Spanish Peaks White AleNovember 1, 2000 Bozeman, MT
Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.
Available: AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, HI, ID, IL, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WY
This American interpretation of a Belgian style witbier is made with unmalted wheat, unmalted oats and malted barley. The high protein level from the wheat gives the beer its characteristic cloudy white character that gives the beer its name. It is spiced with orange peels, ground coriander and black pepper.
Original gravity: 1050
Very nicely done, with a noticeable coriander and orange zest effect both on the nose and the palate, resulting in a quite refreshing overall finish. A deft touch of Belgian summer from Montana.
- Fred Eckhardt
A hazy gold beer with orange highlights and a small white head. The aroma is sweet and honey-like with a whiff of citrus. On the palate the beer follows the nose--sweet with restrained supporting bitterness, medium body, and a brisk, slightly tangy finish. A nice bready aftertaste remains. While this doesn’t particularly resemble the Belgian originals (it’s rather sweet and deeply colored, spices are difficult to detect), it is nonetheless quite a nice beer. This would be very versatile with food--great with a salad or grilled sausages.
- Garrett Oliver
Loosely in the style of a Belgian white⎯in other words, intentionally hazy, greenish gold⎯with a lightly syrupy background. Of the two traditional flavors in this style, the emphasis is more to the citrus than the coriander. Sweet lemon notes. Surprisingly soothing. Then a nicely refreshing, sherbety, dryish edge to the finish.
- Michael Jackson
Fred Eckhardt lives, writes about and drinks beer in Portland, OR. He is the author of The Essentials of Beer Style and Saké.
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
Author of Ultimate Beer, the Simon & Schuster Guide to Beer and numerous other works on drinks, Jackson has created legions of converts to fine beer.