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Double Wit - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 12
Gots: 1 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 05-30-2009)
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

djrn2, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color capped by a rocky meringue that leaves a few clumps behind

Smell: Wheat bread, coriander, orange peel and a hint of vanilla

Taste: Tangy wheat bread, coriander and orange peel, up front, with a bit of alcohol arriving at mid-palate; pear, nuts and vanilla appear, after the swallow, with a lingering sweetness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Interesting flavor profile (and has matured nicely - brewed on 6/9/10) and about as good as it gets for a double wit, but not something I really would want to re-visit

brentk56, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Wit is cultured insolence."

--Aristotle

Lightly hazy lemon zest with an unrelenting fusillade of bubbles leaping off the bottom of the weizen glass and disappearing into the underside of a massive crown of pillowy foam. The cap is Belgianesque in terms of texture and is sticky enough to lay down sheets and chunks of sticky suds.

The aroma is heavenly for anyone who loves the scent of a well-brewed wit. Great Divide must have one humdinger of a Belgian yeast strain because there are a ton of fruit and spice esters that are almost BSPA-like. That's in addition to the coriander and orange.

There is no alcohol in the nose and almost none on the palate. That's a pretty mean feat in an 8.1% ale that doesn't use aggressively flavored malt or hops. The alcohol does exactly what it's supposed to do in a double wit... it adds power and big beer personality.

Flavors include golden pears macerated in Poire Williams, a twist of Curacao orange peel, bubblegum and an upfront spiciness that is as much clove and white pepper as coriander. Again, think double wit-BSPA hybrid. There's also a surprising amount of bitterness and lemongrassiness from what is probably Saaz (or similar) hops.

The body/mouthfeel is very good, though it isn't special. The brewers managed to give the beer just the right amount of barley bigness and coupled it with generous sparkly bubbles that don't step over the line into fizziness. Actually, the next highest score is tempting.

There are some craft breweries that can do (almost) no wrong in my eyes. Great Divide is one of my favorites because they consistently release quality big beer after quality big beer. Double Wit Belgian-Style Ale is pretty close to a textbook version of the style.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -22.3%

ygtbsm94, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

jaydoc, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - 6.99 at Bullock's in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a hazed, straw-color yellow body with a large, lusciously foamy, white head.

Smell: Aromatic nose of soft white wheat with some sweetish tones of sugar-coated banana and particularly spiked, pungent notes of coriander and bitter orange peel.

Taste: Faintly tangy, lightly sweet wheat with a meager brushing of wildflower honey. Fresh florals and some sweet banana. Earthy, spicy coriander and zesty Curaçao orange peel. Lightly spicy hops with a mild, though cleansing, bitterness. Just a touch of puckering acidity. Faint vanilla upon warming. Blends of yeast, citrus, and spice prior to the drying, spicy, warming, downright fluffy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation. Fairly creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Surprisingly good. Typically, I find these Double-fied, Imperialized witbiers to be a disheartening mess, but this one was actually fairly enjoyable. Nice work on that, GD.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of oberon
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

oberon, Aug 09, 2009
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.

zeff80, Apr 10, 2010
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

JAHMUR, Nov 20, 2011
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.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of russpowell
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
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

russpowell, Aug 29, 2009
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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this beer. Pours a hazy light golden with a bright white head that has extrenely tight beads. Smells lemony, spritzy, with coriander, and quite yeasty. Tastes similar. Very herbal and with a nice lemony bite and loads of yeasty character. Starts crisp and finishes softer and creamier. Not superlative, but a very solid effort.

Georgiabeer, Aug 02, 2009
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

afsdan, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of Wasatch
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to pokesbeerdude for this one.

22oz. Bomber
Gold Foil/Capped

Pours a very nice hazy golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, huge three-finger creamy white head, with tons of sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast notes, slightly hoppy, with some lemon/citrus. The taste is sweet, malty/yeasty, nice hop note, with some lemon/citrus. Medium boyd. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty Wit.

Wasatch, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'd give the appearance a 5, but the head was just too damn big to allow easy drinking. I had this in a plastic cup, then another in a glass and both times the head was very, very large and fluffy. I'm talking 6 fingers. I hope this was just due to the pressure setting. Very cloudy, gold body beneath the mountain of white fluff.
Coriander and lemongrass in the nose. Bready, too. Some citrus peel.
Taste is rather mixed. Spice, orange peel, very good malt backbone, yeasty tingles. I would call this a 'heavy wit' because it's not very light. Perhaps "double" is the right call.
Bready aftertaste, lingers with the floral spice. Went well with the cheeses they had there.

Mebuzzard, May 30, 2009
Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

brandoman63, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

smakawhat, Oct 13, 2010
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3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Stone imperial pint glass. It poured a hazy, pale gold color with a thin white lacing for a head. The head faded to a thin ring and left just a bit of lacing on the glass.

The aroma has wheat malt with some lemon and coriander citrus to it and a moderate banana and clove flavor. Pretty nice and flavorful aroma for the style.

The taste starts out showing some sweeter, wheat malt and citrus flavors. The clove like spice starts to come through towards the finish. A little banana is present throughout it as well. Some alcohol just starts to peek through. Pretty good flavors for the style even for the boosted alcohol content.

The mouthfeel is a little heavy for the style but was expected due to the abv. Carbonation is also pretty moderate for the style. Drinkability is pretty good, it had some nice Wit flavors to it and was a pretty easy drinking beer. I'm not sure I would want my Wit beers to have this much alcohol very often overall though, even if it is pretty well hidden. A good beer overall though.

billab914, Oct 13, 2010
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3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. Bottled-on date of June 3, 2009.

Appearance: light golden straw color with an extremely thick, foamy head which is hanging on quite tenaciously.

Smell: very wheaty with light citrus notes.

Taste: taste is a dense malt and wheat flavor, this is definitely a big beer. The citrus and spices are faintly present, but don't seem to hold up to the huge malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: a medium body, which is surprising given how thick and syrupy the flavor is. It's an unexpected juxtaposition, but not an unwelcome one.

Drinkability: the label calls this brew "deceptively drinkable", and I concur; however, at 8.1% this is hardly a session beer. I'll drink and enjoy my bomber, but that will be all.

flagmantho, Aug 24, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

KAF, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Be careful when you open this - the sample I got foamed as though doing so would help the Cubs finally win the World Series again. It pours a clear sunny yellow with a VERY thick white head that leaves some decent lacing. Aroma is not strong, but is fruity and malty with a bit of sweetness, inviting a taste. Flavor is malty, fruity, grassy and just a little sweet, rather enjoyable. Texture is smooth and a bit fizzy, leaving a sweet and herby finish. If this isn't Great Divide's best, it is still worthy of at least a try.

Cyberkedi, Jul 30, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

cjgator3, Nov 02, 2010
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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden body with a good sized head with nice lacing. A spicy clove with citric hop aroma as well as a touch of wheat twang and hint of sweetness. Smooth, creamy, lighter-bodied with a lemony-citric taste as well a good clove spice element. More fruit tastes like pear and apple (possibly white grape) than normally found in a wit and the sweet sugary tastes I'm getting are strong and sticky. Finishes crisp thanks to clove and sharp carbonation. This is a graet interpretation of a wit with a little extra mixed in and the ABV is well-hidden. This is must-try for those who like wits and are into light Belgian ales.

clayrock81, Nov 22, 2010
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2.93/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bomber $7. Cloudy yellow orange, looks like a wit if not a bit darker orange than yellow. Smells a little musty, then some spices. The must smell really made me do a double-take because I could swear I was smelling some brettanomyces but probbaly not. The flavor vacillated between a normal fruity witbier and an alcoholic mess. This probably would have been a good beer had they not tried to make it "robust" as they say.

ArrogantB, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of Pencible
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a hazy light gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like lemon zest and banana and very sour metallic hops, with bready yeast and a bit of coriander.
T: It tasted like lemon and banana and creamy yeast, with bready malt and a little metallic sourness. It had a bitter but smooth aftertaste.
M: It was thick and slick with a little carbonation.
D: This was a very clean and tasty witbier that was light but flavorful. It had great body too, and hid the alcohol very well, so it was extremely easy to drink. Great summer beer.

Pencible, Aug 15, 2010
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Double Wit from Great Divide Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.