Wig And Pen
from Australia
101st highest rated brewery (of 635)
Highest Rated2 Knuckles Deep (84 / 100) Average score60 / 100 (Decent)
Lowest RatedBelgian Blonde Witbier (18 / 100) Number Tried53
Smoked Old Spice
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 21.08.13 on tap
Overall:
72 / 100
(Very Good)
Pours a bronze colour. Bit of bead. Head is white and foamy, nice lace. Looks OK.

Smokey, meaty. Some peppercorn, maple glaze and some cloves. Pretty awesome. Meal in a glass.

Taste is smokey, meaty, with plenty of dry spice especially at the back. Oak smoke, black pepper, szechuan, clove and dry-roasted coriander seed. Gets a little astringent at the back, mildly mediciney. Otherwise a hugely impressive complex meat-smoke flavour, nice savoury beer.

Fairly smooth, fluid. Bit flat at times.

Not an everyday drinker, but a one-off experience to be savoured.
appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 4.0 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.75
2 Knuckles Deep
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 21.08.13 on tap
Overall:
84 / 100
(Exceptional)
On tap at the brewpub 17/08/13.

Pours a reddish colour, with a steady trickle of bead. Head is white, small bubbles, decent retention. Looks alright.

Smells tart, funky. Nice redcurrant crispness. Bit of barnyard at the back but beautifully sweet and tart balance. Yum.

taste is tart and funky. Redcurrant in there with pink lady apples, orange peel, some ascerbic funk on the back. Straw notes, grass and slight citric twang on the back. Beautifully handled sour, the sweet balances it out to make it smooth as silk in the drinking. Lovely.

Bit of sizzle both from carbonation and wild yeasts. OK for the style but I don't love it.

Lovely drinkable sour. Funky sweet and tart in equal measure; very approachable and sessionable.
appearance: 3.75 | aroma: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | drinkability: 4.5
The Judges Are All On Botox
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 21.08.13 on tap
Overall:
73 / 100
(Very Good)
Pours a dark dark brown. Head is beige, foamy. Good retention, very sticky lacing. Good-looking beer.

Smells boozey, but a good smooth chocolate note running through it. Oaky vanilla notes with some brandy, red wine and a touch of banana. A bit strong, but good.

Taste is sweet, chocolatey. Lots of oaky notes as well with vanilla, vinous character, some char and sweet berry notes. Some pepper, and a little bit of caramel late on the palate. Strong, sweet, really pleasant Winter warmer though.

Smooth, bit of warmth but not hot. Very nice.

Drinks warm, smooth, sweet. Good and enjoyable big stout.
appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 3.5 | taste: 4.0 | feel: 4.0 | drinkability: 4.0
Venom Double IPA
Reviewed by Jez on 10.06.13 on tap
Overall:
74 / 100
(Very Good)
On-tap at the Courthouse Hotel during Good Beer Week 2013. I got the last pour of their one keg (free as a result), so the head was frothier than usual. I promise I won't hold it against it—certainly not as it was a freebie.

Pours a very clear copper colour, solid in the body. Head is a creamy white crest, obviously exacerbated by the keg blowing into a frothy mess. This does settle down though, and leaves some solid speckled lacing. Overall, it actually looks pretty damn good.

Nose is excellent: big, sharp, fruity and bright. Lemon sherbet sweetness mixes with a tart and sharp passionfruit character, more bright orange citrus characters, all underpinned with a mild toffee note to give is some basis. Overall, it's good stuff, and very nicely weighted.

Palate follows similar lines, but is a lot less full and flavoursome. Light orange with a touch of spice comes through on the entry, followed by some grainy cahracters, a suggestion of earth and some muddled copper metallics. There's even a suggestion of smoke. Finish is quite light, with a very restrained bitterness.

Feel is very light and smooth.

Overall, it's a very drinkable IPA with a truly lovely aroma. It misses a little bit more on the flavour side, but it's still exceptionally smooth and enjoyable.

appearance: 4.25 | aroma: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.0 | drinkability: 4.0
Pale Ale
Reviewed by Jez on 10.06.13 from cask
Overall:
68 / 100
(Solid)
Tried this many moons ago at Wig and Pen, but with a fresh cask version on at the Courthouse Hotel during Good Beer Week, I figured it was worth a re-review.

Pours a light golden colour, quite clear with a bit of heft to the body. Head forms a bubbly, casky white that leaves specks of lacing. No carbonation, as is expected from the serving type.

Nose is earthy and slightly peppery with a bit of green vegetative sharpness. Some bready aromas mingle with the fresher herbal tones. Underneath is a slight sweetness light arrowroot biscuits. Quite rounded, and quite pleasant.

Light malty entry on the palate that turns genuinely sweet soon after the entry. Mid palate holds a little more of the bread character, before some fruit characters finally pick up. On the back is some prickly hop characters that die away quickly, leaving a very light aftertaste.

Feel is smooth from the cask, unsurprisingly.

Overall, it's pretty drinkable. Pleasant enough, decent, uncontroversial.

appearance: 3.75 | aroma: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.0 | drinkability: 4.0
Lunch With The Monks
Reviewed by Jez on 10.06.13 on tap
Overall:
76 / 100
(Excellent)
Tried on-tap at the Courthouse in Melbourne during GBW 2013, as part of the ACT's Pint of Origin venue.

Pours a solid golden colour, perfectly clear, with a light but silky body that flows like liquid metal. Head is white, but minimal, forming a futzy ring that fizzles out until it's swirled again. Overall, it looks fine, but a little lacklustre.

Big estery characters on the nose. Banana, rounded Belgian yeast, acetone, with some organic characters of pine nuts and cherry pits. Ooh, it's all very intense and quite complex. They've got a lot of flavour out of this beer.

Light yeasty entry on the palate, rounded and bold. This moves to a fruitier melange mid-palate, and both duskier and fresher, with the addition of cherry, pepper and grapeskin. Finish is smooth, pleasantly masked booze and spike of spice above a silky finish that coats the palate and soothes it.

Feel is very smooth, light, but silky, and really cushions both the complexities of the flavour and the booze, which is very nicely held in check.

Overall, this is very good stuff. For 9% ABV, it's astoundingly drinkable. It's lightness and delicacy are its great strength, while its complexity provides it with stacks of flavour.

appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 4.0 | feel: 4.25 | drinkability: 4.25
Bob's Armpit
Reviewed by Jez on 10.06.13 on tap
Overall:
62 / 100
(Decent)
On-tap at the Courthouse Hotel in North Melbourne during Good Beer Week 2013. This was part of the ACT's takeover for the Pint of Origin events.

Pours a deep golden colour, almost tending to amber, with a clear body that stays light and fluid. Head forms a solid film and a decent ring of just off-white. Not much lacing forms as it goes down. Carbonation is fine. Overall, it looks pretty good.

Very light characters on the nose, in fact almost muted. Searching for them is difficult. Some earthy tones come through, a little ginger spice and a faint sourness like copper. It's not really winning me over with the flavours anyway, but the fact that they're so mild, is the true disappointment.

Light mild entry on the palate too. This develops a little through the centre, with some coppery metal coming through, a little earthiness and some lemon sherbet providing something of a counterpoint. On the back is a fruity sweetness like apple juice: it's not really either funky or sour. There is some earthiness though and a little pepper.

Feel is light and fluffy.

I'm just not sure this beer either hits its stride or knows where its stride wants to be. It's strangely lacking in character, or else its characters are elusive to me.

appearance: 3.75 | aroma: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5
Mothur Funker
Reviewed by Jez on 10.06.13 on tap
Overall:
81 / 100
(Excellent)
Tried on-tap at the Courthouse in North Melbourne, during GBW 2013's ACT Pint of Origin.

Pours a very light, yellow-lemon colour, solidly hazed but with a very light, moveable body. Head is a floaty, ephemeral ring of white that leaves some mild lacing. Soft carbonation forms when the glass is tilted. Looks good.

Soft lambic characters on the nose. Some herbal tones, a little plastic and some vegetative bite like green tomatoes. There's a slight sour fruitiness to it, but not really a suggestion of more acidity than that. Still. It's very good.

Light entry with lemon saline providing a spritzy buoyancy. Mid-palate drags in some vegetative and herbal notes. Lemon characters form into a more definite lemon myrtle note, and a thin acidity provides a touch of sharpness. The back finishes with some more earthy tones and a plasticky-gueuze afterpalate. Lovely.

Feel is smooth and light with just a touch of crispness from the acid. Aftertaste is clean with no harshness, and not too much of the residual funk.

Overall. I love it. It's the closest I've seen an Aussie brewer get to replicating the characters of a classic gueuze—it may not have the puckering acidity of something like Cantillon, but the funk, the flavours and the balance are all really well done. Overall, I'm extremely impressed.

appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | drinkability: 4.5
This Beer's Not Real Craft!
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 21.12.12 on tap
Overall:
80 / 100
(Excellent)
Pours a pale straw-gold colour with slight cloud throughout. Head is white, consisting of large bubbles, sticks around alright. I like the haze; otherwise alright.

Woah, big sour notes on the aroma. Spicy, fruity and tart. It smells like those sour cola bottle lollies. Beautiful sweet-edged tart, crisp, candy-esque aroma. A cracker.

Fruity and sour on the palate. Light, almost thin body but with a pleasant complexity of flavours. Crisp and clean largely with the palate dropping maybe a little too short? The flavour is lovely so I want more! Sour candy, stewed fruits, could have lasted me a bit more.

Not too dry on the mouthfeel, which is good. Decent feel for the style.

Love the character of this beer but it's a little subdued. Could amp up the oomph, if that makes sense.
appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 5.0 | taste: 4.0 | feel: 4.0 | drinkability: 4.0
This Beer's Not Real Craft!
Reviewed by Jez on 05.08.12 on tap
Overall:
71 / 100
(Very Good)
Had on-tap at the GABS festival in Melbourne: this was W&P's offering for the festival.

Pours a light golden colour, with some hazing. Body is soft and lightweight, supporting a fine white head. Lace is firm ans slightly bubble. Looks good, overall.

Nose smells almost exactly of sour cola bottle candy. It's bright and sharp, but smooth as well: mild funk comes through along with a creamy sweetness. Awesome stuff.

Taste is somewhat weaker than I expected, especially after such a fragrant nose. More cola bottles on the front, but with a more prominent herbal note towards the middle. On the back, instead of the true acidity I expected, we get a Bretty funk, and a slightly cloying and oddly sweet yeast character. Feel is light and somewhat flat.

It's crisp, light and drinkable enough, but this has signs that it could have been much better. Still, I love Wig & Pen's sour offerings, and this is another good example.

appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4.0
Kb
Reviewed by Jez on 27.02.11 in bottle
Overall:
67 / 100
(Solid)
Poured at the Local Taphouse's Great Australian Beer Spectapular. Berliner Weisse served through their Randall (sorry, no way I'm calling it the Funky Brewster) filled with Morello Cherries.

Pours a very pink and cloudy light colour. A bit like fair floss. Fine head, but not lace. Head forms a film on the top like a fractal pattern of algae. It's funky already.

Very organic musty nose. Crushed dark leaves, very sharp, slightly vinous. Cherry skin and even a saltiness like seawater. A vibrant and pungent start.

Taste is also good and weird. Nice acidity with some genuine cherry characters. There's very little artificial about this. Still weird funky organics, but nicely balanced. Bite of leaf vegetation on the back. Feel is light, but smooth, no astringent acidity.

Not a beer for everyone, but it's very decent. Another good Berliner Weisse from Wig & Pen. I only wish I'd tried it without the cherries as well.

appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.0 | drinkability: 4.0
Kb
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 24.02.11 on tap
Overall:
53 / 100
(OK)
Pours an odd bright, vibrant red colour, head is pale pink but nice, quite dense and sunk to a thin cloud. Leaves some interesting trails of lace behind. Slightly opaque, yeah a good kriek look.

Smells sour, with a huge belt of corporeal funk. It's more urine than anything else, really, salty and very funky with a whiff of BO. There's some cherry hiding at the back, but frankly that's just odd.

Got a bit of trepidation tasting that. And yeah, it's mostly funky with a big savoury, almost salty flavour through most of it. Slight tartness with mild cherry edge but not a lot. Really slightly bready on the mid, touch of vinegar but yeah, I'm really just thinking sweat. It's a primeval, corporeal flavour and it just doesn't sit right with my beer-drinking palate; even if I were expecting a kriek, and even if I were expecting a berliner weiss it still strikes me as odd. What it isn't though is weak, flavourless or particularly false to what it set out to achieve.

Slight fizz on the mouthfeel, sharpness from the lactic fermentation. Not a bad body.

Yeah, not offensively sour, but it's really not a beer for me.
appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 3.0 | taste: 3.0 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.0
Kiwi In A Pouch
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 30.04.10 on tap
Overall:
48 / 100
(Not Great)
Pours a pale golden colour, steady bead in the beer. Head is thin, whispy, fairly disappointing. Lace is okay, nice and sticky, but quite thin. Serves to elevate the appearance though, not bad.

Nose is malty and lightly hoppy; very floral with nectar, orange peel and sherbet or musk on the back. Nice caramel malt character as well. Subdued, but nice.

Taste starts off malty and gets hoppy early. Large floral characters with grassy edge, then gets quite phenolic on the back, with an aspiring bitterness and a hint of some citric rind. Maybe a slight bread yeast character as well, but yeah, that phenolic medicinal character is quite rampant, sadly. Not very refreshing, just dankly bitter. Not a huge fan.

Good body though, goes down smoothly. Possibly a bit flat, but enjoyable texture.

Not the best pale ale I've had. I expect more light and refreshing, I find this a bit harsh overall, and can't down this as I could others.
appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.0 | drinkability: 2.5
Kiwi In A Pouch
Reviewed by Jez on 27.04.10 on tap
Overall:
66 / 100
(Solid)

On tap at the Local Taphouse's ANZAC day SpecTapular.

Pours a bright, clear golden colour with a nice fine bubbled head of white foam, leaving some fantastic lacing. Looks really good in fact.

Nose is a bit muted, with some light buttery notes and a slight fruit acidity that doesn't stay particularly strong. Little input from the Kiwi hops, which I feel should be bombastically vocal. Still, some nice sweet caramel notes, just wish the hops were up a notch.

Palate is soft with a more robust bitterness coming trough on the back. Initial light butterscotch and menthol like resin characters mellow nicely to a light clean and crisp mod palate, before the aforementioned bitterness. Pretty nice overall, but it feels a little disjointed. Mouthfeel riddled with fine bubbling. quite nice.

Overall, a reasonable brew, the bitterness asserting itself perhaps a little too much. Without the pleasant fruit notes the back it up, it feels a little one-sided. Not a bad drop though, another interesting beer from Wig & Pen.

appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.0 | drinkability: 3.5
Amber Hefeweizen
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 17.07.09 on tap
Overall:
61 / 100
(Decent)
Nice pale banana colour, I'm not sure if I'd call it amber or a dunkelweizen because it's quite pale. Nice cloudy appearance, light head, and light carbonation. Decent.

Smoky bacon nose, maybe a hint of some fruity glaze on that smoky bacon, but quite spicy and pretty intense, very nice though, yeah.

Could have been served warmer, this is definitely VB temperature. Nose still kind of permeates on the flavour, but palate is kind of airy, it tastes quite light. There is a fair amount of bitterness mixed with a pleasant light fruit flavour, banana and peach maybe? A little bit of bitter smokiness, fairly well balanced. Not bad for a weizen.
appearance: 3.0 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.0 | drinkability: 3.0
Bulldog Best Bitter
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 17.07.09 on tap
Overall:
69 / 100
(Very Good)
Re-reviewed, 17th August 2013. my original review was frankly full of shit.

Pours a light amber, not much carbonation. Thin layer of marshmallowy head. Looks decent, bitter-style.

Smells grassy, touch of citrus. EKG almost certainy and maybe a touch of Bramling X? Grassy, touch of tea, very fresh and pleasant. Enticing.

Vanilla malt upfront. Lots of caramel malt with cracked grain and cereal, then English hops come through midway, grassy with a touch of citrus. Slight herbal note and touch of apple. Mild, but flavoursome and pleasant English bitter.

Coats your tongue as it goes through. Smooth, maybe a bit thick. Decent.

Good cleansing ale in this case, but at the same time I could slam these all night. Pleasant.
appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.75
Rich's Summer Frenzy
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 17.07.09 on tap
Overall:
42 / 100
(Not Great)
Very nice, rich, pastel red with good thick head that sinks with visible bubbles to a fairly thin one. Not bad, very ripe and fruity.

Nose has... what's this? A hint of raspberry on a raspberry beer? Yeah, it's really a hint rather than a whallop. Isn't really much to this. Not really impressive.

Yes, quite a sour raspberry flavour. It's quite unpleasant but an interesting drop. In the sense that beers that taste like nothing but raspberry are interesting. There's very little to this, just the fruitiness, slightly soft drinky. I certainly wouldn't drink it, in fact I'd rather drink cyanide, but this tastes better than cyanide, and gets you drunk instead of dead.

Mouthfeel pretty thin, little bit of fizz but it's not enjoyable sizzling just a bit tartaric. A bit too tart to drink all the time, and of course far too simple to be considered a great beer.
appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 2.0 | taste: 3.0 | feel: 2.5 | drinkability: 2.5
Pale Ale
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 17.07.09 on tap
Overall:
44 / 100
(Not Great)
Pours a good golden amber colour, nice pale ale colour. Very slow carbonation, almost like the bubbles are on weed or something. Very thin but fair head. Looks OK.

Nose is nice, slightly bitter with a whisper of hops, and a nice big apricot sweetness, very juicy and succulent aroma.

Taste is far more bitter and hoppy, actually rather unbalanced. There's a hint of fruit that lingers throughout, particularly on the front palate, but there's a surge of a sharp bitterness that almost strangles it, and it's that that lingers on the finish. Mouthfeel is OK, not much happening but body is decently full.

The bitterness isn't too bad a flavour, but it destroys the balance and makes this overall a bit disappointing.
appearance: 3.0 | aroma: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.0 | drinkability: 2.5
Velvet Cream Stout
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 17.07.09 on tap
Overall:
66 / 100
(Solid)
Pours very, very dark, almost impenetrable colour. Very little head, but nicely dense that looks like foam on a macchiato. Can't see any carbonation of course.

Smells of dark roasted coffee. Slight toffee aroma as well, not bad at all. Nicely complex with a sweet and dark fragrance. Great shit.

Very roasted coffee flavour, really quite intense to begin with. But not unpleasant, like it's not like there's only a roasted flavour, there's a slight fresh, organic, herbaciousness to it on the mid, with more complex over-roasted toffee aroma as well. Pleasant flavour, not much of a profile to it though.

Mouthfeel is nicely smooth and velvety. This is quite impressive as a stout, goes down fairly smooth, but maybe a bit too intense to be drunk all the time.
appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.0 | drinkability: 3.5
Brewers IPA
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 17.07.09 on tap
Overall:
65 / 100
(Solid)
Pours a good resiny amber colour, with a fair medium-thick white head, no carbonation. Looks fairly mediocre.

Very nice, toffee, sticky, sappy qualities on the nose. Sweet but with a nice tart, bullish hop aroma, quite English with moderately herbal fragrance. Great nose.

A bit of rich, stouty fullness on the front palate, good sticky sweetness that is quite prominent throughout, with heavy malt. A slight English hop grittiness which is a bit too dirty for an otherwise very pleasant, well-structured malt profile. Seems almost nitro in its smooth feel, yeah really quite a pleasant drinking IPA.
appearance: 3.0 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5
Mr Natural
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 17.07.09 on tap
Overall:
22 / 100
(Awful)
Pours a very standard gold colour, fair bit of carbonation, no real head at all. Looks boring and unimpressive.

Nose is nutty and yeasty. Smells fungal with an umami bent and I guess a bit of carbolic acidity. Bit of sweetness at the back from malt, but overall, unimpressive.

Taste isn't much better, a bit of sticky yeast on the front palate and then virtually nothing, just trails off into watery palate. Front palate is actually more potent, but unpleasant with a yeasty POR kind of character, unpleasant, artificially fizzy mouthfeel.

Not a great beer, but then what did I expect?
appearance: 1.5 | aroma: 2.0 | taste: 2.0 | feel: 2.0 | drinkability: 1.5
Kamberra Kolsch
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 17.07.09 on tap
Overall:
46 / 100
(Not Great)
Pours a light amber appearance, steady but mild carbonation. Head isn't very impressive, just thin with visible bubbles.

Light hoppy aroma with honey overtones, quite malty and pleasant really. Maybe a bit of tropical fruit but not much, sweet and light, maybe a bit too sweet. Not bad though.

Slight honey on the front palate descends into slightly off-tasting hops, a bit dank and tart. The light fizziness on the back palate saves this quite a bit from being too sweet and sickly. But yeah, after light front palate it's quite thick in flavour and more heavy-going, more of a German Pilsener malt profile than a Kölsch.

The flavours do show promise, but it's a bit imbalanced and not clean, smooth drinking which is what I'd expect from a Kölsch.
appearance: 2.0 | aroma: 3.0 | taste: 3.0 | feel: 3.0 | drinkability: 2.5
Ballyragget Irish Red Ale
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 17.07.09 on tap
Overall:
64 / 100
(Solid)
Pours a dark amber colour, quite ginger-ale-esque only without much carbonation. Minimal head, looks okay I guess but not great.

Roasted toffee on the nose, quite sweet, quite creamy. I approve, yeah. Very Irish, very nice and smellable.

Taste is quite nice - quite toasty and thick on front but overall is substantially lighter and quite drinkable. Has a slightly creamy texture and flavour, maybe even a bit watery but there's enough body to make it quite nice drinking. Hints of toast, honey, toffee, some light herbal hops and maybe some cherry. Just hints though.

Pleasant drinking, to be sure.
appearance: 2.5 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5
Kiandra Gold Pilsner
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 17.07.09 on tap
Overall:
60 / 100
(Decent)
Pours with a very lagery appearance - clear and amber, with little head. No carbonation, really. Pretty meh-tastic appearance.

Nose is okay, with a slight and underwhelming sensation of fruit with predominant bittering hops, probably Saaz, quite grassy with a slight spicy edge. Decent pilsener aroma.

Competent front and mid palate with a nicely balanced tart fruit/hop balance descends into quite crisp pilsenery finish, a little bit sticky but with a fainy tickle of grassy hop on the back cleans it up. A noble effort, good hopping and pleasant esters for a lager.
appearance: 2.0 | aroma: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.0 | drinkability: 3.5
Belgian Blonde Witbier
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 17.07.09 on tap
Overall:
18 / 100
(Awful)
Pours a very light white-yellow colour, with fairly strong carbonation, looks like traditional lemonade, also thanks to lack of head. Looks fairly appetising, but could be more interesting.

Smell is slightly sour with quite a bit of funk, not much spice or fruit, just a bit of tartness. Fairly simple, not very wit-like.

Yuck. It did look pretty good, but it tastes like Pure Blonde. There's a watery front palate that descends quickly into a crescendo of awful, sticky yeast flavour. Not Belgian, spicy or witbier-esque at all. Sinky, heavy mouthfeel, just ends up feeling like a lump of yeast sticking in my throat.

What the fuck kind of wit is this anyway? I know it's open to interpretation but it's a long way from "different" to "just plain awful". Hardly drinkable, this is a poor effort and a thorough disappointment.
appearance: 2.5 | aroma: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.0 | drinkability: 1.5
Bulldog Best Bitter
Reviewed by Jez on 19.02.07 from cask
Overall:
70 / 100
(Very Good)

Very fine, thick, languous carbonation through a golden amber body. Very fine head of white meringuey foam. Looks like there's a haze in the body, but it's just those little bubbles roaming their way gently to the top.

Lightly fruity hops on the nose. Hints of tropical fruits. Also a hint of caramel or malt sweetness backing it up.

Taste is quite strongly hoppy and bitter, with a long fragrant flavour through the palate. Long, yeasty flavour, which doesn't detract, but just adds a pleasant dryness to the end of the beer. The mouthfeel is wonderful from the cask; beautifully silky and creamy.

Very, very nice. This one is an awesome package for a beer that seemingly weighs in at under 4% ABV. Supremely drinkable.

appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5
Ballyragget Irish Red Ale
Reviewed by Jez on 19.02.07 on tap
Overall:
55 / 100
(OK)

Clear dark copper colour, with a slightly filmy off-white head. Little carbonation. Little lacing.

Slight hints of caramel and fruit, verging on a sickly butterscotch. A little bit of metallic hops. This was served too cold, to my mind, and it took a long time for any characters to express themselves.

Toasty and sweet on the palate, with a nice fresh hop flavour. Taste lingers nicely, and stays quite fragrant all the way through. The mouthfeel is pretty flat, it could do with a little more richness and body. Not bad, but not particularly complex.

It's drinkable, and pretty tasty, but it didn't grab me. Falls short of the high standard I've come to expect from the W+P.

appearance: 2.5 | aroma: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.0 | drinkability: 3.0
Belgian Blonde Witbier
Reviewed by Jez on 19.02.07 on tap
Overall:
32 / 100
(Nasty)

Very light cloudy yellow, with a smallish head that collapses to film. Little carbonation.

Slightly skunky nose. A bit of a barnyard smell, and a little sour. No hint of spicy herbiness that I'd expect from a wit.

Taste is actually verging on being BAD. Bland, a little selzer-water like, then a dark descent into yeasty horribleness. Not good. Not a good wit palate at all.

Not a good example of a wit, and not a great beer. This offering has to be the weak link in the otherwise fine lineup at the W+P.

appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 3.0 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.0 | drinkability: 2.0
Mr Natural
Reviewed by Jez on 19.02.07 on tap
Overall:
48 / 100
(Not Great)

Light golden yellow, with a decent crown of white foam. Little carbonation evident. Reasonable lacing.

A little honey on the nose, accentuated by a slight hint of spice. Very pleasant, and surprisingly robust for such a light beer.

Also honey on the palate, and again the hint of cinnamon or cloves just hiding away at the back. Not too bad, surprisingly. It's a bit flat, but not overly, given the ABV. Mouthfeel a little limp, but reasonable.

Pretty good for a light. Possibly the best light I've chanced upon. The only other that would give it a run for its money is Grand Ridge's Moonlight.

appearance: 2.5 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.0 | drinkability: 3.0
Rich's Summer Frenzy
Reviewed by Jez on 19.02.07 on tap
Overall:
54 / 100
(OK)

Pinkish copper body. Highly carbonated, with a very pale pink head. Already looks like it could be quite refreshing.

Slightly fishy heavy fruit nose. A little bit sour, but mostly overwhelmed with syrupy raspberry.

A little sour on the palate, but with a general sweet fruit taste. Ends up tasting like a raspberry muffin more like the fresh fruit. Sweet, yeasty breadiness, but with that sour sweetness always permeating. It ends up tasting a little like a generic pale by the end, despite the presence of the raspberry. Mouthfeel quite suitable, the carbonation adds to the refreshing nature.

It's pretty drinkable, and quite enjoyable, to be perfectly honest, even if I say it was a guilty pleasure. Pretty refreshing, and suitable as a "summer" beer. (Although I preferred the Berliner Weisse they had on as their summer seasonal last year).

appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 3.0 | taste: 3.0 | feel: 3.0 | drinkability: 3.5
Pale Ale
Reviewed by Jez on 21.02.06 on tap
Overall:
68 / 100
(Solid)

appearance: 4.5 | aroma: 4.5 | taste: 3.0 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5
Brewers IPA
Reviewed by Jez on 21.02.06 on tap
Overall:
79 / 100
(Excellent)

Red brown hue with a very good sticky ochre head. No carbonation, suits the style. Wonderful looking brew.

Syrupy toffee nose with a fragrant bit of hops. Really not quite as hoppy as I'd expect, but there's genuine fragrance there. Very pleasant.

Taste is quite fragrant, with roasted notes and a quickly crescendoing hit of pure hoppy goodness. This is a robust, assertive beer. It has a delectable creamy mouthfeel, which beautifully counterpoints the spicy, bitter fragrance in the beer.

I quite substantially enjoyed this beer. A very fine brew indeed.

appearance: 4.5 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 4.0 | feel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.0
Kiandra Gold Pilsner
Reviewed by Jez on 21.02.06 on tap
Overall:
75 / 100
(Excellent)

Clear dark gold body, with minimal head and lacing.

Nose is quite fragrant, with a robust presence of Saaz hops, organic notes like clipped grass and a citrus tang which finishes it off. Very pleasant.

Good bitter pils palate. Very refreshing hop bitterness is really quite good for the style. Sweetness at the start, balanced with a really delicious peppery hop backbone. Mouthfeel sparkling and tingly.

I'm quite impressed, this is a really good example of a Bohemian style pils.

appearance: 3.0 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.0 | drinkability: 4.0
Amber Hefeweizen
Reviewed by Jez on 21.02.06 on tap
Overall:
68 / 100
(Solid)

Cloudy yellow tending to orange. Good creamy thick head. Minimal carbonation. Good looking hefe weizen.

Quite a subdued nose. Not as fragrant as some. A little fruity and surprisingly buttery. Nice sweet yeastiness to it. Actually, it's much better than I originally thought.

Good sweet fruity hefeweizen front palate, but lacks a little of the body of a true hefe weizen. It flattens out far too early, leaving a hole where the residuals should be. The mouthfeel is also very much too sparkling and tangy. The carbonation overpowers.

It's enjoyable, really, and a decent hefeweizen. I've seen much better stylistic examples though.

(This is a true hefeweizen, not a dunkel, as it says here.)

appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.0 | drinkability: 4.0
Velvet Cream Stout
Reviewed by Jez on 21.02.06 on tap
Overall:
84 / 100
(Exceptional)

Tried at the W+P, Feb 06.

Absolutely pitch black colour, with a thick, creamy-as-hell coffee coloured head. Looks solid in the glass. Very enticing and intriguing.

Smoke coffee flavoured nose, hints of chocolate, spicy mead aromas and roasted red meats. This is an amazing aroma. So rich and complex. I'm not usually much of a stout drinker, but I want to appreciate this.

Long creamy roasted malt palate. Beautiful notes of smokiness, a really beautiful rich dark, dark chocolate mid palate, smoothing out to a creamy smooth dry finish. Mouthfeel is exceptional. This is a really tasty brew.

This is something I could enjoy a great deal of.

appearance: 4.5 | aroma: 4.5 | taste: 4.0 | feel: 5.0 | drinkability: 4.5
Kamberra Kolsch
Reviewed by Jez on 20.02.06 on tap
Overall:
74 / 100
(Very Good)

Light pale yellow, with a solid, but filmy white head and light carbonation.

Nose is very fruity, fropical fruits dominating, with citrus and syruped orange. Very pleasant, quite refreshing.

Taste is fruity sweet, morphing to a good fragrant mid palate. It finishes dry and refreshing. This is a really drinkable brew, sweet, but delicious and thirst quenching. Mouthfeel very robust.

This is a most enjoyable beer. I could very happily sink a few of these.

appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 4.0 | feel: 4.0 | drinkability: 4.5