Sigmund (5024) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 12, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml "champagne" bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 7.6%. Hazy golden colour, big and lasting white head. Distinct but not overwhelming aroma of orange peel, coriander and fruity hops. The flavour comes through like a cross between a Belgian witbier and an American Pale Ale or IPA (which indeed this beer might be said to be). The American hops (Amarillo and Cascade) dominate, while the European ones (Goldings and Saaz) are harder to identify. There’s a grapefruity and slightly resiny and peppery bitterness, but the orange peel and coriander also come through. Alcohol is noticeable. A good beer, as expected from Mikkeller, but I still think witbiers and APAs / IPAs are decent enough styles in their own right (when brewed well), and I’m not entirely convinced that the brewing world needs a new wave of "imperial witbiers". Props to Mikkel for doing the experiment, though.
andersand (529) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I liked this, very refreshing both aroma and flavour wise with a nice blend of Wit fruity/yestiness and hop fruityness. Very tropical, easy to drink and tasty with character. Good summer beer..
BeerandBlues2 (9596) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 9, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear dark yellow with a small, fizzy, white head, somewhat lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, hay, straw), average hops (flowers, grass), heavy yeast (horse blanket, earth, barnyard) with notes of grape, pear, and coriander. Light bodied, sticky texture, average carbonation, and a chalky finish. Average duration, light sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - MAR 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl bottle @ Beer Hunter’s, Pori. Very hazy golden orange, huge pale head with tight lacing. Yeasty nose, lovely fresh white peppery amarillo bite, wheatiness, hint of raw banana. Clean yeasty flavor with coriander and grapefruit, wheat, mellow hops. Medium to full bodied, smooth silky carbonation, very mouthfilling. A more intense version of Plevnas Amarillo weizen, what a summerbrew.
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not a Wit, period. A problematic brew from the start. Not sure if this is a bad batch but this was overwhelming hoppy and bitter for the style, a better ipa or American Pale Ale then a wit. No thank you.
KnutAlbert (6067) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Olympen, Oslo.
Lots of sweetness, banana and citrus in the aroma.
Complex beer, lemon, wheat malt, white pepper.
mnovacanes (61) - Crestwood, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2009 Appearance: Impressive, slightly darker hue than typical for the style; other than that, it is a prototype for the style
Aroma: very typical of the style; tremendous complexity, yet seems to be in very harmonious balance; has a little bit of everything; honey, vanilla, orange, spice, and more!
Flavor: loses points here mainly because the hops are too strong for this style; now, I am a hophead so I don’t mind this; in fact, I love this beer, but in terms of conforming to the witbier style characteristics, it does not; therefore my overall impression is high and the other categories will lose some points
Mouthfeel: very good except probably a fuller body than is typical for the style, but again, that is most likely from the stronger hop presence
jredmond (5300) - Manhattan, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Not Just a Wit. Not a Wit At all. Pours hazy orange. Aroma is pale ale - doesn’t resemble a wit whatsoever.
iowaherkeye (2691) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL bottle, BOTTLED 2008, from Beertopia. My label claims 8% ABV. Clear yellow golden with a two finger off-white head, good retention. Aroma has perfumey and grassy hops up front, some citrus, yeast, and wheat. Quite nice so far. Flavor is much the same--perfumey hops and citrus are the strongest, with some spicy coriander and alcohol behind. I also got slight cucumber somehow. Dry finish with bitterness peaking around a 3-4. Full of perfumey goodness! Medium body with light carbonation. Very good beer--just don’t know how often I’ll drop $13 for an imp wit. Pleasantly surprised here.
lamas (1355) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL bottle from 2008. My bottle says 8% ABV. Pours a hazy, golden straw color with a big and fluffy light-tan head that leaves rings of lacing. Has a sweet/tangy floral/perfumed smell more consistent with an APA or even a Kolsch. Orange peels, coriander, grapefruit, and some pine & lemon in the crisp aroma. Thin to medium-bodied. Starts off with some caramel and a fairly wheaty graininess taste-wise. A pleasant yeasty tanginess in the middle with some oranges and lemons. Finishes with a bitter, grapefruity dryness that lingers. A slight touch of warming alcohol in there at the end too.