linc33 (184) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 25, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2010 Bought a single bottle. My impression was like a thinner, carbonated Cointreau. Orange flavours throughout. You can tell there’s alcohol in it, but if someone had served it to me I wouldn’t have guessed 10%. Hard to take more than a small sip at a time - the biggest of the big beers, especially for a Wit. BeerHawk (1811) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - MAR 25, 2009
Bottle. Poured a hazy amber with a one finger tall off-white head that settles to a ring, and leaves light lacing. Aromas of prune, banana, citrus, and cinnamon. The flavor found dark fruits and wheat backed with light spices. Medium to full body, creamy, and a wheat aftertaste. alassio (99) - USA - MAR 24, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2011 Gosh - - I can’t remember having had this before, but apparently rated it 3.0 back in 2009, and mentioned apricots. This time, there are no apricots. It is kinda syrupy and kinda fizzy. The flavor is all metal pipe and CO2, with a touch of sickly caramel. This beer tastes terrible. I am drawn to high ABV beers like a moth to a flame; that seems to be the point of this beer (the point was definitely not flavor). punkeedo (499) - Covington, Louisiana, USA - MAR 24, 2009
2009 Bottle. Aroma of malt and apricots. Appears orange to brown with very little head. Tastes of alcohol and malts with a strong aftertaste of apricot. Well balanced, but a bit edgy toward the end. Overall a great beer. beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 24, 2009
I’m gonna go a bit above because I am also partial to wits in a more pure or bastardized form like we have here. A nice take off on the traditional style. Darker color than other wits. On the nose, cloves a bit of orange maybe? Nice finish leaves the palate but also reminds you that you are drinking a 10% beer. A bit of warming alcohol in there as well, a wit that would work nicely in the winter or on a cooler spring day perhaps. I would not say all that complex, but I would not expect this type of beer to be. I am glad though that we are able to get this beer easier now where I am at.
Ritterkreuz (179) - Seneca Falls, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2009
Wow, okay this sucker is strong. It’s good, but strong. Pours a cloudy amber with a good spice to the smell. The thing that really hit me was how creamy it was. It’s thicker than most American beers, and that is definitely not a bad thing. DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAR 23, 2009
Pretty solid brew here. Not too special or unique, but not unpretentious. It is an American version of something Germans and Belgians can do better. So not the best, but the stark ABV pays its dividends all the while. Thumbs up, though it won’t be a standard for me. jcr (2763) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Bottle. Cloudy amber body with a fizzy, off-white head. Nice aroma of tangerine, coriander, banana, caramel and wheat with a hint of flowers, but just a hint. The flavor is moderatley to heavily sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes moderately sweet and lightly bitter and moderately acidic. Strong spicy tastes with some citrus and alcohol in the finish. Full body with a sticky texture and moderate carbonation. This does more than push the boundaries of a witbier. It falls off the edge, losing any semblence of being dry, crisp, refreshing or fully carbonated. Too sweet. Too sticky. Too spicy. But the aroma is very nice. blipp (9713) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Bottle. Pours orange with an off white head. Juicy malty aroma with light citric notes and some spices. Juicy pineapple candy like flavor, with light citrus and not enough spice. Not bad. Elwood (3347) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2009
12 oz. bottle. Pours a cloudy yellowish brown. Nice off white head. Looks highly carbonated. Wheat, yeast, orange and spice in the nose. The carbonation isn’t as aggressive as I thought it might be. It has a creamy mouthfeel. Tastes of gingerbread, alcohol, and some candy sweetness. Some lemon/coriander is lurking in there too. Sticky mouthfeel in the finish with the candy lingering a bit too long. Too sweet and not in very good balance.