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134. Penobscot Bay Meadow Road Wheat

I am always up for a good hefeweizen as it is one of my favorite styles of beer. Seems each brewer has a slightly different take on the style but I like the cloudy pale yellow coloring and the low alcohol volume usually makes it easy to drink. I prefer this style of beer during the warm summer months but came across this one at The Vault in Lewiston so I decided to give it a try. It pours a cloudy pale yellow (lighter than the picture here appears) with a huge head that sticks around leaving great lacing on the glass. Makes the first few drinks difficult because of the excessive foam. Aroma is fruity with some clove and banana and the taste is OK with lots of carbonation in the mouth. I usually do not notice the carbonation of the beer when drinking it and on this one it stands out. Not my favorite hefeweizen but one that would go down easy on a hot summer afternoon.
Pros: Aroma, Color
Cons: Excessive carbonation
Alcohol Content: ??% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Penobscot Bay Brewery
Brewers Description: Meadow Road Wheat is true to the Hefeweizen tradition of being unfiltered. It uses only malted wheat, lager malt, a top-fermenting Bavarian yeast, and is lightly topped with Tettnang. It has a beautiful medium-golden yeasty haze with a bright palate. The nose has notes of clove and honeysuckle coming through a background of banana.

Pour smoothly into a tilted, rinsed glass, pausing when there’s about a quarter of the bottle left, swirl the bottle to lift any sediment, and then finish pouring into the glass. This should produce a nice fragrant head.

131. Penobscot Bay Red Flannel Ale

This is a new brewery for me and one that I had not even heard of before finding this beer at Florian’s Market in Auburn. This one pours a great dark brown – could almost pass for Pepsi, minimal head with some nice sweet malt/caramel aroma. Taste is pretty sweet with plenty of complex flavors including plenty of malt, caramel, toffee and a bit of maple in there. Finishes clean with minimal hop bite. This is a solid offering from a small brewer, if you can find this one in store than you should certainly give it a try.
Pros: Complex flavor, the right amount of sweet
Cons: Hard to find
Alcohol Content: ??% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★☆
Brewers Website: Penobscot Bay Brewery
Brewers Description: Red flannels keep you warm and so will this hearty ale. Mostly Pale malt but full bodied and flavor from the Special B. Roasted Barley and Munich for color. There is a sweet aroma followed by rich, malty flavors with added notes of Perle hops for bittering. Best enjoyed slowly and at cellar temperature. Drink some now, and lay some aside for the future.