Renaissance Wit
Harlem Brewing Company

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Style:
Wheat Beer - Witbier
Ranked #303
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
84
Ranked #36,859
Avg:
3.69 | pDev: 11.11%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
29
From:
Harlem Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  0
Gots
  3
SCORE
84
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Notes: During the Renaissance, Harlem was a catalyst for artistic freedom and one of the most popular cultural destinations on the planet! Today, people visit from all over the world to discover why its community, history and ideals remain a global treasure. Enjoy Harlem style!
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JayQue from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 16 oz can at Total Wine in Chesapeake, Va. This beer was contract brewed at Glen's Falls brewing in central NY for the Harlem Brewing Company. Not a a bad tasting beer, but definitely not a great WIt. Pours a fairly clear dark gold color with a small fizzy head that faces fast. There are patches of lacing on the glass. For aroma and flavor the spices are there!! Lots of coriander and other spices a s well as some citrus. Almost a floral/herb like aroma and flavor. What is missing is the wheat bitterness and any evidence of yeastiness. Kind of like some American takes on Saisons that leave out the dankness/yeasty presence/"horse blanket" aspect. Tastes fairly good, but something left to be desired!!! Mouthfeel is rich enough, but again, lacking the complexity. OK, but could have been better

Aug 29, 2021
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damndirtyape from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can, (no date, I'm guessing late 2020 or 2021) served in a Samuel Smith nonic glass.

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow with some shades of tan. Thick persistent white head with sheets of persistent lacing.

Smell: Hint of grain (wheat) with a little bit of lemon and a floral note.

Taste: Mild - very malty with a little bit of citrus bitterness as the finish for balance. A bit of wheat tang in here as well.

Mouthfeel: Quite soft, but not strong carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: Very easy to drink, but overall very mild as well. Drank it down pretty quickly with a meal, but I feel like it's a bit unremarkable for the style. If there is coriander or other spice in this, its quite muted.

Jul 11, 2021
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can. Pours golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head, nice lacing and lively carbonation. Aroma is of wheat malt, spices and citrus fruit. Body is full and smooth. Wheat malt, ripe fruit, and spices fill the mouth. Finish is long and spicy. OK brew.

Dec 11, 2018
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a very slightly hazy pale to medium golden apricot in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and moderate pale golden yellow + amber colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense fluffy foamy white head that slowly reduces to a large patch of medium thick film covering a little more than 80% of the surface oft he beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of orange rind citrus over the top of light to moderate aromas of spices (coriander + clove stand out) and a hint of wheat + pale malts with a hint of grainy sweetness.

T: Upfront there are light flavors of wheat + pale malts with a hint of grainy sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of spices (coriander + clove stand out) and moderate flavors of orange rind citrus. No perceptible hop presence but there is a very light amount of bitterness in the finish which lingers slightly.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol. Enjoyable but a little bit too orangey for my tastes - I like a more traditional take on the style with a little more wheat presence.

Oct 12, 2018
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scootny from New York

4.81/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A slightly cloudy light caramel color with an off white head.Decent lace and a light covering. Gentle carbonation rising up. A good healthy wheat twang in the nose as well as a caramel and light malt based dinner roll sweetness. A touch of alcohol that offers up a sweet peppery spiciness. Mild orange and coriander. Maybe a hint of banana. Definitely apples and pears. Pepper and wheat present a lemon tinged cinnamon. Taste is a bullseye. Light, sweet twangy wheat and what seems to be light Belgian or Pilsner malt. A bit more caramel than I'm used to but it's boldly within style and I like it very much. It gives the character of the beer the ability to be satisfying in the winter when a wit is generally too light for me while keeping the refreshing quality of the style. Great spice blend that melds the orange to the caramel and coriander to a toasted biscuity maltiness. Some gentle, pleasant soap. Finish is very mellow with low hop bitterness. Some cinnamon toast and just a touch of vaporous alcohol flow into pepper and light lemon/honey dipped biscuits. Dry and clean with a hint of alcoholic 'Wha". Feel is exceptional. A light creaminess that fades to a gentle pleasant prickliness as it warms. Refreshing and quaffable this a a beer that is easy to session or sip depending on your mood. The abv is just enough to elevate the presence while maintaining the drinkable character essential to the style. Superb. One of the best if not the best I've had period. Reminds me of the Hoegaarden Grand Cru's taste and complexity with a lower abv.

Jan 07, 2015
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metter98 from New York

3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is hazy dark yellow in color. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving wispy lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of orange peels are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has lots of orangey flavors along with notes of coriander spices towards the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't have a very good balance and is dominated by orange and spices—you don't get any of the wheat.

Serving type: bottle

Dec 07, 2014
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Gajo74 from New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice fruity aroma. Pours a nice copper but little foam. Crisp, refreshing and light bodied. Nice hop finish. A nice local witbier. I would like to try again.

Oct 30, 2014
Renaissance Wit from Harlem Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 29 ratings