When life hands you a lemony beer, drink it. Yes, it's the latest (8th!) release in the well-received Smokestack Series from Boulevard. Pouring this jewel into my lovely Smokestack chalice, I was immediately taken by it's beautiful hazy gold color and thick two-finger head. I don't say this often, but this is a simply stunning beer that is absolutely enthralling to look at.
Smell follows the witbeir style with lots of orange peel, cloves and coriander. The taste is sour and spicy, with a puckering citrus bite that would be a perfect refreshment on a hot day. Following the theme of refreshment is the thin, highly carbonated mouthfeel, which adds to the almost infinite drinkability of this brew. In fact, the only thing that reels me in from wanting to chug the entire glass is the stout 8% abv, which would gladly knock me firmly on my ass should I choose to not respect this beer.
All in all, this is a wonferful example of the good old American one-upsmanship that we've all come to love and expect from the craft beer industry. Not satisfied with the standard every-man formula for a warm weather offering, Boulevard Brewing has worked magic yet again by putting their own twist on what is, in my humble opinion, a slightly uninsteresting style. So much more than just an alcohol-infused high gravity wit, this beer seems to reveal something new with every sip. With an all-to-soon empty bottle beside me, I'm noticing that the label is conspicuously missing the 'collect them all' numbering found on the limited release beers from Boulevard. Here's hoping that we can all look forward to many quiet summer evenings on the porch, sipping the pinnacle of locally available warm weather seasonals.