Wheatland Spring Brewery Alberto
What the brewers say
16 percent estate-grown; 40 percent Virginia grain; 60 percent New York grain. Impressions of: lemon zest, noble herbs, sweet dough, spring wildflower.
What our panel thought
Stern dark gold color; proper head. Hops jump out in the nose, like freshly opened herbal soap. On the palate, good balance of hop to malt sweetness; clean, well-rounded bitterness with some grape-grain malt sweetness. Smooth and gentle finish. Hoped for brighter hop flavor. Very clean.
What our editors thought
Soft herbal nose with a touch of light malt. In the sip, subtlety rules with woody, earthy hops notes pushing forward and a subdued bitterness that works well with the trim body. Thoughtfully executed.