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

St. Bretta (Spring)St. Bretta (Spring)

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BA SCORE
91
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208 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 208
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 7.06%


Brewed by:
Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with Minneola Tangelos.

(Beer added by: gueuzedreg on 04-22-2013)
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metter98

New York

4.11/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 23:46:21 | More by metter98
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 07:11:44 | More by jlindros
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 05:21:35 | More by RblWthACoz
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 16:07:23 | More by StonedTrippin
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Billolick

New York

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by my buddy Mitch in colo. Allowed to warm up for about 25-30 mins.

Pours hazed lighter tangarine. looser off white head. Stays at the 1/3 inch level for a good long spell. Leaves respectable strands of fine lacing.

Lemon, grass. tea and some barnyard funk in the nose.

Super flavorful wit/saison/what ever you want to call this offering.

Large brett character, heavy lemon, quite tart/puchering w/ a continued biting sour note

The final yeasty pour adds a nutty, grapefruity, funky yeast experience that is not to be missed

No doubt this is serious beer, funky cheese?

One of the bunch of first CS beer I've tried and they have not disapointed.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 17:27:51 | More by Billolick
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, courtesy of Chris. Thanks for sharing!

A: Cloudy hay-colored body with a thin cap of fine white fizz that forms a thin ring. Average.

S: Wow. Fresh, fruity, floral, and hugely aromatic. Some earthy hay as well. Citrus and apple. Super complex, and entirely enjoyable.

T: Citrus right up front, with complex Brett funk dominating the mid-palate with chalky flowers, hay, and green apple. Dry finish. Lovely.

M: Light bodied, and softly carbonated. Delicate but a little low on life.

O: A bit more carbonation would have helped this beer tremendously, both in appearance and mouthfeel, but there's no denying that it was a genuinely delicious brew. I'll definitely be keeping my eye open for anything from Crooked Stave the next time I'm in NYC.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 02:34:38 | More by woosterbill
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.15/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 02:07:21 | More by Alieniloquium
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Ho-hum, another solid beer from the Stave

Minneola Tangelos in this brew. Going to be a bit of a stickler here in this review. Witbier is on the label.

Pours a light golden straw with uniform white head. Pretty good lacing, settles to a thin collar. Easy swirl brings the head back up again

Aroma is soft citrus. Not quite as robust as a fresh tangelo, and not as sharp as an orange. Light malt. Hints of spice. Not a sharp aroma that comes with other witbiers

Nice subtle citrus flavor. Again, not as sharp as some witbiers with the spice, but I get some white pepper. Keep in mind this is a new bottle. With time perhaps the brett with change the profile. Somewhat peachy or maybe apricot. Soft malt, soft spice.

The feel is what I love with this beer. A touch tart and tangy, nice carbonation. Makes it very easy to drink. While not a dry finish, it sure ain't sweet.
very nice

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 05:06:22 | More by Mebuzzard
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 6.6.13
Spring 2013 Edition

A - Pours a very clody, pale orange-yellow with a fizzy white head, that is gone fast.

S - Tart lemon, woody, spices and a touch of Brett.

T - Tart lemon, lots of citrus and oranges as well. A hint of spice and Brett. Very Nice.

D - Medium carbonation and a light body with a slight tart finish.

O - Citrus, woody and a hint of Brett makes this a very nice evening beer. I can't wait to try the Summer edition.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 03:42:35 | More by HuskyinPDX
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.49/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 03:21:12 | More by DavoleBomb
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srandycarter

California

3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 23:46:44 | More by srandycarter
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cosmicevan

New York

3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 20:22:26 | More by cosmicevan
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Crooked Stave snifter. Appearance is very pale and exceedingly clear for style. Micro head forms and dissipates quickly with thin strips of lacing. Nose is heavy on Brett, a pleasant funk with a moderate musk is paired with heavy citrus fruit character which brings oranges to mind. Taste is somewhat acidic up front and heavy with citrus. This is followed by the more earthy/farmy funk of the Brett. Nice clean finish that makes for a crisp and refreshing wild. Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Overall, this is a delicious and well balanced brew. I was pleasantly surprised by the level of acidity I the taste, another solid brew from Crooked Stave.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 07:26:52 | More by homebrew311
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harrymel

Washington

3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 06:14:30 | More by harrymel
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 03:29:42 | More by Dope
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml, Spring '13
Lost Abbey TEKU

A: Pours a cloudy hazy yellow orange color. Carbonation is less than expected. Thin layer of bright white head sticking around.

S: Smell that Brett first off. Then you do get that Citrus. Bright lemon and orange peel. Some spice coming from the yeast. Some oak.

T: Up front, strangely some tartness. Some spice, maybe pepper. Definitely getting some oak flavors. Roundness. More Saison than Witbier. Nice lemon rind actually. Funk is there with that tartness. Dry finish.

M: More medium bodied thank expected.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 17:47:48 | More by inlimbo77
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rlee1390

Indiana

4/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 17:10:02 | More by rlee1390
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FLima

Brazil

3.64/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2013 22:19:13 | More by FLima
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap into tulip at Falling Rock in Denver (several times)...
Nice hazy straw color with a finger of white head. Really fantastic straw and funky barnyard aroma...some citrus notes play with the funk. I believe tangelos are added to this brew...
Taste is really nice tart citrus/lemon and straw/hay. A bit of funk but not overpowering. As a comparison, the summer was a bit more tart and funky.
While I prefer the Summer over the Spring...this is still amazing.
While its amazing to get Crooked Stave on tap in lots of places around Denver, im so pumped to now be able to get bottles in NYC...albeit at $13 each.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2013 19:17:38 | More by DrinkSlurm
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Amalak

New York

4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 03:13:36 | More by Amalak
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

thanks to ablackshear for this beer!

poured into crooked stave tulip glass.

Appearance: pale yellow almost peach bodied beer. The beer is opaque. 2 fingers of white head that slowely drops down to a cap. Better than thin lacing clings to the side of the glass.

Smell: really clean nose. Just a little bit of the tangelos come through. The brett is pretty big and earthy in the nose and a hint of oak.

Taste: A subtle oranges starts the beer off with a mild citrusy sweetness. Hint of lemon. Here come the brett and malts. Wheat malt with earthy and lightly funky brett. Oak barrel blends well with the brett and they seem to compliment each other nicely. Getting a little bit of fruity yeast and black pepper as well. Really really nice... a well rounded and balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: on the higher spectrum of a light bodied beer almost medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Great dry finish that makes you get an orange zest note in the aftertaste. Carbonation is very well done. Fresh and lively carbonation; it gets pricky and eppervescent when it hits your tongue.

Overall: This beer was sapposed to be a "rebrew" of WWBO. I think that it is darn close. The biggest difference is that the WWBO has a bigger orange flavor to it. With St. Bretta the brett is just a little bigger and is overpowering the oranges in this beer. Either way... I like both St. Bretta and WWBO very much. Why dont people brew with oranges more often? I have throughly enjoyed every beer that I have drank thats been brewed with oranges.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 12:06:30 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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KajII

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
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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Serving type: bottle

07-19-2013 14:50:58 | More by KajII
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Al for providing this bottle, it's a treat to have some crooked stave in DC!

The beer pours with a beautiful crisp bubbly sound that the macro breweries always try to capture in their commercials (which actually does add something to my overall impression of the beer). The color is what you'd expect from a witbeer being straw yellow; hazy with a touch of orange too with a fluffy white head that leaving traces of lacing behind on the glass as it dies to a very thin ring, solid look overall. The bottle has some obvious yeast sediment at the bottom which is a plus in my book.

The smell has a very distinct tart citrus to it but it has a nice counterpart in the mellow oak which serves to give the aroma more of a rich roundness which is nice, definitely a pretty complex nose compared to your everyday wit! There is a distinct citrus rind to this that reminds me almost of the same experience you get when you zest an orange or lemon into a cocktail, interesting.

The taste is refreshing on a hot day like today in DC: definite tart citrus but with a nice brett yeast body, tangerine, a touch of bready wheat malt and a pretty clean aftertaste with a lingering sourness that reminds me of the sour left behind by a warhead candy in that it is very persistent even after its well down the hatch. Not a huge depth of flavor that i was hoping for from the aroma, but as a witbeer you wouldnt expect it either. I would definitely recommend drinking this on the colder side, it gets more dull as it warms for certain.

The body is helped out by the big tart backbone and the carbonation does a nice job of supporting that, the feel is medium light which seems about right for the style and what they were going for with the fruit.

Overall, a very nice beer, certainly worth a try if you see it! Definitely drinkable, but not one you could chug with the amount of tartness.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 01:40:36 | More by Dreadnaught33
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the brewery for just $7.

A: Beautiful hazy, golden-yellow with a nice, fizzy, bright white head that fades fairly quickly into creamy froth. No lace or retention whatsoever.

S: Great yeasty, citrusy, funky nose. Some barn/hay and wood. Citrus and Brett are the highlights and they smell fantastic.

T: Just like the nose it's heavy on the citrus and yeast. A bit of sour and funk with plenty of good carbonation and a great finish. Proper dryness and never cloying. Tasty, tasty stuff.

M: Great body, clean and smooth feel, and tons of flavor. Top notch.

O: For fans of Brett, this beer does not disappoint. Refreshing, funky, and the right amount of citrus flavor.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 22:28:11 | More by Gatch
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spoony

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 23:41:50 | More by spoony
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St. Bretta (Spring) from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
91 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.