Highland Razor Wit - Highland Brewing

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Reviews: 42
Hads: 199
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 3.85%
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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Photo of kylehay2004
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (512 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (1,713 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev -3%
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. (371 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (845 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (586 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (962 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (1,006 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (355 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (390 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (606 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (617 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (440 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (606 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (953 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (809 characters)

Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (600 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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... (521 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
2.93/5  rDev -19.5%
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. (1,062 characters)

Photo of rangerred
2.79/5  rDev -23.4%
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. (670 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (552 characters)

Photo of farrago
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (1,111 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.75/5  rDev +3%
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 (969 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (683 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (312 characters)

Photo of VncentLIFE
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (1,115 characters)

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