Kili Wit - Logsdon Farmhouse Ales

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 184
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 4.49%
Wants: 10
Gots: 23 | FT: 3
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Logsdon Farmhouse Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kscaldef on 01-09-2012

"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."
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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.81/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a cloudy yellowish color with great carbonation leaving a nice white fluffy cap, some good lacing clings to the glass

S: Rather tame. Some light funk, wheat, lemon and coriander

T: My first thought was..wheat, medium amounts of lemon and coriander. It's a bit dry with a lingering bitterness on the finish. It was very seltzery. There is nothing smooth or creamy about this beer.

M: Light bodied but overcarbed and seltzery. Tart, tangy, dry on the palate with hay and citrus

O: I would say this beer is average. y least favorite from Lgsdons so far. (565 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.09/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle (KW 294) with an absolutely gorgeous label, sunset over Kilimanjaro, framed with some giraffe's (this brew donates some proceeds to an African charity). Poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Kili Wit is a cloudy gold with a chunky white head leaving heavy, foamy lace.

Smell is complex, fruity esters and spicy. The label cites "African spices", which are clearly present, if not distinct to me. Wafts between nice fruit and unpleasantly muddled acridness.

Taste is also complex, dominated by the spiciness A little nutty, a touch of diacetyl, but mostly lots of citrus - is coriander from Africa? I'm getting a faint saltiness on the finish as well.

Mouthfeel is light and dry, light bodied to the borderline of being watery.

Drinkability is ok. This one just doesn't come together for me, is overly spiced, and generally disappointing. Bummer. My experience seems to differ with the few others whom had told me there thoughts on this beer, but I really consider this to be a style a know well, one of my favorites. (1,039 characters)

Photo of AMZB
3.16/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Too light-bodied for my taste, not complex enough. It was pleasant and easy to drink, with nice lemony flavours at the start but finishes pretty thin. The coriander didn't come through very strongly (unfortunately). Decent but not exceptional. (243 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.26/5  rDev -14%
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. (2,794 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger white head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Murky light amber color, ton of yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Lemon and yeast nose and flavor is tart lemon, some yeast and hints of coriander. Expensive at $19.95 (includes a glass) for a 750ml bottle from Made in Oregon Portland, Or. (337 characters)

Photo of pknyc
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

The bottle was opened 03/02/14. Best by date is 09/2014

A: I poured this witbier into a small tulip, so there was some difficulty in swirling the bottle in order to include some yeast in the first glassful. Therefore, initially it was a clear golden color with a nice 1.5 finger white head full of small dense bubbles. After the first glass, which allowed for some room to swirl the bottle, the color went from a clear kristall to cloudy witbier. The head left nice lacing.

S: Tons of apple juice. Maybe a little hay or straw. I'm not finding much of the coriander, although it is there. I'm having difficulty getting through the apple juice.

T: It is rather delicate before the yeast is included in the pour. Once the yeast is included, there is some phenol spice, but not enough. Apple juice and some funk.

M: Medium-light. On the mark and really the highlight of the beer. Nice carbonation and some light creaminess.

O: I may be off the mark here based on the ratings of others, but I just couldn't get the apple juice flavor out of my head. It felt like I was trying to find a witbier in a glass of apple juice. I don't know. I know this one doesn't have the same rep as the Logsdon saisons, of which I'm a huge fan of the Logsdon Seizoen Bretta, but I thought it would have been better. I'll continue to try anything I can from these guys. (1,351 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

750ml poured into a cervoise. The brew appears a clouded light yellow color with a frothy white cap that stands nearly 3 fingers strong. The cap fades leaving a sudsy full wall of lace on the glass. Overall, she looks perfect for the style.

The aroma is zesty with lemon-like coriander, wheat, sulfur and some earth. There is quite a solid yeastiness to this brew. As it warms up, a little pepper and clove comes through.

The taste is mutually yeasty with an earthen feel. Lemon-like coriander, sulfur, clove and pepper are all noticed mid-palate. Lightly straw-like and grassy into the finish. As it warms up, mild fruit suggestions like pear or apple skins come out in a very subtle way.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is an easy going wit that isnt too shabby but isnt really memorable either. As it breaths, it gets a little soapy which I didnt care for. (897 characters)

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). (939 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

750ml bottle into NB snifter. Best by date 4/2013.

A: Fool me once… I opened this one over the sink reeeally slowly just in case it decided to act like the bottle of seizoen that wound up on my living room floor. Anyway, this bottle was definitely going to be a gusher, but my slow opening skilled saved the day. This beer pours a hazy lemon citrus color with a huge, dense, egg shell white head that took forever to collapse into a thick mousse that left solid sheets of laceing down the glass.
S: Coriander, orange peel, lemon zest, chalky yeast and wheat come through nicely. Slightly sweet smelling as expended with a hint of peppery spices. Perfumey is a good descriptor I think.
T: A bit medicinal, a bit chalky, and a bit unexpected. Smelled great but the taste falls short. Minerally chalky notes of yeast and wheat combine with medicinally fruity flavors of peach, apricot, orange juice and lemon meringue. The finish is full of herbal hoppy spices, coriander, black pepper and clove, and the aftertaste is perfumey and floral with lingering stone fruits. Reminds me of a fruit juice drink.
M: Frothy airy carbonation, medium-thin body despite, and a slick and thin mouthfeel. A strange combination: super frothy but thin.
O: Definitely an interesting flavored witbier, and one I would perhaps drink again if it were in front of me, but I’m afraid there are far better beers in the style. Once I burned off some carbonation in my glass this beer became easier to drink, but the flavors still need some polishing. (1,531 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml : Tulip pint

Pours hazy, golden tan, with a fizzy, thick white head. Good retention.

Subtle notes in the nose and palate, bread and wheat, grassy notes upfront. The coriander is pretty faint, but there.

Medium body, crisp, fizzy carbonation.

A good wit, subtle flavors, but easy drinking and well done. (312 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a small brandy snifter, cloudy, dark gold color. Rim bubbles and only a couple of spots on the glass for lace.

Farmhouse sour aroma.

Tart with a touch of sweetness. Lemony aftertaste. Full bodied. I don't pick up on any wheat. (241 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best by June, 2013

Pours like a pilsner, light yellow straw color with loose, bone white foam. Brilliant clarity - unusual for the style. Smells of grain, wet dog, paper, some lemon rind, a little metal and more wet dog. Initial flavor is funky, extra funky, some coriander and a little bit of that sweet classic wit yeast flavor. Just a touch of banana on the finish. Medium on thin for the style with moderate carb and a wet finish. This is intriguing, the nose is interesting as is the flavor, I'd rather it were labeled a farmhouse blond or something as it doesn't really fit into any style. (596 characters)

Photo of seand
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy straw amber with a fair amount of foamy white head. A thin layer retains, which leaves thin spots of lacing.

S: Yeasty wheat with a light touch of citrus.

T: Lightly sweet through the mid palate with a finish that's just a touch tart. Not bad, but a little bland.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall, pleasant but not outstanding. (360 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Taste is lemon, coriander, straw, and funk. Taste is that of rich saison. While I have others that I prefer in the style, this one is certainly interesting. It makes me curious enough to explore the brewery's other offerings. (228 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (922 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap for the 4th Annual LA Beer Week Beer Festival at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky light yellow with a really foamy white head that settles to a thick cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and spices. Taste is much the same with a slight tartness. There is a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that smells better than it tastes in my opinion. (565 characters)

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. (372 characters)

Photo of julian
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Somewhat hazy, coppery hay color with a creamy white billowing head. High carbonation visible. Sticky lacing that lasts.

S: Smell is a real doughy wheaty breadiness with a hint of tart citrus. Mostly wheaty and bready.

T: unmalted wheat, bready, mild citrus, hints of lemon zest.

M: Crisp, medium-high carbonation, creamy finish

O: Interesting Wit beer. I like it. I think it could use a little less orange citrus flavor and a bit more spicing, but very good nonetheless. Another great from Logsdon. (507 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (994 characters)

Photo of 5pmsomewhere
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very approachable farmhouse ale with a medium body, some citrus, and light lingering malt on the finish. My only complaint about this beer would be that it tastes flat, i.e. it isn't as refreshing or remarkable in flavor as other brews of this style. (251 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (919 characters)

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a cloudy light cracked wheat with a huge amount of puffy pure white head. The foam takes a good bit of time to settle, leaving tons of frothy and lacing along the edges of the glass.

S: The nose is the earth. I get cracked wheat, grass, dirt, and just a touch of lemon citrus. It smells darn refreshing, but a touch dirty.

T: It starts out light and wet with wheat and mild lemon. As it moves to the back end it gets a tad more astringent, where upon it finish with a solid bite. Nothing too crazy going on in here.

M: Light bodied beer. It's light and refreshing, but there is still a definite heft. It's smooth to start, but finishes kinda harsh.

O: Solid. Nothing mind blowing. The best part of the beer is the label. My personal opinion is that this beer falls short of other really stellar wheat beers. (820 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Bards & Brew in San Clemente and served in a goblet. On to the beer:

This white ale is actually quite bright in color with a bright blonde color. Solid head retention and lace as the beer goes down. The aroma is big on lemon, and is quite dry with some coriander notes. In fact, it smells like a saison crawled into this beer, and its taste follows a similar suite. It's a "funky" witbier, one with a big bite of tart lemon and subtle witbier characteristics throughout. It's light and refreshing, and a little different from the common drink per style. (564 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 8/29/13

Shared with Goblinmunkey7

Appearance: Milky, cloudy golden yellow - foam started bubbling out of the top of the bottle as soon as I opened it, and the carbonation continues in the glass - big, dense, foamy, creamy, bright white head - leaves walls of lacing

Smell: Wheat and some relatively mild Belgian yeast - some nice spices typical for a wit, with some coriander and pepper - interesting floral notes - some grass and light citrus, mostly lemon - some Belgian yeast

Taste: Soft wheat, lemon, and some interesting yeasty notes - wheat, pale malts - some mild Belgian funk, with some yeasty, earthy, and light spicy notes - clove, coriander, pepper, grass, and floral notes - some light citrus, particularly lemon - kind of juicy, refreshing

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, nicely carbonated, smooth, mostly clean

Overall: Could use more giraffes

This is a nice wit. It's not the most flavorful or robust wit, but I wouldn't say that is a flaw. It is refreshing and definitely great for a hot summer day. Not the most spectacular thing from Logsdon, but it's worth a try. (1,099 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really tasty witbier done to style. Not much on the phenolic nose. A little bit of fruit in the nose and on the palate. Juicy witbier with some balance from the yeast. Solid drinking beer that pairs well with food. Right up there with Allagash White. More depth and character than the Allagash. (294 characters)

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Kili Wit from Logsdon Farmhouse Ales
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