For the last six years, Founders Brewing Co. has participated in Artprize, an independently organized international art competition which takes place in Grand Rapids, Mich., it’s also produced a beer for the event that has likely been enjoyed by many, without even knowing why it was brewed or knowing anything about the festival. Past notable beers for Artprize include: Green Zebra, a watermelon gose; Pale Joe, an American pale ale highlighted by Ethiopian coffee and Spectra Trifecta, a kolsch style beer with chamomile, ginger and lemongrass.

The most recent addition to the fold is Trigo, which means wheat in Spanish, a hoppy wheat lager.

Poured from a 12-ounce can that depicts a beautiful woman holding a red rose, the color is an almost completely clear golden color with a finger of frothy white head and spidery lacing. Aroma, although somewhat subdued, has great essences of yeast rolls, apricot, peach and club crackers.

The taste definitely showcases the bitterness of the hops and attempts to balance with the other flavors including overripe apricots, lemon, orange and wheat bread. Mouthfeel continues with the hop bitterness and produces a medium body, ever so slightly coating. The finish, once again, is leaning on the hop bitterness and is slightly overwhelming the citrus and malts now as the beer warms.

Founders Trigo
BREWERY: Founders Brewing Co.
LOCATION: Grand Rapids, Mich.
STYLE: American Lager
ABV: 6.3 percent
IBU: 35
PRICE: $1.99
RELEASE DATE: Summer 2019
AVAILABLE IN: 12-ounce cans
BEERS POURED: One
Trigo is a beer that tries to be true to the style. The problem is that the hops are too dominating and overwhelm the citrus and wheat that are fighting for a role in the finished product. Citrus and malts are present but sometimes struggle to overcome the true meaning of an American wheat beer in this beer and ultimately fail at producing a great, pleasurable balance.
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