Saturday, September 13, 2008

Beer Review: Williamsburg Alewerks "400" Ale

OK, so I was going to go into all this stuff about how I am originally from Virginia and how Virginia is such an awesome state and talk about Jamestown and its 400th anniversary to lead up to this beer but I won't. This beer doesn't deserve it. I was SO disappointed with this beer I have given it a new rating that we haven't seen here before on The Beerbuddha: Drain Pour. For me to give it this rating is such a disappointment because I really looked forward to reviewing the beer and giving everyone the lowdown on this brewery out of my home state. Well, hopefully I will be able to with the other Williamsburg Alewerks brew I have. Well, until then here is my review of this beer.

Brewery: Williamsburg Alewerks

Beer: "400" Ale

Style: American Brown Ale

ABV: Not Listed

Recommended Glassware: Pint Glass

Serving Type: Pint Glass

Appearance- Nice dark, amber brown with little to no head and no lacing.

Smell-A nice nutty and sweet aroma. Nice hints of roasted malts and caramel.

Taste- Horrible! There is this bad sour taste that just ruins this beer. Ugh, this beer became a drain pour.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with very little carbonation.

Overall- A HUGE disappointment! I really hope the beer went bad and this taste wasn't intentional. Started off great but then went south! I don't even think the Jamestown colonists would have consumed this swill.

Score: Photobucket


Anonymous said...

I am not surprised. Their brewer , Mike, is a rank amatuer. WE hired the brewery to do some contract brewing and everything was infected very badly.In the two weeks I spent at tyhe brewery I would hve to rate him as the worst brewer I have ever met.Lazy brewers equal crappy beer!!

The Beerbuddha said...

This is truly disappointing to me. I never want to see the little guys fail but if it is due to cutting corners and laziness then what can you do. We have a brewery here in Louisiana that is notorious for inconsistency and that sucks. You said you hired them to contract brew your beer. I'm curious what brewery are you affiliated with?

Anonymous said...

The brewery has a new head brewer (since the comment by Anonymous dtd 7/21/09) - there was a real problem with infected beer getting out around that time, but those days are behind them and they make some great beer these days - definitely worth stopping by for a growler if you are in the area

The Beer Buddha said...

Hey thanks for your comment! I really look forward to trying more of their brews!