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Heyday - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Reviews: 69
Hads: 376
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 9
Gots: 42 | 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 beerthulhu
3.44/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Bees wax yellow with a healthy dose of macro-effervesce. Clarity is clear, the head is eggshell white, lightly creamy, one finger standing with a good sense of retention. Decent sheet lacing.

S: Small dose of funk, wheat, lightly dry tart citrus, dried corn with an overall light delivery.

T: Citrusy, flowery green hops and wheat, a bit spicy, buttery banana, tangerine with a hint of funky tropical fruitiness in passing. Dry wheat backing, light tart finish.

M: Crisp carbonation, foams up a bit, light bodied with a slippery texture.

O: Overall smooth drinking with a spicy bite. (594 characters)

Photo of Dave1999
3.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale yellow with a white foamy head.

The smell is pale malts, lemon, coriander,pepper and sugar.

The taste is much like the smell, lemons, sweet pale malts, pepper and coriander.

The mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated. Finished dry and watery like carbonated water.

Over not too bad, easy drinking, just a bit too carbonated and the finish is a bit watery. (379 characters)

Photo of matjack85
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making it $1.67 for a single 12oz brown bottle. Born on date of 4/3/13 on the label, so this bottle is just shy of 7 months old now.

The beer poured a slightly hazed pale yellow color with absolutely no head at all. The thin rim of white foam on top dissipated before the pour was over and there was virtually no lacing either.

The beer had a crackery malt smell, along with some wheat and citrusy hops.

The taste wasn't bad. It was full of crackery malt and wheat flavor along with some lemon tartness and spicy clove.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

I'd drink it again if it was offered to me, but I don't think I'll be seeking it out. (756 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 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 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 scratch69
3.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appearance- Cloudy light golden color with two fingers worth of head. Lots of runny lacing.

Smell- Light aroma of wheat malt and orange peel.

Taste- Sweet wheat malt flavor with orange peel and clove. The flavors seem a little weaker than what I am used to for this style.

Mouthfeel- On the light end of medium bodied with an above average amount of carbonation.

Overall- Not one of the better witbiers that I have tried. Not a bad beer but it is forgettable. (505 characters)

Photo of Finn
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a large tulip, Heyday sports a little bit of fine creamy head, and appears a hazy yellow/gold. Aroma is mostly of earthy orange peel/coriander and slightly milky. A few sips reveal a pleasant sweetness and yeast complexity, mingling with a nice bit of carbonation to cut thru and finish cleanly. Medium bodied, but finishes pretty clean. Not a very exciting Wit, but it's well made and I don't notice any big flaws in it. If witbier is your thing then it's worth a try. (481 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of wheat are present in the nose along with hints of grainy malts.
T: The taste has flavors of wheat and grainy malts. No fruit or spices are detectable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Although this beer definitely looks like a witbier, it lacks the refreshing and thirst-quenching properties exhibited by many of the beers in this style. (682 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)

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.44/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beer pours a cloudy straw yellow in color with a small white head. Very excellent looking for a witbier.

The aroma is subtle but has notes of wheat, straw, and citrus. Very subtle and well balanced.

Flavor is very subtle, wheat flavors, no hops. A nice tangy finish with some spice notes. Very refreshing and not at all stressing on the palate.

Light to medium mouthfeel.

Overall a very enjoyable beer. Crisp, refreshing, citrusy, tangy. (441 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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Heyday from Great Divide Brewing Company
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