Double Wit | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Double WitDouble Wit

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Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Summer

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Added by Mebuzzard on 05-30-2009

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Photo of grahamboudreaux
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of TheSarge
4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

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Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- An extremely pretty beer to say the least. Perfect white creamy head that lasts forever and a color that has a great orange glow to it. perfectly cloudy as well. yummm.

S- Coriander, Orange peel and cloves all the way. no real hints of hops (good for a wit(ish) style beer.

T- wow definitely get a huge amount of spices but some acidity as well, in fact a fairly large amount of it. Lots of Bananas in there as well. Definitely interesting.

M- sticks around a bit but that feels common with wits and sours. dry and has a good bit of carbonation as well.

D- overall this beer is a keeper but it is definitely miscategorized, I would consider it a belgian farmhouse more than a wit, or perhaps even a berliner wisse? I don't know what to call it but good. makes me want to like sour beers even!

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Photo of smakawhat
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance, a gorgeous golden slight opaque color with tight bubbles on the head. Head sticks around

Smell, sweet, slight honey, noticeable whiff of cardamom

great body in the mouth, chewy, bold, tastes of cream, cardamom, bread, great finish. Not too sugary sweet either in taste.

Highly drinkable, with or without food.

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Photo of MTNboy
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The body was a nice brass color with a lot of sediment. There is a lot of foam and head too. Overall, I would say it was good looking beer. The aroma is very spicy and I am not sure if that is from the hops, yeast or coriander. Maybe it is the combination of all. The flavor is also very spicy. It is odd because in most wits that I try I taste the orange first then spice but this one is the opposite. The head and lace maintain their present throughout the session

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Photo of emmasdad
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at the Great Divide Brewery, as the bottle seemed a little pricy for a style I've never thought all that impressive. This was quite a pleasant surprise, however. Pours a nice golden color, with a good white head on top. Nice aromas of lemon, orange peel and white pepper. More spiciness on the palate, with a fairly substantial mouthfeel (at least compared to a traditional wit). Drinks easily, and makes you want a second. Very good.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of GilGarp
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 6/3/09.

Served from a chilled 22oz. bottle into a chalice. Removing the golden foil reveals a slightly rusted bottle cap. That's a little bit of a turn-off from the start but from there it gets better.

Pours a slightly hazy pale golden yellow with huge towering white head. It looks a lot like a tripel and the head has great retention and nice lacing.

Aroma is just right for a wit. There is great citrus and fresh lemon plus some nice floral notes. The yeast imparts just a hint of sour. It all goes together wonderfully.

Flavor has really nice balance. It opens up slightly sweet with lemon zest fading from citrusy to tart. It never goes too strong in one direction or the other. Finishes crisp and dry.

Mouthfeel is pleasant - not too thin, not too heavy with perfect carbonation. Very drinkable beer for the summer season. Alcohol is well-hidden.

Overall a very fresh and zesty beer that I wouldn't mind having again.

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Photo of Bonis
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a semi-cloudy golden color from a bomber into my large hefe glass. Head is huge and sticks around, leaves a lot of lacing all the way down to the bottom.

Nose - Yeast, wheat, bananas and citrus, coriander and cloves. Smells like a spot on Witbier.

Taste - Sweet fruits, orange & honey, and intense spices. I get some of everything from the nose. More on the malty side but definitely can taste some citrus hops. Very little alcohol. This tastes pretty darn good.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation tingles the roof of the mouth through the swallow. Crisp, dry, and refreshing on the back end.

Drinkability - Wouldn't have more than one in a night, but definitely a beer I'll seek out again. This one had me feeling the alcohol about 12 oz. into it. A fairly easy one to drink overall.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Wit is cultured insolence."


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.

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Photo of prototypic
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double Wit is a lighter shade of gold in color. It's not hazy, but does have numerous, miniscule yeast particles swimming about. A fluffy white head caps it off and stands two fingers tall. It's very slow to dissipate and leaves a rather thick, sticky lacing in its wake. Pretty impressive.

The nose is good. It features some citrus lemon and orange notes initially. It smells slightly sweet. Spices follow and add a nice layer of depth. There are hints of pepper, clove, and coriander. The most appealing aspect is the yeast. It's very Belgian and character and has a strong presence. Alcohol is a little noticeable, but is blended pretty well. I'm not the biggest fan of Wits, but the nose on this one is quite good. Here's hoping the flavor follows suit.

Indeed it does. Citrus lemon and orange flavors kick it off. It falls on the sweet side, but only by a little. The spice flavors add quality depth and complexity. Pepper, coriander, and clove are the primary components. But, there are probably a few ancillary varieties I'm missing. Once again, the yeast really drives the flavor. It's very tasty and prominent in the grand scheme of things here. I'm impressed. This really does have an authentic Belgian flavor to it. A bit of a hoppy flavor kicks in on the tail. It has a slight bitter bite that's very well done. Alcohol is noted. It's certainly much bolder than your ordinary Witbier. But, it's nothing too scary. Color me damn impressed overall. This one very tasty Wit.

The body is light-medium. It's relatively smooth, but never feels creamy. Carbonation is rather light and inconspicuous. Drinkability is good. I like the flavor a lot for a Witbier. I'm not the biggest fan of the style, but I'm really enjoying the bomber. Having said that, one is enough.

Great Divide is one brewery that really stands out in 2009. They've released a handful of new beers that, overall, have been very impressive. Double Wit is certainly one of them. I've never really gotten into Wits. This one's different. It's damn good. I believe the yeast presence is what really draws me in. It's a little unique and much more bold than what you normally encounter in Witbiers. Perhaps that's why I like it. It's bigger and much more badass than a Witbier. If you see a bottle, pick it up...even if you don't like Wits. This one's different.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I always seem to overlook Great Divide and would never have picked this up if my girl hadn't brought it over.

Hazy gold with a large white head. Lace absolutely pasted all over the glass where it sticks and corpuscles like stained glass.

Strong, spicy wheat phenol aroma but not really traditional Belgian--more like an American muscle car. Subtle hop and coriander. Taste has a sugar and spice balance with burnt plantains, papaya and tropical fruit. Subtle, styrofoam ick aftertaste prevents this beer from being nearly flawless.

A perfect mix of tradition and interpretation.

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Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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

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Photo of kshankar
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy and golden..thick foam with good retention.

Aroma is citrusy, yeasty, wheaty. There is also the spice profile..cloves, coriander. Banana as well.

Taste follows the aroma, and its basically an amped up regular wit. Stronger flavor profiles, particularly in the spices. Very well done.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and intensely creamy. This is one rich witbier. Drinkability is high, could easily work as a dessert for me, in a way.

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Photo of stephens101
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy gold in color with an abundance of off-white froth. Retention is great with large chunks of residual lace. Smells of light fruits (peaches/pears) and sweet malts. A hint of hops exists in the very back. Tastes of vanilla, apples, coriander, slight hops, sweet bread and diacetyls in the middle. Has a medium mouth-feel with a creamy middle and little to no alcohol heat. One of the best Double Wits I've tried.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of JEdmund
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks standard for a wit--hazy bright yellow with a fat white cap. Doesn't even smell like a ramped up version, though it does hint at a substantial malt and wheat flavor. Has that characteristic spice smell too. Oh yeah on the flavor... Pretty hefty hit of Belgian wheat flavors coming at me. It seems right on point for flavors, but they're all running at "11". Also, the body is quite a bit thicker than a regular wheat. The coriander flavor is really coming through pretty strong, especially in the finish; it mixes nicely with the curacao bitterness. I like it, and I really wasn't anticipating that I would very much. Fairly easy drinking for a big beer.

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Photo of Rayek
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy straw, with a lot of vigorous carbonation. On top sits a huge and rocky lemon peel tinged cap that has great retention and leaves chunks of lace. A very pretty look.

S: Heavy on the coriander and orange peel right out of the bottle. Once beyond those, sourdough biscuit and lemon scents come through.

T: Rather subtle, given the strong nose and high ABV. Sourdough biscuits is the predominant theme here. The bready wheat and tart lemon sourness really stand out. The coriander and orange are present, but rather subdued. The alcohol is completely masked.

M: The grainy body has loads of mouth tingling carbonation. Normally, I'd find this much fizz over the top, but it feels right for this particular style.

D: Overall, I really liked this. The flavor didn't quite hold up to the promise of the nose, but the overall picture is most excellent. Hopefully I'll get a chance to try this on tap at the GD Tap Room some day.

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Photo of waltonc
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of jdubjacket
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split between me and my dad on the 4th of July. Pours a hazy yellow color with a frothy white head.

Spicy scent with hints or orange, a little bit of sweet candy and coriander. Perhaps a bit of pepper as well.

Taste is very refreshing and light, despite the ABV. Spicy, citrus, wheaty, grassy, earthy, orange peel.

Bubbly mouthfeel and full-bodied.

Good witbier. Nice to have on a hot Summer day.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of katan
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian Wits are easily my favorite thirst quenching beers. Great Divide just recently came out with their Double Wit, which is essentially a Belgian Wit kicked up a notch. Here is my review:

A: This beer looks great. Initinally, this is a nice clear golden yellow, but once you get to the yeast at the bottom, it turns into a cloudy and sediment filled treat. The head is excellent as well as it is quite large and sticks around perfectly.

S/T: The aroma is pretty typical for a Wit. Lots of yeast, spice and citrus present. Taste is, like I stated before, a Wit but kicked up a notch. There is a lot of yeast initially. Spice is very prominant along with quite a strong citric character. Lots of orange. Maybe a touch of banana in there as well. Definetly more complex and fuller than a typical Wit. Quite different compared to Sam Adams Imperial White. Alcohol is somewhat present in the taste as well. Pretty strong tasting beer, however the finish is quite sudden as there is little aftertaste.

M/D: This is actually pretty light bodied. A little heavier than a regular Wit, but considering the higher alcohol, I expected it to be a bit more syrupy. Carbonation is spot on, and the finish is very clean. It doesn't drink as easily as a regular Wit, but this still drinks remarkably well. Very thirst quenching and refreshing. Alcohol is somewhat present as it leaves a light afterburn in the throat.

I think Great Divide achieved what they set out to do: make a Belgian Wit true to the style, but double the intensity and flavor. This is definetly the best Double or Imperial Wit I have had. I think the only thing that needs improvement is the alcohol presence. Maybe knock the ABV down a bit, and this might be a candidate for best of the style. Worth checking out, especially if you are a fan of these types of beers.

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Double Wit from Great Divide Brewing Company
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