Jim's Dry Wit | Maumee Bay Brewing Company

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Maumee Bay Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by chinchill on 08-07-2013

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Photo of chinchill
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"this pale/straw colored brew has a light body with a dry and fruity finish. Three spices were added toward the end of the boil, including Bitter Orange Peel, Coriander, and Grains of Paradise. Three hop additions of Saaz give it a touch more spice in the finish." (Maumee Bay Brewing Co.).

served on tap at the brewpub in Toledo.
Very light golden color with a durable white head. Head has excellent retention. Leaves the glass partially coated with lacing.

Smell: stronger and more complex than might be expected given the the very light color. Some 'Belgian' character with a touch of banana a hint of clove and a solid dash of lemony citrus over a biscuity light malt.

Tastes follows, if a bit less spicy and less strong than the smell suggests. Very good bitter/sweet balance.

Appropriately light body; very good carbonation. Lightly crisp with a semi-dry finish. Nicely refreshing.

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Photo of Brenden
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This wit is a very light color, a sort of pale gold, though I've seen much lighter wits. It hits about what might be considered the median for the style. It's not as hazy as I'd expect, though I don't see any claim that it's unfiltered. The pure white head is fluffy and creamy, not to mention long-lasting, though the spotty lacing doesn't have quite the stick or volume one might expect from such a solid head. All in all, it looks good.
MBBC takes a very American approach to brewing, and spinning traditional styles is something they do lately. It's clear that, while the Belgian yeast strain is one element of this beer, and not neglected, it's not the focus. It simply melds into the overall character. Otherwise the spicing, citrus zest with a very gently pithy note, and juicy lemon are the main factors. The aroma is a little spicier and slightly sweeter, where the flavor brings out more of the lemon along with a touch of grass. Malts are light and crackery with a bit of biscuit.
The feel is good, and the body's about medium. What I love about the style is the depth a skilled brewer can put into it while keeping the body soft. This beer takes a different path; I understand the vision, but this is the one aspect in which I miss the tradition. It is crisp, and pretty smooth, but I find myself hoping for the gentle, creamy softness.

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Jim's Dry Wit from Maumee Bay Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 2 ratings