Blanche De L'Ermitage - Hopfenstark
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3.58/5 rDev -9.8%
On tap at Moniale 2009. Was expecting, and did receive a solid witbeer. Cloudy yellow with orange highlights. Orange marmelade, and grapefruit.Some sourness. Well carbonated. A bit too cold for a sample, but that's OK. Good drinkability, some bananna.
06-07-2009 22:28:35 | More by Sammy
4/5 rDev +0.8%
Served from growler into a La Chouffe pilsner. Poured a hazy pale yellow with a two finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, tart cherry, fruit, and tart. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, banana, wheat, and subtle tart. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. The tart aspect on this one was quite the pleasant surprise. It really made me come back for more and more until the 22 oz counter pressure filled bottle was empty. Really wish I had at least a 32 oz growler of this one, but beggars can’t be choosers I suppose. Really refreshing with just a touch of dryness on the followthrough. Definitely a must try as I wish I had more of this myself.
04-06-2012 15:25:49 | More by thagr81us
3.8/5 rDev -4.3%
Bottle: Poured a cloudy beige color ale with a small bubble head with minimal retention and no lacing. Aroma consists of coriander and wheat malt with some dry notes. Taste is also dominated by loads of coriander with a lightly sour and dry aftertaste. Body is quite full with limited filtration with some low carbonation. Interesting and different take on the style but additional carbonation would have been welcomed.
06-10-2009 16:36:32 | More by Phyl21ca
4.13/5 rDev +4%
hazy blond color with a huge foamy head rising up above the rim of the glass. Huge carbonation visible throughout the session as it really had a very big and lively look to it. The aroma was light grain and wheat, hints of banana and light clove notes along with a touch of spice in the nose as it starts to warm. Smooth, medium body had enough weight behind it to coat the tongue nicely. Light grain flavor gave way to nice light fruity notes and a good little prickly pepper like touch on the tip of the tongue that gave it a nice little pop. Alcohol was very well hidden and this led to a nice tight, little heavier wheat beer that was muh more drinkable
11-24-2011 02:08:12 | More by mikesgroove
4/5 rDev +0.8%
On draft at The Blind Tiger, NYC.
Poured a deep hazy straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing
The aroma and flavor featured a malty cereal malt with low level spicing. Slight sour notes were detected, as was a moderate citrus element.
The mouthfeel was typical of the style.
Overall a tasty and enjoyable wit.
05-18-2010 14:03:32 | More by plaid75
3.7/5 rDev -6.8%
Appearance – Hazy dark yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.
Smell - Grains/wheat, bananas, lemons, cloves/coriander
Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste breads/grains mixed with bananas and some lemon juice/zest. There is also a fair amount of clove/coriander spice flavour. It also has a bit of a white grape juice flavour.. giving it hints of the taste found in a triple. The beer finishes with a lemony spicy aftertaste.
Overall – An above average wit beer that I would be happy to drink again. I'm not sure how fresh my bottle was, but I'd definitely like to try this one on draft. So far I haven't been disappointed with Hopfenstarks beers.
09-09-2011 18:52:05 | More by spinrsx
4.43/5 rDev +11.6%
sampled oct 17/08 on tap at volo as part of cask days 2008.
pours hazy gold colour with a small medium density white head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves no lace.
aroma is good. coriander and a bit of clove. whole wheat bread. cracker. bit of grain. bit of orange peel. light fruit.
taste is great. low bitterness level. light alcohol. nice light clove, coriander, and orange peel. whole wheat bread and cracker. bit of grain. nice light sweetness that comes across more as light citrus than caramel.
mouthfeel is good. nice fairly light body. medium-low carbonation level.
drinkability is great. just enough going on to keep it interesting. the spicing is excellent and seems like it could be a subtle blend of many, or even none at all with the right yeast. there's a bit of saison-like character in there too which the brewer confirmed is due to use of a saison yeast strain. really good stuff that i was happy to go back for multiple samples of.
10-20-2008 01:07:03 | More by grub
British Columbia (Canada)
3.55/5 rDev -10.6%
A: Hazy straw; white head; very little retention or lace (for a wit).
S: Marmalade, spearmint? (a little odd), vanilla and a light spicing.
T: Marmalade, lemon grass, vanilla, modest spicing. They've really got the yeast working here... I'm just not overly fond of it.
M: Moderate body and carbonation with a dry finish.
D: It's obviously well-crafted, but it's just not to my taste.
10-19-2008 00:56:02 | More by Derek
3.86/5 rDev -2.8%
Bottled March 2013
Beer is golden in colour, Almost no head. I have some concern that the bottle was not well carbonated, or has lost some of it.
Coriander and orange. Wheat, yeast.
Taste contains coriander and orange pretty upfront, along with the bubblegum like flavour of Belgian yeast. Crisp wheat and some lemon. Classic, not exciting but nice.
Medium bodied, very low carbonation. Oddly low, but still nice.
09-07-2013 22:48:43 | More by jrenihan
4.18/5 rDev +5.3%
On tap at Volo for Cask Days 2008.
Pours a cloudy yellowish gold, almost amber, thin white head forms, drops a few lace spots, settles to a thin ring. As Derek pointed out, not ideal for a witbier. Smell is nice though, quite sweet, wheat, yeast, orange peel, lightly spiced, bread, bit of sugar in the nose, light bit of sourness, nice. Taste is spicy up front, honey and bread, yeast, orange peel, nice spicy and sour finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, quite nice. Not usually a big fan of witbiers but this had some cool dimensions to it.
11-21-2008 21:42:20 | More by Viggo
4.33/5 rDev +9.1%
750ml bottle poured into tulip 25/4/12 thanks papat444 for sending me this one
A cloudy pale golden yellow with enough clarity to see bubbles coming up the side of the glass but not visible deeper in the liquid, two fingers of foam lingers for a few moments leaving a few dots of lace, I gave the bottle a swirl before I poured but the second pours almost milky from the sediment
S lemon and cereal come out right away quickly followed by some spicy bubblegum and a little grapefruit flesh, smells like a decent Wit should
T orange and lemon with the same cereal I could smell and even more spice, tastes similar to the smell but stronger, perhaps its the yeasty second pour at this point but I'm loving it regardless
M a little tart but not sour, fairly light and quite refreshing with a yeasty lemon finish, just enough bubbles to keep it from feeling flat
O props for a 750ml that sinks faster then a stubby, my only regret is that I didn't drink this yesterday when it was hot and sunny
this one went down pretty fast and I couldn't help it, I can only imagine how many of these I'd slam under a hot sun. Blanch de Chambly has a little competition in Quebec, but not in Alberta unfortunately
04-26-2012 05:34:17 | More by wordemupg
4/5 rDev +0.8%
Served from a 750ml bottle to a shaker
A: The epitome of a witbier. Very cloudy white straw color topped with one to 1.5 fingers of head. Lacing was great as was lacing and retention was astounding.
S: Typical witbier aroma. Curacoa peel is there as is coriander.
T: Orange, coriander, and lemon is made present the palate. Belgian yeast character is also present and nicely done. Malts are doughy and provide a background to the spices and yeast profile.
M: Very crisp and refreshing.
O: A very good example of a witbier and nicely refreshing. I could see this pairing well with sushi.
06-21-2013 03:16:00 | More by Haydn-Juby
4.58/5 rDev +15.4%
Haven't had a wit in much too long and this 750 mL bottle had been sitting in my fridge since July... Let's do this thing. Thanks to papat444 for this gem! Unlabeled & dated bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
A: Swirled it up like crazy to get all that impacted yeast at the bottom of the bottle, and the bottle starts to foam up on me. Pours a very nice pale yellow with a good cloudy body. Lots of fluffy head (1:1 ratio between head & beer). Laces, but then disappears forever, leaving no trace of lacing.
S: Strong aromas come off the beer. Malted wheat, coriander and citrus with a late coming twang that dominates later.
T: Not a muted wit here! Lots of strong citrus comes across with a good balance of coriander, with the citrus being more dominant. A thick wheat body that balances the strong flavours very well with a great lingering lactic bite. Man, this is my idea of a great wit, and makes me wonder why I haven't tried to make one of these yet.
M: Very strong carbonation, viscous and a great lingering lactic twang. Crisp finish for such a strongly flavoured beer. Tremendously well balanced.
D: I could drink this every day. My wife who loves wits too didn't want any tonight and I am not sad to have 750 mL to drink down on my own...
11-21-2010 02:50:22 | More by kjyost
4.38/5 rDev +10.3%
Draught at one of the American release events @ Beer Table, Brooklyn.
Pours cloudy orange, thick, dense off-white head, pretty nice stickage. Fairly dark for a wit.
Nose is lots of coriander and clove, almost peppery, maybe a bit of lemon or orange rind, with a bready "substantialness" to it that is nice and a bit unexpected.
Taste is, again, substantial - crisp and wheaty, but again with a bread fullness to it that gives it a smooth richness that's quite unexpected from a witbier. Not at all cloying in any way, which some variants can tend towards. Nicely spiced towards the end, tangy yeast, some coriander. This is a ridiculously well put-together wit. Light and drinkable and yet full and round and flavorful at the same time. Love it.
Mouthfeel is creamy and a bit lush, med-full body.
05-21-2009 12:34:00 | More by JohnQVegas
Blanche De L'Ermitage from Hopfenstark
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