Many thanks go out to BA stopbarking for a chance to try this one. Half-gallon, well sealed, screw-top growler with the “Draught House Pub and Brewery” advertised on the clear glass in white lettering. From what I have read from the other reviews, this is because the brewery does not do growler fills so this beer has to be sourced at bars that do fill a growler. (As an aside, I WISH we had growler fills in GA).
The appearance of the beer within the growler is frankly a little uninspiring. A honey, old gold cloudy affair that looks pretty much exactly like four pints of unfiltered apple juice! Looks flat; I was a little concerned. However, the pour into the 500 mL Tücher Weizen glass induces the head and lace that I was expecting and makes the beer look so much better in the smaller volume.
Typical clove and mild spice in the nose.
Not sure if I’m in the minority here, but the sum of the parts of this beer seems to be its strength. The flavors are not THAT exceptional (the usual mild clove and sweet bananas compete for your attention) but they do come together very well to give a very pleasant drinkability. Much smoother in the mouth and easier to drink than many of the style.
I really enjoyed the simplicity of this beer, and there is no doubt that it is very tasty and exceptionally drinkable, but #24 (at the time of writing) on the “Best of BA” list seems a little optimistic to me. Nevertheless well worth the effort of getting it (thanks Daniel), and I would recommend trying it.