Blood Orange Imperial Witbier | Maumee Bay Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Maumee Bay Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our brewers took inspiration from a classic Witbier recipe that employs the use of unmalted white wheat and coriander spices and doubled the grain bill for a double strength take on a Belgian classic. We took it one step further by adding puree and zest of 240lbs of Blood Oranges which the beer an orange/amber hue and loads of citrus flavor and aroma. In addition we added a touch of grains of paradise which lends even more fruit layers and spice character. The use of Saaz hop lends a balanced bitterness and delicate hop aroma.

It was brewed as part of our proud sponsorship of the Glass City Beerfest which benefits ARC and Northwest Ohio Hemophilia Society.

Added by Brenden on 03-15-2012

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 22
Photo of Brenden
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

10 kegs were brewed exclusively for the 2012 Glass City Beer Fest and the remainder sold on tap at the brewery until it sowas gone.

This beer is a thick orange color, essentially translucent, with a fluffy white crown that shows some staying power as well as stick, leaving ample lacing as it drops.
There's plenty of orange in here, as a good mix of both pulp and rind (zest) are evident and, especially in the flavor, plenty of juiciness. A lightly bitter punch of hops that might be considered generous for a typical wit but don't throw things off add balance and complexity underneath a backbone of pale wheat (I believe white wheat was used). This beer is complex and big, but a touch of ethanol kick in just at the end.
The mouthfeel, particularly for a wit, is big. It's thick but still remains crisp. The mouthfeel is the most interesting aspect of this take on a witbier, as it's huge compared to the light, soft feel common to the style but it doesn't seem overblown. Just the fact that it's thick without being too heavy and the crisp bite never dies is impressive, as well as smoothness that's filling without being excessively heavy.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a weizen glass

This beer pours orange and is cloudy. An aggressive pour yielded several inches of off white head that leaves nice lacing.

I get some coriander and clove aromas.

The flavor features the blood oranges better than the aroma. It has a nice blood orange flavor with the traditional wit flavors.

Medium mouthfeel

It is a nice wit. The alcohol is well hidden and the blood oranges enhance this beer.

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Photo of BB1313
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy pale golden with a small eggshell white head that falls leaving nice retention and nice lacing. There's some sediment visible. The aromas have some citrus notes along with some subtle yeast notes. There's some sweet malts present as well. Hints of banana and bubblegum in the mix also. The flavors are very nice. Orange and banana lead the way. The yeast and malts do their thing. The flavors are very clean and refreshing. Alcohol goes completely unnoticed. Mouthfeel is great. It's on the lighter side of full-bodied with active carbonation. It's very sharp and crisp. Smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a great Imperial Witbier. It's hard to believe that this is even an "imperial" version of the style. It's very clean and refreshing. The craftsmanship is very impressive. Well done. Definitely worth checking out if you come across it.

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Blood Orange Imperial Witbier from Maumee Bay Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 22 ratings.
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