Great Divide “Heyday”
This Belgian-style white beer (witbier) is a new spring release from the brewers at Great Divide. Aromas touch on some characteristically Belgian notes like coriander, orange peel, and lemon zest. An herbal hoppy side is equally matched by malted oats and wheat. The palate enters in with sweet wheat over a creamy feel, then quickly transitions into a crisp, semi-tart, lightly bitter herbal (grassy) hopping. A delicate use of spices are interwoven with a leveled out Belgian twist. It leaves with a lingering flavor of carbonated water and lemon held with careful sustain, finishing off with a dry feel. My overall impression is that this is a light and floral beer designed for easy drinking, but with a high compatibility to different drinking situations and foods.
I think this is a pretty good spring beer choice, especially when compared to other more mundane spring offerings. However, this is a classic style that’s incredibly difficult to get right in respect to those age-old European recipes that have had a history of trial and error in their quest for perfection. Great Divide wins my respect in their endeavor to conquer each style with their own unique touch, but I feel their European beers require more attention and tweaking and that these recipes should not be so set in stone, but should instead be evolving toward a more desirable product. In the end, if you’re looking for an affordable American Belgian-style option that drinks easy, this is a decent choice. I suppose it would appeal to most, but it’s also simultaneously likely to disappoint a more seasoned beer drinker such as yourself. Considering there are much better witbier options out there, I simply cannot recommend this.