Citrusy Wit
Stone Brewing

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Belgian Witbier
Ranked #100
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3.75 | pDev: 9.6%
Stone Brewing
California, United States
Citrusy WitCitrusy Wit
Notes: When it comes to our beers and the ingredients we use, we give a wit. So rather than spinning just the same fruit wheel of the classic Curaçao orange peel, we punched up our wit with the dynamic duo of tangerine and kaffir lime leaf. The fruit-forward aromatics and flavors are perfectly balanced, so you don’t have to bother adding a slice (or leaf) to the rim of your glass. Even with this lack of unnecessary garnish, you won’t find an absence of intense fruit.
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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.02/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled 5/14/16; drank 6/10/16 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy light orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice bright white head; a curtain of lace.

Wheat, lemon & dry iced tea notes in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Tea leaves & faint lemon flavors up front; dry wheat notes on the finish.

Not much citrus & a whole lotta dryness; misnamed & not very good.

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Photo of Strix
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy pale yellow

Nice citrusy notes atop yeast

Heavily lime and bell pepper in the flavor, the wit part takes a back seat, with a hint of coriander and pepper

Dry finish

Don't know that this feels like a wit, but it does feel like a stone brew. Decent enough, but not remarkable.

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Photo of qrazvan
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice pale cloudy yellow colour, medium head, little sediment and relatively high carbonation.
Floral smell, dominated though by the yeast feel.
The initial impression is the one of an elderflower natural juice, with a bit of lemon on the background and the yeasty taste present. A bit sweet towards the end, when the flowery aromas are making once more their presence felt.
The general feeling is the one of a juicy drink, refreshing, but not a trademark from Stone brewery.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a mug. The appearance was a hazy burnt yellow to orange color with a thin white foamy head quickly dissipates leaving some moderate messy lacing. The smell started off with some sweet fresh citrus pulp up front rolling over sweet and spicy witbier flavors. The flavor brings together all of the previously mentioned flavors and blends sweetly. Subtle dryness in the aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a great sessionability about it. Carbonation rides underneath. Overall, really nice witbier with a Stone twist of the extra citrus. I would have again.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy yellow color with off-white head. Aroma has really nice lemon and coriander. It's fresh but also spicy. Taste follows with floral yeast notes, coriander and sweet lemon. Finish is also a bit hoppy. Light body, carbonation is quite low for the style. Overall it's a really nice spicy wit.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a very nice slightly hazy golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, slight malt, some grassy, citrusy. The taste is pretty nice, hoppy, kinda malty, grassy, nice citrus note. Medium body, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew. Nice to see it around here.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into Spiegelau Wheat Glass. Bottled August 19th 2016.

L: Cloudy light orange, a touch lighter than your average witbier. Finger and a half white head with good retention.

S: Clean wheat aroma, coriander and good amount of lime leaf.

T: Very bright flavor of lime, low amounts of wheat, soapy flavors. Not much coriander presence. Not very good.

F: Light bodied, lots of carbonation, crisp.

O: The first Stone brew that I have been disappointed with. This was overpowered with the lime making it so citrusy that it had a soapy flavor, almost reminded me of Clorox wipes.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lighty hazy pale gold in color with a half finger of rapidly disappearing white head; a less than careful pour yields a bit of sediment. Aroma is lightly citrusy, mostly tangerine and orange, with a solid wit presence, lots of wheat and coriander. Taste starts off with bright tangerine followed by a prominent coriander and black pepper note and some soft wheat in the finish. Medium+ body with just less than high carbonation, this does thin out a bit at the end and becomes a bit aqueous. Overall this isn't a bad beer, at first I didn't love the citrus and wit combo but after a few sips it evened out and became much more enjoyable.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Stone is my current mini-horizontal as I continue to eradicate the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody. I have a special one of theirs in mind for later today, but for now, this is their 2016 release.

From the bottle: "Our cleverly twisted Wit w/tangerine & Kaffir lime leaf"; "Ale brewed with a tangerine Kaffir coriander infusion"; "Stone gives a Wit"; "We're going to be perfectly blunt here. When it comes to our beers and the ingredients we use, we give a wit. So rather than spinning just the same fruit wheel of the classic orange peel, we punched up our wit another two notches with the dynamic duo of tangerine and kaffir lime leaf. The fruit-forward aromatics and flavors are perfectly balanced, so you don’t have to bother adding a slice (or leaf) to the rim of your glass. Besides, it would be a bit needy to add a slice of fruit to a beer now wouldn't it? Even with this lack of unnecessary garnish, you won’t find an absence of intense fruit. In fact, each dryly refreshing, citrusy sip of this coriander-spiced, tangerine-infused, Mandarina Bavaria-hopped creation will tempt you to have yet another taste. And by the time you finish, we're pretty sure you'll agree that - with this awesome example of our unique brewing philosophy and unwavering commitment to innovation - Stone does indeed give a major wit."

I had to Pop! the cap before I could give a Wit, but having done so, I joined the celebration in earnest. I wound up with two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with modest retention. Color was a hazy Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9). Nose was very citrusy, with the lime both prevalent and easy to identify. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was quite tangy and citrusy & my initial thought was of the citrus-based cleaning solutions that the Navy began transitioning into use in the early-1990s. It was environmentally more friendly than previous solvents and when a batch was mixed for use, you could smell citrus fruits everywhere. Very pleasant, as was this beer. I am not a huge fan of Witbiers, although I like them more than I do Hefeweizens. That said, this was juicy and refreshing with a pronounced lime flavor underlain by what I would have guessed to be orange, but was actually tangerine. Finish was semi-dry, quite refreshing & undoubtedly a winner on a hot, humid summer's day.

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Photo of cbenson
3.32/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Look: beautiful golden fade like the sun setting on the ocean. Fairly prominent carbonation. Thinly laced head with decent retention and some nice lift.
Smell: Definitely citrusy. Grapefruit, orange peel, passion fruit, honey, dark flowers, oak and pine.
Mouthfeel: Very much like a Hefeweizen. Medium thick body with noticeable carbonation.
Taste: Cranberries, grapefruit, orange, and lime. Surprisingly sweet for a hoppy IPA. Hardly any malt character comes through. It tastes more like juice than beer.
Overall: This is a total party beer. It tastes like juice and it goes down like a glass of cold milk.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a Stone Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours slightly hazy golden amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a firm layer and laces nicely.

S: Wheat and zesty citrus, mild spicy tones, and some light malt.

T: Spicy, zesty citrus, lime, tangerine, a little wheat twang, light crackery malt, and a faint yeasty note. Finishes a bit thin.

M: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Not a style you would expect from Stone, but they do a good job of putting their stamp on it.

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Photo of chinchill
3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

2016 12 oz bottle.
Hazy pale golden body with a decent head.
Lots of banana and orange peel in the body along with hints of lime, coriander and clove. The flavor follows but includes a significant amount of wheat. Medium-light body with medium carbonation. Relatively bitter finish.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.9/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

16 ounce pint - $6.50 at Taco Mac in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Golden body, light haze with active carbonation. Medium-sized, white head.

Smell: Brings the wheat, the lightly fragrant touch of coriander spice. Citrus inclusions culminates in an irksome perfumy, soapy aroma.

Taste: Wheat, moderately sweet. A little hint of coriander. Floral, tangy citrus and that damned dogged soapy vibe. Lightly bitter slackens through the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Pass.

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Photo of HardTarget
2.96/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Hazy yellow glass holds a white soapy foam cover. Many tiny carbonation streams.

Aroma: Heady spice, mostly coriander, but there is a vegetable/herb note, almost rosemary. Light lemon note.

Taste: Beer base is light, spice note is heavy, and there is a bit of citric peel or zest that got a little out of hand. The coriander is nice as I enjoy the spice, but it overwhelms any beer flavors and leaves it a little watery, almost an herbal tea profile. Some hop flavors come through as it warms a bit and adds a lingering bitter.

Mouthfeel: Light body, high carbonation makes the beer go frothy in the mouth. Dry finish.

Overall: Actual citric doesn't work well in most beers as it gives away any the acidity and keeps the pithy white rind taste that I think is the vegetable note I got. Heavy spices just cut into drinkability in my book.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Hazy in texture and mildly pale gold in color with pretty good white frothy head that stays with decent retention before gradually sinking to everlasting foamy film atop along with several lacing patch and spot here and there.

There it is typical Wit aroma with banana, citrus, lemon, grapefruit, but with a unique twist of kaffir lime. It is earthy also, as well as herbal, big coriander spiced, and biscuit from malt.

The taste follows what reflect in the aroma, solid coriander-spiced to balance the zesty citrus, grapefruit, lemon, kaffir lime, banana, and earthiness. There is just a little bit sweet from malt but mostly zesty citrus, some bitterness from hop lingering at the end.

Light body with crisp and refreshing feel, smooth mouthfeel with lively carbonation through the palate, finish is pleasantly dry.

Creative Wit from Stone with a bit twist not to make thing boring, there is unique citrus and kaffir lime infused in both aroma and flavor that makes the difference as well as bold coriander-spiced to keep the tempo.

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Photo of BeerBobber
3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

The look was a cloudy gold with minimal bubbles and big sediment chunks. A soapy white head left nice lacing down the sides of my glass.

The smell was a punch of big citrus fruits with some dankness and some reminiscence of sweet breads.

The taste was a lot of hops up front with an unusual and mostly unpleasant medicinal bitterness across the tongue.

Mouth feel was light and had a crisp finish that left a lingering bitterness at the th back of the mouth.

Overall this was a fairly tasty citrus wit with some flaws noted during the tasting. The medicinal citrus taste just could not be overlooked and really dragged this beer down heavily. I really wanted to like this beer but that medicinal citrus was actually gagging me as I got towards the end of this beer. I am grateful I only bought two bottles, one for me and one for the wife, in a mixed six and did not purchase more. The beer was nicely dated and told me I was well within the enjoy by date so I must say that this beer was not the one for me.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazed orange amber color with a big foamy head of white. The head has a good level of retention, fading over time to leave a bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell –The aroma of the brew is strongest of a lemon and grapefruit smell mixed with some other aromas of orange, clove, and coriander. Along with these smells comes some bready and toasted malt smells which round out the aroma nicely.

Taste-The taste begins with lightly toasted malt flavor mixed with a decent showing of an orange and grapefruit citrus. As the taste moves on more and more sour lemon comes to the tongue all while some yeast, coriander, and clove come as well. At the end a little bit of graininess and some more grapefruit hop mixed with some grassy hop flavors come to the tongue, leaving one with a sorta hoppy but slightly sour citrus wit flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. Overall the moderate nature of the profile is rather nice, suiting the more approachable abv, but all while supporting the citrus and wit flavors of the brew nicely.

Overall – A rather decent brew overall. Approachable and drinkable with a decent hop hi all mixed with some good wit flavors.

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Photo of mactrail
3.32/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

This is a plain and rather bitter Wit. Tastes like grapefruit peel. The bitterness lingers long. Light body with a pleasant sudsy mouthfeel. Aroma of lemon and spice is inviting. Quite yeasty and murky, if you don't watch out for the last pour. From the 12 oz bottle.

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Photo of pweis909
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drinks more like a Stone IPA than a wit, although the impact of the kaffir lime is pretty distinctive. I think the lime leaves or maybe citrus peel add some bitterness, too, as there is a bitter character that is not all hops. Still, more bitterness here than expected in a wit. Some residual sweetness. I would look forward to this as a seasonal beer.

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Photo of jeffadow
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light gold with very bright white head that quickly dissipates. Citrus notes up front, not any specific fruit flavor, but a pleasant acidity, quickly fading into spiced wheat flavors and finishing out in a mellow malty sweetness. Feels very carbonated for whatever reason.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 oz. bottle. Sampled on October 2, 2016.

The color is a cloudy pale yellow with a quick lived white head.

The aromas are penetrating on the nose with an array of characters including the toasted pale malt, coriander, rosemary, sage, and citrus fruit.

Medium body.

The citrus flavors are almost overtaken by the spiciness. Vibrant spicy finish.

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Photo of Suds
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This brew is a very hazy gold color with a thin white head. The aroma is strong...citrus, sweet floral notes, grass, and light pale malt. The taste is light, with some spice and pepper...semi-dry. Flavorful. The finish is abrupt. Medium in body. Crisp and drinkable.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy golden color with a one finger, bright white head that doesn't stick around long. There are a few spots of lacing.

Smell is citrus, hop spiciness, Belgian yeast and esters.

Taste is the same with a bit of clove on the finish. Good, but not great.

Feel is light, juicy and lively.

Overall a decent beer, but not really for me. Witbiers are not my favorite style, but I've certainly had better ones.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a 355ml bottle, pours a hazey golden colour with a decent white coloured head that stays about.
Aroma citrus, coriander, lime.
Taste citrus, orange, spice. Very easy to drink, and refreshing.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - hazy golden color with white head

Smell - lime, coriander, orange zest

Taste - lime, ginger, coriander, orange zest

Mouthfeel - light/thin bodied, medium carbonation, citrus upfront, slight bitterness and yeast funk on the back end. Suffers a bit from some of that 'soapiness' that a lot of beers in the style suffer from

Overall - decent attempt at a witbier, though its something I likely won't re-visit

Price point -$2.29/12 oz single

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Citrusy Wit from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 457 ratings