Summer Solstice - The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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4/5 rDev +9%
A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that has very good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of wheat, lemons and oranges in the nose. The citrusy smell seems to become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of wheat along with prominent amounts of lemon and orange citrus in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink, refreshing and thirst-quenching. It is a very good example of the style. I would have no problem drinking several of these on a hot summer day.
08-16-2012 15:07:08 | More by metter98
3.98/5 rDev +8.4%
A 650 mL bomber from, I believe, Toledo's Beer Cave.
A: The witbier is pale, a light straw color that is as transparent as its immediate predecessor. A white head left lace of up to a quarter finger in height.
S: Wheat stands out, lemony with mild tartness. Orange is present, adding citrus sweetness on top of the tartness. Fresh coriander adds a sprig-like leafy aroma.
T: Wheat? Yes, but not with an overwhelming tartness. This wheat meshes with the biscuity pale malts thoroughly, dropping some of that bite. Orange is prominent, as it was in the nose, and peppery flavors tag along. The citrus sweetness nicely stituates itself atop the wheat. Grainy wheat is the last flavor that I register, a meatier flavor as compared to the spices.
M: A clean witbier, plenty spicy with more than enough wheat to keep me happy. The orange zest is quite fresh, a nice mid-sip treat.
11-24-2011 00:28:29 | More by akorsak
4.43/5 rDev +20.7%
22 ounce bottle. Pours hazy golden amber color with a 1 finger foamy white head with decent retention that reduces to a ring of lace. Small amounts of lacing stick to the glass as you drink. Aromas of huge clove, pepper, banana, spices, and wheat. Very nice stuff here, nice strength too. Taste of big banana, clove, pepper, spice, wheat, and some citrus. Fairly dry finish, as expected, but there is some lingering citrus, spice, and banana notes. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. No alcohol in the taste or finish, as expected. Overall, an absolutely outstanding witbier. So much flavor and super easy to drink as well.
08-15-2011 03:17:19 | More by superspak
3.75/5 rDev +2.2%
22 ounce bottle. Served in a Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat witbier glass, the beer pours a hazy gold color with about an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is orange peel, wheat, coriander, bananas and a bit of peppery spice. The brew tastes mostly like bananas and wheat, with some orange and lemon peel and coriander noticable too. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's well carbonated and easy enough to drink. I think it's a solid brew, and for $3.99 a bomber I'd definitely buy it again. It's a nice summer beer for a hot day!
07-29-2011 22:31:58 | More by bluejacket74
3.5/5 rDev -4.6%
A- Pours a hazy straw gold color with a slightly off white head. Head has ok retention and leaves some spotty lacing.
S- Quite a bit of peppery spices, coriander, lemon, orange and a bit of wheat.
T- Really follows the nose really well, except there is a ton of bananas every where and spice. Quite a bit of yeast, spice and pepper round out the taste.
M- Light in body and carbonation.
O- Nothing terrible, but nothing I'd hunt down on a regular basis.
08-07-2011 07:06:58 | More by nrbw23
3.86/5 rDev +5.2%
12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a pilsner
A - It is pale yellow in color and clear. It is capped with three inches of eggshell head. There is little lacing.
S - I smell the traditional orange and coriander.
T - I notice a distinct orange taste. I also taste some spices. Coriander comes to mind again.
M - Medium
O - It is a refreshing beer after a long day at the ballpark watching the Tigers beat down the Tribe. This is a pretty good witbier.
06-22-2014 23:12:32 | More by buschbeer
3.74/5 rDev +1.9%
Hazy golden straw body is balanced by a fruit white head that lingers.
Notes of coriander, orange zest, lemon, and what counter floral estery notes of Belgian yeast. Lots of yeast and fruit dominance.
Flavor follows suit, with sour lemon and sweet orange pith opening into a wheat, lightly bready malt backbone that lingers into the lightly dry, somewhat flat finish.
Body is moderate, with carbonation a touch on the high side.
Nice spices and fruit character, with good yeast presence and enough wheat to be noticeable. The finish is a little flabby.
06-18-2014 17:14:33 | More by barczar
3.38/5 rDev -7.9%
Poured into a Delirium snifter on 9/30/12
Clear, pale gold color. Even with a purposeful pour, I wasn't able to get more than and 1/8th inch of bubbles to fizz. The meager head didn't last long, with a collar being the only substantial remnant.
The aroma is tame, but tidy. Airy notes of toasted wheat, coriander, clove and a touch of cotton candy. Decent, but nothing spectacular. The flavor has notions of the orange peel lacking in the aroma. Coriander moves in next, as does a mild peppery note. Wheat is toasty, grainy and dusty. Light fruit esters from the yeast. The feel is light; seems juicy at times. Carbonation is well mannered; probably on the low side for the style.
Overall impression: I'm seldom impressed by comparable beers, but this one holds up pretty well over the course of the glass.
10-09-2012 05:30:48 | More by Ryan011235
3.85/5 rDev +4.9%
poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Pale gold in color,cloudy, with a nice bright white head of foam.
Taste-Lemon zest, coriander,orange zest. Very light and refreshing, goes down very easily. Sessionable, and a nice match for lighter summer fare.
08-05-2012 16:23:21 | More by hosehead83
3.85/5 rDev +4.9%
Serving Type - Bottle
Appearance - Classic light golden yellow, minor 1/4 inch white foamy head and minial lacing.
Smell - Spices, lemon, corriander,banana, oranges, wheat, yeast, hops, some earthy aromoa. Some apple and pear also.
Taste - Classic flavor of orange/lemon/corriander starts this off. Hops and yeasts are very mild. Malts and added sugars are mild. Banana and lemon flavors are present in each drink. The finish has some earthy hops and some peppery spices.
Mouthfeel - Light, smooth, good balance. Tounge gets wheats, the fruits and spices, and some sugars. Palate gets more fruits and spices with some pepper at the finish. Afertaste is very light, floral and wheaty.
Overall - Decent, very light and easy to drink. Its not overly flavor heavy or adds anything new to the style. If your a fan of the style give it a shot. Theres better and worse stuff out there.
07-16-2012 21:36:59 | More by wvsabbath
4.9/5 rDev +33.5%
Pours a yellow with slight gold. Awesome white head that eventually fades.
The smell is lots of spices but in the perfect balance.
The taste is on par with the smell but a lot more lemon zest comes through. A little bit of bitterness making an appearance as well.
I always enjoy a good Wit beer and I must say this may have been the best one I have ever had. I'm glad I picked this up when I was out visiting family in Ohio.
08-18-2011 22:00:23 | More by Eriktheipaman
3.18/5 rDev -13.4%
12 ounce bottle from Ryan011235, poured into a LaChouffe tulip. The first pour resulted in a see-thru straw body with a few lazy streams of carbonation bubbling up. Not much in the way of foam on top; on looks alone, this could've pass for a glass of Natty Light. After I was able to swirl the second half of the bottle, I got a more proper hazy body. (Still no head, though.)
Clean grainy nose that promises a tastier beverage than the Natty Light, but nothing outrageous. Light spicy and orange notes. The flavor kicks things up a notch with a more substantial dose of clove and coriander than I was expecting. Toss in some orange and tangy wheat and you've got yourself a fairly tasty little brew here. A bit on the viscous side; a dose of carbonation might do this beer good. Not bad at all, though. I could see having a glass or 2 of this on a sunny spring afternoon.
10-11-2012 22:11:07 | More by PDXHops
3.4/5 rDev -7.4%
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy straw yellow with a minimal eggshell white head which fades, decent lacing and retention. Great clean aromas here. There's a huge blast of lemon zest along with some thyme and rosemary. Tons of orange aromas as well. Tastes like lemon juice minus the sour bitterness. The spices are there, with corinader leading the way. There's a subtle touch of black pepper. The wheat and oats are present. The flavors are fine, but seem to be dialed down compared to the aromas. It's still very refreshing, especially on a hot day. The carbonation is very present, but not overdone. Very light, clean and crisp.
This witbier is a little better than average. Not bad. It's refreshing and will get the job done on a summer day. This was my first time having Summer Soulstice. I never tried it on-tap or when it was originally released in bombers.
07-21-2012 02:13:49 | More by BB1313
3.8/5 rDev +3.5%
Served from the bottle into a nonic glass.
A- Poured a very clear pale golden color with tons of visible carbonation, white soapy head that left no lace.
S- Bubblegum, citrus, clove, and yeast.
T- Lots of sweet cracker and bready malt, citrus, clove, bubblegum, yeast, and coriander notes.
M- Light bodied, not dry, prickly carbonation, and kind of watery finish.
O- A lot more sweetness and malt expression that other witbiers I have had, but overall a solid witbier that hits most of the notes you expect for the style.
05-22-2014 00:40:18 | More by Hoptometrist
Summer Solstice from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
83 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.