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Heyday - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Reviews: 70
Hads: 378
Avg: 3.47
pDev: 30.55%
Wants: 9
Gots: 43 | 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 UCLABrewN84
3.33/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
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...

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.45/5  rDev -29.4%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
2.85/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.86/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.62/5  rDev -24.5%
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 Jason
3.44/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.17/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.31/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
3.94/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A new one from Great Divide, officially releases tomorrow, but I'm a ninja.

Pours a light golden, hazy and bright. Nice fluffy white head, some rockiness

Aroma is just shy of awful. Sweet cream corn, heavy. Soft orange essence if you can get by the corn. Not looking good

Of course, I had to taste it. Thankfully, the aroma isn't in the flavor. Maybe slightly, but the orange and zestiness come to the rescue. A bit lemony. Sweet biscuit underneath. Finishes slightly dry and bubbly. I'd have to try this side by side with Colette to get a contrast. When I first tried Colette when it was released, the cream corn aroma is strong, too. Hopefully this one will be rid of it soon.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Great Divide : Heyday
STYLE: Witbier
ABV: 5.2%
Serving Temp Suggestion: 39 deg. F

LOOK: Pours a light hazed yellow with a soapy white head and good retention. Every sip is documented with lace going down the pint glass.

SMELL: Fragrant aroma of musty yeast. Yeast, dough, and a touch of clay as well. Some light Belgian funk, sweet grains and hint of lemon emerge late.

TASTE: Wheat grains and Belgian yeast open up, leading to lemon citrus in the mid-palate. Mild bitterness, finishes slightly tart. Distant clove in the finish, which approaches dry.

FEEL: Light bodied, really a simple ale. Refreshing in it's qualities, but still a bit thin and watery.

OVERALL: Not a bad Belgian wit from Great Divide. Makes for a good summer option, and has some good characteristics. I would drink this again with no qualms.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.44/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.06/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of pat61
3.84/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.08/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

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Photo of dar482
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
2.87/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.66/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of argock
3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a clear glass tumbler. Bottled on Mar 27, 2013, on side of front label. Purchased at Knightly Liquors (Orlando, FL).

A: Very hazy golden yellow with 1-2 fingers of sticky, white tightly bubbled head with good retention and thick, crusty lacing.

S: The aroma is fairly classic although the clove note is pretty strong. There is a pretty strong Pilsner grainy maltiness with some flowery, banana yeast esters.

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.

M: Body is light with low-medium carbonation and the same strange bitter aftertaste.

O: Heyday is not one of GD's better brews. I can't think of a time I would select this one over Hoegaarden or Allagash White or Celis White. The clove is too strong and ruins an otherwise promising malty beer. A different fermentation temp or profile would be my first try -- an alternate yeast would be my next move.

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Heyday from Great Divide Brewing Company
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