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Galveston Bay Watermelon Wheat by Nick B

 

Watermelon Wheat

Galveston Bay Beer Co.

Dickinson

Wheat Beer

ABV: 5%

IBUs: 12

Packaging: Draft, 12 oz cans

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This weather lately has been beautiful (with the exception of yesterday’s storm)! It’s kind of rough thinking about how hot it’s going to be in just a few short months so I guess the only thing to do until then is just enjoy it. *Sigh* Please stick around, spring weather.

Speaking of the weather: Have you ever found that you prefer certain beer styles depending on the weather? Of course you have! Days like these, I find myself gravitating toward hefeweizens and pale ales. So it was just my luck that Galveston Bay Beer has recently put their Watermelon Wheat out on shelves.

Watermelon Wheat takes their wheat beer base and adds watermelon to it. Pretty simple. The can features a pastel red color with the Galveston Bay lighthouse logo and the name in bold text at the forefront. Waves crash into each other behind the lettering. While it doesn’t feature many colors, it is still eye catching and typical of a spring/summer beer.

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To preface my review of the beer itself… I LOVE watermelon. It’s my favorite fruit and it reminds me of summers on the Frio River with my family, having fights with the seeds while we gnawed pieces down to the rind. So needless to say, I was pretty excited to see Watermelon Wheat on the shelf for me to purchase.

Watermelon Wheat poured a golden color with only a slight cloudiness. There was only a small trace of head, but the beer was quite effervescent. The watermelon aroma was there, but it was like it was invited to a party that was 99% banana. The wheat base definitely dominated on the nose.

I enjoyed the light mouthfeel of Watermelon Wheat, but sadly, there wasn’t much I thoroughly enjoyed aside from that. The amount of watermelon in the flavor profile was weak and it faded out so quickly into just nothing. It just became hop water. And no, I don’t mean that ridiculous soda. If I were to chug the whole can at once, the watermelon flavor would probably linger longer so there’s that, if that’s your thing. I could see it being very refreshing to shotgun after mowing the lawn or when you’re out at the beach.

I’m giving Watermelon Wheat 2.5 stars because it lacked so badly in the flavor profile with regards to its feature flavor. I just want more watermelon! Do you also get sad when your beer lacks that flavor you got jazzed up about? Let us know in the comments below! Beers to you, Houston.

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Nick B
nick.b@beerchronicle.com

Nick is originally from the Corpus Christi area, but found himself in Houston as of 4 years ago. You can spot him wearing a Hooks hat and drinking a glass of craft beer around the city. He typically prefers his beers to mirror his taste in music: complex, heavy, and dark.

2 Comments
  • William C.
    Posted at 07:21h, 05 May

    I’ve been wanting to try Galveston Bay Brewing however I haven’t been able to find any of their canned options near me (Woodlands/Spring), where would you recommend?

  • Beer Chronicle
    Posted at 17:53h, 09 May

    Vintage Park Market HEB and Deacon Baldy’s are probably gonna be your best bet. We got some from a friend 🙂 Whole Foods might have some too, and they’re finding their way into more HEBs, so you might try one closer to you.

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