Sawtooth - DuClaw Brewing Company

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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.16%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Bierguy5 on 06-08-2004

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Ratings: 87 | Reviews: 30
Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Kegatron
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Gavage
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of woodychandler
3.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of akorsak
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of tone77
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of tigg924
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smell is really good, and the taste delivers all I would expect from a witbier. Plenty of Belgian spice, orange, and lemon. True to the style. One of the few beers from DuClaw that I have tried to date that did not blow me away. Not a bad thing, but I would go to other witbiers first.

Photo of Deuane
3.52/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.98/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a semi-hazy golden color. The head is a finger high (white in shade) with crap retention for the style. Only tiny splotches of lacing are left on the glass.

S: This has a nice scent of orange peel, which is seemingly augmented by candied sugar. The two notes coexist quite well. There are subtle touches of coriander floating around, along with (dare I say?) Fruity Pebbles. All in all, a decently fruity witbier, but little to amaze the senses.

T: The flavor profile is much the same as the nose. Mild orange peel opens things up, with a closing hit of coriander to finish this off. As I continue to sip it, I realize what's missing: a good wheat character. The adjuncts are handled well, but it needs more wheat flavor for this to succeed.

M: Rather thin for a witbier. I'm missing some of the soft creaminess I like in the style - instead I get a slender coarseness to the texture. Having said that, it is well carbonated and easy to drink.

O: Not bad. It's not entirely successful, though: it's thin, and suffers from the insipidness other average witbiers tend to have. It'll get the job done, but there are a lot of better wits out there.

Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bubseymour
3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - this is a fun beer to watch. Its standard pale yellow/white that pours a 2 finger fizzy head. The carbonation is crazy and violent like a volcanic vent at the bottom of the ocean. Head retention hold long time since there is so much carbonation bubbling up.

Smell - Smells of lemon and straw like a nice Belgian Blonde Ale. Could pass as a Belgian beer from Europe.

Taste - Very nice Belgian style Witbier/blonde ale true to the style.

Mouthfeel - not crazy about the fizzy head and overly carbonated feeling in the mouth.

Overall - A fine job at a Belgian white. Very authentic to its style and nice duplication of style from other side of pond.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy, light golden liquid with a thin white head. The head disappeared quickly. There was some lace on the glass at the end. The smell was slightly floral and spicy. Tasted slightly sour, followed by a hint of spice (perhaps corriander). To be honest, it needed a bit more spice. Mouthfeel was light bodied, with a fairly high amount of carbonation. Overall, this beer was refreshing, however it needed more flavor. Sort of a watered down white beer.

Photo of ckollias
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a hazy orange with a thin, white, one-finger head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Sweet yeasty aroma. Hints of fruits, lemons, and coriander in the background.

T: Strong wheat flavor with and overall sweetness. Lemony and coriander background. This doesn’t really taste like a Witbier.

M: Medium body and low carbonation.

O: Good brew – just not a typical witbier that I am used to.

Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice banana flavor and Belgium yeast. With some lemon also.
Good witbier

Photo of bluehende
3.34/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Came off as much more like a saison than a wit. It was not refreshing as a wit should be.

Photo of hunteraw
3.49/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: somewhat hazy yellowish color, no head by the time it was served to me, no lacing. Not particularly appealing.

Smell: less intense than I'd anticipated, but sour citrus, with some spice.

Taste: Not the best wit I've had. Slightly acidic, some orange/citrus flavor and the corriander shows up in the finish. Bitterness is very mild.

Mouthfeel: light mouthfeel, carbonation fine. right for the style.

Drinkability: not bad, but not great.

Photo of NiceTaps
3.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a Sam's pint glass.

A- Pale golden color, clear. White head, no lacing.

S- Sweet and fruity. Orange sweetness like a grand marinier.

T- Sweet malt and light fruity-ness. Artificial-like flavor. No hops.

M- Not much body, light and sweet. No hop bite.

O- Hearty name, lightweight brew.

Photo of teromous
3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

4.8% ABV from the label

A: Fairly clear golden body with a good amount of carbonation. It's slightly hazy but not much. Thick white fluffy head fades down to a short white layer on top.

S: Nice fruity nose of orange followed by the strong scent of coriander. It is very pleasant to smell. No hop aroma, no grain aroma.

T: The taste mimics the scent. There is a slight tinge of fruitiness followed by a fairly strong coriander flavor. A slight bitterness and faint earthy noble hop flavor. No grain presence and no perceivable yeast character. It is a very clean tasting beer. I wouldn't call it outstanding but it is very good.

M: Very light bodied. Just enough to bring in the flavor and quickly wash it away. Very drinkable. Easily a beer that I could have multiple bottles of. Partly this is due to how clean the beer finishes and how unobtrusive it is on the palate overall.

O: Overall it is a very clean wit. It's a very refreshing and light enjoyable wit, making it extremely drinkable. I wish I would have bought more of these. It's not the most full-flavored wit but it is very nice. It lacks a lot of yeast character and grain flavor (wheat) that comes from a nice fresh witbier, leaning extensively on the coriander for flavor. I think that people who enjoy a good wit will still enjoy this beer, as coriander is a staple flavor in this style. I would buy it again without question, as I am a fan of its clean flavor and delicious coriander.

Photo of McNealc31
4.25/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big white head floats on top of hazy gold. The high carbonation is very evident. Nose is overflowing with orange, coriander, and spicy yeast, just like it should be. Sweet grapes and honey come through first followed by orange and lemon. Mix of pepper and a touch of bitterness from the hops at the end. There might even be a touch of anise.

Light, crisp, refreshing. All the familiar flavors of a Belgian Witbier, with a few different ones to make it more interesting. Plus, at only 4.8% ABV, you can easily enjoy several of these. I’m quite impressed.

Photo of joefuzz
2.95/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle sent as to me as a extra.

Pours hazy orange with a three finger white head. Smells of bready yeast and some orange peel. Tastes like a wheat beer....big wheat taste up front which fades to orange spices and a slight hoppy aftertaste. Mouthfeel seems a little gritty with high carbonation. I'm not a big wheat fan but this is pretty drinkable.

Photo of JerseyKirk
3.97/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear body. White nice 1 finger head.

S: Belgian yeast, orange, coriander and some bread.

T: Delicious and subtle Belgian yeast. This is a much more sessionable witbier that isn't over the top with phenols. Good stuff.

M: Crisp and full bodied. Nice and thick.

O: This beer is awesome. I love the body and the subdued Belgian yeast qualities. Great.

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