Been taking a bit of a much needed family vacation over the past several days. We are staying at the Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, WA. I tell you, this place is pretty damn cool. They have done a bunch of things right and we are already planning for a return trip next year. In a nutshell, the water-park is really, really cool (although the 42″ height restriction on the tubes sucks), the MagiQuest interactive game is really, really cool, the arcade is good (although a huge $$ suck), and the food hasn’t been too bad at all. They even offered me up a new beer from our friends at Anheuser-Busch.
Shock Top Belgian White looked, from afar, to be a new craft brew that I hadn’t heard of. At the end of the day, though, it came through as another macro brewery trying to diversify their flavors… and I have to tell you… I think they pulled it off. It could have been that I was in beer withdrawals and this just happened to be the first beer I tasted, but I don’t think that is it.
The glass I had was at the actual restaurant in the hotel (not the buffet). I ordered a 20 oz. for $4.50 (a good deal) and quickly thought well of it. It came with an orange slice and a small head, but as far as drinkable beer goes, this wasn’t too bad at all… my biggest complaint, if you are going to go with the technical review, would be that they shouldn’t call this a Belgian White… there is likely zero Belgian yeast used here. They should just call it a Hefeweizen. It’s color is more yellow, its taste is definitely on the wheaty unfiltered side. There just isn’t anything Belgian about it.
So, again, as far as beer goes, this is good beer. Easy to drink and the right price. If you are a technical beer drinker, though, you would give this a hateful rating because it isn’t true to its style in the least.
JBB6 Rating: Will Buy Again