FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy yellow-straw color and is topped by an eminent, frothy pale white head that is initially held up by a healthy carbonation. The aroma reminds me of freshly cut hay, fields of clover, coriander, lemon zest, and grains of paradise. The taste is light and refreshing with notes of orange zest up front followed by a solid though not overwhelming finish of coriander. Along with the orange and coriander there are notes of lemon zest, ginger, pepper, banana, and clove. With my second glass I poured the rest of the beer, yeast and all into my glass. It becomes, obviously, a bit more yeasty, with notes of fresh bread, and it becomes quite a bit more hearty. This is quite a nice Witte, it is simple, refreshing, zesty, spritzy, it reminds me of a warm summer afternoon spent sitting on the porch. Once again I am a sucker for a good Belgian Witte.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - DEC 31, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very light colored wit w/o much haze. Yeasty nose that is a bit sharp. Citrus aroma is minimal. More orange is present in the flavor. A bit on the thin side with a finish that turns out quite tart. Thirst quenching, but I admit, I was expecting more
pivo (2665) - GERMANY - DEC 30, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yeasty nose with hints of spice, hazy pale orange color, spongy fluffy head. Crisp thin malt base with all kinds of flavors that are well blended: banana, vanilla, spices. A surprisingly clean finish given the complexity of the flavor profile. Solid wit beer that is refreshing and thoroughly enjoyable.
jazz88 (2665) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 27, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2007 Rating #1 Bottle (6 3 7 4 14). A hazy light yellow color with a rich foamy white head. Strong orange and lemon nose. Dry and semi-sweet with a big citrus flavor. Refreshing and light. Rating #2 Bottle (6 3 6 3 13). A light golden yellow color with a white foamy head. Light orange, lemon and spice in the aroma. Dry and carbonated with a light lemon fruit finish.
YogiBeera (2570) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy orange color, small creamy head. Fizzy carbonation. Oranges and yeast also koriander and some veggie shows up in taste. Yeasty. Too fizzy but very refreshing.
FROTHINGSLOSH (6737) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2006 I have been growing rather fond of this brewer in recent months. I managed to sample most of their stuff at some beer festivals but not enough to have rated them yet. This was my first chance to try this one - and given my love of wheat beers I had pretty high expectations. Sampled from a 25 oz brown bottle this beer poured a straw yellow color with a large white head. There was a moderately strong wheat and citrus aroma. The flavor was surprisingly mild. There was not much citrus. There was only a mild sour-sweet wheat flavor. Drinkable but rather bland.
Frank (4010) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
First, despite this being a summer seasonal as per RateBeer, I never saw the stuff until November--and this is at a store that always has Ommegang. Anyway, it pours yellow with just a bit of cloudiness--not enough in my opinion, a lot of domestic wits seem to have this problem. Faintly spicy with a bit of a tart fruit presence. Light bodied and pretty refreshing if a little light on flavor. It’s OK but I don’t see myself going out of my way to get any.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - DEC 7, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Coludy pale yellow with steadily building white head. Light wheat, yeast, and spice in the aroma. The flavor is malted with light wheaty malts, yeast, a slightly fruity presence and some spices; seems like nutmeg and clove. A decent crisp beer with a light feel and finish.
Lubiere (12878) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2004
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at the Syracuse Holiday Brewfest Dec.04 2004. Hazy yellowish ale. Delightful banana aroma with spices and lemon. Rather light in body with good cloves and creamy mouthfeel. Yum.
PorterPounder (7334) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Picked up at Habersham Beverage Warehouse in Savannah, Ga. Pours a murky colored golden, yet thin with a slightly frothy, yet beady white head, that dissipates somewhat quickly. Aroma has some spicy coriander notes with a hint of orange. Mouthfeel is slightly spritzy, but not as tart as some Wits. Flavor has some lemony tartness with a bit of underlying wheat and some back end doughiness. All around a decent refesher, not the best of this style nor the best from this brewer. Rather understated.