Sawtooth - DuClaw Brewing Company
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3.73/5 rDev +8.4%
Reviewed from notes. Perhaps not retired, as I had this in Fall 2009. Guess that was long ago now, though still quite a bit further down the road than the previous review.
Pours a cloudy yellow gold with a white head. The nose is light citrus and coriander with a bit of yeast. The taste is a bit of drawdown. Light citrus and a bit of spice. Light feel with moderate spice. Easy drinking and a bit tasty.
11-10-2010 02:37:39 | More by Thorpe429
3.58/5 rDev +4.1%
Thanks for this one, Bobby.
A: The pour is a very pale, clear, golden straw color with a finger of white head.
S: Smells mostly of coriander and clove with a touch of grassy hops. There is a light breadiness to the beer and a bit of wheat as well. A mild yeast note, perhaps some apple cider in there on the back end.
T: The flavor is sort of light. Most of the spice notes are coriander with a touch of orange peel. A very faint bitterness with some light sweetness of malt. Not too much actual bread or wheat flavor.
M: Light bodied with medium carbonation.
O: Not a great witbier, but unoffensive and drinkable.
09-14-2011 04:44:06 | More by womencantsail
3.3/5 rDev -4.1%
12 oz bottle into a tumbler. It looks like it’s time to unretire this one, as it is now available year-round in six packs.
Pours a slightly hazed gold, topped with 1 ½ fingers of foamy bright-white head. This retains with roughly a ¼ finger, leaving back a cascade of fizzy looking lacing. The aroma has an all around fresh airiness to it in the nose, with notes of fruit (orange zest is really coming out) and light toasted bread. Coriander runs through, giving off a breezy spiciness in the nostrils.
The taste is mostly a combo of wheat, oats, and soft fruit flavors giving this a crisp twang on the palate. Coriander is present but adds a fairly light spiciness to the profile here, lingering into the finish along with some notes of dry bitter citrus peel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a lively crispness to the carbonation and is generally pretty easy feeling in the mouth.
While not the most full flavored Whit Beer out there, I was pleased to at least find that this didn’t overdo it with the coriander and kept a relatively crisp yet easy feel to it that matched up well with those flavors of fruit and wheat. You could do worse than one of these on a hot summer day.
05-23-2011 16:57:51 | More by Kegatron
3.5/5 rDev +1.7%
Beer served on draft at the Duclaw in Bowie, MD. Beer is yellow and clear with a thin broken white head that pulls to the walls and leaves almost no lacing, low carbonation.
Aroma is yeasty and mildly sweet with a few esters.
Beer is thin and sweet up front with a mildly bitter / dry finish some yeast esters in the front of the beer.
This beer is currently described on this site as a "witbier" but DuClaw describes it as a Belgian single. It is clearly more of a single than a wit. I hope this is corrected soon.
06-28-2011 00:28:05 | More by drabmuh
3.75/5 rDev +9%
Had this at the Fells Point pub.
Appearance: hazy golden yellow in color with a short 1/2" head. Some spotty lacing develops.
Smell: cloves, coriander, and a nice general spiciness is pleasant on the nose.
Taste: coriander, wheat grains, orange slices, lemon zest, and a nice fruity sweetness. Basic wit that won't blow you away but is enjoyable.
Mouthfeel: crisp throughout. Brief aftertaste as the spice linger softly on the tongue. Lighter in body.
Drinkability: this beer went perfect with the coconut shrimp appetizer I had. Easy to quaff, definite session beer if you are in the mood.
09-22-2007 17:07:36 | More by Gavage
3.75/5 rDev +9%
I am totally grateful to tone77 for his recent drop-off of bottled beers. Many of them are drinking quite nicely in this searing heat.
From the bottle: "This untamed Belgian-style White Ale leads the pack with a nose of coriander, a bite of REAL Curacao Bitter Ornage and a crisp clean finish that is sure to leave you howling for more ... Howl for it".; "Respect the Fluid".
I have abandoned a soft pour for this style. It made little sense to me as someone who routinely drinks the lees and was making for a beer unintended by the brewer. I apologize for my transgressions. I got a finger of bone-white head briefly from my pour, but even the heartiest of us are wilting in the unrelenting heat. Color was a soft, cloudy lemon-yellow, undoubtedly as intended. If coriander imparts a black pepper bite, then the nose was filled with it. And it did not make me sneeze, unlike the Monks' Wit earlier today. Mouthfeel was filled with carbonation but the spiciness was not as prevalent on the tongue as it had been on the nose. Aw. Finish was dry with a nice admixture of pepper and orange, as advertised. Very refreshing as I continue to melt away.
07-21-2011 23:27:42 | More by woodychandler
3.63/5 rDev +5.5%
This is a growler of Sawtooth consumed over several hours.
Appearance: The ale is a hazy goldenrod color with a bit of head.
Smell: Coriander, oranges and light airy wheat dominate the nose.
Taste: The spices are strong enough to remind one of the beer's pedigree. The spices are strong enough to be known, but do not dominate.
Mouthfeel: The ale sits well enough on the palate.
Drinkability: In the past 2 weeks, I've had this on tap, on firkin and in growler, so that says something.
07-05-2006 02:14:33 | More by akorsak
District of Columbia
3.95/5 rDev +14.8%
On draft at DuClaw in Bowie, MD.
The beer is surprisingly clear for a witbier. Very little, if any, haze about it. A half inch of white head rests atop the beer, leaving ample lacing in it's wake. The aroma offers banana, spice (particularly coriander), malt. Smells like a witbier for sure. The flavor is relatively simple and straightforward. The spice component is there, but by no means dominates the beer. Smooth on the palate, light bodied, and easy drinking. Not the biggest flavor, but mild in nature and easy to throw back a pint. Overall, good stuff and worth a try.
01-17-2012 03:28:07 | More by Huhzubendah
3.45/5 rDev +0.3%
Poured from the bottle into a Hoegarden glass tumbler.
A very white and gaseous sudsy white head, shampoo like in appearance, settles into a thin collar. Body is a cloudy dull orange.
Nose doesn't bring much excitement. Mix of orange spice and malt. Some zest. Theater movie popcorn diacetyl just a little, with some dry grain action. Not too bad.
In the palate a very noticeable sweet orange, not unlike the curacao that mentions. Incredibly soda fizzy texture that detracts. Malt and chewy wheat component is not really coming to notice.
Overall a nice orange sense to this in the palate that doesn't come across as fake, but it's missing the classic wheat body I associate with this style. It is drinkable though.
05-14-2012 00:31:55 | More by smakawhat
3.95/5 rDev +14.8%
I am surprised to see that this beer is retired. I was at Cliff's liquors about a month ago and this beer was not there. On my visit yesterday there was a fresh supply of it. Anyway, poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of citrus and spices. Taste is the same, corriander, oranges, possibly a touch of clove, very refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.
04-25-2011 14:33:45 | More by tone77
3.45/5 rDev +0.3%
A--Cloudy golden yellow with a thin white head. Slight lacing develops.
S--This is the best thing about this beer...I wished it tasted as good as it smelled. Great spicy scent with corriander, orange zest and lemon.
T--Lets you down after the wonderful smell. Not bad but does not impress, I was hoping for more.
M--Shsrp and crisp, an aftertaste of spice lingers. Light in body as is typical of the style.
D--A decent example but could use improvment. A nice beer to have on for those wanting something light but has flavor.
10-19-2007 13:49:04 | More by Deuane
District of Columbia
4/5 rDev +16.3%
I stopped in for lunch at the Bowie location and to put together a shwag bag for a trader and had this one on tap.
A: Hmmm.... this didn't look like a Witbier. Sure it was a cloudy, burnt yellow, but the murkiness was subdued overall. Slight head.
S: Pleasant, spicy, fruit, and with a disciplined use of coriander (which I always appreciate).
T: Nope.... not a Wit at all. I actually asked the bartender about that and he told me that it was actually a Belgian White. That's more like it. Full flavored, with wheat galore, coriander, and very tempered sweetness. Pretty straight forward.
M: Carbonation was fine, and like I said before: very subdued spices. It had a bit of a kerosene aftertaste that I personally find desirable.
O: I put this one away pretty fast, so I guess I'll let that speak volumes as to its drinkability.
06-29-2011 19:06:29 | More by Chaney
Sawtooth from DuClaw Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.