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Brooklyn Fiat Lux - Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Fiat Lux
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99 Ratings
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 08-09-2012)
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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a very lightly hazed almost straw-yellow colored brew with a decent white head. The head fades over a moderate amount of time to give a nice level of lacing

Smell - The aroma is biggest of a wheaty and lime smell. Mixed with these are aromas of yeast as well as some other lighter citrus aromas.

Taste – Throughout the taste there is a decent wheaty and bready backbone, with which other flavors come and go upon. In the start there is a stronger presence of the wheat then is present later on. A lime citrus flavor quickly comes to the tongue, along with a yeasty flavor shortly following. As the flavor advances further there are the spice notes that were detected in the nose; some pepper. A hay like and grassy flavor come to the tongue at the end with the lime growing even stronger in taste which leave a rather pleasant wheaty, lightly spiced lime flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. Both are good for the style and make for a drinkable and refreshing brew.

Overall – It is very drinkable and an interesting twist on a more classic style using lime instead of lemon. Worth a try and an interesting experience. Not one I would go to on occasion, but pretty nice overall.

Darkmagus82, Oct 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

LarsBrekken, Oct 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

JohnK17, Oct 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

doucmehu, Oct 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

gunclubchris, Oct 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

sendbeer, Oct 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

bonbini26, Oct 22, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

ejimhof, Oct 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Immortale25, Oct 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Mullinger1980, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 10/06/12 notes.

a - Pours a hazy medium yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of coriander, pepper, spices, cloves, and bready malts. Lots of spice and pepper, but pretty nice.

t - Tastes of coriander, spices, cloves, floral hops, bready malts, earthy notes, pepper, hay, and light citrus. A step up from the nose for me; more hops and less pepper.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a very nice witbier. I liked the taste a lot as it was a little less spicy and peppery than the nose, but overall an easy drinking, nice witbier from Brooklyn. Would have it again.

mdfb79, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of ummswimmin
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this at Ninety Acres in New Jersey. Great restaurant with a very good beer list. I'm glad to see when beer gets the same respect as wine.

They served this in a tulip style glass almost to the rim with absolutely no room for foam.

You get a little belgian sour nose. There isn't much more there. I get a little citrus as well, but that's about it.

The flavor is extremely mild. I continue to get minimal belgian presence.

I would recommend this beer for the summer on a hot day, but it doesn't really work in the fall.

ummswimmin, Oct 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

duff247, Oct 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

erha2, Oct 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

ColdPoncho, Oct 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Caterwaul, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into pint glass at Terrapin in Rhinebeck, NY. Pours a hazy golden orange color with a good deal of head. Spicy wild yeast aromas, but mainly herbal/heather/lavender aroma. Im not usually a fan of this type of aromas, but its not bad in this brew. Taste is very peppery wild yeast, some citrus, and some floral flavors. Its very complex, but one is all I could probably do. Very interesting brew, and well worth a try.

DrinkSlurm, Oct 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

mbs11, Oct 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

GennyCreamAle, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of scootny
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This is one of my favorite beers of the year. A very big head that sits atop a basically clear golden brew. Some good lacing that coats the glasss lightly and a thin covering remains after a gentle fade. Aroma has a lovely sweetness that is not traditional of the style while giving a good solid wheat core that is. Some bubblegum and maybe a dash of clove. Citrusy notes are bigger than the traditional orange. Lime gives a dryness to the overall character that replaces the general sourness that is common for the style. Yeast and corriander give a zesty spiciness that is reminescent of one of my all time favorites, Cuvee de Cardoz. Taste confirms the break from tradition with a solid wheat malt core and a bright citrusy lime hoppiness. Bubblegum shows up a bit in a honeyed malt that flows throughout. Lovely spice and lime combination flow to a bright citrus finish that is dry and hoppy. Feel is crisp and light with a quenching character that makes it highly drinkable. Carbonation is spot on, actively mlid but effective.Supple as it flows over the tongue, medium light weight. Drinkability is superb and delightlful. This is an excellent summer beer but the hoppy citrusy character makes it a great session ale for anytime of the year. A great take on the usual suspect an I am glad I have more than one growler.

scootny, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of ONUMello
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass
A: Pours a hazy wheat color with a thin head
S: Wheat, bubblegum and hints of spice and citrus
T: Spicy with a nice hop kick up front, but then a typical witbeir with wheat and bubblegum come through, followed by a lengthy spicy finish.
M: Light-bodied with a nice spicy kick
O: It seems I like this better than most on BA... it definitely is clear what style it is yet has a nice twist. Good beer that would be great if bottled to enjoy on the deck on a hot summer day.

ONUMello, Sep 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

bboymouse, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of BeerMe42
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

BeerMe42, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of barczar
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly hazy light golden yellow with a solid one inch whitish head that dissipates slowly, leaving streaky lacing.

Aroma reveals wheat, citrus, and Belgian yeast character, as well as a hint of confectioners sugar and cracker-like malt. There's an overpowering bubblegum/banana thing going on.

Flavor follows suit, with banana and bubblegum at the forefront, while lemon and lime zest notes complement the Belgian esters on a bed of wheat and slightly bready malt. Very refreshing, with a fairly dry, powdery finish.

Body is on the light side of moderate, with fairly high carbonation.

Overall, a well crafted brew, great for a hot summer day. Would drink again, but the bubblegum tones were slightly offputting.

barczar, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As summer comes to a close, the brewers at Brooklyn are soaking up every warm ray of light with this strongly citrus-focused Belgian-style witbier. In influx of lime zest insures high rate of refreshment to complement the already zesty spices and fruit notes of the base beer underneath.

Like many other Belgian wheat ales, Fiat Lux opens with bright goldenrod colors of yellow and straw. Lightly hazed, the beer glows like a prism as the light penetrates the cloudiness. A firm and airy head tops the beer in a creamy but loosely knit weave. Solid retention gives the eye a lot of confidence going forward.

The word "zesty" comes to mind as the nose reaches the brim of the tulip. Hallmark aromas of soft bready wheat with layers of apple and lemon esters then those of coriander and dried orange peel lay the foundation; but then there's a heavy dose of white pepper and lime that strike the olfactory senses in not-so-subtle kinda ways. Where the early impressions are witbier, the beer takes on gin n' tonic semblances late.

Sharp zesty lim hit the palate first and then allowing the more finesse attibutes of wheat, oranges, apples, and light sweetenss to branch out, engulfing the mouth slowly. The perfumy aromas turn around with a bitter pang in taste- reaching near soapy levels at times. The lime oils exacerbate this notion and surplant hop bitterness to finish, leaving the beer very peppery in nature.

Medium bodied early on, but as the champagne-like carbonation recedes, the dry wheat character leaves the beer pleasantly powdery to finish. Along with the sharp bitterness and mild lime astringencies, alcohol warmth further pushes the notion of peppery dryness to close out the beer.

There's a high celebration that's going on in this beer that pushes it upwards and outwards. Bigger than the typical witbier and lime additions seem to distract the palate a bit from the sheer refreshment of the originals, but the lime complexities definately offer intrigue to the currious palate.

BEERchitect, Sep 13, 2012
Brooklyn Fiat Lux from Brooklyn Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.