Ret12 (447) - Maryland, USA - APR 13, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I’m not much of a wit fan so this wasn’t my favorite. Huge wheat flavor with a highly carbonated yet thick feel
jgb9348 (4287) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy light copper coloured body with a nice orange glow and trillions of small bubbles rising from the bottom and sides with small, one centimetre tall off-white head. Aroma of tons of bread, yeast, coriander seed, curacao and a lot of unfinished sugars. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong wheat flavour with a few tonnes of curacao and coriander seed in the mix and a pungent yeast and alcohol flavour at the end. Aftertaste is very deep with a lot of body, showing some good freshness, some sweetness from oranges and a pungent spice kick at the very end. Overall, a perfectly true imperial wit, however that said, it’s simply too much beer and too much of the style packed in the bottle. Nice to try, and not a bad beer - but I don’t particularly like this choice of ’imperial’. The large format bottle doesn’t help either. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Norm’s in Vienna, Virginia on 16-February-2012 for US$7.99 sampled at home in Washington on 13-October-2012.
Braudog (5366) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2012
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Hmm, pours like old soda, with barely a whisper of any carbonation, quickly settling into a quiet pond of orange-gold liquid. This drinks with an initial impression of something wit-like ... with a vague coriander introductory note. But it falls pretty much on the underwhelming side if it was going for something ’big’ ... there’s a bit of an alcohol burn belying the 9%, which I guess is enough to label it as it was. (#4719, 8/6/2012)
Butters (3584) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 22, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear deep golden pour with ring of bright white head. Definitely a belgian strong or triple to me. Just like the description, curacao and coriander through and through. Massively sweet. A little boozy, but enjoyable in the way that a euro strong lager is. Too sweet for my palate.
TheBeerGod (4907) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Hazy gold with a medium, foamy white head. Strong coriander and citrus up front in the aroma with spice notes, grains and some boozy notes following it up. Taste is coriander, lemon zest, orange peel, candied citrus, spices, grains, sweet malt, yeast and alcohol. Body is medium with a strong, prickly carbonation and moderate boozy warmth. Ends with more spices, orange peel, grains, coriander, and alcohol. A touch too boozy, really.
ben4321 (3355) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 27, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Location: 22 oz bottle from Norm’s, 4/27/12
Aroma: It has a good amount of lemon/citrus/orange, lots of spice, and some yeast
Appearance: It pours a cloudy gold-orange color without too much head or lace-work
Flavor: Tastes somewhat sweet: citrus, spice, and a little wheat, with some boozy flavors too
Palate: The body is fairly light, with lively carbonation, some stickiness, and a little bit of heat
I thought this was a decent beer, it had some nice components, but I found some flaws in it as well, so I cannot go too high with the score.
argo0 (11094) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 16, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle. Large white head atop hazy light amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange peel, coriander, some alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, orange peel/orange, some coriander, bubblegum, light ginger, alcohol. Medium body, some stickiness.
lamas (1280) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle. A hazy old gold pour with a light and fluffy beige head. A pungent aroma of coriander, orange peels, juicy oranges, cloves, tropical citrus, a yeasty funkiness, vanilla cream, and a touch of light caramel off in the distance. Goes down full-bodied and almost syrupy. DEFINITELY not the average witbier. Wheaty and yeasty upfront taste-wise with some very light caramel and bananas. Some cream in the middle. Zesty orange rinds and lemons at the drying end. Lots of spiciness with cloves and coriander. Plenty of warming alcohol all the way through. A tad boozy by the end. Not quite cloying. Kinda intense, but still quite enjoyable.
obguthr (3313) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2012
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Lemon nose with coriander only in the background. Cloudy amber, thin head. Yikes! This is hot! The presence of fusel alcohol obliterates everything else. Among the vapors, there are curacao, triple sec, and lemon pound cake notes. Finishes with musk melon. This could be a decent beer, but the alcohol is out of control for what this is. That is not to say that there shouldn’t be imperial wits, as some have said. There are great examples of the style, but this really isn’t one of them.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber from Beer Run. Pours a slightly hazy golden with a thin fizzy white head. Decent head retention. Big citrus notes in the aroma along with coriander, other spice, and yeast. The taste is sweet and tart citrus notes with a spicy finish. Medium bodied. A bit like a citrus bomb. Meh.