Willow St. Wit | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bright yellow color, orange herbal aroma, sweet coriander flavor, medium-light body.

Added by GbVDave on 08-12-2008

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Reviews by tykees88:
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3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap

A- The color of a florida perfectly ripened orange. With two finger thick fluffy off white on the orange side head.

S- This is just a plethora of fruit hitting the nose. So many there all in the citrus family.

T- I think that it has a fruity pebbles taste. There is only one other beer I've ever drank with a taste like that. Luckily this one is not as strong. The orange is prevalent. It's a souped up Blue moon.

M- Thicker than expected when ordering. But after the appearance not so much. I wanted a lighter fruitier beer, but didn't get that of course.

D- Just average, I mean in Chicago so many other beers are offered even at GI that I wouldn't drink it again. But not terrible.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Enjoyed on tap at Goose Island Clybourn. From the tap, it pours a hazy pale straw with a bubbly head that leaves plenty of lacing.
The aroma is nice, with some lemon and orange zest and funky Belgian yeast scents. Also some underlying spice notes.
This is a very tasty Belgian Wit. I get citrus and yeast first with the coriander and spice behind and a lingering tingle on the tongue. A nice funky presence as well.
It's fairly thin bodied with plenty of carbonation.
A tasty and refreshing brew.

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Photo of deebo
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Clybourn brewpub.
A-Extremely pale and clear with a ringing white foam.
S-Yes this is a Belgian wit. This one has a lemony estery yeasty quality. Light on the clean grain.
T-More like Hoegaarden than Blue Moon....lemon esters vs. orange.
M-Thin bodied with high carbonation.
O-This is an extremely drinkable wit. Crisp, clean and tasty. Can't ask for much more. Very well done. Probably my favorite beer of the night.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer has a clear yellow body with a gentle carbonation and a thin wispy white head that fades to a thin ring around the edge.
S- This beer has a dry candied coriander aroma and a light citrus hint but is otherwise pretty clean. There is a light cheese rind note that comes through as the beer warms.
T- The taste of field corn and raw fresh grain melds int a crisp dry coriander flavor. There is an orange quality to follow and a dry finish that has a carbonic acid dry note.
M- This beer has a dry crisp light mouthfeel.
D- The very light but full coriander flavor is not really overpowering but does take center stage. There is just a bit of watery flavor that comes though keeping this beer thin. As the beer opens up the light malt notes with the coriander spice give it a pumpkin pie "lite" beer quality.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of KTCamm
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a five oz. sampler taster at the GIBC Clybourn location.

Pours an orange tinged yellow. Nice foaming, even in the sampler glass.

Very fruity taste, real nice blend in there - orange, citrus. Almost tastes like it has TripelSec in it.

Smooth mouthfeel. Nice beer. Only had 5 ounces, but could easily see ordering a full one.

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Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Willibecher glass at Goose Clybourn.

Opaque pastel yellow, crowned with a thin layer of fine foam, depositing rings of lacing down the glass. Retention was ok, the foam eventually parted halfway through the glass.

Orange and sprite aroma, not especially sweet but lightly so, some mild earthy spice and wheaty presence round things. out.

Plenty of orange, definitely an Orangina character (spot on Adam), dry and minerally with plenty of orange peel and pith. Smooth with some effervescence to carry it, lightly sweet but definitely not cloying. Finishes clean, somewhat dry, lingering notes of orange peel and spicy Belgian yeast. Great quencher after 6.5 miles of riding today.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Draft: Poured a hazy yellow color ale with a small foamy head. Aroma of wheat malt with light spices notes. Taste is a mix of lightly sweet wheat malt notes with some spices and some cloves notes are also noticeable. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not bad but doesn’t really stand out either.

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Photo of enelson
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of JohneHoodlum
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of GbVDave
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at Goose Island-Clybourn 8/6/08. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Served a completely unfiltered muted peach color with a tiny, bright-white head and no lace.

S: Characteristic aromas of coriander, orange/citrus, spices, and fragrant yeast.

T: See above. Tangy citrus, spicy coriander, lemon-y hops, and lightly toasted/biscuity malt.

M: Dry and spicy and very sticky.

D: Awesome summer beer. They should bottle this instead of 312 (or at least as a summer seasonal in six-packs...)

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Photo of aasher
4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of csustar001
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of AndyEdgar
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the Clybourn location.

Pours a moderate golden yellow with a bit of haze. White head with a bit of lacing. The nose brings some light spicing as well as a good dose of citrus, mostly oranges. The taste is light wheat with a bit of sweetness as well as a tiny bit of citrus. A bit too sweet. Good body and carbonation and a nice wheat profile. Drinks well and is a solid brew for the style.

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Photo of MaseFace
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of AgentZero
2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a slightly cloudy yellow color with a decent sized head. No lacing.

S - Very yeasty and dry smelling, with a bit of orange peel and corriander. Not quite what I was expecting.

T - Little lemon, too much honey, really though, this is kind of boring.

M - Flat, somehow watery and syrupy at the same time.

D - It's not hard to drink, but it's not a good beer. Don't want this again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a willibecher at the Clybourn brewpub.

Let's keep the lightness flowing, shall we? This stuff pours a hazy pale straw topped by over a finger of white froth. The nose comprises wheat, light black pepper, light orange zest, very light lemon zest, and a kiss of coriander. The taste brings in more of the same, with the lemon and coriander really taking stronger roles. The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta grainy feel. Overall, a generally enjoyable wit, nothing outstanding, but eminently drinkable.

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Photo of ghostee
4.48/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a funky yellow with a large creamy head, which leaves a bit of lacing. Head retention is good.

Smell is dominated by citrus.

Taste follows the nose. Citrus flavors, some lemon and orange, slight sweetness. Some grassy notes. Crisp and refreshing, and finishes slightly dry.

Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, medium/high carbonation. Refreshing and bites the tongue a bit.

Drinkability is high. This is a perfect beer to session on a summer afternoon. Goes down super easy.

This is an excellent beer that reminds me somewhat of blue moon, but way better. I wish they bottled this.

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Photo of Nat1975
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Very cloudy pale yellow, white head with polka-dotted lacing. Plentiful loose bubbles. Foggy residue is apparent at the end of the glass.

S: Wheat, orange peel, lots of spice, with a touch of sharp funk permeating everything.

T: Orange juice with a solid backbone of spice; the spice is assertive but heavy handed and not very balanced, the coriander is heated almost like cinnamon. Still, very flavorful, very refreshing, and overall pretty well constructed.

M: Possibly slightly flat, but light bodied and easy drinking.

O: A witbier with an original character: one that is not timid with the spices. You judge whether that's for better or worse.

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Photo of stxSS07
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Hugonaut13
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of NateMac13
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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Willow St. Wit from Goose Island Beer Co.
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