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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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201 Reviews
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Reviews: 201
Hads: 505
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 67
Gots: 86 | FT: 2
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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Reviews: 201 | Hads: 505
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 WoodBrew
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (394 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 LiquidAmber
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 12/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a clear orange amber with nice carbonation. Thick white head leaves lots of lacing. Somewhat sour, citrus and light fruit start. Coriander, citrus and light hop finish with a hint of wild yeast. Nicely made, but a bit too sour and coriander forward for me. (323 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from batch 2-2009. Poured into 16oz balloon. Poured a very pretty orange/yellow color with about an inch of white head that dissipated quickly and left just traces of lacing.

The aroma was a very nice blend of spice, yeast, fruit and grain. The sharp spicyness that hits the nose first quickly melds with the grain and the various other scents play their supporting roles well. On the tongue, everything that was on the nose is amplified, bigger, bolder, stronger, more. A very tasty treat.

The body was a bit different than typical, a touch more syrupy and thicker. Still nice but not what I'm really looking for in a Wit. Drinkability was very good, despite the thickness. I can see drinking several of these during the upcoming summer, as Wits are my favorite summer style.

Overall, a very nice beer, certainly worth your time. (840 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, batch 12010, best by 04/2011.

Lightly chilled, the cork was a pain, as usual. Thanks to my BA opener, I was able to wedge it out enough so I could pull it out with my hand. A good pop ensued.

Lots of foam in the pour, the beer is a slightly hazy light gold colour. The foam is shrinking very slowly leaving some good lacing.

It has a very nice nose. Lots of wheat, some funky notes, soicy and fruity. Vary varied and like I said, very nice.

The taste = the smell. Wheat, spice(mostly coriander but others as well), a bit of pepper, some lemon and oranges, and some honey like sweetness. Yummy! And...8%abv? Really? Hidden SO damn well.

A silky smooth mouthfeel and this beer has me hoked on its line.

Drinkability? A very impressive Wit indeed and it's way too drinkable given the alcohol content. This is super good! (837 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle, big thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a slightly cloudy dark orange, some amber highlights, very thick white head forms, slowly settles down to a thick layer and ring around the glass, some chunks of lace stick to the glass.

Smell is interesting, very spicy, some yeast, wheat, cork and earthy, honey and caramel sweetness, toasty, malty, slightly lemony, coriander, lots of citrus, pretty neat.

Taste is similar, pretty malty up front, wheat, caramel, lemons and citrus, orange peel, coriander, really neat spiciness in the finish, almost cinnamon/nutmeg like and slightly peppery.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with high carbonation, pretty refreshing stuff. Thanks Russ! (716 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks n8 buddy!!!

Without the yeast, you have an almost golden amber color with plenty of visible carbonation. Once you get to the yeast at the bottom of the bottle, you get a merange like orange and tea color. Hard to see any bubbles in this fog. The head is pronounced after the first two pours, but scurries away in shame after that to nothing.

The aroma is heavy herbal with some sweet toast bringing up the rear. That coriander dominates the nose all day. Maybe a little too strong for high accolades. I also get a little note of chammomile tea lingering that brings the smell rating up a bit.

The taste is equally herbal with coriander and a few tingling notes of chammomile tea. Add to that a strong toasted malt biscuit backbone throughout the palate.

Add to the flavoring a thin carbonated syrup feel of sweet biscuits.

Good double wit that I am so glad to try. (879 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: It pours hazy gold with peach highlights under a stiff column of white, finely bubbled foam that grips the glass.
S: Citrus, spice, coriander, orange
T: Starts with a lemony citrusy tartness and then a short bread bischit in the background forms a platform for a rich spiciness.
F: Creamy juicy tart with just below medium body and a medium carbonation with a very fine, soft bead.
O: A very pleasant lemony citrusy summer drink that combines satiating heft with refreshment. (482 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 ccrida
3.23/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch 2011-2/01-2012 (the former the brew date, the later expiration, I assume). Poured into a chalice, two jokers is murky straw yellow with a fluffy white head

Smell is very floral, spicy. Sweeter as is warms. Potpourri.

Taste is spicy, whoa. The adjuncts are heavy handed. Lavender and cardamon dominate, losing the esters, wheat and other classic character I love in this style.

Mouthfeel is dry, light bodied.

Drinkability is okay, it's a lighter, dry brew, and the high ABV is well hidden, but way to spicy for my taste. I love classic wit biers, these home-brew kitchen sink style ones, much less so... (616 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Pours an orange body with one finger fizzy head that dies quick and leaves no lace patches.
Aroma is floral and spicy with lavender and clove hitting me.
The yeast/wheat twang gives off fuller body, smoothness and some sweetness and aids in a citric hop bitterness and sharpness to the beer.
Balance is met with some tropical fruit like sweetness as well and finishes with a slightly sour kick. (394 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.98/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750 mL bottle pours a hazy dark gold color with a huge cap of off-white, large-bubbled foam. Decent retention and lacing. Pretty good looking beer, love the label as well.

Nose is heavy on the wheat and coriander with a fair dose of orange peel. Some Belgian yeasty aromas come through as well as a hint of citric hop.

Taste is lemony wheat and coriander driven. Pithy, bitter citrus peel along with a hearty helping of alcohol. For me, the wit is a style that need not be imperialized, so that factors into my low rating for this beer. Not to mention there is no way in hell I could finish a whole 750 by myself. Belgian yeasties make their presence felt near the end, but it is not enough to change my feelings about the beer. I was barely able to choke down my half of the bottle. I enjoyed the Sam Adams and Southampton versions much better. Definitely my least favorite Boulevard offering, usually love their stuff. (922 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy golden/orange color. At first a large white head rises to over two fingers. The foam gently recedes to a ring. Not much lace to speak of.
S: At first a fruity aroma of banana and clove. As the beer warms, much more subtle flavors come out. Other fruit aromas of apples and pears come out. Dry wood with some yeast and Belgian funkyness. Vanilla as well. Lots of great layers in the nose.
T: Not as complex as the nose, but still very good. Banana right of the bat with some sour and ripe apples. Just enough tartness that is never over done. A nice spicy clove flavor as well.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Fairly creamy and smooth, especially for a Witbier (which tends to be over carbonated and seltzer like). Very easy to drink. Something I will have no problems sipping on.

This seems to blur the line between a Witbier and a Triple. An all around excellent beer. Highly recommended. (910 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice beer. At first I was a little suspicious of the higher alcohol content, but it works. Ditto the extra malt, which actually enhances the tartness and mouthfeel. Poured with a small to medium head and no lace. Color is a lighter amber. Aroma is citrus, spice, and malt. Flavor is malt, sour cherries, citrus, spice, and sweet sour. Body is full and carbonation is great. Very drinkable/session beer. Even with the alcohol (which is present but subtle). (460 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this Smokestack bomber recently tucked into a small, out-of-the-way store, covered in dust from its long stay on the shelf. 1-2009 batch listed on the bottle. The Smokestacks have been uniformly good; I hope this one didn't suffer light exposure or any other indignity while it waited for me.

Pour is pure wit, a bubbly, white-haired, pale orange. A few floaties are polluting the glass. Carbonation is rampant. Smell is spice gone wild, heaps of coriander, white pepper, orange. Very nice, but on the edge of overwhelming. Into the lion's mouth we go.

I never had Two Jokers fresh, but after at least a year-and-a-half, it's aged like a champ: this is a spice rocket. As the nose knows, coriander, orange, pepper. Yeast is a bit over-evident. Herb mix comes in at the end, almost no 'wit' wheatiness at all. Effervescent, & a slugger, this could disapper in a whit.

Everything about this brew screams 'extreme' & it comes close to delivering. Hits its high point in the nose, spicing is over-the-top but tasty nonetheless. Another good beer from Boulevard. (1,069 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle $8.49. Vibrant, bright orange color. looks like a nectar, not much head when poured into a wine glass. Smells like citrus and tastes like biting into a powerful orange or nectarine, good stuff all around. This was the second American craft witbier I had today and they both deviated from the norm in a very good way. (329 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (415 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Asheville Growler. Served in a pint glass.

A- Pours a semi-hazy medium amber color with a 1/4 inch white head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of spackled surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Solid Belgian yeast aroma brings notes of banana, coriander and a hint of bubble gum.

T- Very different from other wits I've had as there is a very pronounced citrus element that seems to be equal parts yeast and hops. Sweet but with a good dose of spices to round it out. Juicy, slightly tart, more bubble gum. Alcohol is very well hidden.

M- Somewhat zesty but kind of thin and dry. Medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Very unique flavors going on here. They've pretty much pinpointed the ideal construct of an imperial witbier. (839 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kept a bottle of this stashed in the fridge for a stupidly long time. I dunno. I do that, sometimes, without meaning to. And sometimes the accidental aging does wonders for the beer...

Pours thick and gold with a firm, foamy white head. Smells of intense banana and lots and lots of spice. The pepper and alcohol nodes have been muted by age, and replaced with gigantic bursts of chamomile, coriander, lavender, and lemongrass. The sweet spices carry throughout the beer, and are balanced nicely by a very light wheatmalt and pepper nodes on the far back end.

It reminds me of a hyper-evolved version of Cisco's wonderful Grey Lady--a super spicy, lightly sweet wit that tastes like a combination of wonderful potpourri and a handful of strange, Victorian-era candies. (770 characters)

Photo of gford217
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle courtesy of EchoCharlieEcho poured into a tulip.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a big fluffy head that recedes fairly quickly to a clump of foam on top and leaves a little lacing.

Aroma is spicy up front with coriander and grains of paradise as well as some orange zest and tart lemons. The underlying wheat characteristics are present in the background with bananas showing up.

The taste is more of the same with the banana sweetness of the wheat forming a backbone for the spices - coriander and lavender especially. The finish is spicy and dry with a bit of alcohol burn which surprised me a little.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied for a wit and dry and spicier than most in the style.

An amped up wit with a hefty dose of additional spices, this is certainly one of the more interesting versions of the style I've had. It's bigger than most though and the burn actually limits the drinkability. (924 characters)

Photo of warnerry
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (798 characters)

Photo of illidurit
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy Diomede. Pours a hazy gold color with a big off-white head. Aroma heavy on spices with some apple/orange/banana esters and a bright coriander note. Fruity flavor with the same ester profile, a little tart, coriander and orange peel are apparent. Body is pretty full, carbonation is medium. Sweet but not too sweet. (330 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 cokes
4.13/5  rDev +2%
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. (1,022 characters)

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