Swallow Wit - Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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Ratings: 153
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.93%
Wants: 1
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: John on 07-21-2004

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Reviews by Contra:
Photo of Contra
3.74/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is pretty much the exact opposite of the last beer I had (Dogfish Head's "Immort Ale") and it's a nice change. Initially, the pour was entirely head. I had never seen anything quite like it. Anyway, it settled into a fairly nice golden color with thick head. The aroma was a bit off - like nailpolish, and somewhat soapy, but it's not as bad as that sounds. The taste, however, is excellent. Very light, with hints of blueberries, oranges... also the standard wheat & yeast flavors found in Witbiers.

Overall, this is a great, refreshing beer, and perhaps amongst my favorite Witbiers. Good stuff.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have to say probably my least favorite offering from MA,poured a light clear blond with a nice one finger white head that was gone pretty quickly quite alot of carbonation.Aromas of toasted grain is dominant any citrrus takes a backseat coriander is very noticable as well.Toasted wheaty malt is the main flavor with hints of coriander,a somewhat sharp fizzy mouthfeel lowers the drinkabilty factor a bit.Not really refreshing, maybe a orange slice would help but it shouldnt need help,I wont look for this again.

Photo of dogfishandi
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a hefe glass. pours a yellow golden color, somewhat clear, just slightly cloudy. quick disappearing white fizzy head. no real lace. no retention, head faded to absolutely nothing. i would like to see more of creamy retentive head and some more cloudiness, maybe even a lighter color as well.

not really the aroma i was looking for either. a little lemon, some sweetness, and a little phenol like yeastiness, but no where nears what the yeast in a good wit should really smell like.

the taste is a little better than the aroma, but not a whole lot. its bland. lemon citrus dominates, sweet malts that taste kind of like a macro, and just a hint of phenol yeastiness.

crisp in the mouthfeel, light body. carbonation has a little too much bite, but it seems alright.

this can definatly be sessioned all night because of the low alcohol and light body, but for the price, theres much tastier wits out there. i wouldnt really recommend this beer and will prolly avoid it in the future unless im offered for free. the malt profile just reminds me too much of a macro.

Photo of alexkeil
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with fizzy white head that did not last very long except around the edges. The aroma is mostly complex citrus: orange, pear, honey, lemon, even ripe banana. The beer is quite hazy which is appropriate for style. The beer has a medium body and the alcohol and carbonation are nicely blended. I wish it was a bit more tart and dry on the finish instead of the sweetness that you're left with. A more attenuation would help with this beer. The flavor is nice with a balance between the citrus flavors and spiciness of coriander. There is sourness there I just wish there was a touch more of it. A refreshing drink and a good beer.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.05/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a rather dark wit with a nice looking, fluffy white head over a pale amber color.

The aroma is very impressive on-tap with all kinds of heartiness. wheat, cloves, gentle corriander with wet soil and dried corn stalks. The yeast is obvious and aromatic with a slightly sweet edge from the very light malt.

The flavor is very bold for this style, slightly hefty feeling and very smooth but it still has a very complex yeast that imparts the hearty, earthy flavor's of wheat and musty herbs. The hops give a peppery effect way down deep.

Get this one fresh, on-tap!

Photo of asabreed
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tape at The Ale House in Vestal.

Appearance: Yellow-golden. Not much haze. Not much lacing. Doesn't look much like a Wit at all.

Smell: A bit of sweetness and mild mild medicinal funk. But there's mostly spices and citrus, lemon, and some sweetness. Mild and not much representative, again, of a Wit.

Taste: Mostly candied and caramel sweetness, with some spices, and some citrus. And a bit of funk. You can kind of tell it's a stab at a Wit, but if the Pepsi challenge would be taken among way-too-many domestic versions, this would be another unidentifiable, and for that I'm disappointed.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with all the sugariness, yet it remains one of the best facets of the beer, as the carbonation is prickly and mildly sticky and nice.

Drinkability: Overall disappointing for Middle Ages, a brewery I've been following and liked a lot, but I think I'll let this slide. Another domestic that they spent too little time on to make it stand with the ones that you need to spend your time on, which unfortunately aren't too many.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.59/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Swallow Wit. "Swallow It"? Whether this is a pun or not, I intend to do just that...

Pours a modest white head; color is worryingly yellow, much more like a lager than a witbier. Where's that haze? Low marks on appearance then... (yep, I swirled...there didn't appear to be any of the sediment you want/expect in this style...)

Nose is lemon and orange, cooked vegetables (huh?), faint hint of yellow mustard, slightly bready.

Flavor is a tart fruit kick, light and citrusy, a little bit of wheat breadiness, full and round in the mouth. Spices are just barely detectable, well-incorporated and not at all the main feature of the beer. But there's something missing here, especially if we're holding the Belgian wits up as the standard. Overall it's typical of US stabs at a Belgian wit, and, typically, not near as good as the real thing.

Good for what it is, and very drinkable. I imagine a beer drinker of any stripe, dedication and intensity would enjoy it to some degree. But just as the Americans can't seem to nail an authentic hefe-weizen, neither can they nail a witbier.* The U.S. has mastered a bunch of other styles, and are neck-and-neck with Belgians in terms of creativity, so no grief spent. It's just not one of the jewels in the Middle Ages crown.

*Addendum: Sure they can. I discovered all these after this review: Oberon, Allagash White and White Devil. Dummy!

Photo of Sammy
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice orange tinged appearance and head.Lemon aroma. Creamy with sourish finish. Above average carbonation. Just An average wit, picked up in Syracuse. I am not a big corriander nor cloves fa, although some of this as well as the surprisingly high alcohol is malted away. Medium or less mouthfeel

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Middle Ages Swallow Wit pours a hazy golden-orange robe beneath a creamy head of bright white. The head drops shortly to an average collar, and it leaves only minor lace about the glass.

The nose is perfumey with notes of orange peel, coriander, and some sweet malt, as well as a touch of yeasty fruitiness (and perhaps some yeasty phenolics and higher alcohols).

In the mouth it's effervescent and zesty on the tongue; and medium-light bodied.

In the flavor, the malt isn't as sweet as the nose suggests, and the Coriander is much more obvious than suggested. The orange peel and yeasty fruitiness act as the centerpoint, while the lightly sweet, wheatish, and bready malt spreads wide. The coriander lends a gentle spiciness that helps its moderate bitterness to balance the malt, and it finishes dry and lightly chalky with some lingering coriander and a drop of orange marmalade.

Photo of tempest
3.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Compared to my last review of Swallow Wit on-tap, I don't think the bottled version holds up to a fresh pint. I still enjoy and recommend it. I just couldn't find some of the same flavors. The aroma is more dull, but the flavor has a nice mix of sweet wheat grains (bready) with creamy ringwood and spice. The ringwood sort of acts like a nice layer of frosting on the palate. Yummy. Give it a try, just don't expect a traditional wit.

Photo of DavidGross
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

the Wit was good. Was golden with a laced head. A bit fruity/zesty and light going down. Would really enjoy this on a hot, humid Summer day.

Photo of TheBCrew
4.18/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a nice pale yellow straw color with some cloudiness and has a light citrus aroma. Head is a crisp white with moderate retention. Taste is light and again a noticeable citrus flavor presents itself. Relatively thin mouthfeel and low alcohol content makes this a great session beer to enjoy on a hot, sticky, sweaty, summer afternoon.

Photo of mfessak
3.79/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Delicious beer with overtones of coriander and orange peel. Husband and I both loved it, and got a growler of this to take home. Sorry, guys, we loved just about every brew this place made. Guess you'd say we were won over. This is one of the best micro breweries I've been to, and I've been to a lot.

Photo of Franchise
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a blonde foggy body with cascading bubbles that leave a thick off-white head. The smell is wheat, orange, must, cherry, and grass what a wonderful nose. The taste starts wheat malty no real wheat twang mostly a sweet bready feel on the palate, some citrus spiciness also comes into play. The carbonation is medium-heavy just to refresh this brew on your tongue. In the finish there is a slight hoppy bite but very faint. This is malt heavy but great taste, nose, and overall refreshing.

Photo of aranheaney
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a blue solo cup

A-blue, some head and no lacing

S-orange, coriander and a trace of hops

T-decent, pretty typical and standard wit

M-good, a bit chewy, which i like in a wit

O-good, part of the middle ages sampler 12 pack and very respectable, especially on an 83 degree may day

Photo of rlee1390
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Well carbonated (the bottle was a gusher), cloudy yellow orange, one finger head that doesn't last long

S-Some banana and wheat, not much else

T-Spices (peppery), bananas, some wheat and something that is a little off.

M-Light and well carbonated.

O-A nice beer, wondering what caused it to gush though. An OK beer from a local brewery.

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer poured a very clear golden color with a thick white, wispy head.

S: The smell is cereal. Spice and floral notes are perceived. There may also be a hint of vanilla.

T: This beer is cereal and grainy. There are definite spice characteristics, but can't put my finger on the particular ones.

M: Thin and bright.

D: Overall, this is a very drinkable brew. Nothing that is overly impressive, but still a nice quencher.

Photo of plaid75
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium cloudy straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light orange sweetness and mild clove spiciness.

The taste was light and crisp. A good yeast character with a sweet orange flavor.

The mouthfeel was light and mildly chewy.

Overall a good drinkable wit, however not the best out there.

Photo of zoso1967
3.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear light golden with a bright white head. The head slowly fades to just a skim on the top of the glass, and leaves moderate lace.

The aroma seems pretty subdued for a wit. There is plenty of soft wheat and pale malt sweetness, accented by just a touch of white pepper and coriander, as well as some lemon aromas.

The flavor is dominated by a wheat cracker like malt profile that has a surprising amount of character. There is only a touch of spice in there, and a bit of graininess from the malt. Besides malt, the single thing I pick up on the most is some lemon. This does not quite taste like any other wit I have had, and I am wishing it had a bit more personality to it.

The mouthfeel is quite nice. Smooth and light with one of those effortless finishes that leaves a pleasant slightly sweet pear aftertaste. It has a spritzy carbonation that goes well with a refreshing beer such as this.

Very drinkable, but pretty plain. I have always enjoyed the spice aspect of wits and this one seems a bit lacking in that category. I think that there are much better examples out on the market.

Photo of weeare138
3.07/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Independence Brew Pub at Philly International Airport...
Appears a transparent, slightly hazed pale gold with a small white cap that quickly fades out. Huge chunks of CO2 rise to the top.
Smell is bland with notes of crisp wheat, notes of clove, and lemon. There's nothing special going on here other than very light orange peel notes.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas...yes, it's still bland. A bucket of soapy water probably has more complexities going on than this.
Mouthfeel is light, crisp, bland, slick with a dull carbonation that leaves a clumpy, clay like, doughy residue on the middle of the tongue.
On a light note, it goes down like water. I could see this being tolerable on a hot day. The tap handle was nice I suppose...a swallow carrying a sprig of wheat in it's mouth.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.49/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

3.0 A: Clear medium yellow color. One and a half fingers of frothy white head. Retention is a little worse than average and no lacing is left.

4.0 S: Big grassiness that smells great. Corriander, hay, and a nonspecific spiciness. Simple, yet pleasant and quite satisfying.

3.5 T: Taste is closely similar to the nose, but it doesn't satisfy quite as much for whatever reason. Corriander, wet grass and hay, spice. It's not complex, but it is flavorful.

3.5 M: Lighter body. Good moderate carbonation. Light creaminess. Good enough.

3.0 D: Tasty, easy drinking beer. I want a little more, but I'm happy enough with what I got.

Photo of spinrsx
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Appearance – Hazy yellow colour with a small size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there isn't much lacing. The head lasted for only 1 or 2 minutes before is disappeared.

Smell - Grains/wheat, lemons, oranges, coriander

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low amount of carbonation and most of the taste is made up of wheat mixed with oranges and lemons. It's actually got a surprising amount of flavour.. maybe even too much. It also has a bit of a clove spiciness and it ends with a fruity aftertaste.

Overall – Not a bad beer by any means; just not anything terrible complex. It has a bunch of fruit flavour but it's a little cloying at times. Still worth a try but not something I'd get again.

Photo of Phatz
3.66/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear gold color with a frothy white head and no notable lacing.

Smell: It is a reserved aroma with a toasted grain and sweet pale malt and wheat to start. Some coriander and very light dose of orange peel then come into play.

Taste: Crisp and dry. There is a light wheat flavor that is pretty thin and then a grassy citrus element. Finally an orange peel flavor and spices in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Zesty and spicy. Dry and crisp light body refreshing and very easy drinking.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.52/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, light caramelized malts, some Belgian yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with flavors of lemon, orange and some spice. Then some mild breadiness comes in from a thin malt character and some Belgian yeast. The hops presence is very mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while.

Photo of ppoitras
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" white head over the clear golden brew. Head lasts well, with ample sticky lacing. Aroma is light wheat with citric tartness. Taste as well has the citrus tart on display, with light cloves and wheat character filling out the flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is nice too. Just wish it had a little more oomph in the aroma and flavor departments.

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Swallow Wit from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
78 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.