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Winter Witte - Ellicottville Brewing Co.

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Winter WitteWinter Witte

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79
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24 Ratings
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Ratings: 24
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 19.35%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ellicottville Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed by Southern Tier for EBC

(Beer added by: dogfishandi on 12-02-2010)
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Reviews by ThePorterSorter:
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance:
The beer is clear and pale, lighter than the color of hay and more similar to the color of one's urine if trying desperately hard to pass a soon approaching drug test. There was a 1/2 inch white head that did not retain well and disappeared completely after a few minutes.

Smell:
This beer smells super strange and not in the way a Belgian can smell "funky." It's just not what I expected at all. I am intrigued because I've had a few winter wittes before, with similar spice infusions, but none have smelled like this. There are notes of orange creamsicle and buttery popcorn flavored jellybean. I honestly do not know what to expect in tasting.

Taste:
Bold taste of toasted coconut and orange-vanilla sweetness. I am so confused that I continue to work my way to the bottom just to figure out what the hell I'm tasting. Therefore, I have to give this beer a "good" review because I wasn't repulsed/dumping it down the drain and continued to unsuspectingly drink until more than half was gone. I am not sure I like a beer this light/mild-bodied in the dead of winter, but that's more of a preference based criticism.

Mouthfeel:
Rather weak, mild-bodied with little initial or after tastes. There is enough carbonation, which helps with the overall lacking body of this beverage. It's a decent beer to get girls or girly-men to start experiencing your beer obsession.

Drinkability:
Criticism aside this beer is fairly refreshing and light. I would not want to try this on tap, or probably ever again, but will always remember how confused I was drinking it. Therefore, I conclude that the was a decent buy, but was better used for it's fluid replenishing abilities than its abilities as a beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 06:43:04 | More by ThePorterSorter
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S: Sweet malt and citrus. Not much hop and disappointingly not much yeast either. What's a wit without wheat or yeast character?

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S: Light show of wheat and fresh whole oranges. The aroma is weak in show with no mentions yet of coriander. Lacked incentive, spiciness and a tart citrus touch, all requirements in my book.

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Ellicottville Winter Witte has a hazy, straw colored body and a creamy, white head. The head doesn't last long, however, and there isn't any lacing to speak of.

The aroma has a lot of wheat and orange peel to it, with coriander also making an appearance.

This one is a little bit strange. A good bit of grainy tasting wheat is backed up by a ton of orange peel. A good bit of coriander is there also. I swear there is actually peppermint in there too, which is odd. Definitely a strange addition from the wheat, and I can't say I like it. It tastes like drinking a witte right after brushing my teeth.

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i just picked up a sixer of this at my local grocery store. never once seen or heard of it before. 12oz bottle out of the fridge poured into a imperial pint. "brewed by the southern tier brewing company for ellicottville brewing company" stated on the side of the bottle.

pours out a golden color with just a slight haze. about a one finger of white head with average retention and minimal lace.

very citrusy aroma. lemon zest and orange peel are the main players. bits of wheat and citrusy hops in the background.

initial sip was "wow, this is a hoppy wit" and it is. again citrus rules here. lemon zest, orange peel, grapefruit citrus hops, every kind of citrus. wheat and grainy pale malts struggle to balance the hops and some spice towards the finish. simple, but very nice tasting.

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oh so drinkable, exspecialy cause its a favorite small local brewery. its light, hoppy, but still a wit, makes for many six packs this winter. reminds me just a bit of southern tier's hop sun.
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