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Rye Wit - Freetail Brewing Company

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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.73%
Wants: 5
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Freetail Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: JonathanL7890 on 12-30-2008)
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Reviews by vdread:
Photo of vdread
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Freetail Rye Wit pours a hazy yellow-orange with some frothy head.

smells strongly of tart apple and spices. bready, wheaty, and strong.
good mix of rye and wheat flavors. strong coriander and spiciness. the rye adds to this, rounding it out. slightly tart with what could be considered citrus peel. finishes slightly dry, easy drinking, and delicious. ends well, with lingering bready, yeasty, and coriander tastes.

a very exceptional Tejas wit

vdread, Oct 10, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of Tiernan
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Tiernan, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to slasher007 for sharing this growler.

Pours golden yellow with a white head. The aroma is lots of coriander and orange peel. The flavor is similar to the aroma with lots of orange peel and coriander as well as some spiciness from the rye which comes in during the aftertaste. A very juicy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. For a witbier, this one has tons of flavor.

Mora2000, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of chinchill
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub in the outskirts of San Antonio.
Hazy light yellowgold with a semi-durable white head that leaves a little bit of lacing.

Complex arom is lemony, spicy and bready.

Flavor: more hoppy than suggested by the aroma. Lemon, banana, light malts and a good bit of spicy rye. Well balanced and somewhat layered.

Feel: light body and medium carbonation. .

O: a spicy and intersting wit beer. Recommended.

chinchill, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewpub.

Pours an opaque lemon-yellow color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of bready wheat with good amounts of light citrus aromas. Also present are mild amounts of coriander.

Tastes good. Wheat flavors with a nice twang kick things off with mildly tart citrus flavors. Midway through the sip light amounts of bread enter into things along with a mild spiciness from the rye. The spiciness carries through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I had no problem finishing my glass and could easily have a few more.

Overall this was a nice take on a witbier, although I may be biased as rye is probably my favorite adjunct. Well worth a shot.

glid02, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of jheezee
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

jheezee, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of JamLand
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

JamLand, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of Magery
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Magery, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

XicanoBeerRun, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of gtermi
4/5  rDev +3.9%

gtermi, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of PEBKAC
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Growler pour into my Carlsberg pilsner glass. A flume of champagne head, with lace just like it's namesake. Though it's all atop a dusty pale straw body.

Smell is a touch doughy, accompanied by a little pepper. A subtle apple tone with a grassy touch. Even warm, it barely makes a showing.

Flavor is dominated(I use that word hesitantly) by crusty bread, minoring with an illusive rub of citrus rind, & an itch of yeast. A pleasant toasted, iron-y taste draws out the finish. Coriander didn't show up in mine. In total, very much in reserve, & even watered down in some aspects. Just not enough flavor for such an interesting recipe.

Carbonation is somewhat spritzy, but overall a little low(probably because I didn't pounce on the growler the moment we met). Dusty.

Way too subtle & cautious I felt. Let the rye be free. Because of its tip-toeing, I can't help but think of it as an underachiever. A great idea that just needs some heavy tweaking(psst... more rye).

PEBKAC, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of spaceycasey
4.88/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on tap at Freetail Brewing Co. on 01/09/2009.

Appearance: light straw, cloudy, the almost "white" appearance the style is named after.

Smell: Cirus and spice dominate. As noted previously, apparently they use grapefruit peel as opposed to orange - the difference is subtle but noticable if you are seeking it. One of the subtle changes in this beer from a traditional wit. Overall though, a wonderful smelling beer.

Taste: Refreshing citrus balanced by the corriander spiceness. A tad more dominated by the spice. Plesant, soft mouthfell. Rye adds a subtle grainy element to the mouthfeel.

Overall impression: A wonderful wit. I was told brewer Jason Davis was a former employee at the Celis Brewery, which would explain such a good wit right out of the gate. Probably one of the best of the style I've ever had.

spaceycasey, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

ExaltedNecrosis, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of Dajtai007
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got a growler of this for a BA, which he ended up sharing. The pour was still carbonated very well. Golden cloudy witbier with a tart nose. They sour mashed this overnite, which gave the beer a delicate tartness. Not too much, but just enough to keep you going back for more and more. I extremely drinkable witbier. Texas has proven itself that we can brew great Heffs and witbiers!

Dajtai007, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an extremely cloudy pale yellow color with a thin layer of creamy white foam. Fades at a normal clip and leaves a nice 3D sheen on top, just a touch of lacing is evident.

Oddly enough, I get some banana aroma in here with some of the traditional coriander, orange peel and perhaps some cloves. The rye adds a spicy note, but does not impact the nose all that much.

Ah, that is tasty! The rye pepperiness really makes it into the flavor with some lemony citrus notes and of course some coriander. A bit of hop bitterness along with the citric acidity cleans up the palate on the finish with the quickness. Some, but not much yeasty flavors, just about right. This is an easy drinking wit with plenty of flava. When visiting Freetail, this one is a good bet.

twiggamortis420, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of oline73
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the growler into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: Beer pours a clear very light golden color with a quarter finger of white head. The head fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: Light malt and yeasty. The overall smell is very light.

Taste: Light malt with a ton of yeast. The overall flavor is bread like with the rye spice showing up in the finish. Very light overall.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with fluffy carbonation and a finish that is a touch dry.

Overall: Good enough, but I thought it was a bit boring. Easy to drink.

oline73, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of hiikeeba
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours up a hazy gold with a white head that dissipates slowly.

S - Tart citrus aroma, smells like red grapefruit. Not bad, but hard to get used to.

T - Starts off with a bit of the citrus, followed up by grain flavor (rye?), and finishes with a nice spice on the back of the tongue.

M - Slightly thin mouthfeel offset by good carbonation

D - Very drinkable, once you get past the grapefruit aroma.

hiikeeba, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of Lcanales77
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Lcanales77, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of crobinso
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

crobinso, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -22.1%

ygtbsm94, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

Thorpe429, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of TOP
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

TOP, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy and yellow, head and lacing were pretty good.

Smell was spicy (coriander) and yeasty, plenty so at that. Also there were some citrus overtones.

Taste wise this was a darn fine witbier. There was a pretty pronounced spiciness and plenty of yeast flavors, along with a little floral overtone and a good grainy background from the rye. Very tasty stuff!

Feel wise it was typically witbier, light and smooth, quite easy to drink.

Overall this was a very fine beer that I would certainly recommend anybody tries who goes to this brewery.

AlCaponeJunior, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of thereal_adam
3/5  rDev -22.1%

thereal_adam, May 31, 2014
Photo of champ103
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a cloudy pale yellow color. A two finger white head forms, and recedes in a minute. Light lace.
S: Banana, citrus, spice, and some crusty bread. Sweet malt in the nose. Fresh backed bread and biscuit from the rye. Simple, but very nice.
T: Follows the nose. Banana, citrus clove/spice. Sweet malt, bread and yeast. Light spice, and the backed rye bread flavor is great.
M/D: A lighter body with a little to much carbonation. Easy to drink. All day long with this one.

A great standby at the brewpub. Simple, and well done. When you get tiered of sours and stouts, give this one a try.

champ103, Mar 21, 2010
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Rye Wit from Freetail Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.