Can given to me by the Jezbot. Tried by myself.
Pours a translucent orange but not notably hazy. Head is white foamy when poured sinks to cloud of medium bubbles with trails of lacing left behind. Looks pretty good.
Smells spicy and fruity. Big candied citrus, with orange and a touch of grapefruit. Coriander and Cardamom dominate the spice bill, with some faint pink pepper. Nice blend of sweet and spice with a hint of fresh zest. Pleasant.
Tastes fairly phenolic, and a little astringent too. Some nice toffee malt upfront that descends into a fairly long bitterness a little early, with just a hint of fresh citrus early mid. Mid-palate is mostly earthy spice, with a big coriander hit, some black pepper and a medicinal note to finish up. Maybe a lingering hint of citrus on the back that's a little pithy but it does clean up the very back. Could be fairly unpleasant to finish, like strongly astringent if not for that last little clean note. But it doesn't have quite enough upfront so it just has this protracted bitterness to it.
Mouthfeel is decent for the size; good texture with a little tingle to it.
Drinks alright, because of that cleansing note on the end. A bit too full on for constant drinking but it does get better.
38 / 100
330ml brown bottle, I'm not quite sure where I got it from now, but it was some time ago. This is a Juniper Witbier.
Pours a surprisingly clear, but very pale straw yellow colour, with a fine head of white that persists as a ring. Long, but few, streaks of lace. Carbonation is voluminous but fine, especially promoted when the glass is tilted. Looks decent enough.
Nose is slightly organic, with a touch of cut vegetation, and mineral overtones. There's some faint suggestion of salt, and a kind of meaty, unpleasant note. It's only so good, to be honest.
Taste is similar. There's a pronounced meaty, slightly off character on the back of the palate, which at times tastes salty, yeasty or buttery. In the front, sure, there's a touch of juniper over a fairly lightweight body. But that's not the character that sticks around. Honestly, I'm not a fan.
Feel is full and frothy, which would be good in a better beer. But in this one it just provides a more sturdy platform for the issues.
I'm not a fan. It's not quite a drainpour, but it's honestly not that pleasant to drink. Maybe it needs some immensely fatty Norse seafood or something. Just by itself it's a miss for me.
On tap at the Local Taphouse, the day before Sydney Mardi Gras. I kind of ignored the fact that the staff were putting up rainbows all over the bar and only later realised what day it was. I like to think it means I'm relatively free of bias, that I don't see anything unusual in rainbow flags going up everywhere.
Pours a pale fruity yellow colour. Cloudy, very cloudy even. Head is thin, tightly packed bubbles that retains very thinly on top. Not bad, I like the witbier haze.
Smells very fruity and spicy. Good ripe peach character, with notes of Belgian spicy phenol at the back, as well as some coriander that overall contributes to a slightly sour character. Not unpleasant though; the fruit is the saving grace.
Taste is more on the fruity side, and good on it. Big peach character takes over early, with ripe tropical notes building towards the mid. Spice takes over late-mid with coriander mixing with cinnamon, and some dry and slightly sour peppery notes late as well. Quite a good witbier, with a nice peachy twist. Good Belgian characters, although the back is really quite spicy.
A bit prickly and thin, has a big spicy edge towards the back.
Quite a nice witbier, pleasantly put together with enough peach to give a twist without it strangling the classic wit spice characters.
330ml brown bottle purchased somewhere in Iceland by our mum.
Pours a very hazed pale straw yellow colour, with a very fine, but slightly thin head of white, then ends up as a very light ring around the edge of the glass. Slight minor lace forms around the edge.
Nose is actually pretty light, but relatively pleasant, with some candied orange peel curacao spice. There's not a lot there, but it's pretty pleasant.
Taste is similar. Fine, but soapy start, with more faint orange notes that dissolves into a more organic, slightly herb and spice notes, with a long watered-down orange juice finish. Slight bite of carbonation in the finish, but mostly it's light and a bit flabby.
Overall, it's a nice brew. It has some of the classic characters done nicely, while maintaining a pretty good overall drinkability. It's a nice brew.
Imperial Witbier brewed for GABS 2016. Tried on tap at the festival in Melbourne.
Pours a champagne colour, fairly cloudy. Head is foamy, large bubbles appearing on top, off-white in colour. Bit clear, but to style otherwise.
Smells grainy upfront, with a slight roasted chestnut note that descends into a fruity mid-palate with strong orange and a touch of banana. Notes of coriander seed and star anise towards the back and the finish is slightly dankly bitter as a result of the slightly-too-strong coriander.
Body is thin with a little tingle of carbonation showing through. Hint of warming alcohol. Bit more substance than your average wit.
Disappointing drop from 2 Brothers. It's a fairly standard wit with the ABV dialed up but without a corresponding balance between tang and spice that you'd want. Feels dry, dank and a little too hot.
In theory I should call this a Wild Ale since it's most similar to Rogue's Beard Beer (which is classified as such). But 7 Cent called this a Belgian Wit-ish, so that gets the points.
Tried on tap at GABS 2016. I was so sick of this beer before going into the festival because of the stupid amount of media attention it got just for its gimmick of being made from yeast cultivated from the brewer's belly button. Predisposed to hate it, but happy to give it a chance.
Pours a straw colour, fairly cloudy with decent foamy head, slightly off-white. Looks alright; fairly non-descript though.
Smells bland. Grainy, with an oatmeal kind of cereal character and a fair whack of bread yeast. Funny off character giving a light organic barnyard note. Altogether very light and bland.
Taste is grainy, with cereal grain and more of that plain oatmeal character. There's a slight earthy, organic flavour towards the back and develops a very soft touch of spice on the back out of that. Mildly vegetative, but what it really is is bland, and flavourless.
Body is thin and insubstantial. There just doesn't seem to be anything really behind this beer.
A gimmick and nothing more. What's really disappointing here is that its overall effect is of it being dull, rather than unpalatable. I feel like they embraced the novelty factor wholeheartedly hoping that it would make up for the lack of substance in the beer. Needs a rethink. But not a redo.
On tap at GABS 2016 in Melbourne.
Pours a champagne colour, fair bit of haze with cream-coloured head. Big bubbles, decent lacing. Not bad, standard witbier.
Smells sweet and spicy. Caramel malt notes that tend towards buttery as well. Decent orange notes and a hit of coriander. Nice sweetness and spice.
Taste is a bit blander, with more of those buttery caramel characters. Hint of citrus fruit, and some spice with clove and coriander, but following the mid it just gets yeasty, and bready. Too much, so that it kind of drowns the sweetness and spice, and basically the classic witbier characters. Disappointing.
Decent body, slight warmth at the back from the spice and/or alcohol (but I'm tending towards the former just because of the size).
Nothing special. Textbook witbier that doesn't quite have enough character to diminish the yeasty and phenolic notes at the back that become fairly distasteful in the end.
77 / 100
6.5% hoppy witbier brewed with jasmine and chamomile. Purchased from Camperdown Cellars, Parramatta Rd.
Pours a pale, hazy golden colour, with a very firm and fine head of pure white that persists as a pancake-pocked film after it deposits some impressive, intricate lace. Body is fluid, but some languid, rather coarse carbonation makes it seem a little thicker. Looks good.
Nose is excellent. Big, punchy floral characters, no doubt partially from the botanical additions, but with a pronounced hoppiness as well that gives undertone of guava and passionfruit. There's a slight rounded note as well that could be from the yeast, or the collaboration between the yeast and all the wheat. It's pretty damn awesome.
Taste is also good, but surprisingly less recognisable as a witbier to me. There's a fruity punch on the front palate, with a rather pithy quality like peel or skin (maybe the only real hint of wit), but then some strong herbal notes run over it. In fact, coriander is noticeable here as well, but for some reason it still seems quite apart from the style as I know it. There's a brusqueness to it, almost slightly tannic, and the bitterness is high on the back palate. It's these things perhaps that make it seem so askew to me, even though this really does taste a lot like Things That Should Be In A Witbier.
Feel is great. Bit of extra weight to it, but a fine carbonation to cut through, which further helps accentuate those botanical, herbal notes.
Overall, a very fine beer from the Shenanigans crew. They're genuinely doing some of the most interesting things in Australia right now, and it's their propensity to twist things slightly and still make them work beautifully that I really love. Keep it up.
Double rye witbier, apparently. Sampled on-tap at the brewery in the north of San Antonio, TX.
Pours a deep straw colour, perhaps taking on a little more colour than that—it's genuinely pale like a with, but with suggestions of orange in the deeper parts. Body is thick, and the head is full, settling out to a white, fine ring. Carbonation is minimal, but very languid when tilted. Lacing forms in streaks. Looks good.
Nose is a little mild—some orange skin character comes through, along with a oddly dusty note, and maybe a little uncooked flour. It's not very potent, but it's decent enough.
Taste is a little better. Here, there's a proper rounded character—slightly sweeter, with a bit of booze to accentuate it. Still some witbier tones to it, but really nothing sharp. It's very smooth on the back, slipping into a clean, long finish with no harshness or bitterness. I feel caressed even though the beer is pretty boozy.
Feel is also pretty good. It has a bit of weight to it, but mostly it stays smooth.
Overall, this ends up being very drinkable, especially for the weight. I like that it feels so soft on the palate—a boozy, spicy beer like this could easily be overpowering.
On tap at the brewery.
Pours a pale yellow, somewhat green-tinged. Nice bead feeding a dying head, off-white colour, nice enough retention. Looks OK.
Smells fruity, pleasant enough. Decent orange, citrus notes with a touch of passionfruit, then big green tea at the back. Kind of mutes it all a bit. Decent, but just goes away.
Taste is interesting. Decent fruit notes upfront that give big mango flavour, notes of peach as well, then finish is fairly clean, tea notes are subtle but what's not subtle is the yeast cutoff which is unfortunate. Kind of bitter early, otherwise a little bland.
Bit of buzz from the carbonation is actually the saviour. Decent malt base that gets texture from the carb. Quite palatable.
A bit bland; could use more flavour on the back and just character generally.
69 / 100
Cloudy orange colour, good murk to it. Head is white, small tightly packed bubbles, decent lace hanging around but head doesn't, sadly.
Smells tangy, quite spicy too to the point of astringency. Some orange notes and a touch of sherbet but doesn't quite have enough tang. Smells quite earthy and somewhat bitter overall.
Taste is much better. Really big clementine character with candied peel and a nice marmalade glaze kind of character upfront, then somewhat tangy midway with a trace of hop bitterness coming through. Citric and slightly grassy. Finishes mostly tangy with a whisper of pepper on the very back.
Smooth, little light on the body but not too much texture which could ruin a nice light beer.
Very decent witbier; not perfect but drinkable.
78 / 100
355ml screw-top brown bottle purchased from Barny's in Alexandria, Sydney. Poured with the sediment.
Body is a fairly thick peachy golden colour, quite heavily hazed and with some weight behind it. Head forms a fine crest—certainly not very effervescent but with some persistence, and pure white in colour, like the name insists it should be. Lacing is fine and tiny. Looks pretty good.
Nose is spicy but rounded, with a thick sweetness and bold Belgian yeast characters. Spice like uncracked coriander seed and grains of paradise come through, and the peely orange character gives it the fragrance of fruit bread or hot cross buns. Again, it's very nice.
The palate is just as good. Here, the roundness of the yeast characters help blossom the spice notes, giving more clove characters and a more pronounced dried peel fragrance. Booze in a little noticeable on the back, but it's almost as though it dips towards another dimension of the spice, leaving a slight clinging metallic quality. Finish has a little bit of fragrant vanilla pod to mingle with the residual pepper and coriander seed notes. Very well done indeed.
Feel is also good—thickness is usually a fairly good quality in a regular strength witbier anyway, but it doesn't go overboard here, just providing a little extra weight to support the extra flavours.
Overall, this is cracking stuff. For the strength, it drinks very smooth, and manages to present itself as a more flavoursome, more characterful witbier. It's not more booze for the sake of more booze, it has a purpose, and uses the extra weight to a wonderful end. Great stuff.
69 / 100
Tried on-tap at GABS 2014 in Melbourne.
Pours a very pale lemon-straw colour, extremely hazy, which makes it seem even lighter. Body is fairly light, but with a strangely gelatinous quality to it. Head is firm and solid and pure white in colour. Looks good overall.
Mild notes on the nose initially: slightly sweaty with a little dried orange peel perhaps. There's a hint os soapy cardamom that comes through as well—but to be honest, for a beer called "Spicemarket" it's pretty light overall.
Light, delicate spiciness does come through on the palate though. Definite cardamom through the centre, which mingles with more citrus to provide again a slight soapiness towards the back. A hint of mixed spice on the back with some pepper and lemon in the finish. Feel is light but fine.
Overall, it's pretty good. The spices are there by the end, and the work well with the witbier mould. While I can imagine a beer with the flavours more pronounced, it may not actually make it as balanced a beer as this.
62 / 100
330ml brown bottle served to me blind.
Pours a fairly hazed very pale yellow colour, with some floating sediment. Head is a fairly fine crest of very pale white that leaves good lacing. Fine vibrant streams of carbonation. Body is fairly light. Looks pretty decent.
Nose is very bright. Pronounced lemon-peel citrus with a good deal of sweetness through the centre. Slight pastry sweetness comes through as well. A little bit of spice is noticeable, but it's certainly not very strong. Nice enough though.
Very smooth, slick flavour: pronounced vanilla above the peely citrus and seedy spice character. It almost tastes like a slightly spiked vanilla soft-serve. To be honest, it gets a little cloying after a while, but there's something to be said for its power.
Feel is pretty thick, although the strong sweetness probably has something to do with that.
Overall, it's okay, but I even struggled through the bottle I shared. The sweetness is strong, and there's not enough to make it balanced and refreshing.
70 / 100
100% Brett Witbier. The summer edition has an addition of blood oranges. Tried at Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fà in Rome. 375ml brown bottle.
Pours a clear golden colour without the yeast. With it (and I did add it after checking the clarity), it's a pale straw-yellow with a frothy fine head of white. This persists only as a sudsy ring and some messy lace. Body is light and limpid. Carbonation is fine but racing fast through the glass. Looks good.
Nose is Brett all the way. Barnyard, sharp and crisp with a hint of frenetic wildness—plenty of funk, no acidity. Some coriander and spice comes through a little, but the Brett is master of this beer, ruling powerfully: it kills almost everything else.
Taste is similar. Very Bretty right from the start, leaving the beer dry and sharp, but pretty intense. Apple cider dryness desiccates the mid-palate leaving some clinging iodine mineral characters on the back. It's clean in some strange way, despite all the earthiness, and it certainly has complexity to it.
Feel is pretty light. It's suitable.
It's pretty drinkable, even if there's not much to it beyond the Brett-bomb. I love the funkiness, but some additional spice or body or anything would add a little balance and counter-intuitively, make a more intense beer experience.
33cl brown bottle purchased and consumed at Brewberry in Paris. This is a 5.9% witbier, brewed with mint, lemon peel and ginger.
With a swirl, the yeast gives it a typically hazed appearance, but it's very dark for a wit: orange at best, and possibly even darker than that. Body is quite light and the carbonation is minimal, although fine where it forms. Head is a filmy ring that leaves no lacing. It doesn't looks great, but it doesn't look bad either.
Nose is yeasty-sweet, like nothing is restraining the malt, even though the malt isn't huge. There's some light spice, perhaps some herbal overtones and a peppery grains of paradise note. Mint is entirely absent. It feel unbalanced, and not all that interesting.
Taste is painfully sweet. Big, weak thin malt is all it seems to have, with nothing to balance it. Here you can sense the mint a little, but it's so subtle as almost to be pointless—it just adds a slightly sickly tone to the beer. Long, overly sweet barley-sugar finish goes on and on, making it thick and difficult to drink.
Feel is slightly bloating. Carbonation is very minimal, and there's no acidity or bitterness. It needs something to stop it being so thick and sweet.
Overall, this is very poor stuff. It's so sweet, without any balance or tempering. It needs something else to it: as it is, it's verging on undrinkable.
62 / 100
Brewed for the Welcome Hotel's "Beer Mimics Food" event at Sydney Craft Beer Week. Tried there on nitro-pour, although the Welcome Hotel had given up on using the sparkler after the first couple of pours, so I'm not sure anyone actually got the purported meringue head that this beer was supposed to have.
Instead, we get a hazy orange hue, heavy in the body, but with almost no head whatsoever. In fact, it looked completely flat, despite the fine nitrogenation bubbles running through the body. It's a shame, but mostly put down to the servers.
Nose has a savoury tone to it, like puff pastry. Some sweet lemon aromas and a hint of sulphur. It's fairly interesting at least, and it's probably matching its spec, but it's a bit light overall.
Taste is also a bit light on the front, with a fresh citrus character coalescing into a bitter lemon flavour on the mid-palate. Long cling on the back, more of that bitter citrus skin note along with a touch of sweet pastry. Finish is actually rather bitter—more than I expected. Feel is light.
Overall, it's not bad. It did a pretty decent job at what it was intending to do. It would have been more impressive with the head, which would have given it a visual cue as well, but as it stood, it was still one of the more solid entries in the Beer Mimics Food day.
76 / 100
Tried on-tap at the Quarrymans in Pyrmont during their Bacchus Takeover at Sydney Craft Beer Week. This is a witbier brewed with a proprietary blend of snake-oil... I mean, natural holistic spices and herbs or something called Kakadu Complex®, which includes Davidson plum, quandong, acai, rainforest lime, rosella, antioxidants, enzymes and bioflavanoids. Let's just forget we ever read that, shall we? Let's concentrate on the beer instead, which is actually very pleasant.
Pours a rose-pink salmon hue with solid wit-like hazing. Body is light but holds lots of big-bubbled carbonation. Head is a very pale pink, forming a solid foam across the glass. I love the colour: it's quite subtle but vibrant.
Nose is very good. Bright peach comes through with a rounded sweetness and a touch of banana or mangosteen. Tropical punch. There's a touch of acid to it as well giving a suggestion of unripe fruit. Not much in the way of spice, but otherwise very pleasant.
Light green apple on the entry with a hint of witbier yeast coming through. Banana and guava makes an appearance on the mid-palate giving a thick sweetness almost like vanilla custard. On the back a nutty note comes through, perhaps macadamia, before some sharper peachskin and carbonic notes come through. There's a little earthiness but still no witbier spice.
Feel is light but lingering as the flavours play out.
I would like some spice in it no doubt: it would cut through all the fruit characters a bit more. But it's pretty impressive nonetheless, with stacks of flavour that packs a punch. I really did like this beer a whole lot, despite the reservations I had.
62 / 100
So... interesting to find this here as a retired offering, since it was served at (and, apparently, brewed for) the GABS Festival in Melbourne, May 2013. At least, the one served at GABS has the same specs (incl. ABV) as this. So I'm guessing it was just a one-off revival.
Pours a straw colour, only slightly cloudy, when more would be OK for the style. White foamy head, retaining pretty well. Looksnice.
Smells like a wit. Loads of coriander with plenty of tangy orange as well. Some notes of cinnamon, star anise, clove and green pepper around the edges. Good witbier smell.
Taste is similar. Lots of candied orange particularly upfront before spice takes over midway and onto the back. Cinnamon and coriander that gets slightly astringent and leaves a slight bitter hang. Again, to style, and pretty decent.
Mouthfeel is slightly too fizzy, bit of carbonation shining through and I would have expected a bit more presence from the sediment.
Really surprising to find out it's 8.4% as it tastes and feels like a to-style wit. I guess, points for hiding the alcohol but at the same time I feel it should be bigger and more exciting for all of that. The main difference between this and a 5% wit is simply that this will get you drunk quicker.
62 / 100
Pours a pale straw witbier colour, cloudy with white foamy head. Looks nice.
Smells champagney, and dry, with fruity notes and plenty of spice. Apple/pear mix with a touch of cedar wood, oak and cinnamon. Not bad.
Chardonnay on the palate, or at least that buttery French oak character and a touch of tartness putting me in mind of grape skins. Bit of pepper, with cinnamon, clove and a good blend of banana and pear fruit on there as well. Dry overall though, which is a bit of a shame, but quite nice.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly full. Possibly bitty from all the cloudiness; slight touch of carbonation cuts through. Not bad.
Not a bad drop, but not quite Belgian, or particularly fruity. Decent enough.
70 / 100
Pours a straw colour, huge cloud to it. Basically looks like a witbier. Off-white head, medium thickness. Yeah, looks good.
Tangy nose. Lots of fruity hops with lemon and pineapple dominating. Possibly a touch of coriander and maybe some lime but it could just be a placebo effect.
Taste has a good malt base with a touch of corn to it; tang takes over midway with a big passion/pineapple new world hop flavour. Slightly citric, and then a decent wallop of coriander towards the back. It's mostly tangy and refreshing but a nice twist and kick with those other flavours.
Mouthfeel is slightly disappointing, fizzy and thin. Bit of malt presence saves it from feeling like a soft drink.
Very refreshing, tasty drop. More hoppy than wheat beer or Mexican-infused beer but I'm still a fan.
Pours a dark brown colour with beige head creating a nice crown of light brown foam. Retains pretty well. Looks nice.
Malty sweet on the nose with hints of chocolate plus decent spice phenols (+ actual spice, no doubt) - clove, licorice and star anise on there with a touch of banana. Pleasant enough but a little bit of a double-whammy with that roastiness and the usual witbier spice. Needs something to lighten it up more.
Lots of star anise on the palate. Hints of rye spice, clove, and licorice as well. A bit lacking in the chocolate or roastiness of the nose, maybe a touch of caramel malt but largely dominated by the spice. The spice also seems to be floating a bit as if there isn't quite enough malt base on there.
Decent body, nice enough texture.
A little thin on the palate. Nice flavours, but feels a bit lacking. Reminds me a bit of a fennel homebrew the Grifter boys shared at a brewshare a little while back. Good to see homebrewers being able to successfully upscale in this way, although I don't think this one entirely hits the spot.
75 / 100
On tap at the Black Tomato in Ottawa.
Pours a pale orange, very cloudy. Head is white but disappointing, just a thin rim. To style, but on the disappointing end for me.
Huge pungent smell of sweet citrus. Big orange notes, touch of musk, mint and tobacco. Tangy, sweet, well-grounded. I'm a fan.
Taste is orange, tangy, with some tangerine notes in there as well. Yeah, quite sweet upfront, gets tangy fruit juice notes on the back but maintains a good beery body start to finish. Tangy, fruity, yet beery. I'm still a fan.
Decent body, lot of sizzle from the carbonation though, a common flaw of this style to my mind.
Really on the refreshing side of witbiers, but it's the tastiest I've had for a while as well.
70 / 100
Pours a pale golden colour, very opaque. Head is white, small bubbles; nice lace that's clingy. Nice.
Smells funky, earthy. Touch of carraway/cardamom spice and barnyard, with a touch of sour apple and cinnamon. Tasty, pleasant melange.
Taste leans heavier on the spice. Bit tart upfront, touch of fruit, then slight astringent spice, with anise, fennel and black pepper. Slight anchovy savoury character to the funk that comes through late, and quite strong Belgian phenols. Would like the tartness to continue, and crisp up the end a bit. But nice otherwise.
Decent body, bit tingly and sedimenty.
Fairly to style brew once you taste it. Seemed more exciting but it's pretty standard, if well-made.
75 / 100
They term this a "Hoppy Wheat Beer with inspiration". The inspiration is zest, corn, coriander and other fresh taco ingredients. Tried on-tap at the GABS festival in Melbourne (and at least once since, although I can't recall where—it may have just been again on a later day of the festival).
Pours a very light golden colour with solid hazing. Body is light, but with a heft to it. Head is creamy and full and pure white. Lace forms in pleasant thick sheets with some bubbly elements. Carbonation is hidden in the haze.
Fragrant and bright on the nose: slightly herbal, but spicy as well—indeed perhaps some coriander, but also plenty of zesty citric hops. It's very vibrant and alive and does work very nicely.
Taste is also excellent. Light, crispy corn characters on the start would be out of place anywhere else, but here they're worked into the rest of the beer brilliantly: coriander, chilli and fragrance, which dance through with a slight mexican spiciness through to the back. This is crisp and mild and again fragrant with corn and coriander. Feel is light but bright—matching the rest of the palate.
This is a very refreshing beer, but also very different and with stacks of character. It absolutely delivered on its promise, and most of all, it's just good damn fun.
76 / 100
Tried on-tap at the GABS festival in Melbourne. This is styled a "Single Hop (Mosaic) Belgian Fruit (Orange) Witbier". Yup. I expect nothing less from the styles coming out of Red Duck.
Pours a pale, pale yellow colour, very light indeed with some hazing. Body weight is fluid and a little thin, topped with a full and foamy head of white. Lace is solid and streaky. Some carbonation.
Zesty entry on the nose. Lemon myrtle sweet-spicy-acidic characters, extremely bright and fresh. Orange peely witbier notes, with a spicy, herbal overtone. Lovely!
Light, clean and crisp on the entry to the palate. Wheaty pale malt and a touch of sweetness. The orange comes back again mid-palate, spicy and bright before moving to a piquant finish leavened with a zesty lemon character that stays bright. It fades a little towards the finish (at 4.2% this isn't surprising), but it stays exceedingly drinkable. For the same reason the feel is very light.
Overall though, this is a cracking beer, and potentially (and surprisingly) one of Red Duck's best. Supremely drinkable stuff: a beer of which I would be happy drinking many bottles.
75 / 100
Standard large Logsdon bottle purchased from Whole Foods SoMa in San Francisco. Carted back to Australia, where I shared it with @tobeerornottobe and @LaitueGonflable.
Very intense fizzing gush on opening, leaving a ery light burnished straw colour in the glass. Head is frothy and quite solid white but runs out of puff pretty quickly. Lace is fine and sudsy. Body is quite light letting large-bubbled carbonation run freely.
Nose is clean and sharp and with a peppery overtone. It's spicy, but I get the impression the spice is much to do with the yeast, and less to do with any actual spice addition. Under this is a clean, green vegetative character leading into a herbal note: perhaps a true suggestion of coriander. But it's different.
Smooth on the palate, more vegetal characters, more peppery, pithy and clean. It gets a bit soapy towards the back, maybe more of the coriander, or else the African equivalent. Slight aspirin fizz, some medicinal characters. Leafy, herbal and vegetative on the finish. It's quite pleasant.
Feel is a tad light. It works well enough, but it could use a little bit more.
Overall, though, it's very drinkable and pretty tasty. It has nice flavours, presented in a clean, bright package, but with enough twisty turns to keep things interesting.
59 / 100
Had on-tap at the GABS festival 2013 in Melbourne. This they call a "Black Rye Witbier", which made me a little dubious.
Pours an oily brown colour, with a slight haze to it. Body is light. Head is a solid but filmy coating of beige. Lacing is good and it leaves some static carbonation as it's tilted. Not bad.
Some spice on the nose, perhaps some pepper and nutmeg, with a slight estery banana character. It's a little rubbery as well, feeling at once slightly too thin and slightly too flabby. It's ok, though.
Light entry on the palate with some faint, slight aniseed spice like fresh fennel. More of those flaccid rubbery characters on the mid-palate, with a latex flavour coming in wide and flat. Finish drops out very quickly leaving very little on the back and an extremely light aftertaste. Feel is also pretty light and a little weak.
So I was worried this was just going to be messy, trying to bring all these characters together. In actual fact, it possibly errs on the other side: ending up a little bit too weak and light. It's ok, no doubt, and reasonably drinkable, but I feel like it needs something more, especially for a style that promises to be left-of-centre.
62 / 100
A cherry witbier based on the White Rabbit White. Brewed as part of a week of one-offs at the Little Creatures Dining Hall during Good Beer Week 2013.
Pours a pinkish orange colour, solidly hazed like the base witbier should be. Body is light and fluid. Head forms a fluffy pinkish white cloud and then disappears rather quickly. No lace, some light carbonation when tilted.
Medicine characters on the nose. Some acidity, some cherry skin. There are grassy tones as well, along with other fruity notes: perhaps peach and a bit of melon. Overall, it's a little weak, but it's not bad.
Light spritzy acid on the front of the palate, which develops into a more fruity tone as it goes along. Again, perhaps some cherry skin and a little peach. On the back the fruit sweetness drops out somewhat, leaving a pithy, peely character that's slightly vegetative. The finish is rather light and weak, with just a little seltzer acidity finishing it off.
Feel is spritzy but weak.
Overall, it's nice enough, but it either needs more acidity, more fruit or something to give it more body and character. As it is, it's a nice experiment though, and I'm pleased to see things like this coming out from White Rabbit, even as one-offs.
71 / 100
330ml brown bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Richmond.
Pours a mildly hazed straw-yellow colour, with a very fine, slightly foamy head of white that stays more persistently at the edges. Body is light, but the carbonation is fine and buoyant. Looks pretty good—a stronger head would help.
Nose is spicy and peppery: in fact lots of pepper, touches of freshly shaved wood with stacks of crushed coriander-seed spice. Some rounded yeasty notes give it a sweeter, broader character and a touch of the floral, but the spice is very pronounced and easily the main event. Powerful stuff.
Taste is a lot flatter, but it has a pleasant rosewater turkish delight character towards the back. The downside is that most of the spice present on the nose has disappeared by the end. It's more of the floral side: sweeter, flatter and more meandering and lazy. Feel is light and watery. Not badly matched with everything else, but it just accentuates that it's missing a bit of character by the end.
Overall, it's a decent witbier, with some interesting quirks. The flatness helps the drinkability, while the floral characters on the palate and the peppery notes on the nose help lift it above the mundane. Nice stuff.
41 / 100
Pours a cloudy pale golden colour. Head is whiteish, bubbly when poured, invisible after a while. Not a lot of lacing. Yeah, really very meh.
Smells a bit like smelly feet, but a lot of fruit to it as well. Decent orange peel note, touch of apple juice, some hazelnut character as well, maybe some chestnut. Fruity; not bad but nothing special.
Orange peel from the start, quite rich and fruity upfront that bulges in the middle and sadly goes away largely by the finish. Bit of a spicy, aniseedy note late-mid with a touch of bread yeast, then finish is a bit grainy, slight coriander spice but otherwise nothing, really. Leaves with a slight cola aftertaste. Has some witty elements but falls a bit short.
A bit of body to it, but there needn't be. Bit heavy and gluggy, finishes dry but also a bit thick.
Stylistically OK, but really didn't do much for me.
71 / 100
Pours a cloudy yellow colour, pale, bit of a greenish tinge with fine bead and, of course a lovely creamy nitro head. Good retention; looks great; textbook witbier but the nitro is real treat. I'm a sucker for nitro.
Fruity nose. Bananas and coconut dominate with earthy spice notes of coriander and white pepper and a hint of capsicum. Pretty decent, but standard wit mostly.
Taste is also pretty banana-y, with vanilla, some baked apple and nashi pear crispness. Coconut is not strong, maybe a hint of the pineapple on there though. Tangy, but overall still quite sweet and certainly not out of the realm of dessert beer. Still, less sweet than I expected but decent characters.
Nitro is always so smooth, but it also works really well here, softening some of the pointier spice flavours on the palate. More nitro wits, I say.
Quite impressed with this. Drinks like a wit but some interesting notes in there. Great job by Tweddell bringing Zumbo's vision to life.
71 / 100
Pours a pale golden colour with a saffron tinge. Cloudy with unfortunate floaties I couldn't quite avoid. Head is whispy white, decent lacing, but not amazing. Looks alright.
Smells very oaky, funky and fruity. Yeah, peach with apple overtones, and lots of French oak characters putting me in mind of a good young Chardonnay. Slight tart and vinegary undertone, with a bit of barnyard funk as well. Exciting, fresh and inviting. This beer's so inviting to me.
Taste is also very oaky - maybe too oaky? The oak really dominates here, with a flat, woody kind of flavour for the most part. Some nice peachy fruit comes through later, lifting the palate but it's overall quite dry and a bit one-note. Maybe some more malt would up the complexity and give some more body, although I do like the peach character later. It's nice.
Mouthfeel is, as I said, dry. Pay attention, would you? Not bad on the midway point but it really does dry out at the end.
I like this a lot more than I've let on, though. I like the funk and I like the oak. I've had a lot of beers that use either of these two things in more exciting ways, but there's certainly a lot to like in this beer.
Pours a very pale straw-gold colour, opaque haze throughout. Head is white, made up of large bubbles and settles out quickly. Decent.
Fruity upfront with lots of witty phenols coming through later. Banana, orange peel, pleasant complexity to it.
Slightly tart on the palate. Banana, citrus carry it through to the mid where the phenols take over and take it into spicy territory. Dry clove largely, with a touch of star anise. Pleasant wit note but nothing out of the ordinary, really.
Body is surprisingly thick for 5%, and sadly a little flat as well. Bit on the syrupy side for more and needs more texture.
A bit experimental but doesn't quite show through. Seems like a decent wit but doesn't quite deliver on its kiwi promise, and maybe ends up a bit too sweet without the kiwi flavour.
Pours an odd rose-coloured tinge, mostly pink. Slight cloud to it is good in a wit; white foamy head. Interesting colour, looks quite good.
Nose is quite a typical wit smell. Bit earthy and dry with fruit and spice notes. Slight tart berry character and a hint of clove and anise. Not bad.
Bit weak on the palate: some decent Belgian wit notes giving coriander seed and nutmeg, with a slightly tart berry note as well. Quite dry on the finish, doesn't really contribute anything exciting.
A little bland on the feel, quite flat. More carbonation could give this some zip, or more texture from the yeast/spice.
Yeah, I'm not really excited by the concept of a fruit witbier. A little bit unimpressive overall, just doesn't have anything outstanding.
330ml tall brown bottle purchased from Porters at Northwood, one of three I picked up from this brewery.
I can only assume from the description on the brewery's website that this is meant to be a witbier, although all my senses tell me otherwise. It starts out most certainly on the wrong foot, with the beer pouring a deep, murky beige-orange colour, possibly even too light for a hefeweizen, let alone a wit. It's cloudy at least when you disturb the sediment, and the head is monstrously frothy when poured—it settles down to a crackly fuzz on the top after a while. Some patches of clumpy lace. Overall, it looks way off style, and not very appealing at all.
Nose is tart and appley, with a jammy sweetness, and no hint of the purported coriander promised in the description. Dusty, slightly sweaty characters come through, along with a slight whiff of oxidation. This is really not good.
Taste is light and slightly metallic, with a vapid carbonation character filling the void of actual flavour. Again, there's a mild acidity to it, and a coppery aftertaste that clings and doesn't let go. The tingle of the carbonation on the back prickles the throat, reminding me of having recently vomited.
This is really bad stuff. It would be bad stuff even if it weren't supposed to be a witbier—that assertion is just laughable.
75 / 100
As part of Sydney Craft Beer Week's "Beer Mimics Food" theme, 4 Pines collaborated with four chefs and other foodies to create a series of Beer Mimics Food beers. This one was their collaboration with patissier Adriano Zumbo: a coconut and pineapple infused witbier brewed with lactose. Tried on nitro-tap at 4 Pines in Manly.
I'm not sure I've ever had a witbier on nitro before, but it suits it: a firmly hazed deep golden body gets crowned majestically by a very, very fine head of solid white, that leaves some sheeting, gluey lacing. It also stays remarkably flat and dormant: almost no carbonation is visible.
Coconut on the nose is immediately noticeable, with a hint of pineapple coming through, but much less dominant than the coconut. Some peppery characters work with some of the sweeter fragrances to almost give it a saison-like character. It's perhaps sharper and spicier than I was expecting, but it's solid stuff.
Pepper on the front palate, with a mild phenolic spice coming through. Later, some of the smoothness from the additional characters, and perhaps the lactose comes through, lending a creamy feel and some smoothness. The finish adds a bit more spice, with a strong Belgian yeast character, and we eventually get more of that pineapple and coconut—together they form a pretty funky finish.
Very smooth all over: the nitro certainly helps here.
Overall, this was a very drinkable brew. Moreover, it was quite interesting while still maintaining a semblance of the style it's based around. I was very impressed.
Bottle purchased for me by @epiclurk.
I swirled the bottle halfway through the pour, then emptied it down to the dregs in the glass, in finest witbier style. The result is a very cloudy, and very faintly pink-tinged pale gold, with a depth of colour slightly heavier than expected. Head fizzles itself out pretty quickly, leaving a ring of very fine white foam that leaves minimal patchy lacing. Overall, not bad, but not altogether that exciting.
Nose is very pleasant indeed. Very fresh and fragrant citrus comes forward nicely, with aromas of bergamot or lemon myrtle. Yes, there's a light spice to it as well from the coriander, which adds a little piquancy to the other sweeter citrus tones. Overall, very aromatic and pleasant stuff.
Taste is a bit more pedestrian. There's still that mild sweet citrus tone, but there's a thinness to the palate, which isn't helped by the lack of true body or sweetness in the beer. Unfortunately, there's also a mild bread yeast funk on the back as well, that dries out the palate and leaves a slightly unsavoury character. But, for 99% of the time it's in your mouth, your mouth will have a good time.
Overall, it's a pretty solid stab at the style, with just a few flaws. Get rid of the flaws and this is probably one of the best Aussie witbiers out there: it certainly has some very pleasant flavours.
Bottle from @LaitueGonflable.
Pours a hazed buy not particularly cloudy white-golden colour, with a frothy and fairly firm head of bubbly white. Minimal lacing, and very light body. Carbonation is fine. I like a little more heft to my wits, but this is decent enough.
Nose is flat and a little bit dusty. Some mild wheaty grain characters, and a touch of faint powdery citrus sharpness. There's a good deal of pretty heavy carbonation with it, however, which leaves a faintly carbonic, acidic overtone. It's ok, but I feel that at best it's generic, and at worst, it's dull and lifeless.
Taste is similar, although there's a pleasant clean nothingness to it for the most part. Mild pepper and a touch of cotton candy on the back gives it a smooth counterpointed finish, with a touch of mildly astringent curacao. Mostly it feels flat, unchallenging and pedestrian.
Yeah, it's a witbier. It's not a bad one, but it's pretty uninspired stuff. Bland and flat, without the pop and crackle I expect.
To be honest, I'm pretty surprised that NÃ¸gne Ã doesn't do a better witbier than this.
61 / 100
550ml bottle brought back from South Africa by my mum. Shared with @LaitueGonflable.
Pours a very cloudy pale (but perhaps not pale enough) golden hue. Frothy, bubbly white head. Light body. Head doesn't stay strong consistently, by the end it's a thin film. No lace. The haze is solid, otherwise it's a bit flat.
Nose is relatively bland and flat, but with a pleasant light sweet citrus from the peel. There's a bit of greenery, and an estery character that reminds me more of a German hef than a Belgian wit. Slight phenols and a touch of spice on the back. Not bad, but not great.
Taste is thin and reed, some spice, a bit of Belgian phenolic characters coming through on the back. There's a hint of apricot or peach to the aftertaste, which melds into a smooth, clean and peppery finish all up. It's not bad.
Feel is a little too thin: with the phenols it starts to feel a bit astringent.
Drinkable enough. To be honest, it's a bit bland, but it's not bad.
77 / 100
On-tap at Alibi Room in Vancouver, BC.
Pours a cloudy, pale golden colour, perhaps a bit dark for a wit. Sudsy white froth forms the head, but forms minimal corresponding lace. Light body. Not a bad look all up.
Mild and savoury on the nose, with a touch of wheaty acid rounded out with a subtle melon character. Green freshness comes through, but the smooth, lighlty sweet rounded characters dominate overall. Interesting.
Taste is similar. The watermelon is more pronounced, with a creamy twang coming through, fruity and ripe, but not artificial or candy-like. Wheat still dominant on the front, with some grainy notes on the middle, before the handover to the well-positioned melon. It's nice stuff.
Very refreshing. This is subtly done, and uses the watermelon as just another stroke in the larger picture. Very, very drinkable stuff from Parallel 49.
Witbier brewed with ginger. Had on-tap at Elysian in Seattle.
Pours a creamy lemon yellow hue, with pronounced and very full haze. Head is white and forms a firm if filmy ring. Looks very good, and very suitable for the style.
Nose is pungently weighted with ginger and not much else. There's a touch of citrus fragrance lurking underneath when you look for it, and a bit of earthiness, although that melds somewhat with the ginger.
Front is sweet and sour lemonade, before hints of pepper and coriander midpalate get BANG! steamrolled with ginger. Stacks and stacks of ginger. Ginger! Why all the ginger?? Finish has (you guessed it) ginger, with a rather dry bite.
Feel is light, and seems slightly over carbonated.
The ginger overpowers everything else in this beer, almost nullifying any other interest it might have. It becomes a powerful, one-note brew.
83 / 100
On-tap at Russian River in Santa Rosa.
Pours a fully hazed yellow-white hue, with a soft, light weight to the body. Head is full and solid, and so white that it's straining blue. Lace forms in patchy sheets. Looks good.
Nose is great: peppery with a touch of acid. Some Belgian yeastiness comes through giving it a roundness and supporting the spicy, zesty characters, but the tartness is very welcome. It's bright, clear and fresh. Lovely stuff.
Light, clear entry on the palate, before the peppery spice pops in again, giving a really fresh and fragrant flavour. The finish is rounded off with a touch of witbier yeast, slightly earthy, organic and rustic. This is the real deal. Feel has a touch of astringent bite, otherwise pretty light.
Supremely drinkable and lovely: this is one of the best witbiers I've had. Great job, RR.
75 / 100
Purchased grey-market from Platinum Liquor; but I suspect if there's any brewery that shouldn't worry too much about grey-market imports it's a Brettanomyces-heavy joint like Jolly Pumpkin. Age will not weary their beers.
Pours a pale straw colour with fluffy white head, sinks slowly without leaving a lot of lace. Decent cloud. Not bad.
Smells funky, quite saisony really. Mild sourness with a slight citric twang, but pretty organic and barnyardy really with Bretty acidity. Refreshing, though, and pleasant.
Taste is funky and sour from the get-go, with nice citric notes building with a touch of champagne, orange peel and some sultanas. Dries up a lot towards the back, with a mild puckering sensation. Crisp and refreshing, with not a huge amount of flavour but plenty of interest and a nice mix of acidity and bitterness. Generally and expectedly interesting take on the white beer style.
A bit puckering, but padded well enough, doesn't sharpen too much. Not bad, quite a presence.
Pleasant beer, interesting take on the style. Not too exciting but nice.
78 / 100
On-tap at the GABS festival in Melbourne.
Pours an almost opaque lemon-juice colour with a solid white head of firm foam. Not a lot of lace noticeable, but the body is quite light. Looks good for what it is.
Big and fragrant on the nose, however, with really pleasant genuine Belgian witbier characters, giving a fresh soapy aroma. Hints of bright fruit (although no Kiwifruit), with curacao coming through nicely. Not as spicy as some witbiers, but otherwise quite pleasant.
Taste is similar to the nose, except for the addition of the texture, which is pleasantly creamy and smoothâit's a little odd, sitting under the soapy notes and the round yeast Belgian esters, but it works. On the finish comes some spice, finally, giving a crisp, slightly prickly astringency.
Smooth feel, with just the hint of acid coming through (perhaps the kiwifruit? Finally?)
Overall, a very nice drop, and much better than I expected it was going to be.
56 / 100
Witbier brewed with New Zealand Karaka berries. Tried on-tap at the GABS festival in Melbourne.
Pours a pale pink colour, the hue of watermelon flesh. Very hazy body, with quite a light weight. Head is white and filmy, which leaves som light rings. Looks pretty good, overall.
Pretty mild aroma, but some interesting characters to it: light berry tartness, with an aroma somewhere between raspberries and cranberries, and a slightly spicy witbier astringency. Not bad, if not very potent.
Taste is a disappointment. Mild entry, with a sharpness from the wheat, which continues into a clean sweetness on the mid-palate. Crisp finish, but little hint of the berries apart from the aroma. Very light feel.
Eh. It's not bad, but it's really not all that exciting. It has some pleasant characters, but is also missing depth and complexity.
71 / 100
Pours a hazy, but surprisingly clear pale yellow colour. Head is frothy, voluminous and perfectly white. Some sprightly carbonation through the body. No lace left behind on the glass. Light body. Looks like a decent craft pale lager, but not much like a witbier.
Nose is sprightly and vivaction. It's light and fresh with a touch of acidity. Some sharpness, and a bit of soft citrus. There are some spicy notes as well, which tends almost to a type of barnyard funk. As expected, it's a slightly funky witbier.
Taste is light and refreshing, but ultimately quite thin and flat. Some funk and a touch of acidity, like a single shot through the centre of the palate. Some metallic crispness on the back. Very light in flavour and body.
Overall, despite (and because of) its lightness, it's very refreshing and very sessionable. In fact, I'd be really happy drinking this as my regular go-to beer.
45 / 100
Served to me blind by @LaitueGonflable. It took me a while to guess it was a witbier, which is not a good sign. The scores and comments reflect when I was unaware of what style it was meant to be.
Pours a slightly hazy, pleasant golden hue, with a fine film of white across the top of the glass. Some patchy lace and a surprising heft to the body means it stays around. Fine carbonation. Looks pretty good, overall.
Nose is mellow and slightly grainy, with the suggestion of sweetness. Slight almost-funk to it, giving it a touch of hay and barnyard, and perhaps a little acidity. It has a horsey, husky character that smells a little reminiscent of a rice lager as well. Not huge, but it's not unpleasant.
Taste is flat and a little empty, with a twinge of brusque bitterness on the back, that echoes a little like aluminium foil. Mostly light, but relatively clean and bright. It's not going to win anyone over in the flavour department, but it's not unpleasant.
Yeah, it's pretty dull, but it's smooth and quite drinkable. Could use a little more crispness, but there's a place for a mellow, smooth but tasteless beer as well.
76 / 100
Pours a very pale straw colour with white head, sparse and dissipating to leave a thin crown behind. Lace is thick and lovely. Looks good.
Smells really lovely, great brett influence here but just a nice vanilla sweetness as well. Hints of sweet orange, passionfruit and lime. Lovely sour notes take over but never dominate with any astringency, it's mild and refreshing in character. This is the sort of smell that could get non-believers into sour beer.
Taste is lovely as well. Sour, but with a funky barnyard flavour to it. Sweet vanilla underlying it with a touch of caramel malt and then taken over midway with those slightly off sour flavours - brett gives barnyard, wet lucerne and a potato starch kind of flavour. Hint of orange and sponge cake and underripe berries. Bit weird for sure, but very refreshing.
Body is alright, gets quite sharp from the wild yeast at the back. A bit too dry maybe, some more body would prop it up.
Nice, challenging beer, but also refreshing. Lots to like in this.
42 / 100
Picked up from the bargain singles lot at Whole Foods in Los Altos, CA.
Pours a bright golden colour, with a suitable haze and pleasant chunks of sediment. Head is firm and creamy, with a nice lace sheeting to it. Body is light, and there's minimal carbonation, but both those things are pretty good examples of the style. Looks good.
Hahaha. Sorry, can't help but laugh, because the nose reeks almost exactly of toilet sanitiser, the pink and blue blocks you get in a men's urinal. It's fresh and cleansing in a way, but also harsh and chemical. And it reminds you just perfectly of the aroma of urine that's never quite covered up by the smell of the cakes. Very little else to it. I don't know how to rate that.
Taste is, unfortunately, just bland and empty. Smooth entry, with a touch of wheatiness to it, but no spice, no bite, no crispness; almost no flavour. It just comes across and smooth, and extremely light, with very little to offer. Feel is not bad, and would be good if the beer were more flavoursome.
It's a shame in some ways. It's not a good witbier by any stretch of the imagination, but they have managed to get some characters right that are hard to doâthe feel is light but quite creamy, the head is full but fine while the body reamins light and drinkable. But it's like they forgot to put any flavour inâit's more disappointing because I feel like they could have brewed a good witbier if they wanted to.
69 / 100
Pours a pale gold colour, mild haze but not very cloudy. Head is white and too generous, but sinking progressively leaving some trails of fluffy lace. Not bad at all.
Smells very fruity with a good belt of spicy Belgian yeast. Granny Smith apple and apricot on there with some citric notes, coriander and white pepper. A bit tannic, though, and could use more grounding or sweetness. There's a bit acidic belt mostly.
Taste is quite decent. Tangy for the most part with plenty of fruit - apple, pear and marmaladey orange notes later. Manages to carry the whole palate through to a fairly fresh, tart finish where it is joined by complementary spice notes - white pepper, coriander, cinnamon and a touch of fresh clove late. Really quite a pleasant springtime fruit pie flavour to this beer: nice freshness but sweetness in equal measure.
Bit too sizzly on the feel, quite a carbolic burn as it does down. Could use more body.
Good witbier. It extracts the best out of its simple flavour premise.
70 / 100
Pours a very pale straw colour with light haze. Head is a whispy cloud of white bubbles. Thin lace. Looks thin but OK.
Smell is nearly all hops. Hint of candied orange peel with some tangy wheat but mostly citric, with mildly resinous hoppiness. Wood, sap and lemon zest. Quite enjoyable.
Taste is fruity, light and pleasant; and yet complex. Orange/lemon compete on the front, with some tart wheat notes and light vinous character drying up. Touch of sweet white wine and then finish is all hops but lightly so, they just pop up at the end to cleanse with floral citric bitterness. No hang. Light, but very enjoyable.
Light, uninteresting body. Doesn't need much since the flavour is all there, but really there's not much at all.
Good wit, good beer.
61 / 100
Had on tap at the brewery 16/08/11.
Pours a translucent pale straw colour, with not a lot of light penetrating. Head is white and whispy but fair density to it. Nice lace, not bad.
Smells tangy, plenty of orange with a hint of tartness, but mostly sweet. Touch of strawberry to it and maybe some clove. Decent wit, but a bit too sweet.
Taste is very refreshing. Tang upfront with light lemon notes develops into a mid-palate with lots of sweet dried orange peel and a hint of coriander. Touch of dried ginger on the back provides mild spice which dries up the palate fairly nicely. Not bad but ultimately it's just a wit.
Sizzly mouthfeel. Body is a bit thin so the carbonation shows through too much. could tone down that carbonation a bit.
Decent wit, pretty pedestrian. Certainly a good drinkin' beer.
83 / 100
Poured, swirled, poured, swirled, poured into the glass to extract as much of the yeasty goodness as possible. My reward is indeed and immensely cloudy and opaque beer, light straw yellow in colour, with a filmy and fine-bubbled white head. Carbonation streams in tiny bubbles up the edge of the glass, and the body looks like it's got some pleasant heft to it. The colour is slightly dull, but otherwise it's a great looking wit.
Nose is lovely, with sweet orange and lilting pepper spice and a smooth almost creamy vanilla undertone that is cut and set off by the citric twang. Round Belgian yeast complements everything and connects it all together. An absolutely superlative witbier nose. Quite marvellous.
Taste is also good, but lighter, as it should be. Here the creaminess disappears, leaving a rather crisp and very light-bodied affair, laced with spicy orange and a touch of bicarbonate. Mouthfeel is light and ephemeral, leaving little in its passing but refreshment.
Exceptionally good witbier, and indeed one of the pinnacles of the style. Refreshing, fragrant, crisp and drinkable. You can't ask for anything more.
On-tap at the Local Taphouse in Sydney's Mikkeller Tap Takeover.
Pours very clear, and quite dark for a wit, with very minimal head, just a ring of suds around the edge of the glass. Body looks very light, but it holds what little carbonation is there very heavily contained in the body. Looks pretty poor, to be honest.
Nose is an entirely different story, and a rather bizarre experience. Ripping sharp fruit character right from the start, with preserved lemon and green peach coming through strongly. Quite floral, sharp and rather sweet. It smells like wandering through the tropical fruit section of the market.
Taste is clear and crisp, with a good dose of that sharp fruitiness through the centre. Body is certainly lacking, and there's not enough to support very much, but the fragrance of the peach and lemon comes through nicely enough.
Very decent beer. Very light and refreshing, with some fragrant characters that don't overwhelm the palate. Not bad.
When I ordered this, I was suitably confused about where it was actually from. The bottle stated that it was brewed at Van Teenberge for "Celis Europe", but then spent most of its time talking about Austin, Texas. Interesting pedigree. Drank at Cambrinus in Bruges on a very hot day outside. Witbier was the charm.
Poured half, swirled, and poured the other half. My efforts result in chunks of sediment floating in a very cloudy, opaque lemon-juice yellow colour. Head is fine and full, although collapsing in the humidity after a while. Lace is patchy. Looks pretty good for a wit. I'm not sure I've had a cloudier or more sediment-riddled one at least.
Nose is fruity and citrussy, with sweet orange and marmalade dominant. Some apricot comes through as well, and although there are some light yeasty phenols, there's minimum true spice. Not bad, but very light on, though.
Taste is sweet, with floral honey characters and flavours of dried apricots. Finish is clean and dry, with a hint of yeast and a slight musty bite. The crisp finish is refreshing on such a day, but it didn't have much of the citrus or spice I'd like in the style.
Not a bad wit, and a slight deviation from the style, which I take as a positive thing. Perhaps a little too sweet, and lacking some complexity, but it ends up a pretty refreshing brew, nonetheless.
Had on tap at the brewery 09/07/11.
Pours a very pale straw colour, extreme opaqueness to it with virtually no light penetrating that thick haze. Head is small due to the pour. White ring of lace. Looks OK.
Nice tang on the nose, very orangey and fruity with a hint of spice at the back. Cinnamon, clove and hint of lemon as well. Not quite the heights of spice I would like but decent wit smell.
Taste is OK to begin with. Orange tang on there, fairly sweet and fruity towards the mid where the yeast takes over. Slight bitterness but a bit bready towards the back. Citrus returns for the finish with some sweet orange esters in there, but it could use more spice to make it finish on a more interesting note. It's clean, but ultimately a bit bland.
Drinks OK, bit of fizz and nice and full, not a lot to it though.
Decent wit but nothing more than that. Could do more with the basics and jazz up the style a bit, but really it's just another average wit in a burgeoning crowd of them.
Purchased from Drinks of the World in ZÃ¼rich at the recommendation of @headlessclown.
Pours rather hazed, but not particularly cloudyâa very very pale white-yellow colour, with a gauzy head of white bubbles. Lacing crystallises on the outside of the glass, staying rather persistently where it touches, but in a rather half-hearted manner. Not a bad look, but I'd like a bigger and more billowy head.
Nose is mild, but clean, with traditional Belgian witbier characters of spice and citrus. Where this falls down is with a touch too much acidity and a touch too much noticeable grain. It gives it almost a whiff of the pilsener to it, and it detracts from the smooth spice.
Ooh, and the palate very truly suffers from the excessive grain. Here, the pilsener character comes through, not only with a husky character, but also with a rather surprisingly robust hop character. To be honest, the hop character, while it doesn't fit in the style at all, mixes rather pleasantly with the citrus flavours to give a bite that is not unpleasant. It's an unusual choice, but it works. Still, a shame about that grain.
It's surprisingly tasty once you wrap your head around it. Call it a "biÃ¨re blanche avec houblon", if you will, and drink it for what it is.
80 / 100
Tried on-tap at the Local Taphouse in Darlinghurst during the Kiwi SpecTapular.
Pours a hazed, deep golden colour, with a fine film of head on the top. Lacing is pretty decent, forming thick patterns down the glass. Very fine carbonation, and an extremely languid bead. Looks great.
Nose is unique and very exciting. Fresh sweet citrus characters blend juicily with a vanilla orchid note and a pungent character of lavender. It's a weird combination, but gorgeously unique, and it works beautifully.
Milder on the palate, but with very similar characteristics. Fresh vanilla, smooth but buoyant floral notes, limey citrus and sweet pastry. Only a light body to support it, but these are all rather subtle flavours. It's smooth and fresh. Lovely.
A great brew, and a stylistically challenging, but very flavoursome witbier. I look forward to trying others from the Mussel Inn.
71 / 100
Pours a pale gold colour with a light haze. Head is dense, off-white, nice retention with sticky lace. Looking good.
Smell is very curious. Very, very woody with a real sawdust aroma, largely just fresh pine furniture, resin and sap. Slight tart Belgian spice lingering at the back. Very nice and interesting.
Taste is slightly less successful. Starts tart with floral notes, then develops that woody sawdust character that is actually very sweet on the back, with a reall sharp resinous note to the finish. Not bad, but could use more Belgian character, as the wood and consequent sweetness tend to dominate a bit too much.
Feel is sparkly, quite full. A bit dry on the back; decent.
Yeah, a great attempt at an odd beer. Not entirely successful, but I'm very happy to have drunk it.
86 / 100
Pours a cloudy pale orange-tinged straw colour with white head, quite dense with good retention. Lace is quite nice also. Yeah, good wit.
Fruity, mostly, with lots of candied orange peel and plenty of pepper to balance. Capsicaian, black pepper to the max. Yeah really spicy, fruity. Quite delish.
Taste is very sweet with nice citric twang, develops a very spicy peppery mid-to-late palate, lots of black & green peppercorns, star anise. But yeah very spicy without being overblown, just noticeable and exciting to the palate.
Quite a full body, with a drying character. Pleasant, slightly boozey though.
Every so often a beer comes along that reinvigorates a style, or a brewery. This does just that with the witbier. Admittedly it's not a traditional example of the style, rather it's an insanely great twist on those classic wit characters, with all the fruity, spicy and refreshing notes simply amped up but kept in an ideal balance. A bloody great beer.
86 / 100
I tried this long ago when it was available in Sydney briefly, but for some reason, neglected to review it. Here it is again, the remnants of the Feral Tap Takeover at the Local Taphouse in Darlinghurst, and this time I won't miss the opportunity.
Pours a cloudy, but rather deep golden colour, hazed appropriately, with a creamy and rather viscous and sheened head of white. Lacing is full, sheeting and solid. Looks the business.
Nose is spicy and sharp, with cracked white pepper dominant from the first whiff. Later, subtler characters of lemon curd and liquorice come through, but pepper is the main event. It's unusual, but it works so beautifully. The peppery spice is even oddly refreshing.
Taste is also strong on the spice, with pepper noticeable in the flavour, but not the bite or the heat. Slight bushy eucalyptus comes through along with a refreshing zest of lemon. It's unusual, but again, so well done.
I think it has become a better or more refined beer than last time I had it as wellâthen, I remember the anise dominating almost to the detriment of everything else. Now, this is clean, spicy, refreshing and cleansing: it's everything a witbier should be while also being completely wack, off-style and crazy.
Feral, you mad bastards.
70 / 100
Pours a cloudy, translucent pale gold with lots of protein-rich chunks at the base. Head is snowy-white, dense and even; retaining nicely. Seems to be a strong bead, although not very visible in the glass it's feeding the head nicely. Not a lot of lace, although what's left is nice.
Smells quite organic, with a vegetable earthiness pervading. Aromas poke out from the sides, including fresh apple and pineapple, lemon zest, some rubber and caramel. A little on the funky bitter side but otherwise smells pleasant and refreshing.
Taste is fairly funky and organic for the most part. A hit of steamed greens upfront with a touch of capsicaian that develops into a fresher, tangy citric flavour midway, touch of green apple and mild banana, while the slight rubbery bitterness reaches its apex here as well; a fairly strong flavour that provides a funky finish. Trails off very nicely though, longish finish that fades to a tangy citrus aftertaste that leaves one quite refreshed. Largely simple, almost underplayed palate, that dances with some funky flavours to create a nice overall rhythm.
Bit too much sizzle though, especially on the mid-palate. Almost creates a slight puckering effect which belies its otherwise smooth, refreshing flavours.
Good witbier, nice organic flavours underlying an otherwise mild, tangy palate.
Pours a pale mustard colour, off-white dense head sunks to a whispy cloud. Lace consists of mildly sticky trails, opaque body with massive haze. Light trails of bead are visible through the murkiness. Good witbier look.
Smells very fruity; slight Belgian tart character with genuine orange aroma on there. Very citric with an underlying touch of fresh-cut grass, touch of lucerne and sage as well. Pretty decent aroma and good for the style.
Taste is predominantly grainy actually. Lots of slightly tart wheat notes creating grainy flavour that is a bit too dominant for the most part. It's not 'til late-mid that I get some mild orange peel notes with mild bitterness from the Belgian-style yeast. Grain returns late with some husky flavours, slightly bready as well. Not a bad wit, but could amp up the fruit and downplay the grain a bit more.
Bit of a texture body, slightly chewy with light carbonation tingle. Decent, yeah.
A decent wit, but not a spectacular beer overall.
39 / 100
Pours a pale gold colour, slightly cloudy but allowing some light through. Head is off-white, modest when poured and sinks to a thin cloud of foam with some trails of lace around the edges. Pretty nice.
Smells quite tart and funky with an almost acrid intensity. Lots of vinegar on that with a large salty character and a slight sweaty-sock funk as well. Some bready grain hiding at the back, plus a higher note of cinnamon and star anise; these are the only pleasant aroma in an otherwise rank - if intriguing - bouquet.
Taste doesn't have a whole heap going on. Watery assault with hints of weak citrus and some forced carbonation flavour, just drops off for a bland and tasteless mid-palate. The only real flavour of which to sepak comes on the finish and it's still bland, just sticky adjunct grain, cornbread and yeast. Not enough to be cloying, but it's very uninteresting.
Fair body but then where's the flavour, if the body is decent? Not enough body to cover the carbonation sizzle and leaves very dry. Not a big fan.
An inoffensive drop, but a big wow on the boring factor. Fuck you I'm being oxymoronic. Your mother's an oxymoron.
Pours a pale translucent golden, bit more metallic in colour; not as pale as i expect from a wit. Slow bead and very, very light haze in body. Head is white, modest; retaining a decent crown & decent lace but yeah a paler colour and more cloud would be welcome.
Smells decently wit-ish: lots of orange peel on the nose, plenty fruity with lemon notes, a touch of candy and some bubblegum. Some spice aroma would get me excited, but otherwise all is there that should be.
Taste is also decent. Plenty of wit esters on the assault: citrus notes with orange/lemon and a touch of banana, some vanilla characters that are slightly too sweet and get stronger towards the mid, giving me an almost sugary mid-palate which is unfortunate. Phenolic yeast then takes over for the finish, but malt isn't there for a helping hand, hints of spice and medicine, but nothing really to balance. Slightly peppery but mostly a flat back palate where the body just dips srverely. Decent wit, but lacking that wow factor in a big way.
Overly fizzy on the front and yeah, lacking on the back. Not a fan.
They mostly hit the mark here but fail in some key areas. Drinkable though.
73 / 100
On-tap at the Local Taphouse as part of the SpecTapular event. Brewed by Doc on-premises at the Australian Brewery in Rouse Hill.
Pours a pleasantly thick and very cloudy white. Head is fine and pure. Minimal lace, but a lovely light and bright colour. Looks like lemon juice. Fantastic looking witbier.
Lovely citrus zest and spice on the nose. Crushed lemon myrtle comes through, but it's just about the only character--very light otherwise, so the zesty citrus tends to dominate--but it's a lovely character in a wit. Would just love a bit more spice as well.
More fresh and zesty citrus on the palate that dominates almost everything else. Sweet, with a hint of astringency in the back, maybe a slight pithy character. It ends up tasting a lot like lemon-meringue pie. Very pleasant. Feel is very suitable.
It's a bit of a one-trick pone, but it works very nicely. Nice zest, which is a lovely character in a witbier. The single dominant character gets a little tiresome after a while, but it's a good drinking summer beer.
60 / 100
Pours a very pale saffron colour, opaque cloud all the way through. Head is decent, quite dense but sunk to a thin film, with a ring of white dense lace around the edge. Intriguing; quite good.
Smells very tangy with huge orange sherbet notes coming off that, slightly salty on the edge as well, with an overall effect of preserved lemon. A touch of musk provides some welcome sweetness, but not enough to cover the slightly savoury aroma.
Taste is different in the right place, but in fact it's a bit weak and lacks a lot of the character of the nose. Slight biscuity malt on the front develops fruity esters towards the mid-palate with slight lemon and orange jostling for supremacy. Gets some phenolic notes towards the back, with a touch of medicine and maybe some mild peppery spice. Underlying it all is an insipid sweetness. Not a bad flavour, but I'm not hugely impressed.
Full enough body with a bit of sizzle at the back; not a bad texture for the style.
Drinkable, yeah. A strong wit, maybe, but a double wit? I'd expect that to be far bigger and bolder than this. This is enjoyable though.
Special release bottle split with @tobeerornottobe and @LaitueGonflable.
Pours a very clear and very lagery looking golden hue, with a filmy but fine head of white foam. Steady streaking lacing of white, but this just adds to the appearance of a lager. Body has some heft to it, which is pleasant, and leaves some good static carbonation.
Nose is grainy and soft, with a little adjunct sweetness, and a slight Belgian-style whiff of baked beans. Not a lot of fragrant buoyancy, and no spice or acidity like I expect from a witbier, so it's definitely off stylistically. Just seems rather mediocre to me.
Taste is similar, or worse. Very bland lagery grain character through the most part, imparting a floury bread-yeast note to finish. Very light bodied, despite the appearance of heft, and there's not much depth to it at all.
No, not a lot going for this. It really doesn't manage to struggle above its genesis as a pale euro lager. While it's probably cleaner and a little more interesting than most, calling this a witbier is a genuine stretch.
Had on tap at the New Sydney Hotel in Hobart.
Pours a cloudy but bright pale lemon colour. Head is pure white, but with quite a frothy bubble to it. Lacing forms in honeycombed patterns crusting down the side of the glass. Looks decent.
Slight wheat acidity on the nose, but that's about as close as it gets to proper witbier territory. Some sweetness, a bit of armpit and a slight twinge of organic freshness, but it's very light. No spice, no depth.
Taste is also very light. Sweet graininess on the back makes the whole beer taste both hopless and spiceless. Carbonic acidity on the back just froths the palate, even though it's empty. Some wheaty grain, and an almost Pride of Ringwood sting. Eh.
Feel is light and empty.
Drinkable enough in its way, but it feels too sweet without any spice or anything to cut it back.
42 / 100
Pours a very pale straw colour, translucent champagney-look but with big frothy head sunk to a modest white crown, but dense. Leaves massive clumps of lace. Champagne with head? That's what I'm talking aboot. Seriously though, looks great.
Very tangy on the nose. Big native bush plant smell, lemon myrtle I guess but with candied orange peel as well. Slight aniseed astringency on the back, and maybe a touch of Belgian-style funk. Interesting, and quite nice.
Yecccch! Taste has none of the appealing characters of the nose. Starts with a meak citrus character, quite artificial really with none of the intriguing tang from the aroma, with a touch of nectar, then gets quite watery towards the mid and back. Develops some native herb flavours but washed away on a tide of blandness, with a touch of bready grain late-mid. Finish has an unusual and unpleasant taste of raw potato on it. Bland, overall, grainy and bland-citrussy, really quite unimpressed with this.
Foams up quite well in the mouth to add some texture but the body is not full enough to add any interest to a bland palate. Not too bad but certainly not good.
Yeah, well if it's bland, it's inoffensive, right? But I wouldn't drink a lot.
71 / 100
Pours a cloudy, particle-suspended pale gold with a modest head of off-white lace, slightly whispy with some arcs left on the glass. Still body, with no bead and almost a wobbly viscosity. Interesting, not amazingly enticing.
Smells quite rich and malty, with a slight vinous sourness to it and a fair amount of apricot and ginger. Slight fresh fruit note, not quite acidic but yeah, Belgian and fairly sweet. Quite nice.
Taste is quite sweet overall; lots of fruit and a fortified wine thickness to it. Apricot flavours, guava and a slight candied orange flavour on there, with a nice airy freshness on the mid followed by mildly spicy finish, ginger and a drop or two of white peppery yeast. Nice Belgian flavours really, not overblown phenolics and sweet and tasty for the most part.
Mouthfeel is fairly thick, as I was expecting. Bit of heat as it goes down, bit of dryness as well. Fair enough for the style but not a wonderful blend of textures, more of a clash.
Yeah, reasonably tasty drop. Hot-ish, but it handles it all quite well.
All prejudices aside, it's good that Carlton are making an attempt at brewing more flavoursome beers.
Pours an opaque pale straw colour. Head is very modest, white lace is OK but not very sticky. Looks like a typical wit except a disappointing lack of head and lace. Not bad though.
Smells grainy, blah, quite adjunct lagery actually with weak white bread grains and yeast. Smells like an adjunct lager with no twist. Spice? Orange? You're welcome to show up at any point you're comfortable... No? Oh, i forgot. CUB brewed you, i understand. The machine broke down in between 'Pour water in here' and 'how much shall we spend on marketing this beer' and skipped the 'add actual ingredients now' step entirely.
Taste is similar, lack of nuance. Sour, weak grain on the front, with a plain pale note running throughout. Maybe a slight hint of orange peel on the late-mid but I might be being generous. Weak, meekly tart. Bland actually, with sweet grain notes and a slight fruit acid that could come from any source. I'll give it credit in that I've never tasted a Carlton beer with this much grain character and this little chemical flavour. But for an ostensibly good experiment, white lager brewed as a Belgian wit, I'm not getting any interesting character from that. I'm getting a CUB beer.
Fizzy, harsh on the mouthfeel. Thin. Rubbish. Is my tolerance going down or are these mass-produced beers getting worse??
Yeah, I guess it's not offensive, but it's sour and bland, but not tart enough to be interesting. Piss-weak effort.
Purchased in California and brought back to Australia. Shared with @tobeerornottobe and @LaitueGonflable.
Pours a slightly hazed, but surprisingly deep yellow, and certainly not opaque enough for a witbier, with a little floating sediment, and a filmy head of white that doesn't retain at all. Lacing is spotty and sudsy, but sticks around enough for what it is. Body looks quite heavy. Looks decent enough, but not enough like a witbier, even for a heavy witbier.
Yeasty and slightly citric on the nose, quite sharp and fresh, which is rather pleasant and surprising. A bit of aldehyde chemical nose-stripping booziness to it, but not enough to be offensive. It just accentuates the light orangey citrus and sharp Belgian yeast notes. Nice.
Taste is smoother than I expected, and the booze is far removed on the palate. Almost gets sweet notes to it, and an earthily organic, almost meaty character from the yeast. Still, the lack of sharpness or acidity actually detracts from it, both generally and stylistically. Feel is very smooth. Would be good with more twang on the palate.
A bit too sweet, eventually, which is surprising considering the nose suggested a good deal of booze and astringency. Needs something to cut through the heaviness on the palate, and even those two characters would have helped. Good otherwise.
57 / 100
Opens with a compact vzzt of carbonation, and pours a hazed yellow with a thick styrofoam white head and lots of crisp and vibrant carbonation, seeded from many points on the glass. Sediment is tight and compact, so resists being swirled into the beer. Pretty good look for a wit despite this, however.
Nose is rife with acidity, mostly from the carbonation though, giving that sprightly seltzer character. Some mild citrus leaf comes through as well, but very little spice or uplift. Pretty mild, and missing some key characters.
Taste is very light, almost stylistically apathetic. Very light entry followed by a medicinal astringency, with some phenolic and metallic notes. No lift, no roundness, no true witbier spice characters. All up, it's very disappointing on the palate. Mouthfeel is quite smooth and rounded, which is pleasant, but it doesn't have much to work with.
A disappointment. This is really missing some of the pleasant lilting spice and the round mellow characters you can get with a witbier. It's light and drinkable enough, but it also feels very flat. Not a good example of the style.
59 / 100
Pours quite a dark orange-yellow colour with a filmy but fine white head. The colour is very dark for a witbier, but perhaps they didn't realise the Flemish translation of "wit". Hazy but not cloudy, not a great look for a witbier overall.
Nose is pleasant. Cinnamon bread on the nose, with decent orange blossom characters as well. Minimal spice apart from the sweet cinnamon. Fragrant and pleasant at least but missing some of the classic characters.
Taste is similar. Pleasant cinnamon sweetness, with a light citrus rind undertone. Light butter rounds out the palate with a smooth sweet finish. Very light feel, but the characters work OK with the thinness.
Not a bad brew, and quite pleasantly drinkable all up. Smooth and clear, with pleasant, if not classic characters. Worth a try.
62 / 100
Pours a very pale straw colour, very light haze but otherwise clear. Hypnotic flow of bubbles up the glass towards a head that was overblown when first poured, but sinking quite steadily and unevenly. Leaves a few clumps of snowy lace around. Would like more haze, less head, but otherwise decent.
Nose is intriguingly fruity. Quite tart it seems at first, but there's a fair amount of juicy aroma to it. I'm getting apple, pear, and some white grape notes coupled with the more predictable candied orange aroma. Still a touch of tartness makes it seem refreshing, and an underlying whiff of smooth honey adds sweetness. Pretty nice.
Taste is a bit simple for the most part. Starts out sweet, with a slight grainy note and that underlying honey sweetness again. Doesn't evolve much towards the mid-palate, although maybe a touch or two of that apple/pear fruity flavour but not a lot. Finish is where it 'all' happens, with slight spicy piquancy, a hint of white peppercorn and some coriander around the edge, a slight woody taste to boot. Leans very slightly too much towards savoury on the back, leading this a bit off the drinkable path. The honey undertone carries through but is too subtle to affect the finishing balance.
Mouthfeel has a great texture though. Surprisingly full body for the ABV, and a gentle bubbly texture with slight prickly finish. Suits the piquant finish and sweet start both very well.
Not a terrible beer by any stretch of the imagination, but it's uninspiringly mild.
71 / 100
Poured with a swirl half-way, Hoegaarden style -- still, the yeast cake seems resolutely stuck to the bottom of the bottle. Fortunately, it's still a cloudy pleasant body; very pale straw yellow coloured, just deepening to a hint of orange in the thicker portion of the glass. Head is a magnificent frothy meringe of white. Lacing is sudsy. Looks every bit the good witbier.
Nose is sweet, citric and candy like. Big hints of orange rind and lemon sherbet, with a little acidity which renders it a little like oaked chardonnay. Not a huge nose, and it lacks the spicy and herbal coriander notes of the best examples, but it's not bad.
Taste is muted, but still it has that pleasant sweet citrus character throughout. Extremely clear and clean and fresh, giving everything up for a smooth, drinkable palate. True, it's missing some big, cranky and fragrant characters of the best wits, but it sure puts together something clean and refreshing.
I think this beer captures the philosophy of a wit rather well, if not its full spectrum. The style is meant to be refreshing, drinkable, slightly acidic and extremely clean. This does a good job there. If it lacks a little something I think it can be forgiven. I prefer my wits to err on the side of refreshing drinkability than on the side of robust experimentation.
This is a very pleasant beer, well made and with purpose. I can definitely see it becoming part of my regular rotation.
Pours a pale translucent canary colour with positivie - if uninspiring - head; steady trickle of champagnesque bubbles keeps it alive from below. Nice murk in the body and an interesting spectrum to 'clear' at the base. I think serving this in a champagne glass was a good idea.
Nose is very pleasantly tart, with a good refreshing tingle to it. Lots of orange and lemon notes, slightly candied with hints of green grapes and apricot jam as well. Spice is vaguely noticeable, slightly peppery, no distinct coriander. Very Belgian smell though, tasty.
Taste is a little bit lacklustre. Well, it's not bad, more lack-fruit. Has a nice tart wheaty malty pervading most of the front palate, with slight citric notes and a dry white wine edge. Finish has pleasant spice, with coriander and more herbal notes, a slight tea edge and finished off with a hint of peppermint. Slight tartness at the back as well puts me in mind of raisins.
Feel is a bit dry on the mid but there's enough body to keep it slick as it goes down. Slight bite at the front, but otherwise no rough edges.
Seems a tad simple overall, but very decent drinking.
75 / 100
Pours a very pale straw colour with big bubbles clinging to the side. Lots of haze, head is snowy, sinks but leaves lovely thick webs of lace behind. Pretty damn nice witbier.
Zing! Huge fruit on the nose, masses of citrus, orange and lemon with a sherbet twang to it. Tang that up ya! A bit hint of rubber and maybe some banana at the back, but yeah, really nice tropical smell, grounded well by mild bitterness. Could use a little bit more obvious spice, although there are noticeable traces of nutmeg/coriander lingering at the back. Almost perfect otherwise.
Taste has more of those same tropical fruit notes. A lot of orange, lemon, grapefruit, with a tartaric twang on the mid. Finish has really nice bitterness to clean up, mild spice with coriander and nutmeg, more of that rubber character and a hint of pine wood. The fault lies in this odd sweetness that underlies the whole palate and gives a slight saccharine edge to the otherwise pleasant finish.
Swills nicely in the mouth with lots of body, but leaves very dry indeed. Otherwise nice but yeah the dryness is palpable.
If you can ignore those couple of excesses, this is a very good wit with nice flavour bouncing off it.
On tap at Sydney's Local Taphouse Canadian Beer SpecTapular.
Nice, very pale yellow coloured body without much of a head. Lacing is a bit sudsy, but is surprisingly good for the lack of head. Not bad.
Nose is quite sweet and citrussy, like moroccan candied lemon peel. Some grassy notes to it as well, quite fresh which add a subtle ruggedness. Also some flavour which reminded me of America which I couldn't initially pick until I realised it was the sweet fake vanilla candy character. Nice though.
Taste is very sharp and clear and spicy. Coriander comes through a lot on the palate, giving a spicy and robust backpalate that gets a little overwhelming. A bit too intense on the spice. The nose suggested more mellow, sweet and refreshing characters. Mouthfeel is round and clear. Nice.
This is a nice beer which just has a little too much aggression on the palate for a wit. I feel as though the flavour needed some more sweetness and a lot more temperance.
On tap at the brewery.
Pours a very pale and rather unpleasant yellow colour with no head. Looks extremely weak, not very appetising, and very insipid overall.
Almost no aroma on the nose. Perhaps just a little sweetness, but not even the generic and unpleasant characters you get on a bad wheat beer. At least it's not offensive, but seriously, it's nothing...
Taste is similar. Certainly no witbier spice characters. Reminds me more of a kristalweizen and a poor one at that. Clean enough in its way, but so is water. This is just pretty flavourless.
Yeah, it's sluggable, but it's not very interesting by any stretch of the imagination. Probably their worst drop on tap.
61 / 100
Pours an extremely cloudy pale wheaty yellow colour - almost like lemon juice, with an initially frothy head of white bubbles which just dissipates to a light foam on the top. Only minimal carbonation. Body looks light and pleasant. I'm impressed by the cloudiness, which is often tamped down in the non Belgian examples. Looks very good indeed.
Nose is a little spicy, with hints of pepper and grapefruit rind, but it's rather muted. There's a light sour wheat character to it, and a round lightness, but it's all quite subtle. It doesn't impress me with robust fragrance.
Overly carbonated palate, sparkling and tingling with extremely zealous bubbling over the tongue from the first sip. The flavour is again very muted, perhaps even more so than the nose. Quite thin, with a light seltzer acidity and a wishy-washy spice note that I fear I only notice because I'm looking hard for it.
It's a pretty average wit, but it's drinkable as the style almost automatically implies. Not a huge amount to recommend it, but it's refreshing and quaffable enough. Just remember there are much better examples.
62 / 100
Pours a pale banana colour, very pastel and opaque with a steady bead. Head is beautiful and dense, 1/2 cm on top. Lace is a bit disappointing, but yeah, head is fantastic; as is the colour. Good wit.
Nose is pretty fine. Very strong orange peel aroma with a nice sour clove and coriander spice as well. Tangy and sweet for the most part, with some slight caramelised notes coming through; very pleasant, sweet and spicy wit smell.
Tastes quite sour at first. A distinct lemon and orange character on the front with notes of coriander, white pepper and pepperberry with a vinous edge. Slightly phenolic with a mildly green aspect to it, like it's undercooked or in this case, undermalted. The spice is nice but it's a bit too dominant, which gives it too much pique and not enough body. A bit thin on the feel, with lots of carbonation sizzle.
Not bad flavours though; it's not the tastiest beer I've ever had but it's a decent wit.
45 / 100
Pours a bright, almost sickly yellow colour, very opaque, with modest white head - meek would probably be a better word - that sinks to a thin film with visible bubbles. Lace is thin, but okay. Looks interesting and witty enough, but not very.
Nose is quite sour, with lots of citrus notes and alot of vinous tannins, green grape skin hints and oak character. Not a lot of spice, just a green kind of nose, not very piquant. Average, lacking in stylistic appropriateness.
Taste is quite weak, mostly sourness with sweet hints of green apple, grape skin again and a slight banana character on the front, slight spice like cumin or paprika on the mid, then a more full sour flavour, a kind of sweet semillon character towards the back. Still a bit tart overall, yeah a bit of an underwhelming weak sourness, like a watered-down wit.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin but with body as it goes down. Feels kind of like juice.
An underwhelming beer, not offensive, standard wit characters with nothing leaping out of the glass.
Pours a very cloudy light yellow colour. Very much the colour of cloudy apple juice. Head is filmy but fine, and pure if somewhat dull white coloured. Lots of fine carbonation. Extremely cloudy. Looks pretty good for a wit.
Spicy, wheaty nose lots of pepper and a bit of clove. Really quite piquant, and very fresh. I'm a big fan of spice in my wits, and this does a very robust job.
Smooth on the palate, with a silky mouthfeel. It's noticeable from the first sip. Unfortunately, the rest of the palate doesn't have a great amount to offer. It's quite thin, little lift from the spice present on the nose. It feels very minimal. Drinkable enough for what it is, but I really wanted more.
The palate really lets this down - a wit can afford to be somewhat lighter in flavour, but this is minimal at best. Even just a little more lift would vastly improve it. Otherwise, it's quaffable and drinkable, and the appearance and nose are good. But it's certainly lacking.
70 / 100
Pours a hazy sunflower colour with decent white head, nice and dense and amply fed by a steady flow of bead from the base. Good retention, and leaves some nice wads of lacing.
Nose is pleasant and Belgian. Lots of citrus, orange and grapefruit, tangerine even, with a slightly sour green edge. A lot of distinct Belgian yeast, not hugely spicy but with nice clove and white pepper providing some pleasant piquancy. Smells a bit par for wit, but also very refreshing; I like it.
Taste is rather sour for the most part. Has citrus flavours on the front, with orange and lemon zest, gets spicy on the mid, potently so, without that piquancy from the nose. It's almost a paprika kind of spice, very sour and earthy, deep, not exactly refreshing. Trails off and retains a residual sour character, with a hint of capsicum and even fresh garlic - yes, a very savoury kind of finish. Some vinous notes and a bit of acerbic citrus rind on there as well. Interesting palate with good infusions of flavour. However, the whole is not entirely successful because there is an imbalance in the profile, and doesn't have a great deal of chemistry between the parts. Tastes interesting but odd, I guess.
Nice full body, for a 4.5% beer. A lot of infused "bits" hold it up, although a slight sting at the back makes me a bit wary of it, just a bit harsh.
It's growing on me, actually. The tang is more prominent than grittiness and it's becoming quite refreshing. A good drop.
60 / 100
Pours a slightly cloudy yellow straw colour with an initially frothy white head. This collapses rather disappointingly, with almost nothing left after an initial pour. Carbonation is quite boisterous, body looks pretty thin. Not a great wit, and the head is particularly disappointing.
Spice-heavy nose, with a decent amount of coriander seed. A little soapy character, but very little sweetness, roundness or citrus. Pretty weak, and not that flavoursome. It's pleasant enough in its way, but I've had far more aromatic wits.
Taste is similar. Nice roundness, and a little spice, but quite thin. Coriander is noticed again, but the finish is very dry, and there's no sweetness left by the end. Mouthfeel is quite round again, but the carbonation is overzealous, leaving it too prickly.
I've been more impressed with other witbiers, and far more impressed with other Ommegang beers. While it's by no means offensive, and it's very drinkable, but it's certainly pretty insipid.
74 / 100
On tap at La Bonne Soupe, New York.
Pours a clearish pale yellow. Some haze, but nothing like cloudy enough to my mind. Head is minimal, but fine-bubbled. To my mind, it's just a bit too dark, and a bit too clear.
Some sparkling notes of spice and zesty citrus on the nose. A little acid, and some nice round Belgian yeast notes. Pretty good, pretty true and clear.
Taste hits the spot right on. Some spicy initially, with a hint of pepper and coriander, before a nice round buttery belgian character. Finish is graced with a hint of phenolic alcohol, but it cleans the palate nicely. Pretty damn tasty all up.
Mouthfeel a tad too spritzy. I'd prefer a little creaminess to match the round buttery belgian yeast character.
A very drinkable brew, and a well constructed wit. There are, I think, some blemishes on it. But it really does what it does well. It's a more potent witbier without forgetting its witbier roots. Very nice.
Tried on tap at Sydney's Local Taphouse.
Pours a nicely cloudy deep yellow colour. I like smithflipper's description of it: "custard". Head is a pale film of slightly too aerated white bubbles, but there is a little sudsy lacing on the glass. Looks like a pretty damn good wit.
Nose is dominated by spice and pepper, not as buttery or smooth as many a wit, some sharp phenolic characters are most prominent. A little sudsiness is there as well. It's nice - it feels a little out of character though.
Taste is very similar to the nose, lots of spice - I can feel the single spike that it causes on the palate. Refreshing clean afterpalate with just a hint of residual phenol. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, quite crisp, lacking a bit of depth.
I had a hard time separating this and Bright Brewery's Razor Wit on the evening. The Razor was certainly more cleansing and drinkable, but I think this was more of a classic wit.
Tried on tap at Sydney's Local Taphouse.
Very clear, lagery looking body, dark golden colour. Very dark for a wit. Decent head that leaves some lacing. Needs some sediment, and too dark, otherwise it's a decent looking brew.
Bit of sudsy aroma on the nose. Some spice. Muted but otherwise ok. A little sweet lemon, not a huge amount of pepper or spice, but there's nothing off in it.
Taste is good for a wit. Sweet spice and curacao, refreshing soapy bitterness on the back. Clean and extremely drinkable. An excellent sessioner. Mouthfeel is clean, but a little thin.
Very, very easy to drink. It's not that it has any unpleasant characters to it, it just doesn't quite have the depth of flavour of the best. But it's very clean, quite tasty. Without a doubt it's the sort of beer you could drink all night without a second thought.
71 / 100
Pours surprisingly fizzy, comes out very sparkling from the bottle, like a vaseline model's teeth. Champagne-coloured with a pleasant dusty haze through it, minimal but steady bead, but the notable exception here is the head. None. Very little lacing as well, quite a letdown for the Belgian team. Thank God for the cloud.
Nose is tangy, with a lot of citrus and a strong phenolic alcohol character, almost Cointreau-esque, really. Odd saltiness as well lingers at the back as well as a candy sweetness. Light herbal notes pepper the back, very grassy and coriander-blessed. Pleasant nose, seems different every time I sniff.
Taste is very citrusy, a lot of orange, mandarin and cumquat flavours, blending with a fresh organic funk and notes of a light herbal character - pleasant coriander with a slight capsicum touch to it. Taste is predominantly fruity, with the tart citrus notes dominating the front and more phenolic, juicy notes on the back. Does verge on too sweet. Light phenolic lick as it goes down, probably from the yeast - quite cagey and pleasant.
Mouthfeel is quite hot, as in spicy on the tongue, but with a nick slick body behind it.
I've always considered this the master of the wit, but it feels someone subdued, like I've been exposed to wild, untamed examples and this here seems too polite and mild. I can't mark it down though because it's well balanced and unpretentious, and very drinkable.
Pours a cloudy pineapple colour with a cushion of frothy head that gradually diminishes. Good carbonation. Good wit appearance.
Very pungent rotten fruit aroma, with a slight sourness. It's quite appealing, but a bit sickly sweet with slight malty undertones. Not a lot of spice.
Sickly sweet front palate that descends into a bit of a watery flavour; then a very pleasant, diluted fruity aftertaste. It's still a bit too sweet for my taste but is quite pleasant and drinkable. The sweetness is just a sharp pang at the start, but overall is reasonably mild and not so overpowering. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, and obviously I would like more spice, or more kick, to the palate.
Not bad, just a bit too sweet.
Pours a very light white-yellow colour, with fairly strong carbonation, looks like traditional lemonade, also thanks to lack of head. Looks fairly appetising, but could be more interesting.
Smell is slightly sour with quite a bit of funk, not much spice or fruit, just a bit of tartness. Fairly simple, not very wit-like.
Yuck. It did look pretty good, but it tastes like Pure Blonde. There's a watery front palate that descends quickly into a crescendo of awful, sticky yeast flavour. Not Belgian, spicy or witbier-esque at all. Sinky, heavy mouthfeel, just ends up feeling like a lump of yeast sticking in my throat.
What the fuck kind of wit is this anyway? I know it's open to interpretation but it's a long way from "different" to "just plain awful". Hardly drinkable, this is a poor effort and a thorough disappointment.
Pours a pale straw colour with strong head, creating a nice head of off-white froth, very densely packed at the top. Retains pretty well and leaves a nice sticky ring of lace. Slight trace of haze in the glass caps this off. Nice-looking brew.
Smells very citrusy; there is a distinct orange note there, slightly tart with a pleasant sweetness behind it. Not a great deal of spice although a slight peppery zing to it, and a slight candied aspect which gives this a slight soft drink aroma. Quite pleasant, definitely needs more complexity though.
Taste is again sweet with a long candied orange kind of flavour. The wit aspect is more prominent here though, with a zesty coriander spice on the back and mild peppery notes from the yeast. Hint of ginger as well, and maybe some white grape tannins as well contributing to that mélange of spice. Doesn't have too much of a bite though, and finish is blandly sour with a kind of apple juice flavour, lingers without must gusto and certainly without nuance. The sweetness that underlies the palate is, I think, a bit too sweet, and more spice or a more potent Belgian-ness is needed to counteract and make the palate more interesting. It has potential but falls flat towards the end.
Mouthfeel has a nice bit of sizzle and is quite smooth. It's good for what it is, I feel if the flavour were better, but still felt like this, it would be thin, but because the flavour isn't so powerful this feels quite appropriate. It's definitely quite sessionable but the lack of interest would bug me after a while.
72 / 100
Cloudy, very cloudy, almost opaque, pale wheaty colour with modest white head, visible bubbles. Lacing is pretty good, clings lightly to the glass. Overall, pretty decent.
Nose is quite hoppy actually, with a tangy fruit character as well. Fair hit of pineapple and citrus, and a nice, slightly spicy herbal or phenolic hop hit, hint of white pepper and maybe coriander as well. Nice, refreshing smell.
Taste is tangy and tart, with a long and quite topographic palate with quite a lot of up and down in it. Fair amount of citrus and melon with a tangy kind of mid-to-back and a tart, slightly resiny hop on the back. It cleans it up slightly but there is a residual acidity lingering which lowers the drinkable factor. Quite nice though, with pleasant fruit, a light peppery spice and a slight warming alcohol maybe? Quite Belgian in style, with quite a chewy mouthfeel, slightly puckering as well.
Yeah, I quite like this.
Pours a pale gold with really incredible busy, hectic carbonation, almost like it's infused with some jet propulsion system. Head is enormous but sparsely bubbled and as a result doesn't hold up too well and sinks pretty fast, leaving very little lacing. Retains at about a finger thick. Appears hazy and unfiltered. Very interesting beer, if not perfect.
Has a thick, tart smell with an acridity reminiscent of raw meat. Hints of lemon, tomato and baked beans, and a light spice, kind of paprika-esque. Maybe just a whisper of banana gives this a wheaty edge, but for the most part it's meaty and slightly rancid. Interesting, but less appealing because of its discordant blend.
Taste is extremely tart with an almost puckering citrus sensation on the major part of the palate. Has an ashy earthiness coming through midway and again a slight tomato, baked beans character, just a note or two in the middle there. The front is kind of lemonadey, but then the very astringent hops take over and really gravel up the finish. Ends up being a bit of a palate killer, very gritty bitterness at the back and a sour citrus clencher at the front.
For all that, it's also a bit simple, with no real nuance to an otherwise robust flavour. Palate is noticeably long, which can only be a good thing. Mouthfeel is of course puckering, and feels a bit like it's sinking in the end, although this blonde holds its body on my tongue.
You know what, this is actually making me feel quite ill; the flavour just doesn't sit right with me. To makes a tired point, it's interesting, but just not enjoyable at all. This is the Eraserhead of beers: as unique and groundbreaking as you may argue it to be, it's excruciating to get through.
Cloudy pale yellow colour with a tinge of green. Light but steady bead with a frothy snow-coloured head. Fair amount of residual sugar clinging to the edge, but not a huge amount. Decent.
I got a big banana whiff from a metre away when first poured. There is definitely that tropical fruit character, bit of orange rind wafts in, and a grassy hop aspect on the back. Not bad.
Interesting palate: quite sour, really. Kind of off-fruit on the palate, with a wheaty, almost polleny mouthfeel. A bit watery though, almost like it's an infusion of beer. The fruity, hoppy flavours are there definitely, but they ride the sidecar of water's motorcycle through the palate and the flavour I'm left with is slightly sour and fruity but there was never a big fireworks moment, like when the shuttle blasts off, or a cannon fires off a mighty burst, or when a magnificent caboose thrusts its way into a deep excavated crevice.
This is quite a good brew, but I just prefer the gut-rotting brilliance of the Belgian trappist brethren.
71 / 100
Pours a pale, cloudy but thin looking champagne yellow, with a small but frothy head of white bubbles fed by lots of fine carbonation. Lacing is sudsy. Overall, a pretty good look for a wit.
Nice aromatic characters on the nose. Nice Belgian yeast notes, fragrant spice and sweet citrus, not overly powerful, but very true to style. Clean and refreshing.
Light slightly citric entry, with a diminishing palate of dry yeast. Some light bitterness from the coriander on the back palate cleans it out, leaving me ready for my next sip. Mouthfeel is cleanly carbonated, enough to give a lilting zing to the palate, not overdone, which would make it either too bloating, or too fizzy.
A very decent witbier. Very clean and extremely drinkable. It doesn't pack a punch as much as the best Belgians (or the better Americans), but it's a very decent drop.
38 / 100
Pours a very ordinary gold colour with minimal, non-resilient head. Slow progression of bubbles. Lacing is pretty good and is by far the highlight. Densely webbed although not too sticky. I don't know about this. If this is the 'real Australian' version of the witbier then give this Aussie a Belgian any day.
Very interesting nose. Citrus yet not acidic, very sweet and candy-like. Smells quite like those hard-boiled lemon sherbet sweets one used to get from ye olde candy shoppe back in the golden days of yore. *sighs nostalgically* Very tartaric, has an almost bubblegum sweetness as well, all good characters but not very much in the way of ordinary beer aroma. No spice either. Interesting but not very impressive.
Similar flavours on the palate. A taste quite cognisant of artificial lemon flavouring with a sweet but tangy front-to-back. There is a slight floral note on the very back which is the slightly herbal additive the label promised, but it doesn't give it much of a kick, nor does it flush out what is otherwise an overly sweet palate almost reminiscent of cough medicine.
Marks of course, for ingenuity, but the palate is simple, slightly cloying and the finish leave an over-linger of a syrupy sweetness. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky, but the tingle goes appropriately with the tang of the flavour. This is an interesting beer but it doesn't live up to the shining standard of its cousin, the Black Wattle, mainly because the latter has a far better constructed and more complex palate.
This here is a gimmicky flavour - it needs a bit of work on letting the Australian bush spicing flavour, but not overpower, the beery goodness.
Dark golden yellow colour, a little cloudy but not very. Doesn't look much like a wit. Decent frothy head that turns into a film. Lots of carbonation. Not bad, but not really wit like.
Reasonable, but a little thin nose of citrus and herbs. Very subdued, but the Curacao style candied orange peel is pleasant.
Reasonable, light entry, completely smashed with a large yeasty character. Quite dull, and rather thin with a strong coppery metallic aftertaste. It's not huge and it's not terribly interesting, not a lot of the fragrance promised on the palate. Mouthfeel is a little flat, but it feels like there's a lot of dissolved carbontion feels bloating.
It's not too bad. It's not unpleasant, but it's certainly not very exciting. Drinkable enough, I guess, but not nearly as good as some of Murray's other offerings.
70 / 100
Pours a dark, cloudy yellow. Haze is only slight, despite the rather vigorous swirling of the sediment I tried. Head was initially quite frothy, but dissipates to a film rather quickly. Lacing is very good though.
Nice resin and candied orange notes on the nose. Not particularly strong, but rather authentic. A hint of copper is the only unwelcome note. Otherwise, very nice.
Taste is also very decent, a nice smooth creamy wheat character, and a slight sour twang at the back. Mouthfeel is just great. A little too much carbonation could destroy the delicate flavours, but this is very subtle. There's a very slight bitter character creeping in at the end, which is unwelcome, but that's starting to nitpick what is an otherwise fine example of the style.
This is a witbier done particularly well. I'm not sure I've had a better one from Australia. It's not as big and flavoursome as some of the better ones I've had elsewhere, but it is a true and accurate representation of the style.
89 / 100
Pours with a massive, dense and solid white head. Snow white in fact. Nice cloudy yellow-brown appearance. Can't get much lacing, in fact it pretty much clears the glass. Good witbier appearance.
Exemplary witbier aroma. A lot of coriander and other spicy notes, tropical fruit esters as well. It's just spicy and fruity and pleasant, with lots of spice and fruit, plus fruity spice kind of characters. Damn fine. Spicy. Spicy and fruity.
Taste is also very nice. Spicy on the front palate moves along to a very sweet, fruity essence. But there's a lot of dry spice and rich, gloaming mouthfeel, very full and very delicious. This is an immaculate witbier, perfectly balanced with lovely complex flavours and as refreshing as you can get.
Pours very dark for a witbier - a dark golden colour, and very clear even with a pretty vigorous, sediment-stirring pour. Filmy head of fine white foam. Looks almost like a lager.
Candy characters in the nose. Light sherbet lemon, sweet, light and frothy. The citrus is there, with a little herbiness, it's not too bad, but smells a little artificial.
Light sweet fragrance on the palate, but very subdued. A bit of herbal bitterness later, but not a lot. Overall a little too similar to seltzer water. It does have some flashes of the true wit characters, but it's pretty weak overall. Mouthfeel is ok, reasonably smooth, and a suitable level of carbonation.
This is a drinkable enough beer. Not a great example of the style though.
74 / 100
Thanks to thescotdownunder for the free sample!
Nice lightly cloudy pale lemon yellow with a good, fluffy head of foam. Streaming carbonation, more than there should be as far as I'm concerned, but otherwise pretty nice.
Really good peppery witbier nose. Great notes of cloves, spice, coriander and candied orange. Really delicious and fully in your face. One of the better wit noses I've had in a while.
Taste is also good. Clean and crisp, with a lingering clove after palate. Light bitter-citrus character creeps in which adds a refreshing note. Very heavy on clove flavours on the back palate, almost reminiscent of a spiced mead. Mouthfeel is, as expected a little too carbonated, but overall this is pretty tasty.
This is a nice beer. I'm a fan of a good witbier, and this one is a good one. Mouthfeel lets is down a bit, leaving the overall experience a bit bloating - but it has heaps of flavour and character. I like it a lot.
Pours very dark for a wit - a light golden colour, tending to orange in the deeper bits. Cloudy with yeast though at least. Head is white, with very fine bubbles that coalesce and then dissipate, leaving only a collar of foam around the edges. Nice colour, but not very true to style.
Not a lot on the nose. Hint of light honey, a bit of yeast, but no rambunctious hit of citrus-coriander you get from the better wits. Just vaguely sweet, maybe just the minutest bit of candied orange creeps in, but I'm straining to pick it up. Not bad, but not great.
Taste is not too bad - nice initial sweet citrus character, which develops into a dry but sour wheat malt character. There's an unfortunate mineral water flavour on the mid palate, but it's only mild. Not bad, probably closer to a real wit than the smell and the appearance would have you believe. Mouthfeel is quite crisp, but with an underlying smoothness. Very pleasant.
Very drinkable beer, although one that left me a little unenthused. Quite pleasant for a hot day here in Northern California.
Pours only a slightly cloudy pale straw colour. What sediment there is stays in clumps on the bottom of the bottle. Head is a filmy crest of white bubbles which leave some lacing. Minute amount of carbonation present. Not bad, but the lack of cloudiness is a shame.
Nice candied orange peel character on the nose, a strong, pungent biting flavour. Light barnyard funk, not unpleasant - it's a green hay kinda of aroma. Otherwise, mostly sweet-sour from the orange character. Pretty nice.
Taste is a little thin, but pleasant. Initial light seltzer character, which dissipates to a slightly tart wheat mid palate. Finish is dry, with just a little hint of the tangy fruit character on the nose. Mouthfeel has a slickness which is most welcome.
This is a pretty nice wit. In effect, it's a pretty timid copy of the better Belgian varieties (or some of the excellent American examples), but it's genuinely a wit at least. Very drinkable, refreshing, enjoyable.
91 / 100
What a beautiful looking beer! Beautiful cloudy straw-yellow body, with a huge, firm, rocky head of white foam. Fine bubbles of carbonation. Pretty much a perfect-looking witbier. Just gorgeous.
Phenomenally fragrant beautiful nose, dominated by candied orange peel. Sweet hints of pepper, spice, fruit-cake and delicious, luscious Belgian yeast character. Wow, easily the equal of the best Belgian example I've had.
Delicious on the palate too. Nice spicy notes of clove, soaked candied fruits and a lingering dry-but-sweet candi sugar character. Delicious. Mouthfeel quite light and suitable.
This is a damn, damn fine witbier. Fragrant, sweet, juicy, delicious. What a fantastic brew. Without a doubt as good as the best Belgian wit, and probably better again. Top, top notch.
Thanks very much to my girlfriend for bringing this back from the US for me.
Nice, lightly cloudy pale lemon coloured body. Nice sturdy head of fine bubbled white foam. Very attractive. Decent Lacing. Some fine-bubbled carbonation, but not a huge amount. Should be cloudier, for a wit, but otherwise very nice.
Decent wit nose, hints of citrus, a little clove and spice. Quite sweet, a little soapy coriander character, but it's pretty subdued overall. The better wits hit you around the head with a huge amount of flavour. This doesn't.
Taste is also quite flat, unfortunately. A bit of sour wheat character, a bit of peppery spice, but quite one-dimensional. Palate is pretty short. Mouthfeel is frothy almost to the point of making it feel like it's difficult to swallow. Don't get me wrong, it's got some very pleasant elements to it, but it's a bit light on them.
It's drinkable, but it doesn't blow me away. A reasonable witbier, but not, in my opinion, an outstanding one.
I had quite a lot of anticipation for this drop as I feel one can only have the utmost respect for anything Unibroue produce.
Looks quite good, golden-wheat coloured brew pours a moderate foamy head. Very pleasant lacing. Very thin stream of carbonation. Nice-looking witbier.
Nose is standard witbier smell, but at the same time is an EXEMPLARY witbier aroma. Sweet light malts dominate with a great hit of tropical gruits, mingled as well with a large but not overpowering hit of floral hops. A very complex nose blended to perfection, and as good as a witbier nose will get.
Taste is not as great as I expected. The palate is short and a bit simplistic. Large hints of banana, pawpaw and mango (in short; tropical fruit) with a slight hoppy mid palate, but virtually no aftertaste of which to speak. The flavours are alright for the style and hey, it's very drinkable but after that explosively blossoming sweet nose this taste is very disappointing. I just wanted more, to be honest. Mouthfeel is velvety and smooth but overall, there is a lack of character once I pour this into my mouth.
79 / 100
Pale cloudy yellow body, with a beautiful crest of white meringuey foam. Fed by masses of fine-bubbled carbonation. It's steady, solid and beautiful. Excellent lacing. A truly excellent-looking beer.
Perfect Belgian yeast nose. Vegetative grassy characters, toffee-sugar sweetness and a deep herby tomato-like character. Not much of some of the other wit characters, like citrus, although the herbiness is pronounced. Very nice though.
Quite light on the palate, although that very pleasant spicy herb-character comes through. There's an initial sweetness, and a rather short, subdued finish, tempered by hints of fragrant Belgian yeast, and a nice lifting coriander-seed character. Mouthfeel is excellent, smooth and creamy, with a lift of carbonation.
A really refreshing, beautiful drink. Absolutely smooth and drinkable, this may be the perfect session beer. A wonderful drop, and a superlative example of a witbier.
49 / 100
Tasted at The Australian Beer Fest in the Rocks 07.
Slightly cloudy lemon yellow colour - not as light or as cloudy as a true wit. Firm white head and light carbonation.
The lemon myrtle is overwhelming on the nose, leaving it smelling like those lemon-sherbet lollies. But of yeast character at the back there too. It's not entirely unpleasant, but it's verging on sickly.
Taste is a little vegetative, with hints of cooked veggies. Still, the lemon is quite pronounced as well. There's also an unwelcome lagery yeast aftertaste. Did they brew this with a genuine wit yeast strain? I guess not.
Still, yes, it's gimmicky, but it's interesting and not really bad. I like the concept of using the native Australian spices to flavour their beers, but that doesn't mean it always comes off.
It's probably too sweet to take a lot of, but it's different...
Very light cloudy yellow, with a smallish head that collapses to film. Little carbonation.
Slightly skunky nose. A bit of a barnyard smell, and a little sour. No hint of spicy herbiness that I'd expect from a wit.
Taste is actually verging on being BAD. Bland, a little selzer-water like, then a dark descent into yeasty horribleness. Not good. Not a good wit palate at all.
Not a good example of a wit, and not a great beer. This offering has to be the weak link in the otherwise fine lineup at the W+P.
48 / 100
75cl bottle, caged and corked.
Nicely cloudy lemon yellow body with a frothy crown of white foam. Lots of fine carbonation. The look of the beer and the presentation reminds me of a French Champagne. Maybe what they were aiming for.
Oversweet diacetyl nose, makes me think it's off. If you look beyond that, you get a slightly resiny, herby, citrus character, which would be good in isolation, but with the buttery sweetness that's most prominent it just emphasises how wrong it smells.
Still a buttery character on the palate, but not so overpowering. Better balanced flavours of citrus and a good subtle bitterness. Mouthfeel is quite smooth and lends the beer a glisteny feel as it goes down. But there is always that butterscotch overtone there holding this beer back,
It's drinkable enough, and it feels as though it could be a lot better. Too many bad characteristics to it.
70 / 100
Tried this at the Australian Beer Festival in the Rocks, 1st October 2006...
This one looked great straight from the pour. Excellent nebulous body, very good sturday head, a little bit darker than a pure wit - somewhat closer to orange - but it was a sight that made your mouth start to water.
Very good citrussy orange nose, quite representative of what I'd expect from a wit. Quite fragrant, a little sweet, but overall hinting of true refreshment.
The mouth was almost candy-like, with a sweet toffeed-orange character. There was a good hint of spicy bitterness to balance this however, which added a little strength to the brew, and augmented the refreshing nature.
This was a very good brew, and much better than a lot of the other wit clones I've sampled in the past...
Tried on tap at the ABF at the Australian Hotel..
Quite a dark yellow - almost tending to orange. Good thick head though. A good looking beer.
Nose is almost overpowered with banana - far more like a hefeweizen nose than a witbier nose. No hint of witbier spices.
Taste is also dominated by the sweet banana flavours. Almost a hint of that artificial "bubblegum" taste to it. It's pretty much unrecognisable as a wit - would be far better as a hefe.
Still, it's a pretty drinkable brew all the same.
Cloudy, pale orange body, with a massive, frothy white head which settles down quickly. I poured in the yeast sediment. Some fine carbonation. A very interesting looking beer.
Heavily scented with clove, as well as hints of coriander seed, citrus and malt. Reasonably sweet, but it's hard to get over the cloves. A decent nose.
Bittersweet flavours, heavily based on alcohol. Hints of citrus, candy sugar and spice, with a long finish. It's quite interesting, although the alcohol tends to overpower the palate somewhat. Mouthfeel is quite clean and smooth.
It's certainly enjoyable, but there's an inbalance which holds this beer back from being something really good.
39 / 100
My guess is that this is meant to be a Witbier. Has all the hallmark characteristics on the bottle anyway. And is flavoured with coriander and orange peel.
Very carbonated for a wit, clear body (not true to style) and rather darker than you'd expect.
Well, there are Wit characteristics there. You get some of the spicyness from the coriander and so forth, but there's a real lagery undertone to it, like a heavy maltiness of something that you might see in a darker style of lager. It's also remarkably sweet, almost candylike at times. Not just the fragrant sweetness from the spice and hops you expect.
The sweetness is most prominent here too, almost to a sickening degree. This isn't refreshing and fragrant, it's sweet: like a sweet sweet cider or something. It needs some dryness in there to pull it back.
Eh. I mean, as a beer it's reasonably drinkable, but it's a shockingly bad example of a wit. My guess is it's an attempt at a wit-style but played to a public that wants a lager. But it just goes wrong.
69 / 100
Light pale yellow. Not particularly cloudy, surprising for a wit, good thick head.
It looks enticing, but not as much as I'm used to.
Refreshing, herby witbier nose, not as strong, or fragrant as I like. This is starting to strike me as a pale imitation of the witbier greats.
Hmm. Very nice. It seems to have gained its character back here. The refreshing, light herby and aromatic flavours are more pronounced in the taste. It still doesn't quite match the heights of, say, a Hoegaarden White, but its taste is belied by the rather listless appearance and nose.
Light, enjoyable, drinkable. Doesn't stand up to the witbier greats, but still a reasonable example of the style.
79 / 100
A very nice looking beer this one, a very pale lemon-yellow, less cloudy than I expected for a witbier. Just a little haze and a good frothy pure-white head.
This is a very unusual beer, quite different even to other wits I've tried. A strong white wine aroma is prevalent, with hints of citrus and spice. Subtle, but quite different to some other wits like Hoegaarden.
The flavour is also quite interesting, very biting and sour, almost cider-like with its citrus tartness. It doesn't have the fruity undertones I've come to associate with witbiers, and it's a little less refreshing on the mouth.
An interesting beer no doubt, and certainly enjoyable. It's just so different it's difficult to know how to rate it.
95 / 100
(Best of the Best)
Gorgeous. Beautiful pale cloudy yellow body. Heady is frothy and pillowy, but light, and sinks to be just film after a while.
Wonderful. Sweet citrus fragrance. Herbiness, traces of dried fruit. Some yeastiness, not very pronounced, but enough to give the nose a little lightness.
Refreshing and clean. A beautiful balance between the sweet malted wheat and the coriander spiciness, with a beautiful lingering dryness. Better every sip. It's just so mellow and drinkable, but with enough subtleties to keep you interested. Mouthfeel is smooth, cleansing and refreshing.
A truly wonderful beer. If anything, it seems to gain a little something in bottled form. Refreshing and beautiful, and the yardstick by which to judge other wits.
94 / 100
(Best of the Best)
I just love the look of a freshly poured Hoegaarden wit. The pale straw-lemon, cloudy opaque body, mounted by a delicious foamy thick white head. It just looks fresh, cool and drinkable - a sight for sore eyes.
The aromas released by the frothy head are divine - bananas, citrus, coriander, allspice, lemon myrtle. Complex but subtle all at once, and all beautifully incorporated. A wonderful nose on this beer. The aromas of this wit are what I believe set this one apart from the rest. It sets the standard for what a wit should be.
The taste is also wonderfully balanced, with a smooth entry and a refreshing hint of herbs and orange peel spiciness on the back palate. A hint of yeastiness perhaps as well, although that's not a bad thing. Very little hoppiness, but in a smooth drinker like this one, that's just what you want.
Overall, a truly wonderful beer - my favourite wit, and the original.