ABV 2.0-2.9

Lindemans Pêche

Lindemans PêcheBeer No. 71 – Lindemans Pêche 

Between the peaches and 2.5% ABV we could have a debate about whether this is beer. On the one hand, the label says “beer,” it’s sold in the beer aisle, it’s commonly recognized as beer, it’s produced by an honest-to-goodness brewery, and I just spilled several hundred words defending barrel aging. On the other hand, the label also says “malt beverage,” we have the added fruit and low ABV, and I don’t really grok it as beer. It’s a toss up, really, except that I recognize a bit of assuming your conclusion “on the other hand.” So beer it is.

It’s a shame I didn’t buy two, because this is really really good in a Refreshing meets Wee Alcohol kind of way. Bold flavor belied by a thin orangey straw color. And maybe not beer after all. There’s a bit of champagne flair here. No wrestling with the tastebuds, just a sweet and tart peach pop that’s almost sour but not so.

My mistake earlier, but it’s now obvious that there’s nothing wrong with “brewed with” or fruit beers per se. It seems rather likely that high-volume producers have just done what they do – bastardize bastardize bastardize. How did we get from here to Magic Hat #9, and more importantly how do we get back?

Beeradvocate Rating: 89

ratebeer Rating: 86

Hayward Abbey Rating: 88

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