NOLA 7th Street Wheat: A great tailgate beer

17 Sep

Yep, it’s still Louisiana Craft Brewers Week, so you get another review of a Louisiana beer.

There’s a big game this weekend in Baton Rouge, as LSU takes on Auburn at 2:30 on Saturday afternoon. Naturally, a mid-September afternoon football game is still gonna be pretty damn hot. And with LSU football comes tailgating. So today, I give you a great tailgating beer: NOLA’s 7th Street Wheat. Here’s what NOLA has to say about it:

When it came time to make a wheat beer, we decided to make something with a strong sense of place. This would be our summer beer, so it needed to be exceptionally light and refreshing (which you’ll understand if you’ve ever lived through a New Orleans summer). The same sense of place is reflected in the fresh lemon basil we add post fermentation. It grows year-round in New Orleans backyards, and we use it to impart a light citrus taste with a subtle herbal hint. Finally, we named the beer after the 7th Street Wharf across the street from the brewery. 7th Street Wheat was an instant hit and the once summer seasonal has earned a spot in our year-round lineup.

The first thing I notice about 7th Street Wheat is that there’s a football on the can, so you know this is going to be a perfect beer for tailgating. It looks like a football anyway. You be the judge:

NOLA 7th Street Wheat

NOLA 7th Street Wheat

As you can see, this beer pours a hazy golden straw color, as a wheat beer should. The fizzy head hangs around for a bit, which is a good thing. It smells citrusy and wheaty, which is no surprise, of course. There’s a refreshing citrus bite upon first sip with little to no hops apparent. The basil doesn’t show up until the back end, and lends a mild spice to this refreshing beer. No, you’re not drinking a margherita pizza here. Although the basil is apparent, it is well balanced.This light bodied ale weighs in at a mere 4.5% ABV, so it’s an easy drinker. It’s light and you can certainly drink plenty of them, and as a canned beer, it is well suited to a day of tailgating on campus. Seriously, this beer is brewed right here in Louisiana and weighs in at a mere 0.3% more ABV than Bud Light, while providing about 3000% more flavor. So go grab a few six packs of NOLA 7th Street Wheat today or tomorrow, and hydrate well before heading into Tiger Stadium on a scorching September afternoon. And save a sixer for the Saints game on Sunday.

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