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Not Just Another Wit - Mikkeller ApS

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Not Just Another WitNot Just Another Wit

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88
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139 Ratings
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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 9
Gots: 9 | 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: 139 | Reviews: 64
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

Photo of gford217
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy golden hue with tons of bubbles coming to the top and feeding a big fluffy white head. The head stays as a cap for quite a while and leaves very good lacing.

The aroma was heavier on the citrus than most wits I've had. There was some wheat sweetness but more subdued and maybe hints of spice. Overall, very lemony.

Lemony hops dominate the first portion of the taste as well. There is a definite wheat presence in the middle with faint banana sweetness. The alcohol makes its presence felt in the finish with less spices than the nose suggests. Overall, lots of citrus from start to finish.

This mouthfeel is massively carbonated and prickly though still smooth overall. A very original and enjoyable wit.

Photo of BMoney575
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 7-1-10
Bottled in 2008

Pours a hazy golden color, with lines of bubbles rising to the surface. A thick white head sits on top, and lasts forever.

Smell is all sweet malt, aromas of banana and Belgian yeast. The hops come in second, adding a tart citrus edge. Very nicely aged, with just a hint of mellowing hops.

Taste is all hops, sharp and tart. Flavors of citrus and a light maltiness are there too, giving way to a pleasant bitterness and a slightly bready aftertaste. Good, but not as deep as I was hoping.

Mouthfeel is very thick and creamy, with good carbonation to add to the hoppy kick.

Drinkability is very good, the bitterness balances the sweetness nicely, and the abv is just right.

Overall, not an extreme beer, but still well made and worth trying.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
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 Fcolle2
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours hazy golden in color with a big 2 finger fluffy white head. Head has great retention and leaves a fair amount of lacing around the glass

Smell has some lemon rind like fruity esters forward wild some mild hints of Vinegar. There is a nice mild sweet grainy malt aromas before a few spices come in on the back end.

Taste has some Belgian spicy phenols forward, mainly coriander and peppercorn. Some light lemon esters are also present however Not a whole lot of vinegar or sour shows up relative to the aroma. This keeps it mild and drinkable. Some nice grainy and straw like malt come through midway through the sip before a mild hop bitterness and more lemon rind on the exhale.

Mouthfeel is good, moderate carbonation with a sticky feel keeps this nice and fizzy but soft due to the sticky body. Not a whole lot of hop bitterness but there is a good spicy dry Belgian finish.

Photo of mattboyer182
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - burnt orange in color with a nice white one fingered head with good retention.

S - smells of light citrus and spices faintly earthy.

T - taste is mellow. Lots of spice and light fruit.

M - light to medium bodied with light carbonation.

O - decent wit. Nice mellow, fruity and spicy!

Photo of mrfrancis
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy gold with a puffy, creamy whitish head that takes some time to settle. Head retention is great. A moderate amount of whitish lace is present on the sides of the glass.

S: Aromas of fresh herbs, grass, lemon, lime, kumquat, bitter orange, vanilla, wheat bread, spices, and cream are present on the nose.

T: Floral, fruity notes of herbs, grass, coriander, lemon, lime, bitter orange, kumquat, tangerine, and wildflower honey are balanced by notes of cream, vanilla, wheat bread, caramel, and biscuit. The finish is spicy and hoppy with pronounced notes of coriander, lemon, lime, tangerine, kumquat, and herbs.

M: On the lighter side of medium in terms of body, this ale is a bit sappy and sticky in the mouth. Carbonation is delicate, but just firm enough to support the body. Alcohol warmth briefly manifests on the finish, but is decidedly mellow and unobtrusive. Easy to drink for a beer of 8% abv.

O: This is a nicely executed double wit. The heavy hopping gives it a spunky, prickly character. If you are a fan of strong ales at all, then this a beer that is very much worth trying. It definitely is not just another run of the mill witbier and it isn't some half-baked attempt at a double wit either. Very unique.

Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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Not Just Another Wit from Mikkeller ApS
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