Description: "Caitlin DeClercq has worked as a member of the Samuel Adams sales team since 2006. She created her Honey B’s Lavender Wheat with dried lavender petals, giving it a fragrant but soft aroma. A citrus tartness and slight sweetness from the honey and vanilla balance out the finish in this California resident’s brew; perfect to sip while kicking back and relaxing.” — Samuel Adams
The tasting: Golden straw color (crystal clear) with a white head that dissipated slowly, leaving lacing on the glass. As advertised, it delivered aroma and flavor of lavender and honey over a caramel malt backbone. The flavor of lavender was subtle, but noticeable. The hop flavors were VERY mild. I expect this was intentional to allow the lavender to come through. That said, the amount of lavender flavor was perfect and didn't remind me of some fancy soap. It had a creamy mouth feel and finished with a touch of honey sweetness. Well balanced and very drinkable!
Rating: 4 star. Really Good! I want this again! This is a very unique beer and I haven't tasted anything like it. It really delivered on the lavender and honey, without being overbearing. When I first smelled the beer (right out of the fridge cold), the aromas didn't come through, and I expected it to taste like some boring pilsner. I was wrong. After it warmed up, it transformed. Catilin's balance of hops and lavender is masterful. I'd love learn more about this beer. She's given homebrewers, like me, a reason to be proud! Next up is Rodney Kibzey's Blackened Hops.
Have you tried Honey B's Lavender Ale or any of the other Category 23 beers? What did you think?