Free State Belgian Wheat
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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.26/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
This beer is fashioned after the Belgian 'Wit" or White beers, so named for the protein haze in the beer that comes from using unmalted wheat . Another common trait with the Belgian Wit style is the use of Honey, Oatmeal, Sweet and Bitter Orange Peels and Ground Coriander in the kettle. The Honey provides a floral aroma that varies with each batch due to the changes in the honey from season to season. The Coriander and the Orange Peels give a spicy, citrusy flavor and aroma, The Oatmeal adds a silky smooth texture. It is gently hopped with Simcoe and Mt Hood hops to a bitterness of 16 IBUs.
O.G. - 13/1052. Hops - 16 IBUs

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 3, 2011
Dark yellow with a fluffy white head. Sweet malty cereal grain citrus and light earthy spice aroma and taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3882) - Kansas, USA - JUN 2, 2008
Growler, purchased for me at the brewpub by Gregis. I brought this to a friend’s BBQ Saturday night, and shared a few glasses around. The beer was generally well received, with a few people pretty excited about how distinctive it was. Pour is a very hazy golden auburn with a very white head. Really nice lacing left behind on the Pils glass I was using. Aroma is cloves, coriander and a bit of Belgian yeast sweetness. Nose was somewhere between a Wit and a Hefe for me. Taste is light and refreshing with the spices represented in the nose along with a full wheatiness. This beer worked really well on a hot summer evening. However, the lighter body led to a bit less definition in the taste. As with the nose, the taste was somewhere in between a Wit and a Hefe, which I liked. Thanks for bringing this one from Lawrence for me Greg, always appreciated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAY 31, 2008
Poured from a growler. The pour is hazy dark straw yellow with a snow white head. Nice lace. I get coriander up front in the nose. Every now and then I pick up a whiff of the orange peel. There’s some other spice notes that I’m guessing is from the yeast. The flavor is pretty light, and I must say uninspiring. Some coriander and orange are there, but they seem kind of muddled. Not as sharp as I’d like them. Even a bit soapy. Medium body with lots of carbonation. This isn’t all that bad of a beer, but its not all that good either. It just left me wanting more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - JUL 15, 2007
On tap at the brewpub.. Pours a hazy lemonade yellow with a thin cap of white head. Citrus, wheat and a faint coriander on the nose; less citric than many wits. The mouthfeel is thin, soft and lightly dry; noticeably smoother than a lot of the wits that I’ve sampled. The flavor also deviates a bit from the typical formula for this style. Not as sweet as I’d expected, the flavor is wheat, orange and coriander with a dry coriander finish. Rather than leaning on the citrus, this beer goes more towards the spice and ends with a slightly funky finish. I found it a decent witbier but I won’t order it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 1, 2006
Decent, makes for a nice beer to drink during the hot summer days. A bit of a sticky soapy flavor, with some really nice fruitiness, rinds perhaps a bit of corriander and clove. Nice!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Braudog (6342) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JUL 3, 2006
Draft at the brewpub, 7/3/06: Hazy yellow with a foamy film. Yeasty to be sure, this is slippery smooth with a light orange-iness shining through. OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KUEric (943) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 16, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2006 On tap: A great summer beer, I also thought it had a little more flavor than your typical Belgian witbeir. I really enjoyed this, another winner from Free State. The oargne and coriander are very noticable, the honey is a nice undertone. A little bit mild, or plain dispite the notes of spice mixed in there, but overall another very good brew from Free State. Some serious bubble gum flavors and aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JUL 15, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2005 Draft. Hazy gold, off white, somewhat rocky head. Nose is corriander, wheat, with some muted yeastiness. Taste is spicy with soft wheat flavors and some mid and late citrus. The mouthfeel is soft and smooth. I didn’t know that oats were added until after I had it, that would help explain the great mouthfeel. Nice wit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TAR (2676) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - JUL 14, 2005
Draft: Dull lemon. Ever so hazy. Retentive, rocky wisp of foam. Flowery hops, orange peels, and rose petals in the aroma. Hint of hay as it warms. Juicy texture mirrors the grittiness. Notably creamy carbonation. Early toasted hay sweetness tempers the honeydew melon onrush. Sensuously soft orange peel, floral hop, and rose petal mélange. Glimmering grassy herb notes, as well, and a restrained note of crushed coriander. Quenching lemony acidity cuts the starchy wheat and filmy oat notes before finishing with a balanced flurry of floral hops, chalky yeast, and fresh dried orange peels. Rather plain-spoken, but the degree of refinement, cleanliness, and dryness largely distinguish it from last year’s catastrophic example.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 20, 2002
Citrusy aroma, cloudy pale appearance, a little to sweet.

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