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Key West Southernmost Wheat - Florida Beer Company

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Key West Southernmost WheatKey West Southernmost Wheat

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81 Reviews

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Reviews: 81
Hads: 226
Avg: 3.46
pDev: 30.35%
Wants: 5
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Florida Beer Company visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Drew966 on 04-24-2008

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Reviews: 81 | Hads: 226
Photo of Sammy
2.23/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle sampled at the brewery. Sour wheat aroma. Cloudy yellow with some foam. Heavy carbonation and demonstrated in the bubbles. Corriander, orange peel, and infused lime taste. Too many weak tastes thrown together. Thin mouthfeel.Redkneck beer for a hot drunk afternoon.

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Photo of nmann08
2.82/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

From a bottle, pours a hazy light yellow with a fizzy white head that disappears just as fast as it arrived.

The nose is heavy wheat, lemon, hay and straw notes. Very earthy with just a faint bit of citrus. The flavor is similarly as boring and non-complex. There is this disgusting corn syrup flavor that I don't like, mostly just more wheat and lemon.

This isn't that good. I am sure it may be refreshing in the warm weather and my options are limited, but I wouldn't seek this again.

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Photo of brentk56
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a rather modest head for the style; the foam fades rather quickly and very little lacing is left behind

Smell: The tartness of the key lime juice dominates the aroma and underneath are the more traditional wit elements of wheat bread, coriander and orange peel

Taste: Opens with a bready flavor and, just as the wit elements start to manifest themselves, a blast of pungent key lime juice takes over; then, the citrusy hops step in to add to the jumble of flavors; after the swallow, it all settles down but the lime flavors linger in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with spritzy carbonation

Drinkability: An interesting attempt to establish a Florida beer but there is a clash here that I have never before noticed in a beer - it just doesn't blend together properly

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a very hazy, light yellow-orange body with a thin ring of white of bubbles up top.

Smell: Cloves and allspice set against a scent smelling of pilsner malts. Oh, and limes. Maybe a slice or two of banana.

Taste: Wheaty, pilsneresque maltiness with a sweet blend of honey and light caramel. Pinch of spices lend the flavor a dull earthiness. Fruit flavors of banana and oh-so tangy lime. Some slight perceived acidity. Spicy hops with a light bitterness. Finishes relatively fruity and sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: An easy going, easy drinking that's acceptable enough for a single bottle serving, though I certainly wouldn't sign off on an entire six-pack.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Interesting and funky, Southernmost Wheat is half Belgian witbier and half Tequiza or Miller Chill. I get chalky Belgian yeast and clear notes of coriander, but also a spritz of sharp lime that cuts through it. It even looks a bit greenish in the glass. Somehow it just doesn't come together though. The yeast character fights the flavor of the lime. If it was less yeast-influenced it might work, but as it is, it's quite jagged. It neither smells good nor tastes good. And to be honest, I can't even imagine swigging this one ice cold on a hot summer day.

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Photo of russpowell
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from Sebletije, cheers Seb!

Pours a semi-hazed bronze with a pinky of fast falling pearl white head. Zero head retention or lacing

S: White pepper & lemon

T: White pepper, coriander, & grainy bread. A bit of phenolic profile, white grapes & lemons as this warms. Finishes with a bit of apple peel & juicy fruit

MF: Light/medium body with low carbonation, a bit wet

Drinks pretty good, just not a depth of flavor to hold your interest, but a good thirst quencher & good shot at the style

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Photo of MasterSki
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Extra from bkrefetz - served in a weizen glass. A witbier with key lime already in it. I do like key limes, but this sounds suspicious.

A - Pretty good looking - a pillowy white two fingers of foam with excellent retention and a few spots of lace. Hazy golden straw/peach-flesh color with a letter more intensity near the top of the glass.

S - Belgian yeast, wheat, some light key lime, spice, a touch of banana. It's pretty decent.

T - I don't dig the taste quite as much - pretty simplistic, with malted wheat, a touch of spice and key lime, and not much else. There's a odd funky aftertaste.

M - Some carbonation burn on the upper lip, but doesn't feel overly bloaty. Soft medium-light body and a slightly sticky finish. Pretty refreshing.

D - I could pound brews like this, but why bother when there is much better stuff to be had?

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Photo of woodychandler
2.62/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is another of tone77's many bottles to keep me busy when not actively engaged in The CANQuest (TM). I am reminded that it has been over four years since TheChauffeur1 and I visited on our month-long journey. Wow, time flies like an arrow while fruit flies like a banana!

From the bottle: "Beer of the Conch Republic"; "Belgian-style ale brewed with spices & Key Lime"; "Head south. You've made it. The Southernmost Point. The Conch Republic. Home of the Sunset. You're as far South as you can go in the Continental USA. Now the sun, the sand and the ocean waves are calling your name. That slower-paced, sun-drenched lifestyle is patiently standing by. And the distinctive all natural flavors of coriander, orange peel and Key lime that grace this white-wheat ale are waiting for you to pop the top off and dive right in."

I greatly agitated this so as to ensure anything that may have floculated would be in suspension. It also meant waiting for it to settle so that it would not explode on me, but now I (and it) am/are ready to go. The pour produced a finger of foamy, bone-white head that simply could not last in the face of today's humidity. Color was a murky orangish-yellow, reminiscent of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. Nose had the spice of the coriander and the citrusiness of the orange and lime as expected. Mouthfeel was medium and I got an unexpected tartness on the tongue as though the fruit was not interacting well or they had just used too much of it. Either way, I know that I have had more refreshing examples of the style. Finish was dry, but kind of bland and boring, without any real snap to it. A once and done, sorry.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Key West Southernmost Wheat
Florida Beer Company
Style: Witbier

LOOK: Cloudy, peach colored brew with active carbonation rising to the surface. Head dies down to a ring around the edges.

SMELL: Dry, crackery wheat smell, lemon and curacao orange peel, coriander and clove.

TASTE: Light and airy, with lemon tang and a light spice. Fairly strong hop bitterness. Citrusy, partly from orange peel and lime additions. Grainy and earthy as well. Wheat malt, citrus and spice altogether work pretty well.

FEEL: Well carbonated on a light-medium bodied beer. Has a more or less clean finish with some spices and Belgian yeast lingering into the aftertaste.

OVERALL: Seen by many as an ideal vacation beer, the Key West Southernmost Wheat is a solid representation of a witbier. Would pair nicely with marinated steak tacos. Above average.

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Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy yellowish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, some spice. Taste is the same citrus, some wheat tartness, a touch of spice, refreshing but not overly flavorful. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Belgian-Style Wheat Ale brewed with spices and key lime."

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a touch of orange that produces a thin white head. The aroma is wheat with some orange and coriander and other spices with a touch of lime and yeast. The taste is very nice with some wheat and spices and a touch of lime in the finish. Overall, Southernmost Wheat is a very tasty Witbier that has an interesting local twist to the style that is definitely worth a try. Recommended.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: hazy golden yellow orange with a 2 finger white head

smell: wheat, citrus, sweet,

taste: wheat, citrus,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: very easy drinkable witbier, I can see how this beer would be good to introduce into the non craft beer drinkers palate.


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Photo of cpetrone84
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour is a light golden yellow with a tight white head. The nose has a ton of yeasty spice, light pepper, coriander, light lemon. Not quite as dusty and spicy as the nose, a bit more lemony and sweet. Still, strong balance and not sugary. Dry finish and strong carbonation, lightly champagne esq. The strong zest and yeast characteristic seem to slightly mute the overall flavor but still a nice refreshing beer.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Shiner Bock pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a 1/4 inch head that almost instantly fizzes away to nothing...like absolutely no foam or bubbles (besides the ones rising from the bottom) at all.

S- Wheat followed by Belgian yeast that's not very apparent. Faint orange smell with a touch of wet cardboard. Overall pretty bland.

T- The wheat and Belgian yeast are more noticeable in the flavor. The usual bubblegum notes with some lemony zest to it. A tad of spice. Much better than what I was expecting considering how lifeless the beer seemed at first, although I am kind of a sucker for Belgian wheat ales. Not really picking up lime as much as I am orange and lemon but that's no big deal.

M- Not much carbonation in this one, which was expected considering how little bubbles and foam were present in the pour. Other than that, pretty slick and tangy from the citrus notes.

O- Not bad, but not great. Would be a perfect beer to drink under the sun of the Keys if it had more carbonation to it.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow color with a small white head. In the aroma, light lemon citrus, hints of lime and wheat notes. In the taste, dry banana, wheat notes, and a clean presence of citrus. A small spice bite and medium to light mouthfeel, with a dry banana and spice in the aftertaste. nice dry spice and banana hints. Small lime hints made it more interesting.

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

Pours a cloudy bright light orange color with the typical wit whittish hue. The head was rather small and disappointing, settled into a barely there ring.

The aroma is big on the coriander which is on par for the style. The coriander gives the beer what I consider that post farmers market veggie funk. Kind of like rotting produce, which is why I am not a big fan of this style. There are notes of white pepper and orange peel; I didn't pick up much of the key lime.

The taste is of a light wheat base with a huge coriander spice note. Some white pepper and a veggie characteristic. I pick up a light tartness which I assume is from the lime. The flavor is rounded out by the orange peel. Average for the style.

The feel is fairly light with spritzy carbonation. Sweet overall on the palate but finishes noticably dry.

A ho-hum wit ale. It hits on the main style characteristics. It could use less coriander and key lime and more belgian malts and yeast.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue IX:

Nothing wrong with having a gimmicky theme to a beer; and the whole Key West/key lime thing in a Belgian Wheat sounds terrific.

A good, healthy dose of white lacing rims the glass and sticks like a champ. Hazy pale golden yellow is par for the style. Pleasant aroma--a touch soapy from the spices with a hint of lime peel, though nothing new or out of place and it seems to fit very well. Very smooth with a tight crispness in the back end; moderate sized body. A light lime flavor throughout, coriander and orange peel are very flavorful, faintly soapy, but the modest hop bitterness and flavor cleans that up. A slight bready tone, clean and a little doughy but light as well. Finishes with a citric--both orange and lime--and earthy mineral twang with some orange sweetness and dry malt, making for an interesting aftertaste.

This beer works! Great balance between hops, malt and spicing, as well as the lime. Easy to drink, though one bottle was good enough.

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Photo of birchstick
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a lighter yellow with a decent head

S - smells like a wit shoudl - wheaty with coriander. The touch of lime is also present. Nice little twist with the lime.

T - the taste follows the nose perfectly. Starts odd with a lot of wheat that is soon followed by a some coriander. The lime comes through on the finish. Nice light, flavor...good summer beer taste.

M - nice carbonation with a medium body

D - this is the epitome of a summer beer. Nothing too uberly complex. The lime adds a nice twist to the belgian wit style. If I had regular access to this, I would buy it again.

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Photo of Zach136
4.06/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque yellow with a one finger cap and solid lacing.

Aroma: citrus peel, mostly orange but a touch of key lime as well.

Flavor: Key lime peel comes through more as a tart citrus, and is balanced well by the sweet orange. Hints of coriander, over a fairly neutral grain and yeast profile.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dissipating finish.

Overall: I'm a fan, cool twist to a popular beer style.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my parents Outback Bowl beer glass. Picked up as part of a mix/six at Total Beer & Wine.

Pours cloudy yellow, light foam. Lime citrust smell. Wheaty too. Taste is a very strong key lime, but in a way that blends with the overall wheatiness. Tart citrus dominates, but not to a puckering level. Light and refreshing all at once. some orange/corriander too.

A different take on a wit, with pretty good results.

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Photo of Boto
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle @ Rhinehart’s in Augusta: This one pours a pale orangish color. It has a fairly good white head on it. This one has a good nose: Wheat, spices and a hint of lime. The taste is also good. Wheat, spices, a hint of lime. Better than I expected to be. I would definitely buy it again. Very refreshing.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a hazy nectarine color with no head to speak of.

Aroma of pineapple, tangerine, peach, herbs and cracker.

The taste was lightly tart peach, pineapple, and tangerine along with herbal notes and wheat cracker. Finished clean.

Lighter bodied and dry with very little carbonation.

Not a bad little wheat beer. I liked the tropical flavors while on vacation in Florida.

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Photo of Redrover
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on at Savannah's in St. Petersburg. This is an interesting resturant with a very good beer list.

12 oz bottle with a kind of eerie green label. Poured into a pint glass, the beer is a hazy light gold with a quickly collapsing white head.

Nice citrus nose with spice.

The beer has hints of lime and orange with coriander (just like the label said). It is light and was refreshing on this 90-degree day.

Mouth us crisp but a bit thin. I had a couple but the citrus started to become a bit cloying.

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a fluffy white head that provided some nice lacing.

Nose is lime, wheat and citrus

Taste is wheat, citrus & lime

Mouth feel is light, but it's a wheat beer.

Very drinkable wheat beerr, especially on a hot summer day.

A very nice wheat beer with a lime twist

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good looking wheat, yellow/golden color, nice and thick looking, not clear. Decent head with limited retention but pretty good lacing. Very good aroma also, strong wheat malt aroma with a good bit of coriander. The taste is pretty good, the coriander and clove stand out, not exactly what I like, like more wheat and banana generally, but this one is pretty good. Didn't really pick up on any citrus, didn't pick up on the lime. Decent mouthful, pops a little and somewhat creamy. Overall I felt this is a much better beer than the ratings it is getting.

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Key West Southernmost Wheat from Florida Beer Company
79 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.