Not Just Another Wit - Mikkeller ApS

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Not Just Another WitNot Just Another Wit

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88
very good

136 Ratings
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 8
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Witbier |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium.

Ingredients: Water, malt (pale and amber), unmalted wheat, flaked oats, hops (goldings, amarillo, saaz and cascade), spices (orange peel and coriander seeds) and yeast.

(Beer added by: Kraken on 11-07-2008)
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Reviews by MM3:
Photo of MM3
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apearence: A light amber color, that is almost clear.

Smell: The smell is citrussy from the American hops and the orange peel used.

Taste: The taste is hoppy, citrussy and a bitter aftertaste from the hops used. I could not taste the coriander seeds, Mikeller claims to use in this beer.

Mouthfeel: The beer has a fresh feeling in the mouth, because of the carbonation and the hops used.

Drinkability: I think this beer is fairly easy to drink even on a summers day, because the hops and the carbonation give it a nice fresh taste.

Overal: The beer is a tasty beer, but it did not met my expectations. I expected a strong witbeer, but instead it taste more like a Pale Ale.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mikkeller reconstructs the essence of classy Belgian witbiers but pushes the power and dryness to heightened strength of 7.4%. Curious to see how the elevated alcohol plays on the palate and whether it interferes with the subtle perfume and soft wheat character.

This "Not Just Another" witbier pours with the most delicate and fragile coloration and foam- very light, canary yellow in color and with a glaze of protein and yeast allow for a diffused glow to permit. Foamy with a cottony-white head that persists and retains very well and in somewhat liquidy fashion- Easily mistaken for Hoegaarden.

Muted and delicate aromas of soft wheat, mild honey, and light starch provide the basic underpinning while spicy aromas run the gamut of coriander, orange peel, perfume, white pepper, light clove, chi tea, lemongrass, and a sparse sprinkle of cumin. Somewhat estery as lemon and apple penetrate the mix for a very inviting and mouthwatering scent.

All those soft malts and decorated spices play delightfully on the palate in most refreshing and soothing flavor combinations. Soft wheat, honeyish caramel, floral flavors, and soft baking breads provide a creamy flavor of starch and powdered sugar that's soon rivaled by the spice and hop additions, led by coriander and curacao. Counterparts of citrusy hops with slight leafy action, lemongrass, and peppery bitterness rise in finish for a balanced and varying taste.

Light bodied throughout, but the early creaminess gives a slight impression of fuller-than-actual feel. The unique Belgianesque carbonation allows for a light prickle on the tongue and expansive airiness to emit. But the carbonation retracts at mid palate and ushers in the refreshing soft wheat and peppery bitterness to dry the beer and offer a semi-powdery finish with a linger of lemon pepper and minty alcohols.

The higher rate of strength exceeds the usual 5% that's exhibited by usual witbiers, but nothing is lost here: Not only does Mikkeller retain the soft supple character that makes standard witbiers so refreshing, but does so with higher hopping rates of American varieties and more experimentation with spice to accompany the assertive alcohol, and without compromising its balance- no easy feat.

Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of EastBay_Nick
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a fluffy white head. The aroma is pretty basic with a mix of coriander, orange peel and lemons. The flavor is pithy oranges with coriander and pepper. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. The beer is very soft on the palate. Another good beer from Mikkeller.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Kraken
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yes First Beer Added!

Picked this bad boy up at the Wine Source in Hamden. As with all Mikkeller products this wasn't cheap. Poured from a corked and caged 1pint 9.4 fl oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Firm pour results in a enormous 5 finger head. One inch of beer five of head. Incredibly dense meringue like head with fantastic lace and retention. Color is a cloudy glowing yellow.

Nose- Hops pop right away, lemon, tangerine, orange. Very floral, notes of clove. I can't get enough of the nose.

Palate- Sticky slightly sweet, reminiscent of 'Draft Bear'. Very well hopped for a Wit, maybe to much so for the style. Nice grapefruit, and lemon zest initially. Very smooth, extremely dense for the style. Clove and perhaps some coriander come through in the mid-palate. Pleasant bitterness to close. Finishes dry, alcohol is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel- Active carbonation, dense, slightly chewy

Drinkability- Very drinkable. Price and alcohol content prohibit consumption of more then one.

Very well done. A well hopped a WIT is very interesting. Almost as if the brewer (bless his creative genius) intended the citric hopping to take the place of citrus fruit, think lemon in Hoegaarden. Seek out

Photo of xdefeatsy
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Picked up at my old downtown wine store haunt, after way too long of an absence. Damned be these lifestyle and career changes!

This beer pours a cloudy medium golden amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, slickly foamy off-white head, which leaves some bicycle chain lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of semi-sweet wheat grain, sassy floral, grassy, citrusy hops, lemon pepper, a bit of earthy, spicy coriander, uppity yeast, and a touch of warming alcohol. The taste is more soft, neutered wheat grain, lemon oil, white pepper, confused coriander, smirking settled yeast, muted citrus and grassy hops, and a subtly rising alcohol edge.

The carbonation is lo-fi frothy in nature, the body a lulling medium-light weight, and mostly smooth, as the alcohol just can't seem to help itself in this instance. It finishes with a moderately strong drying trend - the grain gaining a sharp tint, and the spice, hops, and booze colluding as such.

The imperialization of a witbier can go so, so bad, given the inherent delicate aspects of the base style. Here, we get a generally full-flavoured wit, with some extra, somewhat prickly alcohol, though nothing that really detracts from the overall drinkability of this jazzed up offering.

Photo of GilGarp
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served cold into an oversized wine glass at Choice City.

Golden yellow color with good clarity but almost no head.

Aroma is nice and sweet with a hint of lemon.

Flavor is really well done with lemony citrus and strong but pleasant yeast character. Balanced but flavorful, mild but interesting.

Mouthfeel is light in body and perfectly carbonated.

Overall a really enjoyable wit that certainly lives up to its name.

Photo of cjgator3
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle

A- Bottle poured into a large Duvel tulip glass. Pours a hazy golden orange color with a large off-white head that leaves a good amount of lace around the glass and sticks around with some great retention.

S- The aroma is a little on the faint side but very complex for a Witbier with a lot going on. There is a lot of citrus (orange and lemon peel) along with a good amount of spices and fruit.

T- The taste like the aroma is very complex and features a lot of citrus and spices with some spicy hops in the finish creating a nice spicy and citric hop finish. There's a lot of citrus going on in the taste, I pick up on a lot of orange peel and maybe even some grapefruit. The grapefruit flavors are unique, as they are not the typical grapefruit flavors you pick up in a lot of American IPAs from the hops. It is more of a natural bitter grapefruit flavor that would come from fresh squeezed juice.

M- The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Not Just Another Wit is just what the title suggests... it definitely is not your average Wit. Despite the higher ABV, this beer is still pretty damn drinkable. Highly Recommended.

Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of nickthetick
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: an opaque straw golden color into a duvel tulip; a huge froathy white head that hangs around for a while and leaves a little lacing.

S: strong orange presence and clove. A lot of hop and a little bit of bread like malt.

T: really hoppy and citrusy, taste almost like a DIPA only with clove and coriander thrown in. There is a little bready malt hidden behind citrus flavors. The alcohol is there but not overpowering.

MF: light body and crisp but enough alcohol to be a little warm and not really refreshing; which isn't what I would have expected from this style beer.

D: a good beer but not what I expected from the description or the style. Plus it was hard to find which cuts cut a little on the drink ability.

Bottled 2008

Photo of marcobrau
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Wow. This is was an interesting interpretation of the style. Lot of Amarillo hop flavor blending quite well with some of the traditional witbier spices (orange peel and coriander.) Quite a bit darker, perhaps deep gold as opposed to the straw color of traditional wit. Plenty of carbonation made for a persistent foamy head and creamy mouthfeel. A very sunny beer with bright, assertive spice and hop flavors letting the unmalted wheat and oats provide a soft landing for all the other bold flavors in this brew. Stronger than I think it needs to be, but a very tasty beer.

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of philipquarles
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

75cl bottle. Pours a hazy blonde color with a medium white head. Nice lacing. Smells quite heavily spiced, with a lot of orange peel evident straight away. Unappetizingly sweet. Slight cereal smell. Tastes better than the smell would suggest; the same spices are less dominant here, and a strong hop bitterness distracts from the otherwise sweet character. Actually, the bitterness might even detract a bit--it seems overwhelming and unrefined. The major complaint here, though, is fusel alcohol. Not only in the taste, but as it goes down. Not extremely pleasant. Witbiers are meant to be light, refreshing, and drinkable, and this is none of those things. I know this is "not just another wit", but geeze.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy pale amber with a large, fading head.
Nose shows piny and grassy hops as well as orange and lemon-like notes. Also some coriander. Quite light.
Flavours include the same orange peel and lemon alongside spicy hops, alcohol and grapefruit.
Nice high carbonation.
The hops and booze definitely dominate this one.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy light golden yellow color ale with a quite large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of wheat malt and light spices is overshadowed by some Cascade, Saaz and Amarillo hops. Taste is also very much dominated by citrus notes originating from the Cascade hops and a dry finish from the Saaz hops. Body si full with limited filtration and great carbonation. Interesting experiment that made me realize that I like my Wit without too much hops.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a little on the dark side...more along the lines of Weissebier, but good none the less. The head was massive, white and retention was stellar. Naturally, lacing was triumphant. What sets this Wit apart from the rest (from my experience), is the wondrously floral hop nose. There's also some light spiciness and herbal notes, along with some bready malt characters. The taste consists of more bready malts, equal parts spicy, earth notes, and less on the hoppy side...still nice either way. With a slightly more slick and heavy feeling for a Wit, it definitely leaves a hair more to be desired in the mouthfeel, but nothing off-putting at all, though a lighter, crisper feel would be king. In the end, a great interpretation of the style and a great beer. Mikkeller (recently at least), has been impressing me.

Photo of MarkJBurch
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another wrapped and caged gem from mikellar that I had the privilege of being able to try. This one I brought over as I thought it might go quite well with dinner. Served cold and poured into a few tasting glasses along the way, this one was consumed on 10/05/2009.
 
The pour was just as I would have wanted. Light golden amber in color with a nice foamy head of white on top. Rich lacing that just drips down the side of the glass and really coating the entire interior making it almost totally clouded over. Aroma is light, bready malts, hints of light citrus and a touch of spice coming through on the nose right away. Nice balance here as it is no where near to heavy. Light fruit notes now coming forward, peaches maybe, a touch of some light grain as well. Nice clean flavor, does not last long on the tongue, nor is it too terribly heavy. I would have to say it comes off just about right. Nice dry finish with a quick hit of hops and a light tart grape skin like flavor that melts back as quick as it started.
 
Overall pretty darn solid. Not really sure what to make of the style, but I have to admit it was pretty good. Would not mind trying this one again any day.

Photo of tommy5
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Bubbles
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of salthemonster
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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Not Just Another Wit from Mikkeller ApS
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