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Wildflower Witbier - Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 43
Hads: 162
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 29.28%
Wants: 3
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: oberon on 04-29-2005

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Reviews: 43 | Hads: 162
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
4.5% ABV, 040017 on back label.

Thanks for another NC brew, Onenote81!

A - Strong carbonation billows from the glass' etching through the cloudy bright blonde beer to feed the well-formed and decently retained white head. Minimal lace remains on the glass.

S - Plush earthy esters rise gently through the soft wheat and grainy pale malt aroma to offer a brush of citrus zest and sprinkle of coriander spice, but the highlight is the unique chamomile floral fragrance of this inviting aroma.

T - Simple and rather direct, Wildflower Witbier keeps the base clean with soft wheat and pale malt while it's more subtle nuances overlap; light spice, a touch of floral notes, the beer's chamomile peeks out as well, and it finishes with just a slight citrus zest.

M - Oats and wheat both play a pivotal role in the mouthfeel, making Wildflower Witbier very creamy and smooth on the palate. Full-feeling despite the light body aided, of course, but steady carbonation. Crisp and clean to the finish, the faint spice and citrus rind livens it up with a refreshing kick.

O - Almost reminiscent of a very light and subtle incense, Wildflower Witbier lives up to it's name with floral notes that encourage a deeper whiff from this unique take on the style. I like it more with each passing sip, only wishing I had more left in my tulip. Wildflower Witbier is an incredibly drinakble and refreshing summer beer, able to slake even the heartiest thirst.

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Photo of bboven
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wits seem average to me at best, but this one is great.

Appearance is pretty classic wit, but there's a brightness to the beer that seems almost to glow. Very pretty in the glass.

The smell is also classic wit, along with a big peppery kick.

A lot more bitterness than I'm used to with this style, but I like bitter, so this is the wit for me. The peppery coriander kick hits you in the back of the throat.

Very full and thick, but somehow very dry for this type of beer. Makes you want to take another sip without giving it a second thought.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.29/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow in color. Hazy. Thin sticky white head that retains it's shape well.
Wonderful aroma of spice. Typical wit aromas of orange peel, coriander, clove ect... But this wit also has a floral aroma that really adds to it.
Nice flavor with the spices adding intensity to it but they are not over done. Wonderfully balanced. Spices mirror the aroma well, which is a very good thing. I also taste some green apple in there.
Mouthfeel is thin and smooth. About par for the style. Incredibly drinkable. This beer makes me long for the summer. This is one of the better wits I've had and of the New Natty bottles I've tried this one is my favorite.

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Photo of aquatonex
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ah, witbier.

At first I wasn't expecting much from a witbier from NC, but hey this was a great brew.

Pours hazy light orange-amber with a light creamy head, very good lacing. Wheats, malts, citrus, and coriander in the nose. Taste is quite good with smooth maltiness, a refreshing citrusness, and the hints of spice in the back. Sweet and smooth, well balanced.

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Photo of PatrickJR
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Newly bottled spring seasonal from Natty Greene's!

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Pale yellow, thick with haze; opaque. Similar to hefeweizen but paler in color. Two inches of white head rise with decent retention before falling to a persistent cap. Moderate lacing.

S - Classic witbier aroma with a heavier hand on the spice. Orange peel and wheat malt combine for an interesting sherbert like aroma with a dose of orange juice. The coriander floats on top adding a savory edge. Solid, assertive, and inviting. Wildflower Wit also takes a unique turn with some fleeting floral aromas, presumably from the use of chamomille flowers as stated on the label. Very interesting; the chamomille seems right at home.

T - Coriander is the first thing on the tongue and it hangs on like no other witbier from recent memory. After the inital, almost salty rush of spice, mild citrus comes through, like a weak orange juice a shot of lemon juice. Orange is the dominating force mid palate. However, riding atop this wave of citrus is the floral aspect of the chamomille providing a unique flavor. Citrus dies off but coriander lingers, and the interplay between the fading chamomille and the coriander is very refreshing. The brew finishes with a long lingering of, you guessed it, coriander.

M - Light to medium bodied with a soft carbonation. Like many wits, there's a certain creaminess to this brew.

D - Great stuff, better out of the bottle than I remember it on tap last summer. Very quaffable and an interesting variation on the witbier.

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Photo of DIM
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: This was a cloudy straw color and it poured with a thick, whipped cream head.

s: Very appealing mix of yeasty phenols, citrus, flowery spice, and musty wheat.

t: Doesn't quite live up to the smell, but this is very good. Grainy wheat with hints of fruit and a spicy, phenolic finish.

m: Pretty chewy overall.

o: I love a good wit but they are frustratingly hard to find. This was definitely one of them, glad I got to try it.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pale yellowish white color that is fairly hazed and has a huge white head and a ton of lacing. Smells of spice and wheat malt. Tastes of plenty of sweet wheat, some all spice, coriander and a little orange zest. Mouthfeel is nice and has a pleasant carbonation. Drinkability is very high.

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Photo of BeerDocT
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-Appearance 4.0: Poured out with a good sized, one-inch head that shrunk to about 1/6 of an inch, but stuck around the entire session. Very attractive hazy yellow color with lots of debris floating around. Light carbonation visible.

-Smell 4.0: Very appealing yeasty/barley smell with slight citrus notes. Great enhancement to the enjoyment of this beer.

-Taste 4.0: Slight barley taste up front, followed by a citrusy middle and finally a very tasty yeasty/ hoppy finish. Very thirst-quenching and refreshing.

-Mouthfeel 4.0: Light and smooth with the perfect amount of carbonation that tickles the tongue when drinking.

-Overall 4.0: I am not a fan of witbier's, but this one is one I would buy again. Excellent flavor and just a pleasing drinking experience. Recommended.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at Raleigh pub.

Pours a light lemon color, cloudy with white suds for a head.

Nose is lemon and orange peel with coriander.

Taste is of light citrus malts and chamomile with grassy character as well.

Light body and soft carbonation.

Very light and unobtrusive, super easy to drink, one of the better wits I've had in a while. The chamomile is what makes it.

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Photo of Durge
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very light gold with lively carbonation, a thinnish white cover with minor lacing. The aroma is herbal clove wheat, almost minty fresh, quite nice. The taste is solid clove wheat, apple and some earthy hop bitterness. Refreshingly carbonated and highly drinkable with solid flavor. Body is thinnish but not unusual for the style. This was a bit more earthy barley-like than most wits and it wasn't a bad option.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the chance to try pretty much the entire lineup from Natty Green's and I just do not pass up the opportunity to try these things.

Hazy yellow pour with a light head of white that faded off quite quickly. Nice carbonation could be seen peaking up through the bottom of the glass. Lots of spice here, nutmeg, coriander, all spice maybe. Lots of wheat as well. Seems to be put together quite nicely and even as it warms up it seems to really hold its own quite nicely. Smooth flavor, not as dominant as the nose but still very nicely put together. Spicy with some light hops added in for balance. Lots of grain and a touch of light bready notes round it out. Light on the tongue and amply carbonated it went down quite nicely.

Overall this was a very solid offering, different and well done.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Back on tap at Natty Greenes. Pours a hazy yellow color with a one finger sized head that has some nice head retention. Aroma is citrusy with lemons and oranges being dominant. Smells bready as well. Taste is citrusy as well with some yeast mixed in there. Some diacytal was also present in my sample and detracted a bit from the overall taste of the beer. Crisp and clean on the finish. A nice summer time beer. As mentioned before, orange comes automatically (which I detest) so ask for anti fruit if you wish.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow with a one finger pure white head that subsides to a minimal amount fairly quickly. Maintains nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma is comprised of sweet malt, wheat, and bananas. The flavor is of sweet malt, subtle wheat, and bananas. It has a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this is not a bad Witbier. I was expecting it to be a lot worse than it was, but was quite surprised. Nice aroma and flavor going on here, but nothing to jump up and down about... Worth trying if you are a fan of the style or like lighter brews.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. This is the last of the NG bottled line that I needed to try.

Pours a cloudy pale gold with a thin white head on top. Recedes to just a ring on the edge. Light lace sticks. Scents of yeast, coriander, fresh-cut grass, and clean linens. Smells nice. The body is crisp and clean. Carbonation level is moderate. Clean finish. Great bready flavors in this one. Some mild grains, citrus zest, and a bit of a tart bite in the middle. I like the balance this one carries. Refreshing. This hits the spot on this 98°F afternoon.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours hazy pale yelloe with ring of white foam. Thin layer. Chalky smell, minor. Wheaty. Citrus taste, lemon finish. Light, with strong tartness at the conclusion.

Quite tasty, all blends together nicely. Good summer brew.

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Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub.

Pours a cloudy lemon-yellow color with a 1.5-finger white head. The head settles into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of citrus fruits - orange and lemon - with light twang from the wheat along with good amounts of spices - mostly coriander.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as intense. A good amount of wheat flavors kick things off and are joined shortly by good amounts of citrus fruit flavors. Midway through the sip light hints of spices enter into things then fade, giving way to the citrus fruit flavors that carry through to an ending that is equally sweet and bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished the glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this is a solid witbier but it doesn't manage to do any one thing exceptionally well. Still, worth a shot, particularly in the warmer months.

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Photo of MrStark
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is hazy golden yellow with a two-finger white head that slowly recedes leaving a small amount of lacing.

Smell is fairly floral and citric alongside the wheat. The spice is evident in there as well making at pretty pleasing aroma.

Taste is pretty citric upfront giving hints or orange and lemon. A hint of spice is there and a very mild hop bitterness. A different flavor compared to others from the style but still pretty crisp and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and its pretty smooth on the tongue. A mild amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is great. Its not the best example of the style but it goes down easy and would be pretty refreshing on a hot day. Definitely a great candidate for a session beer. Overall a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a huge, white, soapy head. Soft, citrusy aroma. Turbid, straw color. Starts off surprisingly bitter, with a nice assortment of spices; orange and chamomile balanced off the clove of the yeast and the biscuity malt. Finish is slightly citric, lots of nice malt, and chamomile.

I really, really enjoy Chamomile, so this one is nice.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very much looks the part, with a cloudy liquid the color of pear/pineapple juice, and a super-creamy inch-thick head that lasts a good while before lessening, although it never drops totally out of sight.

A delicate aroma. Definite wildflower vibe, with plenty of peach and pear, some green apple and lemon, and a little bit of earthy presence from the yeast. A little more yeast would've done the trick, especially with the fresh white-bread malt character.

Flavor is on the grassy side, not quite astringent, but hovering around there somewhere (especially in the finish). Flowery, herbal, with tart green apple, lemon and just a little bit of earth/soil thanks to the yeast. Crisp and smooth, this kind of snaps in the mouth, yet the gentle, airy body keeps it from seeming impolite.

Super-refreshing...a slightly bulkier, sweeter malt character would've pushed this onto another level, but as is, no complaining. Certainly a perfect choice for a hot summer day in the south.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle sent in a recent NC-themed care package from the illustrious Metalmonk; 11 oz. to a pint glass, a quick swirl, then the last yeasty ounce. Oddly, my second ale from the region named 'Wildflower' (following Shooting Creek's same-named wheat...). No date, just a smudged 5-digit code: 03349, I believe.

A: Foggy golden pour with a crackling white topping, not quite a finger and gone in 30 seconds. After that, virtually no remnants of a head, a few freckles. No lace at all. Color is fine, but otherwise - well - it's kind of a yawner.

S: Bready orange scone, lightly spiced fruit, melon and honey. Something flowery and perfume-y sweet...hmmm, wildflowers?

T: An enjoyable level of orange peel and zesty coriander, a flavorful 'juicy-fruit' sweetness, with a doughy/grassy follow-through. Ends with a little chalkiness, a crushed-aspirin medicinal touch that isn't as off=putting as it might sound.

M: Creamy with a light, chasing prickle. Silky coating of refined yeastiness. Generally light a spry airiness.

D: Like most for the style, drinkable to a fault. Refreshing, summery. One of those 'where'd it go?' beers - it was there one minute and the glass was empty the next. Worth a try, a solid US-made wit.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale gold/yellow color; slightly hazy. Poured a 1 finger fizzy white head that dissipated to a skim. Laced in light, broken sheets.

S: Citrus, orange peel and coriander. Bready wheat malt. Floral hop character and an aroma i didn't identify until someone tole me - chamomile. Lots of interesting things going on.

T: Orange peel and coriander up front. Additional hop character, unlike many Wits, and wheat malt fill the middle.

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation. Almost soft and smooth versus crips and refreshing feel of some Wits.

D: More going on in smell and flavor that your average Wit. Easy to drink.

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Photo of syrupjoe
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass

Pours a hazy pale straw color with a white head and explosive carbonation - it poured like a champagne.

Nose is grainy and wheaty with a tart zip. Slight raspberry fruitiness and light pepper notes.

Taste is heavily wheaty with slight citrus and berry notes. Certain leafy tea notes to it.

Light bodied, well-rounded, and finishes quite dry and a bit tart with mild hop bitterness. This thing is gushing with bubbles in my mouth - enough to be inappropriate for any style of beer. Must've gotten a bad bottle.

Like the flavor a lot but it was hard to enjoy because of the carbonation! Will have to try it on tap or have another bottle sometime.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy medium straw yellow in color with some light amounts of yeasty sediment near the bottom of the glass, light amounts of visible carbonation, and some golden yellow and orange highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a thin film with a couple of slightly thicker patches and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat, lemon citrus, and coriander.

T: Starts out with moderate flavors of wheat, followed by some light to moderate amounts of lemon and orange citrus, and just a light amount of coriander spice. Slightly sweet with a light amount of bitterness in the finish.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Like many of the beers in this style, there is a slight hint of paste to the flavor of this beer. This is an easy drinking and sessionable beer that is quite refreshing - would be a great summer beer for drinking outside in the sun.

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Photo of cbleary
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Old Town Draught House in Greensboro.

The beer arrived with a cloudy orange body and a good sized white head. It tasted pretty good, a little above par for a Witbier, with fresh wheat and a hint of citrus. However, it wasn't particularly extraordinary. It's a good everyday Witbier, I'd get it over Hoegaarden if only to save money.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler our friend's lugged down from NC, the beer pours a bright yellow coloring, with a wheat-type haze and a thin rim of filmy head. The nose is a lemony sweet and cinnamon/coriander spiced. Very flavorful. Good citrus backbone with spicy highlights. The beer rides a light body well, but also falls somewhat flat. The aftertaste is all citrus, and the spices limp out and get left behind. The finish leans to musty and lingering, although not entirely unpleasant. A very easy drinker, this one was good sitting out on the porch in mid-80s temperatures.

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Wildflower Witbier from Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.