Swallow Wit | Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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Swallow WitSwallow Wit

Brewed by:
Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
New York, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by John on 07-21-2004

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Reviews: 84 | Ratings: 166
Photo of utopiajane
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy golden yellow with a white head that fell fast. Nose is fragrant with breaddy wheat, perfumey coriander and some citrus. It has a light fresh banana, some sweaty phenols and a bit of tartness even ont he nose. Clove coriander and earth. Lots of spice and a light sweetness. Gosh it smells perfect. Taste is lots of wheat cracker. Crisp . Pleasantly sweet with a soft citric backnote. Light banana provides lush fruitiness without being overly sweet. No bubblegum. A medium low hop bitterness that does not persist. Finishes bubbly and with sweet spice. It's just tart and not sour in the middle.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

10/11...light gold, some darkness, some white settling foam. Wheaty, yeast nose. Very faint. Flavorful wheat flavor, buttery, floral, bananas, smooth and with a slight tart bitter finish. Crisp. Nicely blended, the flavors come together well.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light gold with a white head. Not very well versed on witbiers but it is crystal clear and does not look unfiltered, which I thought was a staple of the style. Smell is fruity accompanied by a little funk/belgian yeast. Very refreshing light fruity taste, great for a hot summerr day, but too bland and lacking any real flavor. Feel is light, it goes down very easy. Overall its not bad. Im not sure if it's this style that Im not a fan of or just this beer, but if I wanted a light, crisp refreshibg beer I'd go for a gose or a berliner weissbier over this.

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Photo of Zraly
3.06/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden with one finger head. Fruity and light. However, I don't know that I would classify this as a Belgian Wit. It is refreshing, though, but not right for style.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours a slightly hazy lemon gold. White lacing for a head.

Smells of lemon, citrus zest, and mild grassy malt.

Lemony citrus flavor over a light grassy malt. Hint of breadiness to it.

Light body with poppy carbonation on the tongue.

A decent wit, nothing special but not bad. I could take it or leave it.

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Photo of mfessak
3.79/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Delicious beer with overtones of coriander and orange peel. Husband and I both loved it, and got a growler of this to take home. Sorry, guys, we loved just about every brew this place made. Guess you'd say we were won over. This is one of the best micro breweries I've been to, and I've been to a lot.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
3.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

A bottle graciously given to me by some travelers. I poured this beer into a pint glass.

A fairly clear yellow gold body topped by a large white foam head. The head retention looks decent, and honestly the beer looks attractive, but it is completely off style. The Belgian Wit needs that characteristic white cloudiness from the huge amount of protein from the wheat malt, and since this beer has none of that, the score is dropped.

The aroma is a lightly sweet and fruity bouquet, with hints of sweet orange peel, kumquat, coriander, and chamomile. It's a robust aroma, and appetizing. This is a great smell that promises a flavorful, complex beer.

While the aroma is robust, the flavor here is a bit too weak, and possesses a tin-like finish. Up front and across the palate are flashes of orange, coriander, apricot, and chamomile. Not much wheat flavor, and in my opinion, this could use just a touch more body and sweetness to bring out those delicate flavors.

The carbonation is very good for the style, with a soft yet effervescent light body. It could use a creamier texture, like what a true wheat beer has...I'm not sure this is on par for the style either.

This is not a bad beer, but it is way of base for a Belgian Witbier. That's why it scores poorly. It's an attractive beer, with a wonderful aroma, and it drinks really well. I would drink it again if I saw it on draft, but I know that it needs some fine-tuning to hit the style benchmarks.

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Photo of StuyBeerGuy
3.44/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The beer had good carbonation and a finger sized head with good retention.

Aroma: Soft citrus notes and metallic taint.

Taste: This beer could use a better filtering process since the hazy cloudy appearance and mouth feel detract from the promising citrus and butterscotch flavors that reveal this beers potential for summer sessions.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From the bottle into a pint glass

A: Hazy straw yellow with a thin head that disappears almost as quickly as it appeared.

S: Subtle is the key word, subtle wheat, subtle citrus and subtle yeast.

T: Light sweet wheat with a touch of peaches hidden.

M: good carbonation fair mouth feel

O: I am not a witbier person by nature, but I decided to give this a try. I found Swallow Wit to be something one could enjoy on a hot summer's day, if that was the style of beer you liked. I do not, and I will probably choose one of Middle Ages other brews ahead of this.

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Photo of atr2605
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A-pours a very cloudy yellow color with an off white head with good retention
S-lots of citrus and a bit of spice, sweet malt in the background
T-more of the same with a much sweeter malt profile than I would expect. Citrus still comes through clearly with spice in the finish
M-light bodied with high carbonation
O-Not a bad beer, a bitter sweeter than I would expect but still highly drinkable

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Photo of spokes100
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- very soft yellow, slightly cloudy, served in tall narrow glass, short head.

Aroma- rather subtle wheat and citrus, tending toward an orange

Taste- reminded me of Blue Moon, wheat and citrus, maybe stronger everywhere from start to finish. Overall mouthfeel sharper than Blue Moon but much the same, crisp aftertaste.

Bottom Line- I live in Kirkville, NY, had this at Kirby's in Fayetteville, NY with dinner. While not really a light beer it worked well with dinner and never filled me up to the point where I couldn't enjoy my food. A reasonable beer with an evening meal.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - a cloudy light tangerine pour. White watery head that disappears to a partial cover within a minute or two.

Aroma - soft wheat nose, subtle citrus. A touch metallic on setup.

Taste - pleasant wheat opening, lightly sweet citrusy edge, similar to Blue Moon. Slight metal again on the aftertaste but a clean finish.

Mouthfeel - crisper than Blue Moon, a little dryer. Watery, makes for a good thirst quencher.

Overall - as good a session beer as Blue Moon, maybe a little dryer and cleaner citrus flavor. Brought to me by Steve, my home brewing neighbor who knows his way around a fermenter. His last trip to Michigan worked out out well for me. Thanks Steve!

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Photo of Antikythera
3.84/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First let me say that I've been sort of turned off any beer called 'wit'. Most of the ones I used to drink were the coriander-and-orange witbiers, which got crazy popular and then it became a contest to see how much coriander could be stuffed into a bottle. Bleah, I thought, the last time I drank one. So I haven't bought one in a while. This came in a twelve-pack sampler with a stout, a winter ale, and an IPA. I like the dark ones and hubby likes the light ones, so I figured why not.

a: unimpressive. Yellowy-orange like applejuice, with a little bit of bubble on the bottom and a thin soapy head that doesn't stick around. Crystal clear, not unfiltered and foggy. Is this what's called a kristallweizen? I'm a little confused...

s: delicate and fruity.

t: whoa peaches! It's not a peach beer, but it's got exactly that kind of fruity note in it. Actually really nice. Wheaty aftertaste.

m: pleasant enough, with a little bit of very fine fizz that makes my tongue tingle for a minute.

I'll definitely get this again, probably in the summer. So far it's the real standout in the sampler pack from Middle Ages.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.52/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, light caramelized malts, some Belgian yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with flavors of lemon, orange and some spice. Then some mild breadiness comes in from a thin malt character and some Belgian yeast. The hops presence is very mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

3.0 A: Clear medium yellow color. One and a half fingers of frothy white head. Retention is a little worse than average and no lacing is left.

4.0 S: Big grassiness that smells great. Corriander, hay, and a nonspecific spiciness. Simple, yet pleasant and quite satisfying.

3.5 T: Taste is closely similar to the nose, but it doesn't satisfy quite as much for whatever reason. Corriander, wet grass and hay, spice. It's not complex, but it is flavorful.

3.5 M: Lighter body. Good moderate carbonation. Light creaminess. Good enough.

3.0 D: Tasty, easy drinking beer. I want a little more, but I'm happy enough with what I got.

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Photo of aranheaney
3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a blue solo cup

A-blue, some head and no lacing

S-orange, coriander and a trace of hops

T-decent, pretty typical and standard wit

M-good, a bit chewy, which i like in a wit

O-good, part of the middle ages sampler 12 pack and very respectable, especially on an 83 degree may day

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Photo of Slatetank
3.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

shared this with carlos poured chilled in a cervoise.

A deep golden amber hue with moderate haze and thick collar of snowy white with tiny beading. The lace sticks well. The smell is very fragrant with orange zest and has a nice spice accent with some floral hops to augment the yeast aroma. There is a very generous spicing yet it doesn't go too far either it is pretty mellow as far as feel with lighter body and high carbonation with semi-dry finish.

The flavor is good, everything you might expect from a wit with some fruity trix and mild pepper type flavor. The wheat is like cereal adding a nice level of sweetness to balance the mild spice in the back end. Overall I enjoyed this while I am not a lover of the style I found this to be a standard example and refreshing while it was warm outside. I think you may enjoy this if you like witbiers.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Well carbonated (the bottle was a gusher), cloudy yellow orange, one finger head that doesn't last long

S-Some banana and wheat, not much else

T-Spices (peppery), bananas, some wheat and something that is a little off.

M-Light and well carbonated.

O-A nice beer, wondering what caused it to gush though. An OK beer from a local brewery.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chilled 12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip pint. Indecipherable numbering system on the bottom of the bottle.

Look- Straw/ash blonde with the tiniest hint of haze and a three-finger show white head that sizzles like hot pancake batter. Settled quickly, leaving a touch of spotty lacing and a foamy film near the surface. Plenty of bubbles indicate solid carbonation. No detectable sediment in the beer or bottle.

Smell- Apricot and bulgur wheat. Perfume like, lightly flowery with a rich musky green undertone (not bad in any way) lightened by the overall sweetness. Swirling brings out a stronger citrusy bite and a hint of alcohol. Characterful and light at the same time- very nice.

Taste- Extremely mild, I get touches of buttery cracker, apricot, and coriander, and not much else. Starts with a light peppery bite, finishes flowery, with a tangerine-like aftertaste. Subtle Lemony presence builds as the draught goes down. No hint of alcohol whatsoever.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium body for the style, snappy carbonation. Hints of acidity and oiliness. Crisp throughout, and finishes clean. Quite drinkable, as the punny name suggests. Drinks like softly carbonated ginger ale.

Overall- A few years back, I hated this beer- I just didn't get that there were things on the craft spectrum besides "big", but not a few brews and some larnin' later, I can really respect it.

This beer excels at what the name declares it to be- an easy drinking witbier that hides the alcohol exceptionally well. Other than that, It's a bit mild for my tastes as well as what I know of the style. That said, it's an intriguing take that deserves a try. I'll grab one on tap once in a while after a particularly heavy dark just to cleanse the palate, but it's not a regular of mine.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a golden yellow colow with just a slight haze, no visible yeasty sediment as is common in wit beers. smells less belgian yeasty and more fruity than malty or hoppy, definitely sweet. the flavor is sweet too, fresh peaches maybe, and wheat malts on the heavy side. mouthfeel is more than decent, with charged up carbonation and a medium body. definitely not the conventional wit, but worthy of a try. too sweet though for my palate. a bit better on tap too

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Photo of spinrsx
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Appearance – Hazy yellow colour with a small size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there isn't much lacing. The head lasted for only 1 or 2 minutes before is disappeared.

Smell - Grains/wheat, lemons, oranges, coriander

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low amount of carbonation and most of the taste is made up of wheat mixed with oranges and lemons. It's actually got a surprising amount of flavour.. maybe even too much. It also has a bit of a clove spiciness and it ends with a fruity aftertaste.

Overall – Not a bad beer by any means; just not anything terrible complex. It has a bunch of fruit flavour but it's a little cloying at times. Still worth a try but not something I'd get again.

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Photo of THECPJ
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: a clear golden yellow with 1 finger white head

smell: citrus, coriander, malts,

taste: some citrus and coriander, malts

mouthfeel: very thin, mild carbonation,

overall: a coors light trying to be a wit beer. not so good.


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Photo of jsisko01
4.22/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a cloudy yellow-orange color with an inch thick, white head. Dissipates after about 2 minutes..

Smell - Orange zest, maybe some banana, coriander, citrus.. Has a nice sweet subtle smell, I like it.

Taste - Both lemon zest an orange zest, it kinda burns the roof of my mouth at first. The banana is present, as well as the coriander. There's clove and other spices I can't point out, and has a sweet finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodies with high carbonation.

Overall - This is a very good beer, but the carbonation messes with my heartburn..

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A subtle but unique adaptation of the Belgian witbier sytle with the house flavors of a formitalbe malt character and a touch of caramel.

Light golden, medium straw in color, the wheaty beer carries a soft powdery haze with a dense foamy head, good lacing and retention. Maybe a shade darker than Hoegaarden.

Orange zest and corriander are obvious to the nose in a zesty, refreshing, fresh scent. Mildly sweet notes of bread, biscuit, and light caramel help to add support to the spices with a part wheat, malty sweet scent.

Malty sweetness first governs the flavors, with a blend of bready wheat and soft caramel and shortbread. Malts act as a springboard for the spices of corriander, orange peel, and also soft clove, white pepper, and musty non-descipt fruitiness. Low hopping rates simply push along a background bitterness that helps to balance the beer and adds an element of herbal lemongrass in taste late as the other flavors fade into finish.

Unmistakable as a Belgian wheat ale, this witbier also showcases the identity of Middle Ages with a bit more substantial base malt and yeasty fruitiness that both add complexity and richness, but also detract from the simple elegant refreshment of more authentic versions.

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Photo of alexkeil
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with fizzy white head that did not last very long except around the edges. The aroma is mostly complex citrus: orange, pear, honey, lemon, even ripe banana. The beer is quite hazy which is appropriate for style. The beer has a medium body and the alcohol and carbonation are nicely blended. I wish it was a bit more tart and dry on the finish instead of the sweetness that you're left with. A more attenuation would help with this beer. The flavor is nice with a balance between the citrus flavors and spiciness of coriander. There is sourness there I just wish there was a touch more of it. A refreshing drink and a good beer.

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