Pike Dry Wit - Pike Pub & Brewery

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60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.41%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: blackc5 on 05-04-2010

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Photo of biboergosum
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a cloudy pale orange hue, with two fingers of thin foamy white head, which melts away quickly, leaving not much in the way of lace. It smells of dry citrus rind, wheat grain, and very mild earthy spices. The taste is bittersweet wheat up front, some more middling spice, a light citrus edge, and dry leafy hops. The carbonation is mostly sedate, the body on the light side of medium weight, and it finishes crisp, dry, and somewhat airy.

Certainly a decent enough summery wheat beer; however, the dryness borders on dustiness, making me crave something with at least a hint more of sweetness.

Photo of hreb
3.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cold 22oz bomber poured into pint glass. For an "unfiltered" ale this sure looks like macro lager: pale nearly-translucent yellow, and zero head. I guess they took "white ale" literally.

Aroma is an interesting mix of pilsner funk, hefeweiss, and spice (coriander, clove). Flavor is much more powerful: big on the same spices. Not overly citrusy, but the typical bright flavors of a wit come through. Not overly carbonated, either. The real test of this beer is that it's refreshing all the way through -- the spice flavors are not so strong that I'm getting sick of some cloying flavor or aftertaste as I finished the bottle.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pike Dry Wit
"92% organic ingredients"
22 oz. bottle; Code: 101B
$4.99 at Total Wine & More, Claymont, DE

Appearance: Hazy yellow-gold body beneath a short head of creamy white foam. Head retention and lacing are both better than average.

Smell: Wheat, coriander, yeast, subtle orange. Light yeasty fruitiness (mainly apple). Mild grassiness.

Taste: Sweetish and doughy wheaty malt upfront. The spices are kept well in-check, and although the coriander becomes apparent right off the bat it doesn't overwhelm. There's something else going on, perhaps cardamom and/or clove. A hint of lemon and a nice bit of orange. Some leafy hops. Restrained bitterness: just enough that working in conjunction with the spice it remains malty but not sweet. It's smooth and rounded straight across the palate, ending with a quick bump of sweet malt that immediately fades into a light dusting of drying spice. Gently lingering. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a gentle caress across the palate. If there can be an improvement to this beer it might be that it could be slightly less malty or slightly more carbonated, or perhaps a combination of the two. That might help to display a little more of the finesse of the malt, spice, and yeast. Oddly, I'd heard that this beer was on the lighter side...? ... so perhaps there's a batch discrepancy or some bottles have been handled better or worse than others. Regardless, this is clearly more of an American take than some of the scrawny versions coming out of Belgium these days.

Overall: Richer than your standard witbier. Nicely polished and balanced. Lots of character but still approachable and very drinkable. Well done!

Photo of Fatehunter
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours practically no head on a cloudy medium straw colored body.
The aroma is nice: orange, banana and honey.
The taste is pleasant fruit forward with a nice dry lemon bitter coming through the middle to end. The spices are nice too.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Enjoyable for a witbier.

Photo of Streetcar
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pike Dry Wit
Unfiltered Wheat beer. 22 oz bottle.

Appearance - Straw colored and cloudy, but plenty of effervescence. The head is short, but tight. Much like foam on a cappuccino. It left behind a wonderful thick lacing on the glass.

Smell - The first whiff is floral. Yeasty and bready, then the more subtle spices come through. Possibly some lavender?

Taste - Beer has been called liquid bread, and this deserves the moniker. It is very much artisianal bread in a glass. Malty tastes, balanced by citrus and possibly coriander spices. Reminiscent of Herbs de Provence. It finishes with hints of white pepper.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body. The carbonation keeps it feeling light, however. The lingering feel is not unlike that of champagne.

Drinkability - Very refreshing. Ideal on a spring day. I would definitely have another. In fact, there seems to be more in the bottle right now....

Photo of IronDjinn
3.06/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 650 ml brown bottle, green and white label. Pours out a cloudy honey gold hue, thin creamy white head that subsides fairly quickly.

Wheat grain, lemon and lime citrus, faint spice, and faint bready malt on the nose.

While not much of a Wit this would make a decent American Wheat Ale, that's my first impression of the flavour. Clean grainy wheat up front, a zip of citrus followed by some spicy hops. Nothing more or less.

Light body, thin, moderate carbonation.

Pike continues to slip with their quality, which is a shame as I know they are capable of better than this. A Wit isn't that complicated of a style, or one outside of its customer's palates. Unfortunately they seem to be phoning in this particular style.

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.36/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Theres something fun about aggressively pouring a 22 oz bomber of a wit or hefe when you want some yeasties! Cloudy gold color with a fine-bubbled white head and lacing is nice.

Nose has lots of spices to it...coriander for sure along with maybe even a bit of Grains of Paradise and cinnamon/nutmeg? Typically I like a wit to showcase the yeast and have touches of coriander and citrus, so I am not liking where this is headed, but lets see how it tastes...

Id be willing to bet there is some nutmeg and/or grains of paradise...neither of which I enjoy. It IS pretty dry as the label claims, not that much sweetness here. The citrus aspect is totally lost on me, I love a nice orange peel-orange flesh flavor...hell, I'll even take a good lime peel/lemon character if it fits alright. This thing is just kinda meh...I am ok with spending the 5 bucks for a bomber to try, but would not buy it again...like all Pike offerings I have tried unfortunately. Waaay too much spice going on and very little beer flavor, no citrus and lacks a nice soft feel of a good wit. I expect a lot more from a PAC NW brewery and Pike continually disappoints in a major way. Shame on you, Pike.

Photo of mikeg67
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Pike brewery. Pours hazy golden hue with a white, foamy head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of Belgian yeast, flowery hops and some spices. Medium, smooth body. Some Belgian yeast, spices and banana combine on the palate. It seems to me that this brew is a hybrid of hefe and wit.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice looking, tan and pretty clear with some rising bubbles and a nice, lasting white head that left nice lacing.

Aroma is spicy, coriander and citrus, lemon peel, a little wheat and some yeast.

Flavor is again spicy, a bit more like a wheat beer but with nice citrus, coriander, and just a touch of bubble gum.

Body is light and carbonation is smooth and mild. Very easy to drink.

An enjoyable witbier. I bought three different Pike bombers today because I've really liked their beers so far. Nothing changed here, still good stuff in my book.

Photo of John_M
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Seatac airport.

The beer pours a slightly hazy, golden amber color with farily good head retention and lacing. The nose is fairly attractive, as I get some light clove, nutmeg, coriandor, some light dry citrus and a noticeable "wheaty" aspect. The flavor profile replicates the nose fairly closely, though the hoppy bitterness in the finish dries this beer out pretty well. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with the alcohol in this beer no more than an after thought.

Nothing to get too excited about, but a passable glass of beer for an airport bar. In other words, about what you'd expect for SeaTac airport.

Photo of flagmantho
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light straw-colored body with a touch of haze and a finger of white foam which dissipated rather rapidly. Not too bad.

Smell: wheaty, grainy and dry. I'm not getting much in the way of spices, though it is somewhat soapy. Actually, the overall effect isn't bad; it's just not quite as sweet or fruity as I usually find witbiers to be.

Taste: wheaty and citrusy with a touch of what I think is coriander. Flavor is much less grainy than the aroma. There's a touch of rawness toward the end which I don't love, but overall it's a pretty good wit.

Mouthfeel: this beer seems to have a pretty low level of carbonation; combined with a rather thin body that leaves little to recommend its mouthfeel. It's acceptable.

Drinkability: well, as most wheat beers are to me, this is relatively drinkable. It's light and refreshing in flavor, though parts of the flavor rub me the wrong way. I would love to see this beer with a bit more carbonation and with a bit better finish -- that could rate it right up there with the best.

Photo of andrenaline
3.94/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy, yet pale, golden colour with a paper thin layer of head which dissipates rather quickly and leaving no real lacing.

S - Scents are complex, but the bananas and cloves are the strongest, bit of pine hops also noticeable, and a spicy pepper finish.

T - Wow, pleasantly surprised by this one. The fruit flavours (bananas, pears and apple) are not overpowering, which is nice, and the spices (cloves, nutmeg, coriander and cinnamon) create a nice balance. The finish is a bit grainy and wheaty, but by no means a turn off, and obviously a requirement for this style.

M - The pour gave the impression it might be a little syropy, but it was pretty light and went down smooth.

D - Pretty tasty. Much less fruity than I was expecting, and I really liked how the spices balanced this one out. Would I pick up another bomber of this, probably, but I'm not rushing out to get it. Overall, would recommend this to any witbier fan, as the flavours are unique.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spice, and slight citrus aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, wheat, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is light and fairly refreshing.

Photo of Shadman
3.22/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Trying to be fair to this brew...It's not a wit, it's not a Ami wheat ale...it's a hybrid..

Has more of a hefe/wheat ale look. Cloudy Aprocot. Not much in the way of head or lacing.

Here's where the hybrid begins...orange peel, coriander mixed with a semi-tart citrus...doesn't mesh that well.

Citrus notes of an American Wheat Ale dominate things from frist sip. Slight sourness followed by some spiciness more akin to a Wit.

Mouthfeel certainly on the lighter, creamier side as per a good Wit

A fence sitter...pulls from both styles but doesn't hit the notes to be one or the other..

Photo of philbertk
2.92/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pike Dry Wit Seasonal White Ale--5 oz. Taster at Pike Pub May 9th, 2010. 5.0% ABV. 20 IBU's. Light head. Clear bright pretty gold color. Spicy peppery coriander mild orange hop hint front. Slightly cloying mild sweet Belgian wheat Wit body. Slightly hot spicy mild citrus end. A touch odd to me. (3.25 / 5.0)

Pike Dry Wit--Seasonal White Ale--Unfiltered--92% Organic Ingredients--Malt Beverage Brewed with Spices-2010 22 oz. Bottle. 5.00% ABV. 20 IBU's. 1.046 OG. (2.0 / 5.0) Thin fizzy no lace white head. No sediment. Cloudy dull lemon gold color. Mild coriander citrus peel mild hop wheat ester front. Dry thin dull mild sweet wheat coriander infused rough spice body. Dull dry crusty mild hop Wit spice end. Weak. Unbalanced. Bland. Tastes better very cold. Sampled 5/29/2010. 2 @ $4.75 Each.

Photo of ccrida
3.07/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bomber pours a godl with a white head leaving a small amount of tight, creamy foam.

Smell is spicy, coriander citrus, lacking subtlety, but not unexpected.

Taste is also clearly in the Wit wheelhouse, but just to exaggerated, spice bomb, lacking the nuance of the esters, the oats. No off-flavors though fermentation wise.

Mouthfeel is bone dry, light bodied, to acerbic.

Drinkability is low for me, this is a coriander bomb, lacking the grace of a wit, ester/malt wise, that makes me call it one and done. Another dud from Pike. I'm so open-minded, but these guys are 0-fer a million it seems, get it together!

Photo of TheStove
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Pike Place Brewing Co. Served in a pint glass.

Interesting beer. Looks a smells like your average wit beer clone however it drinks much different. Despite the list of different spices to be found in the tasting of this beer, I noted heavy notes of clove in addition to the other spices. The flavor endured through the pint with the usual light lemon and orange flavors. Drinks easy and as the name implies finishes dry, feeling almost like it evaporates on the tongue.

I'm a bit ambivalent about this beer. For one I don't find there to be too much notable about this but on the other hand I do find the spice profile to be unusual for a wit beer and I like that. I could see myself easily enjoying this on a hot summer day. Worth having but not seeking out.

Photo of corby112
3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark golden yellow color with visible carbonation bubbling up and a two finger frothy white head that slowly fades into a thick lasting ring.

Slightly earthy, spicy aroma with hints of grassy hops, pale malt, yeast and citrus. Lots of lemon zest, pepper and coriander with bread ans wheat notes.

Full bodied with a nice balance of earthy hops, crisp light and citrus fruit, zesty spice and bread/yeast. The hops compliment the peppery, coriander spiciness really well creating a crisp bite up front that lingers over the sweeter notes into a slight dry finish. There's some pale malt underneath along with a prominent yeast/bread character and lots of sweet citrus rind. Very flavorful, refreshing and easy to drink.

Photo of RJLarse
4.14/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I bought a bomber of Pike Dry Wit in a bottle shop. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a shiny gold color, clear, with a creamy white head. Thee are very few bubbles in the glass suggesting mild carbonation.

Smell is sweet soft fruit aroma pears and melons with some sweet sugary notes.

Taste is sweet bread flavor upfront, giving way to some soft fruit flavors, with a mild dry bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with a dry and bitter aftertaste.

Over all nice light drinkable wit bier.

Photo of NoHipTee
2.66/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I found this beer to be a rather bland version of a wit. Perhaps the "dry" component contributed to the american mass produced undertones.

Appeared well carbonated and smooth.
Smell was also a typical wit.
Taste was well below what I expected.
Mouthfeel was also weak.

Very few qualities of this beer linger. It would be an easy beer to cook with without imparting too much beer flavor on the food.

Photo of scott451
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Swirl poured from a 650ml bottle into a glass mug. Two finger bubbly white head which soon diminished to a thin layer. Hazy apricot colour. Good lacing. Spicy over bread smells.
Surprisingly mild taste. Coriander dominated spice followed by a citrusy dry slightly sour finish. A bit of an off flavour in the finish.
Light body. Drinkability is moderate. Just not that much there to come back to. A few tweaks could make this much better.

Photo of facundoCNB
3.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

opaque golden/yellow pour with a finger of head which quickly diminished. smells of coriander, orange, nutmeg, grapes. a subtle variety of flavors... bready, bitter/tart lemongrass, orange zest, coriander. light body with mild carbonation.. fizzy on the tongue, easy going down!

a nice refreshing summertime ale, priced at $2 you can't go wrong!

Photo of PorterLambic
3.89/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, pale yellow with a white head. Retention isn't great but the film that results is after the bloom from the pour dissipates lasts quite a long time. Really good page.
Smell is sourish, and light malt, citrus, banana, and spices. Balance is good.
Taste is the same with malt, banana, citrus, spices. Balance is good here, too.
Almost medium bodied, slightly warming, drying finish. A fine wit and only $4 at my local store.

Photo of beertunes
3.74/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I first had this at the Closing Ceremonies for Seattle Beer Week 2010, I've been looking forward to a full sized glass. Pours far more yellow than is typical for the style. The beer had a nice, tall, fluffy white head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma is bold and assertive. Wheat, spice and yeast let you know that this isn't a namby-pamby example of the style. On the tongue there is sharp bite not typical for the style. Lots of flavors are grabbing the taste buds and shaking them around.

The body is, perhaps, a bit heavy for the style. Drinkability is very good, but further research is required to see how many of these can go down during a sitting.

Wits are my favorite summer brew, and this one is not typical. It's very enjoyable, you should try a few.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: orange/yellow/slightly cloudy, trace white head,
very little lacing

S: light yeast, wheat, spices, and lemon grass/lemon

T: lemon/lemon grass, wheat, coriander, long oily yeast finish

M: light/med body, mild slick/oily body

O: Easy going summer brew. Fine
gateway beer. Might get again.

SOLID, NOT MUST HAVE!

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Pike Dry Wit from Pike Pub & Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.