74 / 100
Tried on-tap at the brewery outside Austin, TX.
Pours a very, very pale straw yellow colour with very solid hazing that makes it almost look like a Berliner Weisse. Body is very light, but that's not unexpected for a 2.9% ABV beer. Head is pure-white forming a solid ring that leaves long streaks of lace. Carbonation is very very fine and strangely languid, which is surprising. Looks decent all up though.
Pleasant characters on the nose, almost with a little bit of hefeweizen-like spice to start with, and a nice rounded Belgian yeast character. There's some mild fruitiness to it as well giving it a bit of a fragrant life. The yeast characters are dominant though, almost giving a savoury meat-jus character to the aroma. I love it.
Taste is quite light and fruity to start with, but quickly becomes a lot drier, allowing a mineral and chlorine edge to come through. Rounded yeast notes valiantly attempt to salvage something, but there's only so much they can do with such a light body to work with. Falls out on the back to a salty dryness, with an almost fishy tone to it. Crisp but empty on the back and slightly bitter, giving a mild astringency like coriander or fruit skin in the aftertaste. It's not bad all up because it is fairly light, and I certainly appreciate that there's a lot going on.
It's really quite drinkable for some of its oddities. I love that there's so much complexity in such a small beer. Something to smooth the rocky path would be great, but then you may end up looking at a bigger beer and a different beast altogether. Maybe I'd like to see it on cask some time, I can imagine that would be great.