Whaleback White | Leelanau Brewing Company

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99 Ratings
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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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Photo of AJ01923
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of superspak
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.

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Photo of jrenihan
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.

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Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of metter98
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

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Photo of smithj4
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of peensteen
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of AlaskanYoung
1.25/5  rDev -69.1%

Photo of Mbpike
1.75/5  rDev -56.8%

Photo of BjornRK
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of Lare453
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Huhzubendah
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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Photo of Liquoric3
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Hugonaut13
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of thebouch01
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of ltltony
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of redfacedshooter
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Gtg642
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of KCM
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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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Photo of djrn2
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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