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Two Jokers Double-Wit - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Two Jokers Double-WitTwo Jokers Double-Wit

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89
very good

493 Ratings
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Ratings: 493
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 64
Gots: 86 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: naterock on 05-10-2009

They say there are two sides to every story, and that’s certainly true of Two Jokers Double-Wit. On the one hand, it’s a revival of the classic Belgian “wit,” or “white” ale, with lactic fermentation providing a refreshing tartness. On the other hand, it’s a modern, uniquely American brew; big, flavorful, and spiced with cardamom, coriander, orange peel, lavender, and grains of paradise.

15 IBU
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Ratings: 493 | Reviews: 202
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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy dirty beige color ale with a huge white foamy head with super good retention and some very good lacing. Aroma of cardamom and coriander is incredibly well balance with some dry wheat malt notes and light fruity ester. Taste is also dominated by loads of fruity ester with well balanced spicing with clear notes cardamom and coriander. Wheat malt is solid without being too sweet which is often the case with double wit. Another beautiful beer form Boulevard which keep surprising me with the quality of their offering.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Batch number TJ14126-2. Best by date: 02-2015.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, grain, earth, spice, and herb aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour wheat, grain, spice, and herb flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness and acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty with a nice slight tart flavor that makes this one easy to drink despite its higher ABV for the style.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of warnerry
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 12/2011

A - Pours a somewhat hazy golden brown with three fingers of white head. Head has excellent retention and leaves some lacing, but less than I would have thought.

S - Wheat, lemon, faint coriander and cardamom, some slight yeast funk, a bit of green apple.

T - More tart up front than I was expecting, but it is really enjoyable. Lemon and lactic tartness, followed by a nice wheat body complemented with subtle spicing and a bit of earthy yeast funk.

M- Medium mouthfeel. A bit heavier than most witbiers, which works really well on a cold winter night. Bright carbonation, finishing with a dry earthiness.

O - This is a perfect witbier for winter. A bit on the heavy side for the style, light but noticeable spicing, and a very pleasant tartness. I'd love to have this again.

Photo of tigg924
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, low carbonation, gold in color, hazy

Smell:wheat, lemon, orange, clove and lavender

Taste: wheat, lemon, orange, clove, and lavender

Mouthfeel: medium body, sweet, medium carbonation

Overall: One of the more interesting takes on a witbier that I have had in a while. I get a lot of lavender in this beer and it is a taste I really enjoy. For me, this will be one of my go to witbiers.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is loads of orange peel and coriander. The flavor is lemons, oranges, spicy hops and a lot of coriander. Some alcohol is present in the flavor as well. Very soft, medium mouthfeel and medium-high carbonation.

Photo of MattyG85
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Batch # TJ14128-1-02-2015.

Appearance: Pours a bright and hazy golden orange with a lot of bubbles. About two fingers of white head which settle into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A very spicy and fruity wheat forward aroma with a big mix of spices and fruit esters. Belgian yeast with a big mix of spices including lavender, coriander, clove, cardamom, peppers, and grains of paradise. Wheat and pale malt with hints of grains, straw, cracker, and oats. Good fruit hints of orange peel and lemon along with some green apple, banana, and pear. Also some hints of candied sugar. Hops are very light. A pretty nice aroma.

Taste: Like the smell suggests, a spicy and fruity Belgian wheat taste with a mix of spices and fruit esters. Belgian yeast with big upfront spice notes of lavender, coriander, peppercorn, clove, cardamom, and grains of paradise. Wheat and pale malt with bready notes of straw, grains, oats, and cracker. Big fruit taste with notes of orange peel, lemon zest, green apple, banana, and pear. Light notes of sugar and some very subtle hops. A very nice and interesting taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Crisp, juicy, and fairly spritzy. Finishes fairly dry. Alcohol heat is masked well.

Overall: A pretty good twist on a Belgian style Wheat Beer. Good mix of spices that are big but don’t overwhelm the fruit flavors. A nicely unique and tasty Wit.

Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at Cork & Cask, Cornelius NC...

Really neat beast... pours golden with sticky lacing. Loads of spice in the nose and in the taste, coriander and zest heaped upon a thin wheat backbone. Then there's the lacto-funk, which really makes this brew interesting. I just reviewed NoDa's Gose... it could've used some of this complexity. Neat brew.

Photo of duffcalifornia
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle - thanks to JediMatt for this

A: Golden amber in color with a large fluffy head that gives GREAT lacing

S: Yeast upfront, with spices and banana following nicely

T: Tastes very spicy - corriander, cardamon, maybe a bit of clove? Also tastes a bit yeasty, true to style. Very tasty brew.

M: Medium-thin (a bit thinner than I'd like), with high carbonation.

O: With a high ABV that is well hidden, I would drink this more often if it was available locally, and more often still if it was in a smaller format, which takes it down a bit in the overall score for me.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review form notes.

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a very large white foamy head that dissipated rather quickly leaving nothing behind. Minimal lacing as well.

S: Very fruity and crisp, there is some apple along with a lot of spices. There is pepper and coriander and a little bit of wheat.

T: A good amount of apple and some other fruit (little orange and lemon). There is a slight tartness which is very nice. The spices shine through nicely with cloves and pepper.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium bodied with low carbonation.

O: Quite tasty, and surprisingly high in abv, but showed no sign of it at all. Nice beer, except it seemed a bit low in terms of carbonation, which is a bit odd for the smokestack series.

Photo of cokes
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crayon yellow, hazed and stacked with a proud rise of white suds. Yeast sediment turns it mustard a couple pours later.
Wheat bread and candied orange rind nose, some banana and melon- all dusted with powdered sugar- get squeezed in before the liberal coriander and grains of paradise lemony spiciness take hold.
Wheaty from the outset, with an increased malt presence from a typical wit (as would be expected, given its "double" status). Banana bread and melon, and some sub-caramel sweetness. That sweetness turns towards confectioners sugar as the spices begin to rain down. Coriander is the loudest, but cardamom, and Grains of Paradise are both clearly recognizable. Lavender too, especially in the later pours as it warms. It finishes with an orange rind bittersweetsourness.
Medium+ bodied- edging towards full once the sediment is added- but given levity by the rampant, frisky CO2. Alcohol is masked dangerously.
Just as the name suggests, it's a big, fat Witbier, and a well done one. Another Smokestack winner.

Photo of augustgarage
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from JosephLondon (thanks!) - poured from a 750mL (751mL actually) bottle into my Troubadour tulip glass. This is batch #2 from 2009, and #8 in the Smokestack Series.

Liquid is a bright, hazy mix of pumpkin and burnt orange with orange-peel highlights. A heavy muscular hill of off-white foam unfurls several fingers of merengue-like froth. Thick sudsy lacing is slowy dragged back down into the glass by the dense legs after the furious effervescence relinquishes its countervailing up-thrust. Looks a little more like a saison than a witbier.

Aroma is lightly sweet, honey-like, with a floral note. Rose-water, orange blossom. Very subdued.

Tart (lactic acid) and silky on the palate with an a cavalcade of flavors arriving one after the other - orange zest dominates initially followed by lemon, honey, wheat bread, then all the additives indicated on the label: coriander, cardamom, (grains of paradise?) and a hint of lavender in the finish (not too much, some brewers go overboard with this ingredient and the ale ends up bringing to mind fabric softener). Some phenolics from the yeast bring things to a conclusion, though the tartness and orange flavors are present throughout.

Mouthfeel is quite thick for a witbier, but not heavy. Creamy, somewhat warming, and highly carbonated. Very nice.

While I enjoy the powerful flavors in this, it seems to detract somewhat from the purity (and refreshing nature) of the style. Can't fault experimentation though, and overall this is a success.

Photo of alphagnome
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
Bright but cloudy orange body. Thick, fluffy white head. Plenty of carbonation. Little to no lacing and retention is a bit lacking. Nice legs, however.

Aroma:
Incredibly tart,sweet, and jam-packed full of coriander! Lavender and pepper add a very unique overtone to this brew. Light malt and citrus character.

Taste:
Tart right up front. Plenty of spicing (mostly coriander, lavender, and pepper) pack a tasty punch while you're thirst is quenched by sweet, tropical citrus fruit. Where's the alcohol - this one has less bite than a Miller Lite. Ginger shines through as it warms.

Mouthfeel:
Bubbly and incredibly light. Smooth and tart. Sweet, clean finish.

Overall:
Simply awesome. This ranks up there with Tank 7 as my favorite beer from my favorite brewery from Missouri. If you see it, grab it, and you'll be blown away!

Photo of dirtylou
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, split with the lady a few weeks ago

cell phone notes

appearance: served in a pint - hazy peach body, gorgeous fluffy white cloud-head

smell: lovely aroma - well spiced with white pepper, corriander...yeasty and fruity

taste: very well balanced - crisp yeast, sweet apricot and peach, zesty corriander, white pepper mingling with moderate tones of alcohol, orange and tangerine, peach juice. lovely - will go through another one of these

mouthfeel: active yeast, live carbonation, smooth and creamy

drinkability: nice

Photo of WoodBrew
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried the Two Jokers at a beer tasting last night. I think this beer should be called a ginger beer…it has a huge ginger ale taste and smell with punch of lemon/lime big carbonation white foamy head not much lace. The beer is cloudy/hazed straw yellow color with massive carbonation. The high ABV is well hidden. The mouthfeelis medium to big body. Overall I would say this is a sipping beer.

Photo of RickS95
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good looking American rendition of a Belgian white. A golden shade of orange, dense, but not so much hazy or cloudy, sitting under a very white, moderate-sized head.

The spices are there, but it lacks the funky Belgian yeast scents. Coriander and orange peel are the most prevalent notes.

It's got some strange flavors. Nothing bad, but it's weird. Lavender is noticeable, and I don't know what grains of paradise taste like, but I think I picked it up too. (Just looked up grains of paradise and it's a peppery flavor...that's pretty easy to pick up).

It's kind of sweet and kind of spicy, but only slightly bitter and definitely dry and tart. More of a puckering kind of tart, rather than a cleansing kind of tart.

Certainly not a bad beer, just something I haven't quite developed a taste for. Too many competing flavors and sensations. I guess you could say it's complex.

Photo of tempest
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at Princeton Liquors in Maple Grove, MN for $9 or $10 and was not disappointed. This is another great addition to the Smokestack Series, I wish the regular line of Boulevard beers were this delicious. Now it's a heavily spiced beer and hits the threshold of non-beer flavors, but doesn't cross the line. The flavor, upfront, is a gentle mix of coriander (strongest flavor) followed by the grains of paradise (with a black pepper edge) and lavender. Of course in the background the yeast character comes through with mild vanilla and peppercorn, and a bit of bready wheat also pipes in to remind you of the malt bill. Certainly my favorite doube-wit to date. Very subtle, very deliicous.

Photo of cjacobsen
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml into a goblet

Hazy yellow pour with a very frothy white head.

Smelled of spices and wheat with some citrus in there.

Heavy on the spices. Very upfront with orange and lemon peel. Some ginger played a role here as well. Had the citrus kick to it but was very tasty. The beer changed a lot as it warmed. The spices came out a lot more towards the end.

It was very malty and full in taste. Very palpable. It gave your tongue a lot to pick apart but it was smooth.

It was a very tasty witbier. Something that goes great in spring and summer months. Had a refreshing value to it and a lot of flavor.

Photo of russpowell
4.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at macadoodles in Joplin.

Opens with a loud POP! Pours an effervescent & chill-hazed butterscotch with a thumb of fluffy eggshell colored head. Clears up fairly well, very good head retention & average lacing

S: Lemons, coriander & not much else

T: Lemons, orange & lemon zest, white pepper & grapefruit up front. Tartness & dryness follow as this warms along with lemon zest, coriander & some dried pineapple, plus a whisper of booze. Finishes with white pepper, lemon & orange zest, some grapefruit, & some coriander & grains of paradise

MF: Spritzy, somewhat creamy, every thing is in balance here

Drinks extremely easy for the ABV, I believe I've found my benchmark for this amped up take on the style! May be a bit too clean tasting for purists

Photo of sdmvd6
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Light golden color with 2 fingers of head with nice lace retention.

S - Fruity and wild with plenty of spices.

T - Well-balanced with spices and citrus fruit apparent at the beginning moving toward a wilder finish. Flirting with a sour flavor.

M - Thinner feel with ample carbonation.

O - A fine example of a wit-beer with a wild, spicy, fruity flavor. Well done!

Photo of morimech
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden colore with a huge white head. In fact the first pour was a glass full of foam. The head slowly settles to a thin cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. Big aroma of lemons, maybe some vanilla, and alcohol. Wheat malt flavor with citrus hints, mostly lemon, and yeast phenols. Alcohol warmth in the finish. No need for people to add a lemon to this beer. Carries the alcohol well. The beer label claims tartness but I could not detect any or any other added spice. Still has a nice flavor. Bigger body than the average wit as expected. The level of carbonation is lively without being harsh. Slightly tingling. I do not think it lives up to the claims it has on the label but still has nice flavors. The high ABV limits drinkability.

Photo of kellyej
4.1/5  rDev +3%

A: Light, Gold/amber color, weak head
S: Fruity, honey, coriander, thyme, rosemary (spices almost make the beer smell like sausage)
M: Bubbly, light, dry
T: Strongly sour with a hint of honey and coriander

Photo of alleykatking
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from corked and caged bottle.

A- Pours a nice hazy golden yellow color. Nice two finger white head stays around for a little while before dying down. Leaves nice lacing around the rim of the glass. Looks good overall!

S- This beer caught me by surprise with all the smells in the aroma. There is a wheaty tone to this that battles it out with spices in the front end. Orange peel, lemon zest, and clove are the biggest in this. Light banana scent to this as well in the middle along with a light bready malt smell in the tail end that gets covered again with spice.

T- This was a nice tasting beer. Nice spices in the front end of this with a almost wheaty taste. Clove and banana dominate in the front and middle...toward the ending there is a light sourness to it that I very much enjoy. the orange peel flavor comes through a little more as the beer warms up.

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation was a little more than I would have liked but didn't make it or break it in the mouthfeel. Cloves and banana are left on the palate long after the beer is gone. Aftertaste has a little more malt in the mix. Crisp tasting almost the entire time.

D- This was a interesting beer that I had a couple glasses of. Good beer to try although I could see a lot of people really liking this then I wouldn't be able to get any...

Photo of blckwiteboy
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer for the style. A cross between a saison and a wit. The beer leaves you wanting more and a slight sour feel at the back of your mouth as the beer goes down. This is a great beer with a slight crazy side. The brew masters were brilliant when they came up with this recipe.

Photo of emerge077
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong pop from the cork, and wispy gunsmoke wafts from the crater at the bottle's neck. Got a whiff of banana in the air as it was opened, wheaty like a good hefe. Up close it's all coriander. Racing carbonation feeds a monstrous and pillowy head of foam. Uneven and rugged surface, sudsy with some larger bubbles here and there making their way upward. Murky glowing orange. Made sure to swirl the yeast dregs and add them in.

First sip is very orangey with a substantial wheat body. Sturdy with a nice orange/cantaloupe rind aftertaste, and lingering banana. Not too spicy, leaning towards some fruity sweet-tartness. The orange/banana combo is especially nice, like a smoothie almost. The wheat takes a backseat, but lends plenty of smoothness in the feel. The lacto added gives it the perfect zesty bite. Perfect for warm weather, this is the true essence of a quality Wit, turned up to eleven.

It certainly fits the bill of an Imperial Wit, not wimpy like Zon. Also it's nice to try a fresh one instead of one imported after who knows how long (Jan De Lichte, St. B). On my short list of top 5 Witbiers.

Photo of jsh420
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 batch 4

pours cloudy golden orange with a 2 finger white head that faded to a film and left some spotted lacing

smells of citrus and something that reminded me of run and cokes?

taste is different lots of spices - some remind me of xmas some lemon some orange all connected with the bready malt

mouthfeel is a little heavier and lower carbed then i would like but it works with the higher abv

drinkability was ok - i enjoyed this high spiced beer so close to the holiday - decent sipper on cold winter night

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Two Jokers Double-Wit from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 493 ratings.