bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 8, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dull, cloudy yellow brown with a small active head that faded fast. Slightly sour lemon aroma with just a little coriander. On tasting it also reveals more of those sour qualities, without giving the glands a workover, and a smattering of bitterness. Fairly thin, but that seems common with most attempts at the style that I have tried. A forgettable witbier.
ALLOVATE (2503) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 9, 2005
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Iíve enjoyed the other beers from this brewery and was honestly a little suspect of this one. Belgian Wits are a style of beer I never quite got into, to say the least, and foreign interpretations of the style only leave the gimmicky value at hand as a point of sale. That said, this wasnít that bad, and only because it was distant from its supposed style. Poured into a tulip glass, slightly hazy yellowish gold body with no head bar an oily looking white ring. Slightly oxidised, tart pale fruit and herb nose with a hint of young riesling grapes adding a white wine note. Light on, but cleaner in the mouth and actually quite refreshing. Light bodied and soft íní subtle in carbonation, it seemed almost watery and over attenuated for a beer of its style. Subtle hint of pepper, castor sugar and leafy coriander-like herbs before a white wine finish that was reasonably short lived. Easy drinker, could down it in quick succession before realising you are designated driver, and overall I canít say there was anything bad about it. (33cL, Intíl Beer Shop, W. Leederville, age unknown)
Dredd (709) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - DEC 31, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Excellent wheat beer, great citrus aroma and the spice and citrus in the flavours are spot on. Great head retention and appearance. Perhaps a tad overcarbonated and sour, but stacks up well against other local wheat beers.
davidm (1978) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 13, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Good exponent of the style. Yellow and cloudy in the glass, with long lasting head. Aroma is intensely citrusy. Flavour has sweetness, and also sour notes. Medium body, with a nice oily texture.
Davros (2106) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 25, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy straw pour. Small but persistent dense head.
Expected wheat aroma with a lot of citrus, mainly lemon. Quite sweet, almost artificial. Noticeable coriander, but thereís also a vegetal aspect to it.
Very similar flavours, with sweet wheat and coriander, followed by hints of orange and a pleasant light bitterness.
Good light body, but could have used a bit more carbonation.
UnholyBrewing (595) - Central Florida(Upper Hell), Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2008
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2008 ...bottle. Good citrus notes, as is the corriander, blended with the wheat malt. Too dry, watery, and wayyyy overly carbonated, but not toooo bad, itís a solid attempt, but needs revision Worth trying, but not up to par.
alexanderj (3350) - Branson, Missouri, USA - OCT 7, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of my brother. Poured a fairly clear, dull gold; large white head. Aroma of orange peel, spice/coriander and wheat. Biggest detraction is the presence of too much carbonation; comes off a bit fizzy on the palate. However, the flavor is actually not bad. A good amount of spice and orange flavors. Some mellow, but decent wheatiness. A light hint of sweetness. I guess I am one of minority who liked this one.
Muggus69 (1346) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - FEB 5, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Chilled 330ml bottle. Straight from the word go this beer foamed up insanely! Sour sort of aroma, slightly lemon like with a touch of coriander spice. A huge fluffy head atop a hazy straw body. Palate has a slight sharpness to it, seems partly result from the carbonation though. Has a touch of citrus flavour to it, fair bit of drying wheat malt character, and maybe the slightest bit of spice on the tongue. Bit of yeast skunk towards the end is a bit discouraging. Finish is reasonably dry. Not sure about this one.
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - APR 11, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2009 Draught at Holgate Brewhouse, Woodend. Cloudy yellow with a thick white head. Aroma is of bread, orange, clove, coriander and spicy yeastiness. Flavour is bread, citrus and there is some bitter hops coming through. Dry on the palate and a refreshing wit overall. Remarkably better on tap that whatís in the bottle.
ChrisTurner (207) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 28, 2007
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle -- Pours a typical pale yellow with a ridiculously huge sudsy white head. Very active carbonation. Sour lemon aroma with coriander. Nothingy, thin palate. Extremely citrusy flavour up front with a sharply matallic and bitter edge in the finish. A very weird beer. While I simply donít like/appreciate this style, it seems a very long way behind the other very fine Holgate beers in terms of quality.