Hazy Day Belgian Wit - Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island

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Hazy Day Belgian WitHazy Day Belgian Wit

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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island visit their website
Rhode Island, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Jason on 05-02-2013

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Photo of Roguer
3.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Decent appearance: light yellow brew, hazy, with a nice white head. Aroma is yeast-forward while carrying some nice cracker notes from the yeast and some citrus (lime/grapefruit) from the hops.

Flavor follows: this is a yeast-forward (vice spice-forward) interpretation of a Belgian Wit, and that fits my personal preferences quite well.

Extremely light and drinkable, while maintaining a fullness of flavor throughout. This is a pretty good American take on a Belgian Wit, although true fans may well prefer more spice to the flavor.

Photo of Stubbie1
3.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light hazy yellow in color with a thin white head. The head fades and gives way to a very small lacing. Smell is light crisp an lemon with a light yeask funk to it. Taste is a light citrus note with a dry light hop bitterness on the finish. Light on the pallet, might be a wee bit thin but overall, for the style a good beer.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 8/20/13

Appearance: Pale, light, golden yellow - lightly hazy, as the name would suggest - bright, white head - retains a small but solid, foamy head - leaves some nice lacing, almost a solid wall

Smell: Bright, crisp Belgian yeast and some nice orange notes - Belgian notes, including ripe banana, bubblegum, and clove - some light spiciness and coriander - wheat and some lightly toasted wheat bread - orange and lemon, citrus peel, some honey as well

Taste: Notably clean and bright for a wit, despite not being particularly flavorful - light, non-funky Belgian yeast, with some clove, banana, and bubblegum - nice citrus notes, including some orange and lemon - very mild, lightly earthy malts - lightly spicy - lots of wheat, with some nice breadiness

Mouthfeel: Light body, crisp, nicely carbonated, finishes clean

Overall: Lazy days > hazy days but this beer is still pretty good

This is a nice Wit. It's not particularly flavorful, but the flavors it has are excellent, and it is remarkably refreshing. Honestly, it kind of reminds me of Hoegaarden. I would drink this again.

Photo of cbutova
3.34/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- Another new can in my distro area poured into a tulip with a hazy golden body. Texture of the cap is creamy and somewhat foamy and it forms to about one finger high. Head retention is lackluster but the creamy ring leaves an impressive blanket of lace on most of the glass.

S- Fresh baked bread with some spices mostly off the top. Even with some warming just a bit more coriander and orange peel citrus comes off with a general bready, Belgian spicy yeast.

T- One of the milder flavor profiles for a Wit I have experienced, almost tastes a bit diluted or something. Orange peel and spices come to mind but fail to really leave an impression and fade quickly rather than sticking around on the palate like many spicy, yeasty Wits. Hints of banana, pepper, coriander and yeast bread.

MF- Light-end bodied with a high level of carbonation. Texture is foamy overall with some creaminess to it. Finishes with just a bit of spicy bitters.

The only problem here is that the flavor overall is a bit diminished for whatever reason. The elements there are pretty nice but it just feels watered down in a way. Still a pretty enjoyable, refreshing brew.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 7/9/13 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains wheat, citrus, light caramelized malts, some Belgian yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat, a thin malt character and some Belgian yeast. Then some mild citrus sweetness comes in. The hops presence is very mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, very mild kick, not the best representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are better alternatives within the style.

Photo of jlindros
3.64/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

New brewery from RI, neat. A wit, although not typically my fav style, a hot day and I'm thirsty it should go down well. Also tall boy can, hooray!

Pours a huge pasty white fizzy head that hits almost 3 fingers and fades at a typical fair rate, with lines of soapy lacing, hazy wheat watery blond berlinner like color.

Nose is typical wit, plenty of wheat aromas, cracked toasted wheat, creamy wheat, a hint of a sour aroma too, as well as nice spices, a touch of salt, some coriander, hint clove like, some orange peel and zest, citrusy, hint of a grassy hop character.

Taste comes with a slight candy sweetness, orange peel candy, with light coriander like spices, nice orange peel citrus zest, as well as a grassy slight spicy like chewy hop flavor, fair bitterness from both the hops and orange zest. The wheat is there as well, lightly toasty but more creamy and general wheat flavor, little banana like with the citrus zest, and hint of tartness. It's fairly dry but a touch juicy. Finish is fairly dry too, fair bitterness too, a bit too bitter for a wit, with more grassy slight spicy hop profile, light citrus, more creamy wheat lingering with a little sticky feel.

Mouth is lighter bod but a bit creamy, decent carb.

Overall not bad, typical witbier with a bit of an over hopped profile, but not bad all around, nice creamy feel, decent wheat, decent spices and citrus, nothing too special but decent, and bonus for tall boy can, but quickly loses that as there's no date on the can.

Photo of greybeardloon
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Head is fluffy, and there is nice lacing. Hazy... Spicy phenols and lemon on the nose. More lemon in the taste, no obvious orange. The citrus goes nicely with the wheat. More spice and yeast. Tartness (and salt?) lingers at the edges of my tongue. Dry finish. Mouthfeel is quite thin, but that isn't all bad in a summer beer. At 4% (according to the brewery's website), I could drink a number of these on the deck. A good alternative to Gansett Summer.

Photo of Beeeeeerman
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice wheat beer but not their best.

Photo of Jwale73
3.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz. can served in a Samuel Smith tulip. Pours a yellow-gold hue with a slight haze to the clarity and a two inch, loose, bright white head that sizzles and pops as it slowly dissipates into a textured film. Nose is very mild - lemon zest, wheat and a light grassiness. Taste is a bit dull - while I'm not a huge fan of witbiers that punch you in the face with clove and coriander, this beer is on the opposite end of the spectrum. All I get is a kiss of noble hops, a trace of lemony acidity and a hint of grassiness towards the back. Mouthfeel is light in body with a mild acidity and a carbonation level that is consistent from sip to swallow but falls just short of lively. Overall, an easy drinking lawnmower beer; however, there's just not that much in the way of flavor.

Photo of Nesfelle
2.77/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Almost no taste at all. Very disappointing.

Photo of Boto
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Draught: This one poured a cloudy straw yellow color. There was a small white head on it. It has a lighter aroma. Wheat, citrus and some spice. The taste is decent. Wheat, citrus and some spice. A little light.

Photo of HamdenHector
2.89/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: hazy; straw colored; 1 finger white head that receded slowly to a thin cap; moderate lacing;

S: yeast, coriander, orange peel;

T: disappointing after the nose; almost no flavor; a touch of bitterness on the finish;

M: light bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: the nose had promise, but there was virtually no flavor;

Photo of think3mm
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 5

I love this witbier for what it is: a beer-lovers answer to macro brews, foreign or domestic, when the weather gets Hot out. You know, an alternative to those thin, watery brews that are only reluctantly considered during the dog days of summer, when served ice cold, are somehow more palatable. This Belgian wit attempt is a home run in my book as it's perfect for those hot days when a higher viscosity, more refined, higher alcohol-content brew is a bit too much for someone who may find themselves playing softball or chasing a niece or nephew around the yard. Am I alone here? I find nothing whatsoever disrespectful about a craft-brewed, essentially, "light" beer, when given the alternatives. The Germans have their answer to summer beer, and it's called a Radler; usually about 60/40 beer and sprite or lemonade. No, no, it's not just for for kids and little old ladies, it's to avoid feeling too bloated from a "winter" beer like a tripple, etc. They actually go down a bit too easily, if you catch my drift (and I can savor a fine craft brew with the best of them. No, I don't work for Grey Sail.).

Photo of dheacck11
3.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pour is a nice hazy golden straw color with a hint of orange. Finger of white fluffy head fades over a minute, leaving a modest amount of lacing.

Nose is a lot of sweet citrus and flowers, lemon, orange, honey, hibiscus. Little bit of a lager yeast spice to it as well.

Taste is sadly quite watery. Initially a little bit of citrus fruit, that rapidly gets bogged down the the rather mellow and bland malt. I get very little spice at all. Some hints of straw and grass.

Feel is rather thin and watery. Feels diluted almost.

I really want to like this brewery. I love local (or near local) stuff. Certainly an easy drinker on the summer on a boat or after mowing the lawn, but not a go to brew at all sadly. Have felt similarly about most of Grey Sails brews so far...bummer. Guess I'll keep hoping!

Photo of youngs11
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appears hazy yellow. Finger-width head settles to a nice cap. Nice spots of lacing.

Smells similar to sourdough bread. hint of lemon and also dandelion.

Taste is what I want from a wit beer. Does not change much from the second it hits your tongue all the way through to the after taste. fresh baked durum comes to mind.

Very light-bodied, not sticky at all. good carbonation. Leaves a silky texture on the tongue and roof of mouth, in a good way.

Hazy Day provides exactly what I'm looking for when in a wit beer mood. Very easy to drink and refreshing. Many amateur beer critics (myself included) use Hoegaarden as a benchmark for wit beer comparison. This beer is extremely similar in taste and aroma, but it has a little more color and I prefer the MF. Thumbs up to Grey Sail on this one.

Hazy Day Belgian Wit from Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island
80 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.