Farmhouse Wit - Deep Ellum Brewing Company
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3.19/5 rDev -13.3%
16 oz can pours a hazed, light gold color with a rocky cap of off-white head. Average retention but shows some nice lacing.
Nose is big on the spices, unfortunately. I get coriander for sure and am thinking there is some grains of paradise as well. Definitely some classic orange peel aromas as well.
I was hoping this would be more saison than wit, but unfortunately I was wrong...I dont get why you would use Belgian yeast and then cover it up by a ton of spices?! This one is just too overboard on the orange peel/coriander/grains of paradise for me. It does have a nice soft body and crackery malt...pretty good sweet/bitter interplay and perfect carbonation. For me, usually mouthfeel and taste are fairly intertwined, but this is one of those rare examples of really liking the mouthfeel but not the flavor profile. It is a decently brewed beer, so if you like heavily spiced saisons, this would be one to try.
04-30-2013 23:02:22 | More by twiggamortis420
3.21/5 rDev -12.8%
"Malt beverage brewed with spices. Flavored ale." 1 pint (500ml in this case) aluminum can with orange label and interesting art acquired as a single at Whole Foods HQ and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery. Reviewed as a hybridized saison/witbier because it identifies clearly as such on the label (and it's suggested in the name). No best before date or ABV is listed on the label.
Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as I pour.
Pours a 7 finger wide head of beige colour and smooth complexion. Nice creaminess and thickness. Head retention is quite good - about 10 minutes - but if this is really 4.80% as currently listed, then that isn't all that impressive. Nice even lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head recedes.
Body colour is a cloudy pale yellow - precisely what a witbier should be. Lacks the haze and typical copper colour of a saison. Good vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. Appears well-carbonated.
Overall, it's definitely leaning more towards a witbier in terms of appearance. It's not unique or special, but it looks pretty good and there are no obvious flaws.
Sm: The first thing I notice is the farmhouse yeast, which lends it a nice saison-inspired straw/hay character as well as a subtle funkiness. It works surprisingly well against the backdrop of the witbier-centric pale wheat, pilsner malts, coriander/cilantro, and citrusy fruit peel. I'm getting hints of both orange peel and lemon peel; there's nice subtlety here. I get a hint of white pepper too - that's more a saison note. Some crackery malts. This is a bit out there, but I'd hazard a guess there's just a bit of rice in this? I could well be wrong. Some complementary floral and fruity hops have a minimal but welcome presence.
It's a damn refreshing aroma. Very pleasant, alive, and inviting. Maybe these two styles fit together better than I thought. I'm impressed. Aroma is mild in strength.
No alcohol is detectable.
T: Hm. Very interesting. Has a light subtle funky edge from the farmhouse yeast as well as the abovementioned straw/hay notes. It's also got an almost graham cracker like body with plenty of crackery malts, wheat, pilsner malts, and grains of paradise. Has a bizarre citrusy edge - not just orange/lemon peel, but also a 7-Up like lime note. Fruity and floral hops complement the body nicely and never lend any noticeable bitterness. Zesty. The pale flaked wheat is lovely here; I don't know what they did or which wheat they used, but boy is it a great backbone to an all around refreshing beer. Spicing is noticeable and is primarily coriander/cilantro, with a faint touch of white pepper. Good sweetness/bitterness balance, erring rightfully on the sweet side.
It's a balanced cohesive beer, and seamlessly hybridizes its two styles, though it should be noted that it's definitely more a witibier than a saison. As such, it doesn't have the masterful layered complexity of a saison, but it's fairly complex for a witbier. Has some subtlety. It's a very refreshing pleasant brew. Above average depth of flavour. Average duration of flavour. Above average intensity of flavour - which normally wouldn't be a good thing for a witbier, but is fine here given the extra dimension the saison notes lend the flavour profile. I quite like it for what it is.
No alcohol comes through.
Mf: Refreshing and soft. Crisp. Smooth and wet. Has a light easy presence on the palate. Good thickness and body. A bit overcarbonated, sure. Suits the flavour profile well. I wouldn't say the texture feels custom-tailored to the taste.
Not oily, harsh, biting, gushed, boozy, astringent, or hot.
Dr: I'm surprised at how much I'm enjoying this one. A successful hybridization of its two constituent styles, and a very refreshing brew all around. Definitely an above average beer. Far from world class, but pretty tasty. I'd get it again if I was in the mood for the style(s). The artificial lime note is the big thing holding it back; if it was a bit more natural I'd like it a lot more. I wouldn't recommend it to friends, but I'm glad I tried it. Well worth picking up as a single. Quite drinkable. Hides its ABV well.
10-25-2013 01:11:24 | More by kojevergas
3.48/5 rDev -5.4%
16 oz can poured into a tulip glass.
Pours a pale golden color with a massive airy head that fades slowly and leaves behind a light lacing. Beer is very clear, with none of the cloudiness that you'd expect from a witbier.
Lots of citrus and coriander spice on the nose. Much more robust than I expected from first appearance and very pleasant.
Some of the citrus and spice promised from the smell of the beer does come through, but overall this one is pretty muted. There is a little hop bitterness, but nothing that really stands out. Has a little bit of an aftertaste that I would associate more with mass produced beers. This would be a good beer to drink on a hot day, but not one to sit and sip.
Carbonation is a little too light to suit this beer. Overall mouthfeel is a little thin, but leaves a little lingering film. Combined with the aftertaste it comes off as almost a little soapy.
Overall afraid this one wasn't a hit for me. It does have potential if they could get more of what's on the nose onto the palette and if they could get some additional crispness to it.
09-16-2013 01:38:15 | More by TXBulldog
Farmhouse Wit from Deep Ellum Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.