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

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Reviews: 43
Hads: 155
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 5.98%
Wants: 4
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Amalak
2.15/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

A. It has a straw yellow color with a few lines of bubbles coming up the sides and some in the middle. It is hazy, but semi-see-through. It has a limited bubbly white head with no real lacing.

S. It has a macro lager scent with some wheat.

T/M. It has a stale wheat taste. It feels a bit skunked. There's a metallic malt taste. It's very carbonated. I'd say it's light bodied.

O. This is just a macro attempt at a wheat beer, and it comes from a smaller brewing company. Not very impressed. (494 characters)

Photo of tdm168
2.68/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light, clear golden color with 1/4" of fizzy head that fades pretty quickly. There is a ton of carbonation rising to the top. The nose is very faint; you can barely notice some clove, lemon, and yeast. The taste is also very subdued. You get notes of lemon grass, very faint orange zest, and clove spice. The mouthfeel is very light. The carbonation is intense with a soda-like fizzyness.

I would avoid this one. Natty Greene's isn't a phenomenal brewery, but they definitely have better offerings than this. (518 characters)

Photo of OldManMetal
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This witbier meets visual expectations: a thick, rocky white (and short-lived) head on a cloudy, pale-straw-colored body. The nose is mostly wheat, with very faint hints of orange and coriander; the same is true on the palate, where a clean wheat flavor dominates, enlivened by a fizzy carbonation. The finish is very clean and balanced with a hint of citrus; between the clean finish, light body and thin texture, this is a very easy-drinking beer. This is a great choice if you want a beer where the focus is almost completely on the wheat. For a witbier, though, I prefer that citrus/spice/florals have a stronger presence than they do here. (644 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head that holds for a bit before giving way. The nose is some very light orange and citrus with a tiny amount of spice. Light citrus in the flavor as well as some wheat and grain. A bit of coriander. The feel is light with good carbonation levels. Nice and easy drinking but not too much there. (378 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.19/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Strong aroma is wheaty and yeasty with a subtle note of sweet lemon. It pours a clear straw yellow with a fluffy and not overly persistent white head. Flavor is wheaty and a little yeasty with a mysterious subtle tang I can't quite describe. Texture has average body and sub-par fizziness. Still, it's an enjoyable drink. (321 characters)

Photo of jlb307
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received in a trade from Onenote81 (thanks, Jon)
Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pale straw color with a quickly thinning fizzy white head. Left puddles of foam on the surface, with not much lacing.

S: Almost floral with hints of citrus underneath a clean wheat aroma.

T: Pretty simple flavor. Mild lemony aftertaste, but a lot of you standard witbier flavor. Clean and crisp finish. Not a hint of spice or hops.

M: Not sure if it was this particular brew, but the mouthfeel was a little harsh. Pretty strong on the carbonation.

D: Not bad, but I've had better. Still pretty good for something on a hot summer day. (638 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

No freshness date, poured into a pint. Bottle was a gusher upon opening

A- pours a hazy golden yellow color with a small creamy white head that retains nicely, leaving some chart lasting lace behind

S- crisp wheat with some floral hop, coriander & orange peel, light earthy tones

T- wheat and crisp up front with notes of coriander and other spicy notes, clean and malty finish

M- medium body with very low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a slick finish. All of the carbonation must have left when the bottles gushed upon opening

O- middle of the road witbier, not offensive but doesn't stand out (621 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Weizen glass]

The pour was a cloudy medium yellow with a huge (3-4 finger) white fluffy head that was mostly lasting, reducing to a thick cap of foam and had very good sticky lacing.

The aroma was of a light grain malt and a sweaty soapy yeast with notes of citrus (lemon and orange) and a bit of coriander.

The taste was very mildly sweet, a bit acidic and had a light grain taste with a nice note of citrus at first and finished with a very mild bitter acidic taste with notes of wheat/yeast and coriander at the end. The flavor lasted an average time with a spicy wheat taste fading slowly.

Mouthfeel was light in body and a little watery in texture with a nice prickly carbonation.

Overall a very good Witbier that had all the basic elements and a bit of spice making it a very drinkable and enjoyable brew... (836 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served by brewery rep's at the NC Brewers Fest.

A: pours with a rich and large off-white head. Cloudy yellow-gold colored liquid.

S delicate and floral, with some earthy/yeasty tones. Hints of orange, chamomile and lemon.

T: More fruity than flowery with light yeast and white bread. Faint hops. No clove (not missed).

M: Smooth and refreshing; the medium body is more substantial than might be expected. Very good carbonation.

O: works well as intended: a witbier for a hot summer day. (495 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty golden, slightly amber beer under a white tight-bubbled head. Lacing is sparse, and head fades rather quickly. Even haziness throughout. Aroma is lightly sweet, with grains and bread, lemon, pepper, herbs, and slight creamy bananas. Nice and fresh too. Taste is pleasant and refreshing. Same nice bready malt topped with bright lemon citrus. Sliiiight tanginess as well. Fairly simple. Mouthfeel is slick and somewhat gritty/resinous. Overall a good solid wit. Refreshing and enjoyable. (493 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. A somewhat hazy gold pour, half a finger of white head. Sticks ok.

Aroma, grainy malt and hay. Minimal yeasty spice.

Taste, mild clove, camomile, nutmeg, yeast spice. Hay like wheat and lemon zest finish.

For such a small beer it is very mouth filling. Hearty medium wheaty body. Carbonation is almost creamy.

Even though they are local I don't drink much Natty Green because their stuff seems so generic. This is another un-offensive tasting brew, but the body is quite interesting. Glad I tried this. (513 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of citrus, hint of yeast, hint of hop, and slight spice. Fits the style of a Witbier. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Taste of pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of yeast, hint of hop, hint of spice, and a hint of wheat. Overall, good appearance, aroma, weak body, but decent blend. More malt and less citrus than I'm accustomed to in a Witbier. (526 characters)

Photo of mralphabet
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pour into pint glass.

A: Golden yellow, slight haze; Very similar to hefe. TVery little head and not much retention... very little lacing.

S: Very wit like aroma with lots of spices. I'm getting orange peel, coriander some strong wheat malt. Very floral hops, smells a little like chamomille ... Lots going on here, it is almost over powering with different smells.

T: Orange peel and coriander is right up front, then a rush of other spices with a little lemon and malt... then finishes with a floral hops... I cannot put my finger on it... It is just a little different from other wits I've had.

M: Light to med bodied, there is a strange creaminess to this one... Carbonation is also a little on the soft side.

D: A curious little brew.... lots going on here that I cannot put my finger on... Over all a very good brew. I might have to go at this one again to figure it out. (896 characters)

Photo of ThoughtPolice
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Girlfriend left it here the other night, she ain't here now, and I'm drinkin' it!

Appearance:
Nice somewhat cloudy yellowish-gold color. Poured down side 75% and into middle from a fists height 25%. Gave me zero head, just a thin ring around the edge. No lacing. Pretty wit-ty to me.

Aroma:
Has a good witbier aroma, has a touch of Belgian style fruity/bubblegum. I don't like the bubblegum aroma/taste, but this is minimal, so I can deal. No hop presence at all. I get the wheat malt and some biscuity aroma.

Taste:
Citrusy/bubblegum flavors stick out first, then a standard wheat taste. I think they went minimally with the spices in this one, because I can detect, but not specify the flavor I'm getting. The little bit of citrus I get from the hops balances pretty well with the malt. Carbo good, too.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability:
Has a more viscous MF than it would appear to have upon visual inspection, which is pretty nice. Good amount of carbonation in relation to the other characteristics of the beer. I could have a couple, but not a session beer.

Overall:
Pretty nice. I've had better wits, and I always avoid the bubblegum stuff. I would drink it again, but probably only in the absence of anything else 'good.'

Enjoy yourselves. (1,244 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A new seasonal at Natty's this is no mistake about it a wit!Pours a hazy straw ith a thin wispy head,aromas of toasted cereal grain with some light citrus.A light flavorful ale some toasted grain and lemon pith but on the lighter side,very delicate but flavorful.Board says a beer for the hot summer months,I could see myself drinking a few of these in July, a quaffable easy drinking "wit" remember that! (405 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Foggy pale gold color with a small, dense white head. Mild aroma strikes a balance between grain, citrus, and spice. Sweet lemon and coriander. Gently sweet citrus peel and wheat flavor with faint lingering yeast. Medium-light, snappy mouthfeel finishing dry. Quite refreshing. There's nothing particularly exciting or standout happening here, but it's a solid wit worth picking up from time to time. (400 characters)

Photo of MMAJYK
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Bright gold and a little hazy. Nice puffy head at first but dwindles to a ring around the edges.

S. Moldy basement, grass clippings, and lemons.

T. Quite refreshing and clean. No real spice going on, but a citrusy and light acidic zing makes this one a thirst quencher.

M. Light bodied and high carbonation. Maybe just a little abraisive on the tongue. Not smooth, in other words.

D. Very drinkable as its a light sessioner. Nothing standoutish, but goes down easily and isn't offensive. (498 characters)

Photo of farrago
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Little past a finger’s worth of bleached white foam, dissolves down into scattered islands and a thick accumulation against the glass, when swirled you get a full sheet of lacing along the glass but it’s greased and slides down the sides with ease. The liquid’s filminess helps the sandy yellow color glow, hard to see but there’s a few beads of tiny bubbles there. Innocently fresh nose of just cut flowers, baking spices, orange and lemon peel and raw pie dough, just exactly as advertised, pear, apple, apricot scents crunchy without seeming underripe, full lift. Medium-bodied, lots of foaminess yet the carbonation has a firm wiry quality too, definitely creates erect posture during the mouth entry. The coriander, ginger, caraway spice persists whereas the flowers can’t quite compete and falls back. The orange, lemon citrus struggles moderately too as well. The dough more bready here than pie or pastry like. The fruit too mixed to parse out. Mineral water notes through the finish. Because of its texture it likely would seem more complex to many than it is in terms of flavor and overall balance. (1,118 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (570 characters)

Photo of cbleary
3.68/5  rDev 0%
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. (355 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (1,021 characters)

Photo of syrupjoe
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (678 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (1,230 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (617 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (981 characters)

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