Two Jokers Double-Wit - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 201
Hads: 503
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 67
Gots: 86 | 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 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 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 cjgiant
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%

On tap
Pours hazy golden (but is more clear as it reaches the bottom) with a tiny bit of pale orange as well. Effervescent bubbles keep a thin film on the surface and a nice amount of foam on the edges. A sniff brings a little tartness (seems like Brett to me, although the description doesn't mention it). Lemon and orange, as well as some earthy spice that I assume us the cardamom, and a bit of the lilac comes through. Overall, however, the smell seems a bit dull for all it has going on.

The initial taste is the citrus from the smell combined with a hint of banana. The tangy taste from the souring agent brings the full taste to remind me of lemon yogurt. The taste is mellowed with a nice earthy back that takes its time to remove the tangy initial tastes.

As a wit it's a bit tart; as a sour, it's a bit weak; as a combination, it seems just a bit confused. That said, there's really nothing wrong, but it didn't really work for me. (950 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden with a timid white head.

S - Funky hay, lemon citrus, wild flowers, coriander, faint honey.

T - Tons of tart lemons, some sour wheat, nice amount of spice, the citrus rides through to the end. A mix of sugary fruit hides underneath to combat the acidic citrus. Finishes dry and very crisp.

M - Soft and creamy, light to medium body.

The acidic tartness was a nice touch and unexpected. A great summertime beer. (431 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Hyvee in Council Bluffs, IA
Date: Batch "12010 04/2011"
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Overall, this is a good, tasty beer, but I'm not sure if it's suitable for 750ml bottles: it would be much more enjoyable to have a glass of this to mark the end of the night, rather than worry about finishing off an entire 750ml. This was a good, solid beer, but I'm not sure if I would get it again due to the bottle size.

Pours a generous >2cm head of slightly off-white foam, composed of small bubbles and quite dense, creating a nearly meringue-like image. Head retention is above average, it very gradually fades to a 0.5cm cap atop the beer. The head leaves some lacing along the sides, a few small lines and dots, about average. Body is a hazy, light copper brown, with light bringing out brighter shades of yellow and orange. Carbonation is visible, streaming from the center of the glass.

Aroma of nutmeg, cardamom, cinnamon, coriander, and some orange peel. In general, the scents are light, fresh, and spicy, reminiscent of a freshly baked sweet potato pie

The overall flavor profile is of distinct spices with a background of fairly substantial wheat and barley malt and a touch of ethanol. Tasting opens with mixed-malt sweetness tethered to flavorful pie spices including nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, and coriander. The orange peel from the aroma may be present, but the suggestion may induce the tasting. Mid-palate is sweet, with continued, substantial spices and the first showing of ethanol, all amidst a background of sweet malts. Back of palate picks up ethanol sharpness, with heavy malt sweetness and residual pie spices. Aftertaste is mildly sweet, with cardomom and vague nutmeg being the spices I'd use to most closely approximate it.

Body is medium to medium-heavy, with mid-level carbonation. The beer foams up across the palate, resulting in a generally smooth mouthfeel. Still, the ethanol presence is easily felt, giving a subtle burning sensation across the tongue and into the nostrils. Finish is semi-dry. (2,041 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%

Appearance: a light milky orangish color. a finger or so of a white head that fades slowly and leaves a film on the top and a lacing on the sides. completely murky and opaque. 4.25/5

Smell: huge whiffs of coriander and other spices. some lemon tartness and some slight banana. pilsner malt base along with some malt sweetness. 3.75/5

Taste: opens with a strong hit of coriander along with some peppery yeast. subtle malty sweetness comes in. lemon to lemon bread sweetness. the slightest amount of tartness. ends with a hint of lemony tartness and green apple skin. 3.75/5

Mouthfeel: very dry. pretty refreshing. a bit too hot and lingering on the coriander. 3.75/5

Overall: I really like the idea aimed for with this beer, I just think the coriander is a little too strong. it dominates the flavor and lingers behind after a sip. if it were a bit more refreshing and with less coriander this would be a great beer. (922 characters)

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Poured into a tall tulip at TapWerks in OKC. Cheers.

Hazy gold with a dusting of white bubbles. Big clove and ginger in the nose. Palate, on the other hand, is slick and sour, a lacto and wheat one-two (fruit) punch: Concord grape, mandarin orange, peach. Towards the end, it fills out, falling over the tongue with a blanket of creamy sugars. Finishes in that vein, a rich and fruity wheat that you forgot was even sour.

Great tasting beer, especially for the style. A craft-beer-lover's Blue Moon: sweet, wheaty, and easy-to-drink. There's a lot going on in this glass. (573 characters)

Photo of dpnelson1978
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into snifter
55°F

$9.99 / ea.

A: Cloudy straw body topped with a big loose head that quickly dissipates laving no lacing or cover.

S: Very noticeable orange peel and coriander aroma. The boasted lavender aroma is faint, but detectable if you are looking for it. Slight booze as it warms.

T: Wheat backbone with strong citrus and coriander notes. Perhaps a little more spicing than I would like to see, but the taste is not offensive. "Tart" finish is very light, and does not come across as truly sour (a good thing).

M: Medium body, with medium carbonation. Slightly acidic with noticeable sour character on the tongue.

D: Easy drinking double, with plenty of flavor. Easily accessible to a wide variety of pallets.

O: Solid selection, but nothing that blew me away. Pretty safe profile to introduce to less obsessed beer crowd. (850 characters)

Photo of antlerwrestler19
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a copper orange color that is too thick and hazy to see through with a thick 2+ finger off-white foamy had after a relatively aggressive pour. I'm getting a sour citrus aroma with bits of lemon, orange, sour grapes, and spices. The taste is definitely an American take on a Belgian Wit hosting a truly unique flavor of the yeast and an odd fruityness that is somewhat sour at the same time. I taste the spices at the back of my tongue and palate once done sipping. The mouthfeel for me is almost like drinking a dry champagne, which I'm not a big fan of. This is a decent beer on a hot day being that my AC has went out but I personally wouldn't go out of my way to get it again.

Enjoy! (694 characters)

Photo of thetomG
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly standard yellowish pour with a layer of white foamy head.

Aroma has a bit of pepper and other herbs & spices, and the flavor follows but is much more potent with an additional note of some orange/citrus. The alcohol comes through a bit in the end too.

Very bubbly and lively as you drink, the high carbonation level is very apparent.

Tasty beer and something I'm glad I tried, but it might be a bit much for me. I think a more traditional wit is more my style... (472 characters)

Photo of rtepiak
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a bit darker as expected for the 'imperial' aspect. almost orange... good head but mild in retention. nose is quite herbal. palate a bit sweet and excessive coriander and orange peel in comparison to the malt, wheat, and hop qualities. a bit astringent. sour wouldn't be the right word seeing as the lactic qualities were undermined by spicing. good for american beligan... but not something i would recommend to wit fans. bottle was a bit mealy.. may been a bit off. (467 characters)

Photo of bump8628
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Corked and caged Smokestack bottle, Batch 1-2009. Served at 50 degrees in a tulip glass.

Golden-orange in color with 3 fingers of frothy white head that falls back into wisps of bubbles on top of the beer after a few minutes. The high amount of effervescence is barely noticeable through a thick, yeasty haze.

The aroma is full of spice. The obvious coriander is there but the lavender, cardamon, and grains of paradise lend a more complex spice note than most witbiers have. It is difficult to discern which of the spicy and floral tones are from the yeast and which are from the actual spices. A tart sourness is also quite noticeable.

The taste is again ultra spicy and herbal. No single spice is discernible on its own, but they team up to deliver a massive tomahawk of muddled spiciness to the tongue. Lactic sourness competes with the spices for total dominance in this beer.

The finish is pretty dry and crisp but the spices and lactic sourness combine to make finishing an entire bottle on my own a chore. This beer would be great for a tasting or for pairing with a dish at a dinner party, somewhere where each person only gets a few ounces at a time.

I had this beer when it first hit shelves and it was overwhelming, however trying it again several months later it has definitely mellowed into a much better beer. Still my least favorite of the Smokestack series so far. (1,386 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 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 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 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 kjyost
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased n Minneapolis in Feb/2010 @ Surdyk's. Batch No 1-2009

Poured a cloudy yellow with average head and no lacing. The aroma was spicy, with pepper,and light fruit,mainly citrus. The taste was spicy overtop a light maltiness. Some sweetness was evident and pepper was evident. A citrusy fruit was evident in the finish. Strong carbonation in the mouthfeel,which enhanced the wit flavours. Spiciness was a bit too strong to make this a very drinkable beer. (461 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 BedetheVenerable
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Nice 750ml bottle, corked and caged

Appearance: Hazy dark straw/orange beer with medium streaming carbonation and a big creamy white head which soon fades to a thick film with nice retention

Smell: The expected orange and coriander notes are present, but with big doses of lemon creme and hints of alcohol as well.

Taste: Kind of strange; it's not really like your typical wit (which is expected). The booze comes through fairly strong, though it's not really hot; it's almost perceived more in mouthfeel than anything else. There are definitely orange and coriander flavors in the forefront, while the lactic yeast culture mentioned on the bottle struts its stuff with some mild sourness. There are also nice hints of lime peel.

Mouthfeel: Fairly heavy actually

Drinkability: Medium to medium-high

Conclusion: This is definitely an interesting beer and is fairly tasty. It's kind of like a cross between a Saison, a Tripel, and a really freaking boozy/heavy Wit. Which is all kind of strange. It's not something I love, or something I'd necessarily go out and get again. Something about the full body and the flavors just doesn't quite work for me. (1,172 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 emmasdad
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Saw this one on tap at Oskar Blues Liquids and Solids, and wanted to try this one after really enjoying Great Divide's Double Wit the other day. This one was, sadly, not nearly as good. Poured from the tap a promising golden honey color, with a decent bit of foam. Decent herbal nose, with coriander, cardamom and a bit of orange peel. Similar on the palate, with a bit of alcoholic punch. (389 characters)

Photo of kcjester
3.54/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into glass and had very good head. Light coppery color. The smell has fruity distinctions, specifically pear and apricot. Beer is highly carbonated and is very fruity. The bitterness is acidic probably from orange peel and as mentioned on the label a lactic fermentation. No real flavor or smell of hops noted. No distinct flavor of sweetness or malt noted. I wish there would have been more flavor/spice from corriander or malt sweetness to balance the bitter fruit. Drinkability is good and beer has slight warming character. Overall not a bad beer but lacks some characteristics that I enjoy in Belgian Wits. (618 characters)

Photo of RickS95
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
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. (884 characters)

Photo of jsh420
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
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 (517 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a hazy orange color with a fast-fading white head.

Aroma of corriander, orange peel, wheat, and cloves.

The taste had a hearty mentholated cough drop note that overpowered all else and was hard to ignore. Behind that was orange peel, malt and spice. Finish is on the tart side.

Medium bodied and dry with a bright carbonation.

To me, the mentholated cough drop taste was too much and soured the enjoyment. Not one of my favorites from Boulevard. (472 characters)

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