Daily beer project

Red Rock Honey Wheat

Posted in American Craft Beer, Red Rock, Utah Beer by dailybeerproject on May 4, 2010

Red Rock Honey Wheat is another offering I enjoyed as part of a $2 Tuesday at Porcupine Pub. At $2 a pint, it makes no sense to order samplers, so long as you don’t mind downing a few pints in an evening. And really, why would anyone complain about downing a few pints so long as you’ve got good company and can spread it out over a few hours?

Technically this beer is categorized as a kristallweizen, since it’s a filtered wheat beer. It has a light, clear appearance, whereas a typical unfiltered hefeweizen is quite cloudy.Filtering wheat beer removes the cloudiness of the yeast and at the same time some of the fruitiness and body from the flavor, making for a cleaner tasting beer.

Unfortunately, I quite like the body in wheat beers, as they can be a bit bland without it. Consequently, I wasn’t as happy with this as say the Uinta Hefeweizen. While honey wheat makes for a nice name that provokes thoughts of sweet, fresh-baked bread, I’m yet to try a honey-flavored beer that I was really crazy about. The flavor was a bit more sour and sharp than what I wanted, which would have been OK had there been more to it than that. Unfortunately there wasn’t. It was served with a slice of lemon, which I didn’t squeeze into the beer. Awesome beer does not rely on citrus juice for flavor.

It’s a good beer, not to be turned down. But not the best of what Red Rock has to offer, in my opinion. Especially considering how wonderful their Blonde and Nut Brown ales are.

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