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Berghoff Solstice Wit 2004 - 2012

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RATINGS: 132   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.72   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbuzz (754) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 2, 2011
another fine beer from Berghoff.. nothing out standing but very easy to drink. slight smell of graham crackers..light and blended.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jmagnus87 (2708) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2011
12oz bottle from Woodmans. Poured into a shaker. Pours a cloudy dark yellow with zero head. Some big chunks of something sank immediately to the bottom. Scent is of wheat and lemon zest. Maybe some orange in there. Taste is medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes kind of like a Blue Moon. Medium-light bodied with a thick creamy texture. Soft carbonation and not much finish to speak of. Overall, its not that bad. Loses some points for the random chunks in the bottom which I don’t know what they are yet.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (8980) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2011
12 ounce bottle from a sampler from Woodman’s West Madison. Pours a hazy peach color with a thin head that fades quickly. Aroma of citrus, pale wheat and a faint coriander spice finish. The taste is citrus, stone fruits, spice. Thin-medium bodied. Decent.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bpreo (1747) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAY 14, 2011
Typical light wheaty Belgian. Supposedly it is a new batch, and I drank it at Baumgartner’s in Monroe, so I know it was fresh. Enjoyable.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
luttonm (2419) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 14, 2011
12oz in Chicago. Banana ’runts’ candy, for sure. Big artificial sweet banana, wheat. Spritely and warm, pretty off-putting flavor.

1.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
crossovert (7866) - Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2011
A really bad American witibier. Just low level craft here. Light citrus and wheat notes.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
fidelis83 (2003) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - OCT 11, 2010
Pours a slightly hazy (not nearly as much as most Witbiers), pale, nearly yellow gold with a thin, sudsy white head. Aroma is stale malt, rice, a touch of orange and spice. Flavor is orange, soap, sweet malt and a little metal. Palate is light bodied, neutral, a little chalky and a medium, sharp carbonation. Not a great brew, but fairly inoffensive.

1.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
Frank (3015) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2010
The label of this says "malt beverage with natural flavors." I am not sure if that is the same thing as a really, really awful take on a Belgian pale but that’s basically what this is. It pours cloudy pale and headless, kind of generally gross and lifeless looking, and smells like apple Jolly Ranchers and Juicy Fruity gum. This beer is something of a paradox too in that it some how combines the worst aspects of being oily and flat w/ being watery and having, sharp prickly carbonation. I am not sure I’d ever see a take on a Belgian style worse than Blue Moon but I will be damned if this isn’t a remarkably heinous drinking experience on par w/ any level of horribleness the beer brewing world has to offer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - APR 1, 2010
Pours a hazy yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is citrus, wheat beer yeast, banana clove. Flavor is similar. Pretty good.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Narnad (1471) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2010
Poured from the bottle a semi-cloudy yellow color with a big fluffy white head that slowly dissipates. Aroma is a strong wheat nose, slightly of soured malt, light coriander and a faint lemon citrus. Flavor is pretty off putting. The wheat and 2-row barley create a very soured flavor initially but this fades to a mild grain and lemon flavor. Body is low to moderate with high carbonation and a mild creamy feeling. Just can not get into this brew. The flavors are a mess and fail to ever take hold in any resemblance of a good beer. Maybe this brew was just a bit too old from the discount rack.


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