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Schlafly #20, Volume 3: Citrus Witbier - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly #20, Volume 3: Citrus WitbierSchlafly #20, Volume 3: Citrus Witbier

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BA SCORE
88
very good

27 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 27
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Appearance: Light golden, hazy
Process: Belgian unfiltered, Flavored with coriander and citrus
Hops: Hallertau
Malt: Euro-Pils, White Wheat, Torrified Wheat
Yeast: Belgian Witbier
OG: 11.5
SRM: 3.5

(Beer added by: AlCaponeJunior on 07-26-2011)
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Reviews by gpogo:
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gpogo

California

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Hazy straw body with a large fluffy white head that dissipated to a foam cap and left a sparse lacing.

A- Tart wheaty aroma. Perhaps a very subtle citrus aroma, but nowhere near as prevalent as I would expect.

T- Citrus and coriander flavors are not as prominent as expected. It has a spiciness and a unfiltered wheat flavor most prominent. No alcohol or hop flavors. Tart wheaty finish. Creamy wheat aftertaste.

M- Milky smooth mouth feel. Medium-light body with moderate carbonation.

D- Quite enjoyable and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 01:51:27 | More by gpogo
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NickCee


5/5  rDev +24.7%

01-01-2013 23:27:21 | More by NickCee
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Zaphog

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -19%

07-02-2012 18:46:37 | More by Zaphog
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jrcmlc

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.2%

04-03-2012 19:29:19 | More by jrcmlc
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle tried 23 Nov 2011. Served in the 0.5 L Franziskaner hefe glass.

Medium sized white head. Medium carbonation. Cloudy mustard yellow in color. Aroma of orange, yeast, wheat, a touch of ethanol. Starts similar, juicy orange, lots of yeast. Ethanol is slightly warming, medium chewy body. Lingering fruitiness, zest and juice. Hint of coriander and clove. Touch of mineral water.

Decent but not great.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 04:26:40 | More by htomsirveaux
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drewloc

Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.2%

02-10-2012 16:00:43 | More by drewloc
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Madjr

Missouri

4/5  rDev -0.2%

01-27-2012 21:59:21 | More by Madjr
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mtparty37

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.2%

01-25-2012 21:11:43 | More by mtparty37
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BJasny

Texas

5/5  rDev +24.7%

01-20-2012 05:05:20 | More by BJasny
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shanblur

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased this close to the source in St. Louis, MO. Poured from 750ml bottle into a snifter. A - Akin to other Witbiers, hazy light yellow with a white head. Moderate lacing and retention. S - Smells of wheat with some citrus and spice. T - More wheat on the taste than spice or citrus, very enjoyable. M - Light in body, with a generous carbonation. Very drinkable, and a good representative of the style. Not distinct by any means.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 23:54:17 | More by shanblur
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft poured into a snifter

A: Pours a deep but bright orange/yellow color with a dense, foamy snow white head.

S: Aroma is gratuitously Belgian with some yeastiness, apricots, fig, nutmeg, light clove and just a bit of tinniness.

T/M: Medium amount of carbonation with bready malts, apricot, tangerine and sweet melon up front and more nutmeg and cinnamon spice on the end.

It's light on the palette, finishing abruptly and while the bubbles are as prominent as in dedicated Belgians, it's dense like a true wheat and reasonably complex. Unfortunately, it's pretty average otherwise.

TheBeerAlmanac.com

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2011 01:00:41 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 750 ml painted brown bottle. Sticker on the bottom says bottled with love on 10/20/11. Picked up at the Schlafly Bottleworks.

Appearance: Super hazy dark golden-orange brew, crowned by a nice white cap with decent retention.

Smell: Tons of tart wheat up front, a hint of caramel shortbread, though there's no caramel malt in the grain bill. Subtle citrus and spice as well. Perhaps a ghost of vanilla.

Taste: Though the aromas suggest a typical (if quite pleasant) wit, the flavors don't quite line up. The citrus and spice are more restrained than I was expecting from the aromas, remaining subtle throughout, and becoming more appreciable mainly on the finish. There's a strong, dry, grainy maltiness (that's quite pleasant) up front, along with a bit of vanilla. Though this is nowhere near boozy, there's a bit of alcoholic strength present, which is also nice. No real hop flavor, unlike many strong wits.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, smooth and creamy.

Overall: Overall, this is quite a nice strong wit. Last night I had another that I quite liked, and this is a style I typically avoid. Double or strong wits have just never really done it for me. This one is quite different from last night's (Clown Shoes' Clementine), in that it's really just an typical wit scaled up a bit. The dry grainy backbone is great, and the mix of citrus and spice is nice. This would be a strong B+ (i.e. I would consider buying it semi-regularly if it was around) but at a price point of $9-10, it's probably not something I'd buy often, hence the B. Put this in a sixer for $10, and I'd deft. pick up a couple ever summer.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 03:29:09 | More by BedetheVenerable
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JustinMatthew

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

12-10-2011 15:38:08 | More by JustinMatthew
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another highly experimental twentieth anniversary ale from Schalfly. Citrus Wit carries the heaft, creaminess, and flavor profile that most similarly resembles Hefeweizens than Witbiers, but with a heightened citrusy demeanor that's not entirely hop derived.

The wheaty ale starts with a deep yellow, nearly golden and with an orange-like tinge. Cloudy as most German and Belgian wheat beers are expected, the beer just carries a lot of visual weight. Creamy white foamstance lasts for half the session before settling in with no further lace or retention afterwards.

Refreshing scents of citrus and fruit abound from the rim of the glass. Full bready aromas provide a base for the fruit, hop, and ester complexities. Dough, yeast, and fresh baked breads give a rich aroma to balance the understated sweetness, spiciness, and fruit notes.

Full flavored for a Witbier, the heavy wheat flavor replaces the crisp wheat character of Wits for the more rich taste of Hefeweizens. Banana esters and clove phenols only further emphasize the German wheat character. However, citrusy notes of orange peel, light lemon and apple acidity begin to rein in the Belgiany attitude. Hoppy with citrus and earthy focused hops both balance the beer and give a surprise element to the softly bitter finish. Bready, doughy, and softly spice with corriander also seem to balance with white pepper and cumin for a zesty brightness to coincide with malt richness.

Full bodied for a style that is famed for high drinkability, but this bolder version gives a rich creamy, starchy, and protien rich texture that lingers into finish before the zesty citrus and herbal bitterness usher in a warming alcohol feel that only modestly dries the finish.

A very inviting beer that promotes the flavors of both Hefeweizens and Witbiers, but foregos the refreshing drinkability that's famed by classic Belgian Witbiers.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2011 20:38:46 | More by BEERchitect
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a cloudy grayish lemon yellow with one finger of white head.

Aroma of lemon, apple and yeast.

Tastes of lemon, tart apple, white wine, yeast and saltine crackers.

Lighter bodied and very dry with a moderate carbonation.

I really enjoyed this beer from Schlafly. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 18:40:36 | More by Monkeyknife
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CMW

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a lemon color that is hazy. Large white head with soapy lacing is also a plus.

S - Yeast, bread, orange peel and some coriander.

T - Citrus flavors come through up front. I can notice orange and lemon the most. This fades to a bread-like taste that remind me of saltine crackers. Finishes clean with little aftertaste.

M - Carbonation is more muted than I thought.

O - Not my style but a good representation all the same.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 04:15:29 | More by CMW
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zeff80

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden orange color with a two-finger, egg-shell white head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy sheets of lace ont eh glass.

S - It smelled of citrus and strong yeasty notes.

T - It tasted very yeasty with cracked wheat notes. Nice citrus flavors with a touch of corriander.

M - It was crisp, sharp and snappy on the toungue. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a very nice witbier. Another well done anniversary beer from Schlafly.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 01:57:31 | More by zeff80
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homebrewhawk

Kansas

3.35/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Dansting for this one. 750ml. bottle served in a Tank 7 tulip. Poured a very hazy pale gold with a finger or so of white head. Aroma of this had me worried. Smelled very off, like it had some fermentation problems. The taste was better. Soft with some subtle clove. Citrus was pretty subtle as well. Wheaty finish. Light bodied, nice mouthfeel from the wheat. Aroma really improved as it warmed, clove came out a little more. Overall, I was a little disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 05:21:31 | More by homebrewhawk
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mobius387

Florida

4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to wilkins44 for this!

poured from a 750ml into my Boulevard tulip glass (also from wilkins44)

appearance: awesome looking brew. soft and golden yellow that is completely opaque, big white fluffy head with only a few bubbles in it.

aroma: nice smells of yeast (typical witbier smell), but accented by some lemony/citrusy tones. very pleasant on the nose

palate: i was expecting some overpowering yeasty body, but this is a very soft feeling beer. leaves a little bitterness to it, but nothing compared to other witbiers (which i always disliked about them)

taste: a beautiful blend of the strong yeasty flavors with the citrusy lemon. its not blow you away flavor, but just strong enough to get the point across. even tho it doesn't have the power of a strong stout, this is still a beer that is great sipped. i get a little bit of the spices at the end

overall: i was pleasantly surprised with this beer. my first from schlafly and i am very impressed. will definitely try to trade for more beer from them

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 23:37:44 | More by mobius387
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BigJarv79

Missouri

3/5  rDev -25.2%

11-15-2011 03:11:31 | More by BigJarv79
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DCon

Missouri

4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 1 Pt. 9.4 Fl Oz. bottle of this from Whole Foods Market in Brentwood, MO for $10.99 (Can't believe I found this outside of the Tap Room or Bottleworks!). Poured from the Easy Logoed Bottle w/ "SCHLAFLY BRAND" & No. 20 in Olive/Green into my 0,47l New Belgium Oversized Snifter Glass. Has Bottled with Love on 10 20 11 on the bottom of the bottle.

Aroma- Very strong citrus and lemon aroma with a bit of sweetness. Has very mild spices and herbs as well. Floral also in here!?!? Whew, awesome!

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger head that stays for good time. Has a deep golden colored body that has so much haze that it gives itself an entirely different color. Leaves good lacing behind.

Flavor- An easy and sweet brew from the beginning. Zesty? Check. Citrus involved? Check. Fruits that I can't make out? Check. A well blended amount of herbs, floral hops, and spices? Not sure here... Have to give it a Good mark here. Has a semi-dry finish as well.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, a bit creamy, and then has an easy acidic finish that doesn't leave much on the palate.

Overall Impression- Very refreshing and interesting but doesn't get crazy or anything. Stays very above average for the style. If you find this on-tap, I would try this @ either the Tap Room or Bottleworks but not spend the $11+ on the 750mL bottle. Enjoy if you get a chance!

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 01:42:12 | More by DCon
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seth72104

Missouri

4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-14-2011 20:41:36 | More by seth72104
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lh012717

Kansas

5/5  rDev +24.7%

11-14-2011 20:34:42 | More by lh012717
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Ommegang flute from a 750ml bottle.
Bottled: 10-20-11

A - Pours a muddled and muted murky yellow. It is quite hazy. There us a nice 1 inch white head that has some medium density and recedes pretty quickly down to a thin film.

S - Aroma is delicious! So refreshing. Very yeasty chalky notes with some phenolic notes. Very fresh aroma. Spices such as peppercorn and coriander. There is also some slight clove. Slight lemon peel can be perceived.

T & M - Wow. This brew tastes amazing. Very well crafted witbier. Flavor starts of bready with tons of sweet and tasty wheat. Very grainy flavor, I feel like Im eating wheat. There is some nice yeasty character that IMO is what makes this beer great. It is quite full bodied for the style. Clove-like notes with some slight phenolic qualities as well. There is some good balance form the hops with a slightly bitter finish but its mostly a Wheat heavy beer. There is also some nice refreshing lemon notes in there but they are not too intense. Excellent brew by Schlafly.

O - Great brew. Very refreshing and drinkable. I should've gotten myself more than one bottle. Great job Schlafly.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 19:22:03 | More by JoEBoBpr
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emerge077

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tiny label on the bottom of the bottle: "Bottled with love on 10 20 11"

Poured into a tulip glass, this witbier was a dull pastel yellow orange, that became opaque and slightly tan in color once the yeast sediment was mixed in. Billowing white head that leaves a good amount of spotty lacing, the head evaporates to a skim after a few minutes. Murky, pulpy juice-like appearance.

Fresh banana and coriander in the aroma. Soft and mellow, not picking up on any citrus or acidity though.

Clean bready wheat flavors, earthy coriander spice, and a light citrus peel impression, though its fairly indistinct. Very supple and smooth, creamy and medium bodied with a medium carb level. A flavor that is slightly tropical like passion fruit or guava, and a residual dry graininess with touches of coriander left behind. Smooth and drinkable, it feels almost like an "imperial wit" due to the bigger body and flavors. Overall well put together and pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 23:49:18 | More by emerge077
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Schlafly #20, Volume 3: Citrus Witbier from The Schlafly Tap Room
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