SanfordBrewer (1412) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2010 (drought at City Steam in Hartford CT, 5.5%)
^smooth and drinkable, mild flavors, ^fresh ^fruity(estery) §vinyl(not off-putting though)
markwise (4882) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ City Steam. Pours hazy straw yellow with a small, white head. Nose is candied citrus, orange peel, very slight spice. Very syrupy sweet. Flavor is similar: sugar explosion: sugary sweetness in citrus, orange peel, and banana. Not much spice in the flavor, but cloyingly sweet. Soft carbonation and a medium body combine in this nice summer beer. I like sweetness, but this was almost too much for me.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap @ the pub. Light yellow color with a huge white head. Wheaty lemon notes with just a hint of spice. Wheaty citrus flavor. Light body.
LilBeerDoctor (3543) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at City Steam. Pours a super light yellow with a small white head. Aroma of light spices, clove, and ginger. Flavor is pretty spicy, with lots of garlic and grassy hops, some old fish. Weak-bodied with no malt backbone behind the heavy spices. Not a good beer.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2008
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap. Aroma quite spicy, gingery, sprucy, grassy. Very little there in the flavor, only thing mildly interesting continues to be the spice aspect, but it is much more subdued than in the aroma. Not much here.
Rastacouere (6161) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cloudy yellow, 1cm white head. Wheaty, tart aroma with a fair dose of crushed coriander seeds. Sweet and almost crusty in its wheatiness. Desserty witbier. High carbonation, light-bodied. Straightforward orangey notions. Soft, but not very refreshing at all. And frankly what is the point of a wheat beer if it does not refreshes its drinker.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 25, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
In short: An average generic banana/coriander witbier.
How: Tap at brewpub
The look: Cloudy yellow body with a small white head
In long: A lot of coriander on the nose. Taste is coriander and bananas nose to nose. Wet hay/straw body. Some honey. Salty/minerals finish dry the mouth. A bit too much coriander and bananas for the long run. Nothing wrong with the beer but it was boring me. Generic and forgettable.
One witbier makes you grimace
And one witbier makes you smile
And the ones that City Steam serves you
Don’t do anything at all
MartinT (8661) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 19, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My Bottom Line:
Coriander seeds aplenty dominate this proper Witbier, as honeyed bananas provide further enjoyment. Very drinkable, perfumy, and well-structured, this is a textbook example of this estival style.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam decorates the cloudy whitish yellow.
-Doughy yeast accompanies the orangey fruitiness.
-The coriander seeds are ubiquitous and may bother those who are not especially fond of their fruity spiciness.
-This was not a memorable Witbier by any means, but I thought it served its purpose admirably.
On tap at the brewpub.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the source - Lightly hazed gold, creamy white head. Nose held soft notes of orarnge zest and corriander, with underlying notes of banana and yeast as it hit room temp. Very well balanced flavors of citrus and spice that tangle with light yeasty notes late. Light to medium bodied, soft carbonation, spiced finish. Well done summer thirst quencher...
eaglefan538 (2960) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 3, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very nice beer with an appearance typical of witbiers. This was my first one on draft at the pub and the malty-orange-wheat base was somewhat rich for a basic witbier (not quite like a tripel, but better than a wit). Finished with a nice spicey (coriander?) hoppiness. Would enjoy trying this one again.