The Holy Spirit | Half Pints Brewing Company

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The Holy SpiritThe Holy Spirit

Brewed by:
Half Pints Brewing Company
Manitoba, Canada

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Winter

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Added by oakbluff on 02-10-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by fisherman34:
Photo of fisherman34
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy sunshire yellow in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas of toasted coriander, lime, flowers, and a hint of very lightly toasted grains. In the mouth there’s a big hit of citrus (lime and grapefruit) and coriander. What follows is an interesting mix of grassy green hops and a longer than expected Vienna malt and oat note. The finish is quite dry. The mouthfeel is spot on: thick yet still quite refreshing. Overall it’s sort of like a suped-up and more complex Blanche du Chambly. The only minor drawback is that I think the lime is a bit too strong... one of those "a bit too much of a good thing" situations. Still a great beer... hopefully one that Dave will repeat.

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Photo of vanrassel
3.99/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed a 660 mL bomber received in trade from trevorwideman — thanks!

The poured into my Hoegaarden tumbler a cloudy gold with a thin white head that quickly reduced to a ring. The look didn't betray anything special going on, but the smell and taste sure did!

This beer had a zesty freshness to it unlike any witbier I've had, mainly because of the inclusion of lime. The traditional coriander and orange smells and flavours were there, but the lime added a different twist to things without being over the top.

The flavour started out with a refreshing citric twang of lime and orange — and here again, a nice twist: curacao oranges, whose bitterness nicely complemented the lime. Coriander and noble hops finished off each sip with a nice spiciness. My only quibble here, and it's a small one, is I found the body a touch light and the carbonation a little low.

Congrats to Dave Rudge and Half Pints. This beer and the others in the trinity series offered innovative takes on some traditional styles. I enjoyed them all.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.93/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Oakbluff: Poured a light yellow color ale with a large pure white foamy head with average retention and no lacing. Aroma of light wheat malt notes with some coriander and loads of lime. Taste is a mix between some light wheat with light coriander and orange peel with loads of lime. It almost felt like drinking some kind of lime-flavoured spritzer. Body is a bit light but mot beers from this style have a light body with some good carbonation. I think this beer could have improve with more wheat malt and coriander ad maybe slightly less lime.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a soapy white head that is short lived. Not to much lacing, hundreds of bubbles grip the glass and hold on tight and eventually rush up to the top. Looks clear at first, becomes hazy once the sediment makes its way. Has a yellowish color.

The nose is dominated by orange and citrus. Light notes of wheat and spicing come through as well.

The citrus and orange continue to be the most evident factors on the nose and palate. Some spices, wheat, lemon and a good hop bitterness (more than I am used to for the style but I like it). Crisp, would be a great porch beer. Thanks goes to oakbluff once again.

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Photo of grub
2.24/5  rDev -38%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

thanks to trevorwideman for hooking me up with this one.

660ml bottle.

pours pale yellow with a nice fluffy white head. the head drops fairly quick and leaves a bit of spotty lace.

aroma is first impression was the stuff they use to perm hair. definitely kind of perfumey and slightly medicinal. touch of alcohol. touch of cracker malt. aroma is dominated by the odd medicinal/perfume character.

taste is unpleasant. the perfume+medicine from the aroma, but even stronger. soapy. hints of cracker malt hidden behind it. touch of alcohol. not getting any spice or citrus from it. most likely the kaffir lime leaves are lending the character that i'm not enjoying.

mouthfeel is also not good. the soapy medicinal character coats your mouth and lingers far longer than it should. slightly astringent too, which is a bit odd. medium carbonation level. medium body feels a bit big.

drinkability is not good. honestly only managed about 1/4 of the bottle. i'm hoping this one might just be a bit past its prime (although it's been refrigerated since i received it). hoping the other half pints offerings i have will fare better.

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Photo of demcorhip
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

More good stuff from Half Pints, thanks Trevor!

A slightly golden straw coloured brew with some wheat haze produced a one finger white head on the pour. Mildly carbonated, not much for head retention, leaving a thin collar of lacings to rim the inside of my glass.

Mild bready and grainy aromas of pale barley malt and wheat, a touch of honey like sweetness pleasingly present. A floral, citrus character from the centennial hops, orange peal, and kaffir lime leaves also present, as well as the mildly peppery green grass aromas from the saaz.

No real surprises in the taste, as it was much like the aroma of this fine wit. The mild citrus acidic character revealed itself, as well as a pleasantly surprising limey finish. The depth and complexity in the taste really opened up as the beer warmed, revealing the earthy lemony coriander which played well with the citrusy notes in this tasty brew.

Almost light in body, but the touch of oats exaggerate the body by providing for a smooth and rich feel. Both accentuates and mellows the acidity of the centennial hops, orange peal, and kaffir lime leaves. A nicely balanced brew, with a slight emphasis on its citrusy character and a solid amount of hops.

Not much to say but here's another winner from Half Pints. Almost straightforward, but the citrus twists really add complexity to this brew. Approachable and challenging. Well done, wish i had more.

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Photo of Viggo
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to oakbluff for the Half Pints hookup! Keep them coming. Last beer in the Trinity Series.

Pours a cloudy yellow/straw, thick white head, some lace spots, settles to a thin layer, good retention. Smell is sweet, vanilla, spices, coriander really comes through as it warms, caramel, lime. Taste is a bit strange, sweet caramel maltiness, vanilla, yeast and spices, harsh acidic lime in the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth, but the lime kind of overpowered everything else, good idea though.

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Photo of Howlader
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pootz
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle ( thanks Kris)

Poured a protien-clouded pale gold elixer into my witbier tumbler...decent white frothy meringue cap lasts and laces.

Aroma of citrus, spice and sweet grains some floral. Excellent nose...very pronounced and pungent.

Medium body, peppery-dry mouth feel, very dry, citrus character.

This is like taking a mouthful malted sunshine...wonderful!... You get the lime-orange citrus brightness and the coriander- saaz spiciness and that wonderful breadyness all mixed together in 3 dimensional flavor package that rides unchanged until the finsh where the unmalted wheat and oats combined with citrus astringency give an almost puckering dryness and citrus-spritzy decentment....and then a burst of biscuit dough in the after taste. Magnifique!

A well put together, flavorful, drinkable dry white of the best I’ve tasted.

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Photo of DrJay
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to viggo for hooking me up with the entire Holy Trinity set via BC2. Thanks Eric!
This one poured a clear straw yellow with wispy white bubbles forming a thin ring. Some fine lacing clung to the glass as well. The aroma was spicy with some lemon zest, tangerine, sweet malt and bread. Mild flavour overall, with some bitterness coming forward towards the end. Citrusy and lemony throughout with a bit of spice and bread. Grassy bitterness lingered. Medium to light bodied with low carbonation. The texture was fairly creamy with very fine bubbles, which made it feel a little fuller-bodied. Pretty good, refreshing, with some crisp, delicate flavours.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale gold with a huge white head, this is a very citrus flavoured Wit. The nose has lots of orange. The flavours are citrus and a touch of spice. What I like about this beer is the sharp and clean finish. Well made beer that is a great intro to Spring.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden, almost apple juice colour with a nice white head. Not very cloudy. Lime - citrus and coriander in the nose, with a hint of malt. The scent is actually fairly dry.

Nice wheat and light coriander flavour, with faint sweet lemon-lime hints. Very slight malt and hop profile, and a decent bitter finish.

Carbonation comes off a little low and I think this is a bit dry, but over all a decent witbier.

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Photo of trevorwideman
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

660ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours with a big fluffy head, about 1/2 inch that leaves a great looking lace all the way down the glass. Carbonaion is medium. Colour is a lovely hazy white, classic witbier. Aromatics out of this world, extremely fragrant. Orange Peel, Coriander, a little bit of funky yeastiness, and lots of floral hops combined with the lime leaves advertised on the bottle.

Taste is much like the aroma, with all the classic witbier flavours, but much more intense and flavourful than a lot of commercial interpretations of the style. The funky yeast comes through in spades, along with a lot of spicy, peppery orange flavour. I think I have to agree with Kris on the fact that I find the floral character a bit overpowering at times, it's a bit like drinking a flowery tea, like Jasmine. That said, it's really my only complaint about the brew. The body is medium and the carbonation crisp. It's got enough flavour to make it interesting but the holisitically it's light enough that it's drinkable in quantity. A well done witbier.

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Photo of oakbluff
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been looking forward to the last of the Holy Trinity, especially since my sneak peak of the Spirit a couple of weeks ago. It did not dissapoint! The aroma was very complex- spice and fruit- really zesty on the nose. Dave nailed the colour profile for this style- a great wit color of cloudy straw and fluffy white head. The tast was very unique for a wit- very pronounced spices and fuits. Really peppery limes that I wasn’t execting. I’m used to the usual orange and coriander, but this really took it to a new level. Hops levels are probably above average for sytle, which is points in my book. Hopefully we can see this make an appearance this summer when it can be properly enjoyed in nice weather!

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Photo of Lexx
2.69/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The completion of the trinity...

It... looks like a wit. Nice, lemony color with foamy white head, beautiful at first sight. Once I smelled this beer however.... Well, my first impression was that it smelled like a hair salon. Very overpowering lime with some grape, which I found odd, along with the coriander. But it also seem to have a strange, chemical scent which came through strongly in the taste. I really, really wanted to like this but I really couldn't get over the chemicals. It basically tasted how it smelled. It disappointed at the third part of the trinity, following two solid beers.

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The Holy Spirit from Half Pints Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 15 ratings