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Steelgaarden Wit - Bethlehem Brew Works

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11 Reviews
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Reviews: 11
Hads: 51
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 6.27%
Wants: 0
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bethlehem Brew Works visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: tempest on 11-17-2007

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Reviews: 11 | Hads: 51
Photo of Rifugium
2.81/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

First had: on tap at Bethlehem

Poured a slightly hazy, bright straw-whitish-yellow color with a small fizzy white head. Served with an orange wedge. Aromas of light banana esters and typical wit spices. Taste of toasted grains, more of the typical wit profile, but a bit watered down... This was basically a Blue Moon clone, so after a couple sips, I plopped in the orange wedge, and let it take the edge off so I could finish it easier. Light body, fairly easy to drink, but lacking in any real complexity or taste. Sampler size is all that's required for this one. (567 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured out as a cloudy looking yellow color with a fluffy white head on top that leaves just a film over top of the beer. The smell of the beer had some citrusy grain and wheat aromas to it. The taste of the beer is a little sweet and tart at the same time. The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth and light. Overall this is a pretty good beer for summer time. I wouldn't go out of my way to get it though. (407 characters)

Photo of Kwak
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

it appeared haze yellow typical for the style
very nice head thick clinging to the glass for a little while .
good citrus smell not to heavy.
it had a nice taste lemon and wheat went down nice refreshing not to filling.
the only thing I didn't like was the aftertaste almost watered down not typical for this style ,like it was missing something. Good would drink it again but could be better. (394 characters)

Photo of DIM
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: This was a slightly hazy golden color. It was served to me with a thin fizzy cap.

s: Mild banana and cloves plus hints of other spices. Everything a wit is supposed to have, just not quite enough of them.

t: Tastes a bit better than it smells. Wheaty bananas and some spicy cloves. Tasty, but on the mild side.

m: Nicely chewy with fizzy carbonation.

d: Not the best wit around, but this was refreshing with no off flavors. (430 characters)

Photo of Boggdogg
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a cloudy paticals floating golden color with tiny white head and no lacing.
S-sweet floral notes with noticeable citrus
T-taste is of citrus and spice. Added a lemon slice which really brought this beer to life. Added a nice sour complexity to this sweet beer.
M-medium bodied with a nice tingle of citrus lingering in my mouth.
O-good beer would drink again especially on a hot sunny Sunday. (403 characters)

Photo of hopdog
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Allentown Brew Works location.

Poured a deep and cloudy to murky yellow color with a small sized whit head. Aromas of bananas, cloves, and light wheat. Tastes of wheat, cloves, coriander, light citrus, and bananas.

Notes from 10/13/07. (252 characters)

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a shockingly cloudy orange gold. The light wouldn't even pass through this. We're talking pint held to an exposed 60w bulb. Yikes! I suspect this one will be yeasty. Regardless of what comes next, this looks gross.

Smells of delicate wheat, orange juice, and a slight metallic sting.

Wow, tastes much like a hefeweitzen with a sweet and smooth yeast character backed by an equally smooth wheat. This is followed up by an effervescent citrus that leans towards orange and a touch of lime. Finishes shockingly clean.

This one's a mouth full with an explosion of carbonation, but things fall pretty quickly and disappear.

Looks aside, this one isn't too bad, but perhaps a little heavy for the style. (719 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub.

It appears like they're making this one a regular, and that's probably a good thing. This ale has a most of the typical wit flavors like coriander, lemon, and creamy wheat, but everything seems amplified. That takes the balance of a bit and it's not as subtle as other wits, but darn it's still tasty. Definitely a beer to try if you make it to the Brew Works. (386 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed yellow-gold color with nice cap of soapy white head, good lacing. Scent is as advertised, orange and lemon peel for citrus, corriander and pepper for spice and chamomile for a light floral taste all backed with a light bready yeast. Taste follows scent... a dead ringer for Hoegaarden if there ever was one, and props for being able to duplicate it exactly. Medium bodied, active carbonation, light citrusy sweet aftertaste. A nice Wit with some strong flavors and extra kudos for being able to mimic another beer spot on. (528 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brew-pub, Allentown location.

Served with an orange slice garnish that I have no use for. Cloudy, hazy, yellow body with a small white head that leaves a few islands of head.

Smells of citrus, that wheat twang, and coriander.

I'm not sure if this is supposed to be a hoegaarden clone of sorts, or just their version of a wit. Either way, I like this one better than Hoegaarden. It could just be the freshness, but this is definitely a tasty beer. A good wheat twang some mixes with some coriander and other herbal notes. Big citrus flavor in the finish.

Slightly creamy, moderate carbonation.

This stuff is refreshing and pretty easy to throw back. A good beer at a great price. (697 characters)

Photo of microbrewlover
4.58/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours an opaque orange color with a two finger head and moderate lacing. (Good lacing for a wheat beer). Moderate carbonation

The smell is straw, wet hay, wheat, coriander, orange and lemon. Maybe a tiny bit of apple and pear with a hint of banana.

The taste is wheat, with orange peel, lemongrass and light, sweet malts. There is also a hint of apple and banana. There is the slightest hint of floral and citrus hops on the back end a just a little hop oil remains on the tongue after swallowing.

The mouthfeel is crisp and cracker like. Not too thin and not too thick, a little oily as well.

Overall, this is a very good wheat beer. It does what a wheat beer should; be light, sweet, refreshing and sessionable. I think I could drink a half-dozen of these. (772 characters)

Steelgaarden Wit from Bethlehem Brew Works
84 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.