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Kili Wit - Logsdon Farmhouse Ales

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52 Reviews
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Reviews: 52
Hads: 191
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 19.42%
Wants: 10
Gots: 27 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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 UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short, bright white head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: Moderate aromas of coriander spices and lemon peels are present in the nose.
T: The taste essentially follows the smell, having flavors of lemon citrus along with notes of coriander towards the finish. No wheat flavors are noticeable.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very light and easy to drink, having both refreshing and thirst quenching properties.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the best American made wits I have ever had, these guys are amazing, and I was very happy to see their beer on tap in Boston. Looks the part, hazy wheaty color, bright yellow, fluffy, and pretty intense on the nose. Limes and oats and European hops all sort of swirling around in the smell, with a funky yeast strain just short of wild in its makeup. The oats are a great addition to the white wheat base, giving body and it's characteristic sweetness to the mix, making it a rounder and longer experience. Maybe some Brett in this with the Belgian strain, lemon and lime notes hang on it, as do the hops. Very hard to place the slices in this, a get an almost rooibos tea thing, maybe ginger, but all so well incorporated as to not be easily identified in isolation. A bit tart for the second before all the grain flashes back in an neutralizes that. Carbonated very actively, and zesty and fresh in the finish, with a little more hops than normal for the style. A great evolution if the style, my first beer from these guys on tap, really awesome except it makes most other wits seem pedestrian...

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375ml bottle - I can't say that it's not damned cool to suddenly see this brewer's wares on Alberta bottleshop shelves.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, but very bright pale golden straw hue, with one thick finger of loosely foamy, and generally frothy dirty white head, which leaves a bit of ancient French cave painting lace around the glass as it quickly dissolves.

It smells of semi-sweet, grainy pale malt, understated and yet stately yeast, well blended coriander and white pepper spice, subtle lemon rind, banana chips, and an earthy, weedy, and grassy hoppiness. The taste is sharp, grainy wheat malt, rainbow peppercorn, still respectful yeast, a morphing coriander/clove spice interplay, ethereal sugary lemon, pithy banana, and more plain, but dutiful earthy, grassy hops.

The carbonation is on the low and easy side as far as the fizzy and/or frothy assault on my tongue is concerned, the body an adequate middleweight, and more or less smooth, that heretofore placid yeast maybe trying to make itself heard, or something. It finishes off-dry, the laid-back wheat malt and swirling citrus and banana esters carrying the day.

A nicely engaging, hard to dislike witbier, I gotta say. I suppose I'm somewhat glad that a portion of my beer money here is a contribution to helping kids climb mountains, or some such thing. Anyways, worthy of a go, especially as the sun finally maintains some provenance over whether I choose to go outside or not these days.

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Photo of jlindros
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light fluffy head, creamy, hazy golden yellow color.

Nose decent, grassy hay, wheat, creamy wheat, little toasted, weird herbal must grist, little orange citrus floral spices, very creamy wheat.

Taste brings mild sweet, creamy wheat, little grist, grassy hay, floral spices with mild phenols, fruity esters, citrus, orange zest, mild bitterness. Little sticky mostly dry finish, grassy, creamy wheat, little citrus.

Mouth med to lighter bod, creamy.

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Photo of superspak
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of stakem
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tough review as I think it misses the style on marks, but it's still darn good. It lacks the contant coriander and orange/lemon that most wits have. Closer to a farmhouse as far as aroma a flavors.

A bit more creamy than their other beers, but I wouldn't call it 'creamy'. Malt is 'thicker' than most wits, too. Of course, this isn't bad...just different. And the beer is very drinkable.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light golden color with a large sudsy froth of white bubbles that stick to the glass well and has some staying power., The smell is earthy with some wheat and yeast elements.

Flavor has a nice balance of earthy bitterness, wheat and herbal notes. Not tart but far from sweet or bitter in the taste. Earthy, slightly funky farmhouse that drinks very easily.

Mouthfeel is smooth with sturdy carbonation and airy feel. Slightly dry and crisp and not heavy at all.

Overall, a solid Wit, Saison or Farmhouse ale, closer to an import than an average version brewed in the states. Quite nice.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Standard large Logsdon bottle purchased from Whole Foods SoMa in San Francisco. Carted back to Australia, where I shared it with @tobeerornottobe and @LaitueGonflable.

Very intense fizzing gush on opening, leaving a ery light burnished straw colour in the glass. Head is frothy and quite solid white but runs out of puff pretty quickly. Lace is fine and sudsy. Body is quite light letting large-bubbled carbonation run freely.

Nose is clean and sharp and with a peppery overtone. It's spicy, but I get the impression the spice is much to do with the yeast, and less to do with any actual spice addition. Under this is a clean, green vegetative character leading into a herbal note: perhaps a true suggestion of coriander. But it's different.

Smooth on the palate, more vegetal characters, more peppery, pithy and clean. It gets a bit soapy towards the back, maybe more of the coriander, or else the African equivalent. Slight aspirin fizz, some medicinal characters. Leafy, herbal and vegetative on the finish. It's quite pleasant.

Feel is a tad light. It works well enough, but it could use a little bit more.

Overall, though, it's very drinkable and pretty tasty. It has nice flavours, presented in a clean, bright package, but with enough twisty turns to keep things interesting.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.81/5  rDev -26.2%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of kscaldef
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Huge head, mix of tight cream and looser bubbles. Good retention and lacing. Golden-orange with nice carbonation trains.

S: Classic wit yeast. Some honey sweetness. Nice fruity, spicy esters.

T: Clean wheat beer. Subtle orange peel and peppery spice. A little nutty in the midpalate. Yeasty finish.

M: Good carbonation, creamy in the mouth. Medium-dry earthy finish with a long linger.

O: Another nice offering from Logsdon. Very well done witbier, with a farmhouse edge.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 375 ml. bottle with a Best by 10/2015 date. Sampled on September 11, 2015.

The pour is a bright yellow color with a slight haze and a quick lasting white fizzy head.

I do pick up some coriander in the aroma along with toasted pale malts and crackers. But I also get a kind of musty-cellar note.

The body is medium.

The spicy pale malts play up big in the taste and the finish is mildly dry.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle poured into tulip 31/8/15

A hazy milky yellow, just enough clarity to see a few streams of slow bubbles going up the side, just a short lived finger of foam that leaves no lace

S coriander, lemon, yeasty, lots of dry cereal, some floral notes, faint banana, just a hint of pepper, smells pretty good

T has some lemon lime thing going on that's almost Sprite like, still lots of grains, nice yeast strain but its hard to place, no complaints here

M light bodied but it explodes to foam in the mouth but settles quickly, a little slick on the palate, grainy lemon lingers

O smells and tastes solid but a little room for improvement in other departments, easy enough to drink though I have just a sip left at this point

A bit pricey in these parts and I don't see myself buying this one again with so many other options in the same price range

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Photo of sweemzander
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to Jason for the bottle!

(A)- Pours a cloudy golden orange color. Produced a nice cap of frothy white foam. Good retention and nice layered rings of lacing.

(S)- A nice bone dry grassy aroma. Mild hints of yeasty earth. Subtle lemon and spice. Just a tiny bit of funk.

(T)- Again, this has a nice dryness to it with subtle yeast amidst bits of lemon, apricot, pear, and a subtle earthy spice.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Dry and yeasty, but smooth and a clean finish.

(D)- Overall, I like this. Goes great with the warmer weather we are having. Crisp, but clean and smooth; refreshing. A touch stronger perhaps than you average witbier, but that does not bother me in the slightest.

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Photo of ccrida
3.09/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of popery
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle KW4838. Best by 04/2013.

Pours a pale, hazy gold topped with an enormous mound of fine white bubbles. Pretty much spot on for the style. Clumps of bubbles cling to the walls of the glass.

It mostly smells of clean, doughy wheat. I think there's some spicing, coriander and orange or lemon peel, in the mix, but it's pretty far in the background. Lightly grassy hops. There's a hint of funk and cleanly earthy yeast. A touch of band-aid. It's just an awfully light aroma. Very clean and subtle for the style.

The taste is similarly clean. It's mildly dry. There's still a fresh, sweet wheat flavor, but it sits lightly on the palate and doesn't linger. Some earthy funk from the yeast, particularly in the finish. More citrus and coriander. Apples, apricots, green grapes. Tasty.

Light, pleasant mouthfeel. I enjoy the even drier wits, like Anchorage Whiteout, but this is just a very nice beer to drink. It goes down smoothly. Carbonation is fine, plentiful and gentle.

This is a nice witbier. It's well made and drinkable. Judging by other reviews, it seems that the spicing isn't quite dialed in. I like this milder version, though. It comes off rather saison-like, which as someone who prefers saisons to wits, I don't mind. Anywho, it's a good beer.

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Kili Wit from Logsdon Farmhouse Ales
85 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.