Two Jokers Double-Wit - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 201
Hads: 502
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 67
Gots: 85 | 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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Photo of Strix
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale orange, frothy head.

Smells of lavender, lemonade, and orange.

Lemon and orange peel, coriander, yeast, pepper, and a variety of herbal notes.

Full mouthfeel, lots of carbonation.

This was subtly done and nice. I love the smokestack series. (264 characters)

Photo of Arithmeticus
2.68/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: clear golden yellow, thin head, no lacing;
S: pear, paint thinner (in a good way); inviting
T: very distinctive, lemony, acidic; exudes a Diet Sprite flavor with orange overtone; the alcohol is disguised well; the bottle conditioning is not as pronounced as I would have expected.

Overall, I'm not very impressed with this beer, a rare naysay for this one. (389 characters)

Photo of hwwty4
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (1,139 characters)

Photo of mwilbur
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
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! (706 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.92/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I must admit this is one of my absolute favorite beers and I look forward to it being available each year. It pours a golden yellow color giving way to a very pontent spicy floral aroma. The initial taste demonstrates the sweetness of a wit accompanied by corriander, cardamom, and lavender. The intensity of the spiciness gives light hints of pepper. The aftertaste yields a tart orange peel flavor. It is a nice mild finish to an intensely flavorful experience.

One a warm summer day, this is a easy drinking beer that could be consumed in large quantities. (561 characters)

Photo of Smurf2055
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed Nov 2011

In my Duvel Tulip. Pours a cloudy golden with two to three fingers of white head. Very pretty looking beer.

Aroma is bananas, cloves, gum, sweet and citrus fruits. Wheat and sugar, very inviting and complex.

The taste is an entirely different thing than the aroma. It’s sweet and sour, all the citrus comes out in it.

Palate is great! Good carbonation and rolls smoothly along the tongue. There isn’t much of an after taste to speak of.

Overall a very interesting brew. I’ve never encountered a beer that accomplishes what this does, giving off an aroma that isn’t anywhere close to the actual taste. Beautiful. (646 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 zhanson88
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy light orange color with 2 fingers of off white head. Pretty nice retention, lacing is open and abundant. Clings all over the glass.

Smell: Smells of cloves, belgian yeast, peppery spices and slight citrus.

Taste: Cloves, belgian yeast, and a bit of citrus to start, with a bit of peppery alcohol at the end.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Pretty full for a witbier; soft and creamy as well. ABV is 8% but I can't tell at all. Very drinkable beer from Boulevard. (512 characters)

Photo of Hopswagger
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes:

P: Big head with great white lacing and retention. A cloudy golden yellow color with streaming bubbles.

S: Herbs, orange and lavender, spices very evident.

T: Tart orange with mild malt flavoring. Great bubbles and a wonderful mix of herbs and spices. The flavors compliment each other nicely. Champagne like and very refreshing.

O: 1st witbier and will not be my last. Very impressed with this brew and will enjoy more in the future. (459 characters)

Photo of theboozecruise
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 oz. bottle into an Abita cylindrical glass. It's an orange-gold color with a huge white head. Great retention and lacing to the frothy head.

The aroma is very spicy, citric and strong coriander smells to it. There's a little ginger cinnamon smell to it as well.

The flavor is a lot like the aroma. Spicy with a multitude of flavors coming through. The coriander is still the most dominant note.

Great mouthfeel, creamy and a perfect flavor blend throughout each sip.

Great beer, one of the best yet from the Smokestack series. (552 characters)

Photo of khiasmus
2.78/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A Halloween-carnival, one of those silly harvest-festivals where one always has far too much sugar and pie, feeling sickly on the hay-ride, tired of listening to the same old songs pour forth from those tired old hands on that tired old guitar...
It was a light orange sunset, slightly cloudy, and little head, when we came clopping up the old dirt road, the Indian corn hanging by the doorway and a barbecue pit out back...
The smell of pumpkin-spice and coriander, cardamom, orange peel, and I can get the grains of paradise, such a silly name you know, I hope paradise isn't like this...
And the pies, the cakes, the sugar-corn... very sweet. Too sweet. Sickly sweet. Honey-ish, lemon-spice, an alcoholic mess of a finish, and that song goes on, won't his fingers get tired?
Fluffy, a bit of tongue-prickle from the carbonation, and a warm-syrup finish. I'm glad this only happens once a year, this is far too sweet, too much candy corn, I've had all I can handle. Time to get on home, gotta get that song out of my head... (1,026 characters)

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

Poured from 750ml bottle into New Belgium Globe Glass.

A. Poured a big 3 finger head. Not much lacing. Nice head retention. Cloudy golden color.

S. Yeast, malt, citrus, bananna, some spices, just a little funk.

T. Complex flavor. Citrus, spices, malty sweetness, just a little sourness.

M. Light/medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Crisp finish.

D. Very easy drinking. A refreshing delicous beer. Complex but very well balanced. (432 characters)

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

This beer pours a slightly hazy golden color with two fingers of white foamy head that retains well and laces a ton. The atoms is citrusy and spicy. The flavor starts with a spiciness and then becomes tart with sweet citrus. The mouthfeel is nice clean an balanced. Overall a great wit beer. (291 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 chumba526
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 2-2009

Appears a cloudy medium bodied orange color with a nice thick white head.

It smells like cinnamon, and other spices it almost smells like a pumpkin pie. There is a very slight caramel smell as well.

The taste starts off with mild, refreshing sour/ tart bite. The tart flavor leads to an orgy of spices. The spices range to a cinnamon like sweetness to a dry mildly spicy flavor. The balance of this beer is fantastic. It starts crisp and refreshing then moves on to a bold spicy flavor. The spice combination slightly reminds me of a pumpkin spiced beer.

The carbonation is natural feeling and adds creaminess to the beer.

This is a very drinkable beer. Though it has a strong spice flavor it is very crisp and refreshing.

An excellent and unique tasting wit. Worth the price. (797 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 roblowther
4.09/5  rDev +1%
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. (407 characters)

Photo of BeanBone
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (900 characters)

Photo of chocosushi
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smokestack Glass
A ~ Pours slightly hazed peach. Head is silken and lacing is spotty & scattered.

S ~ Floral notes & bready pale malts jump out of the glass. Note of nectarine, orange peel, & garden greens. Coriander smells very fresh & green. Very glad that oversaturated (artificial) orange peel is not shining here. I expected this to be an Orange bomb hearing double wit.

T ~ Coriander, blood orange, & lime zest...Bitter orange peel & firm peaches on the finish. Herbal notes of grass & mint with a slight rosemary hint. Twinge of lemongrass.

M ~ Peppery & not too clingy. Very herbal...Boulevard has the most unique way of expressing coriander in their Belgians. Off-dry finish.

D ~ Really great wit. So much attention to detail. Not much else to say, the Smokestack series has not disappointed me yet. Their Belgians especially! (841 characters)

Photo of KI9A
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pour into my tulip glass reveals a huge, puffy, inviting head. Settles into some lace suds. Hazy, golden.

S: Corrinder, cirtus, what you expect in a wit.

T: Not what I expect, well, somewhat..Sour oranges, corrinder, some clove. Not much lemon detected. Much more creamy than many wits, hell, this one makes many others seem watery. A "Cream Wit"? Seriously, it's alot like an orange dreamsicle, but with a bite.

M: Slick, smooth. Highly carbonated.

D: 8% ABV well hidden. Bottle went down very quick...too damned quick. Well done, again. Smokestacks rule! (563 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 StoneBrewFanatic
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Color is rich gold and cloudy; two fingers of frothy head with pretty good retention and some splotchy lacing.

S - Sweet, spicy, crisp and refreshing. Orange, cardamom, honey, clove and mild banana notes.

T - Follows the nose rather well. Upfront mostly just sweet and crisp. As it mellows on the palate a whirlwind of flavors come out; clove, banana, orange, cardamom and peppery notes are all there.

M - Crisp and light, but over carbonated for sure as once I actually got the cork out the beer came spewing out the top like it was a bottle on Champange or something...

D - Once again, crisp, light and refreshing. A very enjoyable brew, but nothing to jump up and down about. (686 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 Parrotbeak
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy mustard-orange, with a quarter-inch white head that remains. Good lacing.
The smell very interesting. Belgian yeast is there, surrounded by pepper, and minty fruit(s). After reading about cardamom, I am thinking the minty aspect comes from this. Orange and lemon, which I presume comes from the coriander. The malts can be discerned underneith it all.
Taste is peppery Belgian yeast, with a mix of tart, spicey fruits (orange, lemon, banana, and apricot, amidst perhaps others). The malts again are detectable beneath it all with an active search.
Mouthfeel is crisp with a fairly dry finish. Nice bite comes in halfway through. Medium-light body.
Drinkability is good. The alcohol is almost completely undetectable in the smell or taste. (743 characters)

Photo of jdubjacket
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the first double wit I've ever had. Split four ways between me, my brother-in-law, my dad and my sister's boyfriend. Pours a hazy orange color with a bubbly head. Wheaty, citrusy in the nose. Taste is very light and refreshing for a double wit. Like the nose, it's wheaty and citrusy. A little bubbly in the mouth, but not overwhelming. Very tasty beer. Enjoying the smokestack immensely. (396 characters)

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