Not Just Another Wit - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 10
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Witbier |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Kraken on 11-07-2008

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.
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Ratings: 141 | Reviews: 64
Photo of DanK4
4.67/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious. A fantastic witbier in my opinion. Had all the right smell and taste notes I like in a witbier without being overly fruity or bogged out by by a lack of flavor. Poured into an Allagash flute with a good 2 finger white head on it that hung around for a minute or two then dissapated, but had wonderful lacing. Te aroma was a nice mixture of citrus (orange mainly, but a touch of grapefruit and lemon), cardamom, and a banana note with some allspice in the mix. The taste is what really sold me on this beer though, I am a huge fan of wit's and have been looking for another great besides Allagash and St. Bernardus and this one hit the nail on the head. I was floored, and it was a perfect accompaniment to my stir-fry I loaded with Sriracha. It had a body to it, not feeling light but it wasn't overbearing and thick. The mouthfeel was just right and left a nice banana and orange aftertaste. Not alcohol bite and no funky warming taste, just pure delicious wit. A definite recommendation.

Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a black foil wrapped, corked, and caged 750ml bottle into a Struise tulip.

Bottled 2008

A: Pours a hazy golden hue with some (initially) active carbonation. Capping this is a full three fingers of sticky, meringue-like head that leaves quite a bit of lace in the glass. Head retention is excellent.

S: Strong aromas of cut grass with a chaser of dirty yeast. Following this is a plethora of citrus; grapefruit, clementines, orange peel, tangerine, and a touch of lemon rind. Also encountered some cardamom, dry & toasty malt, and white pepper.

T: See above. Grassy, green hops and dirt blended, expertly, with the aforementioned citrus and spices. Tastes like fresh squeezed tangerine, grapefruit, and clementines splayed over a healthy dose of toasty malt and peppery spices.

M: Peppery with an awesome oilyness that plasters itself to every square inch of the inside of my mouth. The finish smacks of spicy white pepper and resinous hops.

D: Wow! Totally not what I expected. I had a hard time detecting any of the supposed 8% abv. Can this be considered an "Imperial" Witbier? Who cares! Whatever it is it's awesome.

Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden yellow, one finger foamy white head, decent lacing.

S - Yeast, lemon, orange, pleasant combonation of fruity/spicy/bitter hops.

T - Orange rind, spicy hops, lemon zest, coriander, tropical fruits, light dry wheat finish.

M - Medium-full body, moderate carbonation, slightly creamy.

O - This is my favorite wit, the complexity cannot be matched and the name rings true!

Photo of AlexTheAleMan
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 pt 9.4 oz corked bottle into a "German style" pint glass with a handle.

Deep golden yellow color. At first it was very clear, but on the second pour a bit of yeast came along to give it that nice cloudy appearance.

Smells very fruity. A bit of honey on the front with clove and slightly metalic/fruity/earthy hop aromas coming afterwards. There is a distinct orange smell to it along with some tea bag aromas.

This is a tasty brew. Honey suckle hits you right away but gives way to some spicy christmasy flavors of clove and orange that are accompanied by a slightly bitter, earthy hoppiness. There is a slight hint of banana and some almost raspberry like notes here. The aftertaste is very enjoyable with tea like aromas coming ending in a light pear flavored taste.

The beer is pretty light in mouthfeel for its high abv. It does a good job of coating the entire mouth with flavor and has no weak spots (lots of flavor from when you sip it til about 30 seconds afterwards).

Over all I like the beer a lot (even though it is not all that true to its style), the price point is a bit too high though...

Photo of Kraken
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
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 rarbring
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beverage is clouded amber with yellow hints, a white head with almost no lacing but some curtains.

The smell is intensely of oranges, sweet and bitter ones, and coriander.

The taste has a sweet fruity start, then freshly squeezed orange juice with a dash of ripe lemons, the coriander spiciness is balancing, and with a slight alcoholic touch Curaçao comes to mind. A nice bitter ending.

Medium low carbonation, soft and refreshing, a dry finish.

A nice "extended" wit. Tasted at a beer sampling at De Klomp, Linköping, Sweden.

Photo of sprat1960
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden color, with huge creamy white head the persisted. Belgium double, wheat beer type smell with slight citrus and spicy smell. Delicious taste; smooth wheaty taste with slight citrus and spice and a mild hoppy finish. Medium body with lots of medium carbonation. Overall I found this to a be a delicious beer. Left me wanting more.

Photo of GilGarp
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
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 Georgiabeer
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An Imperial Wit, if you will. I really liked this beer, and I really like the beers in general from trhis brewer. This one poured a nice hazy dark golden that glowed in the light with a fine white head. Smells citrusy with orange and spicy with coriander and maybe white pepper. A touch of pineiness as well. The taste is also quite spicy and citrusy. A nice pine and herbal bite develops along with a very slight sweet maltiness. The coriander works well to complement these flavors. A bit on the prickly side in the mouth, but not so much that it detracts appreciably from the beer. Very good, and an interesting take on the style.

Photo of HombreWing
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A tulip glass 750ml corked bottle
A gift from a great friend

Eyes: Visually effervescent, orange malt broth, only slightly hazy. Huge billowing head...beautiful lace

Nose: citrusy ...orange, slight corriander, lemony hoppy so aromatically delightful.

Tongue: spices and hops and bitterness overall ..some malt inter-dispersed along the heavily spiced and hoppy way. As said previously this is crossing into Belgian IPA territory. This is a beer that can culinarily take on the foods traditional IPA's should be drank with.

Texture: not thin but not medium bodied for sure. A body for every occasion esp since the 8% will warm you in winter months

Overall Experience : If I can afford it I will buy more of these as it is a beautiful hybrid of some great styles

Photo of ryanonline
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a hazy golden orange with a rocky think white head, nice lacing.

smells like sort of a combination of a witbier and an ipa. piney and orangey with a wee bit of coriander.

taste is very similar, but i sense sort of a caramel malt flavor.

slightly oily with a lot of foam. slightly creamy.

really light despite its foamy mouthfeel. light-medium body and very easy on the palate while still being very flavorful.

yummy beer, it really is not just another wit. very hoppy and delicious.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy golden orange with a thick, chunky white head. Excellent retention and big chunks of foam left on the glass.

S - A very intriguing nose for a Wit. Lots of orange and lemon in the nose with the faintest hint of spice underneath. Not a usual wit aroma at all.

T - Rather tart initially before a big blast of ornage peel and lemon come in. A faint wheat chewiness underneath with a little bit of the usual banana taste as wel. A very hop forward Wit and very enjoyable.

M/D - Medium bodied and very chewy. Well carbonated as well. A very interesting brew to say the least.

Photo of popery
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice bright gold color. The liquid is moderately hazy. Surprisingly, on the less hazy side for the style. Big white head. Lots of fine foam. Excellent retention and lots of lacing. Really nice looking stuff. The aroma is bright and fresh with wheat and hops. Bready malt with lots of wheat flavor. Pineapple, lemon and grass from the hops. It's definitely more hop forward than most wits with some nice fruit flavor. Mangoes, peaches, limes. All quite gentle and sweet. Lots of wheat flavor in the taste, as well. The hops similarly bring their fruitiness over to the taste, but it's more citric. More lime than anything. Mild bitterness. Hoppy finish. Effervescent carbonation. It's very carbonated, but it's creamy, rather than prickly. Very soft feel. Tasty stuff. This is one of the best wits around.

Photo of dcmchew
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours cloudy golden with a huge (!) foamy heady. Good retention, lots of sticky lace afterwards.
There's a pineapple on the label and that's the first thing i smell. Grass and field herbs too, green hay, lime, citrus peel and spices. Sure, the hops give off most of that, but there is a certain witbier feel to it, so i'm not screaming "hop bomb" yet.
Still not screaming it. Nice citrus peel and juice, with tasty lime, tangerines and grapefruit, faint tropical notes too (kumquats?). Spicy Belgian yeasts go hand in hand with herbs, nice coriander, white pepper, faint lemongrass and mint, floral notes, faint clove. Feels more exotic rather than soapy. Wheat, wet hay and barnyard dry up the finish, mildly bitter. Tasty hops lingering.
Yeasty body, prickly carbonated at first, then rather creamy and chunky. Fits nicely.
I'm happy this turned out to be an almost perfect craft. Not the most expensive Mikkeller, but probably better than most of those. Great hoppy wit.

Photo of DCon
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 1 PT 9.4 FL OZ bottle of this from Flamingo Bowl in St. Louis, MO for $17. Poured from the Corked/Cagged w/ Black Styrofoam wrap around this, Black Labeled w/ Yellow Piano Keyed bottle into a 12oz Snifter Glass. Does not have a freshness date on the bottle.

Aroma- Has a nice wheaty and light spicy aroma from the beginning. The end of the smell has nice sour/acidic aromas that blend in well. Herbal/floral hops are hanging out throughout the aroma also. Very nice!

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger, frothy head that has above average retention time. Has a deep orange, cloudy body and leaves VERY thick lacing behind.

Flavor- The flavor starts with a ton of citrus and light spice that lingers into a great sweetness (coming from malt?). Has a light tart finish and very light bitterness from hop if anything.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, Creamy, EFFERVESCENT, and has nice citrus finish with tons of sweetness again.

Overall Impression- While having many brews from Mikkeller, most of them are a collaboration (BrewDog, FFF, Struise, etc.) and was very happy with this one! Light spices are hanging around this Wit and had a fantastic Effervescent characteristic that is great to find in this style! I would suggest this brew for anyone wanting a refreshing Wit but would til it was around $10-12... A bit overpriced.

Photo of drink1121
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy bright orange. with a thick creamy head.
Smells like wheat malt with some orange spice, a little ester with some hotness at the end.
T-Hot up front. Ok, a little hot up front. Wheaty malt, spicy orrange peel.
M-Creamy goodness with light carbonation, perfect for the beer.

D-For an 8% Wit, its great. Good beer.

Photo of cjgator3
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
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 John_M
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy honey gold color with very good head retention and lots of sticky lacing all around. This beer looks quite nice. The nose on this beer is equally enticing, showing off nuances of honey, lemon-lime, cherry and peppery citrus. The flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, and I must say this beer has quite a lot of flavor for a wit beer. Something else I quite like is how the beer starts off fairly sweet, but finishes with a dry, hoppy bite. Very, very impressive. Mouthfeel is medium bodied at most and the alcohol is very well disguised. This beer is entirely too easy to drink for a beer with 8% alcohol.

Another excellent effort from the folks at Mikkeller

Photo of marcobrau
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
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 ADZA
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of those brews that has been sitting in my collection for a little bit and now suddenly feel the urge to have it tonight, anyways it pours a hazy,orange very light amber colour with a nice frothy two finger head that stays,the aroma is very hoppy indeed with a nice passionfruit,stonefruit aroma coming thru followed up by some citrus and feint wheat aromas aswell quite an inviting aroma,it has a nice easy mouthfeel which isnt thick nor thin and the stonefruit flavours are the first i taste on the palette followed by some orange rind and lime with a hoppy wheat finish and to be honest this is definately on the verge of being in its own category of beer altogether,quite an outstanding drop that will buy again for sure.

Photo of paperbackfoster
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pour that begins as a thin, bright gold quickly develops into a rich, clouded honey in the glass. Out of the bottle, it easily yields a two finger head, which holds together in beautiful clumps before reducing to a one finger head with great retention and initial lacing. The beer keeps a very subtle effervescence underneath, lending a depth to the otherwise cloudy appearance.

A quick sniff turns up a light zest of orange and lemon with a hint of light spice, cardamom and coriander noticeable. A pleasant tartness is all that remains of the promised 8% ABV.

The taste of this one is a pleasantly sugary sweetness up front, followed by the zesty fruit from the scent dancing on the tongue. The finish is crisp and dry, but manages to linger. This is a full, balanced witbier, heavier than many of its counterparts. The spice is just enough, more complex than the coriander and cardamom I mentioned but subtle enough not to pinpoint specifics. The fruit flavors don't overpower at all. The body of the flavor is a mild sourness, reminiscent of a pleasant, summery farmhouse ale. While it could be seen as a departure from style, this, to me, is what a wit is all about. A hint of fresh fruit, delicately spiced, pleasantly carbonated, crisply refreshing. All this while being a full, rounded beer, rather than the typical refreshers such as a hefe or kolsch.

Mouthfeel is equally full and round, the otherwise maltiness balanced out by the carbonation.

Overall, I'm very impressed with this beer. As I mentioned, it's an exemplar of what I personally look for in this style. It's a real pleasure to drink. It hits the heavier qualities, including it's 8% ABV, while managing to be a very refreshing drink that's hard not to gulp. The main deterrent from mad quaffing is, as it should be, the simple but evidently delicate fruit and spice profile.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Fairly clear golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet wheat with pale malts, Belgian yeast, coriander, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus and floral hops.

T - Sweet wheat and pale malts, Belgian yeast, coriander, orange peel, lemon zest, oats, citrus, grassy, and floral hops, some smooth bitterness.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry and spicy finish.

D - Nicely balanced bold witbier. Good level of spices.

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 jstassi
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a tulip glass, poured nice orange murky color. Thick white head, with a lot of lacing all the way down.
Smell: The first thing I picked up was a heavy orange and citrus smell. Also a hint of coriander and other floral aromas.
Taste: Bitter at first due to the citrus, mellows out and finishes well. Left an acidic after taste
Mouth Feel: Medium body with just enough carbonation, very smooth though.
Drinkability: Very unique Wit beer,(hence the name) Price is a bit high, but is a good beer to share with friends.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer, something I'd definitely drink again!

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium gold color with a white soapy head and plenty of lacing. Good clarity and a pristine looking beer. The aroma is fruity and hoppy with some herbal notes and well as a bit tropical. Dusty wheat also factors in.

The flavor is piney and resinous, grapefruit zest both from hops and dried peel additions. Wheat malt adds a damp hay and faint cotton candy note. Mild acidity from hops and citrus. Even balance but definitely citrusy.

Medium to full body with a high carbonation. Overall, this is a sophisticated Belgian wit worthy of imbibing anytime.

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Not Just Another Wit from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.