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Highland Razor Wit - Highland Brewing

Highland Razor WitHighland Razor Wit

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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.56%


Brewed by:
Highland Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: mechamifune on 05-11-2012)
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2013 00:23:53 | More by BEERchitect
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bjbakerbsu


3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2012 02:26:23 | More by bjbakerbsu
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2012 16:33:04 | More by ChainGangGuy
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2012 10:39:21 | More by thagr81us
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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
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

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2012 21:28:28 | More by Jadjunk
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mralphabet

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 23:44:39 | More by mralphabet
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Mojo

Alabama

3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 04:30:40 | More by Mojo
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Jacurdy60

Alabama

3.44/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 00:23:52 | More by Jacurdy60
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 00:47:03 | More by twiggamortis420
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jploving

South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
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...

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 16:13:51 | More by jploving
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caulfield

Georgia

3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 00:15:12 | More by caulfield
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thegodfather2701

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 21:12:04 | More by thegodfather2701
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.54/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 00:32:35 | More by dbrauneis
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chickenflea

Florida

3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 00:47:00 | More by chickenflea
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Dave1999

North Carolina

3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 21:07:08 | More by Dave1999
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.84/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 21:49:56 | More by avalon07
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 01:05:05 | More by Cyberkedi
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ezterry

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 01:18:08 | More by ezterry
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SteveMi

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 23:32:35 | More by SteveMi
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nickfl

Florida

3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 04:44:27 | More by nickfl
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Ryan011235

Ohio

2.88/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 05:53:57 | More by Ryan011235
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 00:17:39 | More by kylehay2004
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 09:38:35 | More by deadonhisfeet
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One2Remeber

Florida

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 01:49:58 | More by One2Remeber
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 17:35:57 | More by facundoCNB
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Highland Razor Wit from Highland Brewing
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