White Rabbit | Independence Brewing Co.

White RabbitWhite Rabbit
BA SCORE
40.8%
Liked This Beer
3.59 w/ 76 Ratings
White RabbitWhite Rabbit
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Independence Brewing Co.
Texas, United States
independencebrewing.com

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kojevergas on 10-06-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#34,931
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
76
Liked:
31
Avg:
3.59/5
pDev:
13.65%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
20
Trade:
0
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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Photo of kojevergas
2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

33.8 fl oz brown glass Eagle Rock Brewing growler with swingtop filled earlier tonight at The Growler Room. Cost of the fill was $3.50 USD. Reviewed live. Expectations are low given the banter I overheard about this beer from the lads at The Growler Room. (It was likened to urine). Reviewed as a witbier because it's clearly identified as such on Independence's website.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Okay creaminess and thickness. No lacing as the head recedes. Head retention is subpar - about 1 minute.

Body colour is a cloudy lemon-yellow. Translucent. Nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible.

Par for the style. Not unique or special. There are no obvious flaws.

Sm: Lemon zest/lemon peel. Clean wheat. Clean barley. Banana. Bavarian yeast; it really doesn't feel like Belgian yeast. Minimal hop presence; I do get some floral and vaguely fruity notes.

No alcohol is detectable.

Within style conventions. A pleasant aroma of mild to moderate strength.

T: Wow, that's shockingly bland for a witbier. I get clean generic wheat, one-dimensional banana, and lemon fruit & esters. Clean barley. Minimal generic floral/fruity hops. Quite boring for a witbier; I mean it hits the very very basics but never goes beyond the essentials. Surprisingly shallow depth of flavour. Below average duration and intensity of flavour. Okay balance; it's certainly cohesive, but I wouldn't call it gestalt. A very colour-by-numbers build for a witbier. I'm unimpressed.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Somewhat refreshing. Slightly overcarbonated. Okay body and thickness. Suits the flavour profile alright in a general sense. Doesn't feel custom-tailored to it. Should be softer.

Not oily, gushed, harsh, hot, boozy, astringent, buttery, or rough.

Dr: Downable but forgettable. A decent attempt at a witbier from Independence, but ultimately there's just nothing interesting about it. I wouldn't get this again unless it was the only decent option at a minimalist bar. I wouldn't recommend it to friends. Well priced for its quality at $3.50 USD per 33.8 fl oz. Probably the cheapest growler fill I'll ever get. An average witbier from Independence.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of woodychandler
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Another CAN courtesy of the wondrous @JenRay, who knows and understands the importance of The CANQuest (TM)!

From the CAN: "Drink Me"; "Venture down the rabbit hols to experience White Rabbit, a delightfully hazy Belgian-style White Ale delicately spiced with orange zest, coriander and peppercorns. A pleasure to imbibe and a wonder to behold, White Rabbit demands you think and taste for yourself."; "Founded in Austin, Texas in 2004, Independence Brewing Co. is devoted to brewing boldly, living frrely, and creating original, hand-crafted ales of un[CAN]promising flavor and quality."; "Handcrafted in Austin, Texas".

It is too easy, but "White Rabbit" by Jefferson Airplane is the soundtrack as I segue into the Crack! It goes off without a hitch and the inverted Glug produces a brief finger of foamy, bone-white head which behaves like it was pop and quickly dissipates. Color is a cloudy lemon-yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4). Nose smells especially of the orange zest, but I also get the coriander and a musty, yeasty scent as well. Mouthfeel is thin-to-medium and out of nowhere, the one-two combination of coriander followed by peppercorns takes me completely by surprise and I almost coughed with my mouth filled with beer as a result. Phew! Man, if you are a fan of "Ale Brewed With Spices" as delineated on the side of the CAN, you will get a real kick out of this. As for me, I found it a little bit over the top for my taste, but YMMV. Finish was Arid Extra Dry thanks to all of the spices inherent in this Rabbit. Wild, but not really my cuppa tea.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

From a can.
This pours a clear gold with quickly disappearing foam.
Coriander dominates the aroma followed by orange peel.
And the coriander is all over the flavor of an otherwise bland beer.

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow, like egg-yolk, with a prominent, dense snow-white head, and scattered, Belgian-style lacing.

Aroma: Lots of earthy yeast, a little coriander, some ripe bananas, and some lemon rind.

Taste: Sour and earthy wheat notes open the taste, soon followed by lemon and banana. Later in the taste, moderate herbal hop notes balance the sweetness. Spicy notes abound with coriander prominent and lesser cloves as well. There are notable leafy hops at the close.

Mouth feel: Fairly full, with somewhat zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A decent example of the style, although lacking compared to Hoegaarden or Alagash White. Its a pity that we have to taste so many beers before we can judge them adequately. Still, a very nice example for summer, not so much for autumn, when it is offered.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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White Rabbit from Independence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 40.8% out of 100 with 76 ratings
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