Monday, 30 June 2008

Review: Williams Gold

Williams Gold from William Brothers Brewing Company
Rating: B

Those who know me will understand why I saw this and had to buy it. Label indicates that it's brewed with seven different malts, and suggests vanilla, fruit, grapefruit and orange.

Appearance: Poured into a CAMRA nonic pint glass, displays a honey/apple juice color. Not quite clear. Nice two finger head that leaves nice lacing, but has average retention.

Smell: Light biscuit notes and floral hops. Fresh, green hops that suggest pine. Not particularly fruity, but I might just be able to agree with the vanilla note suggested by the brewery.

Taste: Citrus rind, herbal hops. Hops are fresh and oily in character. Mineral finish. Does not come across as "light," despite the low alcohol content.

Mouthfeel: Slightly oily mouthfeel, light-medium body, finishes on a bitter note, with a lasting aftertaste. Carbonation is right for style, but I wouldn't mind a bit more.

Drinkability: Fairly drinkable, good overall. At only 3.9%, potentially sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

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