St. Bretta (Spring) - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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Reviews: 55
Hads: 338
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 3.67%
Wants: 44
Gots: 41 | FT: 2
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Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: gueuzedreg on 04-22-2013

Brewed with Minneola Tangelos.
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Photo of slackattack
2.27/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

2014 batch 1, purchased 24 June.

Pours hazy yellow, looks like a witbier. Nice head at first dissipates to nothing pretty quick, lace is non existent. Aroma is huge and odd. Smells funky, some orange blossom and black pepper, reminds me of salami oddly. Not a smell that makes me want to dive right in but I'm going to anyways. Moderate to high sourness. Moderate bretty funk. First thing I get in the taste is tangy, lemony citrus, has the same black pepper and cured meat undertones that I got in the nose. Body is medium, nice amount of carbonation and finishes dry. Overall, I don't care for this brew, I think it tastes and smells like meat and that is unappealing for me.

EDIT: after glancing through some other reviews I'm concerned that I might've got a bad bottle, no one else really mentioned meat haha, so take that for what it's worth. (849 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.17/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

375 mL bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance - Clear orange yellow. Small white head. Mostly clear. Nothing on the surface.

Smell - Lots of grain. Acidic. Citrus. Orangey.

Taste - Citrus comes up first. Then grain. Very wheaty. Lots of pale malt. Slight tang and brett.

Mouthfeel - Thin and not very flavorful. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Uninspired. First big let down from Crooked Stave. (405 characters)

Photo of alaimoa
3.42/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass
Golden yellow with 1 inch white head and some lacing
Smells ok definitely a bit of brett funk and barnyard stank that is ok but missing a bit of sweet complexity despite saying its brewed specifically with citrus added which I think were Tangelos in the orange family
Taste has a sour citrus-like flavor but more grapefruit tartness than a sweet orange/lemon.. its okay but not as good as Savant which probably benefits from the citra hops
Mouthfeel is also just ok, middle of the road carbonation with big bubbles not rolling smalls and has a light/medium feel to it. I'm underwhelmed by its depth and aftertaste

Overall its just an ok beer for me that lacks some of the characteristics of Tangelo sweetness and oak/brett.. more sour than tart funk - would easily choose Surette or Hop Savant if I had a choice (838 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.25 A: Murky yellow brown color. Two fingers of foamy white head. Retention is below average, but a short ring of lacing is left.

3.75 S: Earthy type brett funkiness. It's not the dankest of stank, but it's still quite nice. Rotten woodiness with forest funk. Primarily lemony citrus though orange does show up. Lightly spicy and I'm not sure if I'm picking up coriander or not.

3.5 T: The taste is very woody, which is probably a combination of the fermentation vessel and the brett. Forest funkiness with wildflower herbalness. A light lemony pucker, but I'm not picking up much in terms of orange. Fairly dry with neutral wheat.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Very lightly creamy.

3.25 D: It's okay for what it is, but it's hard to beat the standard formula for a witbier. Still, worth a try. (854 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A Bretta Witbier. Had it on tap at Torst.
Poured a hazy light yellow color with a thin lace.
Predominant heavy tart aroma.
Very acid and sour taste with citric lemon notes on a Bretta party. Quite dry aftertaste.
Sour lovers will love this brew from Colorado. (259 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

[Suggested Glassware: Weizen Glass]

The pour was a murky golden yellow with an average (1-2 finger) white fluffy head that slowly receded, down to a thin film and a small collar with good runny lacing.

The aroma was slightly mild of a straw malt and a musty Brett yeast with notes of citrus (orange and lemon), coriander and a light tartness.

The taste was mildly sweet with a hint of orange at first, but quickly became extremely yeasty and somewhat tart with a citrusy lemon finish. The flavor hung on for a good long time following the swallow, with a tart citrusy taste left lying on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was just below the halfway point between light and medium in body with a dry, watery texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall this was a superb Witbier! Very satisfyingly, refreshing, tasty and easy to drink, I have to say this brewer never seems to disappoint...

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Photo of Dope
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a super cloudy light orange. Huge effervescent white head. Loads of solid fluffy lacing everywhere. Great head retention.

S: Hmph. Minty, almost like lemongrass? Bright citrus with some lemon, orange...maybe even melons?

T: Tart fruits. Very tart fruits. Sharp lemons primarily with bitter orange peel backing it up. Sour, tart, minty and drying finish. Very drying and crisp. Kinda like mint leaves and sour lemons. It's like a funky saison mojito. Grassy throughout.

M: Medium bodied and very dry.

O: Super tart/sour saison. One of the funkiest I've ever had. Overpowering. Having said that, it's not bad but it definitely dominates the flavor. A must-have for the brett lover for sure. (704 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Light straw, murky, small head, not much lace.

S - Briny, ocean like, funky. Reminds me a little of oysters off the shell.

T - Nice large sour twang and funk. Malt still there but definitely takes a back seat.

M - Light bodied, good balance, almost a little creamy at points and astringent at others.

D - A very cool beer. Glad to have tried it. (353 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

new spring release from crooked stave, brewed with some kind of tangelo. it pours a thick and hyper cloudy pale yellow color, with an inch or more of thin white head. excellent lacing as it drinks. the nose is zesty like orange rind, a little farmy from the brett, but not overdone, and loaded with malted wheat. I think the grain totals might be a little high in this beer, the wheat comes through heavy, and it crowds out some of the fun yeast characteristics, and I have to try hard to pick out the tangelo in the flavor. the finish is the best part, where some acid cuts in, and the brett is more noticeable. not a total miss by any stretch, but I am familiar with pure gold from crooked stave, and this one is not up to those standards. a little light on carbonation, a little heavy on body. im being harsh here, because I know what they are capable of. an interesting choice for spring, and a beer that I didn't dislike, but probably not one I will revisit for almost 7 bucks a bottle. (991 characters)

Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - straw yellow that is very light with a thin bubbly head

Smell - very tart and citrusy. not as tart as other CS beers

Taste - sweet up front then a great tart twist at the end

Mouthfeel - well carbonated and leaves a nice dry flavor on your tonuge

Overall - 2nd favorite St. Bretta and quick simple fun beer to enjoy (332 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got this from my cellar reserve trustee, but apparently crooked stave is now distributed in NY. Enjoyed from a crooked stave snifter. Brew pours a soft honey yellow with a thin fizzy head that was gone fast. Deep and rich in color. Smell is a bright floral vanilla with oaky highlights. The brett seems to add a crispness as opposed to a funk. Oaky brett tartness flavor. Crooked stave had really achieved a signature flavor to their beers that makes them taste nice. This is no exception, but this is the witbir take on it. You can pick out the tartness of the wit and some hints if orange rind. Solid summer beer. Glad i gave a few of these coming my way to enjoy in these crisp summer days. (693 characters)

Photo of Mongrel
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy orange with a little fizzy head that quickly fades away, but leaves a nice little ring of bubbles.

S - Smells like SweetTarts. Bright, clean, with just a little musty funk.

T - Tastes very tart and citrusy. You definitely get the tangelo, along with plenty of lemon. I went into this thinking this was some sort of funky saison, but this is a full-out wild/sour. Again, very tart, with some juicy sweetness to balance it out, and a chalky finish. Nice touch of wheat body. Really bright and refreshing, but lacks some of the depth and nuance found in their WWB/Batch 60.

M - The tartness lends a prickly effervescense that's almost aggressive at first, attacking the back of your throat. Best taken in small sips. Very dry finish that lets the citrus and floral notes hang around and boogie for a while.

Overall, another winner from Crooked Stave that's kind of like a tamer version of WWB Batch 60. Still not for sour noobs.

Also, this beer is misclassified on this site. Although it may have a lot of wheat in the grain bill, it's a wild ale first and foremost, not a witbier. (1,099 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I assume this is 2013 version, but not 100% certain.

Pours a light lemon ale wit a interesting pattern of white sheet atop - takes on a cheetah look with near concentric circles of break in the foam. Smells of manure, funk, soil, clay, hay, and some paper. Flavor is lemon, soil, tart, some of that minneola is coming through, some wit yeast and some light wheat character. I'm refreshingly surprised with the flavor here. Very light bodied with light prickly carb and an off dry finish. Fucking interesting beer. I know Brett isn't supposed to form much acidity, and maybe it's from the fruit, but damn this is refreshingly tart. A really excellent beer I was hoping would be only moderately tasty for the sake of my billfold. Great beer. (740 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Pale amber bronze, a bit apricot bright orange under the light for the body color. Head is barely a finger tall on the pour, off white in color, and disappears fairly quickly. Collar manages to stick around a bit while drinking, and always stay populated.

Very nice fruity nose. Hints of moderate acidity, with a bit of orange and peach like sensing fruit quality. Slight soft vinegar and hints of fruit cider. Quite nice.

Palate comes a bit more lighter than expecting. Very light bodied and watery quite noticeably, but fruit quality comes through. Finish comes with a good amount of dough like thick and bakery malt action. Hints of sour puckering peach, and a good dough yeast punch fill the mid palate. Moderately carbonated, somewhere between dense and not seltzery.

This is coming off more as a beer cider strangely enough, but it's got enough character and good qualities to keep me drinking. (947 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%

St. Bretta is very opaque, especially when you near the bottom of the bottle. It's a dim, milky yellowish hue. The beer sports a head that is quick to pop away. Aroma is immediatley tart and funky. Smells of sour citrus. Also has a dry wheat aroma. He flavor is also pungently tart. Tart lemon flesh and unripe orange. Wheat. Grain. Tartness dominates. Light bodied. Didn't have full bottle to myself but it seemed quite drinkable; not as acidic as I was expecting. I haven't had much experience with this brewery. I know they're super popular and so far, I am impressed.

Via bottle. (584 characters)

Photo of spoony
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From 375 ml bottle into a tulip (tasted two bottles).

A-This beer is bright, sunshine and straw in color. Quite murky. The head is nearly white, dense and about one-finger tall to start. It drops quickly to a collar.

S-The smell is sweet, with mild orange and tangerine notes. The is some lemon, too, and while the wheat is spicy as you would expect from a wit, it is milder than most. The brett funkiness is muted, but noticeable.

T-The taste is less sweet than the smell, with more power from the citrus and spice. The brett is only slightly funky and it accompanies some wheat, cereal, and bread dough. The taste is not too wild, but this is definitely not a normal witbier.

M-The feel is light to medium body with a smooth opening and a little roll of carbonation. The finish is pretty clean and dry. This is quite drinkable.

O-This is a nice twist on the typical witbier. The brett is funky, but understated (which is nice in this day and age of huge brett). The tangelos add just a little bit of refreshing sweetness to balance the funky brett and slightly spicy wheat. I'm not sure I would drink this over a good wit (like St. Barnardus), but I certainly could do worse than this on a nice spring afternoon like today. (1,231 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear hazy yellow, one finger head with a tad bit of carbonation.

S-Wheat, lemon, citrus, grass some very slight funk.

T-Starts rather tart and then finished with lemon. Wheat, moderate oak and semi-sweet.

M-Lighter in body, slight carbonation with a crisp dry finish.

O-Still a good beer but I was expecting a lot better. (328 characters)

Photo of KornWallace
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Date: 8/26/2014
Location: Astoria Beer and Cheese (Ditmars)
Glassware: Tulip

Appearance: Very thin short lived head. Opaque and very easy to see through. The color is slightly darker then yellow board earring on a honeyed color.
Aroma: The fruit is their to try and get you to pucker before you even try it. Strong lemon aroma, light oranges. Oak is strong flavor. Following that I get the yeast for added tartness. No hop aroma.
Taste: And pucker you absolutely do. The lemon kicks from the jaw to my teeth. Everything is tart. The orange moves more to the back. The yeast is added bitter but not quite as strong as the aroma led me to believe. The wheat comes through in the flavor as a hint bready/crackerish on the tongue. Again no hop presence.
Mouthfeel: Light body. Light carbonation. Between the fruit and the yeast the beer is extremely dry. Mouthwateringly so. Makes me (gladly) want to drink more. Finish remains dry until the very end. (952 characters)

Photo of popery
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow and murky. On a darker beer, this cloudiness would seem ominous. Here, it just kinda looks more viscous than it actually is. The head is small, white and fades away pretty quickly. The aroma is big on citrus. No idea what they actually used, but it reminds me of limes, oranges and citron. Some vanilla, oak. Mild funk. Some grass. There's an unexpected lactic note to it. The taste is fairly sour with a lot of citrus. More lactic than acetic, but the sourness is relatively strong, surprisingly so for an all brett beer. It's all citrus peels, funk and yogurt with a splash of apple cider vinegar. Tasty and fairly refreshing. Fair bit of pucker. Some body to it. Carbonation isn't very high, but it prickles on the tongue. It's similar to Almanac Farmer's Reserve #4. I quite like citrus sours, but I kinda think the citrus is hiding some messiness. That's probably not fair. I'm just not sure how I would feel about this beer if the citrus and sour were dialed back. (990 characters)

Photo of brianmandell
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2014/Batch 1; Hazy golden pour with no head and minimal lacing. Starts with a very bright pleasant natural citrus flavor and a rush of lactic acidity covering some bready malt backbone. I can't distinguish the malt after the first few sips due to the level of acidity - except in the aftertaste where some breadiness remains. The star of the show is the orangy citrus - it is almost juicy but never sweet. The beer is lightly carbonated and the effect is an effervescent, prickly mouthfeel. It works well with the citrus, acidity and light mouthfeel. Overall, this is a winner from Crooked Stave. Refreshing, drinkable, interesting (but not overly complex). If the bready malt could be cleaned up a little bit this would score higher. (734 characters)

Photo of logicalparadox
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours incredibly effervescent, amber to copper in color, hazy, with a good amount of sediment. Head retention is poor, and looks flat in the glass after a while with no lacing or foam. Appetizing, yes, but a bit soda-like, with small bubbles clinging to the inside of the glass and rolling upward to the flat, headless surface.

S: Lemons! Citrusy and fresh. A bit of vinegary acid on the nose, too. Some subtle funk, with a little wisp of wheat, but none of the bready, banana, grain, or clove elements you get from some other styles of wheat beer. The wild yeast comes through with a bright sour smell of a lambic or saison.

T: MMmm! Refreshing! Big citrus, all around. Lemons, oranges, a little pith, grapefruit in the rear, but bright and sour with some nice funky notes from the yeast. Green apples and apple skins. I get something... soapy toward the end. Pleasant, though. Maybe some hints of spice like coriander, maybe even some grains of paradise... interesting. A light touch of sugar cookie sweetness and a fain hint of wheat on the finish to round it out. I'm enjoying this. Great for warm weather!

M: MMhmm... Yep. A nice balance of soda-like carbonation, almost like lemon soda, but dry, with a pretty light body overall. No froth, which is a let down, but light and refreshing on the palate. Something that coats and tingles, almost buttery, but makes the lips pucker at the finish. Drinks like a sour beer with attitude.

A pleasure to drink, but falls short of greatness. Impressed overall and would like to have this again. (1,549 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Francois for sharing.

No head, hazy grapefruit colored.

Nose nice Brett funk, saison farmhouse, hint fruity almost peach like and apricot, juicy, light straw grassy hay, faint wheat

Taste little watery to start but then nice funk, little tart, grassy grainy straw hay, light grapefruit rind and apricot, nice Brett farmhouse slightly barnyard, nice citrus fruit somehow, some bitter citrus rind hops too.

Mouth is thinner bod and watery, lighter carb.

Overall interesting, some good points but overall felt too thin, but an interesting beer. (556 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The Brett in this is quite strong with a defining tone that is well beyond subtle. Strong lemon is here with a grassy tone coming in as well. I know that this is labeled as a witbier, but it definitely seems like a saison. At least more so than a witbier. Glad to be able to try another brew from Crooked Stave. (311 characters)

Photo of Amalak
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A. It has a straw yellow color to it, hazy with only a slight bit of clarity toward the bottom. A good foamy white head with some lacing. Few bubbles.

S. It has a nice grassy and wheat scent to it. A mild grape scent.

T/M. This has a bit more of a sour taste to it than some of the more traditional witbiers I've had. A diacetyl sour comes through, there's a grassy undertone, and it has a grape pop in the back of the mouth. Carbonated and it has a puckering effect. Medium bodied.

O. This is really quite nice for a sour/witbier. It cost me $13 in NYC for a 12.7 ounce bottle, so it is pricey. Tasty and refreshing. (620 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of funk are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is a little funky and has hints of lemon citrus. The finish is quite sour, almost like a gueuze.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not watery) and slightly tart on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This doesn't taste much like a witbier, but has nice aromas and flavors of brett as well as some refreshing properties. (636 characters)

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St. Bretta (Spring) from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
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