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Summer Wit - Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
77
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61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 13.94%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2005)
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Chucker17, Jun 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

Rihup, Jun 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

sdonegan, May 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

davey101, May 15, 2013
Photo of mfnmbvp
3.98/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. can, with no apparent freshness date present, although I assume it is a summer 2012 release. Seems to be a fairly unknown beer at this point, with only 31 ratings as of this writing. Witbier, not my favorite, but we'll see what happens. Intriguing artwork on the can, at the very least.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a murky cloudy lemon color with about two fingers of bubbly eggshell white head. Slight half ring of lacing.

S - Fruity, spicy orange. Freshly squeezed lemon. Sugary iced tea. Some coriander, lavender, and other floral aspects. Smells like a spring flower.

T - Smells like a lot of fruity / floral spring and summer spices. Lemon, coriander, lavender, paired with a moderately carbonated malt backbone. Faint, muted grapefruit hops. I have to admit, I am highly impressed with the taste of this beer. Taste pairs accurately with the aroma.

M - Fruity, light bodied, floral, and malty. This beer is very well-rounded and palatable. Perfectly balanced, and perfect level of carbonation.

Overall, delicious, and highly drinkable even after sitting for a while, possibly one of my favorite witbiers yet. This is definitely a beer I will have to revisit soon. My first beer from Wild Onion Brewing Co., but I can guarantee you it won't be my last. Seems to be a fairly uncommon brew, but you should give it a shot if you manage to find it.

Wild Onion Brewing Summer Wit ---4/5.

mfnmbvp, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of BeerLover99
3/5  rDev -9.1%

BeerLover99, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +21.2%

t0rin0, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of ruckus232
3/5  rDev -9.1%

ruckus232, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of Lemke10
3.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy amber color with a standard white head of foam. Scent is grassy, grainy mixed with citrus and banana. Has a light refreshing taste that drinks easy, but also is too watery. Mild taste of rich grains and earthy tones. Finishes with a semidry after taste that seems very organic. Not a terrible summer beer, but there are a lot better ones out there! Just too watery and too grassy for my liking.

Lemke10, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of sulldaddy
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampling a cold can poured into a pint glass.
The beer pours a hazy gold hue with lots of suspended sediment and streams of carbonation rising to the surface. A fluffy bleached white head of 1.5 cm foams up with a gentle pour and fades to a wispy island within a few minutes.
Aroma is grainy and some lemon and citrus zest. I also get a little spicy pepper notes in the background. Very fresh and crisp scented nose.
First sip reveals a light crisp body with fine tingly carbonation. Flavor is clean grainy malt and a bit of lemon zestiness. Very easy to drink and perfect on a warm summer evening. Finishes with a bit of sweet floral notes and I am finished with the pint in short order, actually a little surprised at how fast I drink the beer.
Solid wit that I would recommend to those who like the style.

sulldaddy, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.43/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

As you pour into the glass, it's obvious this is no regular Wit. No white about it. A spiced up Hefeweizen, and a good one at that. Cloudy light orange amber in color. Spritzy in the mouth, but the head evaporates rapidly.

Flavor is more like an orange Nehi than any beer I've had before. Bitterness of lemon peel. A nice nose of spice, blended well enough with the beeriness so that no individual flavor stands out much. Quite a nice summer beer, with the light body and tart taste. A little on the acidic side even for the style. Wheat esters are mild, but more of the fruit gum than Hefe-type cloves and banana. Rather bitter aftertaste.

In the 12 oz can from Food and Friends in Philadelphia.

mactrail, May 24, 2012
Photo of JohnK17
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

JohnK17, May 15, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

deapokid, May 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

fergster75, May 02, 2012
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2/5  rDev -39.4%

RobFetterer, Apr 29, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

BenSnowden, Apr 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

jen_not_jenn, Apr 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Hurkie70, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of TTAmod
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. can poured into pint glass.

A: Pours cloudy light yellow with thick, pillowy, head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Smells a bit yeasty and spicy with light lemon overtones. Smells pretty good, actually.

T: Starts off pretty nice. Fresh lemon zest taste with the appropriate Belgian spices. Finishes with an astringent taste with some spice, though, which is nicht gut

M: A bit heavier than I like to see in a wit...not horrible, though.

O: The finish throws things off a bit. It's pretty average other than that, though.

TTAmod, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

barnzy78, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of JayQue
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Busch Gardens "Bud Select" flute a hazy straw gold color with a medium size delicately bubbling white head. Head retention is good. There is a light amount of patchy lacing on the glass.

Smell is pretty mild for a witbier: wheat, a little lemon zest...that's about it. Tastes pretty good...has all the witbier taste elements, lemon zest, cardamon, a little wheat bitterness and some yeasty / bubblegum stuff going on. It is no St Bernadus, but it's not bad either.

Mouthfeel is crisp but there is a little flat aftertaste here as well. Rich enough, not watery.

Overall a bit better than average. More of a session beer than something to savor.

JayQue, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +21.2%

Florida9, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of matjack85
1.88/5  rDev -43%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I found a bunch of these single 12oz cans in the discount bin at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL for $1.29 each. I assume they were pulled from the shelves to clear out the summer beers and make room for the fall seasonals. There's a little blurb about the beer on the side of the can, but no freshness date.

The beer poured a cloudy pale yellow color and made a 1-finger white head that lasted a few minutes before dissipating altogether. Very little lacing.

This beer is brewed with orange peel and coriander and this is the main smell. Big orange aroma with spices underneath.

Oh, I don't like this at all. Spices dominate the taste. There's not even a trace of sweet maltiness in here, and the orange that was in the smell is nowhere to be found in the flavor. Heavy coriander and heavy white pepper would be welcome as an additive, but not as the main flavor. Just like salt and pepper are great additives to a good steak, you certainly wouldn't want to be served a plate of just salt and pepper. That's basically what you get here - a glass of liquid spice. There's no sweetness, no fruitiness, not even a trace of Belgian yeast. The wheat malt that is present is dry and so is the entire beer. Lingering mild hop bitterness in the finish and in the aftertaste.

Light and dry mouthfeel with medium high carbonation. Not refreshing at all.

Not sure where BA got the 5.0% abv figure from as there is no listing of it on the can itself and the brewery's own website lists it at just 4.4%.

matjack85, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of scruffwhor
2.98/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very quick head after the pour and almost no foam after two sips. The bubbling is mediocre at best in this semi-hazey, golden brass colored Wit.

Good herbal aroma, but diluted grain and yeast aromas of powdered fruit, and simple cooking flour.

Powdery palate unfront with some herbal coriander help. The malt adds very light crackerflavor. The finish is juicey on the palate with halved malt and just a little more herbal flavoring.

Very sessionable, because the flavors and mouthfeel are simple and easy to forget or not notice at all.

scruffwhor, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of tempest
2.93/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Figured I should drink my can before summer was over. It smells a bit like Victory's Whirlwind Wit, and at first, it tastes like a mild version of it. There's a very unpleasant astringent aftertaste, however, that will stop me from finishing this one. It's got the usual light, wheat bread with mild herbal spice, but the finish ruins this beer.

tempest, Sep 07, 2011
Summer Wit from Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.