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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: 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:
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(Beer added by: blackc5 on 05-04-2010)
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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 GRG1313
4/5  rDev +15.3%

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.

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 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 Halcyondays
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a hazy burnt orange with a small white head, some good lace.

S: Nice fragrant orange peel, hint of lemon and pastry.

T: Gets more spicy in the flavour, a good amount of coriander and lemon zest. Nice wheaty flavour throughout.

M: Kind of flabby carbonation, not very crisp. Light-bodied, creamy.

O: A solid wit, wits seem to be the Belgian style that American breweries can pull off consistently, this is one to add to the list.

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.

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 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.

Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

Photo of ccrida
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
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 twiggamortis420
2.33/5  rDev -32.9%
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 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.

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.

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.

Photo of shelby415
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of IronDjinn
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
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 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 BeerLover99
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
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!

Photo of BigBry
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of bostonryan
3/5  rDev -13.5%

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.

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.

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