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 BarrelO
2.85/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber poured into a mug. Bottled on June 3, 2009.

A: Hazy orange body. Big white head that leaves lots of lacing.

S: Bananas, spices, a bit of lemon.

T: Bananas and spices from the nose make themselves felt. However, there's also way too much cloying sugary sweetness and prickly alcohol heat. Bready aftertaste.

M: Medium to heavy, syrupy.

D: I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Not every beer style needs to be imperialized. More often than not, they end up, like this one, a chore to drink. In fact, I couldn't even finish it.

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.96/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bomber $7. Cloudy yellow orange, looks like a wit if not a bit darker orange than yellow. Smells a little musty, then some spices. The must smell really made me do a double-take because I could swear I was smelling some brettanomyces but probbaly not. The flavor vacillated between a normal fruity witbier and an alcoholic mess. This probably would have been a good beer had they not tried to make it "robust" as they say.

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Photo of mdcrouser
3.12/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the 1 pint 6 oz. bottle, capped in gold foil, this beer has a huge head. Significantly lighter than one might expect from a double - it's more like a dark pilsner.

A hint of "farmhouse" is immediately apparent to the nose - that's really inviting, at least for me. Acidic, bright, wheaty, with just a hint of caramel - odd, but it's there.

Bitter and acidic - enough so that your mouth wraps around it like you're knoshing on a grassy golf ball. It's not really as robust though as the Boulevard Double Wit that I recently had - this is a little "flatter."

You really get a taste for the beer when the mild carbonation kicks in on your tongue. A bit too acidic at this point - overpowers the subtleties of the beer.

Enjoyable, but not so much as many other comparably priced beers - just too acidic to be wholly enjoyable.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.21/5  rDev -17.1%
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

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Photo of russpowell
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
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

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Photo of beer2day
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light lemon gold pour with very little head. No lacing.

Nose is surprisingly weak for an impy style. Some spices, but not that noticeable. Bit of honey and mead.

Hits with honey sweetness. Some spiciness and a little pepper heat. gets sweet again in the finish.

Feel is thicker than anticipated. Syrupy.

One and done. ABV not terribly noticeable.

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Photo of oberon
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of rowew
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of hopdog
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of froghop
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a semi-hazy yellow with a tint of orange, a large white head, and great lacing.

smell is of some wheat, sweet fruit, and malt.

taste is tangy, sweet fruit, sour malt, wheat, and nutty, ends dry and a tad bitter.

overall not that bad of a wit.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into 2 perfect pints

pours out a hazy straw color with a fluffy white head. mild lacing.

smelles of babana (mostly), coriander, some spice. also noted some cloves, citrus (lemon and a splash of orange), and light wheat.

Tastes of ripe banana and citrus/wheat. very bready/wheaty. taste the spice. medium body with above medium carbonation.

Nothing special, my girl friend enjoyed it much more then I did, but wasn't bad

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Photo of philbe311
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers worth of audibly fizzy rocky white foam head... Moderate retention that once receded leaves a splotchy yet inviting lacing... A very modest amount of moderate paced carbonation rises throughout... A muted honey straw color with a slight haziness to it... The foam clings to the to the sides of the glass on the way down...

S - Yeasty... Orange... A potent and complex spiciness with hints of coriander and lemon pepper dominating... Freshly cut grass... Hints of peach...

T - Similar to the nose, the yeast dominates... Banana... Citrus... Peach... Coriander... Lemon zest... Crust... Slightly medicinal...

M - A muted carbonation on the tongue... Medium bodied... Dry from the start... Slightly chalky texture...

D - A very assertive take on a usually timid style... While the effort is much appreciated, I'm not sure it equates to a memorable brew... Typically I'm a huge fan of Great Divide, but I'm slightly disappointed by this offering... While there is nothing "wrong" with the individual components, the final product is somewhat of a let down...

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Photo of bonsreeb85
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I love the new line of bombers(chocolate yeti, dunkelwiesse, saison) that GD has been releasing, keep it coming guys!

A - clear light golden/straw in color and sporting a 3 finger rocky head off of the initial pour. Head shows remarkable retention and decent lacing.

S - lots of fruit esters, including but not limited to the following: peaches, spiced pears, bananas. spice is also very prevenlant in the nose, clove(bubblegum) pepper, and orange peel, with a touch of lemon zest. very yeasty in the nose, with some delicate floral hops. smells yummy!

T - VERY YEASTY!. the soft biscuit flavor takes the 1st chair,(too doughy if you ask me) but the spices give the buds a slight break. clove and pepper and plenty of peel both orange and lemon. Again, this is not as sweet as it smells, finishes dry w/ some nice hoppage. overall too yeasty -could benifit from more character.

MF - creamy feel on this medium and then some body. a bit toward the high carbonation side of things though, but not bad.

D - quite good for this beast, but the flavor is lacking IMO. still refreshing however, so not all is lost. the price is a bit steep for something so mediocre. i won't seek this one out again, but i was glad to give it a whirl. Can't all be zingers right Great Divide??

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Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of deapokid
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very interested in trying this double wit, after being impressed with versions from Southampton and Riverhorse.

Pours a billowy head with golden grain coloration and crispy 3-finger white foam (admittedly not my best pour though). Despite my shaky hands, this is still a sight to behold, packing amazing retention and shimmering color. Enticing to say the least.

Scent is bready, spiced with everything from citrus fruit to clove to coriander. It's sweet, but not overpowering with a nice hint of lemon zest on the backend.

Taste intriguingly strays from the sweetness that some wits tend to focus on and hits us with a fragrant bouquet of spices and a deep, musty aftertaste. This gives the wit an aged feel and adds complexity.

Smoothness is evident from the first sip and the creaminess of the head wets the tongue well. The big ABV (for the style) is well-masked, but thickness does cutdown on the drinkability ever present in the standard models. Otherwise, this is a good effort from the ever-innovative Great Divide Brewing Company.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Be careful when you open this - the sample I got foamed as though doing so would help the Cubs finally win the World Series again. It pours a clear sunny yellow with a VERY thick white head that leaves some decent lacing. Aroma is not strong, but is fruity and malty with a bit of sweetness, inviting a taste. Flavor is malty, fruity, grassy and just a little sweet, rather enjoyable. Texture is smooth and a bit fizzy, leaving a sweet and herby finish. If this isn't Great Divide's best, it is still worthy of at least a try.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy gold with a orangish hue. Large, foamy, creamy, white head. Pretty good retention leaving patches of lace.

S - Loads of spice and fruit. Citrus, curaçao, coriander, and banana. Sweet with just a kick of spice. Some wheaty aroma. Not a typical Wit.

T - Loads of fruitiness. Banana, pineapple, pear, mango, and orange. Curaçao takes over mid-sip. Some spice (coriander and pepper mostly). Some honey, and sweet wheaty malt. Touches of vainilla and peach.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Pretty smooth.

D - A little too much fruit and spice flavors. Not difficult to drink this glass, but I couldn't see having more.

Notes: Interesting Wit that seems a bit on the gimmicky side for me (with all the fruit and spice especially with the curaçao taking over). It's not bad, but it ended up tasting a bit like a mixed cocktail.

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Photo of billab914
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Stone imperial pint glass. It poured a hazy, pale gold color with a thin white lacing for a head. The head faded to a thin ring and left just a bit of lacing on the glass.

The aroma has wheat malt with some lemon and coriander citrus to it and a moderate banana and clove flavor. Pretty nice and flavorful aroma for the style.

The taste starts out showing some sweeter, wheat malt and citrus flavors. The clove like spice starts to come through towards the finish. A little banana is present throughout it as well. Some alcohol just starts to peek through. Pretty good flavors for the style even for the boosted alcohol content.

The mouthfeel is a little heavy for the style but was expected due to the abv. Carbonation is also pretty moderate for the style. Drinkability is pretty good, it had some nice Wit flavors to it and was a pretty easy drinking beer. I'm not sure I would want my Wit beers to have this much alcohol very often overall though, even if it is pretty well hidden. A good beer overall though.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - 6.99 Total Wine in Orlando, Florida. Appearance: Pours out a cloudy, straw-colored body with a large, lusciously foamy, white head. Smell: Aromatic nose of apricot with characteristic Begian yeast notes. The usual suspects are all here to a lesser degree: banana, coriander and bitter orange peel. Taste: overwhelmingly malty. (Duh, it's a double, Einstein.) Secondary tastes are tanginess at first blending into a white pepper and corriander with other spices like cinnamon, clove and alspice. Spicy pleasant aftertaste. This is not a beer to drink quickly. Doing so spoils the amazingly long and luscious finish. Mouthfeel: Medium. Average carbonation.Creamy mouthfeel. Drinkability: Very good, however it must be drunk slow to enjoy. Pounding this beer down quickly short-circuits all the best parts of the experience: its complexity and finish.

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Photo of WhiteOak
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled 6/2010.

A- Hazy pearlescent straw yellow color. The white meringue head settles quickly, but leaves copious amounts of crackly lace sheets and rings on the glass.

S- Rich aromas soar from the glass: pineapple, apricot, juicy fruit gum, citrus rind, spice, yeasty dough. Big, bright, clean and alluring smell on this beer.

T- Sweet rich malt, sweet grains, pineapple, citric hops, spice.

M, D- Big, rich, mouth-coating. A pronounced, very chalky feel - almost coarse in texture. A touch of stickiness. Well balanced and drinkable. CO2 ideal, ABV masked. One flaw I see in this brew: the sweetness does a good job of balancing the acidity until the finish, after which the soapy sourness persists on the palate and is a bit unpleasant, even after the very nice flavors.

A Belgian tripel or saison meets a DIPA? This is an unusual hybrid style.

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Photo of praufs01
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Hazy golden yellow with a frothy white head.

Aroma - Fermenting yeast with citrus rind, and coriander.

Taste - Orange and lemon with a biter citrus rind aftertaste.

Overall - Very good Witbier. Not my favorite but good none the less.

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Photo of busternuggz
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pleasant lightly hazy golden color, half inch off white head with persistent lacing. Nice smells of pineapple, dried apricot, and a little pear. Taste was similar but with more orange/lemon citrus. Went down smooth, especially for the alcohol percentage, with a pretty light body to it. I could have drank the whole bottle. Not my favorite in the style but solid.

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Photo of scratch69
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance- Cloudy golden-orange color with two fingers of foamy head. Nice amount of lace.

Smell- Strong aroma of wheat, citrus, and spices.

Taste- Sweet wheat malt flavor at the start that turn into a fruity citrus halfway through, and ends with a big coriander spice finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and smooth with an average amount of carbonation.

Overall- A fairly good beer but just a tad too much spice at the finish.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. Bottled-on date of June 3, 2009.

Appearance: light golden straw color with an extremely thick, foamy head which is hanging on quite tenaciously.

Smell: very wheaty with light citrus notes.

Taste: taste is a dense malt and wheat flavor, this is definitely a big beer. The citrus and spices are faintly present, but don't seem to hold up to the huge malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: a medium body, which is surprising given how thick and syrupy the flavor is. It's an unexpected juxtaposition, but not an unwelcome one.

Drinkability: the label calls this brew "deceptively drinkable", and I concur; however, at 8.1% this is hardly a session beer. I'll drink and enjoy my bomber, but that will be all.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

- from notes
22 oz bottle
A - cloudy golden yellow
S - mild sweet wheat with no hops but some spice
T - tastes follows smell with wheats, malts, and probably some coriander. Little if any hops.
M - feels a little thick in line with the cloudiness.
D - absolutely drinkable, I had to check again to make sure it was a 22 because it went down more like a 12.

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Double Wit from Great Divide Brewing Company
3.87 out of 5 based on 95 ratings.
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