Another beer before the road, Troublesome Wheat Beer from Off Color Brewing is the second brew to be reviewed on this beer blog. If you read my beer blog from yesterday of their Scurry, you know the history of this upcoming craft brewery out of Chicago. If you have not, please, read yesterday’s beer blog post to get to know Off Color Brewing. Let us get into the beer.
It has a cloudy yellow color with a semi white head on this wheat ale. The smell is lemon like but that comes from coriander notes. The taste is a heavy citrus to coriander notes with a citrus aftertaste. It is pretty drinkable.
Most brewers spend a lot of time and effort keeping lactobacillus out of their breweries; it was the first thing we brought in (it still has to stay in the corner though). We blend together two different beers to make Troublesome. The first is a somewhat uninteresting wheat beer and the second is an overly acidic & funky beer fermented solely with lactobacillus. We blend the two beers together with coriander and salt at the tail end of fermentation to create a mild, lemony tartness and a fuller sensation of mouthfeel. And yes, it’s hard to make.
Closing out the beer tab, I am not a fan of wheat beers. I love German Hefeweizen but not too many wheats. I love Upland Brewing Wheat and this beer from Off Color. I just realized both of these craft beers are not even in my market. Now that is pretty funny. I will have to do some road trips. What I like about this Wheat Beer, you do not taste the wheat or yeast like most American wheat beers. I love the coriander that is used in this brew. It has a nice lemon notes that kick off through out the beer drinking experience. There is not over the top aftertaste from the beer and lemon notes. It is just right. They do some brewery tours and I would check into that to get to know this brewery a little bit more. I highly recommend this brew. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/