Kili Wit - Logsdon Farmhouse Ales
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3.23/5 rDev -14.8%
Reviewing from notes after drinking on 3/27/2014. Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL brown bottle with a standard cap; no wax enclosure on this one. Marked with a 'best by' date of September 2014, so plenty of time for this one before it's supposedly over the hill. Poured into a 16 oz nonic style tumbler--which is what I've always understood to be the "proper" glass for a witbier--in spite of the bottle's recommendation to use something more like a tulip glass.
Appearance - So far, so good. Standard pour reveals a healthy two finger head of bleached white suds with bubbles that begin to expand almost immediately, giving a webbed Swiss cheese look to the head with slight pocking up top. Beneath the head sits an ideally-colored sunny straw yellow body with a nice dusty haze that gives allows enough light to provide some spun gold highlights with the lemony body. Lacing is present, but light, with some faint sticky traces on the side of the glass.
Smell - Hrm, this is the first sign that I'm not going to love this one. I really like to get a sense of the spicing with wits, otherwise I'd reach for a hefe or a standard wheat beer. This one has some undertones of the citrusy coriander spicing, but they are taking a far backseat to what comes across to me as lots of bready, wheaty tones. On the positive side, I do get the more rustic notes of oat, which is a little different for a witbier and provides a focal point of interest. But really, I need more spicing from my witbiers.
Taste - The taste picks up where the nose left off, with the predominant characteristics coming from the grain bill. Wheat, oats, barley all provide for a rustic, alfalfa-esque characteristic to this beer. The citrus and spicing are very muted, almost nonexistent. I've never had a beer with "African" coriander to my knowledge--maybe it is a more subtle strain of the common wit spice? The other thing that is not working in this beer's favor is that it lacks the pinch of tartness that puts witbiers firmly on that line between sour and non-sour styles. Some of my favorite wits have just enough of a twinge of sour to make them interesting. Nothing that will pucker your tastebuds, just a subtle hint of that flavor profile. St. Bernardus does a good example of this tartness.
Mouthfeel - Pretty on par for what a witbier should be--light bodied and moderate carbonation, although perhaps a bit higher in CO2 than expected. Semi-dry finish.
Overall, I was actually really excited to try this based on my prior experiences with Logsdon. This one just doesn't really hit the mark for me as far as the style goes. I might feel differently had I not come in with witbier expectations, as it was a reasonably tasty beer in it's own right, just not good enough to wear the style that has been selected.
06-23-2014 17:25:45 | More by LambicPentameter
3.7/5 rDev -2.4%
Poured from the bottle into an elongated tulip glass, which is as close to the glass recommended on the bottle.
Just an aggressive but in controlled wit. Deep lemon bright opaque yellow colored body, with lots of fine carbonation. A great foamy and bubble bath retention soaped up bleach thick white head, and whipped cream looking clumps and valleys. A few minor floaties in the body, but nothing too crazy. Impressive.
The bouquet is real nice even as it pours you can smell it. Deep notes of clove, and breaded toast. Sharp lemon like citrus and a good sense of yeasty bread dough. Quite nice, and a hint of grassed herb.
Palate comes a bit wet and overly carbonated. Much of the mid palate fills with a little bit of gas, but large sour bursts of citrus lemon juice. Bready depth and flavor hinted on the nose doesn't seem to translate as much on the finish either. Slight lemon soda fizzy, but not too bad.
It's a witbier alright but feels a bit dumbed down once you taste it. It's ok.
05-15-2014 22:41:49 | More by smakawhat
4.08/5 rDev +7.7%
Poured into Lost Abbey tumbler.
Pours piss yellow, literally. Fluffy white head, massive carbonation bubbles streaming up from the bottom.
Aroma is very belgian wit like so the name is suited. Pale malts, coriander, lemon peel, faint banana, and faint clove. You also get a sweet citrus orchard smell, more mandarin like than orange.
Taste is classic to the style. You get the wheat, spices, fruity yeast esters, and slight mineral quality you get in the best belgian wits. Nothing stands out or is missing. A tasty brew.
Mouthfeel is light. Crisp, refreshing carbonation and finishes a bit bubbly.
Another awesome offering by Logsdon. Hard to find a better brewed "American" wit. That said, I'm more of a German wheat or hefeweizen fan than the belgian counterparts. Can't knock the beer for what it is though.
04-05-2014 04:45:31 | More by MarcWP
Kili Wit from Logsdon Farmhouse Ales
85 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.