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Witicus Double Rye Wit - Freetail Brewing Company

Witicus Double Rye WitWiticus Double Rye Wit

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51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.75%

Brewed by:
Freetail Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: HardTarget on 11-30-2009)
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Photo of Alieniloquium


3.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear golden yellow. Small white head. Thick collar.

Smell - Very fruity. Pineapple. Estery yeast. Some light grain.

Taste - Quite sweet. Pineapple. Tropical fruits. Yeasty and some grains. Rye comes up in the back.

Mouthfeel - Quite sweet and heavy. Nothing like a wit. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - Meh. Too sweet. Uninspired rye.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 23:13:18 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy golden color ale with a medium small foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of tart notes with light cereal notes also perceptible. Taste is also dominated by quite a bit of tart notes with some light spicy rye notes that are also perceptible. Body is quite full with medium carbonation. Not bad but a lot more sour then expected which makes it hard to distinguish some of the rye malt.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 02:18:13 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of HuskyinPDX


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

Bottle opened on 12.1.12

A - Pours a cloudy dull orange-brown with a small fizzy head that is gone instantly.

S - Wheat bread and some kind of sweet berry.

T - Rye bread, fruity - Pear and pineapple

D - Lower carbonation and a heavy body. Sweet finish.

O - Dark heavy bread with a sweet fruity tone.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 06:16:40 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of lnashsig


3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#BOTG 134.

Muled from San Antonio for me by my buddy Will (Canadianghetto). Thanks Will! Poured from 22oz bomber into my Brooklyn tulip. Pours a pretty cloudy golden orange color. Not much head, no real retention to speak of. Decent appearance. Smell- juicy orange peel, some candied sugar, clove, banana. Clove and fruit are dominant. Taste- a lot drier than I expected, but a nice creamy mouthfeel. I get big clove, vanilla, dreamcicle (all I could really think of to describe the play between the creaminess and the orange/fruit play. What is not here that I was expecting was a big sweet backbone. But, it actually lends itself to making this easier to drink- I will have no problem taking this down. I also get some cinnamon on the end, back of the throat. Overall, this is an enjoyable beer, I am always happy to enjoy Freetail brews.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 00:17:31 | More by lnashsig
Photo of Mora2000


4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub.

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of orange citrus and coriander notes, as well as a good deal of wheat. The flavor is similar. I get a ton of juicy orange notes as well as some coriander and white pepper. There is also a strong wheat and biscuit malt note, as well as some noticeable alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2012 22:21:41 | More by Mora2000
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting courtesy of mrbubbler himself.

Pours a murky yellow with an off-white head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, spices, yeast, and fruit. Taste is the same but the yeast flavor dominates things in my opinion. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a better taste than smell.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 03:53:25 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of maximum12


4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to smithjl10 for feeding my addiction, sending this among four (4) bottles of rye brew to the great land of the disappearing winter. That should keep me for a few days. 22 oz. bomber.

Poured into a couple pint glasses, this is a fuzzy, almost solid light yellow, like a crayon you'd use to represent the sun. The nose is unexpected. Massive notes of pear, a small spice cabinet sans the cabinet, pepper. Yowza.

Witicus is clearly ancient Latin for 'freakishly strange with a dash of odd and undercurrents of bizarre'. Twisted pear dominates the taste, along with a triple entendre of spicy Belgian yeast. The rye arrives mid-palate amid the dust & fog. Other bit actors enter stage right & exit without note: orange peel, sweet Hawaiian bread, bittering hops, wheat, bread dough. Wow. The layers have layers, like a Shellworld (that's an Ian Banks reference, for you heathens out there). The complexity causes my hand to rise & grasp almost of its own volition.

This is a beautiful, big, brawny, brawler of a rye beer. The rye isn't dominant, but it's showcased nonetheless in an uncontrolled riot of tastes & complexity. Gorgeous. Excellent brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 03:32:58 | More by maximum12
Photo of MasterSki


3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another rarity shared by Eric (TurdFurgison). Served in a plastic cup at Kuhnhenn Winter Solstice.

A - Looks similar to Woodicus, but with less foam and lace and a slightly lighter shade of peach yellow.

S - Peppery Belgian yeast, light cake batter, fruity esters, stone fruits, hint of pineapple, coriander, and perhaps a touch of phenolic and estery alcohol.

T - I like the taste better, as it does away with the harsher Belgian yeast notes and replaces them with honey, fruity esters, caramel, wheat, and a kiss of rye malt. Bready and yeasty, but not phenolic.

M - Medium body, medium-high carbonation, dry texture, and light warming alcohol.

D - An interesting beer, combining elements of Witbier, Belgian Strong Pale, and Rye Beer. No major problems, but occasionally the flavors don't integrate as well as I'd like.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 18:32:45 | More by MasterSki
Photo of THECPJ


4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes: Big thanks goes out to TJKinate.

appearance: hazy golden yellow with 1 fiinger white head

smell: citrus, belgian yeast, coriander, funk, rye

taste: rye, citrus, belgian yeast, spice

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a nice belgian wit with Rye malts. Give this beer props for trying something different in the grain bill.


Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 02:45:50 | More by THECPJ
Photo of KickInTheChalice


3.4/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. Thanks to bauermj for bringing out some Texas beer.

Appearance: My pour is a hazy golden straw color with a light white foamy head.

Smell: A lot of white grape and pear precedes the pale malt, green apple, and some dry rye malt.

Taste: The flavor is sweeter than I would expect in a rye beer or a saison. It starts with dry, crackery pale malt, sweet white grape, pear, green apple, some lemon and pepper.

Mouthfeel: It starts sweet, although it is tough to identify the flavor to associate the sweetness with. There is a rye dryness that develops over the course of the beer. A lightly tart and bitter finish.

Overall: The dry rye flavor and the sweetness work reasonably well together.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 02:17:53 | More by KickInTheChalice
Photo of nickhiller


4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: golden and opaque, big Belgian head with thick rings of lace.

S: Belgian yeast, orange juice, grapefruit, fresh sea foam (almost like fresh lobster or crab).

T: grapefruit, pineapple, Belgian bubble gummy yeast, and I know this sounds weird, but a little of the lobster/crab from the nose. Bitter finish counterbalances fruit juice from the start.

M: medium body, sharp carbonation and a dry foamy finish.

O: though it's technically a "rye beer," it tastes more like a Belgian tripel and certainly stands up to other well known beers from this class.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 00:55:11 | More by nickhiller
Photo of tjkinate


4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, I am pleasantly surprised! I went down to a Freetail bottle release a few weeks ago and was disappointed that Witicus was all that was left when it was my turn to purchase.

A: A hard pour into a traditional pint glass created a BEAUTIFUL, creamy white, 2+ finger white head that had plenty of retention. Less lacing than I hoped from this dirty yellow and orange brew.

S: More spice than I expected, created a slight burn on the nostrils, but remained pleasant. Subtle undertones of barley, rye, citrus, and hops. Wish those smells were more pronounced.

T: Wow, so much more complex than anticipated. The initial punch of malts mix very well with the rye. Bitter undertones follow that also include pear and citrus. Just when I thought the flavor was over the beer surprised me with the aftertaste of soft floral hops that dissipate smoothly.

M: Medium bodied, fairly high carbonation, silky.

O: A pleasant surprise and am glad I was able to pick up a few.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 23:31:02 | More by tjkinate
Photo of twiggamortis420


4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber (bottle number 77 of 84), review from notes as I drank this one fresh a week after release. Pours a hazed gold color with a serviceable white head. Retention is pretty poor and leaves minimal lace.

Nose has lots of coriander and soft orange citrus notes. Smells like its got some alcohol bite to it and the rye stays mostly in the backgroud.

Extremely soft on the palate, little bit sweet and a touch af tartness makes for some nice interplay on the tongue. Wheat-esque tanginess is offset by a whole lotta coriander. A nice little hop bite on the end along with some pithy orange peel. I really dont get much rye in the flavor, even though I am looking for it. Good beer, one of the best double witbiers I have had...non-coriander fans need not apply.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 17:29:15 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of jamescain


3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a sniffer

Appearance: Golden yellow with a thin white head that forms a lacing over the top of the beer.

Aroma: Notes of citrus, orange, coriander and a peppery spiciness.

Taste: Light bready notes and spicy hints with a touch of orange.

Mouthfeel: Full body and thick feeling that is delicately carbonated.

Overall: Honestly it’s not my favorite. I know there are a lot of people that like it but for me it’s not one that I will go out of my way to get.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2011 19:12:39 | More by jamescain
Photo of womencantsail


4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one. Strangely, I actually mean it this time.

A: The pour is a very cloudy pale yellow color with a huge white head that eventually settles down.

S: An incredibly fruit forward nose that you don't typically expect. The requisite orange aroma is there, but also lots of apricots and pineapple too. Sweet wheat bread, coriander, and a bit of rye to finish it off.

T: Again, lots of fruit notes of pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, and fresh oranges. Hearty and sweet wheat bread, bitter orange peel, coriander, and a subtle rye flavor.

M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation.

D: Too bad this one was only 84 bottles as I thought it was fantastic. Definitely different for a witbier, which is sort of a blah style to me, and it made it very interesting and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 01:29:51 | More by womencantsail
Photo of glid02


4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Grant - thanks!

Pours a cloudy golden-yellow color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of light wheat with large amounts of floral hops and smaller amounts of citrus hops. Also present are hints of light and indistinct spices.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although there's more influence from the rye. Light malt and soft wheat flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by mild spices and larger amounts of citrus hops. Midway through the sip the spices fade out a bit and slight amounts of bread-like rye flavors work their way into things. The rye flavors fade out a bit but stick around and are joined by light malt and spices to carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

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

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall the addition of rye to a wit is relatively new to me and while it certainly takes away from some of the best aspects of a good wit (large amounts of soft wheat and smooth citrus with hints of spices) it is still a good beer. This may very well be influenced by my affinity for rye, but it's worth a shot for you to find out for yourself.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 23:50:16 | More by glid02
Photo of champ103


4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy golden orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. As the foam recedes light lace is left behind.
S: Yeast, wheat and big fruity esters. Lightly tart apples and lemons. Some banana and spice. Lightly sweet with some bread and biscuit.
T: Husky wheat and fruity ester are big. Earthy yeast. Lightly tart green apples and zesty lemon. Big bready rye without the caraway seeds is really nice. There is a spicy character here, but from the yeast. Lots of layers that are great.
M/D: A medium to full body with perfect carbonation. Really dry, crisp, and smooth. Very textured. So easy to drink. I can sip on this all day.

Another great beer from Freetail. Lots of nuance and character. Something I highly recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2010 00:16:07 | More by champ103
Photo of LacquerHead


3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I came in a breakfast style orange juice looking glass. It also looked a little like orange juice only lighter and more tan.
The bartender poured my beer, but it took a while for the waitress to bring it to me so there may have been a head on it. When I got it there was only a quickly dissolving lace and small foamy patches.

I asked the waitress for something full flavored and strong - this is what she brought me.

I didn't really think much of this one. It did taste more flavor full as it got warmer. There was a laid back straw taste that was pleasant. As it warmed up a bready dough flavor came up. The hops profile was good - it provided a dryness that tied things together. At first the ABV was well masked. Towards the end, however it began to show through, but it wasn't offensive. In the end it had a farmhouse quality to it.

I can appreciate this beer because every time I took a drink a slightly different flavor emerged. If I ever go back to Freetail I'd try this again just once then I would move on. I would certainly recommend checking this one out.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2010 19:04:50 | More by LacquerHead
Photo of HardTarget


4.68/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A growler from their 1st Anniversary Party: Thanks Pegasus! 1,001st review.

Appearance: Murky matte amber yellow glass manages to put a few spider webs of lace on the glass before going limp.

Aroma: Heavy whiffs of alcohol, overripe light fleshy fruit, mostly peach and pear. Deep esters, edge of rotten fruit busting with naturally occurring alcoholic decomposition. Heady. Fruity, but west coast hops promise refreshing juiciness.

Flavor: Malty earthy mineral sweetness with a sharp cheddar twang that says Brettanomyces bitches. Belgian funky edge of farmyard keeps your attention, but it's not difficult, just interesting, grounding the fruity, heady flavors.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly full bodied and rich. Low carbonation, slick texture. Almost a champagne dry feel and taste.

Overall Impression: Wow. Socks are all the way across the room. Ester onslaught, bright hop tease, heavy handed alcoholic slap, funky Belgian holiday, this beer just keeps on giving. Long live Freetail Brewing!!!!

Serving type: growler

11-30-2009 01:50:17 | More by HardTarget
Witicus Double Rye Wit from Freetail Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.