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Heyday - Great Divide Brewing Company

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367 Ratings
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Ratings: 367
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 13.29%
Wants: 9
Gots: 39 | 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 spycow
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of acurtis
3.1/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of metter98
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev +9%
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...

Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of TMoney2591
2.45/5  rDev -29.2%
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.

Photo of nickfl
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Jason
3.44/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Hazed pale yellow, excellent froth. Spicy, earthy, chalky, crackers, plummy and herbal in the nose. Big crispness, moderate sized body, even spicing, muddled vegtal character, fresh grass, citrus pith, yeast, hint of alcohol, very dry finish.

A good beer all around, nearly in the middle of the pack for the style though. Its a tough style to crack let alone perfect, great go at it though.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.17/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of jlindros
2.85/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of mactrail
3.86/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
2.62/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

C-

Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of chinchill
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of afsdan
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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Heyday from Great Divide Brewing Company
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