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Highland Razor Wit - Highland Brewing

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Reviews: 42
Hads: 199
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 15%
Wants: 8
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Highland Brewing visit their website
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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Reviews: 42 | Hads: 199
Photo of TheSeeker61
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Strong, sharp, spicy aroma has fruity and wheaty notes, promising a flavorful beer. It pours a clear, bright solar yellow with a decent, if not thick, white head that leaves minimal lacing. Mouth-filling flavor has firm spicy (mainly cloves and coriander), wheaty and citrus notes plus hints of hops and butterscotch. Lively texture has about average body and plenty of fizz. Lip-smacking and very tasty, refreshing after a summer scorcher.

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Photo of mechamifune
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy bright yellow with a bright white head

S-lemon zest, coriander, and a hint of Belgian yeast

T-Essentially the same as the nose-lemon zest, coriander, citrus notes, and some Belgian yeast

M-light with about the perfect amount of carbonation, yet somewhat creamy

D-I could drink this all day.

I'm not a huge fan of this style, though its growing on me, but I really enjoyed this beer and could see myself drinking more of it in the future.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really wanted to find this on tap in Durham, but I had to settle for a bottle.

Pour is only slightly cloudy with no head. Not the greatest looking Wit, but not terrible. Smell is mostly dominated by the Belgian yeast. Slight spicy notes (pepper?). Nice strong coriander presence, but I get that small hint of ginger which is throwing me for a loop. I like it though.

I see why everyone loves this beer now. Theres a nice dose of spices in this puppy. I like how the ginger comes out, but doesnt take over. Its almost spicy in nature, unlike the full-bodied presence of GL Christmas Ale. That ginger kind of accents the strong spicy coriander as well.

The yeast is there, but not too much. Bready, yet not overpowering. Missing the esters I usually expect from Wits, but with all those spices, I dont mind at all.

Light body and drinkable. Its not spicy like black pepper spicy, just a good bit of coriander, ginger, and some others.

The NC brewers have really been flexing their brewing muscles with new beers lately. Between this, Thunderstruck, BCBB DPAC Dunkelweizen, and Fullsteam Beasley's, Im at a loss.

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Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like lots of coriander and clove, with some mint and fennel and a bit of fresh wheat and lemon zest.
T: It tasted like lemon zest and clove and coriander, with some mint and fennel and a bit of fresh wheat and wild honey. It had a clean and bitter aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a nice spicy witbier. The scent and taste were pretty complex but still mild and easy to enjoy. The body was alright, and the finish was fairly smooth, so it was quite drinkable. Good summer beer.

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Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A 12oz bottle with a bottled on date of 6.3.14

A - Yellow with clarity, lots of carbonation bubbles, and a 1/4 inch of head and lace left on the glass

S - Coriander, orange, belgian yeast, and spices

T - Orange peel and coriander are the most dominant, but this Wit has some uniqueness in that it is a bit spicier than a typical wit.

M - Light bodied and medium carbonation

O - A very tasty Wit. Definitely worth a try and great for the summertime!

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Photo of chinchill
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of wedge
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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...

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Photo of bjbakerbsu
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of Mojo
3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
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

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a snow white head and some scant lacing. This wit is definitely on the dry side, emphasizing a pleasant yeastiness and herbalness rather than citrus. Quite prominent coriander, in both the nose and taste, and a yeasty breadiness that marries well with the herbal notes. The herbs have a drying effect, and while this makes a particularly savory beer, it lacks a bit of acidity and hence, some zing. The finish, particularly good use some zip. An unusual take on the style, and one I enjoyed as a change of pace, but not quite the thirst quencher I was looking for for the Southern summer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: thin head, no lacing on a cloudy pale golden with very slight brownish hue.

S: fairly unidimensional. peppery and lemon zest, clove, grains and barley.

T: very herbal with both clove and corriander. some lemon with more peppery zest throughout. The pale malt base provides a nice body to a usually thin genre. musty honey notes as well.

M: light to medium body and high carbonation.

Overall: even when a witbeir is good, it doesnt deserve a high rating in my opinion. a 4 or so is max, just my philosophy.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Server on tap at Summit's Wayside Tavern in Snellville, GA. May 22, 2012. Reviewed from notes.

(Appearance) color is a pale and hazy golden orange with a light subtle surface cover. Appearance is nice. 3.5

(Smell) aroma consists of a hint of wheat, banana, citrus, spice and clove. Hops are not present. 3.5

(Taste) taste is sharp and prickly with flavor. A bit more presence of the bitter orange peel and bold spice on the front. Follows with a mild spicy grainy flavor and finishes with a fizzy tart fruit and honey tone. One of the more complex wits that I have had but it is a really pleasing flavor. 4

(Mouthfeel) really prickly mouthfeel, I understand it's a bit on for the style but it can be a bit much and could benefit from a tone down. 3

(Overall) enjoyable summery beer from Highland. Plenty of flavor and character that makes this an original wit amongst a occasionally bland series of average brews. 4

Highland Brewing Company's
Razor Wit

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Photo of farrago
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finger plus of pure white foam, delicate and dimples easily, dimples quickly and then forms a thin layer across the surface, minimal lacing. Big storm of bubbles inside the glass, no beads, not quite transparent with a certain dullness to the light orange hued liquid, even with slight yellowing at the edge of the glass presents a consistent depth of hue. The nose is easygoing yet pungent, coriander, caraway, juniper, pepper and tea leaves, strong orange and lemon pith but not so floral, the wheat light as well, a glance of peach, apricot pit. Medium-bodied, were it not for its dryness it would seem really fluffy, heavily carbonated. There is a bitter, if not metallic, touch to it, here the wheat and graininess very apparent. The orange, tangerine citrus steady and the coriander and other spices not looking to hog the spotlight. Any yeastiness does little to soften the texture. A moment or two of cocoa along with that tea leaf and apricot, pear fruit. Lingers well, no wimp by any stretch. Too slowly paced and bottom heavy to refresh fully but you respect the depth of the few well chosen flavors.

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Photo of jploving
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
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...

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Photo of Immortale25
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of delta490
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear pale gold. The head doesn't last long but leaves behind some light soapy lacing. The aroma has nice light fruity esters, spices, and a little malt. THe same goes for the taste but it's just not as robust as the aroma. The body is also a little watery, which probably reflects the dialed back taste.

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Photo of nickfl
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a very lightly hazy, golden body. The foam settles fairly rapidly and leaves light lace.

S - Soft malt and notes of wheat with some clove and pepper.

T - Soft malt up front with some tart wheat. Lightly sweet notes of clove and red all.e in the middle and a finish of pepper and herbal hops.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - A pretty standard wit bier, the yeast character is decent and it doesn't have the orange and coriander notes that characterize some of the more cloying examples of the style.

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Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Highland Razor Wit from Highland Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.