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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this beer. Pours a hazy light golden with a bright white head that has extrenely tight beads. Smells lemony, spritzy, with coriander, and quite yeasty. Tastes similar. Very herbal and with a nice lemony bite and loads of yeasty character. Starts crisp and finishes softer and creamier. Not superlative, but a very solid effort.

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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 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 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 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 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 ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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 CuraƧao 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.

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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 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 rye726
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw color with a silky beige head. Nose has wheat, citrus, and spicy yeast. Taste has a blend of peach, lemon, apricot, wheaty malts and herbal yeast. Don't detect any additional spices. Crisp body is a bit over carbonated. Fairly big for a witbier.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Double Wit from Great Divide Brewing Company
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