crossovert (12934) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2017
Blind tasted with 3 other witbiers. Witbiers were 1. Fytenburg Grand Cru Blanc 2, Old Town Abbey White 3. Sierra Nevada Ovila White Ale 4. Tighthead Go-Go Wit. Rater 1 rated the beers 3142, Rater 2 (ME) 3142, Rater 3 3412.
dwyerpg (6187) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 14, 2017
355ml bottle. Fairly clear pale golden pour, aroma is musty and yeasty, farty. FLavor is banana and clove, dry wheat, peppery, tasty.
Post tasting thoughts:
This is a clean and crisp witbier, could drink it in the biergarten all day.
This is a bit too heavy on the wheat notes for mw. The coriander is definitely obvious, the orange a little fainter. A bit surprised this was a top 10 of the style, yet it’s definitely to style, unlike some of the other top 50 witbiers I’ve had (here’s looking at you, anchorage and mikkeller). PorterPounder (7970) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2017
Tallahassee, Fl -Lucky’s Market - 12 oz bottle. Slight haze to the light golden pour, tight off-white head that sticks around a while. Aroma has some light bitter lemony accents, a touch of bubble gum. Solid flavor, very tart, some lemony accents, a touch of yeasty sweetness, light coriander sweetness in the finish. nice spritz to the mouthfeel. Very solid, like most from Sierra Nevada.. ChadPolenz (1819) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 6, 2017
DOB: 4/27/2017crajun (1243) - , Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2017
2015 BJCP Category: 24A Witbier
AROMA: Moderate orange zest aroma with coriander as a background note. Moderate pale malt base with wheat. Moderately strong esters. Very fruity, inviting nose. 10/12
APPEARANCE: Light gold hue; hazy body. Moderate white foam. 3/3
FLAVOR: Malty-sweet grain flavor with slight wheat bread in the background. Fairly strong orange flavor throughout, especially on the finish. Coriander comes out quite strongly as it finishes. Minor tart character. Subtle peppery/bitterness on the second half. Delectable, well-balanced palette; all flavors harmonize. 18/20
MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; medium-high carbonation. Very crisp and refreshing, clean aftertaste. Seems a tad light for 5.3% ABV; this could be easily be sessioned. 4/5
OVERALL IMPRESSION: Absolutely to-spec in every way; delicious and refreshing. Wish it came in cans. 9/10
TOTAL SCORE: 44/50
Bottle will try again as had other beers before and didn’t get much flavor or taste. Wheat crisp but not much flavor
wlajwl (6812) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUL 1, 2017
Aroma is coriander, wheat and mild sour notes. The flavor is wheat, coriander, frui and a sour//slightly grainy finish. oobawa (1405) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 26, 2017
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2017 Very good wit, soapy and herbal with a dry, floral profile mixed with mild sweetness and a bready finish. About as traditional as a white ale can get, with subtle orange and coriander notes rolling up against the wheat-clove sweetness, all backed up by a yeast-tinged undertone and brisk carbonation. Smells spicy and sweet, with alternating waves of clove and bread. Not all that pretty for the style, lacking head and lace, but at least the color’s good. Breaks no new ground, but pitch-perfect as a classic example of a white ale. Drake (13738) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2017
12 ounce bottle from Total Wine Brookfield. Hazy yellow, large creamy off-white head, fair retention. Aroma of spice, lime, wheat. The taste is strong spice, lemon, lime, wheat. Medium bodied, juicy, dry. chinchill (5011) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 22, 2017
12 oz bottle into a Belgian snifter.
Pours hazy pale golden with a thin, semi-durable white head. Spotty lacing.
Medium-light body with medium carbonation.
Overall: clean and relatively well balanced for style, with faint banana and limited clove. MetalNHopHead (1976) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JUN 5, 2017
I’m happily finding that Sierra Nevada’s Ovila releases capture a lot Belgian tradition. This spicy, citrusy Wit is a continuation of that trend. Cloudy pale yellow color and a white head. Spicy and citrusy nose. Clove, lemon zest, white pepper, yeast, and banana flavors. Light-bodied and lively feel. Dry finish with just a hint of sourness. A brilliant choice to follow a long, hot bike ride.