Sunday, April 1, 2012

Breckenridge Agave Wheat review

Breckenridge Agave WheatRecord high temperatures in March and April bring out the need for a more summer-like beer and Breckenridge Brewery of Denver Colorado has a good candidate for a day like this - an unfiltered wheat ale that has agave nectar added. This brew has been one of Breck's staple beers for a while now and somehow reviewing this beer had so far eluded me until now. I'm talking about the Breckenridge Agave Wheat.

Agave is considered a natural sweetener that comes from a blue flowery spiny plant commonly found in the southern United States. The interior of the plant stores aguamiel or honey water and is commonly made into a syrup and can be used in many products including beer.

I picked up a solo 12oz bottle of this at my local store from the singles cooler and added it to a custom 6-pack that I put together. I wanted something lower in alcohol and would drink well on a hot Spring day. Breckenridge Agave Wheat weighs in at 4.2% ABV and has a very low IBU rating of 9. It's made with 6 different kinds of light malts and bittered with Cascade and Willamette hops.

Appearance: Breckenridge Agave Wheat poured a golden yellow color and when cold was only able to produce a very small white head with a gentle, non-aggressive pour. This may be attributable in part to the type of glass I was using (a unique Offero Omnis glass). Swirling this beer produced a small 1 finger head that added a slippery lacing that quickly glided off the sides of the glass and back into the beer. Being unfiltered, this wheat beer appeared a rather cloudy due to the proteins in the liquid and it was not possible to see through it clearly. The bottle gave a nice loud hiss when the cap was popped and appeared to have a good amount of carbonation. The last half ounce of beer poured out seemed to add a bit of cloudy yeast to the brew.

Aroma: This brew had all the classic aromas of a wheat beer - some clove, banana, and a bit of additional sweetness to the nose due to the agave syrup. I could also pick up some biscuity malts in this brew as well. I could also pick up a bit of citrus in the air from the Cascade hops.

Taste: Served cold, Breck's Agave Wheat had a lot of refreshing wheat flavor. This brew seemed a bit sweeter than most wheat beers I've had, but I was expecting something like that due to the nature of the ingredients. The combination of the aroma and the taste made for a tasty refreshing drink that went down very easily. This beer was no lightweight on flavor as it had an abundance of wheat and malt flavor.

I didn't know what to expect from the Agave and expected it to taste a bit sweeter than it was. I'm actually glad this beer wasn't overly sweet and I believe too much added sweetener could mask the flavors of the grains and yeast. This beer delivered a nice full body and creamy smoothness.

Overall: While some may say this beer doesn't stand out very much, I felt that it's simplicity was what the brewer had intended all along. Sure, it's a very easy drinking wheat beer with a bit extra added. It won't knock your socks off but then again, in the warmer weather who needs socks anyway?! I enjoyed it for what it was, a nice, simple, refreshing wheat beer that goes great by itself on a nice hot day. This beer would also go well any time of year as a light accompaniment to most any light meal. This 12oz sampling disappeared quickly and I wish I would have had a full pint of it.

This beer tasted great both cold and a bit later as it warmed up. The aromas on this beer really came through even more as it got closer to room temperature. Nice beer Breckenridge. I wish I had only tried more of this earlier. I'd recommend this to all fans of wheat beer.

Disclosure: I paid full retail price for this beer as part of a build-your-own 6-pack.

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