Swallow Wit | Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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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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Ratings: 168 |  Reviews: 84
Reviews by atr2605:
Photo of atr2605
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have to say probably my least favorite offering from MA,poured a light clear blond with a nice one finger white head that was gone pretty quickly quite alot of carbonation.Aromas of toasted grain is dominant any citrrus takes a backseat coriander is very noticable as well.Toasted wheaty malt is the main flavor with hints of coriander,a somewhat sharp fizzy mouthfeel lowers the drinkabilty factor a bit.Not really refreshing, maybe a orange slice would help but it shouldnt need help,I wont look for this again.

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Photo of MadScientist
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of Milkysunshine
4.5/5  rDev +32.7%

Photo of dogfishandi
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a hefe glass. pours a yellow golden color, somewhat clear, just slightly cloudy. quick disappearing white fizzy head. no real lace. no retention, head faded to absolutely nothing. i would like to see more of creamy retentive head and some more cloudiness, maybe even a lighter color as well.

not really the aroma i was looking for either. a little lemon, some sweetness, and a little phenol like yeastiness, but no where nears what the yeast in a good wit should really smell like.

the taste is a little better than the aroma, but not a whole lot. its bland. lemon citrus dominates, sweet malts that taste kind of like a macro, and just a hint of phenol yeastiness.

crisp in the mouthfeel, light body. carbonation has a little too much bite, but it seems alright.

this can definatly be sessioned all night because of the low alcohol and light body, but for the price, theres much tastier wits out there. i wouldnt really recommend this beer and will prolly avoid it in the future unless im offered for free. the malt profile just reminds me too much of a macro.

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Photo of alexkeil
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
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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Photo of johnyb
2/5  rDev -41%

Photo of ABokononist
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.05/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a rather dark wit with a nice looking, fluffy white head over a pale amber color.

The aroma is very impressive on-tap with all kinds of heartiness. wheat, cloves, gentle corriander with wet soil and dried corn stalks. The yeast is obvious and aromatic with a slightly sweet edge from the very light malt.

The flavor is very bold for this style, slightly hefty feeling and very smooth but it still has a very complex yeast that imparts the hearty, earthy flavor's of wheat and musty herbs. The hops give a peppery effect way down deep.

Get this one fresh, on-tap!

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Photo of Allbuttuna
3.56/5  rDev +5%

Photo of asabreed
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tape at The Ale House in Vestal.

Appearance: Yellow-golden. Not much haze. Not much lacing. Doesn't look much like a Wit at all.

Smell: A bit of sweetness and mild mild medicinal funk. But there's mostly spices and citrus, lemon, and some sweetness. Mild and not much representative, again, of a Wit.

Taste: Mostly candied and caramel sweetness, with some spices, and some citrus. And a bit of funk. You can kind of tell it's a stab at a Wit, but if the Pepsi challenge would be taken among way-too-many domestic versions, this would be another unidentifiable, and for that I'm disappointed.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with all the sugariness, yet it remains one of the best facets of the beer, as the carbonation is prickly and mildly sticky and nice.

Drinkability: Overall disappointing for Middle Ages, a brewery I've been following and liked a lot, but I think I'll let this slide. Another domestic that they spent too little time on to make it stand with the ones that you need to spend your time on, which unfortunately aren't too many.

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Photo of Tikiri
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Metalmonk
3.59/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Swallow Wit. "Swallow It"? Whether this is a pun or not, I intend to do just that...

Pours a modest white head; color is worryingly yellow, much more like a lager than a witbier. Where's that haze? Low marks on appearance then... (yep, I swirled...there didn't appear to be any of the sediment you want/expect in this style...)

Nose is lemon and orange, cooked vegetables (huh?), faint hint of yellow mustard, slightly bready.

Flavor is a tart fruit kick, light and citrusy, a little bit of wheat breadiness, full and round in the mouth. Spices are just barely detectable, well-incorporated and not at all the main feature of the beer. But there's something missing here, especially if we're holding the Belgian wits up as the standard. Overall it's typical of US stabs at a Belgian wit, and, typically, not near as good as the real thing.

Good for what it is, and very drinkable. I imagine a beer drinker of any stripe, dedication and intensity would enjoy it to some degree. But just as the Americans can't seem to nail an authentic hefe-weizen, neither can they nail a witbier.* The U.S. has mastered a bunch of other styles, and are neck-and-neck with Belgians in terms of creativity, so no grief spent. It's just not one of the jewels in the Middle Ages crown.

*Addendum: Sure they can. I discovered all these after this review: Oberon, Allagash White and White Devil. Dummy!

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Photo of Sammy
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice orange tinged appearance and head.Lemon aroma. Creamy with sourish finish. Above average carbonation. Just An average wit, picked up in Syracuse. I am not a big corriander nor cloves fa, although some of this as well as the surprisingly high alcohol is malted away. Medium or less mouthfeel

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Photo of tdm168
3.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Middle Ages Swallow Wit pours a hazy golden-orange robe beneath a creamy head of bright white. The head drops shortly to an average collar, and it leaves only minor lace about the glass.

The nose is perfumey with notes of orange peel, coriander, and some sweet malt, as well as a touch of yeasty fruitiness (and perhaps some yeasty phenolics and higher alcohols).

In the mouth it's effervescent and zesty on the tongue; and medium-light bodied.

In the flavor, the malt isn't as sweet as the nose suggests, and the Coriander is much more obvious than suggested. The orange peel and yeasty fruitiness act as the centerpoint, while the lightly sweet, wheatish, and bready malt spreads wide. The coriander lends a gentle spiciness that helps its moderate bitterness to balance the malt, and it finishes dry and lightly chalky with some lingering coriander and a drop of orange marmalade.

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Photo of tempest
3.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Compared to my last review of Swallow Wit on-tap, I don't think the bottled version holds up to a fresh pint. I still enjoy and recommend it. I just couldn't find some of the same flavors. The aroma is more dull, but the flavor has a nice mix of sweet wheat grains (bready) with creamy ringwood and spice. The ringwood sort of acts like a nice layer of frosting on the palate. Yummy. Give it a try, just don't expect a traditional wit.

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Photo of DavidGross
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

the Wit was good. Was golden with a laced head. A bit fruity/zesty and light going down. Would really enjoy this on a hot, humid Summer day.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
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 TheBCrew
4.18/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a nice pale yellow straw color with some cloudiness and has a light citrus aroma. Head is a crisp white with moderate retention. Taste is light and again a noticeable citrus flavor presents itself. Relatively thin mouthfeel and low alcohol content makes this a great session beer to enjoy on a hot, sticky, sweaty, summer afternoon.

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Photo of mfessak
3.79/5  rDev +11.8%
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 dgeebs07
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of Franchise
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a blonde foggy body with cascading bubbles that leave a thick off-white head. The smell is wheat, orange, must, cherry, and grass what a wonderful nose. The taste starts wheat malty no real wheat twang mostly a sweet bready feel on the palate, some citrus spiciness also comes into play. The carbonation is medium-heavy just to refresh this brew on your tongue. In the finish there is a slight hoppy bite but very faint. This is malt heavy but great taste, nose, and overall refreshing.

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Photo of nyrblue2
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of aranheaney
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
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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Swallow Wit from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
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