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89
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83 Ratings
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 25
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Oxymoron on 11-22-2010

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Ratings: 83 | Reviews: 30
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Photo of Beaver13
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Pours a hazy yellow with a bi fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is lemoney citrus fruit, chamomile, flowers, and some spices (corriander). Very nice and refreshing.

The flavor is saison earthy funk with a little sweet fruit and a little spice. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, a very nice and refreshing saison. Probably the favorite I've had from a very interesting up and coming brewery.

Photo of GilGarp
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml capped bottle with white label. There is a lot of useful information on the label like ingredients used to make it, the open fermentation process, a website, serving suggestion, and cellar limit (9 mos.) but NO DATE!

Moving on, I pour it into a goblet (because I don't have a goblet) and notice it's slightly hazy golden yellow color. It has thick white head and settles slowly but no lacing.

The aroma is right on for a wit with all sorts of great citrus zest (oranage and grapefruit are actually listed) as well as the coriander and ginger. Lots of depth here and a lot to enjoy.

Flavor is sweet up front with a yellow cake-like character. It then leads into a lemon-tart middle with a bit of that Belgian yeast coming forward. It finishes crisp and dry with a nice aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light in body and perfectly carbonated. A great beer with which to welcome Spring.

Great flavor, depth, and balance... just like their saison. Worth seeking out.

Photo of Bardwashrind
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The beer was lively in carbonation, slightly cloudy but still warm in color while altogether enticing. Had in a line up with four other Funkwerks beers, this was the most distinct in the lineup without trying to steal the show.

The presence of spices and citrus were gracefully layered without ever overwhelming the distinct saison yeast character. Aromas of dried orange peels, steeped green tea leaves and tart citrus fruits were in abundance and made for a very fresh and clean smelling experience.

Similar citrus play on the palate without being too sweet or 'wheaties' based. I liked the slightly lighter mouthfeel it gave, if it was more forced with candied flavors or sat with a richer body I believe the level of drinkability would not have been as nice as it was. Such a bright and aromatically enticing beer. I'm wishing for bottles to come soon, making this the perfect summer slamming hammock beer.

Any saison fan would find comfort in this beer. VERY excited with Funkwerks and their direction, can't wait too see what comes out of the few barrels that are silently working their magic.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Herf for the bottle! I've thoroughly enjoys all Funkwerks prior to this, so I'm looking forward.

Pours a light, cloudy, soft orange color. There is a LOT of carbonation in this. Bright white foam is crowning out of the glass. Aroma is light with coriander, spices, a slight bit of grapefruit and other citrus fruits and a slight hay note. The taste kicks it up a good notch. Bright citrus notes, biscuity malts with some wheaty bits, spices, and a slight hay taste. Much better than the aroma. The feel is good, crisp and with plenty carbonation. It never feels prickly, sharp or abrasive though. All in all, a very nice white.

Photo of knucks999
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. Amazing flavors and incredibly drinkable. Love this beer. Slightly tart, dry finish. Sweet fruit flavors. Strong grapefruit. Very bright pour, nice clarity. Strong carbonation with a great mouthfeel. I could drink this beer all day long..

Photo of blakelive784
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in tap at funkwerks tap room, in stemware :

A - presents a light, transparent yellow color with a thin white head of poor retention.

S - peppery spice, yeast, honey, and a bit of light malt. Inviting.

T - gingery spice and pepper, unidentified citrus and honey all mashed together, but I dig it. Quite complex for how light it is.

M - light, fairly crisp and dry. Almost right.

D - one of funkwerks better offerings. Really a solid beer overall.

Photo of JayS2629
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a huge sugar white head that fades very slowly and leaves big rings of lace.

The aroma is spicy with orange peel, coriander and tangerine notes. Black pepper and sweet grainy wheat in the back.

The taste is grainy, sweet wheat in the front, with some funky notes, barnyard, and earthy elements, spicy notes of black pepper, coriander and orange peel. Tangerine notes, chardoney, and some lime-like tarness.

Complex, interesting, light and crisp.

Overall a very interesting and complex, funky beer. Subtle and balanced.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle at SAVOR 2011. Served in a goblet.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a large and fizzy white head. Good ringy lacing on the way down. The nose brings forward a bit of light wheat and grain with some coriander and orange people. Flavor balances the spice and fruit with the backing malt quite well. Light body and fizzy carbonation, going into a dry finish. A bit of white pepper in the finish. Very nicely done.

Photo of riored4v
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 7/25/11

Poured in to a tulip. Waaay over-carbed. Bottle foamed over and out and with an easy pour in to the glass, the glass foamed over as well. Egg-white like egg with a hazy, straw colored body.

Smell was oreange, grainy and a mild sweetness. Some light spiceness.

Taste had very good flavor. Hints of orange and citrus. Some good ginger flavor. Light spiceness with a mild sweetness. Slightly graing. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel was medium/light body with extremely high carbonation. Dry finish.

Very good overall with high drinkability. No abv signs and mellow flavors.

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

thanks to egrace84 for the share! thanks elliot!

reviewed from notes taken on 7/29/12.

pourd into tulip glass.

Appearance: cloudy yellow bodied beer with huge fluffy white head!

Smell: Wheat, spice, coriander, orange peel.

Taste: Big orange peel and coriander spice upfront. Touch of soft wheat, funk, and lemon zest.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderately high carbonation. Really easy drinker here. Super crisp carbonation and really refreshing beer.

Overall: Fantastic witbeer! Almost has some saison qualities to it. Just awesome hot weather brew! My first Funkwerks beer and I am looking forward to more!

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

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a massive white head. Like a mix of saison and witbier on the nose. Nice citrus peel, straw, and floral notes with a subtle tartness of lemon. Peppery notes and a few other spices, too. The flavor is somewhat sweet with nice bread and almost honey notes. Moderate spice and plenty of floral and citrus flavors. Really a nice flavor to this one.

Photo of cvm4
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#267 of 2100 ... Poured into a tulip glass

A - Pours a light, pale or almost hazy golden yellow. Billowing 2 finger white head. No real lacing.

S - Lemon peel, some white pepper, definite funk along with a light malt added.

T - Ginger, lemon zest and some honey along with spices.

M - Light body, highly carbonated. Just effervescent to the max.

O - What an enjoyable brew! It was so light on the palette but very refreshing to drink.

Photo of kojevergas
3.41/5  rDev -15%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a 330ml snifter at Funkwerks' taproom in high altitude Fort Collins, Colorado. Reviewed from notes. Serving volume was 4 oz as part of a tasting flight. On Funkwerks' beer board, it was marked "Test Batch", whatever that means.

A: Pours a half finger head of slight cream, bad thickness, and poor retention. Cloudy dark yellow colour.

Sm: Light pepper, lemon peel, and slight orange peel, with moderate spice & herbs, and some funkiness. Some mild honey. A mild strength aroma.

T: Honey, light pepper, moderate spice, and some lemon peel. Unexpected ginger. Certainly complex and decently built. Very well balanced, with no alcohol coming through. It shows promise.

Mf: Smooth and wet, until it coarsens slightly right on the finish. Suits the flavours.

Dr: Highly drinkable and complex for the style, with lovely pepper notes. I'd have it again, but it does need work. The 6.0% ABV doesn't come through at all.

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden yellow color with a two-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled fairly spicy with coriander notes. Nice cracked wheat presence, too.

T - Good spicy/yeasty bite up front. Cracked wheat and grains add some sweetness. There is a mild lemon flavor.

M - It was crisp and crackled on the tongue. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is really good. Another great brew from Funkwerks.

Photo of Kemmerlin
4.59/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: light barely unfiltered yellow color. Very light head.
S: amazing smell. The yeast is putting out a vanilla grass coriander and wheat smell.
T: citrus and coriander with a great yeast character that adds a bit of sourness.
M/D: light bodied smooth and overwhelms the mouth with flavors. Very drinkable session beer.

Photo of DemoniChris
4.49/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into snifter.

A - Very gorgeous yellow orange, looks just like orange juice. Sudsy 2 finger head. Beautiful beer.

S - Smells of wheat, orange peel, lemon and some mild spice qualities.

T - Quite delicious. Lemon and orange hit you up front, and then it transforms into a mild spicy wheat flavor in the finish.

M - Decent mouthfeel, but I think perhaps a bit over-carbonated.

O - This is probably the best witbier I've tried so far and a very worthy addition to Funkwerks lineup!

Photo of emmasdad
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We took a trip up to Fort Collins last week to hit a few breweries. Sadly quite a few were closed so we hit this one out of necessity; fortunately for us, this one was quite good across the board. Poured a somewhat cloudy pale yellow color with a big white head. Aromas bubblegum, orange peel and lemons. Light bodied and refreshing, with flavors of Belgian yeast, spices and tart citrus.

Photo of SamN
3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a tulips glass.

Huge frothy, thick head eruption. The liquid below is a golden straw color, a little hazy and on par with style. This head is huge, and it's not fading very fast. Soapy lacing is bound to be left behind. Through the haze I can see the lively action inside, keeping the head alive. Nice stuff.

Smell is strong and fragrant. Tulips and lilies, juniper/gin, lavender, spices, oranges, limes, grapefruit. Very fruity and flowery, you don't come across many witbiers with this much flowery notes in the nose. Interesting, and a wonderful take on the style. Lacking some of the banana notes I like in wits, but that's okay, nothing seems to be missing here.

First impressions of the taste are; wow, there's a lot of grapefruit in here (and leaves a raw sensation on the palette) and I notice an odd sort of plasticky finish. The nose follows through with the flavors, again, lots of soft flowery notes. However, the raw grapefruit rind is distracting and honestly, doesn't do it for me. I don't like that taste overpowering the lighter fruits to be found. The flaked malts used really makes for a smooth foundation, the light breadiness stays in the background. Finishes a little raw and sticky with just a hint if banana.

I felt like I was really going to like this, but unfortunately, the powerful grapefruit rind taste is overtaking the qualities I like in a wheat beer.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, around $8. Into a NB Globe. Raising this one in honor of Pierre Célis, without his work, beers of this nature wouldn't be available.

A: Pours a slightly turbid lemon yellow color with an enormous dense, rocky white head, a significant amount of carbonation moves from the nucleation point aiding the retention. Where the head has started to fall there are enormous gobs of lacing.

S: Quite impressive, lots of fresh clean citrus smells from the grapefruit, and orange zest, a decent amount of spice in here as well. Lemony wheat malt really shows its head. A lot of spice here, smells quite floral as well.

T: Interesting beer, again a nice amount of clean citrus up front with a slightly tart amount of lemon from the wheat malt, but there is a nice lingering spiciness on the end of this beer. Label notes ginger in here, and it definitely stands out on this finish, with a quite gingery finish. Quite floral as well. The finish is dry and even a bit peppery. Very tasty.

M: Surprising amount of body here, but there is enough carbonation to more than break it up. Finishes very dry, easily one of the drier beers I've had in some time.

O: Fantastic beer, complicated enough to satisfy just about any hardcore beer geek, but still accessible enough that it wouldn't turn anyone away from it. I was a little skeptical about seeing all the spices used in here, but they all complement each other incredibly well. Very enjoyable beer for the warmer months. Well done.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a faded gold yet a bit bright. Hazy with a huge white fluffy head. Looks good.

Aroma is spicy, floral, citrus and some herbs. Very lively without being over the top. A slight sense of cream corn in the back.

Again, taste is lively without over the top. A rather tame grapefruit presence and dashes of coriander. Floral is throughout on a thin note, rides the soft light toasted biscuit. Carbonation does well to provide a zip to the flavors. Then end confused me a bit. There's a slight oily or thin syrupy feel just after the carbonation pops. A ginger-ish taste that is bathed in citrus. A bit different finish than the body was promoting.

Good beer from the Fort

Photo of bump8628
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I guess I'm a bit jaded towards witbier. This was a good one but it was hard to get excited about. Floral right from the start (chamomile and lavender). Bit of lemongrass, citrus, and cut grass. Dry finish, mild bitterness. Some black pepper and funk. Pleasant yeastiness. Twang of sour at the end. Flavorful and rather untamed.

Photo of corby112
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft at the brewpub.

Pours a hazy pale golden yellow color with golden lemon yellow hues and one finger frothy white head that slowly fades into lasting ring.  Sporadic spots of lace left behind.  

Zesty, earthy aroma with hints of pepper and coriander as well as some lemon peel/zest, straw and grass.  Faint alcohol presence in the nose.  

Lighter end of medium bodied with a crisp, zesty, spicy character up front .  Hints of Pepper, lemon zest, coriander and ginger.  Bready yeast adds fullness to the body without being to overpowering.  Lots of sweet cutis especially lemon peel.  Well balanced and easy to drink.

Photo of spdyfire83
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

49th Review
Bottle to snifter

From notes. Shared at the DL Variant + Others Tasting in Chicago back in October.

A: Golden yellow. 2+ fingernail (pure white) head on medium pour.

S: Roasted wheat, coriander, and orange peel.

T: Zesty lemon and orange/tangerine (citrus) combination up-front followed by coriander and white pepper spice. Good balances all throughout that fades gently off the back of the palate.

M: Crisp. Refreshing. Light bodied and loads of carbonation. I repeat, refreshing (written multiple times in my notes).

O: Well done beer that was most enjoyable on a hot, humid Midwest afternoon in August. A nice change of pace from an up-and-coming brewery in the Napa Valley of Beer (i.e. Ft. Collins, Colorado)! I look forward to enjoying their beers for many years to come.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled October 2011
Excessively carbonated, I was able to get it easily into my glass, but it foams up and over in my glass multiple times before I end up with a stable Tripel Karmeliet tulip full of six-fingers worth of pale, just barely tan tinged froth. The beer is a hazy, pale straw color that shows an excitable carbonic stream of bubbles billowing up through it. The beer smells quite like coriander; earthy, spicy and citrusy. The citrus is from both the coriander, but also from citrus zest; the both contribute notes of Meyer Lemon, some fruity orange zest and perhaps even some fruity tangerine notes. There is a touch of dried, grassy, perhaps more rustically, hay like with a touch of pale cracker character; all towards the finish.

The carbonation combines with the citrus and coriander-citrus notes to provide a zippy quality to this beer. There is a clove like phenolic note that mixes with the citrus pith character that also adds a bit of sharpness as well as an almost, though not quite, soapy taste. The coriander character adds quite a bit of earthy-spiciness to this beer, it is sort of herbal like, perhaps providing a touch of bitterness (though the hops help contribute the light bitterness that is here); really though the combination of coriander and phenolics provides the sharpness and bite that is usually supplied by hops. The beer is slightly tart towards the finish, this is accentuated by the citrus notes, boosted by the ample carbonation.

This is quite a nice Wit, it has just enough rustic-ness to keep me interested, though I can’t help but wishing it had taken a touch more of a wild turn with more tartness, but that would make this take a significant step down a road that is not a standard Wit. This is an exceedingly enjoyable example of a Wit, but it also seems to make me realize that my taste-buds have come to expect a bit more from this style of beer; as far as a standard example of the style goes, this is about as good as it gets, better than any other standard one that I can remember.

Photo of drabmuh
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer served in a wine glass. Beer is yellow with a slight haze and a monolayered fizzy white head, diffuse, leaves lacing on the glass. Looks good.

Citrusy in the nose, orange peel, corriander, sweet, mild wheat. Nice.

Beer is light in body but not watery, it is easy to drink and flavorful. The spices do well with the moderately dry finish. An enjoyable beer for sure. I really enjoy the Funkwerks, even if it has an annoying spelling.

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89 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.