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Back Road Belgian-Style Witbier

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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.07/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Our Belgian-Style wit (white) has pilsen malt as well as malted and unmalted wheat to produce that classic hazy canary color and soft palate. Coriander (seed of cilantro) and orange peel are used in the brewing process to develope a delicious taste best described as citrusy/celery like. This beer drinks easy and finishes with a refreshing tartness. It is brewed from June to September.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
iowaherkeye (2691) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 12, 2008
12oz, no date. Opened with only the faintest hiss. Clear golden orange with a 1/2 finger white head, quickly fading to a thin ring. Lots of orange in the aroma. Spicy coriander and light lemon are in the background with some sweet pale malts. Flavor is a little bit papery and adds some sour lemon pulp tang, stronger yeasty elements, and soft wheat. Minimal bitterness in the crisp wheaty finish. Low carbonation with a heavier body that what I usually get for the style--maybe the carbonation kept it from being lightened much. I also picked this up from Pat’s Liquors.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Orange, coriander, yeasty spiciness, some wheat grassiness, but all undercut by a faint, but persistent, off-tasting sour tartness that always makes me think of bottling-line problems...

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cornfield (5482) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2007
Nice looking pour, a hazy pale straw body with a tall fizzy white head. It’s got an aroma of tart wheat, oranges, and bitter lemon grass. According to the commercial description, it has a "delicious taste described as citrus/celery like." Thankfully, I perceived no unwanted (from a Wit’s style viewpoint) vegetables in the flavor. Wheat, a tart citric taste (orange with a squirt of lemon), and some coriander was what I encountered. Actually, not too bad.

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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jsquire (3464) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2006
Bottle from BBB63. Hazy yellow beer with a substantial foamy white head. The aroma has tangerine, apricot and some yeast in it. Fruity orange and apricot flavors with subtle corriander spice and a tangy yeastiness. Spices and pepper take over in the finish. It is hot on the tongue with an almost distracting carbonation. I can hear the bubbles breaking in the glass.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - SEP 21, 2006
Pours bright and yellow. Nice wheaty aroma. Mellow banana flavor with the corriander and orange nicely showcased. Great refreshing body. All flavors mellow and balanced. I would like to see this brew kicked up a notch. Nice refreshing taste, just not as bold as it could be.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
shrubber85 (7594) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - SEP 4, 2006
Bottle. Strong banana and clove aroma. Cloudy amber color with no head. Slightly sweet banana/clove malt flavor - no carbonation. Very nice aroma and good taste but flatness may turn some off this beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 23, 2006
2006 bottle from BBB63, drunk on 8/20/06.
Low-to-moderate haziness in this more traditionally colored copper colored beer with deep peachy-gold tints. White head shows very poor retention, and little/no lacing. Large bubbles rise listlessly in the liquid....
Wheat and spices collide in the nose, with moderate acidity being drawn from the yeast and perhaps the coriander. Strong, nutty wheat notes downplay the moderate phenolic character (white and black pepper, some clove-like notes), while the soft pils-malt seems ample, though certainly not assertive. I do get a good deal of fruitiness, mainly citric (lemons and oranges) with some softer fruits produced from the yeast. Aroma is medium strength, no alcohol apparent.
Wet, somewhat slick texture immediately highlights the low carbonation. And what is there, is rather fizzy and large/loose-bubbled. Some wateriness on the end as well, but other than carbonation issues, a very simple, but well-done wit. Honey/dough from the pils malt, with light coriander bitterness, some touches of spicy phenols and an almost biscuity note through the middle. High attenuation, varied fruitiness; citric and mellower fruits. Moderate acidity helps keep interest. No alcohol/flaws, but a tighter carbonation would provide much more expressiveness for the flavors.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2006
Dirty gold haze. Dusty white head. Some foot was in first aroma. Some spicy orange follows. Not too bad, but typical aroma. "Do I have to drink it?" I asked BBB63. Its kind of odd tasting… like sour orange with some wheat. Its okay but not my thing.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2006
Pale blond grapefruit color with bubble cloisters adhering to the sides of the glass, rising to the top and popping at the surface to form a tiny head. Lemons shaved and smashed on honey dough introduce the aroma, with spiced nodes of cardamom and referencing cola traits, and coriander, to foot the rest of the bill. Sweet honey and biscuit flavor characteristics are congealed with a searing lemon and coriander twangs. Wishy washy skew of a French bakery with exploding spice canisters. Wholesome kneaded dough with bitter orange peel makes a final attempt to keep this one in purgatory and halt the decent into hell. Lighter-bodied, semi-effervescent and keeling to broaching acidity. Green cardamom reverberations hug like fresh ginger cola in the finish. Thanks for the Indiana treat, BBB63!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - AUG 11, 2006
Thanks to BBB63 for this one. Pours a cool hazy yellow color, small white head. Aroma is pleasant and not overwhelming. Cloves and bananas, all that good stuff. Flavor is sharp, sweet with lots of banana. Very sweet. Whoo ah.


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