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Not Just Another Wit | Mikkeller ApS

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Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium.

Ingredients: Water, malt (pale and amber), unmalted wheat, flaked oats, hops (goldings, amarillo, saaz and cascade), spices (orange peel and coriander seeds) and yeast.

Added by Kraken on 11-07-2008

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mikkeller reconstructs the essence of classy Belgian witbiers but pushes the power and dryness to heightened strength of 7.4%. Curious to see how the elevated alcohol plays on the palate and whether it interferes with the subtle perfume and soft wheat character.

This "Not Just Another" witbier pours with the most delicate and fragile coloration and foam- very light, canary yellow in color and with a glaze of protein and yeast allow for a diffused glow to permit. Foamy with a cottony-white head that persists and retains very well and in somewhat liquidy fashion- Easily mistaken for Hoegaarden.

Muted and delicate aromas of soft wheat, mild honey, and light starch provide the basic underpinning while spicy aromas run the gamut of coriander, orange peel, perfume, white pepper, light clove, chi tea, lemongrass, and a sparse sprinkle of cumin. Somewhat estery as lemon and apple penetrate the mix for a very inviting and mouthwatering scent.

All those soft malts and decorated spices play delightfully on the palate in most refreshing and soothing flavor combinations. Soft wheat, honeyish caramel, floral flavors, and soft baking breads provide a creamy flavor of starch and powdered sugar that's soon rivaled by the spice and hop additions, led by coriander and curacao. Counterparts of citrusy hops with slight leafy action, lemongrass, and peppery bitterness rise in finish for a balanced and varying taste.

Light bodied throughout, but the early creaminess gives a slight impression of fuller-than-actual feel. The unique Belgianesque carbonation allows for a light prickle on the tongue and expansive airiness to emit. But the carbonation retracts at mid palate and ushers in the refreshing soft wheat and peppery bitterness to dry the beer and offer a semi-powdery finish with a linger of lemon pepper and minty alcohols.

The higher rate of strength exceeds the usual 5% that's exhibited by usual witbiers, but nothing is lost here: Not only does Mikkeller retain the soft supple character that makes standard witbiers so refreshing, but does so with higher hopping rates of American varieties and more experimentation with spice to accompany the assertive alcohol, and without compromising its balance- no easy feat.

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Photo of barczar
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chill hazed golden color with a half finger whitish ivory head that quickly dissipates into a thin sheet of foam.

Initial aroma is grain and wheat, with muted orange and grapefruit, followed by bready malt. Belgian yeast esters of bubble gum and tropical fruit surface as it warms, as well as a rich of phenol.

Flavor is more indicative of the belgian yeast ester profile. Grapefruit and coriander emerge, carried by slightly bready malt and wheat, leading to a slightly bitter and dry finish.

Body leans to the heavy side, with moderate carbonation and a hint of slickness.

Overall, a slightly sweet, yet bitter beer with all the character of belgian yeast and a good balance of malt and fruity hop flavor. Wheat adds a nice complexity. Obviously a bit bitter for the style, and a touch heavy.

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Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden yellow, one finger foamy white head, decent lacing.

S - Yeast, lemon, orange, pleasant combonation of fruity/spicy/bitter hops.

T - Orange rind, spicy hops, lemon zest, coriander, tropical fruits, light dry wheat finish.

M - Medium-full body, moderate carbonation, slightly creamy.

O - This is my favorite wit, the complexity cannot be matched and the name rings true!

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Photo of Viciousknishs
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a translucent golden orange color with two fingers of white head. Solid retention with ok lacing.

S- base aroma of wheat and raw cereal grain. Substantial orange peel and herbal coriander blend with assertive orange hops. Finishes with a dusty yeast character and leafy hop notes.

T- touch of dry malt flavor with wheat and rustic grains. Orange peel and herbal coriander spice come out in the middle. Hop bitterness with notes of orange and tangerine and a powdery like yeast flavor hit the palate on the finish.

MF- fluffy soft mouthfeel. Medium body and small bubbled awesome carbonation.

D- good drinkability.

Overall a solid wit beer with great over the top hops for the style.

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Photo of DanK4
4.67/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious. A fantastic witbier in my opinion. Had all the right smell and taste notes I like in a witbier without being overly fruity or bogged out by by a lack of flavor. Poured into an Allagash flute with a good 2 finger white head on it that hung around for a minute or two then dissapated, but had wonderful lacing. Te aroma was a nice mixture of citrus (orange mainly, but a touch of grapefruit and lemon), cardamom, and a banana note with some allspice in the mix. The taste is what really sold me on this beer though, I am a huge fan of wit's and have been looking for another great besides Allagash and St. Bernardus and this one hit the nail on the head. I was floored, and it was a perfect accompaniment to my stir-fry I loaded with Sriracha. It had a body to it, not feeling light but it wasn't overbearing and thick. The mouthfeel was just right and left a nice banana and orange aftertaste. Not alcohol bite and no funky warming taste, just pure delicious wit. A definite recommendation.

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Photo of blakelive784
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pt 9.4 fl oz bottle served in a weizen glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a murky golden orange color with a soapy with head of 1.5 fingers. Retention is average.

S - Honey, orange peel, unrefined wheat, yeast, and a good bit of citrus hops. Moderate strength and well balanced.

T - Heavy on the yeast. Pleasant pale malt and honey, orange and lemon zest, and a fair amount of bitterness on the finish. It's balanced well, with great yeast flavor, but may not please fans of the style.

M - Light bodied. A bit too smooth, especially on the finish. Medium carbonation.

D - Quite complex, highly drinkable and very well built. It's got depth, especially for a wit, and is an inspired take on the style. Worth a try, but not outstanding.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-draught into 20cl stemware at the Mikkeller Bar in Copenhagen, Denmark. Reviewed from notes taken in July 2011. The board there listed this as 7.4% ABV, which I trust more than beeradvocate.

A: Pours a one finger head of soft slight cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Colour is a cloudy yellow-gold.

Sm: Orange peel, assorted citrus esters - especially lemon, and light barley. A mild strength aroma.

T: Orange peel esters, lemon, and heavy unexpected bittering hops. Complex and boundary pushing for the style. Built and balanced well.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Complements the style and flavour.

Dr: High ABV (especially for a witbier), very easy to drink, and at a high price point. Worth a go especially if you like the style and want to see it done differently.

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Photo of DCon
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 1 PT 9.4 FL OZ bottle of this from Flamingo Bowl in St. Louis, MO for $17. Poured from the Corked/Cagged w/ Black Styrofoam wrap around this, Black Labeled w/ Yellow Piano Keyed bottle into a 12oz Snifter Glass. Does not have a freshness date on the bottle.

Aroma- Has a nice wheaty and light spicy aroma from the beginning. The end of the smell has nice sour/acidic aromas that blend in well. Herbal/floral hops are hanging out throughout the aroma also. Very nice!

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger, frothy head that has above average retention time. Has a deep orange, cloudy body and leaves VERY thick lacing behind.

Flavor- The flavor starts with a ton of citrus and light spice that lingers into a great sweetness (coming from malt?). Has a light tart finish and very light bitterness from hop if anything.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, Creamy, EFFERVESCENT, and has nice citrus finish with tons of sweetness again.

Overall Impression- While having many brews from Mikkeller, most of them are a collaboration (BrewDog, FFF, Struise, etc.) and was very happy with this one! Light spices are hanging around this Wit and had a fantastic Effervescent characteristic that is great to find in this style! I would suggest this brew for anyone wanting a refreshing Wit but would til it was around $10-12... A bit overpriced.

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Photo of mattboyer182
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - burnt orange in color with a nice white one fingered head with good retention.

S - smells of light citrus and spices faintly earthy.

T - taste is mellow. Lots of spice and light fruit.

M - light to medium bodied with light carbonation.

O - decent wit. Nice mellow, fruity and spicy!

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Photo of AlexTheAleMan
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 pt 9.4 oz corked bottle into a "German style" pint glass with a handle.

Deep golden yellow color. At first it was very clear, but on the second pour a bit of yeast came along to give it that nice cloudy appearance.

Smells very fruity. A bit of honey on the front with clove and slightly metalic/fruity/earthy hop aromas coming afterwards. There is a distinct orange smell to it along with some tea bag aromas.

This is a tasty brew. Honey suckle hits you right away but gives way to some spicy christmasy flavors of clove and orange that are accompanied by a slightly bitter, earthy hoppiness. There is a slight hint of banana and some almost raspberry like notes here. The aftertaste is very enjoyable with tea like aromas coming ending in a light pear flavored taste.

The beer is pretty light in mouthfeel for its high abv. It does a good job of coating the entire mouth with flavor and has no weak spots (lots of flavor from when you sip it til about 30 seconds afterwards).

Over all I like the beer a lot (even though it is not all that true to its style), the price point is a bit too high though...

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Errr... Probably the darkest witbier I've ever had, a very deep amber hue, almost opaque with sediment and full of plenty of agitated floaties. Head is crackling and full, leaving some stonework lacing down the inside of the glass. Body is very heav, and this together with the opacity means it's an intense looking beer. And a *very* intense looking witbier.

Nose is crisp with a lemony citrus character that you could almost mistake for hops. It has an edge of Belgian acidity to it, almost like a lambic, or the rusticness of brett on the nose. Bright and light, and really rather pleasant.

Taste is again very weird, and really unsuitable for a place in the witbier genre. Here, there's a pleasant light hop bite, and a touch of zingy true lemon or orange rind, that just makes you question whether what you taste really is hops. Nice nutty character from the yeast, and a touch of Belgian esters to round it out. It still has that classic Mikkeller character to my mind (perhaps it's a De Proef character, in reality), which anchors it to something else.

It's not just another wit: in fact, I'd hazard a comment that it's not a wit at all. This is an odd little beer with plenty of citrus and spice, but from all the wrong directions. But Mikkeller, as always, make the weird work for them, and this is a very tasty and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of paperbackfoster
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pour that begins as a thin, bright gold quickly develops into a rich, clouded honey in the glass. Out of the bottle, it easily yields a two finger head, which holds together in beautiful clumps before reducing to a one finger head with great retention and initial lacing. The beer keeps a very subtle effervescence underneath, lending a depth to the otherwise cloudy appearance.

A quick sniff turns up a light zest of orange and lemon with a hint of light spice, cardamom and coriander noticeable. A pleasant tartness is all that remains of the promised 8% ABV.

The taste of this one is a pleasantly sugary sweetness up front, followed by the zesty fruit from the scent dancing on the tongue. The finish is crisp and dry, but manages to linger. This is a full, balanced witbier, heavier than many of its counterparts. The spice is just enough, more complex than the coriander and cardamom I mentioned but subtle enough not to pinpoint specifics. The fruit flavors don't overpower at all. The body of the flavor is a mild sourness, reminiscent of a pleasant, summery farmhouse ale. While it could be seen as a departure from style, this, to me, is what a wit is all about. A hint of fresh fruit, delicately spiced, pleasantly carbonated, crisply refreshing. All this while being a full, rounded beer, rather than the typical refreshers such as a hefe or kolsch.

Mouthfeel is equally full and round, the otherwise maltiness balanced out by the carbonation.

Overall, I'm very impressed with this beer. As I mentioned, it's an exemplar of what I personally look for in this style. It's a real pleasure to drink. It hits the heavier qualities, including it's 8% ABV, while managing to be a very refreshing drink that's hard not to gulp. The main deterrent from mad quaffing is, as it should be, the simple but evidently delicate fruit and spice profile.

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Photo of marcobrau
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Wow. This is was an interesting interpretation of the style. Lot of Amarillo hop flavor blending quite well with some of the traditional witbier spices (orange peel and coriander.) Quite a bit darker, perhaps deep gold as opposed to the straw color of traditional wit. Plenty of carbonation made for a persistent foamy head and creamy mouthfeel. A very sunny beer with bright, assertive spice and hop flavors letting the unmalted wheat and oats provide a soft landing for all the other bold flavors in this brew. Stronger than I think it needs to be, but a very tasty beer.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a little on the dark side...more along the lines of Weissebier, but good none the less. The head was massive, white and retention was stellar. Naturally, lacing was triumphant. What sets this Wit apart from the rest (from my experience), is the wondrously floral hop nose. There's also some light spiciness and herbal notes, along with some bready malt characters. The taste consists of more bready malts, equal parts spicy, earth notes, and less on the hoppy side...still nice either way. With a slightly more slick and heavy feeling for a Wit, it definitely leaves a hair more to be desired in the mouthfeel, but nothing off-putting at all, though a lighter, crisper feel would be king. In the end, a great interpretation of the style and a great beer. Mikkeller (recently at least), has been impressing me.

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Photo of jamescain
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a sniffer, thanks texasclimber for sharing this one

Appearance: Straw yellow with a fluffy white head about two inches thick with sediment floating in the beer.

Aroma: Spicy, coriander, orange dominate and a hint of currant.

Taste: Still spicy, not spicy like a pepper, but the kind of spicy that a Belgian yeast strain will provide. One of the better wits I’ve had, but nothing spectacular.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, but in a refreshing way.

Overall: Despite what the name of the beer implies, it tasted like just another wit. Was it better than other wits? Sure. But I wouldn’t say it was not just another wit.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.31/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap at Finnegan's in Plainfield, IL. Pours a very clear, pale straw, with a stark white head of about two fingers. Lots of lacing as the head slowly drops.

Aromas of spices, coriander, bitter and sweet orange. No hop aroma to speak of, no real malt aromas. Lemons.

Flavors of spicy lemon, bitter and sweet orange, coriander. Quite bitter for a wit.

Mouthfeel is light, not as creamy as most wits. Good level of carbonation.

Overall, don't quite know what to think. Definitely not your average wit. Not much to identify it as a wit. Not cloudy, too high alcohol.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bavarian Lodge.

A- hazy dark orange with nice lacing and retention

S- oranges, lemons and some slight bitterness

T- lots of citrus going on here. orange, lemon and some coriander come through at the start. Nice pale hop finish for a wit.

M- light to medium bodied. not real dry and fairly easy to drink

O- this was a decent stronger wit.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This had a really nice yeasty and citrusy aroma, the head is very lively. It's thick and sticks to the glass like a champ. The color is a hazy yellow not too many bubbles. Has a bit if a thinker mouthfeel which I feel is quite good because some Wits are very thin. This is a good spring brew though.

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Photo of rarbring
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beverage is clouded amber with yellow hints, a white head with almost no lacing but some curtains.

The smell is intensely of oranges, sweet and bitter ones, and coriander.

The taste has a sweet fruity start, then freshly squeezed orange juice with a dash of ripe lemons, the coriander spiciness is balancing, and with a slight alcoholic touch Curaçao comes to mind. A nice bitter ending.

Medium low carbonation, soft and refreshing, a dry finish.

A nice "extended" wit. Tasted at a beer sampling at De Klomp, Linköping, Sweden.

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Photo of oline73
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Max's in Baltimore. It was served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: This is a cloudy golden/light amber color with one finger of white head that goes away quickly.

Smell: The smell of this beer is quite sharp on the nose. I'm picking up some herbs and sweet fruit notes. The main fruit I'm picking up is tangerine.

Taste: Citrus peel bitterness hits the tongue hard. Again the tangerine sweetness comes through. I'm also picking up some herbs. This is a very unique beer and quite bitter for the style.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and super dry. The carbonation is delicate and on the low side.

Drinkability: I thought that this was a very unique beer. Lots of herbal flavors and citrus peel. I'm glad I got to try it, but I don't know that I would go have another.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a hazy golden orange with pale yellow highlights and had a finger of fronthy head leaving lots of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of citrus and spice come out on the aroma with some wheaty, coriander, light hop notes but had lots of malty sweetness for sure.

T: the citrus flavors also dominate the taste alongside, coriander with various other spices, wheat, mild grassy hops accents and a good sweet malty sweetness.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, malty, wheaty, spice, and citrusy finish.

D: definitely a very nice wit beer and probably one of my favorites now which was drinking nice as well.

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Photo of nickthetick
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: an opaque straw golden color into a duvel tulip; a huge froathy white head that hangs around for a while and leaves a little lacing.

S: strong orange presence and clove. A lot of hop and a little bit of bread like malt.

T: really hoppy and citrusy, taste almost like a DIPA only with clove and coriander thrown in. There is a little bready malt hidden behind citrus flavors. The alcohol is there but not overpowering.

MF: light body and crisp but enough alcohol to be a little warm and not really refreshing; which isn't what I would have expected from this style beer.

D: a good beer but not what I expected from the description or the style. Plus it was hard to find which cuts cut a little on the drink ability.

Bottled 2008

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Photo of July2Nov
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought At Tamura's in Kailua, HI for $10.99.

Appearance: Poured a cloudy golden pear color with a massive two inch foamy head that settled down to a 1/2 inch head, but the foam still clung to the sides like a champ!

Smell: Sweet citrus notes and what seems to be vanilla with some spice on the side for good measure.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Slight alcohol taste at first then mellows down a bit, but then spikes back up with the 8% abv. Has a sour/bitter aftertaste. This one certainly warms you up. Honey and clove come through with a slightly sweet rum flavor.

Drinkability: I'll admit it; I love everything that is put out by Mikkeller and this witbier is no exception! I mean, come on, you really can't go wrong when the label has "Belgian Ale" and "Mikkeller" on it! Ontzagwekkend!

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Photo of MM3
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apearence: A light amber color, that is almost clear.

Smell: The smell is citrussy from the American hops and the orange peel used.

Taste: The taste is hoppy, citrussy and a bitter aftertaste from the hops used. I could not taste the coriander seeds, Mikeller claims to use in this beer.

Mouthfeel: The beer has a fresh feeling in the mouth, because of the carbonation and the hops used.

Drinkability: I think this beer is fairly easy to drink even on a summers day, because the hops and the carbonation give it a nice fresh taste.

Overal: The beer is a tasty beer, but it did not met my expectations. I expected a strong witbeer, but instead it taste more like a Pale Ale.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 7-1-10
Bottled in 2008

Pours a hazy golden color, with lines of bubbles rising to the surface. A thick white head sits on top, and lasts forever.

Smell is all sweet malt, aromas of banana and Belgian yeast. The hops come in second, adding a tart citrus edge. Very nicely aged, with just a hint of mellowing hops.

Taste is all hops, sharp and tart. Flavors of citrus and a light maltiness are there too, giving way to a pleasant bitterness and a slightly bready aftertaste. Good, but not as deep as I was hoping.

Mouthfeel is very thick and creamy, with good carbonation to add to the hoppy kick.

Drinkability is very good, the bitterness balances the sweetness nicely, and the abv is just right.

Overall, not an extreme beer, but still well made and worth trying.

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Not Just Another Wit from Mikkeller ApS
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