Two Jokers Double-Wit - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 201
Hads: 503
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 67
Gots: 85 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Double Witbier style has always been a bit of a struggle for me because the jest of a Witbier is its drinkability. When we imperialize it, the drinkability is greatly diminished. Let's see about this one.

Right off the bat, I can tell that Two Jokers has retained it's golden-straw color and not been over caramelized in the boil; giving the impression of a more gentle and finess beverage. Light haze harks to the 'wit' part of the beer while the creamy, yet dainty, stark-white head retains well but has trouble in the lacing department.

Aromas ride the fence between a Witbier and a Belgian Tripel. Very fruity and spicy with phenolic hints of plastic and medicine. Still and sweet pilsner malt flavor finds inviting notes of confection sugars, orange zest, lemons, corriander, and cilantro.

Flavors portray the same characteristics both in intensity and balance as those in the nose. Fruits and phenols are very well balanced not to let either dominate. A nectar-honey like sweetness proceeds any graininess from the malts. Only a herbal hop earthiness deviates to the bitter or hoppy side. White pepper, acidity, and alcohol flavor adds complexity.

Sweet up front with the malts and residual sweetness, but slowly fades into dry, alcoholic warmth moments later. Spicy to the palate throughout and light prickling gives a lot of play to the surfaces of the mouth. Still, the beer fails to capture that ultimate powdery softness that classic Hoegaardens and Witkerke's exhibit.

Though it is a really nice beer it becomes an inigma that loosely connects to many Belgian varieties including Tripels, Saisons, Belgian Pales, and Witbiers. Good beer but I'm still not convinced that there is such thing as a good Double Witbier.

Thanks BlueOkie! (1,754 characters)

Photo of sholland119
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one in trade from CosmoHopHead. Loved the bnottle we shared with our tasting group. Looking forward to a bigger pour here.

A-Pours a very cloudy pale apricot with a fluffy white head that settles into a nice bubbly skin and nice lacing.

S-Yeast, banana and ginger. Very appealing.

T-The best double wit I have had this summer, and it seems like everyone is making them this year. There is a bright orange/tangerine flavor in the front, mixing with the crisp clove flavors and a nice bit of banana at the end. A nice biscuit malt underneath along with some nice fresh ginger and other spices.

M-Medium bodied with a nice light creaminess.

D-A really excellent summer beer. Great flavors, great body.

HV (716 characters)

Photo of Goliath
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange color with a large one inch slightly yellowed head on top. There is decent head retention, but no lacing.

The aroma is pretty decent. I get a nice dose of orange, with a slight bit of booze, and then is quickly followed by a good deal of spicing. The corriander seems to shine the most.

The taste is actually really nice. I get a really nice dose of citrus with a slightly tart orange peel and a bit of light grain. There's definitely a nice bit of spicing going on here as well. I'm really impressed actually, and I find this to be one of the better double wits I've encountered.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and really nicely carbonated with a light but robust bubble.

Drinkability is rather high. The 8% ABV is moderate, but well incorporated into the beer. The flavor profile for me is fantastic and incredibly drinkable. I'm really diggin it. (870 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy peach nectar color with golden highlights; the head is impressive and leaves a nice clumpage of lace

Smell: Lemon, banana and lavendar elements dominate, with undertones of cardamom and coriander

Taste: Citrusy and tart, up front, with lemon, orange peel, pineapple and a growing banana element that challenges the citrus by mid-palate, when the spicy coriander, lavendar and grains of paradise arrive; although the tartness flourishes throughout, the finish brings an interesting bananas flambee sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with lively carbonation and acidity

Drinkability: A fine example of the style, but I would not have thought it was a double wit; the alcohol is well disguised

Thanks, iasanlee, for the opportunity (765 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a tumbler glass, this beer shows a nice cloudy apricot color, with an airy, quickly dissipating head. The aroma is a tad musty, with some faint hint coriander. Very nice flavor though! I wonder why none of it features in the nose (I gave it a vigorous pour)... anyway, a large coriander hit right from the start, combined with a bitter citrus tartness, sweet wheat malt, and a good yeasty fruitiness, with a hint of bandaid phenols. Light bodied and well-carbonated, with the strength is completely hidden, except in the assertive flavors.

Very nice strong wit, one of the best I've had, drinkability wise. All the flavors you expect from a wit, but amplified, yet still kept in very good balance with each other. (726 characters)

Photo of acelin
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Poured a golden, hazy color with a little head that didn't dissipate too quickly.

Smell- I have had many witbiers, but this one - you could actually smell the banana in it. Very fruity, very yeasty.

Taste - Lots of fruity banana right up front. Impressive. It was a little tangy, but nothing too bad - it was a very pleasant sweet tart.

Mouthfeel- Very medium, you could tell it had more than the average amount of alcohol in it. (446 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
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 (770 characters)

Photo of Beerbuddha
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This beer poured a hazy orange color with a huge, fluffy white head which stuck around for a bit. Lacing was very nice.

Smell- Strong hints of yeast, wheat, cloves and lemony citrus.

Taste - Nice tartness upfront with hints of citrus and banana and clove from the yeast. The malt balances this beer well.

Mouthfeel- Very nice crisp and clean with a medium body.

Overall- Another phenomenal brew from the guys over at Boulevard. The Smokestack series are absolutely incredible and this one just adds to it! (523 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to stephens101 for this brew.

750ml Bottle
Caged/Corked
Batch: 1-2009

Poured into a chalice a very nice cloudy deep orange color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice huge three-finger creamy white head, with lots of thick/creamy sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some yeast, corinder, bananna. The taste is slightly sweet, malty/yeasty, very nice touch of spices and banannas. Medium body. Very drinkable, an awesome brew, thanks Lane. (462 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into two generic goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

Batch No 1-2009

A: Pours a hazy, pale-gold. Very cloudy with a pillowy and full three-fingers of foam perched on top. The head featured great retention and left a beautiful mess of lace stuck in the lace. Carbonation was quite active.

S: Very balanced nose of banana, clove, tangy citrus, toasted malt, grains, red apple, and fruity yeast.

T: Loads of fruity yeast, spices, toasy malt, and a slightly tart apple flavor in addition to sweet spiced pear and peach.

M: Creamy and full with a spritzy prickle on the tongue. Does an excellent job of coating and also not being to heavy.

D: Fantastic! Heather said it was a masterful combination of Wit and Saison. Awesome! (764 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (767 characters)

Photo of Tone
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, maize/golden color. One and one half inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of yeast, citrus (banana/orange), hop, sweet malt, and tart malt. Fits the style of a Witbier. Mouth feel is tart, crisp, and slightly thick. There is a high carbonation level. Tastes of cinnamon, yeast, citrus (banana), sweet malt, tart malt, and slight hop. Overall, a good blend, body, and great looking brew. (439 characters)

Photo of elniko
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 into pilsner glass. Marked batch 01-2009 on bottle.

A: Poured with huge pillowy head. Nice lacing and hazy golden coloring. Good looking brew.

S: Wow, tart tones coming from the nose. Spicy tones mixed with lemon as well. Just wonderful and quite unique as well.

T & M: First off this is one fine brew. High alcohol content but still very refreshing with tart mouthfeel. Quite light bodied as I would expect a wit to be. The tones from the smell come through on the taste as well. Spices are apparent as is the lemon, zesty tones as well.

D: For a double wit highly drinkable. This is one that I will definitely be seeking out again. The Smokestack Series continues to impress. (699 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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 (537 characters)

Photo of Mistofminn
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle the day it got delivered to Zipps. I let it sit for about a month, and since today is Friday, I figured that was a good enough occasion to crack it open.

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy orange color with a large frothy slightly off-white head. This one is a foamer for sure. After the head settled down a bit, it still had excellent retention. When the brew is cold (straight from the fridge at about 40 degrees) it is too cold and there is no lacing. However, as the brew warms a bit, lacing becomes apparent. Minimal, but apparent.

Very yeasty nose, with a pretty sizable whiff of warming alcohol. It sounds unpleasant, but it's not. The warmth is welcoming and inviting, and in no way a deterrent. I get coriander and spices, orange peel and fruity zest. Like I said, lots of bready yeasty goodness.

Wow, honestly wow. This is like a Wit on steroids. Thank god it is as advertised (Double Wit). I had my doubts, I thought it would be a normal Wit with twice the alcohol, but I was wrong. This is truly a "Double" Wit, in that everything about it is twice as good as a normal Wit is. Seriously, it's on steroids. Very strong flavours.

Mouthfeel is great. Smooth and creamy with just a bit of heat. Drinkability is surprisingly high considering the specs. 8% isn't something that is easy to hide, any way you look at it. This Wit on 'Roids is impressive in every aspect.

Once again, Boulevard impresses me. For being a "mediocre' brewery, I find their offerings more than impressive. Kudos, Boulevard! (1,537 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (705 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
4.84/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a cloudy orange color. The head is a half inch in height, and recedes slowly into a full cap of lacing. This beer is a little darker than most traditional wit, but it's not a traditional wit. The aroma is cardamom, lavender and other soft floral notes, hints of black pepper, and very faint wheaty notes. This is a great smelling beer. It has both strength and complexity. The taste is more aggressive than the aroma. There is a lot of cardamom, hints of lavender, a lot of citrus, and a nice wheaty tang. Akin to the aroma, this is a great tasting beer. The mouthfeel is full bodied with moderate carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a fantastic beer. It is by far the best Imperial Wit I've yet taste. In fact it is the only good Imperial Wit I've yet tasted. Not because it is as close to tasting like a traditional wit as it can be, but because it is an extremely well crafted fusion of spices (some traditional, some not), and the traditional wheaty, tangy, citrus flavors of a Witbier. I really like how in the end I am tasting mostly Imperial Wit, but I can always taste reminders of the style it evolved from. Way to go Boulevard for creating such a unique, and tasty beer. Thank you. (1,224 characters)

Photo of Vancer
3.46/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle recommends a wide mouth chalice, so for the first time I'm using my Westy vessel. Real foamer here, ¾ of the glass is ivory head, ¼ a hazy amber. Sticky on the edges. And that cork was an absolute mudder to get out.

Coriander and spice in the aroma and in the quaff. But the taste has a strange funk among the malt, like an apple went rotten in the barrel. Bits of orange blend in among the full bodied malt backbone. The sour ale aspect pulls this one down in the ranking.

Not a bad Wit, not a real double in my book, especially for the ten spot it takes to buy the magnum. Overpriced, she be - better doubles are all over the market. (646 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another gem I was lucky enough to get a hold of recently. This one I popped out to enjoy last night with Dinner. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 07/04/2009.

The pour was very nice. Very hazy blond color with a huge foamy head rising up above the rim of the glass. Huge carbonation visible throughout the session as it really had a very big and lively look to it. The aroma was light grain and wheat, hints of banana and light clove notes along with a touch of spice in the nose as it starts to warm. Smooth, medium body had enough weight behind it to coat the tongue nicely. Light grain flavor gave way to nice light fruity notes and a good little prickly pepper like touch on the tip of the tongue that gave it a nice little pop. Alcohol was very well hidden and this led to a nice tight, little heavier wheat beer that was muh more drinkable then I thought it would be.

Overall it was a very solid beer. I would have no issue with having this one again and I continue to be impressed with the boulevard lineup. (1,050 characters)

Photo of Redweasel
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kinda scared, couple of friends had this and said it sucked.

Pours a hazy orange with a three finger head that is gone in seconds. Hmmm, not a good start for a wheat based ale.

Aroma is almost herbal with a small amount of citrus and quite a bit of corriander. The fruityness from the yeast is very evident.

Flavors of citrus and grains of paradise hit right up front. Sharp zesty fruit and a very complex spice follow through. Carbonation is med-high and makes this very refreshing. You would never guess the 8% ABV if you did not know before hand.

Overall a fairly pleasing brew. Not sure what my buddies were expecting but it is a pretty well crafted beer. If anyone has had Boulevard ZON, don"t worry, this is actually good. (732 characters)

Photo of Bdc
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from bottle. Pours cloudy yellow-orange with a creamy white head and thick lace. The aroma is subtle with some banana and pepper. Balanced, with bold yeast character. There's lots of pepper/clove and I'm assuming Boulevard went with another yeast for this beer other than a traditional wit biere yeast. The yeast character resembles what you'd find in a Belgian Strong Golden. There is some orange in the finish, but I'm missing the corriander's perfume. Medium bodied and highly drinkable for an 8% abv beer. This is the best 'double wit' that I've tried so far. Recommended! (584 characters)

Photo of stephens101
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A huge off-white head grows quickly and sticks around for a bit before fading and leaving curly chunks of lacing behind. Color is a hazy, pale yellow. Smells like a tyical wit, except all the elements are deeper, more robust. Coriander, malts, lemon, light fruit and green grass all mix well and rise pleasantly to the nose. Taste sweet and tangy with orange zest, sweet malts, lemon, yeast and a slight hint of alcohol heat in the end. Has a true medium body, and is well carbonated. This style seems to have had some problems moving into the double/imperial spectrum, but the Two Jokers hits the nail on the head. A near perfect balance across the spectrum, and a big character that doesn't sacrifice drinkability, but lets you know this isn't your father's witbier, makes for a spot on brew I will continue to seek out. (822 characters)

Photo of BretSikkink
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazed but not as cloudy as some wits, orange color with an initially tall head that doesn't stick around for long. Not much lacing is left by the white foam.

Nose is strong with lots of yeast influences; phenolic and herbal overall. Lots of clove with hints toward the flowery side, enough citrus to be interesting.

Flavors of lavender, coriander, citrus, and a touch of the grains of paradise. There's really a lot of herbs going on, and combined with the high alcohol it has a bit of a 'cough syrup' feel.

Highly carbonated, a little thin but just fine for style. Lots of carbonation in the finish, a little biting with the citrus and herbs. Not a bad take, but not among my favorites. (693 characters)

Photo of katan
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mil into a goblet - batch 2-2009

A - Pours a very hazy orange to golden color. Lots of yeast floating around inside from the bottle fermentation. Head formation is incredibly strong, well retained as well. Still at least a 1cm in height, white to just a bit dirty.

S - A goblet is not the best glass for this beer. You really have to capture the spicy aromas coming off this beer. A nice yeasty, spicy combination hits my nose. Some coriander, and just a hair of wheat astringency.

T - Starts off rather muted, with only the lightest of malt sweetness. No hops. Not as much spicing in the early tastes as the smell would indicate. Some orange sweet notes build along with the bitterness as it rolls off the tongue. Phenolic tones are light. Finishes with the most potent flavor, with a tripel like yeast bread note and some more malt sweetness. The aftertaste is a somewhat odd wheat astringency - have to say it doesn't align with the rest of the beer.

M - A nice body for a witbier - the beer itself is moderate, creamy and not thin. The above average carbonation (normal for a wit) are somewhat stinging.

D - ABV is not out of line for a...well...a..double wit? Since that doesn't exactly exist, I would have to say this is a wit that can sneak up on you. It is also a bit filling from the carbonation. I would call this a summer "one and done" beer for me.

As a witbier and tripel fan, I have to admit I was really looking forward to this one. I have a mixed reaction to this beer - I really like it, but it doesn't meet the monumental expectations I created for it in my head. After the rest of the Smokestack series, I was expecting my dream beer. I'm guessing it is impossible to live up to that expectation. (1,727 characters)

Photo of bort11
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been looking forward to this one and finally got a chance to catch up.

750 ml corked and caged bottle, poured into a wit glass. Huge off white head, retention that lasts forever, and crazy active carbonation. Color is a perfectly hazy golden yellow.

Smell starts off with a distinctive musty Belgian yeast, but then all of the spices cascade down. It's a lot of floral spices, coriander and grains of paradise. Taste is a huge bouquet of flowery spices. Lavender really comes into play and hard aromatic spices are prickly on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is a little thicker than Zon, a little heavier. Carbonation is still very crisp. Really drinkable and great for the summer.

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Two Jokers Double-Wit from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.