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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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Reviews: 65
Hads: 142
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 8.77%
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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Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (1,182 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.35/5  rDev +9%
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. (633 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (1,596 characters)

Photo of CMW
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (496 characters)

Photo of jstassi
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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! (613 characters)

Photo of brendan13
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (620 characters)

Photo of nick76
2.98/5  rDev -25.3%
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. (343 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.23/5  rDev +6%
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 (695 characters)

Photo of ckeegan04
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (581 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +12%
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. (1,137 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (770 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
4.23/5  rDev +6%
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. (1,178 characters)

Photo of HombreWing
4.35/5  rDev +9%
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 (768 characters)

Photo of Kraken
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
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 (1,210 characters)

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Not Just Another Wit from Mikkeller ApS
89 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.