Highland Razor Wit - Highland Brewing
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3.8/5 rDev +8%
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.
07-20-2013 00:23:53 | More by BEERchitect
3.8/5 rDev +8%
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.
08-29-2012 00:17:39 | More by kylehay2004
3.48/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
08-19-2012 16:33:04 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.53/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
07-04-2012 23:19:26 | More by oberon
3.6/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
09-09-2012 04:44:27 | More by nickfl
3.95/5 rDev +12.2%
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.
06-11-2012 11:44:56 | More by tempest
3.83/5 rDev +8.8%
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.
07-20-2012 02:44:47 | More by Georgiabeer
3.54/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
07-16-2013 00:32:35 | More by dbrauneis
3.58/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
06-10-2012 13:00:50 | More by tdm168
3.88/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
05-16-2012 23:21:56 | More by chinchill
3.84/5 rDev +9.1%
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.
06-23-2013 21:49:56 | More by avalon07
3.55/5 rDev +0.9%
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.
07-06-2012 10:39:21 | More by thagr81us
3.9/5 rDev +10.8%
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.
08-23-2013 00:47:03 | More by twiggamortis420
4.13/5 rDev +17.3%
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.
02-17-2013 01:05:05 | More by Cyberkedi
Highland Razor Wit from Highland Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.