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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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Reviews: 80
Hads: 223
Avg: 3.46
pDev: 30.35%
Wants: 5
Gots: 29 | 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 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 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 rsdaugherty
2.66/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into pint glass
A – I assume my (bad?) pour resulted in zero and I mean zero head, opaque golden yellow with pale edges 2
S – Lime, grapefruit, dried grass, grain, yeast 3.5
T – short version… Lime & orange wheat. Long version… lime, wheat middle, to a tart orange zest finish, slight coriander. Clean & potentially refreshing… but all around I’m not enjoying this brew greatly 2.5
M – Light in body, a watery beer with excessive carbonation 2
O – A Key Lime twist on a light citrus wit that fails to achieve liftoff, lots going on but not well coordinated 2.5

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Straw hazy yellow pour with a tiny head of white dusting

S: Great smell of belgian wit yeast , spices of coriander, orange peel, and tangerine.

T: Just as the aroma implies, this is a nice belgian wit with some coriander spicing. Mid body there is a bit of a chalky taste mixing with noble hops that are pretty well represented.

M: A light to medium light body with mild carbonation.

O: An enjoyable witbier, glad to have tried it.

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Photo of Tschnab
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pale yellow straw with a hazy body, and a white cap on top.

S- belgian spices coming through, coriander specifically. The lime is the pleasant twist here, where usually you would expect orange.

T- Bready and yeasty, with coriander and light orange. The lime adds a unique sour and tart profile.

O- Really nice surpise here. Every wit is the same these days, and I like them so it's fine. But a tarter version was a great change of pace.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Cloudy grapefruit juice, with a small white head that sink pretty quick.

S - Coriander, , a sugary bbq-like smoke aroma, green bananas, tangy yeast.

T - Citrus hops, tangy wheat, key-lime is noticeable and adds a nice tartness. Slightly bitter and clean on the finish.

M - Light bodied, active carbonation, slightly peppery on the tongue.

A good amount of key limes blend with the yeast and spices to really make a different kind of Wit. Nice clean flavors.

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Photo of nitro0292
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into my Real Madrid weizwn glass. Hazy light yellow, looks a bit like prima pils. Less head than I expect from a witbier, especially given the high carbonation. Pour resulted in slightly more than a finger's worth of bright white tight bubbles. Decent lacing, but not exceptional.

Smells like a typical wit, a little bit stronger than Hoegaarden and less spicy and more citrusy than the germans. The bottle states that it is brewed with 2 kinds of hops, one being cascade. I can't smell (or taste) the cascade, but I'll take their word for it.

Surprisingly, I can taste the lime. It tastes like a wit, with a lime. The lime presence isn't quite as strong as it would be in say a certain mexican corn-lager with a lime dropped in, but it definitely there. Not bad, but I'm a purist with my wits. Interesting aftertaste, the lime and citrus lingers a bit more than desired.

Mouthfeel is medium, with high carbonation. Slightly heavy for a wit, but fairly typical, especially the high carbonation.

Overall, this is a good American wheat beer. Not as good as Brooklyn's wheat, but I like it better than SN's kellerweis. That being said, I would seek out a German hefeweizen before this one.

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Photo of CoalPorter
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into conical pint.

A - Cloudy whitish yellow color, a fizzy white head that burns away quickly leaving no lacing

S - wheat, crackers, banana, hint of cirtus

T - Banana again, light wheat, sour notes of key lime definitely come through, no real hop presence

M - medium

O - Ok lawnmower beer, the addition of the key lime is cute, but there's not a ton of complexity here, I think one is my limit.

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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 chocosushi
4.23/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wit brewed with Real Key-Lime
12oz->Saison Dupont glass

A ~ Quite an aggressive pour yielding a 1/4" of head
in an effervescent ring. Slightly murky orange with a brown tone.

S ~ Good punch of tangy yeast with the key-lime coming through rather nicely...hint of spice (coriander)

T ~ Very spirited, subtle flavors: A touch of key-lime, touch of pear, touch of sun-kissed grain/malt & a touch of spice all on a lovely soft body of mellow citrus-peel & yeast. Wonderful.

M ~ Nice balance! Malt does not attack the palette one bit & the addition of key lime was very refreshing & pleasantly tart.

D ~ Was extremely surprised by this one. Would not expect a beer representing Key West to be true to form. Extremely delicious, should be seeked out.


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Photo of beerboy9960
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to Miamichaels for this extra.

A- This beer pours a cloudy, hazy golden color with a little white puffy head.

S- The smell is of musty wheat and citrus, primarily lime.

T- It has a real bready, wheatlike taste upfront, but finishes with a nice lime bitter aftertaste.

M- It has a medium mouthfeel with a decent amount of carbonation.

This was a decent beer from a brewery I had never heard of before. I probably wouldn't seek this out in the future, but it was nice to try this once.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

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Photo of readbaron
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of happygnome
3.32/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of shand
3.39/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.94/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of UMNbeerhunter
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.37/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of rsgcwhite
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of wallaceandvomit
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
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

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Photo of armock
3.17/5  rDev -8.4%
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

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Photo of beersensei305
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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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 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 donniecuffs
2.2/5  rDev -36.4%
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.

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Key West Southernmost Wheat from Florida Beer Company
79 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.