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Thick White Freeks - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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88
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69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This massive thick freek of a white ale is brewed with a hint of fresh ginger, coriander, white pepper, orange peel, and orange juice concentrate. The yeast was donated by our friend Urbain from De Struise.

27 IBU

(Beer added by: Wadsey on 06-16-2011)
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Reviews by liamt07:
Photo of liamt07
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery, into an odd tulip of sorts.

Hazy gold with a thick white head, dense lacing and mild retention. Sweet malt character, wheat, light spicing and some bright citrus notes. Taste has banana, sweet malts with an odd yeast character. More citrus flavours but this feels oddly artificial - wasn't surprised to find out this was made with and orange juice concentrate or something similar. More wheat and light spicing in the finish. Big and full body, a little more than what I wanted in a witbier. Not bad, but not that good either.

liamt07, May 30, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of emerge077
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Murky and opaque, dark orange with a frothy dollop of foam. Lasting suds, drippy crown of lacing is left behind after a few sips.

Huge bubblegum aroma, tropical orange bubblicious.
Citrus and earthy coriander also, to a lesser extent.

Luscious and impossibly creamy...wow. Intense pulpy orange flavors, some mild tingle from the Belgian yeast phenols, and light orange peel bitterness. It's like an orange banana smoothie. Wheaty in the aftertaste, lending to the sublime creaminess of this beer. Starts slightly sweet from the huge load of orange and finishes relatively dry by comparison with a hint of coconut towards the end of the glass. This is 8.5%? Could've fooled me.

A very tasty and unique take on an imperial witbier, unlike anything i've tried. Huge points for creativity here. Right up there with personal favorites Two Jokers and Jan de Lichte.

emerge077, Jul 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

coffygrinder, Mar 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

wesside89, Feb 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

rfraga77, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I thought for sure I reviewed this already...anyways. Had it on-tap at some place in the west 'burbs. Served in a tulip.

A: Pours a milky orange with a faint white head.

S: Wit on steroids! Big banana and clove with a generous orange juice background.

T: Taste follows the smell and orange/tangerine theme is big here. Table sugar and banana Foster flavours are clear and present. It is a tad cloying, but not unbearably so.

D: Alcohol is expertly hidden and the flavours are diverse and inviting. The mouthfeel is milky and viscous.

Overall: Weird-ass beer from a crazy brewery, but still very good. If this was released in bombers I would certainly pick some up. I wish I could have some for the Christmas season. This just screams "Festive!"

JohnnyChicago, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of iadler
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Served in a chalice glass.

A- Cloudy gold with a one finger head that slowly dissipates. Leaves some spots of lacing.

S- Orange juice, orange zest, coriander, fresh ginger and some wheat.

T- Orange zest, lemon zest, orange juice with pulp, banana, clove, white pepper, coriander, bubblegum, spicy ginger and wheat. The ginger and orange linger in the finish.

M- Medium carbonation and body with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. The 8.5 ABV is undetectable.

O- This is the strangest FFF offering I've had. I enjoyed it but only after getting through half the glass, as the ginger and orange juice concentrate were big in the flavor. While it was a very unique beer, I'm not sure if I could have one more glass, as it is quite sweet.

iadler, Aug 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

ackeeper, May 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Drucifer, Dec 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

cosmonick, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of aasher
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

aasher, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of atone315
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

atone315, May 27, 2012
Photo of CanisMajor
3/5  rDev -24.1%

CanisMajor, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of AgentZero
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A -Pours an update yellow color with a little bit of stock on the sides.

S - Smells of a healthy dose of yeast and a lot of sweet candy sugar and syrup.

T - this if exceptionally sweet and cloying. A lot of candy sugar with some belgian yeast. Big problem with this one is how sweet it is, makes it hard to get down.

M - Kind of syrupy and low carbonation.

O - Too much sweetness overpowers this beer and makes it hard to get a ton down. I'd pass on this next time.

AgentZero, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of AleWatcher
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at FFF.

A very cloudy orangey color. This looks like I am making orange juice from frozen concentrate and it needs stirring. Very interesting.
Huge thick lacing forms sheets that slowly dry up into rings. Nice retention too.

Smells of oranges... Big time. Oranges are intense. I like it. Some peppery and spicy notes come through as well as a bite of spicy wheat.
This tastes just how I'd expect after the nose-- lots of oranges and coriander with white pepper and a spicy wheat malt underneath.

Very nice body-- hefty and full but holding plenty of carbonation.

This is a very solid beer. An imperial wit is a style rarely attempted, and even more rarely done this well. This hides the booze and retains the intents of its refreshing origins.
Well done.

AleWatcher, Jun 18, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

PeterMatthes, Jun 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Pellinore1, Dec 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

nucmedmario, Jan 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

zrab11, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Imbibed at the FFF Brewpub on 06/23/2011.

Appearance -- Pours a cloudy orange hue with a tuft of gritty lily-white head. It kind of looks like an Orange Julius. Interesting is an understatement.

Smell -- Very aromatic, with coriander and ginger being most prominent, along with orange, cracked wheat, and clove.

Taste -- Pronounced ginger and coriander spice, ripe orange, and cream of wheat. Semi-tart yeast flavor and clove make themselves known once the shock of all of that citrus and spice begins to wind down. To call this an intense Wit is an understatement - very spicy, very fruity, but still with a hearty dose of cracked wheat. Finish is coriander, ginger, and orange pulp.

Mouthfeel -- It feels like an Orange Julius: thick, fluffy, pulpy, and with moderate carbonation. Not bad, but it definitely takes a few sips to get accustomed to.

Overall -- This beer was weird. Good weird. The mouthfeel takes time to get acquainted with, and the orange and spice flavors are very intense at first, but I found myself really loving this beer as I kept working my way down the glass.

A noble experiment. I'm REALLY glad I went against my instinct to avoid a beer with orange juice concentrate in it.

yeahnatenelson, Jul 06, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

cadaugherty, May 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Savearth, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of DCon
4.78/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on-tap @ Three Floyds BrewPub in Munster, IN for $6. Poured from the Awesome Artsy Tap Handle into a 10.5 oz Snifter. Once brewed beer.

Aroma- Starts with a HUGE orange juice aroma. It was almost as if orange juice was brewed right into the beer. Has a nice spice and grain aroma as well.

Appearance- Received with a 1 finger head that had great retention. Light Gold/Orange color body with a nice hazing behind it. There was lacing on the sides as well.

Flavor- You can taste the oranges from the beginning of the drink. AWESOME! This sweetness is held through the entire drink and is refreshing and crisp. Very light sourness and has a perfect bitterness for the style. Can't get any better!

Mouthfeel- Light- Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, Wheat background, Mild Chewiness (Okay), and has this orange taste forever!

Overall Impression- For my first beer @ the FFF BrewPub, it couldn't get any better! I gulped this down without any problem and would have ordered many back to back but wanted to have as many "rare" brews from here that I could. Loved every second of it and would recommend this to anyone!

DCon, Jul 02, 2011
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5/5  rDev +26.6%

neobob187, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of robwestcott
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured cold from the tap at finch's brasserie a murky to opaque burnt orange gold to a 10oz goblet with a half finger off white head with nice retention leaving sticky lace to the rim.

aroma of orange zest and yeasty farm bread.

tangy mandarin orange up front fading quickly to a tangy, funky farmhouse ale type groove. as the bier warms, the citrus is even more evident, perhaps with a bit of spice - hot ginger.

a big bodied wit. medium carbonation, thick and creamy.

overall - dam, very nice, big(?) bodied wit, super citrus.

robwestcott, Jul 21, 2011
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Thick White Freeks from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
88 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.