Whaleback White
Leelanau Brewing Company

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From:
Leelanau Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
Style:
Witbier
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.05 | pDev: 13.83%
Reviews:
53
Ratings:
47
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Nov 17, 2019
Added:
Aug 11, 2005
Wants:
  32
Gots:
  6
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Well-crafted. Clearly a passion for perfecting the tart.

Looks like a clear cider (no foam) and initially Smells like one, too. But then, the wood comes in along with some yeast-driven fruit adding a nice complexity. In the Tastes, I finally get the spices associated with the style, And then as promised, the finish is tart, but not too tart... apple/pear tart with just enough sweetness for balance.

Whaleback White was a good accompaniment to my lunch of soup and one of my favorite multi-seed baguettes. The tart cut through my generous use of olive oil for sautéing the vegetables and the tart dried out the sweetness of my broth. On a Sunday afternoon watching the ATP Finals, my week was complete.

Leelanau is a different brewer beating a different drum. Almost two decades old, they seem to have only a Facebook page as I found no website. So clearly, they have their beer do their talking. Interesting that Leelanau uses Jolly Pumpkin facilities.
Nov 17, 2019
 
Rated: 4.1 by Gkruszewski from New York

Jul 11, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by Kevinpitts from Illinois

Jul 04, 2016
 
Rated: 3.81 by breakingbland from Michigan

Apr 24, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by delgotit99 from Indiana

Dec 28, 2015
 
Rated: 4.23 by AlexFields from Tennessee

Aug 25, 2015
 
Rated: 4.13 by DanGeo from Michigan

Aug 03, 2015
 
Rated: 3.83 by JoeMans from New York

Jul 20, 2015
 
Rated: 4.5 by Hairrrrrrrr from Illinois

Jun 24, 2015
 
Rated: 4.38 by Kerrie from Michigan

May 19, 2015
 
Rated: 3.94 by tom10101 from Canada (QC)

Feb 06, 2015
 
Rated: 4.25 by SaisonRichBiere from Michigan

Dec 06, 2014
 
Rated: 2.25 by olradetbalder from Sweden

Nov 27, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by alexsergio from New York

Oct 25, 2014
 
Rated: 4.5 by Googs from New York

Jul 29, 2014
 
Rated: 4.5 by Jspriest from Pennsylvania

Jul 10, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by PaulyB83 from Michigan

Jun 30, 2014
 
Rated: 4.75 by Domeshot14 from California

Jun 08, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by Dreadnaught33 from District of Columbia

Mar 11, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by james582 from South Carolina

Jan 06, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by drbenderdo from Michigan

Jan 03, 2014
 
Rated: 4.75 by AJ01923 from Massachusetts

Nov 03, 2013
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/10/2012. Pours moderately hazy golden straw color with a 2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart apple, lemon, pear, clove, pepper, hay, grass, wheat, oak, vinegar, leather, funk, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity and balance of yeast ester and oak notes; with great strength. Taste of tart apple, lemon, pear, pepper, clove, wheat, bread, hay, grass, oak, vinegar, leather, funk, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, pepper, clove, wheat, bread, hay, grass, oak, vinegar, leather, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of yeast and oak notes; with a light malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, lightly prickly, and lightly acidic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent wild witbier! All around great complexity and balance of oak and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
Oct 11, 2013
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Reviewed by jrenihan from Canada (ON)

3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Beer is clear golden, with a very small white head.

Nose contains oak and funk. Smells lambic like. Light floral scents, peach.

Taste contains peach, light funk. Tart. Oak. Light fruits are nice, very delicate. Very nice.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated. A bit dry.

Overall, really quite a nice beer. Nice twist on the witbier.
Sep 27, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by liamt07 from Canada (ON)

Sep 16, 2013
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down a bit and consistently left a thin head overnight the surface.
S: Light aromas of funk are present in the nose.
T: Aromas of wheat are present in the nose along with notes of orange and hints of coriander spices, the latter of which are most noticeable towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has nice hints of sourness. It reminds me a lot like a Jolly Pumpkin beer and the bottle label notes it was brewed and bottled there.

Note: Bottled 7/10/12
Sep 15, 2013
 
Rated: 4.25 by smithj4 from New York

Sep 15, 2013
 
Rated: 4.25 by peensteen from Canada (ON)

Sep 14, 2013
 
Rated: 1.25 by AlaskanYoung from Arkansas

Aug 30, 2013
 
Rated: 1.75 by Mbpike from Arkansas

Aug 30, 2013
 
Rated: 4.75 by BjornRK from Michigan

Aug 22, 2013
 
Rated: 4.25 by Lare453 from Florida

Jun 17, 2013
 
Rated: 4.25 by Gonzoillini from Illinois

May 18, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by Thorpe429 from Illinois

Apr 28, 2013
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Reviewed by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.

The beer is hazy straw yellow with an inch of white head. The aroma offers soft citrus and light spice. A touch of funk adds a nice touch. Light and fluffy on the palate. Really tasty, though different from a traditional witbier.
Apr 27, 2013
 
Rated: 3.5 by Liquoric3 from Germany

Apr 24, 2013
 
Rated: 4.5 by Hugonaut13 from Illinois

Dec 02, 2012
 
Rated: 4.25 by thebouch01 from Pennsylvania

Nov 14, 2012
 
Rated: 4.5 by ltltony from Michigan

Oct 22, 2012
 
Rated: 4 by RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

Oct 16, 2012
Whaleback White from Leelanau Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 100 ratings