Two Jokers Double-Wit | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Two Jokers Double-WitTwo Jokers Double-Wit
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by naterock on 05-10-2009

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Reviews: 205 | Ratings: 517
Photo of infinitebruner
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of mdcrouser
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drinking from a Boulevard pint glass, poured from the Boulevard bomber.

This looks to be a pretty imposing wheat-wheat from the outset - almost thick looking because it's such a dark color for a wheat - orange-brown, with a huge 1 inch head, with a volcano-like crater from the pour, dying out to become a thin layer of white "invite."

Definitely wheaty on the nose, but in a big way, with additions of spices and citrus, finely complementing the wheat aromas.

Big bitter wheat, and coriander-like spices and hints of grapefruit and other citrus extending to the edges of the tongue, making you forget that you've ever had another beer before. It's seriously that enjoyable.

Heavy in the mouth, popping and cracking with each taste, becoming a bit syrupy and at the end, but by that point, your tongue is so worn out that it just doesn't care anymore.

Nothing left to write - smiling too much.

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Photo of TheCondor
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of jdubjacket
3.95/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of krisandajt
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tasty extra thrown in completely unexpectedly by a truly generous BA, mymrnngjckt. Kevin, you sir are truly a douche!

Appearance: With a pop of the cork, it's sound and trajectory scaring awake my slumbering canine, I pour the brew into my DFH chalice. The beer is a cloudy, bronze-ish golden color (much more vibrant than I expected) with a foamy, frothy, half inch worth of bubbly white head. Retention isn't the greatest, and the lacing is soapy and runny.

Smell: Sweet, much sweeter than I expected, with a mild variety of spices and overripe bananas. Refreshing.

Taste: Wife tested, BA approved. Shocking considering that the wife rarely likes a beer that I do. I had to wrestle it from her. Fortunately, it was worth the missing tooth and black eye to get it back. Bananas and clove, with a nice blend of spice to give it some variety. Definitely on the sweeter side, not really picking up any sort of bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Slightly over-carbonated, but not really enough to worry about. Nice light to medium body.

Drinkability: I gotta give this brew some good marks here. It's light, crisp and refreshing, and easy to drink...but most importantly it's pretty tasty too. I would definitely recommend this brew to anybody. Thanks again, Kevin!

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Photo of SpecialK088
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Snifter

Cloudy copper/off orange with a nice 1 finger head that fades quickly but leaves a full film over the top of the beer

Smell is all over the board rich spices, corriander, clove and others. Also very citrus notes lemon/orange peel and even a grape note

Smooth and extremly complex spices are ver full and stay throughout the beer with a nice level of alcohol and good spicy finish

Very smooth and complex carbonation is near perfect. Medium near a heavy body very full

Easy to drink and I'll be happy everytime it comes around

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Photo of wnh
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a goblet.

Pours a cloudy golden copper hue with a large, foamy, chunky cream-colored head that sticks around.

Big, spicy nose, with lavender and citrus zest taking center stage. Layers of flavor on the palate, with spice, sweet lavender, and tart citrus going back and forth, and light bready undertones throughout. Sweet and savory all at once. The abundance of spice starts to get the better of me, knocking the drinkability down just a bit.

Some might question the legitimacy of the style, but this is a fantastic double wit.

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Photo of thetomG
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
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...

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

poured into a EKU pokel. Cloudy yellowish orange with a three finger head. Yeasty floaties.

Smells of grapes and an array of spices. Orange peel, Lemon peel, Coriander and cloves. Malty backbone and a twinge of grassy hops.

Suprisingly sweet and spicy at the same time. Great balance and really gathers all of the spices well. Hides the alcohol well underneath the spices.

Mouth is moderate and perfectly carbonated with a lingering sweetness in the aftertaste. Drinks easy and wonderfully on a hot night. Really liking the new Boulevard offerings Kepp em coming!

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Photo of acelin
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Poured a golden, hazy color with a little head that didn't dissipate too quickly.

Smell- I have had many witbiers, but this one - you could actually smell the banana in it. Very fruity, very yeasty.

Taste - Lots of fruity banana right up front. Impressive. It was a little tangy, but nothing too bad - it was a very pleasant sweet tart.

Mouthfeel- Very medium, you could tell it had more than the average amount of alcohol in it.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of cjacobsen
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml into a goblet

Hazy yellow pour with a very frothy white head.

Smelled of spices and wheat with some citrus in there.

Heavy on the spices. Very upfront with orange and lemon peel. Some ginger played a role here as well. Had the citrus kick to it but was very tasty. The beer changed a lot as it warmed. The spices came out a lot more towards the end.

It was very malty and full in taste. Very palpable. It gave your tongue a lot to pick apart but it was smooth.

It was a very tasty witbier. Something that goes great in spring and summer months. Had a refreshing value to it and a lot of flavor.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cork was pretty tough to pop. Poured a murky golden orange/yellow with a very large white head that receded slowly.

Spice, cloves, yeast, sweet bread and fruits in the nose.

A little sour bite initially that rounds off with spicy sweet bread. Yeasty lingering aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was initially crisp but finished smooth and silky.

Not as easy to drink as typicaly wits, but it's a double.

Overall pretty surprising. I haven't been dissapointed by any of boulevard's recent beers.

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Photo of dpnelson1978
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of rbmjr1
4.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber.
Wow! It looks, smells and tastes great. It reminds me of Blanche De Bruxelles but much more robust. Bubblegum, bananas, lemon all in here with an overall slight tartness. Everything is very well balanced. I love the lemony aftertaste.
I can't believe this is 8% abv. I've probably had over 200 different beers in the past 4 years. And never have I encountered a beer that masks a high abv like this one. I'm tasting none of the alcohol, though, I am feeling some of it... :-)
I'd probably give this a 4.75 across the board. However, since I can't I tried to approximate it in my scores. I wouldn't give any beer a perfect score, only a near perfect score for my very favorites.
This is a great effervescent beer. It makes my top 10 list of too close to call beers.
The first chance I get I'm heading back to where I bought this and cleaning their stock of 2 jokers out.

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Photo of Nesued
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, purchased in Fayetteville, Arkansas while on a "road trip".

Appearance - Big frothy lush white head forms upon initial pour. Lots of lacing clinging to the glass as this ample head resolves. Lively carbonation and a slight haze to add to the yellow/slight amber colored offering

Smell - Big bold nose. Lots of yeasty, grassy aroma. Some spicy notes as well. Very grainy but exceedingly pleasing. You can't miss thi. Very appealing.

Taste - The spice notes make their appearance early and with affirmation. Loads of coriander and orange peel cover the ABV nicely, while adding to the overall strong malt backbone.

Mouthfeel - The first thing that hit me when I took the first sip was the density. This isn't a thin witbier. There is a big mouthfeel to this offering with a chewy body without feeling too heavy.

Drinkability - An 8% ABV witbier? Wow. An amazing easy-drinking summer offering with a big beer heft and body. I would never have considered a witbier to be a "sipper", but this is very close. Outstanding "bending the style" rules to show just what you can do with a wheat beer. Kudos to Boulevard for a great beer. Wish this was available locally.

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Photo of UTCengOwl
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, this is definitely interesting. Never had a beer like this before. It's kind of like a cross between the lactic components of Festina Peche with a Christmas potpourri. Got a bottle from the amazing Sunshine Mini-Mart on Anderson. The guy in there sure loves his beer. Popped the cork and poured it into a Great Divide balloon glass.

The beer pours a hazy, golden yellow. The head is initially huge, but it dies down a lot faster than I would have guessed. I had high hopes for the looks because of the past few Boulevard beers I've had, but this doesn't quite live up to those.

The nose is... spicy. Cardamom is taking over my nose to give a strong Christmas potpourri. There's also some tartness and orange peel there, but man, this is spicy.

The taste is initially a yogurty lactic beauty. Creamy and tart, it definitely delivers the goods on that end and blends perfectly with the mouthfeel. As the beer warms, the spices come to the forefront, but they are much more muted than the nose. I'd probably prefer a bit less of a potpourri and a stronger traditional Belgian White spice blend to come forth, but this does it's job of expanding my mind of what a beer can be. Can you really ask for more than that?

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Photo of stercomm
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Hennepin tulip glass.

A - Hazy light orange with a very large white head that takes a while to recede, leaving a nice white layer on top, with great lacing.

S - Getting sweet orange, some lemon,almost bubblegum scents, some slight biscuity malts.

T - Starts out with candied orange and almost a sour lemon, finishes a bit dry which is nice, good malty backbone, alcohol is hidden well.

M - Medium bodied, mild carbonation.

O - Excellent wit, lots going on.

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Photo of estlinska
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker from the bottle. Pours a hazy burnt orange with globs of yeast that settles to the bottom. Big frothy head, minimal lacing. The nose is slightly phenolic, but lots of sweet citrus, banana, and robust wheat. The taste is huge banana and clove, very sweet and very tart. The tart does help balance out the sweet fruit flavors so they are not cloying. The mouthfeel is creamy with the tart dominating the finish. Overall a good wheat beer. I think the tartness was unexpected, but really helped balance the beer.

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Photo of BDLbrewster
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an enlightened pale orange hue that is cloudy as the tunnel of a Texas twister. Frothy white head rises and then quickly falls leaving no lacing.

Smells of spicy fresh banana bread. Lots of banana and coriander in the nose, some Belgian yeast pokes through as well. The fruity smells I pick up remind me of gummy candies, ripe pear and apple. The aromas from the fruity yeast and the coriander mix strangely, producing an odor reminiscent of ginger root.

The taste is not quite as complex as the smell. Spicy and fruity on the front with some orange sweetness. Then comes a rush of coriander riddled banana that has a very faint sour, lactic characteristic to it. The alcohol is skillfully covered and only pokes through slightly in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is as expected, on the light side but still heavy enough to feel it in your mouth. High amount of natural feeling carbonation (not sure if it's forced or not.)

Very nice. I am loving the Smokestack Series and this brew does not disappoint. Huge drinkability and amazing taste, 8% WHAAATTT? Highly recommended.

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

750ml into a tulip.

A: Deep murky orange, gold highlights, and a nice two finger frothy white head. Quite nice.

S: Like a bouquet of flowers. Lavender, and spice. Maybe some light breadiness.

T: Strong lavender. Spiciness of coriander and orange peel. Bread and notes of clove, a light sweetness.

M: Heavier than any other Wit i've had, but for 8% it's quite fluffy in the body. A small level of crispness takes over on the finish.

D: Very very nice big witbier. Boulevard continues to impress and surprise with this smokestack series, and this lavender and spice is no exception.

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Photo of alphagnome
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
Bright but cloudy orange body. Thick, fluffy white head. Plenty of carbonation. Little to no lacing and retention is a bit lacking. Nice legs, however.

Aroma:
Incredibly tart,sweet, and jam-packed full of coriander! Lavender and pepper add a very unique overtone to this brew. Light malt and citrus character.

Taste:
Tart right up front. Plenty of spicing (mostly coriander, lavender, and pepper) pack a tasty punch while you're thirst is quenched by sweet, tropical citrus fruit. Where's the alcohol - this one has less bite than a Miller Lite. Ginger shines through as it warms.

Mouthfeel:
Bubbly and incredibly light. Smooth and tart. Sweet, clean finish.

Overall:
Simply awesome. This ranks up there with Tank 7 as my favorite beer from my favorite brewery from Missouri. If you see it, grab it, and you'll be blown away!

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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 tito42
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from 750mL Smokestack champagne bottle to a Smokestack tulip. Batch 2011-2, best by 01-2012.

A: White, fluffy head that dies down quickly but sticks around. Straw in color with plenty of unfiltered particulate.

S: Doughy yeast, wheat, orange peel, coriander, slight banana.

T: Wheat forward with a very strong, very tart burst of apple and tangerine. Coriander, cardamom, and lavender spice the finish and cleanse the tartness. A peppery kick in the aftertaste as the brew warms.

M: Refreshing and light-medium bodied, this is a great summer brew, yet has enough body to be a nice beer any time of year. Active carbonation adds a nice zing to the finish along with the spices, but doesn't dry the mouth out at all. No hint that this is 8.0% as you enjoy it. Well done.

O: A very good witbier. I personally do not prefer the tartness of the citrus in the taste, but many likely will. Still a very nice wit that I will enjoy next summer!

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Two Jokers Double-Wit from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.