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White Cap | Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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Brewed by:
Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
Minnesota, United States | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

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Added by jera1350 on 06-20-2013

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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 51
Photo of NickSMpls
3.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This one may be a bit old. Bought & tasted 4/16 but from the Brau Bros web site, this is a summer beer. Pour is a typical Belgian cloudy amber with low carbonation and minimal head. Taste is spice and malt, but not overdone. Smell matches, but it's rather weak. Overall, its true to style and would be good selection on a hot summer afternoon.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, there is no "best by" date that I can find.

APPEARANCE: pours a hazy, golden color with less than one-finger white head that quickly dissipated until just a ring of small bubbles remained around the rim of glass, very lightly carbonated, there is some lacing on the glass.

SMELL: banana and bread.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, banana and bread.

PALATE: medium body but this beer was nearly flat.

OVERALL: this was a decent beer except that it was almost completely flat, there was no date on the bottle, I may have to try this one again but how can I tell if it's fresh or not, on second thought, I'll just reach for something else as there are numerous options available in this style.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled last night on 9/21/15. Comes in a 12-ounce bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "CHEERS-BOSTON" handled-glass stein.

Brew pours a deep golden-yellow in color with a thinner white cap. Some spotty lacing is seen when sipped that is thick and sticks to the glass. Lots going on with the aroma as there is some light wheat, spice, and citrus zest. Even more going on with the taste as there is some coriander and floral hops that comes on near the finish. Slightly bitter crisp finish also. Lighter-side of medium-bodied with good carbonation. Overall, it was OK.

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Photo of Lostbeer35
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice color, with a light head/ lo-carbo, easy to drink fast. The smell is interesting because its a mixture richness and spice. The taste is good, would be better on a bitter cold day maybe with a slice of orange or lemon on top. Taste is buttery/creamy with a hint of spice. Overall, well crafted beer, just not my favorite style.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From our brew brothers in Marshall, only next door to where I'm living, I get to try a Crystal Wit "White Cap" Witbier today.

Appearance (3.75) : Stable 2 finger head, leaves thick lacing on the glass. The body is a honey golden color, containing only the slightest of haze which is disappointing, but hey it quacks like a wit and it talks like a wit, so...

Aroma (4) : Now this is interesting. Roasted honey barley in every sense of the word, honey bourbon, oak, cherry woods, just a fresh, woody, roasted smell.

Flavor (3) : Oak, toasted malts, a kick of honey, some spice, a little vinegar at the end. Some faint orange peel and coriander mixture begins to surface the more I drink it. The beer overall mostly has woody and honey tones. Adhesive also and some medicinal flavors that kick this beer down a notch or three.

Mouthfeel (3.75) : Very juicy, creamy, a little spritz of carbonation underneath. Ends woody and semi-dry.

Overall : Some glaring issues with this beer. There are much better Wits out there.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

White Cap pours a golden color, with a small almost non existent head. There is a sweet candy like aroma, with strong lemon notes. The taste has lots of lemon and citrus flavors, with a mellow candy like flavor, and has a good wheat like backbone. Good flavors, and good feel, has a very nice aftertaste too. Overall, its easy drinking, nice flavors, and complex.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355 mL bottle served well-chilled; a random single that I picked up on my last trip State-side. Probably an old bottle, but I can't make heads or tails of the packaging code to verify this assumption.

Pours a bright, golden-blonde colour, with a foggy complexion and topped with one finger of frothy, bone white-coloured head. It wilts slowly, leaving a smeared curtain of lacing behind and eventually culminating in a thin, bumpy layer of foam at the surface. Nice aroma on this one - wheaty malt sweetness, banana and orangepeel form the bulk of it, with accents of coriander, clove and yeast. Some popcorn butter notes.

Unfortunately, this one smells a lot better than it tastes. That diacetyl 'popcorn butter' flavour I mentioned earlier is a little more pronounced on the palate than on the nose. Beyond that, it's a fairly prototypical wit - wheaty malts, some honey sweetness which leads into some banana and orangepeel. Mild coriander spice in the finish, with a somewhat yeasty, earthy finish. Light in body, with moderately restrained carbonation that leaves this wit feeling a little flatter than I prefer from the style. Quite drinkable, and quite forgettable.

Final Grade: 3.38, a B-. I'd be willing to try a fresh sample of Brau Brothers' White Cap at some point and adjust the review accordingly, but until then I'll have to classify it as a mediocre wit. Even in this (very likely) 'aged' state, it's drinkable enough and certainly no worse than the macro equivalents.

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Photo of zeledonia
2.67/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Tasted 4 December 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours mostly clear golden color. Half-finger of white head, decent retention, nice lacing.

Smell has some wit character, but some oddness. Buttery, sweet, and slightly corny. The yeast and coriander come through nicely, though.

Smell is weird. There's a touch of light wheat and faint spice, but then it's got this odd light lager-like corny sweetness and mild bitterness. Some butterscotch that feels out of place. Like a cross between a wit and a macro lager. And what wit there is isn't great.

Feel is flat and overly buoyant, buttery. Blech.

I'm underwhelmed. I really like witbiers. But this one just doesn't have the fullness of flavor, and it has some off elements. If I could erase half of it, and turn up the volume on the other half, I'd really like it.

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Photo of alphagnome
3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rich golden colored body that is light on haze but heavy on carbonation. A thin, white cap (see what I did there?) rest on top leaving little behind in terms of lacing.

Interesting. Has a pleasant funk to it and reminds me of a farmhouse ale with a Belgian yeast presence. Musty wheat and bananas make way for light coriander and clove and crisp citrus notes.

After the fantastic aroma, I was prepared for an awesome beer.. and found myself a bit disappointed. The only flavor that comes through from the nose is the musty wheat. A bit of bubblegum and hints of honey complete the picture.

Crisp and clean. Smooth and well carbonated light-bodied beer.

Not a bad beer by any means, however, I wouldn't actively seek this one out.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer pours a clear golden color. The head is an inch of dense bright white foam that recedes slowly leaving sticky lacing along the sides of the glass. The aroma has a ton of orange peel with enough coriander to balance things out and add some depth. The taste is considerably weaker than the aroma. There is a tangy wheatiness that detracts from the nice orange and coriander notes. The mouthfeel is thin with a high level of carbonation. Overall, this is mediocre beer that I will pass on next time.

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Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall Summit glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of white head that fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A yeasty wheat driven aroma with nice citrus and spice hints. Wheat and pale malt upfront with hints of grains, straw, yeast, biscuit, and slight caramel. Hints of coriander and clove spicing. Citrus hints of orange peel and lemon zest. Also some fruit hints of banana and bubblegum. Mild hints of earthy hops in the background. A nice and crisp aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a crisp and refreshing wheat driven taste with fruit and spice notes. Wheat and pale malt upfront along with some Belgian yeast. Notes of grains, straw, caramel, and biscuit. Taste of coriander and clove spice. Fruit taste of banana and bubblegum along with citrus notes of orange and lemon zest. Light backing of hop bitterness. A nice wheat ale taste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and very smooth.

Overall: A pretty decent take on a wheat beer. Nice fruit and spice presence. A good lighter summer brew.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a pretty solid ale.
Good appearance with appropriate color and nice, smallish, white head.
Complex aroma with spice, some fruit and wheat and some yeast.
Tastes are similar to aroma. Good solid drying makes it quite refreshing. However, I keep coming up with the thought, "I should add some fruit to this", so I'm thinking it needs a heftier slice of fruit flavors (orange, lemon) to offset the drying. HInts of hop flavors.
Otherwise a nice mouthfeel with fluffiness and softness before the drying.
Better than I anticipated and going quite well with the return of some heat.

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Photo of morimech
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with three fingers of head that fills the glass wonderfully. The head slowly settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass. The beer certainly looks like a winner.

A bit confused by the aroma. Smells more German than Belgian. Not that I am complaining. I get hefeweizen aromas of banana, bubblegum, and cloves.

Not sure what I am tasting here. One part hefe, and one part spiced ale. I get more banana and cloves and then the coriander finally makes an appearance. Just the slightest hint of orange peel in the finish.

Feels a little thin. Has nice carbonation.

This weird beer turns out to be a nice summer drinker and that is what matters in the end.

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Photo of jera1350
3.91/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Crystal clear, pilsner colored body with a short creamy little head of clean white foam.

The nose is awesome. Bubblegum, banana bread and honey. Sweet smell.

Some of the same bubblegum and banana flavors up front followed by a grainy/wheaty taste, some mild tartness maybe from the orange peel and coriander and finished with a clove/spice taste. Slight metallic presence and a touch of alcohol also.

Feel is fine. Lighter prickly carbonation. Mildly chewy wheat body.

A fine beer here. I could drink a couple of these easily. The nose is incredible and the flavor has a nice complexity. Makes for a nice summer wit.

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White Cap from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
82 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.
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