Citrusy Wit
Stone Brewing

Citrusy WitCitrusy Wit
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Style:
Wheat Beer - Witbier
Ranked #126
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
84
Ranked #34,356
Avg:
3.74 | pDev: 9.89%
Reviews:
123
Ratings:
458
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Stone Brewing
 
California, United States
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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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OldManMetal from North Carolina

4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This summer witbier pours to a medium, slightly pebbly white head on an effervescent, hazy golden body; head retention is brief and lacing is fair, consisting of thin, irregular bands and caverns. The aroma is medium in intensity: a nice blend of coriander and yeast with hints of clove, kaffir lime and wheat, and slight alcohol overtones. The flavor is a bit more assertive than the aroma, and is focused a bit differently: the tasty citrus character (orange and kaffir lime) leads, and is much more prominent than on the nose, as are the clovelike esters, while the yeast bite is more subdued than the nose would predict. The wheat malt foundation itself is fairly clean and slightly caramelish, and is quite well-displayed given all of the other assertive flavors; in Stone fashion, the typical (and atypical) witbier flavors are set against a light-medium, bright citrusy hop bitterness that compliments the fruits used in the brewing process. The finish is a modest hit of caramelish wheat and citrus, and then a bit dry, followed by the onset of a modest lemon-rind bitterness that lingers awhile. Mouthfeel is biggish for the light body, and the texture is medium-creamy and quite peppery from the overzealous carbonation. (12 oz bottle, 31 days after pkg)

Jun 14, 2016
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Oct 15, 2016
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Stone Brewing Co. "Citrusy Wit"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON 05/13/16" and sampled on 08/27/16
$2.29 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes: Beautiful fluffy bright white head. Excellent head retention and very nice lacing. Cloudy golden body with something visibly suspended in the liquid. As I move my glass back and forth the particulate sways back and forth with it. Very fine bubbles stream upwards, but without the speed and effervescent that might then give it the appearance of a hefeweizen. Aroma of citrus peel, coriander, yeast, and orange & lime. I'd originally thought that I wasn't finding the lime, but I guess now that the head has dropped a bit it's quite clear. In the mouth it's surprisingly full for a witbier with a solidly medium body. The fine-bubbled median carbonation is nice though, giving it a gentle zestiness. The flavor follows the aroma with some additional dusty spice. I find a black pepper note as well. It's fairly quick across the palate with some sweetish grainy malt and fruit upfront, but then spice and bitterness immediately following as it crosses the middle of the tongue. The spice and bitterness then linger in the finish, fortunately fading a bit to allow the lime and orange notes to rise. Still, bitterness lingers. My impression is that it's almost a witbier crossed with an IPA. What's the strength on this? Just 5.3% ABV? Hmmm. Unfortunately I don't think I can throw a nod to this one, it's blocky and unrefined with a bit too much body and far too much bitterness.

Aug 27, 2016
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a speiglau wheat glass.

Look is a hazy yellow with a fine gold highlight and a frothy white head.

Aroma is banana clove with a definite citrus at the end.

Taste is full and forward for a wheat beer. Lots of intense spice and wheat notes with a complimentary herbal hop note. A touch of citrus throughout. Body is a little thin.

Overall a good beer. By no means a traditional wheat, but light enough to be a good summer drinker.

Jun 29, 2016
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SmashAdams from New Jersey

2/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I can't get passed the artificial smell and taste of this beer. It has the standard qualities of a Wit but it's overpowered by a medicinal herbal flavor and the aftertaste of a cleaning product. Or maybe its baby wipes. I wouldn't go near this again. nb

Jun 17, 2016
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hotsudge from Canada

3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sep 30, 2016
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MizzouBrew from Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Oct 23, 2016
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grittybrews from Washington

3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 16, 2016
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BSiegs from Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gorgeous looking beer. Deep, cloudy gold with ample bright white foam. Retention is excellent. The aroma is strongly spicy and herbal with notes of coriander. The malt and grain come through nicely, along with a slight note from the kaffir lime leaf. I don't get much of the tangerine, but I'm glad that is not overpowering. The taste is similar, spicy, herbal, earthy, and grainy/malty. The fruit flavors are nicely subdued, the lime is slightly bitter on the finish. The body is light with a moderate-high carbonation. Dry, slightly bitter finish. Excellent beer and good example of the style.

May 27, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 6/23/2016. Pours very hazy/cloudy golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lemon, lime, tangerine, coriander, orange peel, pear, apple, peppercorn, clove, light banana/bubblegum, wheat, cracker, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, earthy hops, and moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon, lime, tangerine, coriander, orange peel, pear, apple, peppercorn, clove, light banana/bubblegum, wheat, cracker, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Moderate herbal bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, tangerine, coriander, orange peel, peppercorn, clove, wheat, cracker, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, earthy hops, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a good malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitter/spiciness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp/sticky, and grainy/creamy balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.3%. Overall this is a very nice witbier. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink. My only complaint was the bitterness/spice was a bit too assertive and drying for the style; but it was still very enjoyable.

Aug 13, 2016
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Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aug 12, 2016
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Prager62 from Colorado

4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A twelve ounce bottle dated 07/08/16 poured in my Stone snifter for the review.

Look- Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a couple of centimeters of white foam that quickly settles to a thin ring.

Smell- Clove, banana, lemongrass, pepper.

Taste- Clove, banana, mint, lemon zest, and some floral notes in the finish.

Feel- Very slick and light with a slight fizzy feel on the tongue.

Overall- I'm not a big fan of the style as I find it rather boring and one dimensional. This on the other hand has a couple more dimensions to it with some pleasant citrus and floral undertones. It's quite flavorful with a light slick feel that makes it a perfect candidate for a hot day.

Aug 29, 2016
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SweetwaterTuonker from Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 06, 2016
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MaxHops from California

4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A unique take on a a wit beer. American hops really gives this a different character than a typical Euro-wit beer. Looking at the poor rating of a classic like Hoegaarden here, I'm not sure the general masses get what a wit beer is supposed to be like. I think the IPA madness has led to a lessening in popularity of other types of beer that have been around for ages. Anyways, the citrusy-ness of the resiny hops blends well with tart yeasty-ness of the malt here which has some of the clovey spice elements of it's Euro counter-parts here. Again, not supposed to be a typical witbeer and if it was I'd be greatly surprised if Stone did that. The hop presence in particular is higher than a Euro version. All in all a good reinterpretation. Likely to be underrated in my opinion.

Jun 12, 2016
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mytu420 from Romania

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 09, 2017
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kjkinsey from Texas

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 01, 2016
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BeerAndFilm from Oregon

3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

May 07, 2017
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mattboyer182 from Indiana

3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Jun 19, 2016
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entenduintransit from Tennessee

4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jul 21, 2016
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bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jun 15, 2016
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qrazvan from Romania

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Jun 14, 2017
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user785335 from Florida

3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 24, 2016
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Jsalz21 from New Jersey

3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aug 01, 2016
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mcthfg from Korea (South)

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 21, 2016
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cdwil from Texas

3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 04, 2016
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Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 458 ratings