Heyday Belgian-Style White Ale
Great Divide Brewing Company

Heyday Belgian-Style White AleHeyday Belgian-Style White Ale
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Style:
Belgian Witbier
Ranked #639
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
79
Ranked #45,723
Avg:
3.47 | pDev: 13.26%
Reviews:
74
Ratings:
384
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Great Divide Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Spring
Wants
  11
Gots
  46
SCORE
79
Okay
Heyday Belgian-Style White AleHeyday Belgian-Style White Ale
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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Photo of jamiejohnson
4.75/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is first review in ages. I'm taking the time for this one because I feel Great Divide is getting screwed by our ratings. Maybe it's just me, but this is possibly the best Wit I've ever had. And I truly love the style. A 79 is a massacre in my opinion. Admittingly mine is super fresh as I am a beer guy at Total Wine, but it's damn good. Maybe most reviewers don't really like the style?? I don't know, but anyway this is my honest opinion about this beer. I think it's great. Send me a sixer for defending you Great Divide - I'll take it.

A 79?
Off by a mile
It's the best
Of the style

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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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2/5  rDev -42.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of avalon07
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Average lacing.

S: An okay aroma of spices, malt, and some citrus. Slightly underwhelming.

T: Tasted like a pretty standard Witbier: Coriander, malt, a little lemon, some other spices as well. A tad on the thin side. Could have been a bit more well-rounded.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a sharp, prickly finish. Light-bodied.

O: While this isn't the worst example of Wit I've ever had, it certainly wasn't the best. Not undrinkable, but there are better examples of the style out there.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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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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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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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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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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