White Rabbit - Independence Brewing Co.
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3.73/5 rDev +4.8%
The beer poured a slightly hazy straw yellow with a significant white head that left very little lacing. The aroma held the typical spices and fruity Belgian yeast esters that are typical of the style. The taste followed suit with the coriander and citrus notes you would expect, and they faded to a slightly bitter wheaty finish. I was really enjoying the spicy fruity start to this brew and found this witbier to be light and satisfying. The light carbonation danced on my tongue to keep me coming back for more of this refreshing brew. Definitely an ample antidote to the heat of summer.
06-02-2014 21:13:06 | More by brurevu
3.85/5 rDev +8.1%
Another CAN courtesy of the wondrous @JenRay, who knows and understands the importance of The CANQuest (TM)!
From the CAN: "Drink Me"; "Venture down the rabbit hols to experience White Rabbit, a delightfully hazy Belgian-style White Ale delicately spiced with orange zest, coriander and peppercorns. A pleasure to imbibe and a wonder to behold, White Rabbit demands you think and taste for yourself."; "Founded in Austin, Texas in 2004, Independence Brewing Co. is devoted to brewing boldly, living frrely, and creating original, hand-crafted ales of un[CAN]promising flavor and quality."; "Handcrafted in Austin, Texas".
It is too easy, but "White Rabbit" by Jefferson Airplane is the soundtrack as I segue into the Crack! It goes off without a hitch and the inverted Glug produces a brief finger of foamy, bone-white head which behaves like it was pop and quickly dissipates. Color is a cloudy lemon-yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4). Nose smells especially of the orange zest, but I also get the coriander and a musty, yeasty scent as well. Mouthfeel is thin-to-medium and out of nowhere, the one-two combination of coriander followed by peppercorns takes me completely by surprise and I almost coughed with my mouth filled with beer as a result. Phew! Man, if you are a fan of "Ale Brewed With Spices" as delineated on the side of the CAN, you will get a real kick out of this. As for me, I found it a little bit over the top for my taste, but YMMV. Finish was Arid Extra Dry thanks to all of the spices inherent in this Rabbit. Wild, but not really my cuppa tea.
05-26-2014 22:04:20 | More by woodychandler
2.86/5 rDev -19.7%
33.8 fl oz brown glass Eagle Rock Brewing growler with swingtop filled earlier tonight at The Growler Room. Cost of the fill was $3.50 USD. Reviewed live. Expectations are low given the banter I overheard about this beer from the lads at The Growler Room. (It was likened to urine). Reviewed as a witbier because it's clearly identified as such on Independence's website.
Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as I pour.
Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Okay creaminess and thickness. No lacing as the head recedes. Head retention is subpar - about 1 minute.
Body colour is a cloudy lemon-yellow. Translucent. Nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible.
Par for the style. Not unique or special. There are no obvious flaws.
Sm: Lemon zest/lemon peel. Clean wheat. Clean barley. Banana. Bavarian yeast; it really doesn't feel like Belgian yeast. Minimal hop presence; I do get some floral and vaguely fruity notes.
No alcohol is detectable.
Within style conventions. A pleasant aroma of mild to moderate strength.
T: Wow, that's shockingly bland for a witbier. I get clean generic wheat, one-dimensional banana, and lemon fruit & esters. Clean barley. Minimal generic floral/fruity hops. Quite boring for a witbier; I mean it hits the very very basics but never goes beyond the essentials. Surprisingly shallow depth of flavour. Below average duration and intensity of flavour. Okay balance; it's certainly cohesive, but I wouldn't call it gestalt. A very colour-by-numbers build for a witbier. I'm unimpressed.
No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Somewhat refreshing. Slightly overcarbonated. Okay body and thickness. Suits the flavour profile alright in a general sense. Doesn't feel custom-tailored to it. Should be softer.
Not oily, gushed, harsh, hot, boozy, astringent, buttery, or rough.
Dr: Downable but forgettable. A decent attempt at a witbier from Independence, but ultimately there's just nothing interesting about it. I wouldn't get this again unless it was the only decent option at a minimalist bar. I wouldn't recommend it to friends. Well priced for its quality at $3.50 USD per 33.8 fl oz. Probably the cheapest growler fill I'll ever get. An average witbier from Independence.
10-06-2013 04:56:55 | More by kojevergas
3.96/5 rDev +11.2%
12 oz. can poured into pilsener
L: standard yellow with beautiful effervescence filling the column and bursting up to the top to leave a light skin of white foam; pour left a 1/2-inch head or so, relatively tame, but it's really sticking and lacing on the way down; brew is cloudy but clear enough to see through
S: lightly soured grapes ... white wine; sweet and spicy ... almost a clove/all-spice winter ale spiciness; as it warms, almost get a hint of hefeweizen banana; citrusy ... lemon, slight orange, cumquat
T: white wine with hint of spice and a back-end grain bite ... it's almost farmhouse ale-like in the sourness/tartness, but not all the way, and it's got plenty of spice notes in it (clove? coriander? something sweet?) that are hard for my untutored palette to distinguish, but the cumulative result is that thing tastes a lot like a VERY tamed down version of the pumpkin ale/winter warmer spice mixes
F: love it ... it's full, feels like a midweight with enough carbonation to make it drink super easy
O: a TON of taste, all of it mixing very well. it seems like a fantastic alternative to the saison because it has a pinch more sweetness than the average, and this one I'm loving because it doesn't taste or smell over-spiced (meaning it seems a bit close to the saison).
bottom line: I love it. it's not a beer I'll drink often, but I'll definitely hit this up at least once a year.
06-09-2014 21:57:51 | More by Premo88
White Rabbit from Independence Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.