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Whaleback White - Leelanau Brewing Company

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86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 13.79%
Wants: 28
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Leelanau Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: putnam on 08-11-2005)
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District of Columbia

4.19/5  rDev +3.2%

Shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.

The beer is hazy straw yellow with an inch of white head. The aroma offers soft citrus and light spice. A touch of funk adds a nice touch. Light and fluffy on the palate. Really tasty, though different from a traditional witbier.

04-27-2013 19:36:42 | More by Huhzubendah
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

04-24-2013 21:09:10 | More by Liquoric3
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

12-02-2012 05:07:25 | More by Hugonaut13
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

11-14-2012 16:31:27 | More by thebouch01
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

10-22-2012 16:36:37 | More by ltltony
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

10-16-2012 16:27:15 | More by RblWthACoz
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

10-06-2012 19:52:04 | More by redfacedshooter
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

09-29-2012 16:45:22 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

09-24-2012 23:41:15 | More by Gtg642
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

09-18-2012 00:35:51 | More by KCM
Photo of cmadd

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +7.1%

Bottle into oversized wine glasses.

A: Hazeless body and light morning yellow body. Minimal head, but decent retention on the edges. Golden and illuminated.

S: Wheat malt, lactic acid and funk, lemons and white grapes.

T: Sharp lactic acid in the front with a light wheat backbone. The finish rounds out with lemons and white grapes and melons. Minimal bitterness and incredibly refined. This may not bowl you over with flavours, but they are clear and bright.

M: Mild carbonation and light body.

O: This witbier is so refined and gentle that it feels like a refreshing dawn, quiet and bright. Wonderful.

08-30-2012 01:27:49 | More by cmadd
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

08-04-2012 13:50:50 | More by djrn2
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

06-07-2012 02:27:33 | More by apocalypsezombie
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT


4.33/5  rDev +6.7%

750 ml format; bottled on 08/09/2011.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: A pale and bright straw yellow bodied beer. The beer has 1 finger worth of white head that drops down to a thin cap.

Smell: Lemons, spicy, funky, wheat, and hay. This is not you standard wit beer! Really nice!

Taste: starts off with moderate lemon tartness. Hint of oranges and granny smith apples. The funkiness hits midpalate on into the finish and I would say the barnyard funk almost matches, but really balances the lemon flavors nicely. Some bready and yeasty notes are found in this beer as well. You do get the spiciness from the nose as a faint pepper and coriender notes. I get oak barrel in the finish and some earthiness to compliment the oak. This is not your standard witbeer...its way better.

Mouthfeel: Almost a medium bodied beer, but I am going to says it on the high end of light bodied. Its heavy for a witbeer anyways. Carbonation levels are moderate. The beer feels heavier than a witbeer, but its still really easy drinking. Its tart, crisp, refreshing, and mildly acidic. Finishes a little bit dry and tart.

Overall: Really enjoyable beer for a hot day. More of a sour than a witbeer, but the two styles overlap. This beer has taken the best charistics from both styles and used them to the beers advantage! Got really lucky finding this beer!

04-25-2012 18:23:02 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

04-05-2012 14:08:56 | More by curly31989
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

02-26-2012 05:24:01 | More by ygtbsm94
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4.47/5  rDev +10.1%

750ml bottle (bottled 8/9/11) into a wine glass at Spuyten Duyvil.

A: Lightly hazed gold body; a thin white head settles into a ring. Nice.

S: Lovely. Fresh, tart aroma of sour citrus, floral Brett, and general sour goodness. Awesome!

T: Even juicier and citrusier than the nose, with solid tartness underscoring the bright fruit and moderate minerality. Clean, tart, dry finish. Delicious.

M: Soft, delicate, ultra-fine carbonation in a medium body. Great.

O: The bartender recommended this as consolation for the last Fou'Foune having just been sold, and (while no Cantillon) it was a terrific surprise. Definitely more of a Wild Ale than a Witbier (even wilder than Anchorage Whiteout Wit, which was just purely Bretty - Whaleback is both funky and sour), this one delivers pure, unadulterated sour goodness. My friends and I all agreed that this was a real winner. I'll be seeking out more Leelanau stuff the next time I'm at a good NY bottle shop.


01-23-2012 01:08:58 | More by woosterbill
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

01-17-2012 04:38:04 | More by imperialking
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

01-15-2012 19:19:14 | More by rmalinowski4
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

01-08-2012 20:16:31 | More by metalgdog
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Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%

Strong funky aroma, some liniment as well. Attractive white body with generous big bubbled head. Above average mouthfeel. Tart not sour is the feature, with a witbier in the secondary. Very drinkable. Masterful. all this flavour in these styles at sessionable abv. But the aroma may scare off the timid.

01-08-2012 00:18:11 | More by Sammy
Photo of AleWatcher


4.58/5  rDev +12.8%

Bottled 08.09.11

Looks like a cloudy white wine. Golden yellow... Virtually no head. Thin oily legs, no lace.

Smells glorious. Spicy wheat notes blend with lemony citrus sour tartness and create a delicious bouquet.

The flavor has all the notes from the nose, plus a light oaky character and a bit of earthy funk. The lemony tart sourness is amazing.

Medium feel with low carbonation... Really nice.

Overall-- very fucking nice. This IS the best wheat beer ever! Ever!

01-04-2012 01:06:18 | More by AleWatcher
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New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%

Picked this bottle up at House of 1000 Beers (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/15450) in New Kensington, PA. It was my first time in the store, so I picked up a few guilty pleasures beer -- including three from Leelanau Brewing Company. I had lived in the county and know of the brewers through friends. This was my first time trying their beer.

Appearance. A great bottle, a fun pour. A really interesting witbier -- which made me think of champange -- all that was missing was the cork. Start of the bottle was clear to the yellow; end of the bottle was hazy to the muddled orange.

Smell. Not a typical witbier. Fruity, fun.

Taste. As close to champagne as you get with a beer ... nice!

Mouthfeel. Bubbly, nice, strong.

Overall. A good selection from Leelanau Brewing Company.

12-02-2011 19:05:10 | More by sbrotschul
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

This beer showed up as part of the Monday night mini-tastings I go to with some people in Toledo. All I saw was the bottle and I had no info on the beer before trying it. That said, anyone expecting a traditional witbier will be surprised. For me, it was a pleasant surprise.

It's obviously unfiltered, as it ought to be, so the sediment is quite heavy and the cloudiness is thick. The color is a somewhat darker than typical medium yellow. The head is white and soft, dropping to a foam and leaving a bit of spotty lacing around.
The aroma offers soft lemony sourness bantering with Belgian yeast in an interesting way; they play off each other pretty well rather than clashing. A level and gently pronounced spicing comes out underneath.
The flavor is the same, but there's a bit more complexity that comes out. The lemon sourness is natural without being biting, slightly acidic without being overwhelmingly so. Nothing's overdone but nothing's underdone, either; the light dusty, earthy and sweet notes of the Belgian yeast and spicing combine with the lemon and a light funk to make for a soft but strong flavor full of depth. An almost woody dryness pulls through underneath as well.
This is appropriately light for the style, with a gentle but steady carbonation. The crisp nip is never bracing or harsh and doesn't fade, nor does the smoothness that keeps this beer flowing all the way through the finish.
This beer is not what I expected, but it was a pleasant surprise.

11-22-2011 14:42:29 | More by Brenden
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

11-15-2011 14:53:43 | More by DrDoitchbig
Whaleback White from Leelanau Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.