Greenbush Brewing Company 400 Divine Rabbits Agave Wheat Ale (6.3% ABV)
Pour: 12 oz. bottle into a snifter
Appearance: Pours a cloudy gold with a very thin, fizzy head that disappears almost immediately. No lacing, and it’s completely still once poured.
Aroma: Not much in the nose, really – mostly yeast with a bit of fruit underneath.
Taste: Not terribly complex, but it is a wheat beer. Sweet up front, followed by a yeasty finish. Earthy, slightly bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very smooth, almost like drinking a flat soda.
Greenbush, located in tiny Sawyer, MI, is easily my favorite brewery. I think they’d been open for about nine months when I first visited their taproom, and I’m sure I’ve made 100+ trips up there since. My Mug Club number is in the mid-400s. I don’t love everything they brew—I’m not a fan of their fruit beers, and their pumpkin ale doesn’t do a lot for me—but they hit far more often than they miss. Honestly, I love Greenbush more than I do some members of my own family, so this might not be the most objective of reviews.
Wheat ales are to summer what black metal is to winter: a natural pairing. Wheats tend to be lighter, lower ABV beers than their hoppier counterparts, making them a refreshing option on a warm day. Unfortunately, they don’t tend to be very complex beers. Goose Island’s 312, which is probably the best known American wheat ale, doesn’t have that much more flavor to it than the average domestic pilsner – in fact, given the choice between a 312 and a PBR, I’ll take the PBR every time. Bell’s Oberon fares better in the taste department, but I rarely ever drink it aside from the 4-pack I traditionally buy to enjoy while watching the Red Sox on Opening Day.
Greenbush up their wheat ale game by adding agave nectar to the brew, giving 400 Divine Rabbits a bit more character than the average. The agave, which is traditionally used to make tequila, adds a subtle sweetness to the beer that’s really quite pleasant. This isn’t a beer I’d want to drink year-round, but I definitely enjoy it when it’s in season. If you usually drink Oberon or 312 at this time of year but wish they had a bit more flavor, I highly recommend seeking this one out.