Kili Wit - Logsdon Farmhouse Ales
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
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
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3.5/5 rDev -7.7%
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).
03-16-2012 05:42:17 | More by augustgarage
4.05/5 rDev +6.9%
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.
01-12-2014 20:32:58 | More by Phyl21ca
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
3.73/5 rDev -1.6%
Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a slightly cloudy light golden amber. Fine two finger head with good retention and lacing. Nice active carbonation; looks good. Aroma of wheat, light bready yeast, lemon and a hint of coriander and funk. Flavor has the light wheat, lemon and coriander expected in a wit, but also a distinct funky wild yeast and lactic component. The sourness of lemon is replaced by wild yeast sourness, which seems to express the brett saison orientation of this brewery. The funk is mild and well behaved, so the flavor is well balanced. A bit on the sour side for my taste, but well made and the witbier elements are satisfying. Light to medium bodied, which is appropriate for the style, with active carbonation giving a decent mouth feel. An interesting take on a witbier from a quality brewery. I'm not a big brett fan, so I'm glad I tried this witbier rather than Logsdon's wild yeast ales.
08-05-2012 03:23:33 | More by LiquidAmber
4.3/5 rDev +13.5%
Poured into a snifter. Label says Best Enjoyed by 06/2013.
A- Pours a hazy straw color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains decently before popping away to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and an abundance of surface foam. Resilient sheet of lacing slowly slides down the glass.
S- Crisp and Bretty with some sour undertones. Wheat in the backdrop provides a nice template for the overall profile. Mildly funky.
T- The wild yeast plays off the palate gently with a slightly acidic flavor and feel. Somewhat tart as the wheat brings everything together. Possibly some spice thrown in the mix as well. Notes of lemon, apple, pear and white grape.
M- Very crisp with the lightest bit of pucker. Light body and medium-high carbonation.
O- Very tasty spontaneously fermented take on the style. Thank you SatlyMalty for my first Logsdon as it is a good one.
04-02-2013 03:06:59 | More by Immortale25
Kili Wit from Logsdon Farmhouse Ales
85 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.