Witness - Boom Island Brewing Company

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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Boom Island Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: jsprain1 on 12-02-2013

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Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 12
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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours hazy straw gold under a 1” white foam collar that dissipates to a thick film.
S: Banana, citrus, wheat and spice aromas.
T: Citrus up front with a touch of lemon. Banana is lighter on the tongue than in the nose. Citrus and traces of fruit somewhat in between large pitted fruit or melon.
F: Creamy, above average carbonation, excellent texture – soft in the mouth.
O: A refreshing summer beer.

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy straw golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of white head that quickly fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A yeasty, zesty, and fruity wheat driven aroma with hints of citrus fruit. Belgian yeast along with bready malt hints of wheat, grains, straw, and cracker. Zesty and tart hints of citrus orange and lemon. Hints of pepper spicing. Subtle hints of earthy hops. A pretty decent wheat aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a bready, fruity, and zesty wheat forward taste with nice notes of citrus. Yeast and pale malt with bready notes of wheat, straw, grains, and cracker. Nicely tart and zesty fruit notes of lemon and orange. Notes of pepper and coriander spice. Light backing note of earthy hops. A pretty solid wheat beer taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp, juicy, and very smooth.

Overall: A pretty nice light wheat beer. Nice zesty fruit notes.

Photo of morimech
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy pale golden color with one finger of head that quickly settled to a thin film. Moderate amount of lacing that the majority quickly recedes back into the body.

Nose full of wheat and a bit of sour apple. Not really any Belgian yeast qualities coming out.

This has more than a twang, but sour. Kind of reminds me of a gose without the salt. Good wheat flavor. Just a hint of Belgian yeast in the finish. Boom Island seems to not have added any spices to this witbier.

Light body with lively carbonation.

A good witbier but nothing extraordinary. The brewer did not follow the customary spice additions allowing the malt to come through without interference. Would of like a little bit more yeast qualities however.

Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
3.39/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Packing is poor. I have worked in advertising and book publishing, but reverse yellow type on white just doesn't present well. In fact, it's hard to read the label. OK, on with the beer. It has a prominent lemon taste with citrus, orange character.

Photo of kevinski33
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

If it weren't for the smell, I'd say this was a fine beer. Maybe it's a style thing, or just a bad ottos, but for some reason this beer smell just like hot dogs to me and I just can't get over that. Other than that I really enjoyed it.

Photo of zeledonia
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first beer from Boom Island, as I was never willing to take the risk on their 750s. Tasted 9 January 2015 from an obviously hand-capped 12 oz. bottle.

Pours a stellar medium golden yellow. Two big fingers of fluffy white head, super dense, relaxing slowly into a bowl, with thick sides reaching up the glass. A dense column of bubbles just visible through the golden haze.

Smell is fantastic. It's full of bright yeasty notes, integrated almost perfectly with soft, delicate spices. It's like part hefeweizen, with clovey esters, and part spiced beer. Very very nice.

Taste is delightful as well. Light and clean, though not quite as flavorful as I'd like it to be. It has some of those clove flavors that I picked up in the smell. But they're subdued.

Feel is a bit overcarbonated. Body is light, but it starts out too prickly and fizzy, actually hiding the flavors rather than accentuating them.

I really like this beer. It's strangely refreshing on a cold winter night. I'm now wishing I'd tried something from this brewery earlier.

Photo of jsprain1
3.31/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- Pale golden, somewhat hazy. Head is thin, and bone white. Retention is only so-so.
S- Aroma is wheat, with some floral notes, but it's hard to pull much out of the nose.
T- More of the same here. A thin wheat and floral flavor. It is lacking in the complexity I typically look for in the style.
M- Thin body, but good carbonation.
O- Didn't particularly care for this one. Boom Island makes several good beers, but this one is a pass for me in the future.

Photo of ballenc
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thought I'd try a four pack of this witbier as the summer temps are starting to rise and I wanted something on the lighter side.

Overall, it's not a bad beer but I'm just not sure if the beer is just average or if I'm not much of a fan of the style. Probably a bit of both.

The most odd element of this beer is an dishsoap scent that becomes more pronounced as the beer warms a bit.

I've enjoyed several of Boom Island's beers, including Brimstone tripel and their hefeweizen but this witbier does not measure up to their standard lineup.

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pretty intense spice and a bit sweet, but overall pretty nice.

Photo of Mdog
2.06/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Cloudy, murky yellow, ok head.

Smell: Old spilled beer/old wort, stale. Slight citrus hidden behind unsavory aroma.

Taste: Some citrus, flat sourness, dryness. Strange tasting.

Overall: Maybe it's an old bottle, but the label does mention funkiness. Totally misses the mark in my opinion. I might try it at the taproom to see if it is different on tap, as this bottle was pretty bad.

Photo of kantormill
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pale gold and cloudy. Light white head. Has a weak lemon and spice smell. A good amount of tart with a slight floral back. Nice, clean finish. Very refreshing beer.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Alc. 5.0% by Vol. Bottle conditioned. Born in Belgium. Crafted in Minneapolis.
Appearance: hazy and golden, under a bone white head.

Aroma: there's a little bit of spice, here's that wheat-y feel. Light and airy and lovely.

Taste: Light and smooth and sweet. Along comes coriander, ain't she sweet? A touch of orange, a spritz of lemon. The wheat and the sweet and the fruit and the spice, ever so nice. There's that slice of celery, there's the orange wedge on top of the wheat note. Light in body, lean in texture, ever so drinkable. Just like a good wit. Done right.

What's the gobbledygook? (they have such fine gobbledygook!) "Alert the media, You've just found a classic Belgian Witbier with real soul. Dig the way it's slight tartness opens into a refreshing smoothness with faint floral notes on the back. Can I get a WITNESS?"

Oh, she is some kind of wonderful. I am talking about my baby.

Witness from Boom Island Brewing Company
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