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

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

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 345
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 17.8%
Wants: 41
Gots: 41 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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 homebrew311
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to beersndrums for this one!

375 mL bottle poured into a globe at cellar temperature.

L – Hazy pale gold color with a nice 2-finger bubbly, frothy, white head. Decent retention and some patches of lacing. Even with the haze, a good amount of bubbles are appreciable.

S – Lots of musty and funky Brett with other peppery yeast, some earthy oak, grainy wheat, and a touch of lemon. Smells nice.

T – Wow this kind of blows the aroma out of the water. It starts off with tart lemon that is way more prevalent than the aroma suggested. As the taste progresses, musty oak and funky, barnyard Brett creep in, followed by some peppery yeast at the finish. There’s a bit of grainy wheat thrown into the mix here, too, but lemon, oak, and yeast dominate. Very tasty.

F – Light-medium-bodied, good carbonation, a tart, creamy, and mouth-coating feel that makes the body feel heavier than it is, and a tart, musty, earthy, and dry finish. Dry, musty, earthy, and funky yeast and oak flavors linger for a bit.

O – This is a really nice beer. It has all of the elements of a solid witbier, and they’re all well-put together at that. Definitely worth checking out if you’re into beers of this style or just light, refreshing, tart beers in general. Very drinkable and perfect for a spring day (as the name suggests) when it’s just starting to warm up from winter. Thanks a ton for the beer, Jared!

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Photo of WickedSluggy
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale yellow and hazy with continuous bubbles producing bright white foam.

S - Earthy brett with orange.

T -Very enjoyable bretty beer with excellant fruity accents. Lovely sour orange up front with subtle grainy sweetness for balance.

M - Light body and effervescent.

O - Excellent beer. Great refresher. It would be easy to drink quite a few litres of this beer in a sitting. The price might make that difficult for most of us. Can't wait to pop the Summer release.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
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.


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Photo of harrymel
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 375ml bottle into a Crooked Stave tulip.

Appearance- Hazy gold with bubbly off white head. Nice lacing.

Smell- Heavy brett, tart lemon, earthy funk, light citrusy orange. Smells like a gueze. Phenomenal smelling brett beer.

Taste- Brett funk, lemon, light tangerine (tangelo?), herbaceous, again very gueze-like. No real hint of it being a witbier.

Mouthfeel- Super drinkable. Crisp, funky, lightly tart, dry as hell. I'd drink this all day.

Overall- Excellent beer. I now love Crooked Stave.

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Photo of metter98
4.1/5  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.

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Photo of alaimoa
3.42/5  rDev -16.6%
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

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of KajII
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
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 MighHighBrewer
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: One-quarter-inch head dissipates quickly after pour. No head evident after about 60 seconds. Good lacing throughout the drink session, though. Color is distinctively straw-like - a solid, complex yellow. Pours relatively hazy. Overall, its appearance reminds me of a Hefeweizen without the head.

S: Funky Bretty notes dominate the nose, with a healthy helping of citrus fruit. Tangerine and lemon, primarily. In the background, I get a little bit of funky cheese, but you have to really search it out.

T & M: Mouth-puckeringly sour, as you would expect. Lacto sourness dominates, propped up by a solid wheat malt background. Citrus fruit is prominent - especially the tangerine as expected. Slightly too tart for my taste. There is a funkiness to this brew, although I would call this beer more fruit-forward than funky-forward. Mouthfeel is EXCELLENT - it's not dry and backbone-less like some sour beers are. The wheat malt really lingers on the tongue. Just lovely.

O: This is probably my favorite non-exclusive CS beer to-date. It's a very well-balanced sour that really has an excellent body. If you like sours, I recommend you pick up some. I really only have one negative: this beer is slightly too tart for my taste. I think this beer would SING if pared with a more sweet fruit vs the tangelos. I understand the summer version of this beer is brewed with blood oranges....which should address this concern.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of Dope
3.72/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of Justin_Neff
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy, light orange body. Looks heavily carbonated. Small bubbly head, fizzles quickly with no lacing.

S: Loads of funky and tart Brett. Oak. Juicy sweet citrus. A bit of grassiness and hay.

T: Oak upfront, followed by a ton of Lemon and orange juicy citrus. Finishes with lingering brett and sweet tart remnants.

M: Light body. Dry. Clean. Refreshing. High carbonation.

O: this has more citrus than any other bretty beer I've had. CS is really impressing. Solid balance and exploding with flavor.

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of Gatch
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.17/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of FLima
3.62/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.22/5  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.

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Photo of Amalak
4.1/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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St. Bretta (Spring) from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
90 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.