DiarmaidBHK (4010) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at taproom. Pours golden with a thin white head. Nice orange peel and grains of paradise on the nose. Lots of perfume from the grains on the tongue. Finishes clean. Solid!
prawlie (1433) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle into a pint glass. Yellow and slightly cloudy, bubbly head that doensít hang around long. Lovely citrus and spice wit aroma. Nice, smooth, wheat, light citrus, coriander. Very Hoegaarden, but perhaps a little more refined, and more spiced.
3fourths (8962) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Cloudy soft gold body with a fine white head and active effervescence. Strong coriander and wheat expression in the nose with a quieter orange peel note. Dandelion, bread and honey malt. The grains of paradise seem more like a generic spice or maybe like anise or some kind of aquavit herb mixture. Herbal and perfumy and soft and creamy and a little sweet and a little acidic and a little soapy.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle:   Dirty straw, very thick and hazy, moderate to large foamy white head, nice lacing.   Heavy spiced nose, lots of grains of paradise and coriander.   Spicy and spritzy on the tongue.   Wheaty, thankfully not all that mealy either.   Perhaps a touch at the very finish.   Much spicier and thicker than most.   Thatís a nice change.   Strong spiciness, but not bright (if that makes sense).   Becomes more mealy as it warms.   More body than most.   Very respectable, and better than most thatís for sure.
malrubius (2418) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - SEP 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from from red wine and brew pale cloudy yellowish with lasting head and lace. Herbal orange and coriander aroma. medium fruity sweet with pineapple mango with citrus and overly assertive Herbal finish. slightly too heavy and definitely to herbal otherwise very good
TAR (2581) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 16: Whitened blonde. Tightly-packed frothy white foam exhibits superb retention. Clean and elegant aromas of cardamom, lemongrass, white pepper, sugar cookie/ginger bread. Faint whiff of airy phenols and flowers. Fine and creamy carbonation. Initially well rounded and slippery with grassy wheat and lemongrass accompanying a pronounced saliva-inducing lactic tartness. Subdued, predominantly floral hops take a backseat to the artful spice medley. Despite their intensity, the tastefully incorporated spices never overwhelm and perfectly compensate for what would otherwise seem like a hollow center. As the tartness gives way to the continuously unfolding spicy richness, a phenolic burst cleanses the palate with a stiff dryness. Highly quaffable due to the sparkling clean attenuation and plethora of elegant subtleties. Wheat-derived twang prevails throughout, though a dainty pils malt toastiness breaks the monotony as it scratches at the tongue and beautifully contrasts with the slicker textures. Some starchiness creeps in as well to augment the body. Finishes potently spicy yet dry and clean as a whistle, with a hint of sugar cookie and lemongrass swirled with a flowery hop signature. Itís always difficult to find a witbier that excites. Most breweries attempting this style tend to cover up the uninspired base beer with excessive spices and foul yeastiness. But this has the huge spice component AND the base beer is rich with detail, nuances, and is cleanly attenuated. And at a very reasonable price of $4 a bomber (not a smashing deal by any means, but much fairer than the vast majority of bombers out there these days), Iíll be quaffing this by the boatload. A positively memorable rendition.
yespr (38487) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 fl oz bottle. Pours cloudy yellow with a small white head. Aroma is coriander and orange. Coriander, orange fruity, spiced and mild citrusy. Dry and mellow fruity into the finish.
boFNjackson (4198) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Poured somewhat orange with an easy forming eggy, off-white head. Loads of yeast spices and coriander in the both aroma and flavor. Wheated malt sweetness and vanilla along with bitter orange rind peels, citrus, grassy hops, and yeast spices as it dried out towards the finish. This was well done but if I were to nitpick Iíd say a little too much on the spicing here.
DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle, shared with caterwaul. Release #9, 5.1%. Mostly hazy yellow orange color. Little white head. Couple bits of lace. Really zesty orange peel, ginger aroma, very nice. Itís zesty and orange peely in natural way, which I donít mind. Medium body. Crisp, lighter carbonation, more dry finish. Lightly chewy. Dry, zesty sweet flavor to this. Lightly tart. OK, slightly above average, more flavorful, assertive, and dry wit. Would like a tid bit more full body with the yeast, though the citrus and spice is satisfying. A witbier worth paying lower-end bomber prices for.
Ernest (7114) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (Batch 16, 5.5%).
Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly lasting.
Body is hazy medium yellow.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of lemon/lime zest, peppercorn / grains of paradise, sage, ginger, coriander, lavender.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation.
Remarkably good for this brewery, and one of the best wits Iíve had in quite a while (keep in mind I donít like this style, so itís very rare to find one that I would even drink, much less enjoy)...while the adjuncts certainly dominate the nose (especially the citrus and pepper), which is honestly my only gripe, they are very herbal and spicy without coming off too much like scented soap or urinal cake or bubble bath...itís a good blend of spices, just a little too dominant. Seems very clean to me, too...no grainy aftertaste or off notes. Very pleasantly tart and well balanced...neither too sour nor too sweet, nor overly bitter from the spices...a difficult combo to find in this style. Good mouthfeel as well...substantial and fluffy but still very quaffable. Difficult to stop drinking. Iím pretty shocked, but yeah, for me this is damned solid and very close to a 4+ rendition.