RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.33/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
Pure Biss, Smuttynose’s third chef collaboration (and first Smuttlabs release) debuts this weekend (7-8 Dec. 2013) at Sonny’s Tavern in Dover. This unconventional witbier gets its swerve from the contributions of Chef Jamie Bissonnette. Instead of the traditional coriander and orange peel, Jamie brought kaffir lime leaves, spruce tips and 25 pounds of grapefruit zest to the brewday. The rest of the ingredients are appropriate to the style. Chef Bissonnette has been widely recognized for his cuisine at Coppa, Toro and Eastern Standard in Boston, as well as winning "Chopped" on the Food Network. He has just opened a second Toro in New York, with business partner Ken Oringer.

Malts: North American 2-Row, Wheat, Flaked Wheat, Flaked Oats Hops: Bittering-Magnum, Flavor-Sterling Yeast: White Labs WLP-400 Belgian Wit

Batch Size: 30 barrels, packaged in 5.2 gallon kegs and crown finished, 375ml bottles.

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Leighton (23353) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2017
Bottle in NYC - picked up in MA. Pours clear yellow-gold with a tight, creamy white head. Huge aroma of zesty kaffir lime, lemon peel, grass, perfume. Light to medium sweet flavour with some honey drizzled over doughy wheat bread, some crackers, more zesty citrus, lemon rind, oily lime, a little grass. Light bodied with average, massaging carbonation. Finishes with further dominant kaffir lime, bread crust, wheat flakes, ripe lemon, hints of honey. Interesting stuff, but really not that drinkable.

jtclockwork (17914) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear orange white head. Nose/taste of wheat malt, coriander, lemon, lime, grapefruit zest, orange zest and light banana. Lighter medium body.

swoopjones (7019) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 24, 2014
bottle. above average witbier. Coriander, citrus zests. kaffir lime flavors really stood out. Spuce was an interesting addition.

mfp13jr (186) - Glenville, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2014
Pours out light straw with thin white head. Taste has the usual wit flavors with a light drying pepper finish.

thornecb (6231) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 2, 2014
Pours clear gold into a tulip. Bright white head with little retention recedes to a soapy mess. Sweet dough, hay and citrus aromas. Smooth with sweet lime, bread and grapefruit upfront turning flat in the lasting bitter spruce finish.

SrSilliGose (3324) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 18, 2014
tap. somewhat soapy clove. hint of pine. herbal, creamed wheat. bit of pepper. okay.

puboflyons (3595) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 9, 2014
From the 12.7 fl. oz. bottle. The pour is golden yellow with a tremendous white head. I am not sure what to think of this aroma. It is very odd. I feel like I’m sniffing cheap perfume or cologne. Yeah,. there’s some pale malts in it but the perfume is more predominant. The body is light and refreshing. The taste is tainted by this strange perfume aroma. I get a little toasted biscuit malts and a slight spice character but I can’t get around the aroma.

bottleforager (3211) - Gray, Maine, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Pours a medium golden color with a finger of foam. The nose is a vast array of citrus, spiced orange, ginger, peppercorns and a hint of bubblegum. The palate follows the noses complexity with a lot of citrus spice... not that citrus spice makes any sense but its the only words I can describe. There is a tea like earthiness, some cereal grain backbone, lots of grapefruit bitterness on the tail end... very different yet intriguingly drinkable.

annunz123 (975) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Smells almost exactly like Lemon Pledge. Flavor is very, very citrus and tart, almost like a high alcohol shandy. Unpleasant, medicine-like finish. I know it’s an experiment, but this is one they should have left in the beaker.

johnnnniee (4488) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Bottle from the brewery. Pours a pretty damn clear light golden color with a smallish white head that dissipates almost instantly. The aroma certainly has a lime bite to it. Light pepper and coriander, and a hint of pine sap, with a sweet almost honey like malt and bitter pith round out the aroma. The flavor is light honey like malts with a huge spruce presence that almost feels like its smoked countered with a bitter pithy grapefruit flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick sweet mouthfeel. I was really getting into the keffir up front, but the spruce and grapefruit flavor contrasted just a bit to much for me.

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