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Kili Wit - Logsdon Farmhouse Ales

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85
very good

135 Ratings
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 8
Gots: 18 | 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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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.

DoubleJ, Sunday at 04:27 AM
Photo of my_knew_craft
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

my_knew_craft, Saturday at 01:47 AM
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.

Fatehunter, Sep 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

jag21, Sep 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Bnoise11, Sep 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

BobbyDigitali, Sep 12, 2014
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5/5  rDev +31.9%

ZappBrannigan, Aug 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Wildwood_Brew, Aug 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

ironchefkook, Aug 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

nmann08, Aug 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

jmccraney, Jul 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Janeinma, Jul 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

threedaggers, Jul 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

BeerBucks, Jul 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

PretzelCity, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of LambicPentameter
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.

LambicPentameter, Jun 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

oline73, Jun 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Molson2000, Jun 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Hoppy_McMalt, Jun 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Davepoolesque, May 20, 2014
Photo of smakawhat
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

smakawhat, May 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Kmlund, May 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

bvermilion, May 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

2GOOFY, May 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

DanforthPewter, May 03, 2014
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Kili Wit from Logsdon Farmhouse Ales
85 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.