took “runner up”. The judging notes (below) reflect that it was a very well made brew – just too hoppy for a traditional American Wheat:
Judge 1: 37/50 very good
Nice citrus aroma. Super clean.
Excellent. Super clear. Within style.
Slightly bitter for style by like 15 IBUs. Clean Fermentation characteristics. Solid hop aroma.
Bitterness is working against you here.
Overall Impression 7/10
Solid effort. Just a bit too bitter/astringent from the hopping. Try using low cohumulone hops, in lower quantity for bittering addition.
Judge 2: 34/50 very good
Low malt aroma behind hop aroma. Decent ester aroma. Spicy aroma of hops. No diacetal.
Yellow, good clarity, decent head retention.
Wow that’s bitter! Good hop bill, decent balance though way too hoppy. Good ester flavors – strawberry.
Medium body, moderate carbonation, light alcohol warmth.
Overall Impression 8/10
Way too bitter. Like a wheat IPA. Pretty good beer though. I like it but it is stylistically off due to bitterness.