Wicked Elf Witbier - The Little Brewing Company

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28 Ratings
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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Australia

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brendan13 on 02-29-2008)
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Reviews by SmashPants:
Photo of SmashPants
4.41/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: quality 330mL brown bottle, awesome 'old school' label... even the bottle cap is sweet.

Appearance: looks just like a wheat beer should - mid straw-amber with a couple of fingers of decent off-white fluffiness. The head drops away fairly quickly to a solid cap and sporadic lacing.

Aroma: pretty top notch - the citrus and wheat are definitely there - lemon, orange, spices and banana.

Taste: lovely, lovely subtle wheat and spice flavours. Lovely!

Aftertaste: drops away fairly quickly - just some sweet wheat and citrus remains.

Mouth feel: a fairly smooth, moderate body with a fine yet mouth-filling carbonation.

Overall: one of the better witbiers I have had to date - well-balanced with citrus, Belgian yeast, citrus and spices. Not too bad for AU$85 a case either.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Daniell
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

quick break from starcraft 2 to review this

A: loads of head, thins out quite quickly but retention is good. The beer itself is a hoegaarden/pineapple juice colour.

S: Big note of orange, then cloves (coriander). The orange is fresh and vibrant. Sulfur in the back

T: Spices/coriander, and then a bit of orange in the back.

M: Not amazed.

D: Another expensive beer, I guess it's drinkable in the sense that you could down quite a few but it's not really that enjoyable.

Photo of MrKennedy
2.5/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the brewery.

Pours a dull, pale, hazy golden colour with a pillowy white head of foam. Decent retention.

Smell is very strong, coriander is the big player here along with some orange peel and cumin.

Taste has a small fraction of the coriander that is in the nose, instead being very yeasty to the point where this rules out all other lighter flavours.

Mouthfeel is thin early, then finishes with a big yeasty kick that has this being more of a slow sipper than a refreshing summer wit.

Not delicate, the smell and flavours are definitely on the brutal side for the style. Not super sessionable either.

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.83/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy pale straw pour, good sized head, good persistence.
Artificial lemon and wheat make up most of the aroma. Really lacking.
Flavours are similar with some unpleasant clinging wheat and more of the sweet lemon. Not impressed.
Too much carbonation, too watery.

Photo of LathouXaris
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Kulrak
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy orangy gold color with fluffy white head that fades away fairly quickly to leave a thin layer that laces the glass. Smells floral and fruity and yeasty, like a witbier should. The taste is a little thin, but citrusy. I think it's just that it's too fizzy to really taste that much of it. Overall, it's fairly drinkable, if a bit .. like soda.

Photo of Jake321
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Photo of Macca
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours a hazy honey golden with a finger of fluffy white head. Some lacing.

Some spiciness (coriander) and citrus comes through on the palate. Touch of ester comes through.

For me the palate was dominated by an orange flavour. Some spiciness again. Nice.

High carbo.

A nice beer but not really sessionable.

Photo of jjkatter
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into a Trappistes Rochefort goblet...

A- golden with a fair white head that dissipates into a thin layer of foam.

S- floral and a bit hoppy. does not put off much of an aroma.

T- a bit tangy with nice effervescence that lingers to the finish. Nice wheat with floral notes. Not much body, but nice on the taste buds. the finish has something that lingers well on the back of the tongue.

MF- really good mouth feel. Just the right amount of carbonation and a nice dry finish.

O- Pretty good example of a witbier for an Australian microbrew. I would have this beer again and would recommend giving it a try.

Photo of WHROO
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A; Pale yello, unfiltered with big sudsy soapy head. Well carbonated. great head retention & lacing.

S: Fruity...phenols / cloves...lemon, orange citrus.

T: definately the belguim feel, with cloves, & some banana...lemon...& a little too much sourness on the back sides of the tongue. If they could have done away with the sourness this would have scored more.

M: very carbonated, light, refreshing & summery

D: Quite good...easy to drink on hot days...very fruity & citrusy. Enjoyed (just a little wild & nowhere near as smooth as a true belgium wit)

Photo of juju7
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Revisited this one recently out of curiosity. With the murky honeycomb colour it isn't the prettiest wit I've seen, but the rocky head that hung around for the whole drink made up for it. Not bad on the nose but like many Hoegaarden imitators it suffers from being a little too syrupy with the orange. Coriander comes through big time on the palate along with some prickliness from the fairly high carbonation and an alcohol kick. Decent weight and a tidy finish. Pretty decent.

Photo of mulder1010
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ML poured into a SA Perfect Pint

A-- Cloudy pineapple color, almost opaque. Lots of small bubbles with this and a cotton ball white head. Got a good finger and a half of head and sticky lacking and nice sized bubbles in the head.

S-- Faint orange and pineapple in this, a little dry so a bit of honey in this as well. Not nearly as orange as other types in this. Smells tropical after it gets warm and banana does come out after warming

T-- Pineapple and orange in this but not as much orange as others. Has a bit of a sweet quality to this. Curacao and Coriander are very soft and almost hidden in this. Once it warms up lemon appears more.

M-- Finishes quite dry. Also finishes a little sour after it warms up a bit. Well carbonated and fairly lively to me. Does get a bit of a pucker from the lemon but would like a little less pucker in this and more honey.

D-- Not that great after it gets warm. Becomes too sour at that point. Cold it is pretty good. Like how it is more of a tropical version of a Wit. Good for a change of pace but not sessionable as it would get tiresome quickly and once warm this beer becomes too sour and too tropical. Worth trying and would be interested in trying on tap.

Photo of dasmusik
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of magpieken
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of mungus
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of koolk
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark yellow this pours a massive white head that persists for a very long time.

Ultra yeasty nose with some banana and citrus note in there as well. Smells like a fresh ferment.

Spicy palate that has a strong orange flavour. An after taste of seeds that I can only assume is a coriander flavour. Some more banana as well.

Creamy and well textured, it is just lacking a little bit of an edge.

Not a bad drop, but nothing overly special.

Photo of vancurly
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a) Pours a loose but thick white head, which ever so slowly drops away. Heavily hazed, with a colour of light yellow/amber
s) Strong citrus notes, slight yeasty funkiness, spicy seeds.
f) Quite a pronounced coriander seed spiciness, supported by a candy note
m) Fairly light-bodied, with some tingle on the tongue
d) Refreshing, good with Asian food

Photo of laituegonflable
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, very cloudy, almost opaque, pale wheaty colour with modest white head, visible bubbles. Lacing is pretty good, clings lightly to the glass. Overall, pretty decent.

Nose is quite hoppy actually, with a tangy fruit character as well. Fair hit of pineapple and citrus, and a nice, slightly spicy herbal or phenolic hop hit, hint of white pepper and maybe coriander as well. Nice, refreshing smell.

Taste is tangy and tart, with a long and quite topographic palate with quite a lot of up and down in it. Fair amount of citrus and melon with a tangy kind of mid-to-back and a tart, slightly resiny hop on the back. It cleans it up slightly but there is a residual acidity lingering which lowers the drinkable factor. Quite nice though, with pleasant fruit, a light peppery spice and a slight warming alcohol maybe? Quite Belgian in style, with quite a chewy mouthfeel, slightly puckering as well.

Yeah, I quite like this.

Photo of LiamAhearn
2.88/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Meets all the key aspects of a wit in my book. Very light pale malt with haze from yeast and wheat. Good carbonation and head retention.

S: Lacking the phenolic and spice notes I like to see for this style.

T: Quite dry and seems a little over attenuated, which takes away some of the creaminess which can come from the wheat in these types of beers. No orange, coriander or hop flavours clearly present.

M: A bit puckering from the light body and dry mouthfeel. High carbonation levels also accentuate this.

D: This type of beer needs to be sessionable, I found this one a bit too dry for my pallet but I will try another few bottles and look for the freshest I can get my hands on. This stuff needs to be consumed as young as possible as wit beer never ages well.

Cheers,

Liam

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours very dark for a witbier - a dark golden colour, and very clear even with a pretty vigorous, sediment-stirring pour. Filmy head of fine white foam. Looks almost like a lager.

Candy characters in the nose. Light sherbet lemon, sweet, light and frothy. The citrus is there, with a little herbiness, it's not too bad, but smells a little artificial.

Light sweet fragrance on the palate, but very subdued. A bit of herbal bitterness later, but not a lot. Overall a little too similar to seltzer water. It does have some flashes of the true wit characters, but it's pretty weak overall. Mouthfeel is ok, reasonably smooth, and a suitable level of carbonation.

This is a drinkable enough beer. Not a great example of the style though.

Photo of admiral
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of heygeebee
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy pale straw with a massive head of medium finely stacked white bubbles. Nice. head fades (it has to) - little lace.

Aromas of yeast.

Taste is dry/sour, quite bitter, with citrus, sherbert and yeast notes dominating.

Mouthfeel good, quite carbonated. Starts to pucker after a while with dryness.

Overall, quite good, but up against some much better Wits in class.

Photo of Stew41
2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nearly but not quite. Looks good; big white fluffy head and slightly murky bright orange. Aromas are simple, a touch sweet but effctive with orange lollies and sherbet. Palate simplifies further with fizz and a confectionary orange / citrus note. Thickens slightly on the finish. Nice enough, super friendly, but hard to take seriously.

Photo of jarmby1711
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy rather than cloudy .Overly effervescent with a small but dense and persistent white head
Definievly spicy , which was more cloves to me , but the blurb on the bottle suggests curacao and coriander . Could well be curacao.
The taste is soft and citrusy with a big hint of orange. The wheat malts and yeast are underpowering , which makes for a mild tempered flavour.
The over effervescece harms the mouthfeel which in all other respects is commendable.It is light and laid back
This is a perfect summer lunch ime beer

Photo of DrNo
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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Wicked Elf Witbier from The Little Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.