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Double Wit - Great Divide Brewing Company

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64 Reviews
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Reviews: 64
Hads: 95
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 9.04%
Wants: 14
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 05-30-2009

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Photo of katan
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz into a pint

A - Pours a bright golden clear - almost sparkling. Very clear, not hazy as one would expect with the witbier style. Strong head formation, bright white.

S - Fruity, sweet - some orange peel as well some grainy wheat notes as well. I detect some alcohol heat.

T - Starts off with a light sweetness, some wheat grainy background is also present. Midstream gets more fruity, estery. Finishes with a strong hit of alcohol warmth and lots of spicy coriander. Extremely smooth.

M - Very thick and creamy, sticky. Also quite "hot" from the alcohol. Carbonation is only lightly present - certainly below the style, but does give some airy notes to the beer.

D - Moderate to perhaps scary drinkable. This ABV would sneak up on you quickly. At times filling due to its full bodied nature - lots of unfermentables.

As all double-wits do, this one reminds me of a tripel. The esters are present and under control. The relatively low amounts of wheat flavors probably matches an under pilsnered tripel.

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Photo of beer2day
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light lemon gold pour with very little head. No lacing.

Nose is surprisingly weak for an impy style. Some spices, but not that noticeable. Bit of honey and mead.

Hits with honey sweetness. Some spiciness and a little pepper heat. gets sweet again in the finish.

Feel is thicker than anticipated. Syrupy.

One and done. ABV not terribly noticeable.

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Photo of billab914
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of kshankar
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy and golden..thick foam with good retention.

Aroma is citrusy, yeasty, wheaty. There is also the spice profile..cloves, coriander. Banana as well.

Taste follows the aroma, and its basically an amped up regular wit. Stronger flavor profiles, particularly in the spices. Very well done.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and intensely creamy. This is one rich witbier. Drinkability is high, could easily work as a dessert for me, in a way.

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Photo of stephens101
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy gold in color with an abundance of off-white froth. Retention is great with large chunks of residual lace. Smells of light fruits (peaches/pears) and sweet malts. A hint of hops exists in the very back. Tastes of vanilla, apples, coriander, slight hops, sweet bread and diacetyls in the middle. Has a medium mouth-feel with a creamy middle and little to no alcohol heat. One of the best Double Wits I've tried.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.83/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of JEdmund
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks standard for a wit--hazy bright yellow with a fat white cap. Doesn't even smell like a ramped up version, though it does hint at a substantial malt and wheat flavor. Has that characteristic spice smell too. Oh yeah on the flavor... Pretty hefty hit of Belgian wheat flavors coming at me. It seems right on point for flavors, but they're all running at "11". Also, the body is quite a bit thicker than a regular wheat. The coriander flavor is really coming through pretty strong, especially in the finish; it mixes nicely with the curacao bitterness. I like it, and I really wasn't anticipating that I would very much. Fairly easy drinking for a big beer.

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Photo of Bonis
4.22/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of Pencible
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of ryanonline
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy fiery orange big white head lots of lacing. Good looking witbier.

Smells extra spicy. Obvious coriander but nice undertones of cinnamon or nutmeg. Wheaty and yeasty as well.

Taste is very similar with a nice earthy undertone. I'm not the biggest fan of the citrus flavor that is common in most wits but this one is absolutely devoid of it and its a bit odd. Very sweet though.

Very creamy yet thin bodied. Boarderline foamy carbonation. Sweet finish.

Pretty good drinkability.

Spiciest wit I've ever had. Still a bit odd that there is no sourness to it. A definitive sweetness though.

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Photo of bump8628
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed gold with minimal white head and lower-than-expected carbonation for the style.

Musty, crackery wheat and oat takes hold of the nose before giving way to bright orange citrus and coriander on the palate. Nice hit of citrus and spice hop bitterness at the back of the palate before and semi-dry finish which has more lingering citrus.

Drinks almost like a regular wit other than the stepped up body and the faintest hint of alcohol as it warms. This would be a fun beer to pair with food at a beer dinner, but I'll pass on it as an everyday beer or one that I would pick up often. Another solid effort from Great Divide.

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Photo of emmasdad
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at the Great Divide Brewery, as the bottle seemed a little pricy for a style I've never thought all that impressive. This was quite a pleasant surprise, however. Pours a nice golden color, with a good white head on top. Nice aromas of lemon, orange peel and white pepper. More spiciness on the palate, with a fairly substantial mouthfeel (at least compared to a traditional wit). Drinks easily, and makes you want a second. Very good.

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Photo of WhiteOak
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled 6/2010.

A- Hazy pearlescent straw yellow color. The white meringue head settles quickly, but leaves copious amounts of crackly lace sheets and rings on the glass.

S- Rich aromas soar from the glass: pineapple, apricot, juicy fruit gum, citrus rind, spice, yeasty dough. Big, bright, clean and alluring smell on this beer.

T- Sweet rich malt, sweet grains, pineapple, citric hops, spice.

M, D- Big, rich, mouth-coating. A pronounced, very chalky feel - almost coarse in texture. A touch of stickiness. Well balanced and drinkable. CO2 ideal, ABV masked. One flaw I see in this brew: the sweetness does a good job of balancing the acidity until the finish, after which the soapy sourness persists on the palate and is a bit unpleasant, even after the very nice flavors.

A Belgian tripel or saison meets a DIPA? This is an unusual hybrid style.

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Photo of SamN
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber, served in a hefe glass.

A- Less hazy than I expected. Golden honey colored, fades to hazy yellow to light. Nice bubbly head sits royally atop this brew. Throught the haze I can see this beer is fairly active with a few streams of carbonation feeding the head, which lasts for quite a while.

S- Whew, quite strong with lots going on! Strong coriander and peppery aromas, beefy wheat undertones, slightly smokey (which is fantastic in a wheat, I just realized),roasted lemons, very slight astingency and an overall sense of strength and spice. A truly unique smelling brew.

T- Zesty lemon/lime tastes up front, followed by ham-like smokiness to the wheat grains in the middle, finishes still ham-y and lightly fruity. Lots of residual sugars. A spicy witbier, retains an originality that makes it stand out from other double witbiers. Good taste, solid construction, the planning is evident in the execution, but doesn't blow my socks off.

M- However, the mouthfeel does! In between medium to big bodied, this fills your mouth a sits like lead, so heavy! Silky smooth, absolutely fantastic feel for a double wit. Nothing to criticize here, perfect feel.

D- Eh. It's good, better than most, but doesn't cross that line from good to totally kick ass. Strong, spicy and with a big twist on it; I found this surprisingly hard to drink.

*I fear my rating does not accurately present my opinion this beer. IMHO, it gets a solid B+. Looks and MF can only go so far...

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Photo of ajwillys
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Straw color, white head, nice lacing on the glass
S - Hints of honey, coriander, citrus
T - Very strong honey flavor. Faint bite from the alcohol content. Coriander makes its presence known. Pineapple flavors in the aftertaste.
M - Smooth mouthfeel (probably from the unmalted wheat)
D - Drinkable for a bottle or two.

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Photo of busternuggz
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pleasant lightly hazy golden color, half inch off white head with persistent lacing. Nice smells of pineapple, dried apricot, and a little pear. Taste was similar but with more orange/lemon citrus. Went down smooth, especially for the alcohol percentage, with a pretty light body to it. I could have drank the whole bottle. Not my favorite in the style but solid.

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Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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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Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
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!

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of Rayek
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy straw, with a lot of vigorous carbonation. On top sits a huge and rocky lemon peel tinged cap that has great retention and leaves chunks of lace. A very pretty look.

S: Heavy on the coriander and orange peel right out of the bottle. Once beyond those, sourdough biscuit and lemon scents come through.

T: Rather subtle, given the strong nose and high ABV. Sourdough biscuits is the predominant theme here. The bready wheat and tart lemon sourness really stand out. The coriander and orange are present, but rather subdued. The alcohol is completely masked.

M: The grainy body has loads of mouth tingling carbonation. Normally, I'd find this much fizz over the top, but it feels right for this particular style.

D: Overall, I really liked this. The flavor didn't quite hold up to the promise of the nose, but the overall picture is most excellent. Hopefully I'll get a chance to try this on tap at the GD Tap Room some day.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of prototypic
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Wit is cultured insolence."


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.

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Double Wit from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.