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Tail Waggin' Double White Ale - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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Tail Waggin' Double White AleTail Waggin' Double White Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

40 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 8.44%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co. visit their website
Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Tail Waggin’ Double White Ale is brewed in the Belgian tradition, using malted barley, wheat malt, candi sugar and a unique touch— unmalted rye. Noble-type hops are used for balanced bitterness, with spices added in the whirlpool. We followed the Belgian tradition of using bitter orange peel and coriander, then added a bit of lemongrass to make our wit something special. Finally, we fermented the beer with a Belgian witbier yeast that adds its own complexity with spicy phenols and fruity esters.

Our wit pours a very hazy golden straw color, with a thin white head that clings to the glass. The aroma is very complex, showcasing notes of lemon, coriander, bubblegum and banana. The first sip tickles the tongue with a black pepper spiciness, which subsides into more mellow flavors of tart citrus fruits. A very effervescent mouthfeel leads to a crisp finish, making this the perfect beer for a warm afternoon.

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 04-18-2010)
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Reviews by RootedFool:
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RootedFool

California

3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours opaque gold, minimal lacing. Nose is all dried apricot, some black pepper, golden raisins, skillet-warm and foamed butter. Taste opens with a dull yet slightly puckering hop bitterness, opening into more spicy -- orange zest, black pepper -- notes, closing out again on the hop bitterness. Heavy mouthfeel. A confused but nevertheless enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 21:02:50 | More by RootedFool
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GClarkage

California

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

07-03-2014 15:42:05 | More by GClarkage
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jwerner23

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a four year old bottle since it was last brewed in 2010. I thought it was a very good summer beer. I think the flavor held up very well for the aging on this. The spices still shown through very well but weren't overpowering, which I think might have been a little too strong when fresh. Overall I think this beer held up very nicely over the years of aging.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2014 20:48:33 | More by jwerner23
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

11-23-2013 19:40:10 | More by jaydoc
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damienblack

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.3%

10-11-2013 02:16:27 | More by damienblack
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

3/5  rDev -23.3%

05-12-2013 16:03:56 | More by Whiskeydeez
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +2.3%

10-07-2012 14:20:30 | More by t0rin0
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden/honey color with a modest head that fritters away rather quickly leaving just a few squiggles of lacing behind

Smell: Tangerine, Juicy Fruit gum, banana, coriander, cracked wheat and citrus peel

Taste: Very sweet, up front, with the candi sugar and Juicy Fruit gum flavors setting the tone; by mid-palate, the spice flavors intercede, bringing some white pepper and coriander to the profile; the citrus peel also arrives in the middle, adding another dimension that lingers into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation; a bit clunky for the style

Overall: Despite the complex range of flavors, the beer is overly sweet (perhaps it is the age, with the bitter flavors mellowing more quickly) and I would not want to drink a lot of this at one sitting

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 22:22:10 | More by brentk56
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe. The beer is a murky, hazy straw yellow. A white head sits atop but dissipates to a wisp. Light sticky lacing exists. The beer smells amazing! A slightly peppery aroma hits first, then bubblegum and floral notes abound. The taste is also very, very impressive. Like the smell, black pepper is up front, but soon followed by a sweet bubblegum array and subtle floral and fruit notes (bananas come to mind). The mouthfeel is very, very smooth. A well-balanced medium body.

Overall, I'm impressed. This beer is delicious to all the senses. Well-balanced and easily drinkable, which is scary with 7.2% ABV. A person could get in trouble with this one I imagine.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 01:14:50 | More by JuicesFlowing
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2.3%

03-31-2012 13:55:30 | More by bigbeers84
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steamboatbrewer

Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.3%

02-25-2012 19:26:48 | More by steamboatbrewer
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isualum12

Idaho

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a golden yellow ---leaving a little lace theglass.

S: tangerine, apricot, and citrus orange...very fruity for sure
T: the wheat character was there for sure. apricot, tangerine also showed up.
F: moderate amount of carbonation
O: I really liked it. I enjoyed this beer all the way through...Yes I drank the whole damn thing

I love the art on the label

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 23:35:57 | More by isualum12
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mmitgang

Missouri

4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-22-2011 06:40:26 | More by mmitgang
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to tolann for sharing this one with us a while back, especially since the dog hank popped up on the label. poured a hazy gold with a lasting white head. Aromas of wheat, yeast, light orange zest and light coriander. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of wheat, yeast, orange zest and light coriander with a smooth lingering yeasty finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 22:15:46 | More by emmasdad
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DCon

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 1PINT 9.4FLUID OUNCE bottle of this from Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO for $7.99. Poured from the Bottle, Cap stickered with a blue/gold ribbon and has mountains on the top and a 2010 Cellar Reserve Date on it, into my Mizzou Pilsner glass. No Bottled on Date.

Aroma- Starts with a hint of honey and good sweetness. Light floral hops and a mild spiciness follow but not overpowering. Nice and refreshing smell.

Appearance- Cool appearance! Starts with a huge 4 finger head that keeps for a good amount of time and then has a pale straw color body that has a white glow to it. Huge carbonation bubbles are present and head leaves nice lacing behind.

Flavor- Nice sweetness at the beginning of the drink with citrus hops. Low spiciness all the way through and has a nice finish of orange peel and wheat.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, High Carbonation, Creamy, and then has a VERY Mild tart finish.

Overall Impression- Why did they call this a DOUBLE white ale? Its almost a perfect WitBier and with this name, may scare people off or confuse them. AWESOME beer either way but wish they didn't have this Double name in front of it. Easy to drink and am very glad/lucky I found this (since it was a 2010 Reserve).

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 02:55:46 | More by DCon
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double witbier, not witbier.

Pours hazy golden with thin white head. Nose has a huge coriander element and candied, almost like a coriander creamsicle. Palate brings forth some of the candy sugar, more coriander, and the wheat/rye balances nicely. Easy drinking for a double witbier.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 02:51:32 | More by yemenmocha
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colts9016

Idaho

3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a heff glass at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A poor foamy and bubbly white that has very poor retention. The color of the beer is a pale orange color with light orange tan hues. . The clarity of the beer is hazy, cloudy, and yeasty. The head left no lacing on the glass, a very poor showing.

Nose: Rich citrus, lemons and orange followed by wheat and alcohol. The malt is light and toasty with yeast and diacetyls. In the background of the beer there is a subtle note phenols.

Taste: A nice citrus flavor followed by floral, and wheat. The beer's other flavors are lightly toasted malt, yeast, diacetyls, and touch of phenols.

The mouth feel of the beer carbonated, crisp, and warm.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium. This beer is good but I know Grand Teton makes better brews. I think that this fell just a touch short

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 03:22:20 | More by colts9016
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DoubleJ

California

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's a good night for a double white. 750 ml capped bottle purchased in Visalia for $8.69, 2010 vintage. On to the beer:

Depending on the lighting in the room, it will range from the traditional witbier color to the color of Gatorade Orange. Creamy head retention and stick to the glass add an extra aesthetic to the appearance. The nose brings a lot of inntensity; pears soaked in corn syrup and a hint of orange come to mind. "Strong subtle", if that's want you want to call it. Somewhat boozy at times.

Double whites are a tough one to rate. I'm teased into believing that they should be refreshing and drinkable, and Tail Waggin' may be the epitome of the condundrum. It's not in your face, subtle enough to be drinkable, but intense enough that I must drink with care. "Orchard flavors", like canned pear and orange, provide the base flavor. I occasionally spot hops underneath. A tiny boozy. Its body is on the meaty side.

Taken together, this is a witbier with big things. The flavor in this beer would certainly wag my tail if I had one, though preferably in smaller quantities. This is not something I could do often.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 07:26:57 | More by DoubleJ
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DaveHS

California

3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Pale amber with no head.

S-Pale malts, wheat, white pepper, nutmeg and cardamom. Smells maltier than an average witbier, but then again, it's a double wit.

T/M-Dry and hoppy. The hops practically overwhelm and witbier flavors this beer offers.Halfway in, excessively sweet maltiness takes over, coating the tongue in slick sweetness. The finish is dry and peppery.

D-This is the first beer I've had from Grand Teton I thought was less than great. They are generally a really solid brewery. This beer doesn't know what it wants to be, and it suffers from pulling in too many directions at once.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 19:11:03 | More by DaveHS
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, particle-suspended pale gold with a modest head of off-white lace, slightly whispy with some arcs left on the glass. Still body, with no bead and almost a wobbly viscosity. Interesting, not amazingly enticing.

Smells quite rich and malty, with a slight vinous sourness to it and a fair amount of apricot and ginger. Slight fresh fruit note, not quite acidic but yeah, Belgian and fairly sweet. Quite nice.

Taste is quite sweet overall; lots of fruit and a fortified wine thickness to it. Apricot flavours, guava and a slight candied orange flavour on there, with a nice airy freshness on the mid followed by mildly spicy finish, ginger and a drop or two of white peppery yeast. Nice Belgian flavours really, not overblown phenolics and sweet and tasty for the most part.

Mouthfeel is fairly thick, as I was expecting. Bit of heat as it goes down, bit of dryness as well. Fair enough for the style but not a wonderful blend of textures, more of a clash.

Yeah, reasonably tasty drop. Hot-ish, but it handles it all quite well.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 00:08:24 | More by laituegonflable
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Gobzilla

California

4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a golden yellow in color with pale yellow highlights and had a thin bubbly head leaving a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: tangerine, apricot, and citrus orange aromas were detected first on the nose with candied suagr sweetmalts, various grains, and very faint hop notes.

T: the wheat character was more apparent on the palate with candi sugar, apricot, tangerine, pineapple, accents and a touch of booze.

M: the brew was medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, wheaty, fruity, boozy, and citrusy finish.

D: damn it was tastier than expected and was drinking real good. Really glad I found this brew on the shelf.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 09:34:18 | More by Gobzilla
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Purchased in California and brought back to Australia. Shared with @tobeerornottobe and @LaitueGonflable.

Pours a slightly hazed, but surprisingly deep yellow, and certainly not opaque enough for a witbier, with a little floating sediment, and a filmy head of white that doesn't retain at all. Lacing is spotty and sudsy, but sticks around enough for what it is. Body looks quite heavy. Looks decent enough, but not enough like a witbier, even for a heavy witbier.

Yeasty and slightly citric on the nose, quite sharp and fresh, which is rather pleasant and surprising. A bit of aldehyde chemical nose-stripping booziness to it, but not enough to be offensive. It just accentuates the light orangey citrus and sharp Belgian yeast notes. Nice.

Taste is smoother than I expected, and the booze is far removed on the palate. Almost gets sweet notes to it, and an earthily organic, almost meaty character from the yeast. Still, the lack of sharpness or acidity actually detracts from it, both generally and stylistically. Feel is very smooth. Would be good with more twang on the palate.

A bit too sweet, eventually, which is surprising considering the nose suggested a good deal of booze and astringency. Needs something to cut through the heaviness on the palate, and even those two characters would have helped. Good otherwise.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 02:17:41 | More by lacqueredmouse
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #41 (Jun 2010):

Thin lacing on a completely hazed, pale amber-color beer. Clean and pronounced orange peel and coriander aroma. Smooth and spicy, creamy medium body is bigger than anticipated but a pleasure, no doubt. Beery flavor of malt and warming alcohol mingle well with the spices, which seem to dial in pretty high--thankfully, the size of the beer can take it. Nutty yeast and a hard linger of spice in the semisweet end. Snappy, balanced and still quite drinkable. Thumbs up!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 02:51:57 | More by BeerAdvocate
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drpimento

Wisconsin

2.93/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

At first I thought it was going to be pretty good. Poured with a nice off white head that lasted and some good lace. Color is a clear amber with no bubble trails. Nose is classic Belgian White: bit of yeast, spice, malt, citrus. Flavor is way too malt sweet. Body is ok and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor and of medium length. This beer is not for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 02:51:41 | More by drpimento
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light white head. Color is a hazed straw yellow.

Aroma: Lemon citrus/pine sol, earthy grassy hops. Coriander and some spice.

Taste: Dry, earthy hops. Lemon citrus, cloves, spices, bready malts. Alright, nothing to extreme for a double take on the style.

Mouthfeel: Dry and spiced. Lighter bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry again.

Overall, it was alright, but nothing to special. I felt it lacked body for being a double. Very dry. Somewhat drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 23:28:03 | More by mothman
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Tail Waggin' Double White Ale from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.