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Brooklyn Fiat Lux - Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Fiat Lux
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102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 08-09-2012)
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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
Photo of Kornoms
3/5  rDev -20%

Kornoms, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of brez8791
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

brez8791, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of pault
3/5  rDev -20%

pault, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of bluerabbit
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

bluerabbit, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of Sharkophile
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Had on tap at the brewery. Slightly hazed golden straw color with a hefty white head that recedes into practically nothing, which is a bit disappointing.

S: Smells very wheaty, with spicy yeast and citrus notes.

T: Opens up with some extremely bready wheat flavors, which goes a bit tart as the subtle lime peel and coriander come in. A bit of hop bite and more grain on the dry finish.

M: Medium body but feels quite light. Carbonation is spot on.

O: Interesting witbier. I've always wondered why nobody uses lime in this style because of its nice balance of tartness and bitterness, and it turned out quite well.

Sharkophile, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +6.7%

PEIhop, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of PorterLambic
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arrives a dark amber/yellow color with a white head that fades to just a thin film.
Smell is woody with spices, malt, faint hops and a good balance.
Taste is malt, spices (nutmeg, coriander, clove), oak, tortilla chips and a light hop.
Medium bodied, light effervescence, smooth. A very good brew with great balance throughout.

PorterLambic, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of rangr514
4/5  rDev +6.7%

rangr514, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of TwelveOunces
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass

This beer is hazy golden straw yellow with a one finger off white head. It has an aroma of wheat, citrusy hops as well as some earthy spices. The taste reflects the nose. It has a lot of wheat, the wheat is slightly spicy. There is a good bit of lemon zest from the wheat as well as some floral notes. There is some onion and herbal spices as well. The hop profile is more then what you would find in most witbier's. There is a nice citrus aroma similar to what I would expect out of an apa/ipa. The feel of this beer is fairly smooth and easy enough to drink. It is somewhat tart and dry but not too much so. Overall, this is a decent witbier, its more hop forward then the style typically entails but thats not a bad thing at all.

TwelveOunces, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of oline73
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at Max's. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with just under half a finger of white head. As the head fades, it leaves some nice lace on the glass.

Smell: I'm getting some light malt along with a spice note. The spice note is a bit garbled.

Taste: I can pick up the coriander and there is a touch of lime peel. Light but I wouldn't describe this beer as crisp. The finish is bready and yeasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This beer didn't really stand out in any way. Not bad, but I don't need to have another.

oline73, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of PatGreer
4/5  rDev +6.7%

PatGreer, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Blue Monk. Good yeasty wheat aroma, very fresh characteristics. Light coloured, carbonation bubbles are apparent. A tasty sweet, seet and spicy. Good drinkability for the style. with a drop of orange peel, nondescript spices, a little like a saison. Above average mouthfeel.

Sammy, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Texasfan549, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of brbrocc
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

brbrocc, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to finally try this beer...
The beer pours a rich looking golden yellow with no haze and a giant plume of fluffy white head. There is relatively good head retention, although there isn't any lacing. The nose is exquisitely tropical with big notes of lime zest and coriander mellowed out by a light wheat sweetness. Its taste is bitter, but approachable, sweet, but very well attenuated, and definitely a successful representation of liquid summer. The flavors are all bright and pop with each sip and it's an easy sipping beer. Definitely a beer worth trying and I'd try it again on tap or In a growler.

ThePorterSorter, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of BeerHunter76
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

BeerHunter76, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of socon67
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours golden with a cloudy look. A thin layer of foam settles quickly. Lacing on the glass is rings around the glass.

S - the smell is very fragrant. Scent of fresh cut flowers, honey, and coriander. There is a subtle tartness of citrus as well.

T - Flavors are sweet with a spicy note in the finish. Some light grains are present. But overall this is a light beer with mild spicy notes.

M - Easy drinker but the flavors don't lend itself to being particularly drinkable. I found the scent and flavor profile a bit much after one of these.

O - A funky witbier with a unique aroma. It is a standout, but not one I would enjoy more than once.

socon67, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

kjkinsey, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of John_M
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours a fairly dark gold color with good head retention and light lacing. The menu indicates that this witbeer was made with lime and coriandor, but I'm not picking up much of either on the nose. Mostly, I'm just picing up a considerable amount of clove and light honey, with maybe some underlying lemon and light coriandor. The beer is better on the palate, as now I'm picking up more of the lime, and it's a welcome addition to the clove, honey and light coriandor. The beer is a bit sweeter than I normally like to see in a wit beer, but is other pretty tasty and drinkable. Mouthfeel is a bit light with a somewhat watery finish, and I get some spice at the very end.

A nice enough wit, but it seems like there are a million others out there that are pretty similar to the version from Brooklyn brewing.

John_M, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of nkeckhar
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Blind Tiger 8/15

A: Medium gold with frothy white head
S: Bubble gum - very expected
T: Spicy, Sweet, and lots of bubble gum (overhwelmingly so)
M: Nothing crazy to report here.

O: This is not the style of beer I like, but I do like trying stuff that not everyone gets to try so was glad to have tried it. It was refreshing and a pretty different example of the style. Perhaps a little too sweet, but like what they tried to do here...and lets face it the name rules.

nkeckhar, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

DoubleSimcoe, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of jrenihan
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Blind Tiger.

Beer is golden in colour, with a smallish white head. Decent retention, good lacing.

Hops are really the focus of the nose. Lots of citrus; orange and grapefruit, some pineapple. Some wheat scents betray that this is not actually an American IPA. The Belgian yeast is present as well.

Taste has Belgian yeast, citrus hops (orange, grapefruit). Lots of coriander- too much for me, and I like coriander a lot. Lime is present but I didn't find it to be overly strong. Some bubblegum flavour from the wheat. Fairly bitter.

Medium bodied, highly carbonated. A bit oily.

Overall, quite good. Certainly not your typical witbier, with all of the American hops.

jrenihan, Aug 18, 2012
Brooklyn Fiat Lux from Brooklyn Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.