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Double Wit - Great Divide Brewing Company

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86
very good

95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 14
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 05-30-2009

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Ratings: 95 | Reviews: 64
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Photo of oberon
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

To me a double wit style is kinda like the imperial helles lager....why was it made?I split this bottle with my wife,I poured into a large tulip glass and it came out a slight hazed lemony yellow with a bit of peach color tinge,a large blooming white head atop.Not a huge fan of the raw grainy nose,some like it I dont,a bit of citrus and herb came thru as well.Flavors are not as sweet/alcoholic as expected but there is some residual sweetness that comes thru in the finish,its citrusy with a bit of toasted cereal grain with that before mentioned sweetish alcohol coming in the finish.Its decent and respectable just not my thing so much.

Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a hazy light yellow with a huge frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet fruit, musty yeast and some spices (corriander).

The flavor is bready malts and earthy yeast with some sweet citric fruit and spices and some decent bitterness at the end. The alcohol is well hidden with some warming that sneaks up. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a decent wit beer, but doesn't quite balance well. More odd notes comes out as it sits.

Photo of GilGarp
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 6/3/09.

Served from a chilled 22oz. bottle into a chalice. Removing the golden foil reveals a slightly rusted bottle cap. That's a little bit of a turn-off from the start but from there it gets better.

Pours a slightly hazy pale golden yellow with huge towering white head. It looks a lot like a tripel and the head has great retention and nice lacing.

Aroma is just right for a wit. There is great citrus and fresh lemon plus some nice floral notes. The yeast imparts just a hint of sour. It all goes together wonderfully.

Flavor has really nice balance. It opens up slightly sweet with lemon zest fading from citrusy to tart. It never goes too strong in one direction or the other. Finishes crisp and dry.

Mouthfeel is pleasant - not too thin, not too heavy with perfect carbonation. Very drinkable beer for the summer season. Alcohol is well-hidden.

Overall a very fresh and zesty beer that I wouldn't mind having again.

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

Bomber into a Brooklyn tulip.

Appearance: What you'd expect: orange lemon colored, drowsy falling sheets of white lacing in clumps, along with some scattered raindrops. Nice hazy yeast-induced haze to the body of the brew.

Smell: A little bit of earthy phenolic activity is what happens initially. Followed by a bit of clove-covered lemons. Lots of yeast-induced spice. Definite sweetness. Candied oranges. A bit of marmalade.

Taste: I like the hops here, as the body seems initially sweet, but then the hops come and do their thing. Some root-like earthiness is present, but there's the good candied sweetness, some bready caramel, maybe a bit of toffee. Finishes with citrus candied sweetness, into earthiness, into slightly sweet citrus bitterness, with some phenolic activity, and lingering. Complex and balanced and nuanced, yet nothing pushes it over the mark.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a sheet-like and blanket carbonation, inimitably prickly, yet not feeling too full, and able to coat and provide a lot of nuance.

Drinkability: As far as domestics go, I think Southampton's still my favorite, but this is a close second. There's some visceral going on here, welcomingly, but I think some time could mellow this out a bit and bring some other stuff to the forefront nicely.

Photo of cjgator3
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Pours a beautiful based whitish golden yellow color with a nice off-white head.

S- The aroma is very nice! There is some wheat, a lot of citrus (lemon and orange) and some spices (coriander). 
 
T- The taste like the aroma is wheat malt up front with some sweetness up front as well. Some citrus and spices bring up the finish with a yeasty finish. 

M- The mouthfeel is somewhere between light and medium bodied with a good amount if carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a very enjoyable beer. It takes everything I love in a good Wit and kicks it up a couple notches.

Photo of prototypic
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double Wit is a lighter shade of gold in color. It's not hazy, but does have numerous, miniscule yeast particles swimming about. A fluffy white head caps it off and stands two fingers tall. It's very slow to dissipate and leaves a rather thick, sticky lacing in its wake. Pretty impressive.

The nose is good. It features some citrus lemon and orange notes initially. It smells slightly sweet. Spices follow and add a nice layer of depth. There are hints of pepper, clove, and coriander. The most appealing aspect is the yeast. It's very Belgian and character and has a strong presence. Alcohol is a little noticeable, but is blended pretty well. I'm not the biggest fan of Wits, but the nose on this one is quite good. Here's hoping the flavor follows suit.

Indeed it does. Citrus lemon and orange flavors kick it off. It falls on the sweet side, but only by a little. The spice flavors add quality depth and complexity. Pepper, coriander, and clove are the primary components. But, there are probably a few ancillary varieties I'm missing. Once again, the yeast really drives the flavor. It's very tasty and prominent in the grand scheme of things here. I'm impressed. This really does have an authentic Belgian flavor to it. A bit of a hoppy flavor kicks in on the tail. It has a slight bitter bite that's very well done. Alcohol is noted. It's certainly much bolder than your ordinary Witbier. But, it's nothing too scary. Color me damn impressed overall. This one very tasty Wit.

The body is light-medium. It's relatively smooth, but never feels creamy. Carbonation is rather light and inconspicuous. Drinkability is good. I like the flavor a lot for a Witbier. I'm not the biggest fan of the style, but I'm really enjoying the bomber. Having said that, one is enough.

Great Divide is one brewery that really stands out in 2009. They've released a handful of new beers that, overall, have been very impressive. Double Wit is certainly one of them. I've never really gotten into Wits. This one's different. It's damn good. I believe the yeast presence is what really draws me in. It's a little unique and much more bold than what you normally encounter in Witbiers. Perhaps that's why I like it. It's bigger and much more badass than a Witbier. If you see a bottle, pick it up...even if you don't like Wits. This one's different.

Photo of russpowell
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled 3 Jun 09

Pours a golden honey color & effervescent with 3 fingers of rocky eggshell colored head. Hazes a bit as this bottle is drained, 5 star head retention & pretty nice lacing

S: Wet grass, lemons, green banana as this warms

T: Follows the nose, some orange peel & lemons up front, along with a bit of barnyard & grapefruit. Dryness, a touch of tropical fruit, green banana & coriander, band-aids, breadyness, plus a touch of booze shows as this warms. Finishes dry, a bit boozey with a little too much band-aid for me, plus some grapefruit. Could've pulled a 3.5 but some flavors were just a bit offputting ( band-aids mostly )

MF: Medium bodied, fairly vigirous carbonation

The ABV is pretty well hidden, but the mix of spices & what have you led to this being an incredibly slow drinker for me. This one didn't really excite me too much; so far none of Great Divide's Belgian experiments have...Not as good as my overall would indicate

Photo of philbe311
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers worth of audibly fizzy rocky white foam head... Moderate retention that once receded leaves a splotchy yet inviting lacing... A very modest amount of moderate paced carbonation rises throughout... A muted honey straw color with a slight haziness to it... The foam clings to the to the sides of the glass on the way down...

S - Yeasty... Orange... A potent and complex spiciness with hints of coriander and lemon pepper dominating... Freshly cut grass... Hints of peach...

T - Similar to the nose, the yeast dominates... Banana... Citrus... Peach... Coriander... Lemon zest... Crust... Slightly medicinal...

M - A muted carbonation on the tongue... Medium bodied... Dry from the start... Slightly chalky texture...

D - A very assertive take on a usually timid style... While the effort is much appreciated, I'm not sure it equates to a memorable brew... Typically I'm a huge fan of Great Divide, but I'm slightly disappointed by this offering... While there is nothing "wrong" with the individual components, the final product is somewhat of a let down...

Photo of smakawhat
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance, a gorgeous golden slight opaque color with tight bubbles on the head. Head sticks around

Smell, sweet, slight honey, noticeable whiff of cardamom

great body in the mouth, chewy, bold, tastes of cream, cardamom, bread, great finish. Not too sugary sweet either in taste.

Highly drinkable, with or without food.

Photo of FreshHawk
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy gold with a orangish hue. Large, foamy, creamy, white head. Pretty good retention leaving patches of lace.

S - Loads of spice and fruit. Citrus, curaçao, coriander, and banana. Sweet with just a kick of spice. Some wheaty aroma. Not a typical Wit.

T - Loads of fruitiness. Banana, pineapple, pear, mango, and orange. Curaçao takes over mid-sip. Some spice (coriander and pepper mostly). Some honey, and sweet wheaty malt. Touches of vainilla and peach.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Pretty smooth.

D - A little too much fruit and spice flavors. Not difficult to drink this glass, but I couldn't see having more.

Notes: Interesting Wit that seems a bit on the gimmicky side for me (with all the fruit and spice especially with the curaçao taking over). It's not bad, but it ended up tasting a bit like a mixed cocktail.

Photo of MTNboy
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The body was a nice brass color with a lot of sediment. There is a lot of foam and head too. Overall, I would say it was good looking beer. The aroma is very spicy and I am not sure if that is from the hops, yeast or coriander. Maybe it is the combination of all. The flavor is also very spicy. It is odd because in most wits that I try I taste the orange first then spice but this one is the opposite. The head and lace maintain their present throughout the session

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I always seem to overlook Great Divide and would never have picked this up if my girl hadn't brought it over.

Hazy gold with a large white head. Lace absolutely pasted all over the glass where it sticks and corpuscles like stained glass.

Strong, spicy wheat phenol aroma but not really traditional Belgian--more like an American muscle car. Subtle hop and coriander. Taste has a sugar and spice balance with burnt plantains, papaya and tropical fruit. Subtle, styrofoam ick aftertaste prevents this beer from being nearly flawless.

A perfect mix of tradition and interpretation.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright yellowish gold color, with a very large white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of citrus fruits, Belgian yeast, wheat, coriander, light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is pretty well-balanced and starts with a strong wheat and Belgian yeast breadiness that is quickly followed by coriander spice and lemon and orange flavors. The malt character is a little thin and the hops presence is mild but both are exactly where they should be for the style. The after-taste is slightly spicy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice lighter-bodied but strong and flavorful Belgian beer to drink for a long time.

Photo of TheSarge
4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one into a standard pint glass, and the beer produced about a two finger thick pillow soft looking head of bright white, and the body was golden white with a mild haze The head retention is impeccable.

The aroma is of sweet honey, coriander, original bubblegum and gooey caramel.

Taste wise it's like chewing on some Topps bubblegum, with maybe a touch of blood orange character... Very sugary.

Feels full in body, with mild carbonation. Somewhat oily slick, which keeps a palate moist at first, but then the alcohol cuts in at the very end to dry the palate.

A great double wit IMHO, and I'd recommend this to anybody, beer drinker or not.

Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
4.36/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- An extremely pretty beer to say the least. Perfect white creamy head that lasts forever and a color that has a great orange glow to it. perfectly cloudy as well. yummm.

S- Coriander, Orange peel and cloves all the way. no real hints of hops (good for a wit(ish) style beer.

T- wow definitely get a huge amount of spices but some acidity as well, in fact a fairly large amount of it. Lots of Bananas in there as well. Definitely interesting.

M- sticks around a bit but that feels common with wits and sours. dry and has a good bit of carbonation as well.

D- overall this beer is a keeper but it is definitely miscategorized, I would consider it a belgian farmhouse more than a wit, or perhaps even a berliner wisse? I don't know what to call it but good. makes me want to like sour beers even!

Photo of OldSchoolGamer
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian Wits are easily my favorite thirst quenching beers. Great Divide just recently came out with their Double Wit, which is essentially a Belgian Wit kicked up a notch. Here is my review:

A: This beer looks great. Initinally, this is a nice clear golden yellow, but once you get to the yeast at the bottom, it turns into a cloudy and sediment filled treat. The head is excellent as well as it is quite large and sticks around perfectly.

S/T: The aroma is pretty typical for a Wit. Lots of yeast, spice and citrus present. Taste is, like I stated before, a Wit but kicked up a notch. There is a lot of yeast initially. Spice is very prominant along with quite a strong citric character. Lots of orange. Maybe a touch of banana in there as well. Definetly more complex and fuller than a typical Wit. Quite different compared to Sam Adams Imperial White. Alcohol is somewhat present in the taste as well. Pretty strong tasting beer, however the finish is quite sudden as there is little aftertaste.

M/D: This is actually pretty light bodied. A little heavier than a regular Wit, but considering the higher alcohol, I expected it to be a bit more syrupy. Carbonation is spot on, and the finish is very clean. It doesn't drink as easily as a regular Wit, but this still drinks remarkably well. Very thirst quenching and refreshing. Alcohol is somewhat present as it leaves a light afterburn in the throat.

I think Great Divide achieved what they set out to do: make a Belgian Wit true to the style, but double the intensity and flavor. This is definetly the best Double or Imperial Wit I have had. I think the only thing that needs improvement is the alcohol presence. Maybe knock the ABV down a bit, and this might be a candidate for best of the style. Worth checking out, especially if you are a fan of these types of beers.

Photo of hopdog
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Bottle stamped bottled on JUN 03 2009.

Poured a medium and hazy yellow color with a large sized white head. Aromas of sweaty wheat, citrus, and spices. Tastes of citrus, wheat, spices, and a touch of fruitiness. Alcohol content well hidden.

Photo of waltonc
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lemon/golden yellow with an inch'o'head. Smells of citrus, bread, and coriander. And tastes like it too. Alcohol is nowhere to be found, in spite of the 8.10% ABV. Mouthfeel is light to medium, with medium carbonation. I like this a lot - a great summer-drinking brew.

Photo of berley31
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured with a huge, rocky, white head that hung around for a fair bit before gradually dissipating. Nice lacing. Body is dark yellow and very cloudy.

S: Aroma is of light yeast, coriander, citrus, orange, and pepper. Very spicy, actually... a little more spice and it'd be overdoing it, but this works well. There's a light presence of alcohol as well.

T: Quite a nice flavor with the spices and coriander, and quite refreshing. To be honest, the alcohol is hidden very well... almost TOO well, if you ask me.

M: Medium-bodied and creamy, with a soft carbonation.

D: This beer is way too drinkable at 8%+... but I think one or two would be enough, as the spices may get a little overpowering if you keep chugging them back.

Photo of BMoney575
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 7-17-09
Bottled on 6-3-09

Pours a very hazy pale yellow with a very cool translucent gold effect. The head is thick and creamy, with huge chunks of lacing.

Smell is very spicy and sweet, made even stronger by a great alcohol push underneath. A hint of Belgian yest at the end completes the picture.

Taste is very wheaty, with subtle flavors of coriander and light citrus, but the booze adds all the complexity. Not harsh at all, just a great, slightly fermented Belgian kick.

Mouthfeel is great slick for the alcohol and carbonated just right to keep it light.

Drinkability is scary good, a little sweet, but it's just my style.

Overall, a great beer. It makes a good case for double witbier becoming its own style.

Photo of Bonis
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a semi-cloudy golden color from a bomber into my large hefe glass. Head is huge and sticks around, leaves a lot of lacing all the way down to the bottom.

Nose - Yeast, wheat, bananas and citrus, coriander and cloves. Smells like a spot on Witbier.

Taste - Sweet fruits, orange & honey, and intense spices. I get some of everything from the nose. More on the malty side but definitely can taste some citrus hops. Very little alcohol. This tastes pretty darn good.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation tingles the roof of the mouth through the swallow. Crisp, dry, and refreshing on the back end.

Drinkability - Wouldn't have more than one in a night, but definitely a beer I'll seek out again. This one had me feeling the alcohol about 12 oz. into it. A fairly easy one to drink overall.

Photo of froghop
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a semi-hazy yellow with a tint of orange, a large white head, and great lacing.

smell is of some wheat, sweet fruit, and malt.

taste is tangy, sweet fruit, sour malt, wheat, and nutty, ends dry and a tad bitter.

overall not that bad of a wit.

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

- from notes
22 oz bottle
A - cloudy golden yellow
S - mild sweet wheat with no hops but some spice
T - tastes follows smell with wheats, malts, and probably some coriander. Little if any hops.
M - feels a little thick in line with the cloudiness.
D - absolutely drinkable, I had to check again to make sure it was a 22 because it went down more like a 12.

Photo of chickenflea
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - 6.99 Total Wine in Orlando, Florida. Appearance: Pours out a cloudy, straw-colored body with a large, lusciously foamy, white head. Smell: Aromatic nose of apricot with characteristic Begian yeast notes. The usual suspects are all here to a lesser degree: banana, coriander and bitter orange peel. Taste: overwhelmingly malty. (Duh, it's a double, Einstein.) Secondary tastes are tanginess at first blending into a white pepper and corriander with other spices like cinnamon, clove and alspice. Spicy pleasant aftertaste. This is not a beer to drink quickly. Doing so spoils the amazingly long and luscious finish. Mouthfeel: Medium. Average carbonation.Creamy mouthfeel. Drinkability: Very good, however it must be drunk slow to enjoy. Pounding this beer down quickly short-circuits all the best parts of the experience: its complexity and finish.

Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, orange/golden color with a three-finger, bubbly, foamy, off-white head. It left soapy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of yeast, orange peel, coriander, spices and sweet wheat.

T - It tasted yeasty and spicy with notes of wheat, clove and banana.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A light bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a really good wit. Like most high ABV wits, this one almost tastes like a Tripel.

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Double Wit from Great Divide Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.