I’m in Columbia, MO for the weekend, and after enjoying some burgers at Booches (along with a local craft beer – Mamoot from Logboat Brewing), we headed to Logboat Brewery for a couple more beers. It was suggested by my local friends that I try their ginger wheat beer, which seems to be gaining traction locally as their signature beer. The brewery is very nice and new, and the tasting room/bar has a nice rustic feel with lots of stained wood.
Location: On tap and served in a slightly curved glass at my Logboat Brewing in Columbia, MO.
Numbers: 5.2% ABV, 21 IBUs, 4 SRM, ~160 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s bright golden in color with a fair amount of haziness. There was a finger-thick, fluffy white head on it that feel after several minutes. The aroma was lightly citrus with mostly light lemony smells.
Taste & Feel: The body is light and the mouthfeel is smooth and lightly creamy. The flavor up front is lightly bready with a dose of lemony citrus in through the nose. In the middle, the ginger flavor kicks in a little bit, growing in the finish. It’s not a strong ginger flavor, just enough to balance it with the bready and lemon flavors. The flavors lasted briefly in the aftertaste.
Food Pairing: This is a pretty lightly flavored beer, with bready, lemony, and ginger flavors. Therefore, I think it would make a great pairing with Chinese food in general, or sushi, where the lemon and ginger flavors would complement it.
Overall Impression: I can certainly see why this is gaining popularity there, as it has a unique flavor, yet is light and drinkable enough that it would appeal to a broader audience. It’s definitely a summer beer in my book, as the ginger and lemon flavors were light and bright. Overall, it went down easily and quickly on this warm summer evening, and I’d love to try it with some sushi next time.