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Ommegang Witte - Brewery Ommegang

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1,666 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,666
Reviews: 723
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 30
Gots: 86 | FT: 0
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Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Witte is our version of the classic Belgian wit or "white" ale. Witte, which is actually Flemish for white, is brewed with malted and unmalted wheat, orange peel, and coriander - offering a refreshing style that showcases the Belgian talent for brewing full-flavored ales that are also light and balanced. It is pale straw in color, slightly hazy from the yeast, and topped with a huge white, fluffy head.

Witte is pleasantly light on the tongue, balanced between malt and wheat sweetness. Hops and spice with a subtle clove note backed by flavors of lemon and sweet orange give way to a dry, crisp, refreshing finish.

(Beer added by: Todd on 05-01-2004)
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Photo of putnam


4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow pastel under an even, tacky, white blanket.
Aromas are of cracked, raw chestnuts, lemon oil, white pepper and hemp. My serving was cold and in this state the flavors were very polished - like marble - and bone dry with suggestions of citrus peel, French bread and cilantro.
Enjoy with guacamole and unsalted corn chips.

A big Wit that manages to hold its balance thanks to complete attenuation.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2004 00:20:39 | More by putnam
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pure white head tops very pale milky yellow cloudy liquid. Lots of yeast in suspension. Light and delicately spicy/fruity nose with coriander and citrus taking center stage. A slight musty yeast taste combines with flavors of sweet maltiness, and wit spices. Gentle carbonation. Finishes on a light and lemony note, nice beer but I'd like a bit more "oomph" in it to really make it stand out.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2004 16:19:51 | More by beerluvr
Photo of rabidawg


3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle

Appearance: Nice cloudy body that looks almost frosted. Effervescent carbonation and a pure white, pillow-soft meringue head.

Smell: Lacking for a wit in the aroma department. Zesty and slightly peppery, with hints of coriander. Rather grainy.

Taste: Slightly watery, even for the style. Nice peppered and spicy lemon flavor, with prickly carbonation. Very dry after the swallow, and an enjoyable wheaty character comes through in the finish. Something about the flavor reminds me of wax. Good wit, definitely worth a try. I'd like to give the 750 size a shot.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2004 02:49:39 | More by rabidawg
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4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Perhaps kudos for this beer poured into an OMMEGANG Witte painted glass that encased this unfiltered bright serving of a tight foamy head, cloudy lace sticks tight with a white foamy head looking like a bridge profile of high and low trails down the glass.

Lemony scents of lemon peel and some spice.

Bitter sour citrous mouth pucker, then cranberry notes follow like lemonade without the sugar. The awl-kee-hawl is 100% hidden.

Watery iced tea body with some carbonation.

Swished around, more carbonation evolves.

Last swigs: Crisp pucker bitter bitter lemonade without the sugar taste followed by cranberry aftertaste, lending to a high drinkability.

BEst summer beer I have ever had. Top notch. Too bad Saxer Lemon lager doesn't taste like this. OMMEGANG is top notch. On tap at Monks Cafe in Philly. $5 smackers gives it back. Quite a different Witte. Beware the flavor!

Beer is good. Happy bitter 500 year old recipe beering.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2004 04:34:56 | More by blitheringidiot
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4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: 750ml bottle with a gold colored wire cage & steel cap, which was easily removed to expose the big-headed ‘thumbed’ cork. A tight grip was required to remove it. Nothing at all once it was removed though, no noise or gun-smoke, rather an anti-climax given my experience with other Ommegang offerings. The bottle obverse label is just per the BA Database. Has the pun “Worth the Wheat” underneath the word ‘Witte’ and the Brewery’s Logo. Described as a ‘Top Fermented and Bottle Conditioned. Wheat Ale with Traditional Spices’. Helpfully labeled as 5.1% Alc.Vol.

I note that the new “Witte” has the same reverse label as the Brouwerij’s other offering, BUT they should pay more attention to this because it states that “….Pour Slowly so as not to disturb the yeast, but with……” Hmmm, I could be here all day if I headed that advice!!

Memo to Ommegang – you may want to get a new reverse label for the Witte!!!

Appearance: I used a 0,5l Sahm Erdinger Glass for this one, given that I had a 750ml bottle of the stuff the bigger glass allowed me to maximize the heady pour. As expected, the head is voluminous in size and a gorgeous sun-bleached bone white color. Lots of thick creamy lacing clings to the curved sides of the glass. The body of the beer is a cloudy lemon meringue color with a gorgeously inviting cool looking hazy body. CLASSIC Wheat Ale appearance.

Nose: Not strong but infinitely inviting. Lots of wheat and slivers of spices mix with a fruity coriander and tart lemon aroma. Some earthy farmyard aspects which are mainly contribute an “aged” dry powdery character.

Taste: Lots of fresh flavors lend an immensely thirst quenching aspect to this Witte. A gorgeous mix of all that is great about a Witte, wheat malts, smooth but slightly dry, lemon traits, light coriander, orange peel all wrapped up in an incredibly sexy strong but delicate body. Fantastic.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation helps to balance the shaper lemon aspects of this Witte, but they were never extreme in the first instance so the feel is soft and dynamic with a nice wheat background. Highly enjoyable.

Drinkability: The quintessential thirst quenching quaffer, a luscious libation and a very inviting imbibational treat. I am so glad this comes in 750ml. They should seriously think about selling a 750ml Six Pack of this stuff. It would work out to be about $36 by my reckoning and I would certainly pick one up.

Overall: It’s a small world, I actually tried this for the first time last night at a local Beer Tasting held at the Wine Country where I buy some of my craft beer from. Then this morning a box of goodies arrives from Sir McCall. This was a part of the beery package, and it was immediately fridged and super-cooled using liquid Nitrogen such was my impatience to try it. As the Sun warmed up the Apartment this one really hit the spot. As of this week, it is now available on the West Coast and costs $5.99 for a 750ml bottle - a serious bargain in my opinion. Thanks and Cheers to Sir McCall for this afternoon’s sample, I’m going to get more of this one for sure! Excellent!!

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2004 23:17:26 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a cloudy gold with plenty of effervesence, with a nice half finger of head. It has a strong spicy smell over a base of malt. One of the best smelling beers I've ever encountered. The beer has a strong malt and spice taste with none of the fruitiness you normally get in a Witbier. The beer has a light oily feel to it that goes down easily, but has a sharp sour finish. Not a beer that I would avoid, but I'm sure I wouldn't select it over other whites on the market.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2004 03:19:54 | More by claytri
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3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

something i have thought since my first sip should go first, "oh so smooth." pasty bronze yellow color with a white puffy head that runs away almost as quickly as i could drink this. i should note that i am not a big fan of this style but i did enjoy this. lemony citrus, bitter kind of wheat beer smell. there is a clove taste up front and a bit of corriander, lemon and other citrus flavors. the flavors aren't over powering, very subtle and brilliantly blended. light body very thin. this is so drinkable it hurts. wonderful lemony burps, and it just goes down so easy with the subtle flavors. don't take subtle with negative connotation, it is just that they are all blended so well that it makes a great summer beer. i don't care what certain brothers say, certain beers do fit certain situations better, and a on a nice hot summer day, this will refresh you unbeleiveably. my new favorite ommengang offering and possibly giving me a new found intrest in wits.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2004 03:52:36 | More by MediocreatBest
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4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Densely hazy straw colored with a brownish tan head. The head quickly dissipated with minimal lacing.

Heavy citrus smells and yeasty maltness

Mmmmm. Crisp carbonation and the usual wheat beer flavors come rushing in; banana, lemon, bubble gum etc. Bottom of the bottle warmed slightly producing some nice clove and peppar flavors on the top of the mouth.

Great beer, complex, but still goes down smooth. Please let me have another...

Poured from the same brown 750 mL bottle in the photo into a pilfered Bellevue tulip glass. Nicely marketed; colors stand out against the rest.

I was able to talk my wife into trying by telling her it was a light "summer brew." She loved it. Just found a nice new hidden gem that sells this and other Ommegang brews for $5.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2004 01:57:28 | More by Dithyramb
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into an Ommegang chalice. It pours a hazy light yellow color with two fingers of head. There is minimal lacing left over. The smell is fruity and spicy, with all the classic orange and coriander you would expect from a witbier. The taste is a great blend of wheat malt, citrus, and spices. A nice peppery finish and very refreshing. The mouthfeel very thick and heavy for a witbier. The drinkability is superb as well. One of the best witbiers I’ve ever had. Almost as good as Allagash White.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2004 00:57:03 | More by SheepNutz
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New York

3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Note: On tap @ Chapter House in Ithaca, NY 6-26-04


Hazy golden peach with little to no head.


Yeast, yeast and more yeast with a crisp citrus scent underneath.

Banana and coriander shine through with some orange aspect. Yeast is apparent as well. Dry finish, very clean.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2004 15:02:28 | More by cbl2
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3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Monk's

Appearance: A nice shade of cloudy yellow and a tight little white head of fizz.

Smell: Corriander-lemon, light grains, grass and yeast

Taste: Not as heavily spiced as some other wits, but still adequate on the corriander and very light clove. Tastes of lemon and slight peach, the yeast is apparent, but not overdone on tap. Finishes with a nice citric-tartness which makes this incredibly refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Light and almost thin. Good balance of carbonation for the style.

Drinkability: Great. This stuff goes down super easy and is perfect for the summer. But, it lacks the complexity I've come to like in my witbiers, so Allagash is going to remain my staple.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2004 21:31:37 | More by 99bottles
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New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a hazy, light yellow with a big white head and considerable lacing. The aroma is mild with an overall sensation of wheat and some hints of citrus and cloves. I was disapointed in the taste. It is considerably milder or less flavorful than many other Wits. There is a taste of the predominant wheat with a small citrus belly, but there is no spiciness that you find in other Wits. There appears to be less bitterness than I would have expected also. The beer is light in the mouth with a crisp cleaness. It's not a bad beer but not memorable either.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2004 22:42:56 | More by rdrummer
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4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 750 mL bottle, into a goblet. The color is a hazy golden, with a wispy white head. The smell is a citrusy, yeasty wheat. The taste starts with a very nice citrus character to it, and a strong yeast presence, with the wheat tanginess adding to the flavor. Mouthfeel is very well-carbonated. As for drinkability, this is very nice and light and I certainly could drink these all day long.

A very solid wit. Though it doesn't have the overt spicing of some other wits, the nice citrus character is a unique change of pace, and one that I appreciate very much. Absolutely one that I would have again.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2004 17:59:32 | More by beergeek279
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New Hampshire

4.83/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm drinking out of a corked 750ml bottle.

Pours a cloudy yellow, with a thin white head. Clove, banana, and lemon dominate the nose with a hint of yeast. The taste is tart and spicy, with cloves and coriander coming to the fore and a yeasty backbone. A light but not insubstatial mouthfeel, appropriate to style. Extremely drinkable, a perfect beer for a hot summer evening.

One final note - you don't need to put a lemon in it. Pretend you did, because it tastes like it anyway.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2004 00:07:49 | More by ColForbin
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3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a goblet at RFD's.

Appearance: Pale and cloudy lemmin yellow topped by a decent sized head that faded away to a scant film in short order. Small fingers of lace were left on the glass.

Smell: Light aromas of what malt with precious little citrus or clove notes.

Taste: Faint wheaty malt sweetness with a hint of lemony citrus. Wintergreen on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light and ephemeral with active carbonation. Palate cleanser.

Drinkability: Sessionable, but lacking in the citrus and coriander department - something I love about this style. I'll take the local Old Dominion Summer Wheat over this, thanks.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2004 03:04:38 | More by ManekiNeko
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Rhode Island

4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large pilsner glass, this wit is pale yellow in color and hazy with sediment. Large and fluffy white head had good retention. Aroma was of wheat, yeast and citrus with spice notes of coriander. Spices were much more pronounced in the flavor. Tasted of oranges and yeast, and almost a ginger-like spiciness. Finish is far from dry, bitter hops coat the throat in a lip-smacking, thrist-quenching kinda way. I thought this was a great example of the style, and was top-notch quality. I will definetely be buying this all summer as it is perfect for the season (year round for that matter) and is my favorite Ommegang so far.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2004 01:46:50 | More by nixhecks
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4.53/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Caged and corked 750ml bottle

This beer poured a big fluffy white head over a bright hazy translucent yellow body.

The nose was simply a beautiful mix of yeast, wheat, fruit, banana, apple, pear, orange, soft spice and some light phenols.

The taste was very light and refreshing. A fine carbonation made it very smooth. The taste was a mix of fresh malt and wheat. Subtle fruits, orange and orange peel dominate. Some apple, pears and banana as well. Rather yeasty with some nice touches of coriander and other soft spice, even some hints of mint. There’s an overall bitterness but it’s very mild and perfectly compliments the taste. It ends very light.

Damn this is a good beer. So very simple, yet so complex and flavorful. I know in my reviews I say “I could drink this beer all day”, but literally, I polished off a 750ml by myself and was almost tempted to go pick up another couple right then and there to drink some more of this very drinkable session beer. Another fantastic beer from ommegang.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2004 08:13:25 | More by taez555
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New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy pale yellow in color with a nice thick 2" head. Very light lacing does develop. The aroma is of spice and wheat. The flavor is different from some others in this style as the wheat, citrus, and coriander tones are more laid back but are nicely balanced. A light tartness kicks in up front and it is very dry on the finish. This is lighter in body and had nice carbonation levels that give it a light crispness in the start of the mouthfeel. Good summertime brew that is refreshing and thirst quenching.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2004 23:58:15 | More by Gavage
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3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky, light yellow and sits cloudy, light gold in the glass. A big withe head leaves a good thick skim after fading down.

Aroma is nice and full with crisp yeastiness. Coriander, lemon and sweet orange intermingle with light cloves. It's a great smelling Wit.

Nice light bitterness up front, but sourness in the form of lemon citrus comes out soon. Quite unexpected and unpleasant. Still remains dry and sufficiently bitter. Yeast creates a nice background. Taste seems a bit off to me.

Smooth, crisp and clean in the mouth with light carbonation. Lacks in flavor, but is still quite refreshing to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2004 06:00:28 | More by Skidz
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West Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy golden nectarine color with a vibrante white vanilla cream head, leaves thick intricate lacing. Aroma: Coriander, cloves, and orange peels along with the unmalted wheat are very aromatic wow what a nice witbier. Taste: Unmalted wheat lucious layers of spice mild creamy finish excellent I'm liking this Cooperstown offering the coriander is just right. Mouthfeel: Medium body tame carbonation, silky smooth texture perfect going down. Drinkability: This is the most accurate American brewed witbier I have tried dead on to style.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2004 07:17:45 | More by WVbeergeek
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4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Yellowish Gold. Hazy banana colored. Very good retention on a super white head.

Aroma: Nice aroma. Clove and spice first, banana second with hints of citrus fruit. Nicely sweet. Not quite sickly sweet, but the sweetness is predominant.

Taste: A bit sour upfront. Finish is smooth, the sourness lingers slightly in the finish. Banana and spicing balances the sweetness. Citrus bitterness is present as well. Mouthfeel is not quite as full as other wits that I've had. The finish is slightly dryer than others in the category too. The dryness is actually very pleasant.

Notes: Nice wit from a solid brewery. Good example of how beers in this style can differ slightly.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2004 11:24:37 | More by beerinator
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3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$4.95 @ Charles Street Liquors, Boston, MA:


Presentation: 750 ml brown magnum with no freshness date.

Appearance: Sandy yellow and completely hazed over, head retention is lacking with on a wispy lace that barely clings to the glass.

Smell: Chalky, earthy yeast with a slim rouse of spiciness; dusty coriander and orange peel. Mildly phenolic and tart in the nose.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Crisp with a thick slickness that does not want to leave the palate. Light tartness throughout, strong wheat malt flavor. Earthy yeast is unshakable with faint orange peel and coriander in tow. Spiciness is one sided and goes no further … very little depth.

Drinkablity & Notes: My palate got lost in the tartness, it seemed the flavors did not meld well and everything was separate. A good brew though there are many witbiers that fit the shoe better than this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2004 23:59:13 | More by Jason
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New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a bright, hazy straw yellow, like sugary lemonade. A quick two fingers of head drop soon to wispy drifts of froth. Spotty lacing dots the inside of the glass.

The aroma brings a wheaty grain sweetness along with a zing of citrus zest. A note of banana pairwith a coriander/clove combo before they all do a rapid fade.

Upon sipping, a crisp wheat sweetness opens the palate to a lemony tang and further muted citrus-oil bitterness. A layer of coriander and lesser clove flattens the middle until a banana/melon duet sweetens the pot slightly. A mild yeast sourness slides along at the finish. It's not overly involved, but it's tasty and way refreshing.

Light bodied, it zings the palate with tanginess and spice, popping about and enlivening the inside of the mouth.

The flavor is good, the the refreshing character is the real strength here. Basic and crisp, it goes in a straight line and does a fine job of wiping out any signs of thirst. It's smooth on the way down, and calling it drinkable would be an understatement. Okay, it may not be best in show, but it's good enough and crisply fun enough to warrant some do-overs.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2004 15:40:06 | More by Foxman
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a very light murky yellow, rivaling the color of many macro-swill out there, but at least i know there will be flavor behind this to back up that color. Head is decent, white and soapy, leaving little to no lace. Smell has lots of wheat and banana, with some fig hints and no hops to be had. The taste is very very light, and rivaling on tart, but is a bit hard to pick out. There are some grassy wheats definatley and some malt, with some more of the starchy fruitiness. The mouthfeel is very thin yet very carbonated, with larger bubbles, much like soda water. This is my first witte beer, and I think it was a good one to start on.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2004 23:24:10 | More by FranklinPCombs
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4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Twelve ounce brown bottle - no dates.

Dull hazy pale yellow hue. Topped by a bountiful white merrangue.

Wow - brilliant mix of lemon, orange, & coriander.

Raw grain, tart lemony flavours. Tons of spicy coriander, & subtle hints of orange. A bit heavy handed with the coriander. Light-medium bodied, smooth, moderate carbonation. Thirst quenching & refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2004 17:17:32 | More by xgrigorix
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