Heyday | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Mebuzzard on 03-22-2013

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a moderate white head, some solid spotty lace.

S: Nice notes of clove and wheat mallt, very fruity.

T: That wheat character is there initially, but then it gets a grungy earthy quality that's not so fun. The lemon and wheat tries to overcome this, but they're always clashing.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, biting carbonation.

O: Good at times, but never really comes together. The hops notes don't work here, there are so much better wits in the world.

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Photo of argock
3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a clear glass tumbler. Bottled on Mar 27, 2013, on side of front label. Purchased at Knightly Liquors (Orlando, FL).

A: Very hazy golden yellow with 1-2 fingers of sticky, white tightly bubbled head with good retention and thick, crusty lacing.

S: The aroma is fairly classic although the clove note is pretty strong. There is a pretty strong Pilsner grainy maltiness with some flowery, banana yeast esters.

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.

M: Body is light with low-medium carbonation and the same strange bitter aftertaste.

O: Heyday is not one of GD's better brews. I can't think of a time I would select this one over Hoegaarden or Allagash White or Celis White. The clove is too strong and ruins an otherwise promising malty beer. A different fermentation temp or profile would be my first try -- an alternate yeast would be my next move.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.66/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Translucent bright straw yellow slightly carbonated one finger head

S-Wheat lemon, good deal of grass, clove and banana.

T-Wheat, grassy, orange, lemon, tad bit of clove and banana rounding it out.

M- Light not much carbonation, dry finish but a tad watery.

O-Not sure what they replaced to release this beer, but they should have kept their old offering.

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Photo of avalon07
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
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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Photo of iSip
4.12/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great Divide Heyday Belgian Style White Ale: I love wheat beers, so I was very glad to see this Belgian White offering from Great Divide. The body has a beautiful straw color with just the right amount of hazyness to it. The ample carbonation forms a frothy pure white head. I am looking at it now, half finished, the head is holding in there and the lacing is stellar. The big, big aroma sparkles with citrus, and has a hint of straw and earth.

The flavor is spot on white ale, and very good. A bit heavy in the malt, a little more crispness and this beer would be best in class. A very good offering from Great Divide, and may become my go to Belgian White as it is a local brew. But the Avery White Rascal is good as well. Though problem to have! Too many great versions of a hard to find style that I really like!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 3/27/13.

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, oats, and slight spice aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and spice flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but very grain forward in the aroma and flavor.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.54/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours bright hazy yellow with a big fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is tropical fruits, some earthy yeast, flowery spices and a little iron.

The flavor is lots of sweet citric melon and some musty yeast with floral notes and lots of spices. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with lots of sharp carbonation.

Overall, not a huge fan of this wit. A bit sweet and overly spiced with some flavors that didn't go well for me.

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Photo of obrike
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought a single as a mix six at World Market in Round Rock.

Gotta admit...i thought this one almost looked like a a glass of soapy beer water. Not too keen on the uber light gold color. Big rising bubbles from the bottom of the glass helped though.

But looks aren't everything, right? Getting some nice spices on first whiff, some coriander, a hint of banana. Not bad, but a little pulled back.

Taste was crisp, light citrus notes, some cut grass, bubble gum. But again, ho hum. Now the mouthfeel was light and refreshing. Very nice carbonation and a smooth finish. A good hot weather beer to down by the pool.

This one was a bit hit and miss for me. I could see drinking a few of these on a warm summer day, but certainly not a beer I'd order in the cool comfort of a bar.

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Photo of vkv822
3.17/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz : tulip

Pours a hazy, pale yellow with a thick, creamy white head and spotty lacing.

Lightly sweet wheat, Belgian yeast, lightly spicy, herbal notes.

Medium body, fizzy medium carbonation.

An enjoyable, well done wit. It is fairly average overall, with no one aspect being particularly memorable.

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Photo of Jason
3.44/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Hazed pale yellow, excellent froth. Spicy, earthy, chalky, crackers, plummy and herbal in the nose. Big crispness, moderate sized body, even spicing, muddled vegtal character, fresh grass, citrus pith, yeast, hint of alcohol, very dry finish.

A good beer all around, nearly in the middle of the pack for the style though. Its a tough style to crack let alone perfect, great go at it though.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled on Mar 26 2013.

A: Pours a very pale light yellow straw with a 1.5 finger dense white head. Fairly hazy with tons of visible carbonation. Some alright lacing.

S: Has a fruity almost saison like character dominated by a yeastiness. Can pull out some wheat, spiciness and orange. Good farmhouse characteristic.

T: As anticipated this is reminiscent of a saison with a dominant wheat profile. Orange and banana come through as well as a touch of raisin or white grape.

M: Medium to full body for such a light beer. Has a nice creamy aspect to it from the wheat that seems to round it out.

Overall a solid witbier that has some nice complexity. Real easy to sip on and would be great for a hot day.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden yellow, cloudy with a minor 1/4 inch head, sticky lacing.

Smell - Classic sour witbier aroma. Grapes, pear, orange, peppery, spices, malts and yeasts.

Taste - Loads of fruits, grapes and lemon mixed with a nice sour note , spices and yeasts. Quite a bit more hoppy then most wits, adds a bitter bite with each sip. Malts provide a minimal backbone, were the hops and yeasts are the main flavor.

Mouthfeel - Hops and yeasts really coat the tongue. Spices and pepper coats the palate along with a sour flavor. The finish is bitter, sour and dry.

Overall - A nice hoppy and full flavored wit perfect for the summer. The extra hop kick gives it points for being different then the norm. Easy to drink with good balance, decent price, its a winner.

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Photo of riversider76
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow with a fluffy white head. Excellent retention. and laceing. Aroma is of lemon, and candy. Body is creamy with a good amount of carbonation. Taste is of lemon,bubble gum,and spice. A bit of a tart finish. Not the best verison of this style, but worthy of a try.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.17/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Loving the white ale trend everybody has to make a witbier these days, this one looks good in the classical since hazed lemonade body with a bright white cloud texture head. Aroma has soft coriander and orange peel zinging through with a finishing lemon notes I love it. Flavor is creamy with the wheat notes and coriander bitterness, citrus peel finish has me wanting more of this stuff. That's about it here folks, body is medium to lighter end of the spectrum with ample flowing carbonation finishes with a spicy boutique of spice and citrus peel colliding. Overall one of the beers I won't look back at next time I come across a new white ale.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw color with a tight, white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of peppery spice and a little citrus.

Tastes of the citrus character with some spice background. Lemon zest leads off with a little orange peel as well. A bit of spiciness comes in and adds some depth. Coriander like notes also come through. Ends with a little banana and bready malt.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly assertive amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is pretty good and worth checking out.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Semi cloudy golden hue right white sticky head. Wow a really nice fruity wheat beer. Couple dollars more than your average wheat 6 pack but well worth it. Creamy and wispy mouthfeel, faintly spicy with a touch of sweetness. Melons apples and pears. Delish and smooth.

one of the best wits i've ever had

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Poured a very light and clear straw yellow with tons of streaming carbonation, soapy white head that left chunky lace

S- Big lemon, bubblegum, and peppery notes. Big wheat and bready character

T- Same as the aroma. Big lemon, bubblegum, cardamom and peppery notes. Big wheat and bready character

M- Medium to lighter bodied, semi-dry finish, fizzy carbonation

O- Refreshing and flavorful witbier with nice fruity and spicy notes.

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Photo of JEdmund
4.26/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bleach white foamy head sits over a light, hazy yellow body. Great lacing left along the way.

Aroma is standard fare for a Belgian wheat but certainly not lacking.

Flavor starts out with smooth wheat and oats, then comes the ale fruitiness, including a white pepper hint, cardamom and coriander spices, and finally a nice hop bite. And that hop bite is what stands out the most as it’s not especially common in Belgian wheats. Body is perfectly smooth and full. Finish also has a light lemon note.

Great Divide has crafted an imminently drinkable summer seasonal with Heyday. It doesn’t stray from style, so it might not be quite as impressive or memorable as some of their other beer, but it still deserves praise for being so good and easy to drink. I just wish it wasn’t $9.99/six-pack…

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Photo of denver10
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy sandy yellow with a foamy white head and nice lacing. Aroma offers a present but smooth and subtle belgian with some banana, a little hay, hints of orange, spices (clove I think), sugars from the oats alongside the wheat malt. A creamy, velvety, active mouthfeel. Overall, like the addition of the oats in this one a lot, but not a wit fan and this one wasn't able to convert me.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wow 5th review, this must have just emerged. the pour is cloudy and bright, but super pale and lighter, the head is fair, white and airy, but fading all the way. the nose is mild coriander, Belgian yeast, and a curious malt bill supplemented by oatmeal, which gives some interesting weight and sugars. I taste some citrus, orange peel or pith maybe, its pretty bitter but not from hops. more than any defining flavor this beer has a defining mouthfeel. its effervescently carbonated, like seltzer water only smaller and more alive bubbles, its super happening in the mouth which is right on for the first spring feeling day weve had here. this beer couldn't have come out at a better time, and it kicks the crap out of orabelle and Colette, their last couple of weird seasonal offerings that need never come back. this is first great divide beer to impress me in some time, you know I cant splurge for the barrel aged stuff, im a student still... overall this is a beer I will happily be drinking all summer as long as it remains on the shelves. impeccably well done, thanks for this. finally, something interesting and not watery for warm weather consumption! hard to keep a 6er around long...

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Photo of znichols
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy yellow with a big, puffy white head. Slightly less hazy than expected, but still has that wit look to it. Looks uber light.

S- Straw, spice, urin, slight vanilla, banana, and just the slightest dank aroma. Smells like a very typical Belgian White. Not unpleasant, yet, not great.

T- Rather subdued, light grainy wheat flavor with spicy/grassy hops. The estery yeast plays a role with a slight banana taste. A nice Belgian Wit. Better flavor than Blue Moon but still very light and sessionable.

M- Light, bubbly, and crisp. Slightly slick from the wheat. A little less carbonation than expected but the mouthfeel is standard.

O- This is a good beer for both people who like Wits as well as someone who isn't opposed to wheat and wants a light craft offering. I 'm more the latter, so i just thought it was good. This replaces Samurai and is a better "light" craft beer. I didn't care for Samurai. Nonetheless, its enjoyable. Nomad, Colette, and Orabelle are better light-bodied offerings from GD, though.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A new one from Great Divide, officially releases tomorrow, but I'm a ninja.

Pours a light golden, hazy and bright. Nice fluffy white head, some rockiness

Aroma is just shy of awful. Sweet cream corn, heavy. Soft orange essence if you can get by the corn. Not looking good

Of course, I had to taste it. Thankfully, the aroma isn't in the flavor. Maybe slightly, but the orange and zestiness come to the rescue. A bit lemony. Sweet biscuit underneath. Finishes slightly dry and bubbly. I'd have to try this side by side with Colette to get a contrast. When I first tried Colette when it was released, the cream corn aroma is strong, too. Hopefully this one will be rid of it soon.

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Heyday from Great Divide Brewing Company
3.49 out of 5 based on 382 ratings.
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