BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2007
Hazy Yellow pour with faint whit head. Light wheat nose with a hint of yeast. Thick wheat body with a smooth easy finish. tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JUN 9, 2007
Bottle. Pours hazy rich yellow. Bright withe frothy head. Hints of sour yeast on the nose with light notes of orange and coriander. Lively carbonation. Very uneventful flavor profile: some bananas, spicy and dry yeastiness, lemongrass. Unspectacular but inoffensive. jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2007
From a 12 oz. bottle with no freshness date, but from the case box that it came in, I learn this is the bottled version of the new April 2007 recipe, sampled at cellar temperature in a pint glass, first without, then with the recommended slice of orange.
Poured a cloudy pale orangey, yellowish golden with a large frothy, foamy white head that slowly dissipates into a thin sudsy lacing, minimal amount of laced sticking. When I added the half slice of orange, this witbier acquires an even more orangey character.
Without the orange slice, had fruity, wheat malty aroma, lightly spicy, clove and coriander, slight herbal, with orange slice, wheat bready, orange fruity, spicy with a more pronounced clove, a light coriander, and the herbs are cut a bit.
Good, steady carbonation and a crisp, dry, silky smooth medium-light bodied mouthfeel.
Without the orange slice, tart yeastiness, fruity wheat malts, lightly clove and coriander spiciness, a touch of hop spiciness, with orange slice, the yeast loses a little tartness while becoming earthy, the wheat malts dry out, become biscuity, the clove and coriander are more of a feature in the taste, a peppery spiciness, and dry, yeasty, bicuity, spicy finish. I prefer this with the half slice of orange, becomes a truer witbier when added, improves the taste.
Last spring when I took a vacation to Belgium and the Netherlands, I had plenty of witbier’s served to me with slice(s) of orange, plus at some of the better brewpubs I’ve been to, this practice was done there too, so I don’t feel it is a "crime" or "beer geek sin" to add a little orange to your witbier, especially when that is the brewer’s design and intent.
thegreenrooster (4406) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 18, 2007
Pour is a hazy yellow with a white head. Aroma is cloves and banana with some spice in there. Flavor is very spicy and corriander with notes of clove and lemon. A pretty good hefe/wit and prob one of the best from this brewer. ganache (5909) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2007
Bottle. Aroma of heavy wheat with grain and honey. Lesser notes of lemon and spice, but not coriander - nutmeg? Smell of dust from the carpet. Opaque cloudy lemon color with a short white head. Bitter clove much stronger in the mouth, and yes, reminds of nutmeg. Generic wit notes. Medium body with a touch of prickling, smooth yeasty aftertaste. Decent, but I can’t get behind this combination of flavors.
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2007
Bottle. Pours a hazy yellow gold with a very nice white head on top. Nose is wheaty with light bananas and spice. Flavor was delicious. While I am reviewing, I am actually suprised to reminded that this was a wit. I thought it was more of a hefe, but in any event it was very good. Lovely, citrus/sour finish that finished the creamy mouthfeel. I’d have another if it were around as it was very much a thirst quenching brew. Thanks to lewis13 for the bottle. Terminus (3683) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 4, 2007
bottle-thanks to vyvvy for giving me this one. pours cloudy yellow with a sudsy white head-thick and smooth. nose is a bit lemony with undertones of pale grains (wheat). A bit on the egg notes as well-sulfer. flavors are more in the american wheat character with tons of lemon and grainy notes. lite body and mild carbonation, at least on the mouth. long lemony finish. pretty decent wit! doubelknv3 (1093) - Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2007
Wheaty, citrus aroma. Cloudy yellow with pale thin head. Wheat, farily tart and oaky flavour notes. Fairly smooth, but sour. screigh (737) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 22, 2007
Pours slightly darker than a macro. No head at all. Slightly spiced candy Belgian aroma. I have to say when I first sipped this I didn’t know that the style was and expected a American Pilsner from the name. I thought something was wrong when I got a definite Belgian flavor. I read the bottle to see what it was. OK...not knowing what I was getting I could pick out the style. But after knowing, this is bad. It has that sort or what I call dirty candy Belgian taste to it but it really tastes like floor cleaner. Sort of like Pine Sol. Super perfumy. No body. vyvvy (6481) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 1, 2006
Pours blonde with a small white head that leaves fairly quickly. The aroma has a rich quality either from the white or orange - it doesn’t list orange on the label, but it seems to have some. Medium / light body with some sharp carbonation. Flavor starts with nectarine flavor that has some plastic to it. The some spiciness enters that goes through to the finish. There is also some light astringency that comes through. Not a bad beer, but much better of the style out there.