Double Wit
Great Divide Brewing Company

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Style:
Wheat Beer - Witbier
ABV:
8.1%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 9%
Reviews:
65
Ratings:
96
From:
Great Divide Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  16
Gots
  3
SCORE
86
Very Good
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Reviews by TheSarge:
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TheSarge from Virginia

4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one into a standard pint glass, and the beer produced about a two finger thick pillow soft looking head of bright white, and the body was golden white with a mild haze The head retention is impeccable.

The aroma is of sweet honey, coriander, original bubblegum and gooey caramel.

Taste wise it's like chewing on some Topps bubblegum, with maybe a touch of blood orange character... Very sugary.

Feels full in body, with mild carbonation. Somewhat oily slick, which keeps a palate moist at first, but then the alcohol cuts in at the very end to dry the palate.

A great double wit IMHO, and I'd recommend this to anybody, beer drinker or not.

Jan 29, 2012
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oberon from North Carolina

3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

To me a double wit style is kinda like the imperial helles lager....why was it made?I split this bottle with my wife,I poured into a large tulip glass and it came out a slight hazed lemony yellow with a bit of peach color tinge,a large blooming white head atop.Not a huge fan of the raw grainy nose,some like it I dont,a bit of citrus and herb came thru as well.Flavors are not as sweet/alcoholic as expected but there is some residual sweetness that comes thru in the finish,its citrusy with a bit of toasted cereal grain with that before mentioned sweetish alcohol coming in the finish.Its decent and respectable just not my thing so much.

Aug 09, 2009
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katan from Colorado

4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz into a pint

A - Pours a bright golden clear - almost sparkling. Very clear, not hazy as one would expect with the witbier style. Strong head formation, bright white.

S - Fruity, sweet - some orange peel as well some grainy wheat notes as well. I detect some alcohol heat.

T - Starts off with a light sweetness, some wheat grainy background is also present. Midstream gets more fruity, estery. Finishes with a strong hit of alcohol warmth and lots of spicy coriander. Extremely smooth.

M - Very thick and creamy, sticky. Also quite "hot" from the alcohol. Carbonation is only lightly present - certainly below the style, but does give some airy notes to the beer.

D - Moderate to perhaps scary drinkable. This ABV would sneak up on you quickly. At times filling due to its full bodied nature - lots of unfermentables.

As all double-wits do, this one reminds me of a tripel. The esters are present and under control. The relatively low amounts of wheat flavors probably matches an under pilsnered tripel.

Oct 31, 2010
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asabreed from New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a Brooklyn tulip.

Appearance: What you'd expect: orange lemon colored, drowsy falling sheets of white lacing in clumps, along with some scattered raindrops. Nice hazy yeast-induced haze to the body of the brew.

Smell: A little bit of earthy phenolic activity is what happens initially. Followed by a bit of clove-covered lemons. Lots of yeast-induced spice. Definite sweetness. Candied oranges. A bit of marmalade.

Taste: I like the hops here, as the body seems initially sweet, but then the hops come and do their thing. Some root-like earthiness is present, but there's the good candied sweetness, some bready caramel, maybe a bit of toffee. Finishes with citrus candied sweetness, into earthiness, into slightly sweet citrus bitterness, with some phenolic activity, and lingering. Complex and balanced and nuanced, yet nothing pushes it over the mark.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a sheet-like and blanket carbonation, inimitably prickly, yet not feeling too full, and able to coat and provide a lot of nuance.

Drinkability: As far as domestics go, I think Southampton's still my favorite, but this is a close second. There's some visceral going on here, welcomingly, but I think some time could mellow this out a bit and bring some other stuff to the forefront nicely.

Nov 30, 2009
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Beaver13 from Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a hazy light yellow with a huge frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet fruit, musty yeast and some spices (corriander).

The flavor is bready malts and earthy yeast with some sweet citric fruit and spices and some decent bitterness at the end. The alcohol is well hidden with some warming that sneaks up. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a decent wit beer, but doesn't quite balance well. More odd notes comes out as it sits.

Aug 24, 2009
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Wit is cultured insolence."

--Aristotle

Lightly hazy lemon zest with an unrelenting fusillade of bubbles leaping off the bottom of the weizen glass and disappearing into the underside of a massive crown of pillowy foam. The cap is Belgianesque in terms of texture and is sticky enough to lay down sheets and chunks of sticky suds.

The aroma is heavenly for anyone who loves the scent of a well-brewed wit. Great Divide must have one humdinger of a Belgian yeast strain because there are a ton of fruit and spice esters that are almost BSPA-like. That's in addition to the coriander and orange.

There is no alcohol in the nose and almost none on the palate. That's a pretty mean feat in an 8.1% ale that doesn't use aggressively flavored malt or hops. The alcohol does exactly what it's supposed to do in a double wit... it adds power and big beer personality.

Flavors include golden pears macerated in Poire Williams, a twist of Curacao orange peel, bubblegum and an upfront spiciness that is as much clove and white pepper as coriander. Again, think double wit-BSPA hybrid. There's also a surprising amount of bitterness and lemongrassiness from what is probably Saaz (or similar) hops.

The body/mouthfeel is very good, though it isn't special. The brewers managed to give the beer just the right amount of barley bigness and coupled it with generous sparkly bubbles that don't step over the line into fizziness. Actually, the next highest score is tempting.

There are some craft breweries that can do (almost) no wrong in my eyes. Great Divide is one of my favorites because they consistently release quality big beer after quality big beer. Double Wit Belgian-Style Ale is pretty close to a textbook version of the style.

Nov 09, 2009
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JoEBoBpr from Missouri

3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass from a 22oz. bomber.

A - Pours a nice yellow color with hints of orange when backlit. Nice foamy 3 finger head that stays forever! wow! The head is very dense.

S - A bit grassy and very spicy smell. Grains are very present. Some hints of coriander, pepper and some mild clove.

T - Nice clove hints on the tongue initially that then linger down the rest of the beer. Pretty tasty example of a Belgian Wit. wheat is very much a part of the beer. The spices that where in the nose seem to be subdued a bit but are still there.

M - Light bodied but very nice flavorful beer.

D - Refreshing and delicious!

Oct 14, 2009
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color capped by a rocky meringue that leaves a few clumps behind

Smell: Wheat bread, coriander, orange peel and a hint of vanilla

Taste: Tangy wheat bread, coriander and orange peel, up front, with a bit of alcohol arriving at mid-palate; pear, nuts and vanilla appear, after the swallow, with a lingering sweetness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Interesting flavor profile (and has matured nicely - brewed on 6/9/10) and about as good as it gets for a double wit, but not something I really would want to re-visit

Apr 29, 2011
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - 6.99 at Bullock's in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a hazed, straw-color yellow body with a large, lusciously foamy, white head.

Smell: Aromatic nose of soft white wheat with some sweetish tones of sugar-coated banana and particularly spiked, pungent notes of coriander and bitter orange peel.

Taste: Faintly tangy, lightly sweet wheat with a meager brushing of wildflower honey. Fresh florals and some sweet banana. Earthy, spicy coriander and zesty Curaçao orange peel. Lightly spicy hops with a mild, though cleansing, bitterness. Just a touch of puckering acidity. Faint vanilla upon warming. Blends of yeast, citrus, and spice prior to the drying, spicy, warming, downright fluffy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation. Fairly creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Surprisingly good. Typically, I find these Double-fied, Imperialized witbiers to be a disheartening mess, but this one was actually fairly enjoyable. Nice work on that, GD.

Jul 03, 2009
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hopdog from Pennsylvania

3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Bottle stamped bottled on JUN 03 2009.

Poured a medium and hazy yellow color with a large sized white head. Aromas of sweaty wheat, citrus, and spices. Tastes of citrus, wheat, spices, and a touch of fruitiness. Alcohol content well hidden.

Aug 05, 2009
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rowew from Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 22 oz bomber, label matches the rest of the Great Divide lineup. I could do without the ugly (and poorly applied) gold foil. Bottled on date and ABV clearly marked.

Appearance: First pour from the bottle has just a bit of haze, nice head and a bright yellow color.

Smell: Tons of spice - coriander and orange peel. Classic wit flavors, but a bit stronger than usual.

Taste: Actually a bit less flavor than I expected given the strong aroma. Again, quite a bit of spice, with just a hint of alcohol burn. A bit of yeast notes in there too.

Overall impression: Not bad, but it smells better than it tastes. A bit underwhelming. Fairly drinkable for the ABV, though.

Aug 06, 2009
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Mebuzzard from Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'd give the appearance a 5, but the head was just too damn big to allow easy drinking. I had this in a plastic cup, then another in a glass and both times the head was very, very large and fluffy. I'm talking 6 fingers. I hope this was just due to the pressure setting. Very cloudy, gold body beneath the mountain of white fluff.
Coriander and lemongrass in the nose. Bready, too. Some citrus peel.
Taste is rather mixed. Spice, orange peel, very good malt backbone, yeasty tingles. I would call this a 'heavy wit' because it's not very light. Perhaps "double" is the right call.
Bready aftertaste, lingers with the floral spice. Went well with the cheeses they had there.

May 30, 2009
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled 3 Jun 09

Pours a golden honey color & effervescent with 3 fingers of rocky eggshell colored head. Hazes a bit as this bottle is drained, 5 star head retention & pretty nice lacing

S: Wet grass, lemons, green banana as this warms

T: Follows the nose, some orange peel & lemons up front, along with a bit of barnyard & grapefruit. Dryness, a touch of tropical fruit, green banana & coriander, band-aids, breadyness, plus a touch of booze shows as this warms. Finishes dry, a bit boozey with a little too much band-aid for me, plus some grapefruit. Could've pulled a 3.5 but some flavors were just a bit offputting ( band-aids mostly )

MF: Medium bodied, fairly vigirous carbonation

The ABV is pretty well hidden, but the mix of spices & what have you led to this being an incredibly slow drinker for me. This one didn't really excite me too much; so far none of Great Divide's Belgian experiments have...Not as good as my overall would indicate

Aug 29, 2009
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Wasatch from Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to pokesbeerdude for this one.

22oz. Bomber
Gold Foil/Capped

Pours a very nice hazy golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, huge three-finger creamy white head, with tons of sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast notes, slightly hoppy, with some lemon/citrus. The taste is sweet, malty/yeasty, nice hop note, with some lemon/citrus. Medium boyd. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty Wit.

Oct 10, 2009
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ajwillys from North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Straw color, white head, nice lacing on the glass
S - Hints of honey, coriander, citrus
T - Very strong honey flavor. Faint bite from the alcohol content. Coriander makes its presence known. Pineapple flavors in the aftertaste.
M - Smooth mouthfeel (probably from the unmalted wheat)
D - Drinkable for a bottle or two.

Jun 25, 2010
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brandoman63 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Nov 20, 2011
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright yellowish gold color, with a very large white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of citrus fruits, Belgian yeast, wheat, coriander, light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is pretty well-balanced and starts with a strong wheat and Belgian yeast breadiness that is quickly followed by coriander spice and lemon and orange flavors. The malt character is a little thin and the hops presence is mild but both are exactly where they should be for the style. The after-taste is slightly spicy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice lighter-bodied but strong and flavorful Belgian beer to drink for a long time.

Dec 22, 2009
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belgbeerdrinker from Colorado

3.21/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: clear yellow color, thick foamy head slowly settles to veil, lots of lacing, some streams of bubbles
s: funky, earthy aromas, some toasted malty undertones
t: coriander tartness, light wheat and belgian yeast with earthy/spicy flavors, finishes with a slight tartness
m: a little thin with light/medium body, not enough carbonation
d: a disappointment for me as the flavors and body didn't come together well

Jul 01, 2009
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waltonc from California

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lemon/golden yellow with an inch'o'head. Smells of citrus, bread, and coriander. And tastes like it too. Alcohol is nowhere to be found, in spite of the 8.10% ABV. Mouthfeel is light to medium, with medium carbonation. I like this a lot - a great summer-drinking brew.

Aug 06, 2009
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ygtbsm94 from Utah

3/5  rDev -22.9%

Jan 13, 2012
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dannyfrost from Indiana

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Dec 16, 2011
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cjgator3 from Florida

4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Pours a beautiful based whitish golden yellow color with a nice off-white head.

S- The aroma is very nice! There is some wheat, a lot of citrus (lemon and orange) and some spices (coriander). 
 
T- The taste like the aroma is wheat malt up front with some sweetness up front as well. Some citrus and spices bring up the finish with a yeasty finish. 

M- The mouthfeel is somewhere between light and medium bodied with a good amount if carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a very enjoyable beer. It takes everything I love in a good Wit and kicks it up a couple notches.

Nov 02, 2010
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, orange/golden color with a three-finger, bubbly, foamy, off-white head. It left soapy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of yeast, orange peel, coriander, spices and sweet wheat.

T - It tasted yeasty and spicy with notes of wheat, clove and banana.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A light bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a really good wit. Like most high ABV wits, this one almost tastes like a Tripel.

Apr 10, 2010
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gordavidson from Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am re-reviewing the same bottle. On the first pour from the bomber I originally gave this a 2.9, but the second pour offered something much better.

A- A clear pale yellow liquid with a big billowy white head that leaves some nice lacing. This looks like a macro lager that was poured hard. The second pour brought forth all the yeast that I enjoy and added a nice milky consistency to the liquid.

S- Some cooked vegetables, flowers, white bread, and a bit of funk and pepper. A little too much of the vegetables... But the more time I spent with this I got a nice sugary sweetness and some chamomile and the vegetable aroma seemed to fall to the background.

T- Sweet and bitter with the vegetables and funk being the dominating aspects of this beer. Upon the second pour, the bread and citrus came on nicely and the vegetable aspect again fell to the background. The alcohol is hidden really nicely.

M- Carbonated but smooth with a clean finish. The yeast brings in a really nice creaminess that is amazing.

D- The alcohol is hidden extremely well and the beer did grow on me the more I drank it. Do yourself a favor and mix in the yeast before you pour it, it will make a world of difference.

Oct 14, 2009
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BMoney575 from Texas

4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 7-17-09
Bottled on 6-3-09

Pours a very hazy pale yellow with a very cool translucent gold effect. The head is thick and creamy, with huge chunks of lacing.

Smell is very spicy and sweet, made even stronger by a great alcohol push underneath. A hint of Belgian yest at the end completes the picture.

Taste is very wheaty, with subtle flavors of coriander and light citrus, but the booze adds all the complexity. Not harsh at all, just a great, slightly fermented Belgian kick.

Mouthfeel is great slick for the alcohol and carbonated just right to keep it light.

Drinkability is scary good, a little sweet, but it's just my style.

Overall, a great beer. It makes a good case for double witbier becoming its own style.

Jul 17, 2009
Double Wit from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 96 ratings