Double Wit | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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 SeattleBeerBlog
4.36/5  rDev +13%
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 donkeyrunner
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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 Rayek
4.13/5  rDev +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 TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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 prototypic
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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 asabreed
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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 berley31
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured with a huge, rocky, white head that hung around for a fair bit before gradually dissipating. Nice lacing. Body is dark yellow and very cloudy.

S: Aroma is of light yeast, coriander, citrus, orange, and pepper. Very spicy, actually... a little more spice and it'd be overdoing it, but this works well. There's a light presence of alcohol as well.

T: Quite a nice flavor with the spices and coriander, and quite refreshing. To be honest, the alcohol is hidden very well... almost TOO well, if you ask me.

M: Medium-bodied and creamy, with a soft carbonation.

D: This beer is way too drinkable at 8%+... but I think one or two would be enough, as the spices may get a little overpowering if you keep chugging them back.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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 JoEBoBpr
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

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Photo of Wasatch
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.96/5  rDev -23.3%
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 philbe311
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
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 BarrelO
2.85/5  rDev -26.2%
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 russpowell
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
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 OldSchoolGamer
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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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Photo of bonsreeb85
3.55/5  rDev -8%
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 -7.3%
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 +0.5%
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 -5.2%
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 -11.7%
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 +6.2%
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 -10.6%
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 -10.1%
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 -9.8%
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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Double Wit from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 74% out of 100 with 96 ratings
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