Heyday Belgian-Style White Ale
Great Divide Brewing Company

Heyday Belgian-Style White AleHeyday Belgian-Style White Ale
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Belgian Witbier
Ranked #639
Ranked #45,754
3.47 | pDev: 13.26%
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Heyday Belgian-Style White AleHeyday Belgian-Style White Ale
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Photo of woodychandler
3.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I have several Great Divide bottles hanging around & what with today being NBS (Week 653), I decided to make this the opening salvo in my next brewery horizontal. There is an upside to The Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody & the opportunity to conduct & CANduct such horizontals is it.

From the bottle: "HEYDAY is an eminently pleasant pour. Brewed with barley, oats and raw wheat, HEYDAY is uniquely flavorful for such an easy-drinking ale. With a slightly cloudy appearance and traditional yeast, it is a balanced, agreeable offering. Exuding mild hop bitterness and a nuanced body, this is the easiest decision you'll make all day."; "Suggested Food Pairings: Moule frites (mussels and fries), Kung Pao chicken, Gouda cheese, Belgian waffles, and peach cobbler."; "Great Minds Drink Alike".

I Pop!ped the cap, but this time, I employed a heavy-handed pour as I wanted all of the adjuncts and flocculate in suspension. I have seen Kristalweisses, but a KristalWit? No way! I got a finger of dense, rocky, foamy, bone-white head with excellent retention from my pour. Color was a hazy, not quite cloudy, Pale-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4). Hmm. Nose was definitely yeasty with notes of honey, lemon, clove & black pepper. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but not much beyond it, either. The taste was decent, but muted. The honey and lemon flavors were quite evident, but the peppery, clove spiciness was dialed down, where it should have led the way. Finish was dry as one might expect from spice adjuncts, but I just felt unfulfilled.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From December 2013 notes: Pours an opaque deep straw/pale gold producing slightly less than a finger of finely bubbled, foamy, rapidly diminishing, white head that leaves minimal blotches & motes of lace. Aroma is wheat, yeast, clove, thin apple/pear & pepper. Taste is wheat, spice, yeasty clove, apple, peach, pear & just a hint of banana & orange with a nice, spice & pepper bite from mid-sip that does not fade until well into the aftertaste. Finish is bittersweet white fruits & some honey. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation, crisp, smooth & drinkable. As with the last couple of Witbiers I've tried this one is also good but not great. The date on the bottle put this beer at nearly 7 months old so I would suggest that I give it another try later with a fresher example.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.37/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sampled yesterday on 12/14/15. Comes in a 12 ounce bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled-glass 20 ounce stein.

Brew pours a hazy golden-yellow in color with a good 1-finger foamy white head. A decent amount of sticky lacing is seen when sipped that stuck to the sides of the glass. Aroma is of wheat grass, lemon zest with a hint of honey. Pretty much can be said for the taste as well with maybe a hint of banana and spice also. Very well balanced with nothing over-powering the other flavors. Goes down very easy and finishes with the light touch of honey. Really enjoyed this one. Medium-bodied with good carbonation.

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Photo of lastmango
3.22/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A very pale straw hazy pour with a 3 finger fizzy super white head into a pint glass. Minor lacing. Guess I poured too vigorously as there was sediment detected. Nose was a bit soapy with a tiny hint of lemon. Lemony and a bit yeasty. The taste grew on me but the aroma was hard to overcome. Moderately carbonated but the feel reminded me of a little of seltzer.

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Photo of GarrettB
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

September 20th, 2013 - Lemony, tart and even some white vinegar, Great Divide's Heyday is a real palate cleanser, but delivers It's own delicious flavors too. I might even mistake it for a kind of goes. The flavor is sweeter, adding a lemon-lime blend, and easily mistaken for a shandy. The palate is thin, and maybe a little watery, and the aftertaste frames the sugar and tastes, delivering light margarita notes. So, it goes down hill near the end, but this is a great summer sipper (or September, in my case) and a good candidate for beer pairings.

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Photo of pat61
3.84/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy straw under a pillowy 2” white foam collar that grips the side of the glass.
S: Citrus, light banana, spice and white bread with some spice.
T: Wheat malt, banana, cardamom, citrus, orange, slightly sweet.
F: Creamy smooth, medium body to a little less, medium high carbonation.
O: Light and easy to drink.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle, this "white ale" pours a light hazy yellow with a moderate white head of froth that diminishes into a thin ring with light lacing. Nose of wheat grains, spicy Belgian yeast, citrus zest, and sweet malt. Flavors have a light sweet citrus note that gives way to light herbal notes, some light hoping, spicy yeast with flavors of white pepper, and smooth wheat. Mouth feel is very carbonated and delicate finishing moderately dry with a light sweet aftertaste. A decent addition into the style. Highly quaffable. Nice for warm days, and would make a fine session.


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Photo of JamesMN
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 6/24/14.

Appearance: Very light straw color and crystal clear with a white cap of foam. Nice effervescent bubbles floating to the top.

Aroma: Coriander, wheat, dry yeast esters.

Taste: Very much like the aroma. Nice understated Belgian yeast flavors of coriander and pear. Good hop presence that adds some bitterness and really balances the flavor well. Definitely a wheat presence, which keeps things light and lets the spices and hops shine. Crisp/dry finish with an aftertaste of fading spices. Good depth of flavor for 5.2% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Between thin and medium in body. Smooth despite its slightly aggressive carbonation. Good drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Another good beer from Great Divide, and a style I don't typically enjoy no less. Highly recommended for anyone new to Belgians or looking for a lighter option within the genre. Would I drink it again? Sure.

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Photo of jlindros
2.85/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled June 12, 2014.

Pours with pretty much no head at all, just shards of bubbles from the pour itself I think, mostly clear semi hazy slight watery pilsner color.

Nose sure is a wit, a little creamy wheat, faint biscuit cracker wheat but pretty light overall, but loaded with spices, like a truck of spices were just dumped into this, orange peel, coriander up the wazzoo, maybe a bit of clove and other wit like spices, zest and a little candied orange peel.

Taste brings more spice overload, but a little more tame at least, bitter orange peel, some sweet orange as well, with plenty of coriander, wow coriander just smashes my tongue, other spices in there too, maybe clove, perhaps some sweet gale or something like that. A little sweet candy like base, brings more candied orange peel and zest, a mild sweet toasty wheat, creamy wheat mostly. Finish is dry and a little creamy, mild bitterness from the orange zest, and a little candied orange, plenty of coriander lingering.

Mouth is lighter bod, light carbonation too, mild creamy.

Overall pretty bad, just cause you overload a beer with so much spices that you can't taste the beer itself, doesn't make it a witbier, and def doesn't make it good. This is again that "American" idea of candying up and spicing up a European style of beer so it fits the typical American palate, but ends up destroying the beer. Where is the wheat too? So little actual wheat, thin too.

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Photo of CHickman
3.36/5  rDev -3.2%

Pours hazy piss yellow color with a lot of bubbles racing up the middle to a 2 finger foamy snow white head that was full of bubbles and faded slowly leaving good lacing and a layer on top.

Smells of wheat, hay, dry grass or straw, orange peel, coriander, lemon zest, lightly toasted grains, herbs, earthy notes and very mild spices. It smells like all the fiber you need in your daily diet with enough citrus to make it resemble a Belgian style beer.

Tastes of lemon, orange peel, wheat, hay, dry grass, coriander, toasted grains, chalky earthy notes and very mild spices like pepper. Besides the citrus notes, there were some floral hints that resembles dry leaf more than fruit and were not really hoppy. Grainy overall with toasted cracked wheat crackers coming to mind with a mild sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth, with a watery feel, a light body and a grainy aftertaste that just kind of hands around like eating a piece of dry toast with margarine. Average is the best way to describe this brew, nothing jumped out at me as noteworthy and it was just alright overall.

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Photo of chinchill
3.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle; bottled on 24 June 2014.

Pours a very pale gold color, slightly hazy with a modest sized but very durable head.

Aroma: fruity and yeasty; not bad but unappealing, as is often the case with this style.

Flavor: mild; fruity and rather yeasty with some banana and clove.

Light body with prickly, near medium carbonation. Smooth but a bit watery.

O: a decent Belgian style witbier.

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Photo of mactrail
3.86/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light, spritzy, and crisp. Pleasant wheaty taste with just enough spice. Modestly flavored and richly carbonated. A great summer brew. I don't see anything wrong with this. It's a clean and sharpish Witbier. Golden color with a white cap in the Ommegang chalice. From the 12 oz bottle in the six-pack purchased at Liticker's Liquor in Ocean Beach.

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Photo of tone77
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Beer #3 on this great divide sample night. Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a whiteish/yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, light spice and wheat. Taste is also mild, some spices, a very light wheat, refreshing, but on the bland side. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is nothing offensive, but a mediocre beer.

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Photo of Clints1991
3.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow color with a white, creamy like head that doesn't last long and leaves barely a lace of foam on top. It has a a weak nose, barely hints of spices and yeast. The taste is balanced, with spices and yeast, with some bright fruit. It is full-bodied and very balanced in the palate. Overall it is a nice summer, fall beer. Very bright and easy to drink.

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Photo of delta490
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%

Pours a slightly hazed very pale yellow. There is a short-lasting creamy-ish white head that leaves just a hint of lacing. The aroma is faint, with just hints of fruity esters, spices, and yeast. The taste is equally anemic. The body is much fuller than expected given it's aroma and flavor, with a nice fullness to it and just a hint of carbonation on the finish. Not terrible, but certainly lacking. A rare miss from Great Divide.

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Photo of spoony
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 355 ml bottle (dated June 12, 2014) into a tulip. Reviewed from notes dated July 21, 2014.

A-The beer is very light in color with a chill haze. The short white head fades after a minute to a film on the top with a bit of lacing left behind on the glass. There is a stray bubble visible in the beer.

S-The aroma is refreshing, but a touch mixed-up. I sniff some lemon, a vague Belgian-style yeast, orange, bread dough, toast, and a touch of spice.

T-The taste is similar to the smell...pleasant, but somewhat busy. There is orange, spice, and dough like you might expect from a wit, but also some toast flavors and a vague medicinal bitterness. The hoppy flavors taste a bit out of place.

M-The feel is medium to full in body on the palate (for the style) with lower levels of carbonation.

O-This beer is refreshing enough, but I think it tries to do too much. The mixture of hoppy, almost-IPA flavors doesn't jive well with the witbier flavors. That being said, this beer is far from a drain pour and drinks well enough on a hot summer day. I could see this pairing well with Thai food.

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Photo of BeerWizard
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Having this in a nonic pint. Pours a pearly yellow (wife said it's almost green), with no major head, light visible suspension, and kindof an oily look to the surface. Not too much to be said for the appearance, though I do give it points for some haze. Smells yeasty and funky, maybe some light lemon zest, not getting a lot off the nose, I must say. Watery, saggy mouthfeel, not much flavor, almost seems a little flat. Has a little zest to it and a medium to light sweetness, but just tastes like a watered down beer or maybe even lemonade to me. Was expecting something like a Hoegaarden but this beer does not come close. I think this is the second season they've done it and I hope it's the last. GD: give this one the boot and make a real wheat. Waste of a seasonal spot.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Bees wax yellow with a healthy dose of macro-effervesce. Clarity is clear, the head is eggshell white, lightly creamy, one finger standing with a good sense of retention. Decent sheet lacing.

S: Small dose of funk, wheat, lightly dry tart citrus, dried corn with an overall light delivery.

T: Citrusy, flowery green hops and wheat, a bit spicy, buttery banana, tangerine with a hint of funky tropical fruitiness in passing. Dry wheat backing, light tart finish.

M: Crisp carbonation, foams up a bit, light bodied with a slippery texture.

O: Overall smooth drinking with a spicy bite.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.59/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale yellow with a white foamy head.

The smell is pale malts, lemon, coriander,pepper and sugar.

The taste is much like the smell, lemons, sweet pale malts, pepper and coriander.

The mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated. Finished dry and watery like carbonated water.

Over not too bad, easy drinking, just a bit too carbonated and the finish is a bit watery.

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Photo of matjack85
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making it $1.67 for a single 12oz brown bottle. Born on date of 4/3/13 on the label, so this bottle is just shy of 7 months old now.

The beer poured a slightly hazed pale yellow color with absolutely no head at all. The thin rim of white foam on top dissipated before the pour was over and there was virtually no lacing either.

The beer had a crackery malt smell, along with some wheat and citrusy hops.

The taste wasn't bad. It was full of crackery malt and wheat flavor along with some lemon tartness and spicy clove.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

I'd drink it again if it was offered to me, but I don't think I'll be seeking it out.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass. Bottled on March 27th, 2013.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy pale straw golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of white head that fades into a thin layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A crisp, zesty, and spicy wheat driven aroma with hints of citrus and grains. Wheat and pale malt upfront with bready hints of grains, straw, crackers, pilsener malt, and yeast. Subtle mix of spices including hints of pepper, clove, and coriander. Slight hint of farmhouse funk. Citrus hints of orange, lemon zest, and pineapple. Hops are very light. A decent wheat aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints at, a crisp, clean, zesty, and spicy wheat forward taste with notes of citrus and grains. Wheat, pale, and pilsener malt notes upfront with a taste of grains, straw, crackers, and slight Belgian style yeast. Mix of spices including notes of clove, peppers, , coriander, and a little farmhouse funk. Zesty citrus notes of orange, lemon, and slight pineapple. Very subtle hops. A decent wheat and spice driven taste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and nicely spicy and zesty. Very smooth.

Overall: A nice summer wheat ale. Good citrus and spice notes.

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Photo of beertunes
3.06/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a semi-cloudy pale yellow color, with about 1/4 inch of white head that good retention and lacing.

The aroma had the basic wheat and yeast notes you expect in the style, but delivered in a very subdued manner. Same story on the tongue, very soft wheat, light yeast, and none of the expected coriander and orange. The taste was more along the lines of an American Pale Wheat than a Wit.

The body was very nice, smooth, even, crisp, and with decent carbonation. Drinkability was good, my pint was gone quickly enough. Overall, an example of the style that's missing a bit. A pleasant enough quaff, but not a particularly notable one.

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Photo of Act25
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I love this brewer, so let's see what they do with this difficult and hard to set yourself from the pack style.

A: They win on style, big outstanding white, tight head that lasts and laces. Hazy straw body.

S: All the typical aromas, subtle, but a bit medicinal, BEYOND CLOVE + CORIANDER! Light, lemony almost pilsner like.

T: Follows smell. ABOVE CLOVE to MEDICINAL SCALE unfortunately. Over done? Remix?

F: A bit thin, a bit soft, almost flattish, and that OVER DONE MEDICINAL OVERDONE CLOVE aftertaste. It's not bad, but it's too much.

T: The flavor unfortunately follows from the nose in the clove department, it brings a weird bitter note to an otherwise mellow beer. The maltiness is clean Pilsner graininess with a softer wheat tangy note. But the clove yeast character is too strong and accentuates the overly bitter hopping. This one needs to get some revision.

Other reviewers suggested different yeasting approach since yeast is so significant to this style.

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Photo of scratch69
3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appearance- Cloudy light golden color with two fingers worth of head. Lots of runny lacing.

Smell- Light aroma of wheat malt and orange peel.

Taste- Sweet wheat malt flavor with orange peel and clove. The flavors seem a little weaker than what I am used to for this style.

Mouthfeel- On the light end of medium bodied with an above average amount of carbonation.

Overall- Not one of the better witbiers that I have tried. Not a bad beer but it is forgettable.

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Photo of Finn
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a large tulip, Heyday sports a little bit of fine creamy head, and appears a hazy yellow/gold. Aroma is mostly of earthy orange peel/coriander and slightly milky. A few sips reveal a pleasant sweetness and yeast complexity, mingling with a nice bit of carbonation to cut thru and finish cleanly. Medium bodied, but finishes pretty clean. Not a very exciting Wit, but it's well made and I don't notice any big flaws in it. If witbier is your thing then it's worth a try.

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Heyday Belgian-Style White Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 384 ratings