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Highland Razor Wit - Highland Brewing

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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.27%
Wants: 7
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: mechamifune on 05-11-2012

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Ratings: 197 | Reviews: 42
Reviews by jploving:
Photo of jploving
3.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Highland Brewing seasonal caught my attention after being mentioned on my local NPR radio station. Wits are not my favorite style-there seems to be a flood hitting the shelves in the area in which i live-but I like Highlands products and thought I would give it a try.
I must say i am pleased with my decision...
Color is similar to Hoegarden-which I have not had in years and brought back a few old memories...very pale, but bright yellow is how I would try to describe it..???
It has the usual corriander and lemony taste that is accustomed to the style, but there is a little something extra...
The bottle states grains of paradise, and orange peel...I believe it is the orange peel that gives it a little more "ummph" on the palate....I like it.
Also, the finish has the bubble gum likeness of Bavarian wheat beers, which I love....
This is a good beer and I will say it is one of the higher ranking wits I have tried.
I rate it 3.75...

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint a hazed lemony color with a nicely formed 1/2 finger white head atop.Aromas are somewhat yeasty with mild spice ans ant toastiness.Flavors are of toasted cereal grain and light spice,pretty straight forward and uncomplicated.It' an easy drinking summer quaffer without a whole lot of complexity,pedestrian compared to most of Highland's wares.

Photo of chinchill
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

A: Hazy orange-gold with about a finger of white head. The head is mostly short-lived, but leaves a ring as well as some spotty lacing. Some sediment remained on the bottom of the bottle despite more-or-less emptying the bottle. Give it a swirl before pouring if you want more spices and yeast.

S: Sweet and fruity, this smells like a spicy witbier with notes of lemon-orange and coriander.

T: A rather spicy witbier, but not over done, and with an excellent mix of spices. Orange peel and coriander are most obvious, along with the banana/yeast flavor. Also obvious, a generous and well-proportioned load of noble hops and wheat. All too brief aftertaste.

M - Excellent medium+ carbonation level; near medium body; smooth yet crisp; slightly dry finish.

O: not a favorite style of mine, but with the well chosen spices and generous (for style) use of noble hops, this well-crafted witbier is one of the best I've ever had.

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - hazy copper yellow with a soft, loose, white head that has good retention

S - faint coriander, yeast, musty

T - lemon, coriander, yeast, a bit spicy

M - light bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a rather simplistic beer. The flavor is there but it's very subdued. There's nothing that really stands out to me. It's refreshing, but forgettable.

Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy blonde-orange with a light white head. It lacks the fine bubbles and lacing of a bottle conditioned wit, but that's my only complaint. Otherwise there's a smooth, subtle earthy apricot with mild spice and a layer of fresh bread and dough underneath. I wouldn't call it crisp, but its also not heavy. Overall, a fine example of the style. I appreciate that it's not too fruity.

Photo of SteveMi
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a stange.

A - Hazy orange gold with a smaller to medium size white head.

S - Fruity with orange and lemon.

T - Spicy and lemon comes through. Small amount of hops at the end. A major difference between the bottle and on top is on tap more of the banana and clove come through. Bottle there is little to know banana taste.

M - Very balanced. Medium all the way.

O - It's good. As to be expected it's even better on draft. I think I'll stick to draft only on this one since the banana/clove on draft is just so much better than what can fit into the bottle.

Photo of thagr81us
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, spice, and clove. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, banana, perfume, and floral. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. I was quite intrigued when I saw this one on the tap list and didn’t know quite what to expect. However, what I found was definitely on par for the style. Not quite standoutish on the flavor or aroma, but did take a slight step up in the mouthfeel compared to the average brew from the style. This one was quite refreshing, but lacked a lot of complexity making it not quite as enjoyable as it could have been. Definitely worth trying if you get the chance and are a fan of the style, but not one of Highland’s great offerings.

Photo of caulfield
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy golden. Small white head.
S: Lemon, belgium yeast
T: Lemon zest, citrus, I can taste the yeast, but the coriander doesn't come through so well. not bad.
M: Medium, small amount of carbonation
O: Overall, its not the best in the style, if you are looking for a great wit, look to something else. I love Belgium wits and this just doesn't cut it. It is definitely drinkable, but I'm glad I didn't buy a sixpack.

Photo of Brutaltruth
3/5  rDev -13.5%

From Highland brewing company, this offering poured from the bottle a hazy yellow with light
white foam, very light retention, and light lacing. Nose of coriander and clove mixed with
banana, lemon zest, and light wheat. A rather odd taste...heavily spiced and clove dominated.
Light banana and wheat flavor on the back. Very thin watery characteristic, light mouthfeel
with a clove and light white pepper aftertaste. Nice to try, would not buy it again which is
hard for me to say since I am rather fond of this brewery. An interesting take on a summer
wit, yet there are many others that are more rounded and not so accentuated with clove that
it cloys the overall profile.

Photo of wedge
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy gold topped with a fluffy, frothy white head that rapidly deflates to a bubbly cap. Lovely, authentic wit aromas of coriander, lemon, orange peel, sweet floral notes, and spicy wheat. Even some mild fragrant nobel hops are noticeable. The only knock is that it's pretty mellow overall. Spices, citrus zest, and coriander hit the tongue...a fine sweetness through the middle complements the spiciness nicely. Wheaty tartness, herbal/earthy hops - crisp and medium-light. Some light creaminess. Nicely done Highland...

Photo of Immortale25
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Base of bottle says Filled 05/28/14.

A- Pours a medium golden color with a 1/4 inch white head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Lots and lots of lemongrass. So much that it almost blocks out all of the wheat and yeast aroma. Almost has a Pine-Sol smell to it. Not bad, just overdone.

T- Flavor is more yeast forward with the wheat providing a decent backdrop for that and the lemongrass. Slightly rich, mostly fruity.

M- Slightly milky in texture with medium carbonation and a light body.

O- Not bad as far as Highland beers go but, as with most of their other offerings, I can name many other better representations of this style.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. The beer pours out cloudy and orange-yellow with very low carbonation and a thin head. The nose is very faint with biscuit-like notes and a hint of lemon.

The body is very light and the beer has a nice smooth mouthfeel. The flavor is not as tart as some other beers of this style and is actually a bit on the dry side, especially on the back of the palate where you pick up hints of orange and ginger.

Beers of this style are extremely drinkable and refreshing and this one is no exception. I don't get much clove or coriander on the palate and it's not as tart as most wits, but it is noticeably dry. It's a nice take on the style.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.89/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of fthomasl pours a hazed yellow with a small cap of white head. Pretty good retention and lacing for the size of the foam.

Nose has plenty of coriander and soft wheat, but there seems to be another spice in there I cant quite grasp...cinnamon maybe? Smells pretty tasty and a little different than most witbiers.

Taste is pretty good, has the soft feel I like in a wit with a nice coriander presence. The orange peel is lower than usual and I am still getting some different spices than I am used to...really makes for an interesting beer. I like it, I would buy it again for sure.

Photo of TheSeeker61
4.2/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A lemony haze opaque beauty. Poured into a Tulip glass, not the suggested glass. Had a 1.5 inch head.

S- The smell was refreshing with a fruity, coriander, lemony nose. Had a very clean nose.

T- Really loved the taste. Had a yeasty somewhat banna flavor. Followed the nose in that it was very refreshing and clean.

M- The mouthfeel was a medium thickness.

O- Overall really enjoyed this on a very hot summer day in Atlanta. Will get a growler of this again soon.

Photo of mechamifune
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, has a nice pale gold color with a nice cloudy appearance. Large creamy white head. Lacing is very strong.

Smell is srong cirtus/orange notes up front. A bit of lemon as well, then followed by spicy notes. Very good in terms of the stlye, but not what I would call an overly assertive smell.

Taste is slightly sweet upfront followed up by the strong citrus component. No real assertive hop presence to speak of, which is fine for the style. The spices really come through here, but beyond the usual corriander I won't even pretend to guess what they are. Nothing outlandish though, and it flows very well with the citrus.

Mouthfeel is full, creamy, and smooth. The carbonation is just about perfect for this style and probably the highlight of the beer for me.

I've had plenty of witbiers over the years and the usual fall under the "eh" category for me. This one really stood out for me though, in terms of being a relatively light beer that packs a ton of flavor to go with a full, smooth, yet easydrinking mouthfeel.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy to cloudy pale straw yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some very faint lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy white head of larger bubbles that reduces to a couple of small patches of thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of lemon citrus, wheat, and coriander + clove.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of wheat with some slightly stronger flavors of lemon citrus and coriander + clove. Light hints of pasty Belgian yeast (something my wife always comments on when tasting).

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp in the finish.

O: Easy to drink and not bad but definitely not the best beer in the style that I have tried. A little too citrusy and it did have a touch too present a flavor of paste from the yeast. Not quite as balanced as others between the wheat/spice/citrus.

Photo of Ryan011235
2.93/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Bell's tulip on 8/30/12

It appears to have 05/30/12 etched on the glass

Bright tangerine body, but the beer is very cloudy. I tried keeping the sediment in the bottle but it sneaked in; the chunks dissolve to an even cloudiness. The two finger, white head was reluctant and doesn't last long. Half a ring of retention. Lacking any lace.

I like the aroma; it's juicy and pleasant. Lots of fresh orange juice with a mild coriander accompaniment. The malts seem well proportioned as a solid backing of grains and dough. This is mostly about the orange, though.

The taste is quite a letdown, though. The orange is minimized while a husky, tea leaf herbal quality takes over. The orange peel that does come through is too vapid in this case. Coriander is fairly dull. There isn't even a good showing of malt.

The feel is on the lighter side and feels at times thin. Carbonation is moderate but loose. The overall feel seems unsteady.

Overall, there are lot worse things to get into than a bottle of Razor Wit. I do enjoy it more as the beer warms.

Photo of mralphabet
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Poured a light hazy gold color with about a finger of white head that settles to a ring with some spotty lacing from start to finish. Not a lot of carbonation to be seen.

S: Smells of citrus and spice... Pretty much on par for a Wit... I'm getting a little orange and coriander with a touch of yeast.

T: I'm getting the orange peel and coriander right up front with a good bit of spice. Aftertaste is a little on the spicy side. Pretty nice.

M: Light bodied, pretty smooth with a crisp feeling.

O: Not so average Wit.... more spice than I was expecting. Well crafted and worth looking for.

Photo of ezterry
3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice clear light amber, with a good finger of head

S: Clean with a hint of floral sent from the herbs

T: Interesting mix of flavors, almost a little bit spicy but at the same time not overpowering

M: A nice presence for a light smooth beer

O: A good beer for a hot summers day, very enjoyable, and a good balance of hops and malt.

Photo of One2Remeber
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tulip

A: Cloudy, fluffy white thin head slowly fades to a ring of bubbles. Body a vibrant hazy yellow color with an orangish hue.

S: Zesty spice, mellow hops, creamy malt body.

T/M: Tangy, lively mouth feel lets the spice shine which have a distinct bitterness. Yeast is not as dominant as I am accustomed too. Picking up a pilsner malt characteristic in the beginning with some skunky/sour hops.

O: Tons of peppery goodness. Perfect refreshing beer on a hot summer day for a picnic. Tons of flavor make for a sipper, low alcohol allows for thorough enjoyment.

Photo of Mojo
3.84/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle pours into wheat beer glass

A - pale straw color with small one finger head degenerating into a thin retention ring, not much lacing.

S - yeast, cheese, some spicy notes

T - subtle flavor, very mild, dry yeasty finish

M - average

O - completely unremarkable

Photo of bjbakerbsu
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer at the Mellow Mushroom in Anderson, SC with some very good vegetarian pizza.

Appearance: A clear amber, with a good amount of head and lacing. Very good looking (but I think most beer is).

Smell: Reminded me of Bell's Oberon Ale...a little bit of herbal and citrus, but some piney notes from the hops.

Taste: I really enjoyed this. I have been in Germany on business and have been able to taste MANY great German hefeweissen beers and Belgian wit biers on tap, and I like that Highland was created their own version of a wheat beer. It has an herbal/piney nose that I enjoy in a beer and am not used to in a wheat beer.

Overall: I would definitely have it as a regular in my fridge. For me, it is a great session beer.

Photo of avalon07
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not a whole lot of lacing.

S: A nice aroma of citrus, malt, and spices. Pretty much what you might expect.

T: Tasted of spices (coriander, of course), a little citrus (lemon), and malt in the finish. A vibrant flavor, but not quite as well-rounded as some other witbiers. Still, not a bad flavor.

M: A huge amount of carbonation with a sharp finish. Light-bodied.

O: Not a bad beer, but not quite refined enough to be great. Still, a drinkable beer.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the brewery that hangs their had on Scottish and English brewing techniques and taste. Are they completely out of their minds by stepping into the whimsical world of Belgium? ...well, Yes! But their Razor Wit hits the mark spot on!

Hazy with the common suspension of yeast and wheat employment, the ale allows just enough light to shine in order to give the beer a nice yellow glow. Topped with a creamy stark-white head the foam structure easily outlasts even the most patient session and adorns the glass with connective islands of lace.

Its big, perfumy nose erupts with citrus oils and soft spiciness. Freshly zested tangerine, lemon and apple peels set the stage while the delicate decoration of coriander, clove, and paradise seed rounds into the slight yet vibrant earthiness of fennel. A soft backdrop of powdered sugar graininess and white wine acidity tickles the nose heading into that first sip.

Confectioner's sugar sweetness attaches to the early palate and gives the overall taste and candied notion despite the citrus acidity, spicy pang and chardonnay-like alcohol heat. Its light grainy body keeps the beer "beery" and plays well into those terse glimpses of earthy hops. Lightly soapy in its perfume and peppery taste- the beer hits all the hallmarks of ultimate refreshment and character.

Medium-light throughout, its creamy upstart soon turns zesty as the carbonation erupts on the tongue. Turning warm, spicy, and lightly minty- the beer finishes semi-dry and clean, despite a linger of perfume.

Although the beer shows a lot of delicacy and grace, it pulls no punches. Its a full flavored fruit-spice balance that doesn't always play nice. -just as the Belgians would have had it.

Photo of chickenflea
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle from ABC. Pours a hazy lemon yellow with a thin fizzy white head. Aroma of mild citrus and subtle pineapple with big spice notes and cracker. The taste is citrus, coriander, faint ginger, wheat and toasted notes. Medium bodied, high carbonation, refreshing. Well done.

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Highland Razor Wit from Highland Brewing
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