crabbey (16) - - APR 25, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy pale gold with large white pillowy head that lingers.
Lemon zest, coriander, pepper and ginger on the nose. Quite a bouquet, perhaps a bit over-pronounced.
Moderately sour with low bitterness.
Low-medium body with a lasting slightly cloying finish.
Enjoyable beer which promises a whole lot. IMO wouldn’t take too much to tweak this into a great local example of the style.
Cantabrian (674) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 8, 2013
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle, a gift from the great Travlr. Interesting to try a local Witbier, as it has been suggested (my friend Bartlebier) that my scepticism about the style could be due to the poor tolerance of these beers to long-distance travel. Well, this one is from Christchurch, right in my backyard, from one fantastic brewing house. And I still don’t like it that much. There’s a guy below who says that if you don’t like you shouldn’t rate, but I don’t think that is the rationale of this site, is it? The beer has that pale unhealthy look, with a tremendous white head, lasting for quite a while. I hate the word “retention”, as it sounds more to me as an obstetric term. This interesting beer is evidently spicy, with the aroma of my family’s chicken & pork marinade: red wine vinegar, garlic, chillies, lemon, olive oil and bay leaves. Later the aroma breaks up and a nicer lychee nose comes out. Very zesty on the taste, spicy, with a strange perfumed flavour of sour lemon cordial. Interesting, and not much different from the other whites I have tried before.
Travlr (9827) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at the Twisted Hop. Hazy pale yellow color. Aroma of lemon, banana. Taste has citrus and tropical bubblegum, scant spice. Decent.
alectron (30) - - APR 20, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I love traditional german wheat beers, but this tasted quite different, which is not a bad thing at all. This was citrussy & fruity which reminded of NZ hops with only a nod towards the banana style wheat bears. My summer beer cuppa ;)
Beersiveknown (2116) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JAN 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle@The White House, wellington
Hazy pale amber-blonde with strong Belgian yeast esters and coriander on the nose. Dry orange peel and coriander with fairly astringent herbal finish. A straight up wit when perhaps I’d expected weiss.
floydian1 (799) - FNQ, Australia, - APR 5, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle @ Brew on Quay, Auckland. Presents cloudy pale yellow with a decent white head. Aroma and taste of wheat malts, lemon citrus, coriander and a hint of cinnamon. Lively mouthfeel with a medium body. A decent Wit.
omega (583) - NEW ZEALAND - DEC 24, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Ginger and coriander on the nose, with a cloudy complexion. Refreshing style that does have the "citrus zest", but I prefer my wheat beers to more banana than citrus.
TimE (2792) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 2, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
odd flavor, kinda seemed off but I think it was just the hops and Malts they use. Still I wouldn’t come back to this beer
nimbleprop (3852) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 23, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled at the DC Ratebeer Gathering. Pours a hazy yellow with some thin, white head. Nose is BIG, tons of spice, ginger, coriander, lavender, chamomile. Flavor is pretty much the same, a big bag of potpourri, chamomile. Tastes like an Asian massage without the happy ending. Full bodied, herbal finish.
MrChopin (2763) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
last pour, cloudy, white top with a small bubbled ring. Nose is strong sage, light grass and lemon, dusty wheat. Flavor is more wheat, coriander, sage, lasting spice, wood, and husky grain through the finish. Nice, balanced, flavor more Integrated than nose.
oteyj (2124) - New Hampshire, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks noodleuser! Hazy lemonade pour with a small white head. Sage, rosemary, lavendar, and other herbal incarnations make their way into the aroma. The flavor is much the same. Nutmeg, chamomile, doughy caramel malt, and herbal spiciness, sporting a light to medium body and highly fluffy effervescence.