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Belgian White Ale - Yellowhammer Brewing

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Reviews: 5
Hads: 27
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Yellowhammer Brewing visit their website
Alabama, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: sommersb on 02-05-2011

This Belgian-style white ale is light and refreshing, yet quietly complex. In the tradition of Belgian wheat ales that rely on orange peel and coriander for the citrus aroma, the Yellowhammer interpretation instead uses Kaffir lime leaves and fresh ginger to give the brew its hint of spice. Made with German and pilsner malts, German wheat and flaked rye, the white derives a citrus character from a small amount of Amarillo hops, added to the brew at flame out.
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Reviews: 5 | Hads: 27
Photo of emerge077
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jim for this one!
Murky pastel golden orange, cloudy with the yeast poured in, ample foam at first that fades to a thin ring around the edges. Not much lace at all.

Bubblegum esters in the aroma, that's mainly it. Not getting any coriander or orange peel.

Taste is pleasant, wheaty with a big yeast presence, clove and light citrus. Seems more like a Hefeweizen yeast. Smooth feel, slight astringent bite to it. Light and refreshing on a warm day.

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Photo of STKPICR0720
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Taken from notes. I am not a huge witbier fan since I prefer stouts and IPA's. I do however believe this brew has opened up a new style opportunity for me. I have had blue moon in the past and they were okay. I have also seen people ruin their beers by adding fruit. A bartender told me about this brew and said it had lime and kaffir leaves in it and was better twist on the witbier scene.

This brew stands on its own and the only comparison to blue moon that should ever be made is that is is 100 times better. Any blue moon drinker would never drink a blue moon again if they had this brew.

Great session brew as well. Trust me order this instead of blue moon. You'll appreciate the fact the brew is truly a wonderful brew.

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Photo of mklinger
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly darker than straw colored. Modest head, but I can't really expect too much come out of a ghetto growler (milk jug). Not much lacing left behind.

A little bit of orange and sweet spice. Very bright and fruity in aroma. Inviting.

Taste is heavy on the spices and phenols (hard to tell what is what). Clove & coriander are strong. Modest, subtle bitterness there just for support. Finishes with that wheat character. As it warms some, the cloves dissipate some, and I still get the coriander, but also more wheat & maybe a slight bit of orange.

A very drinkable beer -- great for a hot almost-May day. Full flavored but fairly thin bodied. I can see myself polishing this off pretty easily. I do think it's either a bit over spiced or fermented a slight bit hot -- one of those bringing out an over spiced flavor, but this is still a good, enjoyable witbier.

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Photo of ncfranklin
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at The Nook. These notes from Nov 23, 2010.

A: Rich golden yellow wit ha nice frothy inch head. Murky, yet attractive.

S: Complex, big wheat note, tons of clove and banana however.

T: Big spice. Clove all over, some mint. Just an ounce of banana. The wheat is their more as a guide through the spice, not overly prevalent.

M: Medium bodied, just a little fizz to the mouth. Otherwise, smooth.

D: Too much spice for me, and I wouldn't have more than one. A unique take at the Witbier however. Has a bit of a trademark Yellowhammer flavor.

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Photo of sommersb
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Nook in Huntsville. Served in a wine-type glass.

Appearance is a straw yellow color, with expected wheat-hazy clarity for the style. Pour had about 1 finger of white head.

Smells were of fruit and spices, zesty but not strong.

Taste was fruity, but not sweet, with lemon or orange citrus character. A nice subtle tartness is present, as well as spiciness from coriander I believe.

Mouthfeel had a high level or carbonation and medium body. Finishes dry, with a light, citrus bitter/sour character.

Very good witbier from another one of Huntsville's up and coming breweries. I look forward to trying other beers from Yellowhammer!

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Belgian White Ale from Yellowhammer Brewing
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