Krystal Witt | Goose Island Beer Co.

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

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by htomsirveaux on 06-28-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of emerge077
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer apparently had it's beginnings as a Chef Collaboration series beer (with Graham Elliot Bowles) originally released last year, but this one is a new/repeat version brewed with Brettanomyces, available at the Wrigleyville location.

From the GI website:
"They settled on a Kristal Wit Belgian ale with the unusual flavors of pineapple, lemongrass, yuzu (Japanese citrus), lychee and ginger, which Bowles scouted from various Vietnamese grocers in the Argyle area of Uptown."

Served in a pint glass, it's a pale straw color, sharp crystal clarity as advertised. Slim layer of foam that looks a bit flaccid and soapy, that breaks up into clumps after a couple minutes. From looks alone, it could pass for a macro lager...

Aroma had some musty Brett character, damp hay, also a little fruity. It had a sort of "wet dishrag" minerality that seemed a little out of place.

Without knowing if any of the exotic ingredients of the first batch went into this one, it's hard to pick out individual fruit flavors, but there is some fruity tartness, clean and dry, sort of lemony. Something vaguely tropical that could be construed as pineapple, possibly a Bretty trait. It reminded me a bit of year-old Sofie after the Brett takes over, it develops rapid carbonation, thins out and becomes dry with some astringency. The flavor was good, and held interest with some complexity from the wild yeast. However the light, crisp feel didn't seem like a witbier at all. Combined with the low abv it was easy to drink, and went down pretty fast.

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Photo of Reaper16
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served on-tap @ Goose Island Wrigleyville brewpub into a pint glass

Pours out a, erm, is this water? Is this club soda? This is absolutely the palest beer I have ever seen. There is barely a trace of yellow to this beer. Bud Light looks like Wesley Snipes in comparison. Nearly a half-finger of soapy head that is essentially indistinguishable in color from the body. Which is the color of nothing. So why am I giving it a 4.0? Because it is a.) pretty unique, all things considered; and b.) it’s a take on the Krystalweisse style, so the color is appropriate.

So Krystal Witt, eh? With a name like that you expect a witbier but filtered through (pun intended) the lens of Krystalweisse. And you do get that, mostly: pale, pale wheat; a decent amount of coriander; a trace amount of orange zest. But there are many other flavors going on as well. There’s some herbal tea aromas going on, some trace juniper berry. The big kicker, though? Our deal old friend, Brettanomyces. There’s some good funk going on here; more spoiled fruit than horseblanket. It isn’t dissimilar to a Festina Peche or similar beers. The taste follows the nose: spoiling funky oranges; old hay; wheat, obviously; some juniper tea; and some lychee on the finish. This is light but complex, and always refreshing.

It’s a super-light beer in terms of mouthfeel. The carbonation level is on point, and the lightness doesn’t take away from the variety of flavors that this beer brings. Overall, this is a splendid and successful stylistic experiment. I’d like to see Goose Island produce this on a larger scale as a sort of Midwestern answer to Dogfish Head Festina Peche in the ought-to-be-larger category of “session sour.”

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3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried on tap at Wrigleyville 27 Jun 2011. Served in a shaker pint.

According to menu, a Belgian wit brewed with Brett.

Small white head rapidly dissipates. Minimal carbonation. Clear pale gold in color. Slight funkiness in aroma, maybe some lychee. Flavor is light and floral. Slightly tropical, minimal citrus/coriander. Light fruity tart finish. Light body, light alcohol.

Interesting interpretation of the style.

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Krystal Witt from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 3 ratings
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