20th Anniversary Wit - Deschutes Brewery
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3.73/5 rDev -1.6%
Barely blurry lemon with minimal visible carbonation. That hasn't stopped the formation and persistence of a wonderful looking crown of snow white foam. Speckled sheets of lace add the finishing touches to this clean, bright, inviting looking ale.
The nose gets it done as well. Citrus is first on the list (orange and lemon), followed by a moderate amount of spiciness, followed by an underlying tangy wheatiness that ties it all together in a neat witbier bow. Good balance and plenty of power.
Deschutes Brewery didn't have to do something different for this Anniversary Ale, but they did. In addition to the usual orange peel and coriander, they've added grains of paradise, which is an exotic, musky spice also known as alligator pepper. It adds something of interest without changing the basic flavor profile.
The spindly malt backbone is probably 100% pale (or pilsner) and wheat, because there's no hint of toasted grain. Top notes dominate and are made up of juicy citrus fruit, grains of paradise and coriander (in roughly that order). A better mouthfeel might have made the flavor more impressive.
The beer is acceptably light, yet it lacks that silky smooth, pillowy, voluminous creaminess that the best versions deliver. More and longer lasting carbonation would have helped. A bubble shortage hurts the bottom half of the bomber.
While 20th Anniversary Wit is good, drinkable beer, it doesn't quite deserve anniversary ale status. There's no question that Deschutes has created a quenching, refreshing, summertime ale. Trouble is, special status requires something with more size and significantly more pizzazz.
10-22-2008 15:30:13 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.68/5 rDev -2.9%
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
09-07-2009 01:48:04 | More by brentk56
4.2/5 rDev +10.8%
Appearance: Clear gold with a slight haze to it. A two finger head forms from a vigorous pour and then slowly recedes to a crown.
Smell: A nice mix of bready malt and spices, neither element being overstated.
Taste & mouthfeel: Bready, semi-sweet, slightly floral. Spices are noticeable but not overdone - they're more of a subtlety. Incredibly light and refreshing. Crisp and dry in the finish with very mild bitterness. Extremely clean stuff.
Drinkability: Through the roof. I think I'll be buying a lot of this while it's around.
07-02-2008 02:08:00 | More by largadeer
4/5 rDev +5.5%
Despite its typical appearance, and pretty much typical flavor, there is something slightly different about Deschute's 20th Anniversary Wit. It's surprisingly fruity -weet with a little bit of apple and even some strawberry as well as the usual orange and/or lemon flavors commonly found. The balance is very well done as well, with enough malt to make it a solid beer, but not so much that it moves away from refreshing. And following that, the spicing is done perfectly as well. There's not as much corainder as you might normally find, which is refreshing, there's a bit of clove, a hint of cardamom, and probably a few other spices in there as well. The bitterness is slightly higher than some of the best known examples out there, but it's also just slightly bigger in malty body so it balances nicely. I haven't had a Deschute's beer that's let me down, and since this is the 20th Anniversary beer let's toast to many more!
10-01-2008 20:38:27 | More by NeroFiddled
3.98/5 rDev +5%
Pours a basically clear yellow with a thin white head. Nose is lemon citrus with a funky backbone. Flavor is good. Not really screaming in my mouth, but it gives some good dough, yeast, lemon tones. Feel is smooth on liquid and carbonation is mellow. Overall a pretty good wit. Most American breweries embarass themselves with their half-assed attempts at this style. But this really isn't too bad. Male the flavor profile a bit beefier, and you're golden. Either way, it's still nice.
08-31-2008 06:10:39 | More by RblWthACoz
3.8/5 rDev +0.3%
Pours a bubbly light straw color with 1 finger of pearl white head. Above average head retention & lacing
S: White pepper & lemons
T: Apple peel in modest amounts, white pepper & lemon up front. More of the same as this warms, lemony hops & apples really dominate in a subtle way. Finishes with apple skins, grassyness, & more lemon hops, almost pulled a 4.0, but more complexity is required
MF: Light bodied, spritzy
Drinks easy enough, nothing earth shattering here as wits go, was expecting the boys from Bend to kick something up a notch or 2...
07-17-2008 03:14:57 | More by russpowell
3.98/5 rDev +5%
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.
This was a quality Witbier with zesty flavors, a vibrant feel, and an easy drinkibility. Another worthy Anniversary beer.
07-02-2010 15:55:10 | More by Kegatron
3.63/5 rDev -4.2%
Thanks to bitterbill for including in a trade.
22 oz. bottle:
Pours hazed (more than clouded) golden with a thin head that soon vanishes to barely a thin, floating patch. After the last is poured (in my opinion, the bottle is too big, if you want to decant it properly for the style - with the swirling to loosen and pour in the yeast), it does get a bit cloudier - and improve a bit overall.
The smell is of coriander - a bit heavy - with sweet grain and a hint of orange peel.
The taste is lemon, orange, coriander and some breadiness (the last especially in the second half). Sweet with a touch of green apple tartness. Finishes semi-dry and peppery.
Light-to-medium-bodied with soft carbonation, it is silky smooth.
More like an American Pale Wheat with witbier spicing (esp. coriander), to my mind. Something about it, that's all, though it does improve in the last part, so the yeast sediment does help. And it's nice enough for that. Certainly a refreshing, "hot day" beer. Nice, but this didn't come across as this brewery's special "20th Anniversary"-type brew.
08-16-2008 03:43:38 | More by jwc215
3.8/5 rDev +0.3%
A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces an initial, three-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head that leaves some wispy lacing as I work my way through this beer. The beer is a nice gold hue and shows an almost brilliantly clear, pale gold color when held up to the light. Quite aromatic in its spiciness, as I pour this beer I note aromas of orange peel, and coriander citrus notes. A more dedicated inspection of the aroma yields much of the same; I like how clean the coriander is, only muted earthy notes are noticeable, instead the coriander is much more citrus like in character. Grassy grain aromatics a touch of young ginger and some light clove notes form a subdued, secondary layer underneath the more obvious notes.
Smooth at first, but as it rolls across the tongue a zip of carbonation adds a nice fizzy texture. This has some body to it, not enough to make it anything but light, but it is not watery at all and in fact has a nice creamy texture to it (likely from some oats). The carbonation provides a soft peppery bite and in fact there is a bit of piquant pepper that lingers on in the mouth. Lightly sweet with clean grain flavors that lightly accentuate a nice citrus flavor that comes across as a mix of lemon and orange zests. This has a faint tartness to it from the wheat interaction with the fermentation, but it is actually on the low side, even for a "clean" Wit. A touch of grassy grain flavors linger on a bit in the finish as well.
Quite quaffable as a good Wit should be, but it is a little too clean to be incredible; a touch more tartness would have gone a long way and even a bit more fermentation character would have been nice. Still, as someone who enjoys Wits, this is a good beer that I am happy to be drinking right now.
Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ
07-13-2008 03:57:27 | More by Gueuzedude
3.48/5 rDev -8.2%
Sampled from a 22 oz. bottle,
A: Pours a cloudy yellow, with a good-looking white head, good head retention.
S: Lemon zest, coriander, bit of funky Grains of Paradise - definitely evident in the smell.
T: Light wheat, pasta, tasty Grains of Paradise easily recognizable before I knew they were in there. Overall, good not great.
M: Found it a tad too carbonated and thin. Light-bodied, creamy, crisp.
D: A good wit from Deschutes, middle of the road for me in this style, don't know why this is so hard to find compared to the Black Butte XX.
07-31-2008 03:53:26 | More by Halcyondays
4.08/5 rDev +7.7%
Appearance: slightly cloudy pale yellow in color with a short head that broke apart quickly. Some spotty lacing sticks to the glass.
Smell: this has a very spicy nose as big pepper tones dominate with softer cloves are in the background. Some wheat tones come through too.
Taste: wheat, clove, pepper, and lemon zest are up front. Some hints of banana and a mild bitterness linger in the background.
Mouthfeel: lighter side of a medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout. Spicy aftertaste lingers on the tongue after swallowing.
Drinkability: the spiciness cuts on the refreshing qualities of the beer, but this still hits the spots. Worth trying this one.
08-15-2008 13:31:35 | More by Gavage
3.63/5 rDev -4.2%
07/13/08- Purchased at Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA.
Presentation- 22oz bottle released in summer '08. Poured into my Duvel tulip.
Appearance- Deeper golden color, suprisingly clear rather than the semi murky texture you usually see in a wit. Larger one inch clean and white head. Leaves nice lace markings.
Smell- Very spicy, very wit like in the nose. Grassy and mild grain predominately with some orange pith and white pepper. Corriander comes through as well.
Taste- Much more grainy than in the nose. Almost tastes like a pils-wit. Hops come through larger than expected as well. Still, it remains spicy with nice white pepper moments and mild citrus flavors or lemon and orange.
Mouthfeel- Medium to higher carbonation level. Light sugary aftertaste.
Drinkability- I've had better, but this still is quite nice and worthy of a try. Good job by an american brewery trying this style.
07-14-2008 23:01:38 | More by GClarkage
3.55/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
Quick aroma rush contains mostly light biscuit, some spice and clove, and light fruit. These all follow within the flavors. The carbonation may have died down a bit as it seemed a bit flat, but the nice spiciness gives it a kick and refreshing burst. This is quite drinkable, however a bit thin.
07-05-2010 05:59:56 | More by Mebuzzard
4.2/5 rDev +10.8%
Snagged the last bottle off the shelf at my local West Linn Market of Choice a couple weeks back. I think they had mispriced it (and not in my favor), but nevertheless I was happy to find it.
The beer pours a hazy honey gold color with impressive pure white head retention and adequate lacing. The nose is impressive on this beer, with some very nice clove, banana and white pepper. The flavors on the palate for the most part replicate the nose. There is also some light honey flavor in this beer, which blends well with the clove and white pepper. There is also a hint of tartness that interplays nicely with the light, sweet, spicey flavors. Mouthfeel is quite light and easy going, and this beer is remarkably easy to drink (especially considering the peppery spice).
It's a shame Deschutes made so little of this, as this is one of the better Belgian style wits I've had in some time. It seems as if everything Deschutes puts their hand to these days, they do quite well.
08-12-2008 13:01:56 | More by John_M
4.22/5 rDev +11.3%
22 from the Coop for about $5... poured into my shaped Sam Adams glass.. I like a good Witbier and I've had this one a few times now... tonight I review!
Easy 2 finger head ... meringue like.. very pretty lacing.. brew is more clear than most wits... only slightly hazy lite straw.
Aroma is husky pale malts and subtle spice.. pale malts dominate.. still is very nice.. I honestly like that it is understated.
Flavor mirrors the aroma but with a little sweetness thrown in.. subtle coriander and I think I am picking up some orange peel.. but again.. my palate may be duped. Spices are much more in the background than most American attempts at the style.. I appreciate it. Most American Wits have way too much spice... this one is soooo smooth and inviting. Especially as it warms slightly, flavor is soft all around including the mouthfeel.. subtle floral finish with just enough sweetness to tie it together and beg for another sip. Very classic.
Not much else to say.. very nice.. near perfect for the style.. Could maybe use a little bit more haze and a sour twang from the yeast... but everything else is spot on.
07-11-2008 08:58:22 | More by JohnGalt1
4/5 rDev +5.5%
This beer poured a bright yellow. Much more clear than many examples of the style. Just enough banana aroma to interest without being bothersome. Could use a little more orange peel and coriander. Very good, I hope they add this to the seasonal rotation.
12-12-2008 04:26:02 | More by beertunes
4.03/5 rDev +6.3%
22 oz bomber from the PDX pub. Poured into my Meantime snifter, the wit is a hazy light gold with a small, creamy white head that leaves heavy Brussels lace.
Smell is light, cereals and citrusy wit spices, on the sweeter side. Served at fridge temp, it got grainier as it warmed.
Taste is pretty much classic wit, perhaps a bit heavy on the spices, but a nice grainy backbone and soft sweetness providing counter balance. Overall, it's pretty clean for the style, although I'd prefer a bit less spice and a touch of tartness.
I thought it was interesting that the label say "We think you'll thoroughly enjoy this new twist on a classic style" when it seemed totally by the book to me, although quite tasty and well made. Maybe the lack of acidity?
Mouthfeel is on the creamy side, with a medium light body and crisp finish.
Drinkability is pretty high, perfect for the heatwave we're dealing with here in PDX. The great price, only $4.50 for a bomber, really helps. Kudos to Deschutes for that and another 20 years.
06-27-2008 00:58:59 | More by ccrida
4.33/5 rDev +14.2%
I found this at Poplar Wine & Spirits for $4.50 a bomber.
A hazy straw colour with a 1 finger head of foam. I don't see many bubbles so this could be lightly carbonated. It has some good lacing and the foam doesn't appear to be shrinking fast.
The smell is nice and wheaty and peppery and yeasty. I also get a touch of clove. I hope it tastes like it smells..
The taste is yeah. Like the smell. Good yeasty and peppery flavours along with the wheat, some orange, some spiciness, just a touch of clove and even less of some banana. Nice flavours overall and a reallly easy brew to drink. Perfect for this hot summer day!
This borders on a medium mouthfeel, the carbonation is also light, and it finishes with a slightly lemon and orange tartness and some more pepper. Good stuff and highly quaffable!!
I've always been impressed with what Deschutes has put out and this one doesn't disappoint. The 22oz bottle will be *very* easy to polish off and I'll take this over a Hoegaarden any day of the week.
07-27-2008 18:20:29 | More by Bitterbill
4.2/5 rDev +10.8%
22oz bottle received from my man largadeer. Thanks Chris! Into my weizen glass
A: The first pour is a clear straw yellow with a solid 3-finger head with great retention. Plenty of carbonation and this looks awesome
S: Classic. Hints of lemon zest, coriander, wheat and citrus. Elegant and beautifully balanced, the best wit i've smelled this year. Mildly fruity as well with some peach.
T: Starts off with a mild lemon bite with wheat and coriander, very subtle. Well balanced with a fleeting hint of bubblegum before a drying finish that's refreshing takes over
M: Crisp and clean on the palate with great dryness on the finish. I just wish it had a little bit more citrus come through on the finish
D: Insanely drinkable. Very tasty and is a welcome relief after a 11 hour day and before i hit the books again
Notes: Very good stuff, easily the best wit i've had this year, after my last bottle of the 2007 Southampton Double White.
08-07-2008 01:32:08 | More by DefenCorps
2.48/5 rDev -34.6%
Appearance - This beer was a light orangish-yellow in color with a head that started out nice but fell off quickly. The body especially looked weak; more like a light lager than a Wit.
Smell - The nose again is light with a lot of classic spicing but very little of the traditional yeast and malt. There's actually a good bit of light fruits in here like melon.
Taste - The fruity character from the nose takes over at the taste. I can get a faint bit of yeast at the finish but in general this Deschutes offering lacks the traditional Wit flavor profile.
Mouthfeel - This light-bodied ale has cheap, fizzy carbonation that totally disappointed.
Sinkability - I hate to sink a whole bomber of beer, but this is an insult.
08-17-2008 02:42:55 | More by RoyalT
20th Anniversary Wit from Deschutes Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.