jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a 12 oz. bottle with no freshness date, but from the case box that it came in, I learn this is the bottled version of the new April 2007 recipe, sampled at cellar temperature in a pint glass, first without, then with the recommended slice of orange.
Poured a cloudy pale orangey, yellowish golden with a large frothy, foamy white head that slowly dissipates into a thin sudsy lacing, minimal amount of laced sticking. When I added the half slice of orange, this witbier acquires an even more orangey character.
Without the orange slice, had fruity, wheat malty aroma, lightly spicy, clove and coriander, slight herbal, with orange slice, wheat bready, orange fruity, spicy with a more pronounced clove, a light coriander, and the herbs are cut a bit.
Good, steady carbonation and a crisp, dry, silky smooth medium-light bodied mouthfeel.
Without the orange slice, tart yeastiness, fruity wheat malts, lightly clove and coriander spiciness, a touch of hop spiciness, with orange slice, the yeast loses a little tartness while becoming earthy, the wheat malts dry out, become biscuity, the clove and coriander are more of a feature in the taste, a peppery spiciness, and dry, yeasty, bicuity, spicy finish. I prefer this with the half slice of orange, becomes a truer witbier when added, improves the taste.
Last spring when I took a vacation to Belgium and the Netherlands, I had plenty of witbierís served to me with slice(s) of orange, plus at some of the better brewpubs Iíve been to, this practice was done there too, so I donít feel it is a "crime" or "beer geek sin" to add a little orange to your witbier, especially when that is the brewerís design and intent.
thegreenrooster (3194) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 18, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour is a hazy yellow with a white head. Aroma is cloves and banana with some spice in there. Flavor is very spicy and corriander with notes of clove and lemon. A pretty good hefe/wit and prob one of the best from this brewer.
EithCubes (4840) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Aroma of heavy wheat with grain and honey. Lesser notes of lemon and spice, but not coriander - nutmeg? Smell of dust from the carpet. Opaque cloudy lemon color with a short white head. Bitter clove much stronger in the mouth, and yes, reminds of nutmeg. Generic wit notes. Medium body with a touch of prickling, smooth yeasty aftertaste. Decent, but I canít get behind this combination of flavors.
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy yellow gold with a very nice white head on top. Nose is wheaty with light bananas and spice. Flavor was delicious. While I am reviewing, I am actually suprised to reminded that this was a wit. I thought it was more of a hefe, but in any event it was very good. Lovely, citrus/sour finish that finished the creamy mouthfeel. Iíd have another if it were around as it was very much a thirst quenching brew. Thanks to lewis13 for the bottle.
Terminus (3231) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAY 4, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle-thanks to vyvvy for giving me this one. pours cloudy yellow with a sudsy white head-thick and smooth. nose is a bit lemony with undertones of pale grains (wheat). A bit on the egg notes as well-sulfer. flavors are more in the american wheat character with tons of lemon and grainy notes. lite body and mild carbonation, at least on the mouth. long lemony finish. pretty decent wit!
doubelknv3 (979) - Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2007
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Wheaty, citrus aroma. Cloudy yellow with pale thin head. Wheat, farily tart and oaky flavour notes. Fairly smooth, but sour.
screigh (457) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 22, 2007
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours slightly darker than a macro. No head at all. Slightly spiced candy Belgian aroma. I have to say when I first sipped this I didnít know that the style was and expected a American Pilsner from the name. I thought something was wrong when I got a definite Belgian flavor. I read the bottle to see what it was. OK...not knowing what I was getting I could pick out the style. But after knowing, this is bad. It has that sort or what I call dirty candy Belgian taste to it but it really tastes like floor cleaner. Sort of like Pine Sol. Super perfumy. No body.
vyvvy (3951) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 1, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours blonde with a small white head that leaves fairly quickly. The aroma has a rich quality either from the white or orange - it doesnít list orange on the label, but it seems to have some. Medium / light body with some sharp carbonation. Flavor starts with nectarine flavor that has some plastic to it. The some spiciness enters that goes through to the finish. There is also some light astringency that comes through. Not a bad beer, but much better of the style out there.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - OCT 11, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz - Aroma is appealing. Yeasty bubblegum, banana, lemon, and spice. Pours transparent gold with a quickly dissapating medium head and great lacing. Flavor is mostly ginger and other spices with the yeasty banana and bubblegum follow up. Palate is smooth and a little tart. Overall, it was better than I expected since the lable says blonde.
Cornfield (5473) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I almost subtracted points for appearance, since this poured such a clear straw color. With a one-fingered head. Quite an aromatic nose, soft wheat, oranges, a hint of banana and bubblegum (?), a dash of corriander, and some other spices at work. Soft and smooth in the mouth. The wheat/banana/bubblegum/orange blend continues in the flavor along with corriander, clove, and other spices. It finishes on a mildly lemon-tart note. If I was rating purely for style, Iíd subtract points, fur shoor, but I found this to be a refreshing, tasty brew, even if it is a hefeweizen/wit hybrid. Good fare for the warm weather thatís just passed for the year.
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