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Witchtree E.S.B. - Fitger's Brewhouse

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Witchtree E.S.B.
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31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fitger's Brewhouse visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: garymuchow on 06-21-2003)
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elcrawl

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

01-15-2013 19:54:27 | More by elcrawl
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mwilbur

Minnesota

3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap from cask into pint glass at the brewery.
A: Pours a clear coppery red hue with 1/2 inch light tan head.
S: Spicy malt and a hint of nuttiness.
T: Buttery caramel malt, spicy grains, and mild nuttiness.
M: Super smooth from the cask. Light body. Sweet with a bit of spice. Dry bitter finish.
D: A nice, but not outstanding session beer. Having this on cask really helps it out.

Serving type: cask

07-05-2014 21:03:02 | More by mwilbur
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NickSMpls

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

05-12-2014 00:25:14 | More by NickSMpls
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

11-28-2013 00:28:41 | More by XmnwildX12
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maDUECEgunner

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

11-23-2013 23:57:08 | More by maDUECEgunner
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Jeffrey2310

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

08-19-2013 01:24:30 | More by Jeffrey2310
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

07-25-2013 16:45:11 | More by LXIXME
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

07-08-2013 15:26:52 | More by sgttibbs
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

07-05-2013 19:53:42 | More by nmann08
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

03-06-2013 18:46:39 | More by bigbeers84
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josephwa

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -15.5%

12-20-2012 16:00:27 | More by josephwa
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dsuedbeck

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +12.7%

12-18-2012 02:06:19 | More by dsuedbeck
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ArfArf

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +12.7%

10-29-2012 13:30:36 | More by ArfArf
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

10-06-2012 16:05:50 | More by NilocRellim
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bscalt

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

09-05-2012 00:05:02 | More by bscalt
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Kahki head with lots lace. Color is amber.

Aroma: bready and caramel with some floral hops. Not too much here.

Taste: mimics the nose but has a bigger malt profile but a bit of citrus and hops.

Mouthfeel: bitter. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends a little sticky.

Overall, a very basic esb. Easy to drink but no big standout flavors. Average.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2012 18:21:19 | More by mothman
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jewellrunner

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

04-06-2012 01:08:14 | More by jewellrunner
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love me a good ESB, so looking forward to this glass fo' sho'.

Pour is hybrid between golden & amber, leaning in the direction of the former. Nose is languid & lazy, bare hops, fresh biscuits.

Witchtree ESB gives a solid accounting of the style. Grassy, grainy, bready, spare suggestion of bittering hops. All the classic ESBisms are present, as if the beer were making reparations for foul ESBs the world over. It was nice & easy to sip upon.

Right on the outside corner of the style; good beer without being noteworthy among its well-crafted peers.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2012 21:13:38 | More by maximum12
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MplsMel


3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

03-08-2012 22:57:37 | More by MplsMel
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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer arrived with a brown color and a very nice creamy head which left an unbelievable amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is nutty and British for sure.

On the palate the flavors are malty and nutty and provide the backbone for this thing. It ends with a whisper of bitterness which provides the balance emblematic of the style. Overall this is a good beer.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-06-2010 01:30:07 | More by BeardedBoffin
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supercolter

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is good, nice medium brown color and some head and lacing. Smell and taste are good as well. bitter and dry malt up front with just a touch of hops and caramel on the backend. Mouthfeel is prety good, but almost feels chalky. Drinkability is pretty good as well.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2008 23:40:01 | More by supercolter
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zeff80

Missouri

3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a dark burgandy color with a fairly large, tan head. It left thick rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of malt and hops. Also, some nice floral notes.

T - It was fairly malty with a subtle bitterness. There was also a citrus-like kick.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - One of their regular beers. It is one I'd like to have again. It certainly is growler-worthy.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2007 00:40:08 | More by zeff80
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beckje01

Minnesota

2.63/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Clear gold color with no activity.

S- Nose is ok but really lacking malt for the style.

T- This is ok but too hoppy for an ESB. This beer should be much more balanced but its just lacks what ESBs truly are balance.

M- Good thickness just a nice mouthfeel.

D- Easy to drink a good beer really just not a good ESB.

Note: I tend to be hard on ESBs as they are my favorite style so if your looking for a nice beer have one of these but it your looking for a good ESB look elsewhere.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2007 12:47:56 | More by beckje01
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just a good session beer here. Creamy in the mouthfeel with subtle malt flavors that come off a bit like caramel. There’s a slight bitterness on par with an English pale ale to balance the malt. Still, while this is tasty beverage, the flavor is just a little too mild for my liking.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2007 21:54:49 | More by tempest
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pweis909

Wisconsin

2.73/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pint size glass, at Fitgers.

This beer was a disappointment. First of all, I didn't realize that it would be a nitro-tap, which I have decided I do not like. The texture this creates, the thick chewyness, seems inappropriate for a bitter. It was distracting. I think this has turned me off from the Guinness that I drank recently. It just makes my mouth feel full of mucous, which is a word that you need to keep out of your brain if you are trying to enjoy a beer.

There was an English hop aroma to this beer, and a bitter finish, but there was nothing special about the malt used. Pretty bland.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-31-2006 13:34:35 | More by pweis909
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Witchtree E.S.B. from Fitger's Brewhouse
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