InishMacSaint produces White Island Wheaten Ale and is one of the few Irish wheat beers and certainly one of the newer ones. It was one of two beers available at the Porterhouse Irish beer festival that I had not had before. The other being White Water's Copperhead.
Where the Carlow offering of Curim is bland in the bottle and closer in flavour to a lager than a typical German style wheat beer such as Franciscan Well's Friar Weisse, InishMacSaint have given us a wheat beer that tastes like it has had an infection.
The infection is mild though, we are not talking vinegar here. I am a converted fan of sour beers. Some are sour by design either spontaneously fermented like Cantillon Lambics or else wild but cultured yeast strains are used to create an artificial sour beer. There are also the mistakes which sometimes just happen to work.
Did this? Well yes I thought it worked out quite well. In fact it reminded me a lot of my own wheat beer called wheaty goodness which I believe got a slight infection. It turned out rather well in the end. It was not however worth €5.70 in the pub. I might see if I can find a cheaper bottle to take home and give it another go. I can imagine it going down pretty well on a hot day.
That said, I doubt this was intentional so the next batch no doubt will not be sour. To be honest I think we need a sour beer or two in Ireland. It's all hoppy pale ales these days, which I love of course... just saying.... A little sourness might go down a treat.