Stinger Wild Honey WheatMarch 1, 2008 Estes Park, CO
Estes Park Brewery
Estes Park, CO
Available: CO, WI
Stinger is brewed with Colorado honey.
Original Gravity: 1050
Hazy straw-gold color. Soft honey-kissed fruit, biscuit, and dough on the aroma and palate with a light body and somewhat slick texture. Quick finish. A slightly sweet, American-style wheat beer. Occasionally, I’m reminded why the Belgian’s add coriander and orange peel to their wheat beers and why the Germans opt for a different—and more characterful—yeast strain. Drink this while it’s fresh.
- John Hansell
Straight off, I’ll say that I don’t think this beer is made for the mid-winter temperatures I’m experiencing as I write this review, but then again, it’s probably colder in Colorado, where it’s brewed, and I’m sure that’s not stopping people from drinking it there. Definitely a honey beer that shows its ingredients proudly, unlike some. This has a sweet, faintly citrusy nose awash in spicy honey notes, and a body that follows suit, with a slightly cloying character and a distinct honeyed taste that extends even to the finish. I like honey, but still find this a bit over-the-top for my taste.
- Stephen Beaumont
John Hansell is an equal-opportunity drinker. He writes about beer, wine and spirits. He is the creator, publisher & editor of Malt Advocate, a magazine for the whisky enthusiast.
Stephen Beaumont boarded his first plane at the age of 15 and hasn’t looked back since, obsessing about travel to the point that he gets nervous if he doesn’t have a ticket or two stacked on the corner of his desk. When he’s not running around in search of new taste experiences, he makes his home in Toronto, where a new cultural experience is only as far away as the next neighborhood.
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