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Heyday - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Reviews: 69
Hads: 375
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 9
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
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Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 03-22-2013

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Photo of PhillyStyle
2.32/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

On-tap at Fat Sully’s Pizza, Denver, CO:

Served in a pint glass:

The beer appeared a hazy darker straw yellow that produced a thick, creamy white head with good retention and a little lacing.

The beer gave off a light malty aroma...not much else.

The taste of the beer was a light Belgian malty flavor but with a funky flavor, I am not sure what that is.

The body of the beer was light and had a slight dry finish.

Overall, less than average…I actually sent it back as I thought that there was something wrong with it. I hope that I was wrong. I will give it another shot just to verify. (598 characters)

Photo of horshack7
2.44/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: It's golden but very cloudy and with a head that is fluffy and two fingers thick. As the head thins out thick lacing is left behind.

Aroma: Clove, orange zest, light cinnamon, faint pear and apple twinge of lemon zest.

Taste: Apple, lemon zest, yeasty, clove, fruity esters, dry floral hop with a dry finish.

Notes: It's drinkable and a decent Witbier not too bad for a warm day. Cheers. (402 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.45/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

A little T.E. Lawrence action on the label? Anyway, this stuff pours a hazy brass-straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises cracked wheat, dry corn, light egg, and light puffed rice. The taste holds notes of wheat, light coriander, light corn, and very light egg. Those last couple bits really hold this stuff back. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, a sad, limp little wit, possibly the biggest downer I've yet had from Great Divide. (536 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
2.54/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours bright hazy yellow with a big fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is tropical fruits, some earthy yeast, flowery spices and a little iron.

The flavor is lots of sweet citric melon and some musty yeast with floral notes and lots of spices. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with lots of sharp carbonation.

Overall, not a huge fan of this wit. A bit sweet and overly spiced with some flavors that didn't go well for me. (477 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.62/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with generic label art and branded pry-off cap acquired at a local SoCal beer store and served into a flared stem-snifter (some might call it a tulip) in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery, whose beers I generally enjoy. (Love the Yetis and Old Ruffian). "Brewed with barley, oats and raw wheat." "Ale brewed with spices." 5.2% ABV confirmed. Bottled April 04 2013.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a half finger wide head of dull grey-white colour (that's "ecru" for the pretentious). Decent thickness. Slight creaminess, but ultimately lackluster. Head retention is poor - about 1.5 minutes at best. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a dull lightly cloudy pale thin yellow; nowhere near as cloudy or nontransparent as all the good beers I've seen in the style. Strangely transparent. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

A pretty muted underwhelming appearance for a witbier. Doesn't have the quenching refreshing look of something like Allagash White. Still, there are no egregious flaws. Certainly not unique or special.

Sm: Clean barley, lemon peel, clean wheat, allspice, clove (from the yeast), and and an extremely light tart lemon note. I'm not finding the oats, but then I'm only used to looking for oats in porters and stouts. Straw, graininess, coriander/cilantro. Hop profile is entirely floral, and light in presence. The light spicing is interesting, but lacks the complexity and subtlety of superior offerings in the style. Overall, it's a balanced pleasant aroma of mild strength. No alcohol is detectable.

Not bad for the style, but it's a bit limp and unapproachable.

T: Well it isn't much for balance. Dominant overbearing wheat body with some straw, graininess, and pils malts thrown it for a bit more fullness. Predictable floral hop character. Crackery malts. Muted lemon peel. Not much in terms of the spice or the yeast; I do get cilantro and clove but I have to reach for them. The depth of flavour is quite limited. Intensity of flavour is low, even for the style. Duration of flavour is below average. Luckily, no alcohol comes through, so that's a plus. Clean barley.

Lacks complexity and subtlety. You have to do a lot with a little to make a good witbier, and this one doesn't accomplish that. It's pleasant enough to drink, just unremarkable.

Mf: Thin yet overcarbonated - a bad mixture which leaves it feeling biting and overbearing. It's sort of the opposite of what it ought to be, except that it's smooth and wet. I mean it's not really at all refreshing or crisp like it should be; this would really benefit from bottle conditioning.

Dr: A forgettable witbier from Great Divide. I'll happily down this one, and it's inoffensive enough, but I can't see myself getting this again. Glad I tried it, but it's pedestrian. Certainly can't run with the big dogs when it comes to witbiers.

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Photo of jlindros
2.85/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled June 12, 2014.

Pours with pretty much no head at all, just shards of bubbles from the pour itself I think, mostly clear semi hazy slight watery pilsner color.

Nose sure is a wit, a little creamy wheat, faint biscuit cracker wheat but pretty light overall, but loaded with spices, like a truck of spices were just dumped into this, orange peel, coriander up the wazzoo, maybe a bit of clove and other wit like spices, zest and a little candied orange peel.

Taste brings more spice overload, but a little more tame at least, bitter orange peel, some sweet orange as well, with plenty of coriander, wow coriander just smashes my tongue, other spices in there too, maybe clove, perhaps some sweet gale or something like that. A little sweet candy like base, brings more candied orange peel and zest, a mild sweet toasty wheat, creamy wheat mostly. Finish is dry and a little creamy, mild bitterness from the orange zest, and a little candied orange, plenty of coriander lingering.

Mouth is lighter bod, light carbonation too, mild creamy.

Overall pretty bad, just cause you overload a beer with so much spices that you can't taste the beer itself, doesn't make it a witbier, and def doesn't make it good. This is again that "American" idea of candying up and spicing up a European style of beer so it fits the typical American palate, but ends up destroying the beer. Where is the wheat too? So little actual wheat, thin too. (1,434 characters)

Photo of cbutova
2.87/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A- Poured from the bottle into a tulip. Body is light yellow in color with the classic haziness of the style. White head forms to about a finger high and has a silky texture with decent retention. Moussy ring around the edges leaves very spotty lace.

S- Really not a ton going on here for me, usually Witbier aromas blast me away with strength but this is faint for the style. I do get some perfumy coriander spiciness and orange citrus hints. Some wheat and light sweetness.

T- Orange zest, spiciness and some honey-like sweetness up front but again lacking the strength I look for in this type of beer. Coriander, wheat bread, earthy, vanilla and slight pepper hints come to mind as well.

MF- Silky and creamy feel with high-end carbonation. The body is on the light end of the spectrum and is moderately-dry. Tiniest hint of bitterness.

The mouthfeel is probably the best part of this beer. Nothing offensive or incredibly bad here but for a Witbier it just doesn't deliver the depth and strength of flavor/aroma needed. Somewhat disappointed for the first time by GD, bring back St. Brigids. Feels watered down. (1,119 characters)

Photo of GarrettB
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

September 20th, 2013 - Lemony, tart and even some white vinegar, Great Divide's Heyday is a real palate cleanser, but delivers It's own delicious flavors too. I might even mistake it for a kind of goes. The flavor is sweeter, adding a lemon-lime blend, and easily mistaken for a shandy. The palate is thin, and maybe a little watery, and the aftertaste frames the sugar and tastes, delivering light margarita notes. So, it goes down hill near the end, but this is a great summer sipper (or September, in my case) and a good candidate for beer pairings. (552 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.06/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a semi-cloudy pale yellow color, with about 1/4 inch of white head that good retention and lacing.

The aroma had the basic wheat and yeast notes you expect in the style, but delivered in a very subdued manner. Same story on the tongue, very soft wheat, light yeast, and none of the expected coriander and orange. The taste was more along the lines of an American Pale Wheat than a Wit.

The body was very nice, smooth, even, crisp, and with decent carbonation. Drinkability was good, my pint was gone quickly enough. Overall, an example of the style that's missing a bit. A pleasant enough quaff, but not a particularly notable one. (671 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.17/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Loving the white ale trend everybody has to make a witbier these days, this one looks good in the classical since hazed lemonade body with a bright white cloud texture head. Aroma has soft coriander and orange peel zinging through with a finishing lemon notes I love it. Flavor is creamy with the wheat notes and coriander bitterness, citrus peel finish has me wanting more of this stuff. That's about it here folks, body is medium to lighter end of the spectrum with ample flowing carbonation finishes with a spicy boutique of spice and citrus peel colliding. Overall one of the beers I won't look back at next time I come across a new white ale. (647 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.17/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz : tulip

Pours a hazy, pale yellow with a thick, creamy white head and spotty lacing.

Lightly sweet wheat, Belgian yeast, lightly spicy, herbal notes.

Medium body, fizzy medium carbonation.

An enjoyable, well done wit. It is fairly average overall, with no one aspect being particularly memorable. (305 characters)

Photo of denver10
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy sandy yellow with a foamy white head and nice lacing. Aroma offers a present but smooth and subtle belgian with some banana, a little hay, hints of orange, spices (clove I think), sugars from the oats alongside the wheat malt. A creamy, velvety, active mouthfeel. Overall, like the addition of the oats in this one a lot, but not a wit fan and this one wasn't able to convert me. (392 characters)

Photo of BeerWizard
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Having this in a nonic pint. Pours a pearly yellow (wife said it's almost green), with no major head, light visible suspension, and kindof an oily look to the surface. Not too much to be said for the appearance, though I do give it points for some haze. Smells yeasty and funky, maybe some light lemon zest, not getting a lot off the nose, I must say. Watery, saggy mouthfeel, not much flavor, almost seems a little flat. Has a little zest to it and a medium to light sweetness, but just tastes like a watered down beer or maybe even lemonade to me. Was expecting something like a Hoegaarden but this beer does not come close. I think this is the second season they've done it and I hope it's the last. GD: give this one the boot and make a real wheat. Waste of a seasonal spot. (778 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Beer #3 on this great divide sample night. Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a whiteish/yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, light spice and wheat. Taste is also mild, some spices, a very light wheat, refreshing, but on the bland side. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is nothing offensive, but a mediocre beer. (346 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a moderate white head, some solid spotty lace.

S: Nice notes of clove and wheat mallt, very fruity.

T: That wheat character is there initially, but then it gets a grungy earthy quality that's not so fun. The lemon and wheat tries to overcome this, but they're always clashing.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, biting carbonation.

O: Good at times, but never really comes together. The hops notes don't work here, there are so much better wits in the world. (495 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I love this brewer, so let's see what they do with this difficult and hard to set yourself from the pack style.

A: They win on style, big outstanding white, tight head that lasts and laces. Hazy straw body.

S: All the typical aromas, subtle, but a bit medicinal, BEYOND CLOVE + CORIANDER! Light, lemony almost pilsner like.

T: Follows smell. ABOVE CLOVE to MEDICINAL SCALE unfortunately. Over done? Remix?

F: A bit thin, a bit soft, almost flattish, and that OVER DONE MEDICINAL OVERDONE CLOVE aftertaste. It's not bad, but it's too much.

T: The flavor unfortunately follows from the nose in the clove department, it brings a weird bitter note to an otherwise mellow beer. The maltiness is clean Pilsner graininess with a softer wheat tangy note. But the clove yeast character is too strong and accentuates the overly bitter hopping. This one needs to get some revision.

Other reviewers suggested different yeasting approach since yeast is so significant to this style. (978 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - A bright hazy yellow, little sediment which is nice, and a 1/4 inch of foamy goodness.
S - Has the attributes I expect in the style, spicy coriander and a touch of orange peel mostly with a drying Belgium yeast.
T - Well it's not the best I had but it taste is very dry with maybe a touch too much coriander and the orange peel is sort of in the back end. I could see others comparing this to Blue Moon because it is crafted so it doesn't have any metallic notes but its very similar.
M - To me it's very dry and sort of medium bodied. A touch too heavy for a Spring beer.

Overall I paid 3 bucks for this since I like to try whatever Great Divide puts out and I was disappointed with this one. Needs to be discontinued or even better have a recipe change. (760 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%

Pours a slightly hazed very pale yellow. There is a short-lasting creamy-ish white head that leaves just a hint of lacing. The aroma is faint, with just hints of fruity esters, spices, and yeast. The taste is equally anemic. The body is much fuller than expected given it's aroma and flavor, with a nice fullness to it and just a hint of carbonation on the finish. Not terrible, but certainly lacking. A rare miss from Great Divide. (432 characters)

Photo of znichols
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy yellow with a big, puffy white head. Slightly less hazy than expected, but still has that wit look to it. Looks uber light.

S- Straw, spice, urin, slight vanilla, banana, and just the slightest dank aroma. Smells like a very typical Belgian White. Not unpleasant, yet, not great.

T- Rather subdued, light grainy wheat flavor with spicy/grassy hops. The estery yeast plays a role with a slight banana taste. A nice Belgian Wit. Better flavor than Blue Moon but still very light and sessionable.

M- Light, bubbly, and crisp. Slightly slick from the wheat. A little less carbonation than expected but the mouthfeel is standard.

O- This is a good beer for both people who like Wits as well as someone who isn't opposed to wheat and wants a light craft offering. I 'm more the latter, so i just thought it was good. This replaces Samurai and is a better "light" craft beer. I didn't care for Samurai. Nonetheless, its enjoyable. Nomad, Colette, and Orabelle are better light-bodied offerings from GD, though. (1,017 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.31/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle; bottled on 24 June 2014.

Pours a very pale gold color, slightly hazy with a modest sized but very durable head.

Aroma: fruity and yeasty; not bad but unappealing, as is often the case with this style.

Flavor: mild; fruity and rather yeasty with some banana and clove.

Light body with prickly, near medium carbonation. Smooth but a bit watery.

O: a decent Belgian style witbier. (402 characters)

Photo of MighHighBrewer
3.31/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a straw color reminiscent of dried hay. This beer is relatively cloudy - no visible sediment is detectable although I can't see through to the other side of the glass. The initial head is small with large bubbles that (unfortunately) doesn't last. There's just no head on this beer. Lacing is moderate.

S: The nose is primarily malty and a little funky. I definitely pick up on the wheat malt base of the beer that complements the hints of barnyard aromas nicely. Further investigation reveals a light citrus aroma - primarily lemons - that round out the nose. Overall, I'm impressed with the smell. It smells like a good, light, summer wheat beer should. No pepper or banana.

T: To state the obvious - it tastes like a wheat beer that I suspect was brewed with a Belgian yeast strain. The wheat backbone is very mild - not overpowering. This beer is also nicely hopped - you definitely get the citrus hop flavors without it overwhelming the light base. My only complaint is that this too light in flavor. I want my wheat beers to pack a little more punch.

M: I think this beer could use a touch more carbonation. It's an easy-drinker, but I think upping the carbonation by 10% or so could really liven up the brew.

O: An unoffensive, well-executed summer wheat beer. Very easy drinking - great for a hot day. I don't think this beer is winning any awards - but it's not trying to either. It's a beer that's hard not to like, but hard to rave about. (1,462 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 3/27/13.

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, oats, and slight spice aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and spice flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but very grain forward in the aroma and flavor. (561 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice, color is straw, head is bright white.

Smell is light, fresh, hints of wheat and light malt, not much noticeable spice.

Taste is mostly wheat, some light toasted malt, again not much spice noted, there is more noticeable yeast flavors than in the scent.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, not too strong or overpowering, clean flavors linger nicely, with a hint of yeast flavor lingering.

Overall, a solid wit, very drinkable and refreshing. (455 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.36/5  rDev -3.7%

Pours hazy piss yellow color with a lot of bubbles racing up the middle to a 2 finger foamy snow white head that was full of bubbles and faded slowly leaving good lacing and a layer on top.

Smells of wheat, hay, dry grass or straw, orange peel, coriander, lemon zest, lightly toasted grains, herbs, earthy notes and very mild spices. It smells like all the fiber you need in your daily diet with enough citrus to make it resemble a Belgian style beer.

Tastes of lemon, orange peel, wheat, hay, dry grass, coriander, toasted grains, chalky earthy notes and very mild spices like pepper. Besides the citrus notes, there were some floral hints that resembles dry leaf more than fruit and were not really hoppy. Grainy overall with toasted cracked wheat crackers coming to mind with a mild sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth, with a watery feel, a light body and a grainy aftertaste that just kind of hands around like eating a piece of dry toast with margarine. Average is the best way to describe this brew, nothing jumped out at me as noteworthy and it was just alright overall. (1,089 characters)

Photo of rwshelton2
3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- Very light blonde, small head out of a bottle into glass

S- light aromatics, comes off a little thin

T- solid witbier flavor, but again comes off thin. Not very complex at all

M- easy to drink but doesn't quench a thirst like some summer/wheat beers

O- would drink again, but not in love with this one in the Witbier style (329 characters)

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Heyday from Great Divide Brewing Company
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