Kili Wit - Logsdon Farmhouse Ales

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85
very good

154 Ratings
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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 9
Gots: 20 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Logsdon Farmhouse Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
"Our Kili Wit is a traditionally brewed white beer with refreshing flavors and creamy smoothness. This is a 100% certified organic beer brewed with local organic barley malt, wheat and oats along with whole cone Oregon hops and African spice. This beer is made with a portion of the proceeds going to the K2 Adventures Foundation that provides community service, medical and educational enrichment for African children."

(Beer added by: kscaldef on 01-09-2012)
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
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3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a super pale yellow color ale with a very large foamy head with perfect retention and incredible lacing. Aroma of light coriander with loads of dry Bretty notes with some wheat malt notes also noticeable. Taste is also dominated by a mix of coriander, wheat malt with loads of dry Brett notes. Body is light with incredible carbonation. Very refreshing with bone dry finish.

Photo of superspak
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 2/2014. Big gusher upon opening, but didn’t lose any of it. Pours very hazy golden amber color with a 3 finger dense and rocky white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon, pear, apple, apricot, grape, coriander, clove, pepper, wheat, bread, oats, herbal, grass, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast ester and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, apricot, grape, coriander, wheat, bread, oats, clove, pepper, herbal, grass, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of lemon, apricot, light fruits, coriander, pepper, clove, wheat, bread, oats, herbal, grass, light funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, malt, and spice flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with very smooth, crisp, fairly creamy, and moderately prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a really excellent witbier! All around great complexity, balance, and robustness of flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -34%

Photo of Janeinma
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of sourdog
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Auraan
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Poured a gorgeous cloudy, translucent golden yellow body with three fingers of fluffy, thick white head. A very true to form witbier and quite nice looking. Scents of orange zest and orange flesh, grainy, tangy wheat malt, fruity esters with an aroma of apricot juice, spicy yeast phenols, light notes of white pepper and a perfume-like coriander spiciness providing a true to style balanced spiciness. Overall impression is of a sweet, very fruity, citrus heavy witbier aroma profile with spiciness not being overwhelming, but contributing depth, complexity and balance. Very pleasant and mostly true to style. Flavor begins lightly tart with notes of orange zest and tart orange flesh, pleasantly and softly sweet malt and a light hint of coriander and white pepper. Sourness is of a lightly lactic-like sort, optional to the style yet quite pleasant. Middle is slightly tarter and drier, continuing the lactic-like sourness along with tart orange zest and flesh, a medium-light spiciness with notes of coriander, white pepper, a light wheat malt tartness and graininess. Light sweetness is still present and balances the tartness. Finish is lightly dry with light lactic sourness still present, as well as tart orange zest and flesh, grainy malt, light coriander and white pepper and softly sweet malt keeping it from being too dry. Aftertaste is tangy orange zest, white pepper, coriander and spicy yeast with a touch of grainy wheat malt. Overall impression of flavor is of a tart, orange zest and flesh forward flavor profile with a nice lactic character that is balanced by the softly sweet and grainy malt and the spiciness of coriander and yeast phenols. It is slightly drier than many example as a result, but still maintains a pleasant sweetness at a light level. A very nice witbier that does more than stick to the now standard flavor profile, yet still remains true to the spirit of the style. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with high, softly prickly carbonation and a tart, drying, lightly acidic, yet creamy feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a wonderfully refreshing witbier that is very true to form and quite nice. Overall this is an excellent witbier. It has a lovely aroma that is very true to style and a flavor that diverges from style somewhat, but is pleasant and quite well done and still stays true to the spirit of the style. Mouthfeel is very true to form and aids the refreshing combination of flavors. Easily my favorite witbier and well worth trying.

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy straw yellow with a white, rocky 3-finger head that retains as well as any before finally reducing to a thick film of suds across the surface. Leaves large spots and streaks of lacing on the glass and with good stick.

Smell - Aroma hints at mildly tart lemon and wheat. Faint spice notes sit well beneath, but become more evident as the brew warms.

Taste - Follows suit with the nose; mild lemon tartness and a wheaty malt backbone. Restrained spice that hits mid-taste to deliver a touch of pepper, but ultimately falls flat.

Mouthfeel - Interesting body. Medium build with a light creaminess and low carbonation, then a bone dry finish. Maybe the best aspect of this brew.

Overall - A decent wit. Fantastic body, look and smell, but unfortunately the flavor misses the mark with a fairly mundane profile. I realize wits aren't aggressive in style, but this is about as reserved as wits get.

Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of augustgarage
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle No KW 2642, best before January, 2013. Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Hoegaarden tumbler.

Pale lightly cloudy sunglow liquid is capped with a heavily active ivory head. Retains a decent collar. Sandy delicate lacing.

Coriander is quite present in the nose along with red bananas and other esters and suggestions of spice. The malt aroma reveals a bit more complexity suggesting oats in addition to the wheat.

Mild lactic tartness in the palate entry backed with wheat, orange blossoms, unusual spice notes and an odd pronounced fruitiness. Very low hop presence with little to no bitterness. Finishes slightly dry with a lingering acidity and a faintly grainy/grapey aftertaste.

Medium-light bodied though lacking in effervescence to some degree, but the acidity makes up for this.

Very fresh example of the style, well crafted though not perfectly integrated or controlled (a few "wild" and otherwise odd flavors emerge).

Photo of schmidtmattsays
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of RyanOooh
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%

Pours two fingers of head on a cloudy light straw colored body.
The aroma has honey and coriander upfront and dry grain in the background.
The taste is well balanced. Watery at first, honey sweetness in the middle, mild lemon bitter and finishes with a bracing tart.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It's pretty good for a style that I don't usually enjoy.

Photo of emilylee
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of PretzelCity
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of jmccraney
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of bouncepass
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of ironchefkook
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of JamLand
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Kmlund
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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Kili Wit from Logsdon Farmhouse Ales
85 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.