Belgian White | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Summer

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Added by feloniousmonk on 06-15-2003

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of plumcrazyfx
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of fuzzcherry
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mmulebarn
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of tewaris
3.12/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The ABV is up to 6.1% but the name and the description are consistent with this entry.

Hazy golden colored with a good, lasting head. Perfumy, yeasty, bubblegum notes in the aroma; which was good but a rotting egg funk kept ruining it for me time to time. The off note was faint but detectable and interfering. Tasted spicy, yeasty and slightly tart. Alright on the mouthfeel.

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Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Town Hall. $3.75 for a late night pint. Appeared a hazy amber, slightly darker than usual. This wit is a little richer and more bitter than usual. It still has the style's trademark candied vanilla, but there's also a deeper, bitter clove flavor with a hint of earthy hops. There's also a thick, juicy golden raisin and melon taste. This beer isn't quite thin enough to be super-drinkable like lot of a great wits, but it's still a well-made and interesting take on the style - just more bitter than I'd like.

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Photo of mynie
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours flat but cloudy and pretty. What you'd expect from the style except without a head.

Smells like dull spice Coriander nearly overwhelms, backed up by wheatmalt pepper. Crisp but not all the complicated--could have used a little tartness to back up the spice.

Tastes bigger, nicely fruity. Darker fruits, actually, instead of lemon and citrus you normally get, here there are plums and grapes. Very nice, but the aftertaste is a little off.

Goes down smooth as silk. Not exactly a knock out beer, but it's still a real treat on a hot day.

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Photo of shivtim
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A golden hazy brew with a small white head that fades. Looks nice and wheaty. Nose is wheat, corriander, and lemony goodness. Subtle, but nice mix of spice and sweet. Taste is spicy corriander, hints of orange and a full wheaty finish. Reminds me of a cross between a Belgian wit and a Hefe. Mouthfeel is sharp and wheaty. Quite drinkable too. Good for summer.

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Photo of thaichile
4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a soft head. Scents of coriander and a funky/musty aroma. Flavor is lovely, with a farmhouse meets wit quality. A sour tone offered by the citrus profile adds to the delight. This was completely enjoyable and wish I was local to Town Hall to get me some more! Thanks loads to JeffKrenner for the growler.

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Photo of Skidz
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh growler courtesy of Mr. jeffboo.

Pours out light gold and sits foggy golden amber in the glass with a decent sized white head, fading to a faint skim, some lacings around the glass.

Big aroma of crisp wheat, orange peel and light coriander. Yeastiness creeps out of a crackery shell.

Tastes lightly sweet up front, wheat right up there to greet you. Orange zest slides in along with a bit of light peppery tang. Finish is mildly bitter, with just the slightest hint of alcoholic warmth in the back of the throat.

Crisp to the very core, moderately forceful carbonation. Medium-light body.

Very delicious, it's hard not to score "refreshing" points on days like these, but this truly is. This is good start for Town Hall with me, looking forward to trying the next one out. Again, major props to jeffboo for the hookup, I owe you big time.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub: Cloudy dishsoap yellow, moderately large puff of white foam roofs the glass. Big sticky lacing.

Aroma is pretty solidly tanged with a big wheat malt base. Fresh and snappy with little hints to smokey orange and musty basement air.

Nice taster; big, bold, and tangy. Wheatified snappy tang holds its ground for the entire ride through. Fresh and dullishly fruity. Partial orange and lemon spritz the edges along with a mild corriander spice licking at the trailing end where it eases off with a slight musty dry tang of buttered wheat toast. Big and wheaty!

Feel is pretty thick, rounded, and quite full. Heavy hefe hold to its girth. Big, bold, and grabbing to the tongue. This stuff lets you know your drinkin' it by wrapping your cheeks around your tongue with whopping wheaty tang. Seems vastly more then 4.9%.

Drinkability is about average for me. Another fat monstrous bodied drinker on the board at TH that kept me from completely quaffing it. Still goes down well enough and tastes terrific.

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Photo of schoolcb
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy pale straw color, with a frothy head. Coriander in the nose, and in the aftertaste. I picked up a hint of orange-peel in the aftertaste, but would expect more of this flavor for this style. I'm dining alone and pondering why I get the only dude for a server instead of one of the cute waitresses and I spy a dozen or so patrons at one table with a bunch of pints of the Wit and decided I needed to check it out. It is very "heffeweizen" in character, although higher in ALC% and more full bodied. It's a good beer, and one that can be consumed in good amount on a hot summer day.

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Photo of ZAP
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright hazy gold...very light white head...big time corriander onthe nose...very nice nose....also a very nice corriander flavor...a hint of ginger..finishes with orange peel dryness...a bit tart on the finish...apretty nice interpretation of the style...corriander is a big component as is the orange peel on the finish which is a little tart...a nice refreshing beer with character...

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Photo of Bighuge
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden appearance. A nice looking frothy white head tops it off. Aroma is malty, yeasty and spicy. A little orange as well. Tasty brew. Subtle, but tasty. This one isn't overpowering with the orange and corriander, but it's pretty nice. Some peppery spiciness and cinamon is noted as well. Solid wit.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Why "Belgian White" rather than "Witbier"? I know why: it's hard to train people off of what little they already know. If they like "Blue Moon Belgian White", here ya go, saying "witbier" would only confuse 'em. Sigh.
But, the beer...Appearance: solid, chunky, bright orange color, good 1/2" head of a frothy, well-retained head.
Aroma: big, sweet, and heavy on the orange! Faint traces of spice, but not as much of the coriander as we find in real Belgian wits.
Taste: again, full-on fruit, to the max! Smooth, and generously textured, good body, very mellow, yet fully flavored.
In comparison to true Belgian wits, lacks subtlety and complexity. As an imitation, a fairly nice stab at it.
I will definitely return to this, as well as I can!

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Belgian White from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 14 ratings