Witbier - Rockmill Brewery
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4/5 rDev +4.4%
Witbier pours a really nice looking gold color. It’s very hazy. Backlighting reveals a slight copper hue. Carbonation looks quite active, yielding a white head that stands two and a half fingers tall. It recedes somewhat quickly, leaving a moderate coat of sticky lace behind.
The nose is good. It smells earthy and very grainy up front. There’s a nice spicy quality to it that really shines. Coriander, orange peel, and pepper are all noted. Once the spices emerge, the really are front and center. There’s a light floral hop scent that’s an excellent complement to the spicy notes. Alcohol isn’t noticeable at all. Smells good.
The flavor is just as impressive. It starts out with a nice mix of earthy and grainy flavors. They linger throughout. Spices jump into the mix quickly. Pepper, orange peel, and coriander are the most notable. It’s a very flavorful, satisfying combo. There’s a very lively hoppy flavor that follows. It’s a mix of floral and grassy hops. It’s more bitter than you might expect. It works nicely with the spicy flavors though. Alcohol is masked extremely well and isn’t noticeable at all. Finishes earthy, spicy, bitter, and a little dry.
Witbier has a lighter body. Carbonation is active. It has a really nice crisp, refreshing bite. For the style, it works really. Definitely makes for smooth and easy drinking. This 750 doesn’t stand a chance.
I’ve been interested to try a beer from Rockmill Brewery for some time. I was very curious how this small brewery from small town Lancaster, Ohio would perform. If Witbier is any indication, they’re doing alright. This is a really solid beer. I like it. It’s a very tasty Witbier that would definitely satisfy in the warmer months. Perhaps I’ll seek out another bottle then. If the price tag doesn’t scare you away, grab a bottle. It’s good stuff.
02-12-2012 04:28:22 | More by prototypic
4.1/5 rDev +7%
750 ml caged and corked bottle, purchased last weekend after a tasting event at the brewery. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a hazy golden orange color with about a couple inch frothy white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is coriander, orange and lemon peel, and some wheat. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but there's a lingering spicy and citrusy hop finish. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a little bit slick and is well carbonated. Drinkability is pretty good, it's smooth and goes down very easy. I think this is a solid witbier, and would definitely buy this again in the future. It's always good to have another brewery in the area making good brews!
12-10-2010 23:29:26 | More by bluejacket74
4.05/5 rDev +5.7%
A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a very light amount of visible carbonation. It is very carbonated and poured with a two finger high white head that gradually died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of grainy malts and earthy yeast in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of grainy malts and earthy yeast with a slight amount of bitterness. There are also some notes of spices towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This tastes more like a "farmhouse" witbier if there is such a style as it shares some similarities with a saison.
12-23-2012 00:22:57 | More by metter98
3.98/5 rDev +3.9%
Poured into a Southampton Double White glass. Pours a slightly hazy light gold color with a big, three fingered white head, that drops slowly.
Aromas of orange zest, wheat, and a light coriander touch.
Flavors of wheat, slightly astringent, orange peel, and coriander. A little peppery flavor as well.
Mouthfeel is medium/light. Creamy.
Overall a good witbier. Nothing too remarkable to set it apart from other wits, but it is good.
05-20-2011 22:27:05 | More by JamnesCameron
4/5 rDev +4.4%
A- first of all, the cork was plugged in this bottle so tight that i had to use a wine opener to extract it-- no joke. that says freshness to me. pours a hazy pale lemon yellow with just about the most beautiful white head i've seen on a witbier. its bubble structure is loose, but all in all the foam is sticky and sturdy and has that hoppy look to it and monster globs of lace.
S- fragrant floral hop aroma, i'm not getting too much of the spices except for very mild coriander and lemony-orange peel. the flowery honeysuckle and citrus grassy hops are held in tune with some pale malt and bready wheat. smells much hoppier than other wits.
T- taste is much hoppier as well. there's floral/herbal hop flavor from start to finish and bitterness does not reveal itself until the very end. spices are very difficult to detect save for the essential oils of curacao orange peel. coriander is nowhere to be found until long into the finish, where only a tiny bit of linalool (the compound that gives it that orangey nose tingling aroma when you crush a few seeds) can be detected. the brew is extremely fresh and tasty, but in a blind test i might think i was drinking a kolsch. bready malt flavor is aligned with the hops, fading away with subtle tartness. the utter lack of spice makes this one hard to judge.
MF- juicy light body with tight zingy bottle conditioned bubbles. leaves me with an apple juice type feeling and a champagne dryness on the cheeks.
D- light and refreshing for sure, but true to style? i don't know. maybe all the spices are somewhere at the bottom of the bottle. since i grow coriander, maybe i can crush a few of this past summer's seeds and put em in the other half of the brew, seal it up, and let it sit overnight. OR maybe this is just an american hopped up version of the style that dialed back the spices and went for something different (i.e. more alcohol). i don't know what to call it, but it's a good fresh beer. people looking for a standard wit however (blanche-de-anything) may be disappointed.
11-25-2011 03:04:15 | More by hustlesworth
4.38/5 rDev +14.4%
Stopped by the Rockmill brewery on the way to Hocking Hills and picked up a few bottles to bring home. This is the first of the batch I sampled.
Pours a hazy straw color with moderate white head on top. Carbonation looks good as the head slowly falls to half a finger.
The aroma is funky--nice! Heavy earthy notes in the nose, citrus, clove, orange peel, wet grass, and banana all come to mind.
The flavor holds those same earthy notes. This is quite a dry beer, highlighting lemongrass, cedar, crisp apple, and wheat. The yeast gives it that banana-clove funkiness, and the malts here highlight some excellent woody characteristics.
The mouthfeel is one of the key components to this beer. Along with the excellent flavor, the mouthfeel is almost champagne like, feeling quite dry and effervescent on the tongue. It is quite refreshing and complex.
Overall, an excellent take on the style. The flavors and aroma are spot-on, and the overall beer is very drinkable. Can't wait for another bottle.
08-14-2011 22:34:35 | More by movingtrain
4/5 rDev +4.4%
The common additions of orange peel and coriander are strongly suggested in witbier, but they are only acceptable when they complement the already present peppery spice and fruity esters that the beer produces naturally. While many overdo it, Rockmill brewers are content to allow the yeast to do much of the speaking.
Its pour comes way of hazy straw appearances and a creamy blanket of froth to lay across. Taken back by its earthy tone, the scents are musty of vinous cork, cellar musk, and mild farmhouse. its soft apple cider upstart is short on sweet but bold on white wine acidity.
Its bubbly effervescence is suggestive of chardonnay and chapagne as the apple, orange and lemon accents crawl swiftly across the palate. Trending dry and spicy, the ale begins to sell more "saison" character than that of wheat.
Yet its dry and racy finish is prickly and slightly warming- each are highlighted by peppery spice and its vinously dry tartness, With echoes of dried citrus, the taste of straw-like bite and grasses decorate the finish with floral whimsy.
08-10-2014 06:59:43 | More by BEERchitect
4.1/5 rDev +7%
Served from the bottle at the Greenhouse Tavern into sampler glass
A- Poured a hazy orange color with creamy head that left some chunky lace
S- Huge bubblegum and citrus aroma, coriander
T- Big on orange peel, coriander, bubblegum, and belgian yeast. Finished fairly bitter for the style
M- Very smooth, lots of prickly carbonation, refreshing
O- A refreshing witbier with a great aroma. Very flavorful, big on the citrus, bubblegum, and yeast with a nice coriander presence as well.
10-16-2011 23:29:49 | More by Hoptometrist
4.13/5 rDev +7.8%
750ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Batch 55, 2/8/11, bottled 2/22/11.
A: Hazy yellow color; very thick head that lingers, even with a slow gentle pour. Lots of carbonation.
S: I agree with the other reviewers: wheat, orange zest and coriander.
T: Similar to the nose like the others have said: wheat, orange, coriander, a spice/hop finish.
M: Light and crisp, with a nice creaminess from the head.
O: Another solid beer from an up-and-coming producer with a lot of potential. I have enjoyed every Rockmill beer I have had to date, and this is no exception.
07-30-2011 03:48:01 | More by ONUMello
3.58/5 rDev -6.5%
750ml poured into a snifter.
Plenty and I mean plenty of visible carbonation. Thick rocky head like a root beer float. Hazy golden yellow.
Lots of spice and yeasty characters in the nose.
More spice in the first sip along with a champagne-like mouthfeel. Really heavy amounts of coriander and belgian yeast-like phenols. Somewhat harsh and almost overpowering without coming off like rocket fuel. Yet, easy to drink and refreshing on a humid night.
Not to beat up too much on my wife's tastebuds but she will occasionally drink another well known American Witbier that most people know of and she very rarely branches out to try another...well needless to say she helped to split this will me and was impressed. Not to take anything away from her or rock mill but I'm just saying this is approachable and drinkable for many.
07-16-2012 19:05:03 | More by stewart124
3.9/5 rDev +1.8%
Pretty good wit here. Nice citrus tones. Mild earthy and grass characteristics. Very easy to drink and very well balanced. The only detractor is a high level of carbonationl Beyond that though, this is a well executed example of the style. Another nice one from Rockmill.
07-04-2014 04:27:46 | More by RblWthACoz
3.81/5 rDev -0.5%
Poured from a bottle into 2 glasses. Done as split pour with the last quarter of the bottle swirled to get the sediment from the bottom.
A cloudy yellow color looks nice.
Not much aroma maybe a little sour bread and fruit.
The initial taste is almost like water with a coriander and yeast bread finish.
Mouthfeel is very light again like water. The finish has a light pleasant carbonation that helps accentuate the slight spiciness of the coriander.
Overall a night lighter tasting brew.
03-03-2013 01:11:12 | More by HopsMathias
Witbier from Rockmill Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.