topherh (1905) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - JUL 18, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours golden with a soapy white head. Aroma is sweet citrus, floral, spice, and yeast. Flavor is tart wheat, sweet citrus, lemony, turning to spice, and then grassy, nicely bitter hops, headed toward a dry finish.
freeofthoughts (623) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - JUL 17, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2012 On tap, this is a really complex beer, a lot has gone into it. Mostly clear golden yellow pour, nose is big on sage and herbal hop notes. First few tastes are the same, one of the most pungent herbal beers i?ve had. After a while i got used to the sage and could taste some of the wit flavors behind it like the lemongrass, coriander and orange to name a minority of them. The was not much wheat in it though there was a solid malty body to it, more like a spice heavy ipa - with some hops, light pepper and a dry belgian ipa in the finish. The herbs and spices would trade in and out with the hops for dominance but never opposed each other. Not the best brew ever but impressively done none the less. Would be great with the right food. Italian i am thinking, pizza or pasta and seafood. -- Nine month bottle, the herbs (sage mostly) have subsided and it is much more lemony and sugary with a very Belgian sweet yeasty finish. Even better than I remember, and not as reliant on food, solid on itís own.--
beerdad (397) - Kansas, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottled. pours hazy gold with a medium offwhite head. aromas of citrus (lemon and orange), coriander, soap and grass. flavors similar, but rather lilvely on the tongue. mildly bitter with a lingering finish. this is a good beer, but seems to be lacking some complexity to be great.
RobertDale (2835) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Comes a hazy light gold with a nice foamy white head. Aroma of coriander, citrus, pine and spices. Taste is a complex mix of hops, citrus, grain and florals. A touch bitter finish. Very interesting. Very good.
mattyb83 (736) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Notes. Golden in color with a medium sized white head. Very effervescent appearance. Aroma is filled with orange, some grapefruit, lemon zest, a slight soapy aspect, but still with notes of the wit base. Pretty awesome actually. Taste is also slightly soapy, but with tons of lemon and orange. A little bit of grapefruit comes through, and a touch of spice is there too. Tons going on here, and I really like it all. Bright, bubbly mouthfeel. Totally refreshing. I prefer this style to that of the cascadian dark ale (IBA). Itís so good that I donít even care if I offended the guy pouring this when I stated that I had made this as a homebrew before!
beernbourbon (1248) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pour is a relatively unassuming cloudy golden yellow with a medium white head. Aroma is not unassuming: loaded with Belgian yeast spice, coriander, and a potent citrus hop kick. Very enticing. Flavor is really very true to nose. This beer is pretty much exactly what you would expect it to be but it is done really well. Very enjoyable on this 100 degree day.
fiercepanda (433) - Missouri, USA - JUL 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A hazy golden lemon colored beer with a white head that starts huge and slowly winds down to about a quarter inch, but lingers there. It maintained a steady thin stream of carbonation from the middle of the glass, which was kind of a cool attribute. The aroma has a lot of coriander and citrus, but also features the lemongrass and floral hops prominently as well. The flavor starts with mild bitterness from the hops, with the witbier characteristics following toward the middle and finish, bringing a lot of coriander flavor, as well as pepper and some sour lemon at the very end. Itís an interesting experiment that I think worked out successfully, it pretty much met what I expected.
thomas15 (621) - USA - JUL 15, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2012 batch 1. had on draft already, but so far i prefer the bottle. pours a stunning golden straw color with a very rocky head that subsides quickly leaving a moderate lacing. aroma is a very unique blend of the two styles that creates itís own new combined smell. the balance throughout the beer is the most impressive part. the tastes and aromas dont compete, they combine. world class beer, innovative thinking, not to be missed. and i dont even like wits.
bblack99 (525) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUL 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle from Bubbles on North Oak. Pours hazy straw/gold with a huge (and well-fed) foamy, sticky white head. Smells of fresh hops, spruce, and lemongrass, which is distinctly different than the typical grapefruit IPA from the west coast. Herbal quality of the coriander and sage is forward on the tongue, and smacks you right up front. IBUs and alcohol seem high, but are somehow subdued. My first sip said "world-class", but as I continued through the bottle, my opinion was tempered. This is a good beer, but after the first pint, the new started to wear off and the herbaceousness became a bit annoying. Surprisingly thick (moderate) and coating, it isnít quite as drinkable in hot weather as I expected. Still good, but I canít give it a 4+.
vyvvy (3553) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 13, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours hazy yellow with a good sized snow white head. The first thing that hit me from the aroma was the sage and lemongrass. Donít know if that because theyíre pretty unique to have in a wit or if the words on the back of the bottle influenced that. There is also light spicy hoppiness, witbier wheatiness, some grass and herbal tea. The body is very crisp and fairly light with a nice amount of spritzy carbonation. The flavor starts off with clean wheat, lots of spice, herbal qualities, mineral traits and some citrus. The beer is quite dry and refreshing. The finish amps up the hops with lots of grass, spice and pine. The hop bitterness, herbal qualities and wheat compliment each other quite well with none completely overtaking flavor. As the beer warms up a bit more of the orange seems to show up. Really nice beer & great addition to the Smokestack series. Wish this was at the lower price of the series though. While itís a great beer, paying $11.99 for something like this really limits how much Iíd buy.