Summer's Wit - Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co

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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.12%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: Gagnonsux on 06-04-2014

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Ratings: 45 | Reviews: 5
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Photo of Spaten454
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a thick, foamy head that lingers for a while then dissipates to nothing. It smells like a typical Belgian white. Clove is most pronounced with some citrus. The taste is light with some orange flavor and clove. Some faint banana in the end. It has a creamy mouthfeel that is pleasant and medium carbonation. Overall, this beer has all the qualities of a witbier, its just in a lighter version.

Photo of HipCzech
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type: 22 oz bottle poured into a stemmed pilsener (beer tulip) glass.

Appearance: Hazy orange (almost reddish) gold. White, frothy head recedes with minimal lacing, but maintains a fringe of foam.

Smell: Citrus peel, mixed herbs and spices, bit of banana.

Taste: Tends towards tart with lemon and orange. Some sweet cereal as well as typical clove and banana notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light, moderate carbonation, clean.

Overall: Never my favorite style, but a good representation and drinkable summer beer.

Photo of kojevergas
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Truncated review:

12 fl oz aluminum can served cold into a pilsner glass at low altitude in Austin, TX. Reviewed live as a witbier per the label. Expectations are below average given the brewery.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: ~4 fingers wide. White colour. Decent creaminess and frothiness. Average thickness/fullness. Leaves only light uneven lacing as it recedes.

Retention is nice - ~5 minutes.

BODY: Murky hazy yellow-copper. Not the fresh cloudy yellow with mild yeasty particles you hope for in a good witbier.

An underwhelming appearance for a witbier. Appears overcarbonated.

AROMA: Wheat, old lemon peel, some unbecoming starchiness, dry crackery malts, citrusy twang. No coriander, no fresh lemon citrus. Lacks the freshness and clean aromatics of superior witbieren.

Aromatic intensity is average.

Suggests a mediocre somewhat stale witbier with an off-putting dryness.

TASTE: Has some nice lemon twang over top a generic wheat foundation, with some barley filling it out. I don't get any coriander or herb. Not real fresh - or even authentic. I have to wonder if actual lemon was used or if the yeast was even Belgian; the label's mention of "natural flavors added" has me very skeptical.

It's shallow and simple, but not bad by any means. A very plain straightforward witbier that checks the boxes of the basics of the style without any ornamentation. Neither fresh nor stale. Very middle-of-the-road. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

Decent balance. Loose cohesion. Fair amplitude of flavour. Few beers in this style boast much intricacy, but this is *really* lacking. The lemon peel has no subtlety, and feels like a flavour derived at least in part from an artificial additive.

TEXTURE: Slightly acidic. Smooth, wet, somewhat refreshing, light to medium-bodied, and overcarbonated. Has adequate heft and weight on the palate. Average thickness. ?Could be cleaner, fresher, softer, and crisper.

This texture doesn't elevate the beer by any means. There's no harmony of texture to taste, but this mouthfeel isn't bad. Presence on the palate is decent.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: A middling uninspired stab at a witbier that pales in comparison to both traditional paragons of the style and spirited efforts from other better American breweries (see Allagash White). Drinkable but forgettable, with an underwhelming pedestrian flavour profile and an unremarkable mouthfeel. The citrusy thrust of the flavour profile will keep the discerning drinker contented but unimpressed. I wouldn't buy this again, but there are far worse witbieren on the American market. Not as artificial or extract-y as it could be, but still rather mundane. To its credit, it's above average.

Low C+ (3.03)

Photo of Premo88
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into pilsener

L: hazy gold to yellow with white to off-white head about 1/2-inch tall at most and disappearing quickly; no stick or lace, but keeps a fluffy thick collar of almost beige foam

S: lots of spice, clove and coriander; i could be tricked into thinking "banana" ... definitely lemon peel; sour grain; sour grapes

T: lots of lemon peel, some nice grain and plenty of the spices; never sweetens but doesn't get overly bitter nor sour, even as it nods in those notes' directions; "tart" might best describe the lack of sweetness

F: perfect for summer -- well-carbonated, light, easy-drinking but at no point watery. a fantastic mouthfeel.

O: super easy to drink and not overboard on any of the major flavors ... the spice gets a bit earthy at times but it never becomes bitter, just a bit sour or unsweet. it's not a style I go to often, but some Texas brewers are making these seem quite appealing, and Buffalo Bayou here continues to impress me.

Photo of zander4dawin
3.22/5  rDev -11.3%

Hazy golden beer. Taste of lemon pie filling, zesty orange peel, crisp with a hint of spice. Some tartness.

Summer's Wit from Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co
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