Serve in Tumbler, Weizen


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RATINGS: 684   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
An American version of the Belgian style. This unfiltered beer has a striking translucent, golden color with white clouds. Seemingly a contradiction in terms, it has a full body mouth-feel but is surprisingly light to drink. Topped with a hint of citrus, provided by Coriander and a secret blend of Humbolt herbs, this beer is slightly sweet and a delight to drink in any season.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nja (17) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 7, 2004
On tap at 99 Bottle Santa Cruz, got to taste next to Hoegaarden on tap. Darker and cloudier than Hoegaarden, more like cloudy orange than H’s hazy yellow. Aromas of orange, lemon, and artificially flavored cereal (i.e., Trix). Moderate body with citrusy, wheaty flavors. Not a bad beer, but I’ll keep my Hoegaarden thank you very much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUN 7, 2004
On tap. No real head, slightly hazy, light golden color. Light flavor, mildly wheaty, very light body and drinkable. Kind of foamy. Didn’t really enjoy it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - JUN 4, 2004
pretty good ale, not the best taste, almost hard to distinguish it as any kind of belgian better, odd taste I can’t put my finger on, yellowish orange color, pours a decent head but nothing spectacular.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2004
Tap@ Lost Coast. Smelt OK, lots of aroma. unfortunately it was a bit sweet. Heaps of lemon icing sugar (thanks pogo), too sweet and tart, with nothing to back it up, finishes short.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JUN 1, 2004
on draft: went to this new barbeque place, looked at all 18 taps, mostly swill then i saw a shark on one of the tap handles. told the waitress ill have the shark. poured hazy yellow with a small white head. floral fruit nose. i had two bud drinkers with me and i always love to hear their opinions on something diffent. the second it hit one of my friends lips he yelled ’fruity pebbles’ and ordered one. after that, it did taste like fruity pepples. so what they say is true, beer really is the breakfast of champions!! or not just for breakfast anymore! whichever you like. this is nice for hot days, for snappy crisp and light.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - MAY 24, 2004
A nice belgian aroma and a dull yellow color with light head. A light candy sugar flavor, low hops and little to no esters. There is also a slight lemony touch to the flavor. Though not a strongly flavored beverage, this is certainly a very drinkable beer after a hot day in the field. Goes down like an orange julius. But in terms of a "Good Witbiers" it falls a little short.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2004
Hazy, unfiltered yellow with a light, fluffy white head. The aroma is quite subtle and doesn’t show much at first. Over time some light citrus, banana, clove and yeasty dough begin to make some headway in the nose. The body is light and lends itself to being quite refreshing. The flavors tend to be as subtle (read: unremarkable) as the nose. The fruit tends to be the most dominate characteristic, followed closely by the yeasty dough. Light hints of vanilla come through here as well. Ultimately, while this is not the most amazing beer, it is refreshing and tasty on a hot, summer afternoon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 24, 2004
This was a fairly unusual witbier. Poured cloudy yellow-orange with plenty of dark "floaties" and milky yeast particles. The flavor was quite yeasty as well, with a spicy phenol dominance that counteracted tart, lemony flavors and tangy wheat. Nicely vinous. I also noted plenty of spices, with a hint of copper (perhaps from the yeasts?).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sloth (2640) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAY 22, 2004
Large white head that quickly dissipates. Lightly hazy pale gold color. Big coriander nose with a touch of malt. Light bodied, undercarbonated for the style. Plenty of spices in the flavor department, light fruityness and maybe a hint of oats? Finish is fairly dry, sorta thin, but still a tasty little critter. Good summer swillin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hayduke (3767) - Eureka, California, USA - MAY 14, 2004
UPDATED: APR 1, 2009 i am probably going to rate this higher than most, because it is local, and on tap in about 50% of the eateries and brewpubs in town. So I drink a lot of it in pint glasses, and it is my choice as a bottled beer as well. I know there are better beers around, but I am never disappointed with a Great White. Always fresh of course, it comes with a great cloudy unfiltered look that hangs on for a long time. Little head though. Color is golden yellow, and it has a fruity, somewhat citrus aroma and a taste to match. And what is interesting, is that a second glass always tastes as good as the first, and I always have a second glass. Finally, I love the label. It makes me smile.

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