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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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BA SCORE
78
okay

194 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 18.64%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | 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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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.2/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an apropriately cloudy straw yellow with a big fluffy white head.

The smell is full of spicy corriander, some fresh grain, a little must, and a nice hint of orange and key limes.

This is a fairly well-executed wit with classic spice and citrus flavors augmented by the key limes. I really like what the key limes do in this brew.

The feel is light and full. Very refreshing.

I came into this not really expecting much. The brewery has a reputation for "meh" beers and I thought this would be no exception. I was pleasantly surprised that I couldn't find a single thing wrong with this beer. Overall it was solid, not mindblowing, but solid.

Photo of readbaron
3.47/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Puts a hazy golden yellow with a bit of foam that quickly fades into a thin ring. No lacing to speak of.

Smells good. An intriguing blend of Belgian yeast and lime, with some subdued wheat/bananna backing.

An interesting take on a Belgian pale ale for sure. Strong citrus/lime flavor somewhat balanced by Belgian yeast. Very faint wheat/hefe finish. The lime really dominates this one. A bit too much for my palate.

Feel is good. Medium-light body, relatively dry, nicely carbonated.

Overall - pretty tasty. I won't seek this out, but enjoyed the bottle.

Photo of happygnome
3.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a pale golden color with about a quarter inch of head that disappears quickly leaving only a trace of lace around the edge of the glass, there is no carbonation around the center of the beer. Carbonation bubbles can be seen rizing to the top of the beer.

s: the lime notes are the main aroma that hit the nose followed by the wheat and corriander notes.

t: lime juice followed by wheat and corriander notes similar to the nose.

m: light bodied beer with crisp carbonation

overall, a decent brew that I am glad i tried, but i will not set up another trade for this. Very refreshing.

Photo of shand
3.39/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a wheat beer glass.

Wow. Where's the head? This is a witbier! My glass has tons of room for it's prodigious head! But I got wisps that quickly disappear. The body itself is a slightly hazy yellow. Smell is mostly of sharp yeast with just a touch of lime. The taste is pretty good. The yeast isn't as aggressive as I find many witbiers to be, which is a good thing. The lime also helps mellow it out. I'm enjoying this, even if it isn't mindblowing.

The mouthfeel is a little thin, but it works with the refreshing character the beer has. The drinkability is superb. All said, this beer is better than the sum of it's parts. It's just an enjoyable, easy-drinking beer that I wouldn't mind seeing around more often.

Photo of PorterLambic
3.94/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy grapefruit color with a proportional head. White foam top drops too quickly for me leaving just a thin film. No lace at all though.
Smell is nicely malty with a nice mix of citrus and spices balancing it.
Taste is also well-balanced with malt, spice, citrus and a faint hop note.
A nice warming in the throat from this medium-full bodied brew. Effervescence is a bit constrained for the style. A well constructed, consistent beer. Good stuff. I could drink this a lot.

Photo of UMNbeerhunter
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Darkness tulip 2/25/11

Pour is as expected from a witbeer white head 2-3 fingers thick and a golden yellow hazy color. Moderate lacing of about 60% of the glass.

Smell is of yeast and lime. Very typical of the style minus the lime.

Taste is smooth and crisp with a hint of lime. Nothing really stellar about the taste but a solid twist on a Belgium type wit. I had this after a couple of strong ales and would like to revisit the taste in the summer.

Mouthfeel is moderate, very smooth, almost no bite on the tongue or roof of my mouth.

Drinkability is good if I was on the beech in Key West on a 90 degree day but outside of that its average. Nice to try but I won't be revisiting unless its a hot day and the mood strikes me.

Photo of theboozecruise
3.37/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's a pale yellow beer, bubbly with a small white head.

An earthy, grassy aroma with a little spice to it. A definite orange citrus flavor as well.

The flavor is more orange citrus than earthy, creamy on the tongue even, and very carbonated.

It's really just an average witbier as far as I can tell.

Photo of rsgcwhite
3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour, was lemon-yellow, white head fading into yellowish, fine-textured lacing. Matched the decor in my Fort Myers hotel quite nicely.

I detect a lot of citrus and faint whisps of coriander and other spices, but the aroma isn't particularly strong. Now, for the flavor - I am always on the lookout for a well-balanced, lime-themed craft beer; I prayed that this was no craft Bud Light Lime nonsense.

The first few sips seemed to suggest my worst fears - I alluded to a mixture of 2/3 complex witbier diluted with a 1/3 portion of the previously mentioned Bud atrocity. But this was too quick and judgmental a conclusion, and further into the bottle, I appreciate the witbier for what it is. The lime is about as bold as my personal taste allows, which is excellent by me; but the qualities of the witbier, and a smooth finish, with citrus peel and a mild hop bite, generates a balance that is better than expected. The sensation is complex even if the palate can't seem to name more than the few dominant flavors.

Lime is a worthy ingredient in beer; the nature and tartness of the flavor makes it challenging to balance against beer's traditional ingredients. Yet, this does so in a novel and refreshing way - I was pleasantly surprised.

Photo of wallaceandvomit
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a- very hazy orange/tan with a small head, looks sorta dirty
s- light wheat and lime scent with maybe a touch of coriander
t- just the right amount of that tart wheat taste with hints of coriander and bitter orange and a nice kick of lime that i find to be a refreshing alternative to the usual orange dominated wheats, went very well with my clam chowder
m- medium-light mouthfeel, you can feel the yeast
d- nice refreshing beer that pairs well with seafood and hot florida nights, more than worth the 15 dollar case i got on sale at the brewery

Photo of armock
3.17/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that fades quickly leaving spotty lacing behind

S - Has a wheaty nose like most wits plus some lime

T - Follows the nose with wheat malt upfront and a good bit of lime in the finish

M - This beer has a light body with higher carbonation to it

D - I like wits a lot but the added lime flavor really wasn't doing much for me it would probably be better and more refreshing in the summer

Photo of beersensei305
3.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this brew a few times, today is the first time I am going to review it from my notes. This beer is light yellow with some haziness. The smell is always interesting, some yeast and grassiness and lime. The flavor is nice an wheaty at the front with some typical spice from a witibier then the lime kick. This is a ligh fizzy beer perfect for summer drinking brings out the Florida flavors.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Photo of donniecuffs
2.2/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a modestly hazy yellow into a pint glass, with zero head, very little carbonation, and little to no lacing. The nose revealed very subtle lemon, grass, and hay; not much else. The taste seemed like a watered-down version of itself, with very subdued notes of the above flavors, and an awkwardly bitter finish. Very thin, unbalanced, and more carbonated than the appearance.

Photo of birchstick
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of konadrinker
3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer came in a 12oz bottle and I poured it into a Pilsener glass.

A -The beer had a frothy white head with moderate retention that was about inch tall. Color was a light hazy amber. There was a lot of carbonation.

S -The aroma had a light to medium intensity. Smell was grass, yeast, and a very light lime pulp.

T- Had light flavor intensity. The beer had notes of lime, grass and yeast. It reminded me of a Corona with a big lime in it.

M -Light with a slick finish, fizzy feel.

D - Drinkable after working out in the yard. Don't think I would seek this one out but would quaff if offered.

Photo of brentk56
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
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

Photo of rmolledo
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle from the brewery.

A: Pours a Hazy Golden with a rocky frothy head that stays for quite a while.

S: Smells like a cross between a Hefeweizen and a Saison. I smell the banana and cloves, But I also pick up a peppery spicy aroma.

T: Similar to a hefeweizen but with more of a tangy after taste. The lime peel makes this beer just a bit too tart for me. I'll blame it on the bottle because this was great on draft at the brewery.

MF: Thick with lots of carbonation.

D: A refreshing American Hefe-Style wheat beer. Alot more complex than I thought this company would offer. Perfect for the summer.

Photo of dkoehler42
3.79/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a solid belgian wheat beer based out of Florida. It has a distinctive citrus smell and taste, though more lime than lemon/orange. The mouthfeel is enjoyable, but not great. All in all, it's a good beer for hanging out in South Florida and I would get it again.

Photo of sauron681
2.21/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Whoa and yikes! I'm glad i only got two bottles of this beer. Pours a clear, golden boringness. Very minimal head thats thin and almost invisible lacing. Smells of sour budweiser. Very light in the mouth for a wheat beer, watery and thin, and to me "airy'

Has a faint citrus-bitter taste, quite flat, no taste of lime whatsoeve, gives me that gut-rot feeling.

Photo of mullenite
2.31/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Glassware - Shaker Pint

Appearance - Golden yellow in color with a short fizzy white head that recedes in to a solid cap. Leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass but nothing really spectacular.

Nose - Kind of funky what aroma and not much else. There is a little bit of assorted citrus but it is mostly just funky wheat.

Taste - There is a little more citrus in the taste but any refreshment that would have provided is being over powered by the funky wheat.

Mouthfeel - Thin and watery with a lot of carbonation...

Overall - It is what it is, another thin watery beer for the masses. I would not recommend this to anyone and will not be buying any more of it myself. I wish, as probably the largest craft brewer from Florida, they would make a better beer but instead we have to live with mediocrity.

Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Obtained a sixer at Publix. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Cloudy golden yellow with a tan tint, showing a nice little off-white head. No lacing.

S: Wheat, miscellaneous citrus, lemon, coriander with subtle notes of acidic lime juice.

T: Starts out with a wave of artificial citrus, followed by a waft of decently structured wheat, finished by a bitter lemon lime tang. Refreshing brew, albeit a little confusing. The beer tastes confused: it's not sure if it's a Corona with a lime wedge or a Blue Moon. A little too busy.

Drinkability: I could have like 3 on a hot summer day.

Value: At $7.00 for a six pack, this is a good choice for a beach beer down here in the Sunshine State.

Photo of theghost3
2.98/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden with lots of carbonation bubbles. There's a 2-finger white head that quickly dissipates. Some lacing.

The smell is mainly yeast, wheat, lime, and slight hops. The taste reminds me of Tequiza with its kind of cheap, artificial lime flavor. There are also flavors of yeast, sour hops & a hint of sweet mandarin oranges. Nasty sour aftertaste. The mouthfeel is crisp but too acidic (no doubt from the artificial lime).

This could be refreshing on a really hot day. However, there are too many good Wits out there that don't have the cheap lime additive to choose this.

Photo of MasterSki
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
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?

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Key West Southernmost Wheat from Florida Beer Company
78 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.