Heyday - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

69 Reviews
THE BROS
78
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Reviews: 69
Hads: 373
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 5.73%
Wants: 9
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 03-22-2013

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Photo of jamiejohnson
4.75/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is first review in ages. I'm taking the time for this one because I feel Great Divide is getting screwed by our ratings. Maybe it's just me, but this is possibly the best Wit I've ever had. And I truly love the style. A 79 is a massacre in my opinion. Admittingly mine is super fresh as I am a beer guy at Total Wine, but it's damn good. Maybe most reviewers don't really like the style?? I don't know, but anyway this is my honest opinion about this beer. I think it's great. Send me a sixer for defending you Great Divide - I'll take it.

A 79?
Off by a mile
It's the best
Of the style (592 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Semi cloudy golden hue right white sticky head. Wow a really nice fruity wheat beer. Couple dollars more than your average wheat 6 pack but well worth it. Creamy and wispy mouthfeel, faintly spicy with a touch of sweetness. Melons apples and pears. Delish and smooth.

one of the best wits i've ever had (303 characters)

Photo of -ronin-
4.34/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I decided to try this one, even been thrown off by the low score. What a great surprise. This is a solid wit, it is definitely on my top 5. The taste is very balanced with not too overpowering combination of orange and coriander, goes smooth and smells great. Very easy drinking. I will be looking for more. Definitely a hidden gem in this style. (346 characters)

Photo of JEdmund
4.26/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bleach white foamy head sits over a light, hazy yellow body. Great lacing left along the way.

Aroma is standard fare for a Belgian wheat but certainly not lacking.

Flavor starts out with smooth wheat and oats, then comes the ale fruitiness, including a white pepper hint, cardamom and coriander spices, and finally a nice hop bite. And that hop bite is what stands out the most as it’s not especially common in Belgian wheats. Body is perfectly smooth and full. Finish also has a light lemon note.

Great Divide has crafted an imminently drinkable summer seasonal with Heyday. It doesn’t stray from style, so it might not be quite as impressive or memorable as some of their other beer, but it still deserves praise for being so good and easy to drink. I just wish it wasn’t $9.99/six-pack… (801 characters)

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Poured a very light and clear straw yellow with tons of streaming carbonation, soapy white head that left chunky lace

S- Big lemon, bubblegum, and peppery notes. Big wheat and bready character

T- Same as the aroma. Big lemon, bubblegum, cardamom and peppery notes. Big wheat and bready character

M- Medium to lighter bodied, semi-dry finish, fizzy carbonation

O- Refreshing and flavorful witbier with nice fruity and spicy notes. (480 characters)

Photo of iSip
4.12/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great Divide Heyday Belgian Style White Ale: I love wheat beers, so I was very glad to see this Belgian White offering from Great Divide. The body has a beautiful straw color with just the right amount of hazyness to it. The ample carbonation forms a frothy pure white head. I am looking at it now, half finished, the head is holding in there and the lacing is stellar. The big, big aroma sparkles with citrus, and has a hint of straw and earth.

The flavor is spot on white ale, and very good. A bit heavy in the malt, a little more crispness and this beer would be best in class. A very good offering from Great Divide, and may become my go to Belgian White as it is a local brew. But the Avery White Rascal is good as well. Though problem to have! Too many great versions of a hard to find style that I really like! (818 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Label says Bottled On: MAR 27 2013

A- Pours a semi-hazy light straw color with a 1/4 inch white head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a sheer layer of foam on the surface. One of the whitest beers I've ever seen. Slippery lacing leaves a solid ring behind on the glass.

S- Rich wheat aroma with lots of yeast notes. Hints of spice. Overall quite sweet.

T- Pretty much your usual wheat beer flavor with plenty of yeast to accentuate the overall profile. Somewhat earthy and herbal with notes of spice and lemongrass. Goes down very easy with very little alcohol detected.

M- Bright and tangy with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- A full-flavored sessionable wheat beer from none other than the good people at Great Divide. Keep the good suds comin guys. (838 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one beer that delivers exactly what you expect. It is just as advertised.

It opens to a nice mild yeasty aroma and a yellow color and nice lace. These are perhaps just a bit too perfect. Definitely not an American style, very authentic.

The taste is a little more American - slightly over the top. It's a nice yeast balance with just a bit of the malts and hops showing through. The aftertaste is a little sweet, a very nice yeasty treat.

Overall, this is an outstanding effort from Great Divide and one worth getting over and over. (543 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden yellow, cloudy with a minor 1/4 inch head, sticky lacing.

Smell - Classic sour witbier aroma. Grapes, pear, orange, peppery, spices, malts and yeasts.

Taste - Loads of fruits, grapes and lemon mixed with a nice sour note , spices and yeasts. Quite a bit more hoppy then most wits, adds a bitter bite with each sip. Malts provide a minimal backbone, were the hops and yeasts are the main flavor.

Mouthfeel - Hops and yeasts really coat the tongue. Spices and pepper coats the palate along with a sour flavor. The finish is bitter, sour and dry.

Overall - A nice hoppy and full flavored wit perfect for the summer. The extra hop kick gives it points for being different then the norm. Easy to drink with good balance, decent price, its a winner. (791 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass. Bottled on March 27th, 2013.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy pale straw golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of white head that fades into a thin layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A crisp, zesty, and spicy wheat driven aroma with hints of citrus and grains. Wheat and pale malt upfront with bready hints of grains, straw, crackers, pilsener malt, and yeast. Subtle mix of spices including hints of pepper, clove, and coriander. Slight hint of farmhouse funk. Citrus hints of orange, lemon zest, and pineapple. Hops are very light. A decent wheat aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints at, a crisp, clean, zesty, and spicy wheat forward taste with notes of citrus and grains. Wheat, pale, and pilsener malt notes upfront with a taste of grains, straw, crackers, and slight Belgian style yeast. Mix of spices including notes of clove, peppers, , coriander, and a little farmhouse funk. Zesty citrus notes of orange, lemon, and slight pineapple. Very subtle hops. A decent wheat and spice driven taste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and nicely spicy and zesty. Very smooth.

Overall: A nice summer wheat ale. Good citrus and spice notes. (1,291 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.94/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - bright yellow with a big, frothy, white cap of dense head that has good retention

S - spicy Belgian yeast, straw

T - straw, spices, coriander, banana, Belgian yeast

M - light to medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a rather nice, light beer with a solid flavor profile. This is a beer brewed to style that could satisfy those just looking for a Witbier or those who are looking for something refreshing to knock back on a hot day. I enjoyed this one. (460 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 6/24/14.

Appearance: Very light straw color and crystal clear with a white cap of foam. Nice effervescent bubbles floating to the top.

Aroma: Coriander, wheat, dry yeast esters.

Taste: Very much like the aroma. Nice understated Belgian yeast flavors of coriander and pear. Good hop presence that adds some bitterness and really balances the flavor well. Definitely a wheat presence, which keeps things light and lets the spices and hops shine. Crisp/dry finish with an aftertaste of fading spices. Good depth of flavor for 5.2% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Between thin and medium in body. Smooth despite its slightly aggressive carbonation. Good drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Another good beer from Great Divide, and a style I don't typically enjoy no less. Highly recommended for anyone new to Belgians or looking for a lighter option within the genre. Would I drink it again? Sure. (887 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.86/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light, spritzy, and crisp. Pleasant wheaty taste with just enough spice. Modestly flavored and richly carbonated. A great summer brew. I don't see anything wrong with this. It's a clean and sharpish Witbier. Golden color with a white cap in the Ommegang chalice. From the 12 oz bottle in the six-pack purchased at Liticker's Liquor in Ocean Beach. (348 characters)

Photo of MarkQ617
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this poured into a pilsner glass. Pretty nice witbier, possibly a touch underrated. The look is a very light haze, it almost looked clear at the thinner part of the bottom of the glass. Not much of a head here either. The aroma and taste matched very well, very light cloves and soft citrus. Solid. (302 characters)

Photo of pat61
3.84/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy straw under a pillowy 2” white foam collar that grips the side of the glass.
S: Citrus, light banana, spice and white bread with some spice.
T: Wheat malt, banana, cardamom, citrus, orange, slightly sweet.
F: Creamy smooth, medium body to a little less, medium high carbonation.
O: Light and easy to drink. (323 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled on Mar 26 2013.

A: Pours a very pale light yellow straw with a 1.5 finger dense white head. Fairly hazy with tons of visible carbonation. Some alright lacing.

S: Has a fruity almost saison like character dominated by a yeastiness. Can pull out some wheat, spiciness and orange. Good farmhouse characteristic.

T: As anticipated this is reminiscent of a saison with a dominant wheat profile. Orange and banana come through as well as a touch of raisin or white grape.

M: Medium to full body for such a light beer. Has a nice creamy aspect to it from the wheat that seems to round it out.

Overall a solid witbier that has some nice complexity. Real easy to sip on and would be great for a hot day. (744 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wow 5th review, this must have just emerged. the pour is cloudy and bright, but super pale and lighter, the head is fair, white and airy, but fading all the way. the nose is mild coriander, Belgian yeast, and a curious malt bill supplemented by oatmeal, which gives some interesting weight and sugars. I taste some citrus, orange peel or pith maybe, its pretty bitter but not from hops. more than any defining flavor this beer has a defining mouthfeel. its effervescently carbonated, like seltzer water only smaller and more alive bubbles, its super happening in the mouth which is right on for the first spring feeling day weve had here. this beer couldn't have come out at a better time, and it kicks the crap out of orabelle and Colette, their last couple of weird seasonal offerings that need never come back. this is first great divide beer to impress me in some time, you know I cant splurge for the barrel aged stuff, im a student still... overall this is a beer I will happily be drinking all summer as long as it remains on the shelves. impeccably well done, thanks for this. finally, something interesting and not watery for warm weather consumption! hard to keep a 6er around long... (1,194 characters)

Photo of Clints1991
3.76/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow color with a white, creamy like head that doesn't last long and leaves barely a lace of foam on top. It has a a weak nose, barely hints of spices and yeast. The taste is balanced, with spices and yeast, with some bright fruit. It is full-bodied and very balanced in the palate. Overall it is a nice summer, fall beer. Very bright and easy to drink. (369 characters)

Photo of spoony
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 355 ml bottle (dated June 12, 2014) into a tulip. Reviewed from notes dated July 21, 2014.

A-The beer is very light in color with a chill haze. The short white head fades after a minute to a film on the top with a bit of lacing left behind on the glass. There is a stray bubble visible in the beer.

S-The aroma is refreshing, but a touch mixed-up. I sniff some lemon, a vague Belgian-style yeast, orange, bread dough, toast, and a touch of spice.

T-The taste is similar to the smell...pleasant, but somewhat busy. There is orange, spice, and dough like you might expect from a wit, but also some toast flavors and a vague medicinal bitterness. The hoppy flavors taste a bit out of place.

M-The feel is medium to full in body on the palate (for the style) with lower levels of carbonation.

O-This beer is refreshing enough, but I think it tries to do too much. The mixture of hoppy, almost-IPA flavors doesn't jive well with the witbier flavors. That being said, this beer is far from a drain pour and drinks well enough on a hot summer day. I could see this pairing well with Thai food. (1,099 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle, this "white ale" pours a light hazy yellow with a moderate white head of froth that diminishes into a thin ring with light lacing. Nose of wheat grains, spicy Belgian yeast, citrus zest, and sweet malt. Flavors have a light sweet citrus note that gives way to light herbal notes, some light hoping, spicy yeast with flavors of white pepper, and smooth wheat. Mouth feel is very carbonated and delicate finishing moderately dry with a light sweet aftertaste. A decent addition into the style. Highly quaffable. Nice for warm days, and would make a fine session.

Cheers (605 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Average lacing.

S: An okay aroma of spices, malt, and some citrus. Slightly underwhelming.

T: Tasted like a pretty standard Witbier: Coriander, malt, a little lemon, some other spices as well. A tad on the thin side. Could have been a bit more well-rounded.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a sharp, prickly finish. Light-bodied.

O: While this isn't the worst example of Wit I've ever had, it certainly wasn't the best. Not undrinkable, but there are better examples of the style out there. (667 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a slightly hazy rich gold color. Beautiful beer with tiny bubbles rising up in it.

The aroma has some orange, lemon citrus, a bit of spice, and Belgian yeasty breadiness.

The flavor does not follow as much on the citrus. There’s a little bit, a bit of pepper in the back, a light biscuity breadiness, and then a good amount of drying bitterness.

The beer is a bit watery and reminds me of a blonde ale instead of a Belgian witbier.

This is a good summer option, much like Victory Summerlove. The bittering on the end is very refreshing for this summer beer. It’s very drinkable and has a reasonable amount of flavor. I really do enjoy this beer on a hot hot day. (688 characters)

Photo of lsummers
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy pale yellow. The color is really subdued. Has a one finger bone white head.

Smells pleasant, with those common clove, citrus, fresh notes. Again, somewhat subtle or watered down smell.

Taste is actually quite nice. Peppery citric clove with a fresh very subtly floral note. Mouthfeel is dry and sharp. Makes me want to take another sip.

Overall, it's a good witbier. It just doesn't stand out in the crowd. On a hot day this one will drink perfectly. Otherwise, you may find it lacking some character. (519 characters)

Photo of obrike
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought a single as a mix six at World Market in Round Rock.

Gotta admit...i thought this one almost looked like a a glass of soapy beer water. Not too keen on the uber light gold color. Big rising bubbles from the bottom of the glass helped though.

But looks aren't everything, right? Getting some nice spices on first whiff, some coriander, a hint of banana. Not bad, but a little pulled back.

Taste was crisp, light citrus notes, some cut grass, bubble gum. But again, ho hum. Now the mouthfeel was light and refreshing. Very nice carbonation and a smooth finish. A good hot weather beer to down by the pool.

This one was a bit hit and miss for me. I could see drinking a few of these on a warm summer day, but certainly not a beer I'd order in the cool comfort of a bar. (777 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.66/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Translucent bright straw yellow slightly carbonated one finger head

S-Wheat lemon, good deal of grass, clove and banana.

T-Wheat, grassy, orange, lemon, tad bit of clove and banana rounding it out.

M- Light not much carbonation, dry finish but a tad watery.

O-Not sure what they replaced to release this beer, but they should have kept their old offering. (361 characters)

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Heyday from Great Divide Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.