Middle Ages Double Wit | Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Was the 13th Anniversary Imperial Wheat, re-released as "Double Wit".

Added by kkosmoski on 07-26-2008

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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of HayleyHK
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of brianmandell
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of kbettenh
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of johnyb
2/5  rDev -46.9%

Photo of Cooker_stp
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of phishbone23
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

Photo of thebuck
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Cylinsier
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tap in the tasting room

Pours a deep hazy amber gold with a bit of white head that dissipates quickly to a lacing.

Smells of coriander and cloves with orange zest, mild clover honey and banana esters over light grassy wheat malt.

Tastes of citrus zest, honey, coriander, lemon grass and rich wheat malts. Hints of vanilla.

Medium to full body with light carbonation.

A really nice double wit, a style that I normally don't prefer to a normal wit. I don't usually feel that these flavors do well in a heavier beer. This one works, though, and is pretty enjoyable. I would love to have this again.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was very excited to see j ryans had this on tap. I'm expecting an amped up swallow wit, but this might be better

A- pours a darkened golden orange body with shades or bright orange clashing on and off the glass. Very hazy and thick lacing on the glass that recides quickly. I can certainly say it's a unique color

S- massive spiced fruit (if that's possible) as mango, banana, and pineapple flavors are meshed with a creamy scent. You can almost tell this is quite hearty and thick from the deliverance of the scent

T- spiced mango and wheat flavor that becomes thick with flavor as it meshes. Very flavorful as it meshes together and creates a great combination of flavor. The alcohol is really hidden from all these unique flavors.

M- carbonated and soaking flavor on the pallet.

O- I will more than willing to go on record as this is one of the most fruity and spicy brews I have had that is draped in alcohol. Great spice and apricot/mango flavor that is again completely masked. There is no question the dominating wheat completes the clemency of the big alcohol of the content

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +26%

Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark orange with a one finger head on top of an intense citric and spicey smell along with some maltiness. A mix of a very malty beer, like caramel malt, along with some herbal hop bitterness and spiciness in a medium body. Passes smoothly while mostly containing a citric fruit taste of bananas, lemon and what seems to be a touch of grape. A very strong wheat beer that is almost undone by the ABV but is held together nicely for strong citric and sweet tastes and one to sip on is great.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.01/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From notes.

A: Poured a very hazy dark golden color with a half finger of white head. Decent lacing.

S: Really not good at all. Really came across as celery. The spice really did not come across but maybe they should have drowned it out. Little bit of heff in the back.

T: Tons of wheat. You really never get the booze but it is barely held back. Again you get the heff in the back but it just never really worked.

M: A little on the thick side but nothing bad. Probably the best part of this beer.

D: I really enjoy their offerings but this was a big miss for me.

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Photo of craftaholic
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an orange/amber with a decent head and a medium carbonation.

Smell: Has quite the complex aroma, from oak to fruit and a slight malt to even bubblegum.

Taste: Upfront you taste alcohol, from then on there is a fruit salad of flavors from orange to banana and the bubblegum rears its head from that hint in the scent. The sweetness mixes nicely with the wheaty malt and is quite balanced.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy slick with a nice carbonation, there is a slightly unpleasant aftertaste but it doesn't detract from its flavor.

Drinkability: While i wouldn't mind drinking quite a few of these I'm sure that high abv would sneak up on you considering its 9.5 but it goes down like a 5.

Overall: Solid brew with a nice balance of complexity.

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Photo of mintjellie
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Half growler poured into a pokal because I don't own a weizen glass. Sorry.

A dark & hazy burnt orange with a finger of head that doesn't retain. Leaves no lace behind. The colour is beautiful, and I'll give it high marks for that alone.

Smells sweet and boozy. Alcohol is easy to pick up. Fruit, bubblegum, banana, and spice are all present in the nose. Smells really appetizing. Bubblegum and banana come forward as the beer warms.

This beer is pretty hot. Alcohol makes it's presence known. Fruit and banana are delicious. The fruit flavour is orange-like. This beer is on the sweet side. Swish it around a bit and the spice makes an appearance in the finish. Out of the fridge, the alcohol dominates everything to the point of being undrinkable. As the beer warms from cold to cool, the other flavours pop and provide a nice balance. This is a pretty well balanced beer once it hits the right temperature. Once it warms past that sweet spot, the alcohol starts to get a little rough.

I think it's like a hefe on steroids with a bit of wit citrus & spice character. I *think* I get where they were going with this, and I like it.

It's a little on the thick side. I think bit more carbonation would have helped this out. It's definately a sipper. It's a tasty brew, but it's definately not a session beer.

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Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy, dark golden color with a 1/2" white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice wheat, pale, and Munich malt scent along with that Ringwood yeast fruitiness. There is some hefe-type esters as well. The taste is decent. It has a smooth, almost hefe character to it that's balanced and loaded with esters in the finish. I'm definately getting some banana character here. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a full bodied beer with a bit too little in the carbonation department. This is an easy drinking imperial wheat. I'm not really sure what the goal was here, but I'm glad I had a chance to try this one. Happy Anniversary!!

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Photo of number1bum
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty clear dark amber/golden color, looks on the thick side and has about an inch or so of off-white head. Head settles to just a thin, spotty lace and doesn't leave much of any stick.

The smell is quite sweet - like candy and bubble gum sweet, with aromas of orange, some apple, a bit of banana, some clove and coriander. It's pretty boozy, too, and has a bit of the signature MA ringwood. Overall, this nose is quite appealing.

Taste is quite rich with a prominent sweetness, which is sugary and buttery. Bit of bubble gum, too. There is some orange, some clove and coriander, maybe even some cinnamon, too. It's not as fruity as the nose, although there's some apple flavor, as well. Alcohol is hidden better than it was in the nose. There were a lot of elements that stood out in the smell but this doesn't taste nearly as complex. It's good, but just good.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, pretty smooth. A little heavy in the mouth, pretty chewy, but quite smooth.

The nose is the highlight of this beer, but it doesn't quite all come together tastewise. It's not bad, but not great either. A pretty decent anniversary beer for MA, although I wish they'd come up with something a little more interesting. This was an interesting concept I suppose (an imperial wit, I guess), but they didn't pull it off as well as they probably could have.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of a weizen glass, from a half-growler...

Look has a fluffy head that disappears rather quickly. The look is a seriously cloudy dark orange. Is there such think as a doppel-weizen? It's thick and dark like apple cider.

There is a thick banana smell that is the dominant aroma, which lends itself to the idea that it's a hefeweizen. But there is also a citrusy what in the sip more reminiscent of a Belgian white. One thing's for sure, the smell is heavy and pungent.

The taste rotates between a strong hefeweizen and a super-thick witbier. It's a bit sour in the wheat, and the cloves come out as it warms up. Its strength is actually rather impressive, if not the most delicious thing around. There is some cinnamon spice in there, as well as the obligatory citron and orange.

The feel is thick, fizzy, bubbly and Belgian Ale-y. It's milky. Buyer beware, I have a friend who bought this and said that his didn't hold up very well over a few days, and it got syrupy at the end. But I had good luck with this one. Overall it's a very solid beer. It's not one that I'd crave or go out of my way for, but it's good enough for a taste in early autumn. Middle Ages does not mess around with their wheats,


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Photo of kkosmoski
4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this on tap in the tasting room at the brewery and had to get a growler of the eagerly anticipated new anniversary ale. When poured from the growler into a pint glass, the appearance was a very cloudy dark golden. A thick, white head stayed on top for longer than expected due to the high alcohol. The aroma was dominated (not overwhelmingly) by the spices, which were listed by the brewery as orange and coriander. Along with the pleasent spicy aroma, some sweet malt and wheat character came through. Flavors were characterized by a thick, bready wheat malt base supplemented by the spicing. I thought the level of alcohol was somewhat detectable through the middle and may have taken away from some of nuances that could have come through in a more sessionable ale. No hop character was noticibly present to go along with the spicing. I didn't detect any Belgian-type yeast flavors to go along with the traditional spices.

The feel of this beer was on the full side, which I would guess could be attributed to a high proportion of wheat malt. The carbonation was well done and lended itself to a creamy mouthfeel. Considering the strength of this beer, it went down exceptionally smooth with just a hint of alcohol detectable. I would have not guessed the beer to be as substantial as it is.

As is a common theme with all of Middle Ages Imperial strength beers, this is a great ale. Their style of brewing really compliments the stronger ales. Hard to really categorize this beer-maybe a cross between a Wheatwine, Belgian Wit, and English Strong Ale? No matter where it fits in the style range, it is a very unique and tasty rendition in the Anniversary series.

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Middle Ages Double Wit from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
3.77 out of 5 based on 23 ratings.
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