iowaherkeye (2690) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle, best by July 2013, part of the Spring Thaw Variety Pack--$15.99ish at Vons. Hazy golden with a small white head, fair retention. Perfumey nose with some floral and orange notes dominating, crisp wheat and coriander behind. Flavor keeps up with the perfumey floral thing, still has the wheat and orange, but not really much else. Minimal sweetness, low bitterness, dry finish. Medium body with light to moderate carbonation. Actually, a little too perfumey for me, seems to mask the yeast notes.
brenn79 (1471) - Idaho, USA - FEB 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle- Pours hazy light orange with a white head that reduces to a collar. Aroma is coriander, orange peel, wheat, all the trademarks of the style, moderately spicy, almost like pepper. Taste is full and creamy, wheat, coriander and orange are all there, very tasty, no off notes. Body is medium, carbonation is high. Very good!
fidelis83 (1901) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - FEB 15, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy gold pour with a thin, bright white head. Aroma of citrus peels coriander, and doughy, fruity yeast. Some earthy sweet bread spices and odd mollusk salinity sneak in there as well. Flavor of dried citrus and floral potpouri, coriander, dishwater, more mollusk-like salinity, doughey yeast and toast. Light and fairly dry palate with a light, but sharp carbonation and only slight (very slight for a Wit, but this does appear to be more filtered than most) chalkiness to the finish. Pretty average Wit, with what seems to be a pinch of salt and a little extra zing to the citrus component, for the margarita crowd, or something.
patrick767 (3524) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle - Pours hazy straw colored with a one finger, rapidly fading head. It smells of spices and citrus. The flavor is sweet, light, spicy, and refreshing. It’s easy to drink and enjoyable with lively carbonation and citrus notes. Good.
burg326 (3527) - Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle poured a golden color with aromas of light orange, orange peel, corriander and a touch if banana. Flavirs follow suit with a touch if spice thrown in. A nice witbeer overall, would easily drink again and again.
Butters (3725) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Is it just me? or is sam adams actually getting markedly better at their special releases? Clearish golden pour with decent ring of white head. Nose is a little muddled, mainly orange peel. Flavor is more of a blend of coriander, and orange, and even a little banana hint. Spiciness is hiding in the background. Very smooth and big chewy creamy body. I’d pick this over a blue moon, but not over an authentic belgian witbeir. tasty though.
hockeybeerguy (1496) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - FEB 12, 2013
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
It pours a hazy golden orange into my nonic. Foamy, clingy lacing spider webs around the glass. A thick one inch white foamy head appears and lasts a good minute. Some slowly moving carbonation is seen rising. The smell is soap, orange, and lemon coming through in a spicy way. Hops are there but very subdued. No yeast is smelled. The taste takes the citrusy smells and adds a bit of a subdued wheat flavoring. No yeast is tasted. The mouthfeel is medium with nothing harsh on the tongue. It has a watery aftertaste and finish. This is very sessionable. Overall, a bit different for a real witbier ("where’s the yeast?), but I liked it for me. I’d have it again.
ChainGangGuy (4348) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Part of the 2013 Spring Thaw Variety Pack - $12.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a hazy, darkish golden body with a smallish, receding, white head.
Smell: Bright, cheery orangey citrus note atop the wheat malt and redolent spice mix.
Taste: Malted wheat with a touch of breadiness and sugared sweetness. Spritzy citrus character as the carbonation crackles across the tongue, fast followed by the spices, the Grains of Paradise with its characteristic peppery bite. Very minor hop character, bitterness, letting the citrus additions and spices take on that role.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.
Overall: Minus the GoP, it’s not particularly distinguishable from a Blue Moon, and, after Summer and Coastal Wheat, I’m really not sure they needed another light, wheat-based, Grains of Paradise-dosed anything.
ironprog (43) - - FEB 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a golden straw color with a frothy white head that lasts a long time. Aromas of sweet lemon and tangerine with floral undertones. Taste is lightly sweet with flavors of tangerine and maybe banana. Has a medium-body with a creamy texture. Finish is very abrupt. Carbonation is lively.
I was pleasantly surprised by this brew because I didn’t think I would like it. In the end, I found it very refreshing. Would I consider it a finely-crafted ale? No. Would I happily consider it on a hot day? Absolutely.
Malty_MacHops (640) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - FEB 11, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bread and citrus flavors meld with clove like aromas. Hazy yellow golden with a large white head. Balanced with dominating citrus flavors. Light refreshing crispness.