Wolaver's Witbier | Otter Creek Brewing

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Wolaver's WitbierWolaver's Witbier
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Wolaver's WitbierWolaver's Witbier

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Summer

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Added by maxpower on 06-02-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 74 |  Reviews: 70
Reviews by MrNuggets:
Photo of MrNuggets
3.47/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The head is completely gone! Thought I poured harder than that.
Spices are faint in the nose. Things pick up some once the beer enters my mouth. Tough citus taste with the obvious spice whisked in. Wheats in the after taste. Light bodied, was expecting something with more of a kick.

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Photo of oberon
4.07/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light hazy yellow with a thin wispy head that is gone in a flash,a strong wheat malt and smoke aroma with a touch of coriander,aroma is pretty bold for the style.Taste as well pulls no strings wich is pretty cool big wheaty flavor followed by a refreshing orange/citrius note that balances out the boldness of the wheat malt I get a touch of spiciness that melds well.Man I could drink alot of these on a humid sunny day like today the best offering I have had from Wolavers slightly better than the oatmeal stout.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – This Wit poured a shiny but unclear orange with a moderate persistent head.

Smell – The spices here are very sharp and raunchy. They aren’t strong but are sharp and well-defined. The yeast is light at the nose but unmistakable.

Taste – The spices are sharp but not overpowering at the taste. These Belgian spices are funky yet pleasant. The yeast is very light and the fruits, particularly orange and lemon peel, lead the way.

Mouthfeel – This one is a tad bigger than light-bodied with some modest carbonation and some good drying on the tongue.

Drinkability – This was a bit undercarbonated for my taste but the flavor was good and the spices in particular were just how I like them.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Mild, light, refreshing, low abv, light on flavor, moderate orange/coriander flavor. No flaws to speak of. Appearance is a touch dark and with less head then is should have. Body looks like dehydrated urine. Very, very mild. Utterly without faults but also without interest. Much lighter in body and strength then most wits.

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Photo of Todd
3.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle, twist-off cap. Pours a murky straw colored beer topped with a patchy white foam head. Settles quickly to a mere wisp.

Wheat twang, coriander and floral orange peel in the nose.

Smooth on the palate, very light in body. Slight malty backbone, weak and watery orange soda flavor, bitty yeast and some coriander spice. Carbonation is tight, and gently seltzer-like. Splash of zest, but not bitter, with just a bit of twang from the wheat. Finish is dry and grainy on the plate with leftover yeast notes.

A decent Witbier, organic to boot. Quite drinkable, and refreshing during the right mood, but not overly exciting.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A somewhat more abrasive example of a witbier than the traditional soft, floral examples. This may be due to the strong coriander flavor which lends a forceful dryness and bolsters the bitter elements of the citric flavors. The beer pours incandescent goldenrod with a small head and miniscule cyclones of yeast dropping down through the glass. There is a big pleasant malt base, refreshing and appealing, like a sweet children's cereal, that is kicked to the side by a very floral herbalness that is almost too dry. Lemon zest and a vague grapefruit hop element are at play, and then the peppery, dry coriander closes things out with resolve. The coarse and chalky aftertaste is a regrettable detriment, and the yeast doesn't exactly put the stomach at ease. On the whole, it's a memorable beer, and a well-crafted one, but not a lovable one.

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Photo of Gunnz
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden/amber in color, decent white head only after an agressive pour.

Very slight orange and herbal nose.

Very crisp taste, classice wit bier taste with a hint of coriander and bitter orange.

Very nice, smooth, and light bodied beer.

Highly drinkable, nice and refreshing. I could easily drink a few of these in a sitting without any trouble.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.42/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a clouded golden hue with a bright white fizzy head leaves behind thin lacing. Aroma contains sharp citrus tones with wheat musky notes that mellow out. Taste a tart citrus character with orange peel and coriander esque notes that relay a great flavor across my palate. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied with a decent amount of carbonation tickles the palate just a bit. Drinkability...well it's a nice summer drinker full of flavor I can't really complain at all it's a nice domestic witbier nothing extraordinaire like a St Bernardus wit.

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Photo of sloejams
2.36/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

don't know why I do it. Hopefully I will remember this in the future: TREAD CAREFULLY NEAR AMERICAN WITS.

I love wits. Wits are one of the more everyday drinking session Belgian ales. Hoegaarden = yum. Almost all American versions of this Belgian classic are not very good (sans Allagash White, and Ommegang's Witte). They miss with the wheat and then get carried away with the coriander. Hoegaarden's use of coriander is so subdued in the refreshing yeasty background. Then there's American versions, like Wolaver's, that smack you in the face with a coriander kick.

Wolaver's Certyified Organic line came about in 2002, an offshoot of the fine of Middlebury, Vermont. Back in Boston, I drank Otter Creek beers regularly, but the Wolaver's imprint is something I've just recently seen on the West Coast.

I felt bad using my Hoegaarden tumbler on this subpar ale. It just didn't hold up.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wolaver's- Witbier

Appearance- light orange yellow with very little head.
Smell- Light tangy malt. Slight citrus tones.
Taste- Sweet malt up front followed by a tangy fruitiness. Orange, peach, cranberry flavors come out with a touch of spice.
Mouthfeel- sweet and tangy but ot cloying. Reminds me of a dry cider.

Overall- A very unimpressive looking beer but tasty and an easy drink. A safe one for the "ladies".

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Photo of tastybeer
3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange wheat hazed color. Pretty standard witbier looks. Head rentention is lacking along with the oh so nice lace I like to see on the glass. Nose has all the smells I expect (especially after reading the bottle label). Wheat, coriander, light pepper, along with lemon and candy orange. Tastes match the nose, though in addition to the sweetness its got a spicy oange bitterness. Its actually kind of interesting. The flavors are refreshing but they meet in a semi scattered way. The spices compete a little with the citrus and instead should fit together better. Overall though, not bad and still enjoyable. Mouthfeel is slickly crisp with exciting carbonation and a dry finish. Body is a lightish medium or rather a mediumish light. Drinkabilty is decent.

Pretty alright but no great wheat beer leaps are made here. Temporarily satisfying and refreshing.

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Photo of Varkias41
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Dewey0603
3.47/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a cloudy straw yellow with a decent sized white head,nothing special. The smell has wheat, lemon zest, coriander,and a grassy aroma. The taste is lemon, pepper, coriander, and wheat flavors, not bad. The m/f is light with the flavors mixing pretty well. A decent beer. Not the best wit bier,but this is drinkable and it's organic.

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Photo of asabreed
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: I swirled the yeast and poured it in, so the body becomes immediately hazy, close to the color of pineapple juice, and though the head dissipates, it's fairly slowly, and there's some good bubble lacing left behind.

Smell: Fairly mild, but also pretty nice. Some citrus, mild coriander and orange peel (and it does say on the bottle that's lightly spiced at that), some pepper-like spice, and some hints of yeast. The flavors could be melded together better, but overall it's pretty decent.

Taste: All the flavors are there from the aroma, and what I like about it is that it's pretty damn balanced, and I'd rather have that (as far as a possibly milder version that has everything balanced fairly well) than an overly-spiced version. Still, the flavors of course could be more complex. In a way they seem to dissipate a bit once the initial flavorful sip happens, then the notes of coriander and orange peel, and a tad bit of spiciness, end up lingering on the tongue. Also by the end slight notes of hops start to creep in.

Mouthfeel: Maybe a little on the light side, though crisp with a big burst of carbonation toward the finish.

Drinkability: An enjoyable domestic version of the style. Highly drinkable, not complex enough to savor every sip, but complex enough to enjoy as you make it a session beer, which I'm currently on my way to doing as we speak.

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Photo of cokes
2.35/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Clouded mustard with a splotchy white head.
Rusty lemon rind aroma with green stems and sand.
Begins modestly grainy. A canvas of wheat hulls and gravel. Light trickles of candied lemon sweet tartness. Towards the finish, a stalky vegetal hue arrises, like bitter celery or fuzzy dandelion stems.
Not quenching in the least, as an arid saltiness arrives post-swallow.

A pretty uninspired version, which seems par for the course with W's organic lineup.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wolaver's Witbier delivers the typical appearance of a Belgian wit with a very hazy golden-orange body and thin cap of bright white foam. The head retention is not great, and it drops shortly to a razor-thin surface covering, but it does leaves some thin splashes of lace throughout most of the glass. The nose is rich with coriander, citrus peel (it's a bit lemony as well as orangeish), and wheaty malt. The body is light bordering on medium with some definite dextrins; and it's very fine-bubbled, slightly elevated carbonation leaves it crisp in the mouth. The flavor is less sweet than might be expected with a solid bitterness backing up it's cereal-like malt and spicing. The coriander is quite distinct, and helps to dry it, leaving it to finish clean and borderline chalky. Not bad! This is a good take on the style that takes risks by stepping slightly away from the standard cookie cutter imitations. Hoegaarden with balls? - You got it!

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Photo of ElGordo
3.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy (almost unappetizingly so) pale golden color with a nice 1-inch head in my weizen glass. Nice spicy, citrusy nose. Substantial body for a witbier, must come from the large amount of wheat. Citrus notes again on the palate, with a nice, fairly neutral taste coming from the wheat and yeast. Not particularly assertive, but very fine on a cool summer evening.

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Photo of tempest
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmm, a good wit, but a little over-spiced for my tasted. Still, there's a lot going on. The aroma had a nice, sweet beady profile, while the flavor focused more on the beer-spice elements. I mostly got a quick bite of black pepper with blueberry, maybe orange, and coriander. Worth a try.

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, straw yellow color with a nice white head that dissapates quickly. Smell is wheaty with a hint of spices (corriander and clove) . Taste is a bready malt flavor with a light orange peel and corriander flavor and a crisp, highly carbonated finish. Mouthfeel is smooth with high caronbation, refreshing and appropriate for the style. Drinkability is good.

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Photo of scottg
3.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Pours a cloudy gold color with some orange and a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Lots of wheat and sweet orange aromas with some lemon notes. Orange peel is the dominant flavor with some pepper/corriander and light lemon flavor. High carbonation, light body, crisp and clean, mouth cleansing.
Nothing special but very drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of theopholis
3.94/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Body pours a clear, straw yellow. The head was white, fizzy and died down to a white ring. The body is golden, very cloudy, good amount of sediment, and brightens up when held to the light. I'll swirl the next one to see if I get any sediment.

Aroma- Starts out as a woddy, earthy type of wheat that then reveals citrus, corriander, and some unidentifiable spices. Very refreshing and inviting.

Taste- Very complex citrus (orange, lemon, maybe some grapefruit?), corriander, pepper, lots of clove, and just enough hops to let you know hops to let you know this is beer.

Mouthfeel- Light body. Well-carbonated. Brings out the flavors very nicely, and is very refreshing.

Drinkability- Very drinkable. Very sessionable.

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Photo of rdrummer
3.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours paler than I might have expected but had a decent head and was cloudy as to be expected. The aroma is nice with a big bit of coriander and citrus, somewhat floral.

The taste is completely wheat beer with that biting citrus and the hints of coriander and thyme. The beer is dry but not acerbic. It feels great in the mouth even though less full bodied than some other Wits. It is a beer that I could be comfortable drinking for the whole afternoon or evening, very refreshing.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell had a clear wheat presence with a touch of spice and lemon and orange zest.

The taste was clean and wheaty with a definite yeast character. Mild spices and orange peel balanced the taste out very well.

The mouthfeel was full, yet clean. A nice little bit of chewinwss.

Overall a very drinkable and enjoyable wit. A good summer brew.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.54/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Wit was alright it was not as good I had heard well at least that is my opinion. Do not get me wrong it is an OK beer but not a great Wit. It has a nice golden color that is slightly hazy. It is a great looking beer. I have to give it that. There is a lot of white lace and head. It has light lager like aroma even though it is ale. It started off sour as I drank it got a little sweeter and I started to notice the orange and coriander a little more. It has a wheat and clove aftertaste. It has a bit of a fizzy and light mouthfeel.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy light yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of coriander, orange peel, Belgian yeast, wheat and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is bready and spicy with flavors of coriander, wheat, Belgian yeast and orange peel. The malt character is on the thin side but still hearty enough to provide some substance. The hops presence is mild but normal for the style. The after-taste is spicy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer but there are certainly other Witbiers that I would pick first.

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