Highland Razor Wit - Highland Brewing

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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.23%
Wants: 8
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: 199 | Reviews: 42
Photo of rangerred
2.79/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy dark yellow with barely a head at all. Pretty atypical for a witbier.

The aroma has an odd musty note along with they typical fruit associated with a wit. Peaches and lemon are detectable but also that odd funky smell.

The taste is very spicy with ginger being a large aspect which explains the odd smell. There is lemon behind the ginger but it stays in the background. Finishes pretty crisp and a little tart. Moughfeel is quite watery.

Overall, not a very good offering from a brewery with a line of excellent beers. The ginger just does not work, in my opinion plus it is too watery. Probably won't get this one again.

Photo of Ryan011235
2.93/5  rDev -15.8%
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 Brutaltruth
3/5  rDev -13.8%

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 DrewsBrews450
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy golden color with a head that stays to a ring with no lace.. the aroma is a grain husk, slight skunk, yeast, faint orange, banna and clove.. the taste is thin slightly watery everything in the aroma with a slightly sweet orange and flower, pepper bite at the end.. Thin body and kinda dry.. I would like it better with more sweetness.. its ok but wouldn't get again.

Photo of SteveMi
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
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 ezterry
3.41/5  rDev -2%
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 caulfield
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
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 facundoCNB
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a hazy orange yellow pour with a small amount of head which quickly dissipated. smells of honey, orange peel, bready yeast, lemongrass. taste is kind of weird.. i taste a little bit of mint.. not bad, just different. lemon citrus/orange.. bready yeast. light body, mild carbonation.. no retention or lacing.

it's hard to make a GOOD witbier.. they're so "standard" that it's hard for one to stick out, but this one has kind of a funky after taste that allows it to stick out. somewhat refreshing, could be a bit better with higher carbonation i think.

Photo of Jacurdy60
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a soft, creamy yellow color with a vibrant white head and good retention. Leaves behind a fair amount of lacing.

S-Ginger is a bit overpowering. Under that ginger are subtle notes of sharp cheese, funky Belgian yeast, floral hops, and other spices

T-Ginger and other spices take over at the front of the palate and allow for a little nuance. Floral hops and that funky Belgian yeast/cheese flavor makes a quick appearance as the finish is overpowered by the ginger again.

MF-Mellow, a bit carbonated with a dry finish. Overall pretty satisfying here.

O-A nice interpretation of the style, but I like my Wits to be a little less sharp. The ginger is overpowering and allows for little nuance. Wits are the best when they are complex and have those soft fruit and cheesy/yeast flavors.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce pint - $5.25 at Taco Mac in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a golden body, quite hazy, underneath a finely-textured, white head with good staying power.

Smell: Crisped barley and subtle wheat, incredibly mild graininess. Small pinch of orange peel and peppery spices paired with an equally modest, distant note of honey.

Taste: Upfront light pale maltiness with sort of a neutral wheatiness. Low honeyish sweetness present which drops out as a pop of sour dough character and graininess kick in. Mingled spiciness, some of the heat from the Grains of Paradise showing and a bit of dried orange peel. Dry, lightly spicy, lightly citrusy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: A middle-of-the-road, summertime seasonal offering, though a slight step up from the beer it's supplanting, Cattail.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
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 mralphabet
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
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 oberon
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
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 One2Remeber
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
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 dbrauneis
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
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 thagr81us
3.55/5  rDev +2%
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 tdm168
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
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 Dave1999
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy yellow, which fades to transparent at the very bottom of the glass. The head is big and bright white.

The smell is yeasty,lemons and some spices.

The taste is lemon, cloves, pepper, sweet with just a hint of tartness.

The mouthfeel is smooth and light with light carbonation.

Overall a light and refreshing beer. Subtle flavour and just light all round.

Photo of nickfl
3.62/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of chickenflea
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of delta490
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of Immortale25
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
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 jploving
3.69/5  rDev +6%
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...

Photo of farrago
3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
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
3.78/5.00

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Highland Razor Wit from Highland Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.