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Pike Dry Wit - Pike Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
80
good

59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.7%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pike Pub & Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: blackc5 on 05-04-2010)
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4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

jlivings757, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.2/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong aroma is yeasty with fruity and butterscotch notes and just a hint of - soap? Floral? Rather tempting whatever! It pours a clear solar yellow with a thick, fluffy and rather persistent white head. Yeasty flavor has fruity and floral notes, the former mainly pear, and hints of malt, butterscotch and herbs or grass. Ah, it has spices? They are a bit on the subtle side, then, unless that is the source of the herbal note. Texture is smooth with above-average body and just a little fizziness plus some soapy slipperiness. Overall, very satisfying.

Cyberkedi, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of blackc5
4.2/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Pike - it is their new spring to early summer seasonal.

A - Poured into a pint with a nice, moderate, white head. Good retention and some lacing. Cloudy, this beer is a straw color, bordering on gold. Very crisp looking.

S - A bouqet of aromas here - the spices are at the forefront. Definitely coriander, orange peel and lavender. Some other floral notes as well. Somewhat fruity, definitely yeasty. Great.

T - This is intriguing, and I may re-review this score after having it a few more times. It is definitely a stronger spiced witbier than most, but in a good way. Lots of lavender and other floral notes, definitely coriander again, wheat, and some hints of orange zest as well. Little in the way of bitterness, which is good for the style.

Very strong, there are no doubts about the spicing here. Not subtle in anyway, it nevertheless delivers and is quite tasty and refreshing. I look forward to trying it again soon, although I imagine some may find it slightly overpowering compared to standards such as Hoegaarden.

M - As expected, this is crisp and twangy. Moderate to high carbonation, and the spice adds some kick. Medium bodied, with a dry clean finish.

D - Left me wanting another, and I would have if I had had the time, but I was also wanting to try their newest DIPA batch (improved - awesome!) as well, and moved on to that. This one goes down easy, tastes great, and is definitely refreshing.

blackc5, May 04, 2010
Photo of RJLarse
4.13/5  rDev +19%
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.

RJLarse, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of Streetcar
4.08/5  rDev +17.6%
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....

Streetcar, May 26, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +15.3%

GRG1313, Jan 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

MikalMick, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of powdersoldier
4/5  rDev +15.3%

powdersoldier, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of Hoppaholic
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Hoppaholic, Feb 22, 2012
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!

NeroFiddled, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of andrenaline
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

andrenaline, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of corby112
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

corby112, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of PorterLambic
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

PorterLambic, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $4.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Slips out a clear, golden-hued body with a plentifully-sized, sudsy, white head.

Smell: A by no means gushing base maltiness in the nose, smelling lightly of crisped wheat spread over by a single sugar packet. A little note of lemonade and orange juice. The nose offers up slightly spicy, gently floral elements here and there.

Taste: Light touches of pale malted barley and wheat with a soft sweetness and hint of grain, yielding an accent of graham cracker. More light qualities of lemony hops along with a hint of orange. Lightly bitter, though still fairly substantial for a wit. Soft floral qualities, delivering just a teensy bit of lavender very late in the taste. Earthy, passably spicy coriander seed flavor. Finishes reasonably dry and fairly clean, though a smidge of spice does linger.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: An above-average wit, I say! A sufficient, satisfying summertime refresher on a muggy, miserable Georgia day in July.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of hreb
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

hreb, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

AlCaponeJunior, Apr 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

jmccraney, Aug 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

SeanPowell22, Apr 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Boone757, Oct 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

fishguyac, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of beertunes
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

beertunes, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

flagmantho, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of Bookseeb
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance has a hazy orange gold color that supports a thin crisp head, dissipating fairly quickly. Smell has an earthiness to it with the spice, malt and light fruit. Taste is lightly fruity, lemons, spicey with a taste of the yeast with light hops, overall nothing to complex. Mouthfeel is light but full with good carbonation. A very refreshing easy drinking Wit that would go down good in a session.

Bookseeb, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of mynie
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first I thought this was going to some kind of exotic new variety of dry-hopped wit, an almost magical treat that could only be found on the west coast. Then I sipped it, and realized it was just a regular ol' wit. How? Was there some kind of complexity I missing, maybe some subtle change in brewing technique that my pallete just isn't sophisticated enough to pick up?

No--it's just a pun. Duh.

A beer has never made me feel stupider. Well, there was that one beer called "Beer," that I drank in spite of knowing it would make it sick. It did make me sick. And that made me feel pretty stupid.

And Pike's Dry Wit makes me feel nearly as stupid as that other one, only it's from being clever, as opposed to being bad. The reason being that this is about the most averagest witbier I've ever drank. Lightly spicy up front, wet splashy fruit in the back. Whitepepper, coriander, and lemons. Nothing more, nothing less.

mynie, Oct 16, 2010
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.

TheStove, Sep 13, 2010
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Pike Dry Wit from Pike Pub & Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.