Two Jokers Double-Wit - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 202
Hads: 507
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 20.1%
Wants: 69
Gots: 85 | FT: 2
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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 BeanBone
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A thoroughly hazy golden-amber body capped by a massive mountain of whitish head that leaves patchy lacing.

Aroma: A mix of sweet cereal grain malt, non-descript spices, apricot, citrus, and something that's menthol-like (in a good way).

Flavor: A strong base of bready wheat-like malt, some slightly sour qualities, spices, and some very mild hops. The citrusy menthol-like element returns, and again, is a pleasant addition. Not much sign of the eight percent booze to be found.

Mouthfeel: A smooth medium body with medium-light carbonation and some bare hints of burn from the alcohol.

Drinkability: This drinks much faster than an eight percent brew, so watch yourself.

Verdict: Kind of a wild card, think of Two Jokers as a strong Witbier with some slightly sour and menthol notes. I expected another boozy and bland "double Wit," but found something a little more interesting.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.98/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of jampics2
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The second beer in our "Super Boulevard Beer Tasting" for the Saints world championship victory!

Looks great - like an orange cloudy slice of bliss. Little head but very appealing.

Smells of spices (corriander, cloves, grains of paradise) and some citrus. Orange is apparent, but there is some lemon and grape skin as well.

Taste is wonderful. Wow! This ended up being a huge hit with our friends and was one of the favorites of the Smokestack line. A great wheat base sets the stage for orange, corriander and spices, and a wonderful lactic zing. Awesome stuff!! Not hot but strong.

Heavy carb makes up for the amost syrupy viscosity. If anything, the mouth is this beer's downfall, but I don't know how you'd do a double wit with all the flavors and not run into this issue.

Good beer, one I'm glad to have toasted with as the Super Bowl started.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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...

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Photo of hwwty4
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a corked and caged 750ml into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. This beer pours a golden, hazy wheat with a big, fluffy, off white head that leaves no lacing as the beer recedes. This beer has some crazy head retention. There seems to be always an inch high hat sitting on top of my beer. The aroma is interesting. The first aroma that hits me is a slight lactic sourness that's backed up by some serious spicing. Cardamom, lemon zest, orange peel, clove all make an appearance. Also over ripe bananas and just a little bit of toast from the pale malts. The flavor is just as interesting. Its extremely spiced. Grains of paradise, cardamom, a bit of dried flowers, and clove all mashed together with some lemon peel. Also a slight toastiness to it. Unfortunately the slight sourness that comes out in the nose is completely lost on the flavor profile. I wish the Boulevard team would have sour mashed it a bit longer. The mouthfeel is full and creamy. I have to admit that I completely disliked this beer when it first came out, but it turns into a pretty easy drinking Wit. A lot of the sweetness died down which makes it easier to drink.

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Photo of bret27
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of Diomede

S: Coriander, orange peel apparent, spicy, esters

A: Hazy golden yellow. Decent head and lacing

T: Citrus, multiple spices. Dry tart finish w/a little alcohol heat.

M/D: Smooth and silky. Smoothness I think related to wheat. Dry tartness but a little over-carbonated. This category could potentially be a 5 if this was corrected.

Overall: looking back I gave it 4's all around. Which means good. But the least fav of the Blvd smokestack beers I've had.

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Photo of illidurit
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of froghop
3.47/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a semi-hazy orange with a large bubbly head, above average carbonation, and some lacing.

smell is of yeast, spice, malt, pepper, and wheat.

taste is of orange peel, spice, malt, citrus, and wheat, end is tart.

overall more of a berliner weiss than a wit.

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Photo of drpimento
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
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).

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Photo of TexIndy
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a snifter. Good label. Batch 1-2009 but not sure the date. It was a hazy golden yellow with massive carb streams throughout. It had a very large white head that settled into a thin foam cap and good collar. Slight lacing.

The aroma was excellent and chock full of spices. Heavy on lavender and grains of paradise plus cardamom and the standard wit base of coriander and orange peel. A real good sniffer but you have to be careful or the lavender starts to overwhelm. The taste follows the aroma. Again, led by the lavender and grains of paradise atop a buried wit base. I really like the taste on this one but it's hard to find the wit in it unless you know to look for it since some many non-wit spices taking center stage. Not a complaint - just that it could be any lighter style. The 8% ABV never comes into play - couldn't smell it or taste it. Mouthfeel was crisp with a lot (almost too much) of carbonation. A definite gas inducer.

Overall, an excellent beer and the best double wit that I've had. I'd been putting this one off as, while I love wits, I find most double wits to be too dominated by alcohol taste and not very good. Glad that I finally tried it. Highly recommend. Rotation - avail here in TX. Part of the Smokestack series so not sure how long it will be available so need to grab a few more while fresh. If stays in rotation will get a few a year.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.66/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 9/23/2009 (bottle batch#2-2009):

Pours a huge whitish head, extremely quickly diminishing. I've never seen a head form and disappear so quickly. Somewhat opaque body, light orange cloudy in color. Sweet spicy aroma, very floral, reminiscent of an Abbey Triple. Maybe coriander. Very fruity, light fruit like white grapes, pears. Not an overly strong aroma, might be related to the disappearing head. Sweet taste, orange peel, maybe clove. Not a strong taste. Diminishing aftertaste. Though a sweet spiciness lingers. Very mild tasting, almost bland. Billed as a double wit I expected more flavor. But it's not bad, just not as flavorful as I was expecting.

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Photo of mikeborglum
3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 Ml corked bottle; herbal floral aroma, orange tan color with some cloudiness, tall tan colored head, lightly sour/tart taste, medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, long smooth finish. I like this whole series of brews from Boulevard

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy orangish/yellow color with huge carbonation and big white head. Nose is spive, yeast, coriander, bananna. Taste is slightly spicy, banana, cloves yeast and a nice warming with subtle banana. Medium body. Balanced and damn good. Drinkable, hell yeah!

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Photo of mwilbur
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter. Batch # 2-2009.
A: Pours a beautiful yellow-orange with slight cloud and hint of yeast sediment. 2+ inch thick bubbly white head. Like admiring a wondrous sunrise.
S: Fresh belgian spice, yeast, coriander, citrus (orange) zest, and grain. Very nice!
T: Bright orange and spice up front. Settles into citrus hops, yeast, and hint of malt. Wonderful for style.
M: Initially bright, light, and crisp. Then slightly bitter and acidic. Finishes smooth and dry.
D: Very drinkable and a wonderful brew. Refreshing and interesting. You can tell this is still a wit...but more. I highly recommend this one and I continue to enjoy Boulevard's experimentation with this series!

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Smokestack glass

Pours 1 finger of slight off white head. Decent retention, but no lace at all. Color is a very hazed orange mango. A very nice looking beer.

Aroma: Nice and yeasty with a lot of spices. Coriander, orange peel, and grains of paradise I guess. Very fresh.

Taste: Wow, this beer is a huge wit. Tons of wheat flavors and spices. Pretty much the same as the aroma, but with some alcohol mixed in.

Mouthfeel: Very spiced and crisp, refreshingly smooth. Medium bodied with a lot of carbonation. Ends with a dry spiced aftertaste.

Overall, this beer is big. I am glad I got a buddy to split it with because I would have a hard time with it by myself (just so many spice notes). But, for the abv, fairly drinkable I'd say.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from my buddy bonsreeb85. Cheers!

A- Pours a light hazy golden color with a thick white meringue head that leaves some scattered lacing.

S- Big whiffs of citrus and spice. A slight sourness with a bit of floral aroma as well.

T- Nice full citrus flavor with tons of lemon, orange, and green apples. A light sweetness is present throughout that is contrasted slightly with a bit of tart fruit and spice. Definitely some coriander and banana as well. Really nice flavor.

M- Medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Alcohol was exceptionally well hidden.

D- Easily one of the best Witbiers that I have had. Nice bold flavor with a delicate feel.

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Photo of dfillius
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a wine glass. Brewed 1/09, poured 7/09.
A: One finger of tight fizzy foam with poor retention. I'd like better retention. Liquid is a dark cloudy lemon-gold.
S: Bright, citrusy, spicy
T: Very citrusy sweet, almost like lemon-lime. Different than other wits and double wits I've had. Strong spice/citrus, but not too much. It's balanced by malt. Tastes almost like Sprite + beer. The great part of this beer is it doesn't rely too much on coriander for flavor.
M: Bright, very well carbonated, though maybe too fizzy. Nice lactic tartness.
D: Very high. Delicious. I went out and bought a second right away to share. I'd definitely order another at a bar.

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Photo of roblowther
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very cloudy almost luminous gold with a fizzy white head that dissipates and leaves no lacing. Sounds like that test from Kung Fu. Smells of lemons, apricots, and honey. Tastes peppery and citrus-y. Oranges and cinnamon. Very tasty, very spicy. Mouthfeel is aggressively carbonated but not so that I feel it will beat me up or steal my wallet. It is very drinkable, very refreshing and balanced. Daddy like.

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Photo of grub
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

picked this one up on a recent trip to MN.

750ml bottle, corked and caged. sampled oct 15/09.

pours very hazy golden yellow with a fluffy white head. the head drops slowly and leaves a bit of spotty lace behind.

aroma is great. clove and spice. orange peel. bright floral presence. white bread. cracker. bit of biscuit. light alcohol. orange and tangerine. hint of caramel.

taste is good. orange peel. orange and tangerine. clove and coriander. bit of other spice. nice floral character too. light alcohol. bit of tropical fruit too. whole wheat bread and cracker. touch of caramel sweetness. low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. just under medium body with a fairly dry finish. high carbonation level that carries a bit of sting.

drinkability is great. nice balance. light and spritzy. delicious!

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Photo of Viggo
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
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!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly cloudy apricot with lightly cloudy lemon along the edges. Generous carbonation has created an expansive crown of ecru colored foam that is mousse-like in its airy creaminess. Sea foam sheets of lace are beginning to stick as the suds slowly sink.

The spiciness of the aroma is more varied than in the typical witbier, thanks to cardamom, lavender and grains of paradise, in addition to the usual coriander and orange peel. Only grains of paradise (especially) and coriander are appreciated by my nose. This should be pretty tasty beer.

Two Jokers definitely has more going on than the typical example of the style. So much so that it doesn't taste much like a witbier. That's fine because it tastes good, which is all that matters. The spices have no trouble burying the alcohol, which is yet another positive.

The pale wheat malt backbone (with a touch of toast) isn't as burly as expected given the ABV. Hop flavor isn't appreciated, but their alpha acids tip the scales in favor of bitterness. Tanginess is pretty prominent too.

Other than wheat bread and wheat toast, the flavor profile includes lemon zest and a few of the added spices; grains of paradise and coriander predominantly. The estery Belgian yeast adds a small shot of warm clove and some bruised banana, which contributes yet another dimension (of the hefeweizen sort) to this quasi-complex Belgian-style ale.

There's no letdown at all when it comes to the mouthfeel. More heft would have been nice, but ease of drinkability cannot be faulted. The carbonation is still boisterous (not fizzy) and injects plenty of sparkly energy.

Two Jokers Double-Wit (yet another winner from Boulevard) should appeal to anyone who likes Belgian-style beer, spiced beer or well-crafted beer in general. Whoever is in charge of the Smokestack Series at BBC needs to keep up the good work.

*originally reviewed 10-03-2009

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Photo of bump8628
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Two Jokers Double-Wit from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.