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Not Just Another Wit - Mikkeller ApS

Not Just Another WitNot Just Another Wit

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BA SCORE
88
very good

114 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.1%


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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nick76

Florida

2.93/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The aroma is spicy with yeast, citrus, alcohol, and malt. The appearance is hazy gold-orange with a nice head. The flavor is like the aroma and very strong in alcohol taste without being all that high in alcohol. The palate is smooth. Overall this has the makings of a good beer but the astringent bitterness and obvious alcohol bring it down.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 10:59:38 | More by nick76
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philipquarles

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 23:11:08 | More by philipquarles
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impending

California

3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

B-

750ml into a tulip. Pours a nice transparent golden copper, yellowish dense towering head, excellent lacing.

Aroma is strong of yeast, spices and camphor. Significant floral hop contribution.

Again a strong hop profile. The aftertaste is clear mildly bitter hops which in measure is the dominant feature of this brew. I struggle to discern any typical wit characteristics. Low medium bodied mouthfeel. A subtle pleasant pineapple appears with warmth. Nice but lacks complexity.
an ipa wit
not just another cause it's not
cheers
jd

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 06:05:10 | More by impending
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JamnesCameron

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap at Finnegan's in Plainfield, IL. Pours a very clear, pale straw, with a stark white head of about two fingers. Lots of lacing as the head slowly drops.

Aromas of spices, coriander, bitter and sweet orange. No hop aroma to speak of, no real malt aromas. Lemons.

Flavors of spicy lemon, bitter and sweet orange, coriander. Quite bitter for a wit.

Mouthfeel is light, not as creamy as most wits. Good level of carbonation.

Overall, don't quite know what to think. Definitely not your average wit. Not much to identify it as a wit. Not cloudy, too high alcohol.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2011 04:03:36 | More by JamnesCameron
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blakelive784

Colorado

3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pt 9.4 fl oz bottle served in a weizen glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a murky golden orange color with a soapy with head of 1.5 fingers. Retention is average.

S - Honey, orange peel, unrefined wheat, yeast, and a good bit of citrus hops. Moderate strength and well balanced.

T - Heavy on the yeast. Pleasant pale malt and honey, orange and lemon zest, and a fair amount of bitterness on the finish. It's balanced well, with great yeast flavor, but may not please fans of the style.

M - Light bodied. A bit too smooth, especially on the finish. Medium carbonation.

D - Quite complex, highly drinkable and very well built. It's got depth, especially for a wit, and is an inspired take on the style. Worth a try, but not outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 02:56:44 | More by blakelive784
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froghop

Washington

3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear orange with a large off-white head, and great lacing.

smell is of lemon, and wheat.

taste is of wheat, citrus, and some orange peel, ends tangy on the tongue yet dry.

overall a nice witbier, smooth, wheat, and just the right amount of citrus.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 01:34:10 | More by froghop
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Sorachi

Hong Kong

3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this beer on tap:

PROS:
- Belgian white, with strong similarity notes of the famous commercial Dutch beer Hoegaarden.
- With distinctive flavours and after taste.

CONS:
- No body, poor mouth feel for a wheat beer.

Not the best beer of the Mikkeller ApS Range.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2013 07:56:53 | More by Sorachi
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Interesting idea, but it just doesn't quite seem to work for me. The premise is fine, but the result IMHO doesn't really hold up. Poured with a great huge foamy frothy fluffy cream colored head and lots of lace. Color is a very hazy to slightly cloudy amber. Aroma is yeast hops malt spice citrus. Flavor is like that too but with the orange peel and prominant added spice that seems to clash a bit with the hops. Body is very good and so is carbonation. Finish is a fairly short odd bittersweet. Alcohol is muted. It's ok, but I don't think I'd get another any time soon.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 01:35:18 | More by drpimento
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oline73

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Max's in Baltimore. It was served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: This is a cloudy golden/light amber color with one finger of white head that goes away quickly.

Smell: The smell of this beer is quite sharp on the nose. I'm picking up some herbs and sweet fruit notes. The main fruit I'm picking up is tangerine.

Taste: Citrus peel bitterness hits the tongue hard. Again the tangerine sweetness comes through. I'm also picking up some herbs. This is a very unique beer and quite bitter for the style.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and super dry. The carbonation is delicate and on the low side.

Drinkability: I thought that this was a very unique beer. Lots of herbal flavors and citrus peel. I'm glad I got to try it, but I don't know that I would go have another.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2011 03:18:01 | More by oline73
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mwilbur

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a moderately hazy lemon yellow with high carbonation producing a 3 inch thick bubbly white head. Good retention and lacing.
S: Nice lemon citrus hops, belgian spice, and hints of orange and white pepper.
T: Sweet and clear lemon hops, belgian spice, orange zest, grapefruit, and white pepper. Lacks the typical bite of a wit and in its place lies dry and slightly earthy hops. Interesting.
M: Clean, smooth, and slightly sweet. Nice carbonation effervescence. Moderately dry with a slightly bitter hop finish.
D: Not your typical take on a wit...wait a minute...yup, that's what the beer told you right off the bat. An interesting and refreshing brew. Solid...just not stupendous. I do like the creativity which is a hallmark of Mikkeller.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 04:28:08 | More by mwilbur
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Zekezilla

Maryland

3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had high expectations about this beer after reading a bit about the Mikkeller brewery. This one left me a little disappointed. Based on what I'm learning a/b witbiers, previous reviews and the ingredients, I expected a nice spicy, fruity combination--orange, coriander maybe? What I got instead was a very, very piney, taste with very little else coming through. I still want to try their stout but will not seek this one out again.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 01:10:57 | More by Zekezilla
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nickthetick

Maryland

3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 00:36:19 | More by nickthetick
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 02:59:09 | More by Phyl21ca
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barczar

Kentucky

3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chill hazed golden color with a half finger whitish ivory head that quickly dissipates into a thin sheet of foam.

Initial aroma is grain and wheat, with muted orange and grapefruit, followed by bready malt. Belgian yeast esters of bubble gum and tropical fruit surface as it warms, as well as a rich of phenol.

Flavor is more indicative of the belgian yeast ester profile. Grapefruit and coriander emerge, carried by slightly bready malt and wheat, leading to a slightly bitter and dry finish.

Body leans to the heavy side, with moderate carbonation and a hint of slickness.

Overall, a slightly sweet, yet bitter beer with all the character of belgian yeast and a good balance of malt and fruity hop flavor. Wheat adds a nice complexity. Obviously a bit bitter for the style, and a touch heavy.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2012 03:02:06 | More by barczar
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July2Nov

Hawaii

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought At Tamura's in Kailua, HI for $10.99.

Appearance: Poured a cloudy golden pear color with a massive two inch foamy head that settled down to a 1/2 inch head, but the foam still clung to the sides like a champ!

Smell: Sweet citrus notes and what seems to be vanilla with some spice on the side for good measure.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Slight alcohol taste at first then mellows down a bit, but then spikes back up with the 8% abv. Has a sour/bitter aftertaste. This one certainly warms you up. Honey and clove come through with a slightly sweet rum flavor.

Drinkability: I'll admit it; I love everything that is put out by Mikkeller and this witbier is no exception! I mean, come on, you really can't go wrong when the label has "Belgian Ale" and "Mikkeller" on it! Ontzagwekkend!

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 05:40:48 | More by July2Nov
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bavarian Lodge.

A- hazy dark orange with nice lacing and retention

S- oranges, lemons and some slight bitterness

T- lots of citrus going on here. orange, lemon and some coriander come through at the start. Nice pale hop finish for a wit.

M- light to medium bodied. not real dry and fairly easy to drink

O- this was a decent stronger wit.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2011 01:53:45 | More by kawilliams81
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Viciousknishs

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a translucent golden orange color with two fingers of white head. Solid retention with ok lacing.

S- base aroma of wheat and raw cereal grain. Substantial orange peel and herbal coriander blend with assertive orange hops. Finishes with a dusty yeast character and leafy hop notes.

T- touch of dry malt flavor with wheat and rustic grains. Orange peel and herbal coriander spice come out in the middle. Hop bitterness with notes of orange and tangerine and a powdery like yeast flavor hit the palate on the finish.

MF- fluffy soft mouthfeel. Medium body and small bubbled awesome carbonation.

D- good drinkability.

Overall a solid wit beer with great over the top hops for the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 03:01:50 | More by Viciousknishs
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 Bottle; Sampled April 2009
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a four-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head that is nice and long lasting and leaves a nice thick lace on the sides of my glass. The beer is a bright gold color that shows hints of haze and a brighter gold color when held up to the light. The aroma has an expressive, sweet orange zest note as well as a grassy, cracker like grain note. The citrus aromatics are really the dominant note here; it is refreshing, but can seem a bit simplistic at times.

Sweet grain flavors mix with tart citrus notes (more than just orange, with some Meyer lemon notes) up front. The finish has an astringency to it that is a bit like the pin in a citrus fruit, slightly tannic and bitter. The finish also has a bit of spiciness to it; a earthy pepper not as well as a sort of green coriander flavor is noticeable. Actually, speaking of green flavors, this beer actually has a green, sort of vegetable flavor to it. The flavor is a cross between a bell pepper and a leafy herbal note; this last reminds me of a mix of basil and kefir lime leaf. The flavor is spice and citrus dominated, but the grain does contribute a back drop of grassy wheat flavors, some sweet grain notes and a dry, cracker like grain note in the finish. The body is a bit heavier than a standard strength Wit, with a touch of viscous heft and a noticeable body, but it is still quite quaffable and refreshing.

This is an enjoyable beer, especially if one is fond of Wits. It is not overly complex and could certainly use some more fermentation complexity.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 16:49:28 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This had a really nice yeasty and citrusy aroma, the head is very lively. It's thick and sticks to the glass like a champ. The color is a hazy yellow not too many bubbles. Has a bit if a thinker mouthfeel which I feel is quite good because some Wits are very thin. This is a good spring brew though.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 04:20:01 | More by Knapp85
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.8/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2012 11:49:47 | More by CrazyDavros
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kojevergas

Texas

3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-draught into 20cl stemware at the Mikkeller Bar in Copenhagen, Denmark. Reviewed from notes taken in July 2011. The board there listed this as 7.4% ABV, which I trust more than beeradvocate.

A: Pours a one finger head of soft slight cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Colour is a cloudy yellow-gold.

Sm: Orange peel, assorted citrus esters - especially lemon, and light barley. A mild strength aroma.

T: Orange peel esters, lemon, and heavy unexpected bittering hops. Complex and boundary pushing for the style. Built and balanced well.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Complements the style and flavour.

Dr: High ABV (especially for a witbier), very easy to drink, and at a high price point. Worth a go especially if you like the style and want to see it done differently.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2011 02:32:25 | More by kojevergas
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CMW

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden cloudy yellow in color. Medium white head formation that receeds quickly and leaves some nice lacing.

S - Floral notes mixed with some pepper spice. I can also pick up some subtle hop notes.

T - Slightly sweet upfront and that gives way to a more floral taste. It is even a little soapy. There is a small hint of bitterness in the finish.

M - Light and crisp. Medium carbonation.

D - Although I am not a huge fan of the style, this is very drinkable. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 03:02:03 | More by CMW
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jamescain

Texas

3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a sniffer, thanks texasclimber for sharing this one

Appearance: Straw yellow with a fluffy white head about two inches thick with sediment floating in the beer.

Aroma: Spicy, coriander, orange dominate and a hint of currant.

Taste: Still spicy, not spicy like a pepper, but the kind of spicy that a Belgian yeast strain will provide. One of the better wits I’ve had, but nothing spectacular.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, but in a refreshing way.

Overall: Despite what the name of the beer implies, it tasted like just another wit. Was it better than other wits? Sure. But I wouldn’t say it was not just another wit.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 20:43:57 | More by jamescain
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GPHarris

Alabama

3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a three-fingers thick fluffy, off-white head into a tulip glass that left great lacing throughout. body was bright golden.
s - light lemon, grainy, with a slightly spicy aroma.
t - belgian flavors, grainy, light lemon flavor.
m - smooth, creamy with a dry finish.
o - enjoyable and interesting profile.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 15:25:05 | More by GPHarris
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brendan13

Australia

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from a 750ml corked, caged and foiled bottle into a tulip glass a slightly hazy pale golden colour with a few centimetres of dense white head that sits for a while and leaves a bit if lacing down the glass.
S - A nice light citrus fruitiness with a floral touch and some light spice/pepper notes.
T - Very much like the smell; citrus fruity, floral, light peppery notes an an obvious wheat maltiness.
M - Lighter side of medium bodied, dry, slightly toasted feel, fairly high carbonation.
D - Not the most amazing Mikkeller beer so far but still decent. The fairly high ABV% holds back the drinkability a bit.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 09:48:39 | More by brendan13
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Not Just Another Wit from Mikkeller ApS
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