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Cottonmouth Wit - Swamp Head Brewery

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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
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Swamp Head Brewery visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: drabmuh on 12-23-2009

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Ratings: 77 | Reviews: 23
Photo of kylehay2004
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cotton mouth
A: murky, straw with a touch of gold. Rapidly dissipating head

S: Yeast, mild spice and wheat

T: sweetness and wheat combine to make a very unique taste with a lingering sweet finish. Getting a sense of cola flavor.

M: moderate carbonation, and light bodied. Dry finish.

Overall: I enjoyed this one. I though the spice and sweet notes were different than most witbiers I have tried. I think of their 5 staples, this is one of the best for what it is trying to be.

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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Appearance: Pours out a simple-looking, hazed, yellow body with a fine, white head.

Smell: A basic blend of malted barley and humble oats with aromatic notes of the standard whole coriander seeds and orange peel. In the background are transient, lighter hints of spicy Noble hops.

Taste: Pale pilsner malts with a twinge of wheat and faintly nutty oats. Mildly sweet. Earthy coriander, bitter citrus peelings, and a small touch of hops balance things out. Low degree of hop bitterness. Smooth, near dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent witbier, a fine option to help beat the heat in Florida and give one the liquid courage needed to wrestle alligators.

Photo of nickfl
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of bone white foam on top of a slightly hazy, straw colored body. The foam settles fairly quickly but leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - Spicy wheat notes, herbal hops, and some lemon and coriander notes in the background. There is a bit of sulfur in the background which seems to imply that the beer might have been rushed into the keg without enough conditioning.

T - Creamy wheat up front with sweet pilsner malt flavor. Some spicy notes of lemon and pepper in the middle with coriander and perhaps chamomile in the background. Light herbal hop flavors appear towards the finish with more sweet malt and some vanilla notes from the wheat. The sulfur off flavor from the nose is still present, though in a smaller amount.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - This seems like a very nice beer, I only wish it didn't have the egg-sulfur aroma that I keep noticing. The spicing seems to be just about perfect and the body is excellent, with the creamy yet dry thickness that is only found in a well brewed example of the style. I have to assume that this batch was rushed just a bit and that is a shame because if properly conditioned it would be a very nice example of a style that is usually very poorly done.

Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of drabmuh
2.53/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this beer on draft at a local beer bar. Seems the bar has been taken over by draft beer from this particular brewery. I love seeing local business helping out local business.

Beer is yellow and slightly hazy, kind of cloudy but not like most wits. Almost no carbonation and almost no head. No lacing on the glass. I think is someone put the beer in front on me and asked what it was I would have said, "A wit?" and I would have been right.

Aroma is fine, a little weak, some grain aroma, its just fine, average.

Beer is thin and watery. There is also a strong sour / cereal aftertaste of grains. Overall there isn't a whole lot going on until you swallow. This is going to sound harsh but its almost like they wanted to make a light Hoegaarden but it turned out tasting like a blend between blue moon and coors light. I get it, you need a light beer for mass appeal. This wasn't it. Sorry guys.

Photo of beernads
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of chinchill
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
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
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of petermethot
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of DmanGTR
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale hazy golden, perhaps a shade lighter than that. A well formed white, frothy head that lasted the entire time. Hint of orange or lemon rind with a sweet, pale grain aroma. Honey, bread, hint of yeast, and orange peel in the flavor, finishing dry and with a very slight bit of bitterness. Nicely carbonated. A decent wit.

Photo of Stinger80OH
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of BMMillsy
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler from the brewery. Pours a light clear golden with nearly no head. Aroma of sweet pears and apples, wheat, honey, hint of spice. Light bodied with plenty of carbonation. Flavor is honey, apples, pears, banana, small hint of coriander, and slight dryness but not super dry. Sweet for the style but light enough that this goes nicely with the local hot weather. Not bad and very drinkable.

Photo of ktrillionaire
2.65/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at CCB

A - It appears as a clear straw-hued wit with small white cap.

S - Aroma is slight banana wheatiness with vague spicing.

T - Its very lightly flavored, which is not to say that it is mildly spiced; it is meant to convey the lack of richness or fullness.

M - Thin, inoffensive though.

D - Good beach beer; SwampHead seems to have a knack for it.

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

appearance: golden cloudy with a solid head retention

smell: belgian yeast, mild orange/spice

taste: mild clove spice/lemon/citrus and Belgian yeats character.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: I tried this at the kickbacks Swamphead dinner among many others. This brewery in new and going in the right direction. Solid beer from a solid brewery. I would love to have this again.

Photo of bcsbeer
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of babaracas
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery / in a growler. Hazy straw color with one finger of white foam that settles in a minute to a thin ring; a few blobs of lace left behind. Smell: lightly bready, the usual spice note, then a slice of lemon peel and unripe tropical fruit pops in, but quickly replaced by that yeasty bread aroma. Taste: bready, semi sweet, moderately spiced, twang and a mineral note in the finish. Crisp at both ends with a creamy feel in the middle. I wasn't impressed with this when I tried it on tap, but from the growler, a little warmer, in a non-shaker glass, it comes alive. Nice refreshing beer that they seem to move a lot of.

Photo of WynnO
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of TrickkyGangsta
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of TheSamKuehn
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Arsenal0328
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of SFC21
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of KeyWestGator
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Agentveba
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of DustinSWB
4/5  rDev +8.4%

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Cottonmouth Wit from Swamp Head Brewery
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