Whaleback White | Leelanau Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Leelanau Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
leelanaubeer.com

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by putnam on 08-11-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
99
Reviews:
52
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
13.83%
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
5
For Trade:
2
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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.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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Photo of cmadd
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into oversized wine glasses.

A: Hazeless body and light morning yellow body. Minimal head, but decent retention on the edges. Golden and illuminated.

S: Wheat malt, lactic acid and funk, lemons and white grapes.

T: Sharp lactic acid in the front with a light wheat backbone. The finish rounds out with lemons and white grapes and melons. Minimal bitterness and incredibly refined. This may not bowl you over with flavours, but they are clear and bright.

M: Mild carbonation and light body.

O: This witbier is so refined and gentle that it feels like a refreshing dawn, quiet and bright. Wonderful.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml format; bottled on 08/09/2011.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: A pale and bright straw yellow bodied beer. The beer has 1 finger worth of white head that drops down to a thin cap.

Smell: Lemons, spicy, funky, wheat, and hay. This is not you standard wit beer! Really nice!

Taste: starts off with moderate lemon tartness. Hint of oranges and granny smith apples. The funkiness hits midpalate on into the finish and I would say the barnyard funk almost matches, but really balances the lemon flavors nicely. Some bready and yeasty notes are found in this beer as well. You do get the spiciness from the nose as a faint pepper and coriender notes. I get oak barrel in the finish and some earthiness to compliment the oak. This is not your standard witbeer...its way better.

Mouthfeel: Almost a medium bodied beer, but I am going to says it on the high end of light bodied. Its heavy for a witbeer anyways. Carbonation levels are moderate. The beer feels heavier than a witbeer, but its still really easy drinking. Its tart, crisp, refreshing, and mildly acidic. Finishes a little bit dry and tart.

Overall: Really enjoyable beer for a hot day. More of a sour than a witbeer, but the two styles overlap. This beer has taken the best charistics from both styles and used them to the beers advantage! Got really lucky finding this beer!

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4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle (bottled 8/9/11) into a wine glass at Spuyten Duyvil.

A: Lightly hazed gold body; a thin white head settles into a ring. Nice.

S: Lovely. Fresh, tart aroma of sour citrus, floral Brett, and general sour goodness. Awesome!

T: Even juicier and citrusier than the nose, with solid tartness underscoring the bright fruit and moderate minerality. Clean, tart, dry finish. Delicious.

M: Soft, delicate, ultra-fine carbonation in a medium body. Great.

O: The bartender recommended this as consolation for the last Fou'Foune having just been sold, and (while no Cantillon) it was a terrific surprise. Definitely more of a Wild Ale than a Witbier (even wilder than Anchorage Whiteout Wit, which was just purely Bretty - Whaleback is both funky and sour), this one delivers pure, unadulterated sour goodness. My friends and I all agreed that this was a real winner. I'll be seeking out more Leelanau stuff the next time I'm at a good NY bottle shop.

Cheers!

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Whaleback White from Leelanau Brewing Company
4.05 out of 5 based on 99 ratings.
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