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20th Anniversary Wit - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

108 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

(Retired) Available: June to September 2008
Alc. by Vol.: 5.5%
IBUs: 26

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 06-26-2008)
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Reviews by ojiikun:
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ojiikun

Washington

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up the 20-ish oz bottle from Food Whole here in Seattle, WA. It's (obviously) the 2008 vintage, but at this strength, there's no point in a wait of any sort. Rather artfully done bottle pops with a big old hiss and pours simply into a handy pils glass (hey, close enough to a wit glass, eh).

Body is remarkably clear for a style that's usually left unfiltered these days. Colour is like fresh peppermint tea - a hay to lemon yellow with a subtly brown middle. Head is clear white and quite fine despite the big, fat, lazy bubbles that stream up all glass long. Actually rather pretty - for a wit - as the style tends to be a muddy off-yellow these days.

Smell is spicy! Obvious use of corriander and some warmer, darker spice (label suggests african pepper a.k.a GoP). Citrus notes ride up on very sweet booze, like a curacao liquor. Malt doesn't try to hide on the tail end of the nose, unlike many in this style, and isn't as all-out wheatey as some. Strong yeast notes, as I'd expect from a light strong belgian.

Tastes sweet and weak, like a floral tissane. Spices are toned down to just the warming base notes. Yeast and malt really prevail . . . you'd almost think this was a beer! Doesn't have the tang usually found in wits from abroad, is actually rather more smooth than most. Heck, this would be smooth for a lager, let alone an ale.

Body is quite thick and not half as carbonated as I expected (or maybe would have liked). Coats the lips and palate, but not with anything unmentionable. In a way, the thickness of feel balances well with the delicacy of taste. Jus wish it were a hair more bubbly.

As drinkable as they come, though the larger bottle may cause your second glass to be unacceptably warm for the style. This is one that I'd frankly like at 55 or below.

All in all, not bad at all for a salute to two decades. More surprising still, I wouldn't have pegged this as a Deschutes brew without knowing up front, and it's lovely not to be pidegeonholed. The summer release, of course, is perfect for the style, and the style is darn well executed, if a bit untraditional.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2008 23:51:39 | More by ojiikun
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3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Adding this one from one of my notebooks. This one poured a moderately clear yellow color with a dense white head. Aromas of light citrus, bubblegum and clove. On the palate, this one is light bodied, with flavors of bubblegum, clove and light citrus.

Serving type: bottle

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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VIII:

Deschutes throws a curveball for their 20th anniversary beer with a Belgian Witbier (White Ale), traditionally brewed with Curacao orange peel and other spices.

Pours clear with a bright golden yellow color. Superb white lacing that leaves rings on the glass after each sip. Light bready, dusty flour, malt aroma, light spicing and a faint pear fruitiness round out the nose. Super smooth with a fluffy, moderate-sized body. Orange peel comes in clean and tight with a slightly sharp bite; light graininess lends a cracker-like flavor. Hop bitterness is light but balancing, with a very faint herbal note. Quick flash of fruity tartness in the middle. Clean graininess in the dry finish.

No doubt this beer is easy drinking; a clean rendition of the style, as there is no cloudiness or noticeable flavor from the yeast.

Serving type: bottle

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July2Nov

Hawaii

3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one has been in my refrigerator for close to two years! Thought it was about time to bust it out and try it on for size after a hot day.

Appearance: So clear, with a slight yellow-gold color. Minimal lacing with some slight carbonation.

Smell: Nice, sweet wheat scents with some coriander coming through.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Big taste of coriander/clove right upfront. The middle part is very, very smooth and it then finishes with Citrus notes (oranges)...and still the coriander lingers. Overall, This one has a smooth mouthfeel and an ever so slight chewy aftertaste to it.

Drinkability: Refreshing and smooth, this one is perfect for those hot, sweltering days. Too bad it was a limited release. Just wondering why it took me so long to finally taste it. Glad that I did. Sad there isn't anymore in my glass.

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07-27-2010 03:31:29 | More by July2Nov
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, looks good. I've had this one in the cellar and popped it open for the 4th. I hope I didn't age it too long. By the looks of it, I think I cracked it just in time.
Clear golden color with a magnificant foamed up head. Sticky.

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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a tumbler. Review of off notes. I probably had this one about a year ago.

Pours a hazy paler gold, with a 1 ½ fingers of bright-white frothy head. This retains with a mostly light wispy look that leaves some light spotty lacing behind. The aroma is sticky smelling in the nose, with plenty of sweet grain and zesty citrus. Coriander, clove, and a deep dusty yeast presence add spice and sharpness to this.

The taste is pleasant mix of grainy sweetness, fruity orange, and lemon zest. Bitter rind and spicy clove and coriander are present but this has a fairly moderate bitterness to it overall as most of the sharpness of this is coming for the spice, which blends with the yeast to form a deeply dry finish. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a firm crispness that keeps the overall feel lively but still easy moving.

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webbcreative

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lemon colored pour with 2 finger white head. Aroma = bit citrusy, Im guessing its the grains of paradise im smelling that is giving this a sort of straw aroma, its different, but it smells good, It almost has a weak saison aroma about it. Taste = get a slight does of what you would expect, a bit of lemon, touch of orange, but the grains of paradise really comes through, and gives this wit a more mellow smoothed out flavor. mouthfeel is medium.

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brentk56

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a modest head that leaves a bit of a remembrance behind

Smell: Bready, with vague hints of spice - a bit unusual with the use of grains of paradise added into the Curaçao, coriander and citrus peel

Taste: Opens rather bready, with the orange peel and coriander joining the flavor profile by mid-palate; the finish is rather dry and somewhat grainy

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very pleasant wit but I was expecting a bit more oomph for an Anniversary beer

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 01:48:04 | More by brentk56
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cptierney

California

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a BEAUTIFUL Moonlight pint glass.

Nice light yellow color to the beer w/ mushrooming head of light fluffy head. Significant lacing remaining after initial head dissipation.

Not the most pleasant nose to this beer. Some citrus notes come through and there is a hint of coriander. The smell is weak overall however and it has to compete with an earthy funk that can best be described as the smell of modeling clay.

Nice M-feel, a light summer beer to be sure, easily gulped and has a lively carbonation in the mouth.

The taste makes you think german hef, though the spicing just doesn't quite measure up. Good citrus flavoring, though I don't detect the "hints of Curacao" that the label promises.

Excellent drinkability. Share one with a friend at a barbeque or after slaying a dragon in still-warm armor. Loves me some Deschutes.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 01:38:45 | More by cptierney
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ThreeWiseMen

California

3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber picked up at the Modesto BevMo!

Poured into a New Belgium globe (because my summer roommates do not own a single pint glass).

Appearance: Cloudy, pale yellow body with a thin, white, soapy, crown. While I can't see the bubbles, the carbonation appears pretty active: produces a foaming mushroom in the middle of the surface. Occasional stringy lace. An aggressive pour yields at least one finger of foamy white head with much better retention.

Smell: Lots of wheat and banana in the nose, even before it starts to warm (and even more when it does warm). When it does warm, orange zest, coriander, and other spices emerge. Overall, the aroma is pretty mild, but it's pleasant.

Taste: Make sure you let this one warm up for a bit beforehand. Flavor was pretty dull at the beginning for me. As it warmed, wheat malt blossomed and formed a canvas for the other flavors to be painted on. Strokes of tart, juicy orange, peppery hops, coriander, and natural herbs and spices could be found in each sip. Nicely done. As with the smell, the flavor intensity is rather mild. The balance, however, is top notch (as with most Deschutes beers).

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, crisp, refreshing, and even creamy thanks to the wheat malt. Carbonation is perfect - no sting, yet lots of activity. Finishes clean and tingly. This is the beer's best attribute in my opinion.

Drinkability: This is a very mild-mannered wit. Great for a summer afternoon, but probably easy to forget. This is worth a try, but it's undeserving of any hype.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 15:23:16 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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HopDerek

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw gold color with tall fluffy white head into a pint glass. OK retention leaves some decent lacing. Smells of wheat, yeast, pepper, clove, coriander, and lemon zest. Tastes of orange and lemon up front, then coriander and clove. Grainy wheat and yeast follow then some peppery spice with a lite banana and bubble gum finish. Medium-light in body with nice carbonation. Somewhat syrupy with a crisp feel. Pretty standard wit, but drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 23:44:41 | More by HopDerek
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle into shaker pint on 5/17/09. Thanks to HopDerek for sharing!

A - Poured a slightly gritty-looking golden body with pouffy white head that receded to a patchy film but flared up with each swirl of the glass, leaving sticky foam along the sides of the glass.

S - Spicy and yeasty nose with hints of clove, pepper, coriander and a good bit of citrus character suggesting lemon zest.

T - Spicy and peppery flavor with clove notes and prevalent citrus character. Grainy malts complement the spicy flair and keep the flavor balanced. Finishes with a subtle bubblegum sweetness with minimal hop bitterness.

M - Light to medium body with a light syrupy texture and a spicy finish with a touch of bitterness on the palate.

D - Very good Witbier with lots of spicy character. Happy anniversary, Deschutes!

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 02:42:09 | More by ffejherb
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yeastsipper

California

2.42/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deschutes, Deschutes, Deschutes. You make some of my favorite beers, but this was a huge letdown. Very light straw colored beer that unfortunately looked the color of urine. Nice white head though. Smell is pedestrian. Wheat and yeast, a touch of citrus. Taste is almost exclusively wheat. Just nothing there for me really. Maybe some herbal notes, but I am looking hard for something other than wheat and carbonation. The beer doesn't taste bad, but it is painfully boring. Nothing going on at all. This might be nice on a hot sunny day. Unfortunately it is 1030 at night and I want some flavor. Frankly, almost a drain pour, not because it is bad, but because it is boring enough to want to move on to something else. Huge disappointment. Seek out Deschutes in general, but this is one to avoid.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 05:32:05 | More by yeastsipper
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Phillyduke

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Served into a tulip glass. Beer is straw yellow and quite clear with some visible floating particulate. Not much noticeable carbonation despite the glassware. A huge fluffy 2+ finger head of white foam recedes over the course of a couple minutes to a fine, soapy cap with some similar lacing clinging to the sides of the glass around the meniscus

S: Smell is a bit one dimensional. A slightly funky Belgian yeastiness is really all I get. Overall it's crisp and clean, but virtually no traces of the orange peel and coriander mentioned on the label.

T/M: Clean and crisp with a spot-on tingly refreshing carbonation and a light body. Taste is well balanced...no real standout flavors, as the yeast tends to overpower things a bit. I am detecting some graininess and a touch of citrus...more lemon than orange, especially when the beer is cooler.

D/O: Overall a nice, smooth, well-balanced and easy-drinking Wit, but lacking the little extra "zing" to make it truly memorable.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 01:43:28 | More by Phillyduke
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rowew

Colorado

3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz bomber, label is a nicely designed logo with the 20 prominently displayed. No date, but there is a 2008 on the label.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden with just a slight haze, thick head fades slowly.

Smell: Lots of wheat, some of the normal spice aroma I associate with a wit - lots of yeast, some coriander and citrus.

Taste: Again - fairly typical wit flavors - there is just a hint of metallic in there that isn't pleasant.

Overall impression: A fairly average wit beer - might be a nice session beer, but seems like an odd choice for an anniversary beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 22:11:40 | More by rowew
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maskednegator

California

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clearer than expected. Straw. Fluffy, off-white head.
Smell: Yeast, bell peppers. Minor cinnamon and orange peel notes.
Taste: Oranges, bread, clover, spice.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied, well carbonated.
Drinkability: Super.
Verdict: Very refreshing, quite delicious.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 16:31:25 | More by maskednegator
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litheum94

California

3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into snifter.

Pours out a medium, straw yellow color with a thin, white head.

Yeasty aromas with a hint of orange peel and honey. Missing that spicy aroma typical in other wits.

Flavors begin with a slight honey tinge. There is a citrus (lemon?) flavor as well. Finishes with a yeasty, earthy flavor. Very light mouth feel.

Over all, a decent wit, although it is missing the spices that I love from other wits. Very high drinkability however, so I can't complain too much.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 04:24:56 | More by litheum94
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20th Anniversary Wit from Deschutes Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.