Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Great Divide Heyday Belgian-style White Ale review

Great Divide Heyday Belgian-style White AleGreat Divide has been busy changing up its seasonal line-up these past couple of years. This year, they brought in a new Spring seasonal called Great Divide Heyday, a Belgian-style White Ale. This ale was designed to be easy drinking and great with a wide variety of food.

While this beer weighs in at 5.2% ABV, it's one you could probably have 2 or 3 of with no problem. It's built as a low hopped, low bitter brew with a pleasant aroma and taste.

I've been looking for lighter alternatives for Spring and Summer and Great Divide Heyday might be one to keep in mind. It reportedly goes great with lighter foods, cheeses and even desserts. Would this beer have enough flavor for a big beer drinker? Let's find out.

Appearance: Great Divide Heyday poured out a light straw yellow color, slightly cloudy, and with a billowy thick white head that stuck around for a long time. I found no sediment in this brew. It's about as light a color of beer as you'll probably find out there - hence the title of White Ale. Swirling the beer left a big sticky lacing along the glass walls. The beer was moderately carbonated. Using a laser-etched bottom glass added a lot of bubble nucleation in this beer and aided the head retention.

Aroma: Belgian yeast strains are easy to pick up on. This particular brew had a light fruity aroma with a hint of lemongrass, and biscuit. I couldn't pick up any spiciness in this aroma as some Belgian yeasts have. This one was more subtle on the funk and gave way to the wheat and barley. The hops definitely take backstage in this scent.

Heyday up closeTaste: Heyday starts off with a medium bodied feel with a slightly tart wheat taste. The taste was fresh, clean, slightly sweet and had a refreshing summer-time blend of oats, barley and wheat. The yeast definitely added flavor to this witbier, yet didn't try to steal the show. This type of beer would be a good thirst quencher and light enough to enjoy several of these. The taste was very easy to swallow and would appeal to most beer drinkers.

Overall: Have to admit, this beer is one I would definitely want to get a 6-pack of, particularly for warmer days or on days where I wanted something a bit lighter in taste. While the color was pale, Heyday definitely had a lot of flavor. One of these won't fill you up and will leave room for more. Not bad. Glad I picked one of these up. It reminds me of an Avery White Rascal, but with a taste all its own.

Disclosure: I paid full retail price for this beer at my local liquor store as part of a build-it yourself 6-pack.

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- Avery White Rascal review.
- Great Divide Hoss Rye Lager review.
- Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout review.

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