Half Wit Wheat - Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery

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Reviews: 17
Hads: 45
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 5.49%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MTNboy on 03-26-2008

A cross between an American Wheat and a Belgian Wit, this refreshing ale is made with white wheat, ground corriander, and fresh whole oranges! Simply delicious served with a slice of orange.
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Reviews: 17 | Hads: 45
Photo of secondtooth
2.97/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Cloudy golden, with a flat, almost-no-carbonation pour. Thus, no lace, either. As with their Tornado Alley Amber, this one begins poorly.

Aroma: Spicy, yeasty, herbal, perfumey, almost like a lavender note. Not bad, not great.

Taste: Brisk, with a tangy wheat and citrus vibe dominating, and the coriander spicing up around the finish. Not bad, but overall quite forgettable. (389 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a limp white head that dissipates. Hazy yellow-orange. Aroma is sharp wheat, citrus and chablis. Flavor is orange, coriander and wheat malt as expected. Mouthfeel is light and moderate CO2. Overall, a decent beer that hits many of the style points. (257 characters)

Photo of tronester
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale yellow with an almost non-existent head. Smells of some coriander and a hint of lemon. Taste is a citrusy, wheaty beginning, followed by a powerful acidic sourness, finishing with a huge freshly brewed tea finish. Mouthfeel is good. Overall a good beer, though not really to Witbier style with the intense acidic sourness. I do wonder if it is supposed to taste that way? Even if it is an infection and not intended, it surprisingly tastes pretty good. I would get this again. (494 characters)

Photo of bnes09
3.94/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy orange color. A few visible bubbles. Descent off-white head with poor retention and minimal lace.

Fresh citrus aroma, primarily orange.

Flavor of sweet orange with a grapefruit bitterness. Wheat malt character. Belgian yeast. Smooth and satisfying.

Lighter end of medium body. Smooth texture throughout. Good carbonation.

Solid wit. Well balanced, tasty and easy to drink. (390 characters)

Photo of soju6
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Shamrocks Pub & Grill.

A: Served a slightly hazy light golden color with a small head that faded to some lacing.

S: Aroma of fresh grain and some citrus with a hint of fruity sweetness.

T: Light taste of citrus and a mild sweetness with fresh grain and a hint of spice. Very subtle bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Light body, smooth and refreshing. has a somewhat creamy texture.

O: Nice Witbier. Good for the summer season or even to compliment a meal. Worth a try. (481 characters)

Photo of GossageBrewery
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured this witbier from a bottle into a pint glass. The Witbier poured a hazy yellowish straw color. It produced a thin white head and it had poor head retention. The aroma of the witbier contained soft wheat, citrus, and some spicy coriander. This beer tasted light in body, somewhat crisp wheat taste. There was an immediate citrus test, some spicy hints of coriander- The finish is dry. Good Session beer, good summer ale. Overall in terms of a Witbier...only average. (472 characters)

Photo of DCon
3.12/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased this bottle @ Dierberg's in Ballwin, MO for $4.50. Poured from the 22oz bottle into a Gothic Pint Glass with an old seal on the side. No B.O.D. date on the bottle.

Appearance- Pours a very hazy, straw, wheat yellow color with 3 fingers of head that disappears quickly. The lace was average, nothing special.

Smell- Has a very light wheat and citrus aroma. Nothing out of the ordinary for a witbier.

Taste- Starts out tasting like a Belgian White beer and then the normal grain and wheat flavor come around. Has a a nice sweetness to it, but then a skunked flavor on the finish... This ruined it!

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, and is a good drink until it leaves the skunking on the palate...

Overall- Have only had a few brews from Charleville but this certainly was one of their weaker beers. For some reason, I want to say this bottle was overdue! There was no Bottle On or B.O.D., so this leaves me to believe its an old one. Its a shame because I was looking forward to this wheat beer and compare it to other wit's I've had lately. (1,076 characters)

Photo of gford217
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle from birchstick.

Pours very hazy, bright yellow with a fizzy white head that evaporates immediately and leaves no lacing to speak of.

The aroma is heavy on the coriander and orange peel, really heavy, with very little of the underlying wheat beer that I could tell. Maybe a touch of sweetness in the back but the coriander really stands out.

The taste is much sweeter than the aroma with the wheat and orange peel sitting heavily on the palate up front. The spices hit in the finish and leave a dry finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lower carbonation than I was expecting. A little watery in the finish.

This is probably just an average witbier and not one that I would revisit. (705 characters)

Photo of CMW
3.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly hazy, straw yellow color with a small and thin white head.

S - Orange peel, passion fruit, and wheat.

T - Lots of interesting fruit flavor. Pineapple, mango, orange, and lemon mix with a bread like wheat flavor.

M - Fairly thin for the style.

D - While I am not a huge fan of witbiers, this is pretty good. The numerous fruit flavor make it drinkable. (369 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy yellow. Not much head despite an aggressive pour. Lacing is spotty but not bad. Sediment appears to be present in this brewery's offerings (based so far on two samples).

Smells grainy, almost like a pilsner or malt liquor instead of a wheat or wit. Some citrus aroma, lemons and oranges. Quite average in this department.

Tastes much better than it smells. Lemon and orange flavors dominate, wheaty and grainy flavors fill in the gaps, a bit of malts accent, and a light spiciness makes for a very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is dry and crisp, not bad, slightly above average.

Easy to drink. For a "wheat" beer it's very drinkable and I'd love to have another. Sessionable as well. Would go great with Mexican food. (723 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear golden yellow color with a great deal of carbonation. It had a small, short-lived head of white foam. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of lemon, yeast, wheat and grasses. Good typical witbier aromas.

T - It had a strong wheat taste with orange zest, mild yeast spiciness and touches of coriander.

M -It was crisp, sharp and dry. A light to medium bodied beer that is easy drinking.

D - This is an okay witbier. It had a good flavor but could deliver more. (493 characters)

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.44/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 24oz bottle, cool goofy label, no date that I could find

Appearance: Hazy dark gold beer with a vortex of tiny yeasty bits in suspension; white cap soon fades to almost nothing...sad

Smell: Smells pretty typical for a wit...lots of orange peel and sweet spice...very light wheaty tones...almost something akin to that "Fruity Pebbles" thing that Leinie's Sunset Wheat has, though not nearly as distracting. Overall, pretty pleasant.

Taste: Bitter orange, light coriander spice, very light wheat...an odd hint of bitterness actually, though no real hop flavor present. I SWEAR I get a hint of alcohol, though that can't be possible with the 4.5% abv. A weird bitter orange medicinal quality on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, on the light side

Drinkability: Medium to medium-high

Conclusion: Really cool to get a local microbrew in a style that's perfect for summer. Would I buy it again? Meh, it's ok. (927 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dispenses a lightly hazed, yellowish straw-hued body with a small-sized, white head.

Smell: First, the spicing of coriander is quickly apparent in the nose. Then, in glide some notes of soft wheat and citrus fruits.

Taste: Upfront crisp white wheat taste with a light level of sweetness and minor background hint of fresh grain. Orangey citrus character and fruitiness. Plenty of the added coriander spice character, though not quite as forward as hinted at in the nose. Drying on the finish thanks in part to the crackling carbonation.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent brew from Charleville that would make for a fine mid-Summertime refresher. (705 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, yellow color. 5/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of wheat, banana, orange peel, and slight yeast characteristic. Fits the style of a Witbier. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes of coriander up front, clove, ginger, yeast cleanliness, and some wheat. Overall, relies too heavily on the spice and fruit. The malt/hop/yeast flavors are lacking, leaving a slightly weak body. (471 characters)

Photo of Wheelinb
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am on a wheat beer kick lately.

Poured into a pint glass with about one finger's worth of head that dissipated quickly. Nice deep hazy yellow color. I could smell a spiciness immediately. When I tasted it I got coriander right away. This beer has a nice body and is slightly ore carbonated than a lot of wheat beers I have had lately. I was hopping for more bold flavor, especially some citrus, but still a good summer beer. (428 characters)

Photo of Vancer
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice 22oz bomber, no bottling date, does state 4.5%. A very easy on the wallet $3, and after a taste at Randalls in STL from the brewers - very nice of them.

Hazy sunshine yellow, white head that died a bit quick. Subtle aromas of the coriander with a touch of squeezed orange lurking underneath. Not a whole boatload of Belgium yeast in there, but enough to add some kick to the malty base.

For the price, you can't go wrong in picking up a bomber for your cross-over craft brew friends (489 characters)

Photo of MTNboy
3.79/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this beer it was a wonderful spin on a type of beer that is becoming all the trend. The bottle and packaging are fun. Overall it was a good beer and I can't wait until I get a chance to drink it again. Not the easiest beer to find though.

Appearance: There was not much for head or lace. It had typical wit color. Sort of gold and hazy the top was darker than the bottom.

Smell: The scent started off grainy at first but then a strong wiff of orange and spice hit you all at once.

Taste: All the different flavors are noticeable distinct hops, wheat, orange and coriander flavors that come together in your mouth.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and medium bodied.

Drinkability: Good better than a lot of beers in this class and surprise being that it comes from a winery. (780 characters)

Half Wit Wheat from Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
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