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Cottonmouth Wit - Swamp Head Brewery

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84
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76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.74%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Swamp Head Brewery visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: drabmuh on 12-23-2009)
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Reviews by unclejimbay:
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4.75/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on tap @ Kickbacks
Appearance was milky golden straw color with a tight head and cap.
Appropriatte wit aromas of light wheat malts, mild clove/spice/lemon/citrus and Belgian yeast character.
Tastes as it smells with a nice balance of the spice. Supported well by the creamy mouthfeel and crisp carbonation.
I very much enjoyed this brew. It was a standout offering in my opinion, a stellar showcase of the Witbier style.

Additional info;
I attended a Swamphead Beer dinner at Kickbacks here in Jacksonville Florida 12/13/2010. The lineup overall impressed me, brews were appropriatte to style and well done across the board. I most notably enjoyed the Hoe Hoe Hoe Wit, Tupelo Cream Ale, Stumpknocker APA, and 10-10-10 Whiskey Barrel Aged as standouts for the evening. Overall a very talented brewery across the entire lineup. I had chance to meet Luke the owner who was a great guy, and Craig the brewer who was passionate and open to share his processes. Both were knowlegdable and I am very excited about this new Florida Brewery.

Here is are most of the Swamphead brews that were offered at the dinner;
Hoe Hoe Hoe Winter Seasonal - a Belgian style specialty ale with cranberries, ginger and orange blossom honey
Wild Night Tupelo Honey Cream Ale
Cottonmouth Belgian Style Wheatbier
Stumpknocker American Pale Ale
Big Nose IPA
Saison du Swamp - Florida Style Saison with rye
10-10-10 Imperial IPA
10-10-10 Imperial IPA aged in Palm Ridge Whiskey barrels
Midnight Oil Oatmeal Stout with locally roasted organic fair trade coffee
Alderwood Smoked Porter
Chipotle Smoked Porter
Stumpknocker infused with Chipotle peppers
Catherine's Inspiration - Russian Imperial Stout
Catherine's Passion - Russian Imperial Stout infused with organic cocoa nibs and Midnight Oil coffee

More User Reviews:
Photo of Earthling28
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Perhaps one of the top Gainesville beers. Can't go wrong with a hefeweisen

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of chinchill
3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery.
Sampling this one without any reference, it was immediately clear that this was a Belgian style wit. Both the wheaty grain notes and plenty of banana from the yeast. A familiar style, but not a favorite.

The pour was very light yellow-gold in color, crystal clear with a durable white head than left some sticky lacing on the glass. There's a rather pronounced ripe banana note in the fruity nose.
Nice sweet/tart balance is a little on the sweet side.
The strong banana fades by the finish, leaving a lightly spicy and bready aftertaste.
Light body with very good carbonation.

Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Proof in Tallahassee, FL.

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin ring around the glass leaving light lacing.

Smells of light citrus - lemon and orange rind - with moderate amounts of wheat twang and spices. Also present are light amounts of floral hops and lighter still amounts of grass.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the citrus and hops stand out more. Light malts with solid amounts of wheat twang kick things off and are joined quickly by large light citrus flavors. Midway through the sip grassy and slightly leafy hop flavors make a brief appearance. Finally, hints of spices - coriander and with something else reminiscent of grains of paradise - come into play before giving way to citrus and wheat flavors that carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's got a nice thickness however the carbonation is on the heavy side.

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

Overall this is my first beer from this brewery and I was a fan, despite the fact they're based out of Gainesville. Worth a shot.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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Photo of aepb1
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy yellow with hardly any head and what was there disappears quickly

S- nothing... agitation still nothing... maybe some unplaceable fruits...?

T- Decent wit. Matliness underneath with a tang that I can't really place (coriander...?) that makes this quite intriguing

M- Light body with decent carbonation which is strange based on the nose and he lack of head

D- That tang... makes me want more!

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed during my long weekend in Tampa. I had the chance to meet some great people and try some new and some amazing new things. Had a lot of fun, but glad to be home. Enjoyed on 4/11/2011.

poured into a pint glass results in a large foamy white head and a nice and well rounded color to it. really very well put together with a light haze and good lacing stuck to the glass. aroma is light with hints of coriander, light pepper, hints of pear and light grains, needed a little more puncch but what was picked up was nicely done. flavor was more of the same, lemon, coriander, pepper, light grains, touches of apple and pear and banana. really nicely done.

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Photo of mullenite
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Added updates based on a fresh sample from the brewery, original notes are still there. Apparently my original sampling was brewed in June or July and didn't hold up very well at all.

Reviewed from notes.

In to a pint glass on-tap at Stubbies & Steins.

Pours a hazy golden color with a short white head that could have had better retention. Some spotted lacing down the glass as the beer went down.

UPDATE - Beer is more on par with the style, a bit more hazy with a nice head on it and great retention and lacing.

Smell is slightly fruity and herbal with a little bit of breadiness and some very slight DMS.

UPDATE - Smell is 100x better, lots of great banana aromas with some nice balanced orange and spice. No DMS.

Taste is again fruity and herbal, well balanced and the bread and DMS from the nose are not apparent. More balanced than many examples of the style I have had that seem to dominate more to either the citrus or the spice.

UPDATE - Not as tart or citrus as the original, still perfectly balanced with some nice banana flavors in there.

Body is thin and light with nice carbonation. Very refreshing and easy to drink.

UPDATE - Gained some body but nothing else changed. Near perfect.

This is my least favorite of their beers which simply may be bad examples. I will be revisiting this one regularly and will update this review if future batches are different.

After having a new sample this moved up the ladder to be one of my favorites. Very solid offering.

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Cottonmouth Wit from Swamp Head Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.