TAR (2761) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - AUG 6, 2004
Honey golden. Tall and thick white foam collar sticks to the glass. Very bright aroma loaded with chamomile, mandarin orange, coconut oil, rose petals, and pulverized coriander. Some phenolic esters and wet straw, as well. Soft, very fluffy carbonation paired with a slick body. Gorgeous interplay between buttery chamomile and leathery yeast flavors. Swaths of sweet honeyed malts and, almost nutty, malt husks slice their way through the bold yeastiness. Coriander overexerts itself, lending more sweetness to the rich honeyed malt elements and masking much of the leafy hops aspects, rather than highlighting them. Tongue-coating oaty smoothness adds more body. Deliciously juicy, throughout, due to the fresh mandarin orange flavors. Finishes minimally spicy yet resoundingly floral and sweetly malty with a smattering of buttery chamomile and honey underneath. Phenolic belches complement the lingering honey flavors and lessen the sweetness, somewhat. Quite the fanciful witbier. Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2004
Clear golden body with a huge, fluffy white head. Sweet, slighlty spicy aroma. Banana and orange, coriander, vanilla, grains of paradise, coconut, peaches and a touch of lightly tart wheat husk. The body is moderate and refreshing. The flavors are great and have a nice balance with elegant fruity sweetness at the start moving to spice in the middle and finishing with a mild tart kick. The finish is lasting and refreshing as heck. I’m really liking this style right now, at least in the heat of the summer. TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
This beer looks and smells awesome. Dry with a hind of citrus in the aftertaste. A very enjoyable sumer brew. kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - JUN 6, 2006
Poured to a hazy golden color with thick white head that diminished quickly, and good lacing. Strong wheat aroma, but the flavor was dominated by spices, mostly corriander, clove and cinnamon. Actually much better than I expected, and the spices left a good finish. The spices may become overwhelmiong if drinking several of these at once, but a very good tasting beer for sipping. 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.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - AUG 21, 2004
Enjoyable. A bit cloudy and yellow with some white around the edges with a large foamy head. It has the aroma of a typical belgian wit, it’s yeasty and spiced. The flavor is crisp, biting, and citrusy. There is a full wheat malt flavor and feel and several spices are noticable. Barley Island continues to impress me with their beers. matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2004
Thanks to “atpayne” for sending me this brew. I think that the blond chick on the bottle is kind of cute.
thomasacross (129) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Pours a hazy blond body and a massive ivory head. The aroma and flavor bring some floral citric notes of orange peels, lemon and grapefruit. There are big spicy black pepper, musty clove and coriander… even some pinesap. Some earthy flavors and aromas of Cyprus mulch, and compost. I really dig this beer. It’s not over done in any one area and everything seems to bend nicely. Big yeasty body and fat doughy bread notes. Dig It?
Bottle. Nice beer although hardly an attempt to regurgitate a Hoegaarden verbatim. I’d hold this against them if they advertised this as a Wit -- but they don’t (it’s just Ratebeer’s classification).
A little darker than a true Wit but with nice, prominent foam. Flavors are lightly citrus spiced like a wit but very malty/bready. Sort of a bready witbier. Interesting choice and well-crafted. I liked it! tomthompson89 (1982) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2008
hazy straw yellow with a few chunks floating around lotsa head, lasts nicely. nose is citrus mainly lemon, some clove. flavor is different wheat, citrus i agree with another rating that says it almost has a coconut milk taste but different flavors then i have had in a wheat before. nice dry finish ads135 (4607) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Not a bad blonde. Spicier than most. Lots of coriander and pepper. Some cloves. Medium bodied with an attractive yellow appearance. Tons of head. Got this one from Binnys in Chicago with Dave in 2012.