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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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Photo of JBuff41413
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy light honey color with an inch light foamy white head that dissipates quickly. The lacing is very good and leaves your empty glass looking great.

S- Earthy notes, with some citrus and beautiful coriander comes out.

T- Citrus ( orange), with a nice honey sweetness. What I really loved is they changed it up with Indian spices and lots of coriander. The balance of this beer is incredible.

M- Thick and creamy, just how I like it.

D- This beer is thick, but it is also very refreshing so I feel it is a Very drinkable beer.

This is a very balanced and complex beer for the genre. I really enjoyed it and will go pick up a few more tomorrow. If you can get your hands on it, for sure try this beer.

JBuff41413, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented in a 22oz bottle like the one depicted and poured into my Blanche de Chambly witbier glass.
Appearance: hazy golden color topped by a 1" white head that shrank down to a thin skim and left wavelets of lace on the glass.
Smell: slightly bready malt notes, light lemon and tropical fruit aromas; mild spice notes.
Taste: hints of ripe apricots and melon, touches of honeyed orange and spice. Finishes a bit more hoppy than most witbiers I've come across.
Feel: light, well carbonated, refreshing.
Overall, a pretty decent crack at the style. Got a pretty lively hops bite in the finish which is almost a distraction but still a good, easy-drinkin' beer. Worth a try.

Boilermaker88, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of RJLarse
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a bomber of Deschutes 20th Anniversary Ale at a grocery store. Poured in to a weizen glass.

Pours a pale yellow color and is clear. Foamy stark white head has some resilinecy and produces light rings of lace on the sides of the glass. Many bubbles are seen rising in the glass.

The smell is of soft fruits, honey dew melon some light citrus notes like orange, and a coriander spice scent. Also a bit of a dairy aroma like ice cream.

Taste is a light citrus flavor, orange and sweetened lemon. Soft fruit flavors are also present, banana and cantaloupe. Mild dry bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good, a bit thin perhaps, and the beer is highly carbonated.

A very drinkable brew. Light body, flavors are not overpowering, neither is the ABV. A very sessionable thirst quencher. Great on a warm day.

RJLarse, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of gford217
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear and surprisingly light yellowish color with a short-lived white head which receded to a ring leaving little lacing. The aroma is pretty standard for a wit with a very sweet banana and wheat aroma with a healthy dose of spices thrown in. The first thing I notice in the taste is a big lemony presence that lasted throughout. The rest of the flavors match the aroma but there's a dominant lemony flavor that makes this a little bit unique. The mouthfeel is a bit thin honestly with lots of carbonation. This is a decent summer beer but not the most distinct wit I've had.

gford217, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of charlzm
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 09/01/08.

Pours a surprisingly clear light golden with only a little cloudiness but a LOT of active bubbles. The white head fades fast, leaving some lacing behind with every tilt of the glass.

Sweet grain and wheat aroma with a touch of clove.

This is a sweet-tasting beer. Soft lemon and clove, subdued wheat tang and a touch of banana flow across the sugar-primed palate.

Well carbonated and creamy in the mouth with just-right dryness at the end of each sip.

A very nice beer, but not one I long to have again. Hoegaarden is still tops.

charlzm, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of Haybeerman
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy pale white/yellow. Poured a two finger white coarse head the dissipated slowly and kept t quarter inch thickening at the rim. Even, light lacing.

S: Zesty lemon zest, coriander and wet bread/grain.

T: Light wheat and grains. Pleasant slight sweetness. Dry and astringent in the finish.

M: A bit thin frankly and a lot of carbonation. Creamy then crisp in finish.

D: Honestly very drinkable. Good refreshing Wit on a 85 degree day.

Haybeerman, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of ClavisAurea
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pint 6 fl oz bottle served in a 500 ml Schneider Weisse glass.
I would like to point out that I really like the appearance of the bottle. I like the old world label and artwork. Very unique.

Appearance: pale yellow, small head, very slight haze.
Smell: strong spice and citrus, bubble gum
Taste/Mouthfeel: thin but refreshing, banana, spicy hops

This witbier was very good. I think the appearance of the beer itself lacks a little but the smell and taste makes up for it. I stumbled on this one at Central Market in Poulsbo, WA. Deschutes continues to impress me with their superb brews.

ClavisAurea, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of DoShek
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pale, ever-so-slightly hazy yellow with a solid two fingers of craggy white head. Head dissipates after several minutes, but remains very thin to the last sip and leaves irregular splotches on side of glass.

Smell: Smell is floral with citrus notes and slight banana/clove aromas similar to a hefeweizen.

Taste: Classic wit flavor profile; citrus notes and baking spices. Some flavors reminiscent of banana bread.

Mouthfeel: Light, smooth, and crisp. Very thirst quenching.

Drinkability: Goes down easy, like a Sunday morning. Great beer for a hot summer's day.

DoShek, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

RblWthACoz, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of Floydster
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle purchased at a liquor store I cannot remember the name of in Northen California right off the 5 freeway for seven dollars, poured into an old mug, split with a few friends tonight

A-Light to medium yellow color, quite cloudy, 3/4 inch bubbly white head that did not last long, some retention, practically no lacing
S-Wheat, lemons, orange peel, coriander, hint of caramel, grains, other soft spices, sweetness, cream, and bananas
T-Tasted like a hefeweizen at first contact with a good amount of wheat and yeasty notes and then there was not much following that, maybe some weak citrus flavors but nothing that stood out, once it warmed a lot the coriander and orange became dominate, needed some stronger flavor to make things more interesting, taste was pleasant just not too exciting
M-Mouthfeel was very weak overall, carbonation was pretty much on target but it was bland otherwise, somewhat sweet and chewy mouthfeel but again too mild, taste went away fast, thin body
D-Would make a nice session beer, light on the stomach and quite refreshing, not much weight to it and ABV is also low, smooth and crisp especially served cold on a hot day like today

I had not seen this anywhere in Southern California before I left for my trip, so I bought a bunch of bottles for almost double of what they are here now, they seem to be everywhere, that is what I get for being impatient, anyways not a bad beer but nothing fantastic that is worthy of being such a commemorative beer, Black Butte XX blows this away as far the anniversary beers from Deschutes goes, still worth trying to say you have, now I do not what I am going to do with my other three bottles

Floydster, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of THEBEERBAR0N
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this beer out of a 22oz bottle into my Erdinger Weisse glass. Literally only a wisp of head here despite my best efforts to produce one. The color is pale straw with minimal haze. A thin ring of lacing makes itself known with each sip.

This brew smells tart and sweet...ah a classic wit. Slight wheat esters sneak through but this beer's bouquet promises a crisp and refreshing beverage.

The taste is well indicated by the smell. Tart and citrusy, very smooth with a crisp finish. Orange and lemon rinds, coriander, sweet wheat, and a hint of sour lemon pulp pull this brew together very nicely.

Mouthfeel is pretty typical of what I expect from a witbier- light and spritzy, with a thin remnant of the beer left on the palate.

This witbier is pretty good and I will definitely drink it again. On my personal wit rankings, I'd put it slightly above a Hoegaarden but below an Allagash White. Good job Deschutes!

THEBEERBAR0N, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of younger35
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple of these delights from the Boise Coop on my trip there a couple weeks ago. Not sure how much I paid but I guarantee it was less than other places. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute.

Appearance- Pours a super clear bright yellow with a nice big two finger heavenly white head. Lots of aggressive bubbly carbonation gives this a very Champaign look. Beautiful cap and collar that remains the entire brew leaving some lacing.
Smell- Quite fruity with some honeydew melon and slightly zesty lemon. I don't get much of the orange peel but might be from the dominating coriander. Really spicy as well with somewhat of a white peppery kick. Very little yeast is noticeable but there is a tad bit of a somewhat familiar candy maltiness.
Taste- A bit more subdued than I was expecting but tasty none-the-less. A bit of sweetness to start that is grainy and thin with some underlining fruitiness. Not at all any sort of a tart fruit, just some mellow cantaloupe and those grains of paradise. Some coriander and banana are discernable towards the end but they're rather subtle.
Mouthfeel- Fairly thin with a nice crisp bite from the moderately aggressive carbonation.
Drinkability- Overall this isn't too shabby. I'm a huge fan of Deschutes and they usually put out terribly drinkable beers. If I was to change something though I think I'd tone down the spices just a hair. At least the coriander and grains of paradise (just not a huge fan). Definitely worth a shot though if you run into one.

younger35, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of OlieIPA
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy with golden color. Good head retention.

S: Orange peel with some pineyness.

T: Citrus characteristics. When you first try this beer, you would think its a lager of somesort. Refreshing.

M: Light to medium body with perfect carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink. A perfect summer seasonal beer that you can have after a long day.

O: Not what I was expecting, but a descent beer to say the least.

OlieIPA, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of moose3285
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I won this from largadeer's LIF. Thanks Chris.

A - Pours a hazy, pale, yellow lemon color. Small white head with light lacing.

S - Very citrusy. Lemon zest and orange peel with a strong wheat aroma.

T - Similar to the smell. Very wheaty and citrusy. The coriandor and grains of paradise are also evident.

M - Mouthfeel is a little thin but it's good for the style. Carbonation is just right.

D - Light and refreshing. This would make a perfect summer session beer.

moose3285, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of mnapier
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Service Temperature, 40 degrees farenheit. Service Glassware, 12 ounce tulip.

Appearance, straw pale & clear with some strong foamy white head and a medium lace.
Aroma, is lemon zest with some floral dryness, along with a dash of coriander.
Taste, mild lemon citrus hops that ends with a wheat backend.
Mouthfeel, is dry and mild

An ok Summer beer

Cheers

mnapier, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of chileman13
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bomber into pint glass.
A-pale straw yellow with white head that falls and leaves 1/8" ring. Lacing is good.
A- fruity yeasty spicy light smell.
T- classic wheat yeast beer flavor with good spicy tones.
M-Light good carbonation for style.
D- this is a easy to drink beer. Would I buy it again, yes. It is a top wit. Thanks guys @ D. brewery.

chileman13, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of RoyalT
2.48/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

RoyalT, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - High carbonation is visible in this lemon-straw yellow with a sizable head that fades quickly to a tattered halo of lacing.

S - Citrus - lemons and oranges, wild grasses, currants, and faint honeysuckle.

T - Initial zap of a mild lemon flavor that is quickly joined by more rounded flavors oranges, wheat, coriander and hay. Then faint honey and blackberry notes join. The aftertaste is a lingering honey, oranges and wheat.

M - Thin, harsh and very refreshing.

D - Excellent. This is a fantastic 20th anniversary brew. Deschutes is one of the best breweries out there - I look forward to enjoying their product throughout the next decade and beyond.

mrasskicktastic, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jwc215, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of Gavage
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Gavage, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

John_M, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of BretSikkink
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An initially unimpressive looking soapy white head turns into a fairly even foamy cap, topping a clear yellow body with the slightest of orange tints. The lacing is immediately lush with small bubbles and recedes quickly, living little to no stick

Good aromatics here, lots of orange peel and coriander notes that give off a pleasant, earthiness. Deeper down are some ginger, clove, and lighter fruits like apple and pear.

Light, even body is pleasantly drinkable and smooth-sipping. The flavor is assertive initially and wiped smooth by the carbonation on the finish. The thinness is acceptable for style, and actually shows a little more gumption than most wits.

The alcohol is virtually unnoticeable, as the pale grain sweetness shields it on the palate while the spiciness protects on the back. Predictable flavor with a tiny watery taste, just a bit of tartness and fermentation before the coriander-heavy finish.

Not bad, a pretty decent sipper. Not hefty enough to really impress me, but a damn site better than most.

BretSikkink, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of czechsaaz
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is very spicy with some citrus and pepper. It also has a bread-yeast aroma. After it sits for a while, the malt aroma including some tart wheat comes through a bit stronger.

Golden (kind of dark for a wit) with a nice thick pure white head that lasts throughout drinking and leaves quite nice lacing. Very clear.

Flavor starts off very wheaty and spict. Nice tart wheat malt flavors and more citrus, almost lemony. That's followed up by pretty good malt sweetness that I pick up almost like honey. The aftertaste is a nice lingering honey flavor. Hop bitterness is pretty high but not overwhelming. There's good yeasty flavor too kind of like white bread.

Seems a little heavy for a wit but the high carbonation level makes it more lively and light in the mouth.

Easy drinking refreshing beer.

czechsaaz, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of DefenCorps
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

DefenCorps, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of MiScusi
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Ommegang Witte glass.

A- fairly hazy straw golden, white head that builds up pretty big but is thin and bubbly in density, dies down fast. Liquid clears up as it warms a bit.

S- Easily wheat, no problem is getting that smell to come through. I get a sort or really faint candy aspect to it all too... maybe it's just a subtle layer of fruity esters there...clove-like phenolics are there otherwise in a higher amount.

T- It's wheat and clove predominantly. A slight sweetness comes in at the end... very faint.

M- a pretty prickly carbonation, very light body.

D- really good. No problem taking down a whole bomber.

It might be easy to knock this down because it's an anniversary beer and people think it may need to be big and maybe barrel aged to be a good "anniversary" beer but this is actually just a really well done witbier

MiScusi, Aug 06, 2008
20th Anniversary Wit from Deschutes Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.