Sampled February 2005
Pours a hazy gold-orange color, it is topped by a frothy off white, creamy head that is held up by an ample carbonation. The aroma is spicy with orange peel dominating, but there are notes of ginger, pepper, a hint of musty cobwebs, earthy coriander, and a bright citrus acidity. The aroma is quite nice.
The beer is nice and light on the palate. It starts with a citrusy orange character and finishes with a bright acidity, that moves to an herbal perhaps woody tannic note. There is a nice light wheat character here that mixes well with the other refreshing components of this beer. This really is quite well done actually, at first it seems like a straight up Belgian Wit, but there are subtle notes of complexity here, and I do believe that there is perhaps a bit more acidity than is typical of the more simplistic Witbiers out there. This beer has lots of good spiciness to it as well, I get notes of ginger, pepper, coriander. I like that the coriander is used correctly in this beer, it is not too strong and the earthy-herbal note that is typical of overly-spiced versions is held nicely in check.
This is definitely one of the best Belgian Wits that I have had, I am a sucker for a good Wit, but I think that this has struck a really nice balance. It is bright, citrusy, and quite refreshing, yet it has some subtle complexity to it, but not so much that it gets in the way of this beer being refreshing like it should. Hopefully the barrels that this beer is aged in will be properly inoculated, because this could use a bit more funky complexity to it, that would definitely make this beer perfection in the glass come late spring to summer time. This is by far the best beer from Jolly Pumpkin that I have had, This is in fact just a world class example of this style, and I hope this brewery can get their Barrels going such that all of their beers can get to this level.
Served In: Pint Glass
Very light lemon yellow with a milky-like thickness and chunky yeast particles sludging around on the bottom of the glass. Medium standing bright white foam slowly dwindles to a thin creamy skim and collar. Moslty drippy lacing with some partial sheeting and strings stick.
Aroma is of a slightly musty bread dough. Airy and lofty with an unbreakable tint of lemon candy. Has a bit of melon and bitter orange zest along with a faint touch of corriander.
Mild mellow taste of lemon bread dough. Slightly spicy with breezings of herbal grasses, pepper, clove, and corriander. Light pale malt sweetness underneath. Moderately crisp and very easy going with mostly doughy lemon candy taking the front with the spices and light sweetness keeping to the edges. Nice but brief little sugary grab on the finish as the pale malt floats in with very soft and airy light drying.
Feel is light to medium body with a creamy crispness and doughy sweet center. Very pleasant carbonation thats mild and smooth. Not so much Witbier-like as it should be, but I like it none the less as its smoothness tends to favor my palate. Finish is intriguingly unique with its airy pale malt sweetness.
Pretty good stuff. A little out of the realm of most Witbiers, but likeable and damn drinkable all the same. At first I was skeptical, but its mild complexity grew on me. Good thing this comes in a bomber, otherwise 12oz may not have been enough to get a full scope of its easy goin', drinkin' character.
Served In: Pilsner Glass
Light hazy golden yellow pour with a nice finger sized frothy white head. A nice funky sour smell with some citrus notes. A nice tartness with a little bit of orange.
Served In: Weizen Glass
Originally reviewed 07/18/06
Poured from 12oz bottle into pint.
A - Pours with massive, soapy bright white head that fades pretty quickly. Light, straw colored body.
S - Spicy and fruity. Wheat is aparent.
T - Super tart up front. Much more flavor than I expected being a wit. After tasting a few times, I think this is too tart for my taste.
M - Thin, but fine. Carbonation is good. Dry finish.
D - I don't know. This is really tart. I might get used to it and be able to drink more, but I am unsure.
Served In: Pint Glass
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