Beer of the Weekend #785: West Main Wheat

The beer of the weekend is West Main Wheat, brewed by the Big Grove Brewery of Solon, Iowa.

Poured into a weizen glass. The color is very hazy wheat, which is fitting. About two fingers of shiny, eggshell-colored head leaves a spotted skim and a ring around the edge with short trails of lacing. The aroma is faint but musty. It smells like a grain bin. I have never smelled anything like it; it almost smells like sawdust. It’s just strange. There seems to be some esters. It has a smooth, full-bodied mouthfeel. The flavor is grainy and mostly mirrors the aroma. It has a pleasing bitterness. There are faint flavors of yeast and esters. It is a very odd beer. It’s not bad, but it’s just weird.

Fun facts about West Main Wheat:

• Style: American wheat ale.

• Price: $12 for a 64-ounce growler fill.

• Alcohol content: 5.2 percent ABV.

• Speaking of fills, the fill I received at Big Grove was top-notch. The bartender had my growler filled almost before I settled into a bar stool. It was amazing.

The Quiet Man’s grade: C.

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