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Two Jokers Double-Wit - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 201
Hads: 505
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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Reviews: 201 | Hads: 505
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 UrbanCaveman
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bier Station in Kansas City. Arrived in a tulip glass.

A: Arrived a cloudy orange-gold, with a decent pale head that left some appreciable lacing.

S: I was sitting right next to an open kitchen, so my sense of smell was a little muddled. However, citrus notes leap out of the glass with this beer, primarily orange, like walking through an orange grove a bit past harvest time. Some spice and herb notes are also present, though well below the citrus.

T: See the description of the smell. This beer packs a serious orange-citrus punch, alongside a pronounced spicey-herbal presence. Orange juice and peel tastes abound, mixed with heavy coriander, lavender, and hints of white pepper. As the beer goes along, a slight touch of lactic sourness makes itself known around the edges of the citrus blast.

M: Lively and sparkling, this has the right amount of carbonation sharpness to it.

O: A very enjoyable experience, and the first Boulevard offering I've liked out of what I've tried. Had I been able to find a case of this, it would have come home with me. (1,070 characters)

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.81/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer has a great look, is is a little hazy, kinda orange, with a decent head and carbonation. The smell jumps out at you, very spicy, I liked it very much and was very intrigued. The taste followed the smell. But the orange takes the lead instead of the spice, you really pick up the citrus, mostly orange. There is some spice but it is perfectly subdued and also just a touch of sour. After noticing the sour I then began to notice it in the smell. The beer is very smooth and clean, extremely easy to drink and there is no notice of the 8% ABV. Overall I was shocked how much I like this beer. I will have to get another one of these. (648 characters)

Photo of blckwiteboy
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (281 characters)

Photo of Nick_Bousquet
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%

Appearance - Hazy orange / amber color that is moderately opaque with light carbonation. Head is about one half finger after the pour and dissipates quickly leaving very little lacing.

Smell - Lots of citrus notes here, some traces of malt and perfume but the dominating characteristic is vitamin C.

Taste - Oranges, herbal notes, tartness, and an aftertaste of damp wheat. Much more flavorful than a typical wit beer and comes off closer to a saison in flavor due to the funkiness and sour notes. The flavor is powerful up front and at the finish but the wheat flavor is what lingers most

Mouthfeel - Drinks very easily and smoothly although is a bit chewier than most of the style. Very light on the carbonation letting it go down easily.

Overall - An unique take on the style and thoroughly enjoyable throughout. The balance is a bit off with the citrus not making way for some of the spice characteristics, but if you enjoy saisons or sours this may be one that you'd want to seek out. I would drink it again, but one glass in a sitting is all that would retain my interest. (1,088 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer, just not a lot of what I would expect in a Witbier. Pours a cloudy apricot color with an average size white head. Average retention and a little lacing on the glass. The aroma and taste are both malty and lemony with the spices prominently featured, coriander and lavender are particularly pronounced. The wheat bitterness is almost lacking.

Mouthfeel is fairly rich and the alcohol is well masked. Not a bad beer but not quite the "Witbier on steroids" that I was expecting. (497 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (1,475 characters)

Photo of MNishCT77
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle purchased at Connecticut Ave. Wine & Liquors in NW D.C., unknown brewing/bottling date but 2014 vintage (Batch #/Best By Date: TJ14127/02-2015], drank over 60 minutes out of my BBA snifter glass (thanks, Richard Hartogs and Grandstand!)

A: 3/3 - straw yellow coloration, murky (cannot read or see through), initial eggshell head settles into a retained glass lacing with some carb islands, moderate carbonation, moderate alcohol legs)

S: 9/12 - big damaging hits of cardamom, coriander, lavender and seeds of paradise all present and accounted for; some background wheat and alcohol but definitely takes a back seat to the spice; no hops aroma (which is surprising for a Boulevard Belgian)

T: 15/20 - on the front of the tongue, there's a slight bitterness that opens the taste buds and gives way to the spice and wheat; moderate alcohol burn on the back of the palate and the way down the gullet; slightly tart too but finishes dry, thirst quenching and refreshing

M: 4/5 - moderate bodied with high drinkability; moderate-to-high carbonation

O: 9/10 - if you like spicy Belgians this beer hits on all cylinders and is an interesting experience just as a slightly tart thirst quencher, and a little too much spice destroys the balance though; nice price point to boot at $9.99 for an 8% beer in an expensive beer city

TOTAL - 40/50 (1,352 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 Flounder57
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy pale yellow color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Vanilla, bready wheat, spice bomb, yeasty esters, orange peel, apple, banana, and clove.

Taste: Love all the spices that went into the beer. Especially goes well with this style. So smooth and balanced too.

Mouthfeel: Refreshing, chewy, tart, medium to full bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Awesome double wit. Love the twist between old and new. It works for me. (684 characters)

Photo of kellyej
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

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 (207 characters)

Photo of TheCondor
4/5  rDev -1.2%

I grabbed this up at the Fort Leavenworth Post Exchange on my way off post. They had a bunch of bottles just sitting around, along with Love Child #4. I bought several. Side poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a nice hazy golden color with a thick, foamy head of about two fingers and some change. Head retention is good, about halfway through the beer, leaves little lacing.

Smell - Very similar to what is described on the side of the bottle. Lots of tartness, bananas, fruits, and spices. Very complex nose, smells very interesting.

Taste - While similar to the nose, it is a little better than expected. Sourness, bananas, funk, wheat, coriander, spices, more spices! Pretty excellent beer, very complex on the palate but not too much at once. I now know why KC Beer Blog was so wound up about Boulevard bringing this beer back into production.

Mouthfeel - Thick, chewy, refreshing. Big on carbonation, goes down smooth.

Overall - This is a very good beer. Not having much experience with this style, I did not know what to expect and had to actually read about the style before I wrote the review. I am quite impressed with this offering from Boulevard's Smokestack Series. Condor recommended, Condor approved. (1,246 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 infinitebruner
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

August 30, 2014

25.4 oz bomber, tulip glass

A – Gold to deep gold. Huge frothy white head with a ton of persistence. Excellent wheat haze.

S – Sour, tart, a lot of lactobacillus. Lemon and orange. Very refreshing.

T – Sourness is the first sensation on the tongue and the last on the finish and aftertaste. Lots of citrus, maybe some guava or some other “spicy” fruit. Very sweet, not cloying while the beer is cold but starts to become a bit much as the beer warms. A lot of similarities to a Berliner Weisse. More maltiness as well as the beer warms.

M – Again, sweet, increasingly so as the beer warms. The tart and a touch of bitterness offset it, but not entirely. Light bodied. Decent carbonation, what I would consider standard for a wit.

O – A lot more sour than I expected from a witbier. Feel like it is a bit of a hybrid of styles. Tastes great and refreshing but the sweetness became a little overwhelming. In the second tier of Boulevard’s Belgian-style beers. (1,009 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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. (680 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Served from tap in a tumbler at Firkin.

I don't know what they're talking about: all I can see is a glass with some interesting atmospheric decorations. Anyway, this stuff pours a hazy brass-gold topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises lemon zest, light Sunny D, clove, a touch of black pepper, and a hint of cracked wheat. The taste brings in more of the same, a healthy amount of slightly tart lemon/clementine and orange guiding the spicy wheat ship to glory in the Napoleonic Wars. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a damn tasty wit, sorry, "Double Wit". I need more of this... (656 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 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 vette2006c5r
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Two Jokers pours a hazy golden color with a very small head. There is a very big bold aroma, lots of sweet Belgian candy notes, hints of orange. The taste has big notes of orange, various spices, Belgian candies, and finishes with first a tartness, then a creamy wheat flavor. A little flat, but big flavors. Overall its very flavorful, nice fruit flavors, not overly sweet. Good stuff. (391 characters)

Photo of ricchezza
4/5  rDev -1.2%

I was intrigued by the idea of “double” wit. Double as in Imperial, à la DIPA? Nope, this benefits from some souring (which I have yet to experience to such a degree in a witbier) and spice additions.

Pours an effervescent dull gold.
Smells strongly of lactic acid, wheat, and orange zest.
The taste on the forefront is an interesting juxtaposition of sweet and tart with notes of lemon citrus with a big wheat kick on the end. The wheat also adds slickness to the mouthfeel.
Very refreshing. (498 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 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 Mantooth
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (347 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on draft at Max's on Broadway

A-Pours hazy orange with big, quickly settling white head and minimal lace.

S-Aroma is big citrus, lavender and cardamom.

T-Refreshing citrus flavor that is mildly tart with coriander and orange and also a wheat finish.

M-Soft carbonation, light body, and smooth texture.

O-Overall a very nice and refreshing wit beer. Would get some more. (380 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.51/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass, forgoing the Hoegarden witbier glass of yore. Good solid pop off the cork.

A real nice deep apricot orange, with peach yellow highlights. Nice small rising carbonation in the middle with a soapy ring and soapy two finger head that settles quickly. This body color is very unique and impressive for a wit, really beautiful, really like it.

What a unique bouquet on this beer. Huge amounts of mint and peppermint candy like aromas. Spiced clove and sweet nutmeg like qualities. Spicy spicy SPICY! Zesty lemon and great herbality. This is large, not overly sweet either, unique, and real impressive.

Palate is real surprising too. Tart juice apricot and orange flavors, on a real soft chewy malt body with a bit of give and wetness to it. Mint action washes but stays away from sweetening things up too much. Lots of brown and warm spiced finish on the aftertaste, complimenting the mild tart aromas, almost with a winter warmer like quality.

What an interesting take on a heavily spiced witbier, they really showed off on this one. (1,077 characters)

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