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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Photo of rwshelton2
3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- Very light blonde, small head out of a bottle into glass

S- light aromatics, comes off a little thin

T- solid witbier flavor, but again comes off thin. Not very complex at all

M- easy to drink but doesn't quench a thirst like some summer/wheat beers

O- would drink again, but not in love with this one in the Witbier style

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.44/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beer pours a cloudy straw yellow in color with a small white head. Very excellent looking for a witbier.

The aroma is subtle but has notes of wheat, straw, and citrus. Very subtle and well balanced.

Flavor is very subtle, wheat flavors, no hops. A nice tangy finish with some spice notes. Very refreshing and not at all stressing on the palate.

Light to medium mouthfeel.

Overall a very enjoyable beer. Crisp, refreshing, citrusy, tangy.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.62/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with generic label art and branded pry-off cap acquired at a local SoCal beer store and served into a flared stem-snifter (some might call it a tulip) in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery, whose beers I generally enjoy. (Love the Yetis and Old Ruffian). "Brewed with barley, oats and raw wheat." "Ale brewed with spices." 5.2% ABV confirmed. Bottled April 04 2013.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a half finger wide head of dull grey-white colour (that's "ecru" for the pretentious). Decent thickness. Slight creaminess, but ultimately lackluster. Head retention is poor - about 1.5 minutes at best. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a dull lightly cloudy pale thin yellow; nowhere near as cloudy or nontransparent as all the good beers I've seen in the style. Strangely transparent. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

A pretty muted underwhelming appearance for a witbier. Doesn't have the quenching refreshing look of something like Allagash White. Still, there are no egregious flaws. Certainly not unique or special.

Sm: Clean barley, lemon peel, clean wheat, allspice, clove (from the yeast), and and an extremely light tart lemon note. I'm not finding the oats, but then I'm only used to looking for oats in porters and stouts. Straw, graininess, coriander/cilantro. Hop profile is entirely floral, and light in presence. The light spicing is interesting, but lacks the complexity and subtlety of superior offerings in the style. Overall, it's a balanced pleasant aroma of mild strength. No alcohol is detectable.

Not bad for the style, but it's a bit limp and unapproachable.

T: Well it isn't much for balance. Dominant overbearing wheat body with some straw, graininess, and pils malts thrown it for a bit more fullness. Predictable floral hop character. Crackery malts. Muted lemon peel. Not much in terms of the spice or the yeast; I do get cilantro and clove but I have to reach for them. The depth of flavour is quite limited. Intensity of flavour is low, even for the style. Duration of flavour is below average. Luckily, no alcohol comes through, so that's a plus. Clean barley.

Lacks complexity and subtlety. You have to do a lot with a little to make a good witbier, and this one doesn't accomplish that. It's pleasant enough to drink, just unremarkable.

Mf: Thin yet overcarbonated - a bad mixture which leaves it feeling biting and overbearing. It's sort of the opposite of what it ought to be, except that it's smooth and wet. I mean it's not really at all refreshing or crisp like it should be; this would really benefit from bottle conditioning.

Dr: A forgettable witbier from Great Divide. I'll happily down this one, and it's inoffensive enough, but I can't see myself getting this again. Glad I tried it, but it's pedestrian. Certainly can't run with the big dogs when it comes to witbiers.


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Photo of dar482
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a slightly hazy rich gold color. Beautiful beer with tiny bubbles rising up in it.

The aroma has some orange, lemon citrus, a bit of spice, and Belgian yeasty breadiness.

The flavor does not follow as much on the citrus. There’s a little bit, a bit of pepper in the back, a light biscuity breadiness, and then a good amount of drying bitterness.

The beer is a bit watery and reminds me of a blonde ale instead of a Belgian witbier.

This is a good summer option, much like Victory Summerlove. The bittering on the end is very refreshing for this summer beer. It’s very drinkable and has a reasonable amount of flavor. I really do enjoy this beer on a hot hot day.

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Photo of -ronin-
4.34/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I decided to try this one, even been thrown off by the low score. What a great surprise. This is a solid wit, it is definitely on my top 5. The taste is very balanced with not too overpowering combination of orange and coriander, goes smooth and smells great. Very easy drinking. I will be looking for more. Definitely a hidden gem in this style.

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Photo of jamiejohnson
4.75/5  rDev +36.1%
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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Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one beer that delivers exactly what you expect. It is just as advertised.

It opens to a nice mild yeasty aroma and a yellow color and nice lace. These are perhaps just a bit too perfect. Definitely not an American style, very authentic.

The taste is a little more American - slightly over the top. It's a nice yeast balance with just a bit of the malts and hops showing through. The aftertaste is a little sweet, a very nice yeasty treat.

Overall, this is an outstanding effort from Great Divide and one worth getting over and over.

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Photo of cbutova
2.87/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A- Poured from the bottle into a tulip. Body is light yellow in color with the classic haziness of the style. White head forms to about a finger high and has a silky texture with decent retention. Moussy ring around the edges leaves very spotty lace.

S- Really not a ton going on here for me, usually Witbier aromas blast me away with strength but this is faint for the style. I do get some perfumy coriander spiciness and orange citrus hints. Some wheat and light sweetness.

T- Orange zest, spiciness and some honey-like sweetness up front but again lacking the strength I look for in this type of beer. Coriander, wheat bread, earthy, vanilla and slight pepper hints come to mind as well.

MF- Silky and creamy feel with high-end carbonation. The body is on the light end of the spectrum and is moderately-dry. Tiniest hint of bitterness.

The mouthfeel is probably the best part of this beer. Nothing offensive or incredibly bad here but for a Witbier it just doesn't deliver the depth and strength of flavor/aroma needed. Somewhat disappointed for the first time by GD, bring back St. Brigids. Feels watered down.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice, color is straw, head is bright white.

Smell is light, fresh, hints of wheat and light malt, not much noticeable spice.

Taste is mostly wheat, some light toasted malt, again not much spice noted, there is more noticeable yeast flavors than in the scent.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, not too strong or overpowering, clean flavors linger nicely, with a hint of yeast flavor lingering.

Overall, a solid wit, very drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great Divide makes some pretty good beers, this isn't one of them.
Everything about this beer is lean and light.
Probably the palest wit I've seen to date. A medium size head sits on top of this hazy brew.
In the nose I get some wheat malts, clove and yeast.
Taste has some maltiness but not much. Spices are lean, corrinder and perhaps a little pepper.
Both flavor and taste are very lean and washed out with the beer in general being watered down.
I'll give them the effort but that recipe needs to be tweaked big time.

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Photo of MighHighBrewer
3.31/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a straw color reminiscent of dried hay. This beer is relatively cloudy - no visible sediment is detectable although I can't see through to the other side of the glass. The initial head is small with large bubbles that (unfortunately) doesn't last. There's just no head on this beer. Lacing is moderate.

S: The nose is primarily malty and a little funky. I definitely pick up on the wheat malt base of the beer that complements the hints of barnyard aromas nicely. Further investigation reveals a light citrus aroma - primarily lemons - that round out the nose. Overall, I'm impressed with the smell. It smells like a good, light, summer wheat beer should. No pepper or banana.

T: To state the obvious - it tastes like a wheat beer that I suspect was brewed with a Belgian yeast strain. The wheat backbone is very mild - not overpowering. This beer is also nicely hopped - you definitely get the citrus hop flavors without it overwhelming the light base. My only complaint is that this too light in flavor. I want my wheat beers to pack a little more punch.

M: I think this beer could use a touch more carbonation. It's an easy-drinker, but I think upping the carbonation by 10% or so could really liven up the brew.

O: An unoffensive, well-executed summer wheat beer. Very easy drinking - great for a hot day. I don't think this beer is winning any awards - but it's not trying to either. It's a beer that's hard not to like, but hard to rave about.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - A bright hazy yellow, little sediment which is nice, and a 1/4 inch of foamy goodness.
S - Has the attributes I expect in the style, spicy coriander and a touch of orange peel mostly with a drying Belgium yeast.
T - Well it's not the best I had but it taste is very dry with maybe a touch too much coriander and the orange peel is sort of in the back end. I could see others comparing this to Blue Moon because it is crafted so it doesn't have any metallic notes but its very similar.
M - To me it's very dry and sort of medium bodied. A touch too heavy for a Spring beer.

Overall I paid 3 bucks for this since I like to try whatever Great Divide puts out and I was disappointed with this one. Needs to be discontinued or even better have a recipe change.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12 oz brown bottle into a 16 oz nonic-style glass. Label has a place for a bottling date, but it is sadly devoid of any markings to let me know when it was sealed.

Appearance - Starts promising. A hazy lemony yellow, like liquid sunlight. A pillowy eggshell-colored two-finger head comprised of mostly microbubbles. The retention is strong, lasting for quite awhile before settling to a permafilm of foam across the top. Lacing is silky and fleeting with some stickiness.

Smell - Coriander, wheat and Belgian yeast are the dominant aromas, but it seems a little one note. I'm used to witbiers having a little more fragrance, but it admittedly gets stronger as the head recedes.

Taste - Just like the smell, the flavor seems to be hiding a bit. I can still detect the spices and some faint citrus peel, but the dominant flavor is bready. Seems a little bit watery as well, and in some (not good) ways, reminds me of Blue Moon. The flavor that I can pick up is more complex than the famous "crafty" beer, but the fleeting nature is similar. Aftertaste imparts mostly yeast notes

Mouthfeel - Light-bodied and silky, with the same diluted characteristics carrying through. Carbonation is rather weak.

Overall, a pretty disappointing beer. In the grand scheme of things it wasn't bad, but there are so many witbiers that I would select before this one. Too bad, because Great Divide has an otherwise stellar portfolio.

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Photo of horshack7
2.44/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: It's golden but very cloudy and with a head that is fluffy and two fingers thick. As the head thins out thick lacing is left behind.

Aroma: Clove, orange zest, light cinnamon, faint pear and apple twinge of lemon zest.

Taste: Apple, lemon zest, yeasty, clove, fruity esters, dry floral hop with a dry finish.

Notes: It's drinkable and a decent Witbier not too bad for a warm day. Cheers.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: into a pilsener glass, washed out hazy pale yellow - looked like watery lemonade - white head a coupla fingers tall

S: faint grain aromas with floral and herbal hop suggestions

T: faint grains again - barley, wheat, oats - mild hops add some floral and herbal notes

M: thin, watery, clean finish, refreshing

O: maybe I don't get the style, so I went with fairly mediocre ratings across the boards. If you are more familiar (than I am) with the witbier style, this may be a better beer than I'm indicating. Probably good for drinking out in the sun all day or for warm, summer afternoon sessions, but it is not representative of what I typically want in a beer. That said, came back to the beer a few days later and it vibed a little better with me.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Label says Bottled On: MAR 27 2013

A- Pours a semi-hazy light straw color with a 1/4 inch white head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a sheer layer of foam on the surface. One of the whitest beers I've ever seen. Slippery lacing leaves a solid ring behind on the glass.

S- Rich wheat aroma with lots of yeast notes. Hints of spice. Overall quite sweet.

T- Pretty much your usual wheat beer flavor with plenty of yeast to accentuate the overall profile. Somewhat earthy and herbal with notes of spice and lemongrass. Goes down very easy with very little alcohol detected.

M- Bright and tangy with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- A full-flavored sessionable wheat beer from none other than the good people at Great Divide. Keep the good suds comin guys.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy pale yellow with one-finger, white, foamy, creamy head that lasted several minutes and left a nice film. Pretty good lacing.

S: Citrus, Belgian yeast. Barnyard.

T: Light sweetness and light bitterness. Citrus and bubblegum. Toasted malt. Mild flavor.

M: Light to medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Crisp.

O: The flavor was a bit of a let down. Very mild - not much there.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.41/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Great Divide : Heyday
STYLE: Witbier
ABV: 5.2%
Serving Temp Suggestion: 39 deg. F

LOOK: Pours a light hazed yellow with a soapy white head and good retention. Every sip is documented with lace going down the pint glass.

SMELL: Fragrant aroma of musty yeast. Yeast, dough, and a touch of clay as well. Some light Belgian funk, sweet grains and hint of lemon emerge late.

TASTE: Wheat grains and Belgian yeast open up, leading to lemon citrus in the mid-palate. Mild bitterness, finishes slightly tart. Distant clove in the finish, which approaches dry.

FEEL: Light bodied, really a simple ale. Refreshing in it's qualities, but still a bit thin and watery.

OVERALL: Not a bad Belgian wit from Great Divide. Makes for a good summer option, and has some good characteristics. I would drink this again with no qualms.

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Photo of tdm168
3.94/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - bright yellow with a big, frothy, white cap of dense head that has good retention

S - spicy Belgian yeast, straw

T - straw, spices, coriander, banana, Belgian yeast

M - light to medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a rather nice, light beer with a solid flavor profile. This is a beer brewed to style that could satisfy those just looking for a Witbier or those who are looking for something refreshing to knock back on a hot day. I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this poured into a pilsner glass. Pretty nice witbier, possibly a touch underrated. The look is a very light haze, it almost looked clear at the thinner part of the bottom of the glass. Not much of a head here either. The aroma and taste matched very well, very light cloves and soft citrus. Solid.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy pale gold in color, with a bright white head of airy foam.
Aroma-Faint spiciness
Taste-Coriander note, some spicy yeast. Light and refreshing enough, but flavors are a bit muddled. A middle-of-the-road witbier in a style with a lot of excellent examples.

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Photo of lsummers
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy pale yellow. The color is really subdued. Has a one finger bone white head.

Smells pleasant, with those common clove, citrus, fresh notes. Again, somewhat subtle or watered down smell.

Taste is actually quite nice. Peppery citric clove with a fresh very subtly floral note. Mouthfeel is dry and sharp. Makes me want to take another sip.

Overall, it's a good witbier. It just doesn't stand out in the crowd. On a hot day this one will drink perfectly. Otherwise, you may find it lacking some character.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
2.32/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

On-tap at Fat Sully’s Pizza, Denver, CO:

Served in a pint glass:

The beer appeared a hazy darker straw yellow that produced a thick, creamy white head with good retention and a little lacing.

The beer gave off a light malty aroma...not much else.

The taste of the beer was a light Belgian malty flavor but with a funky flavor, I am not sure what that is.

The body of the beer was light and had a slight dry finish.

Overall, less than average…I actually sent it back as I thought that there was something wrong with it. I hope that I was wrong. I will give it another shot just to verify.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.45/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

A little T.E. Lawrence action on the label? Anyway, this stuff pours a hazy brass-straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises cracked wheat, dry corn, light egg, and light puffed rice. The taste holds notes of wheat, light coriander, light corn, and very light egg. Those last couple bits really hold this stuff back. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, a sad, limp little wit, possibly the biggest downer I've yet had from Great Divide.

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Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.44/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled March 27 2013

Appearance pours a very pale golden color lik a wit or hoegarden, a bit hazy half a finger of white foam that seams to be lingering about.

Smell- honey citrus and some feet.

Taste crisp sparkling on the tongue the wheat provides some chewy-ness and body i taste coriander and a little bit of bitter orange but I may just be associating that with beers of this style. I also get a lot of clove on the back end of this one as well.

Mouthfeel Light bodied very fizzy. does linger a bit on the palate more than I would like

Over all I love the pairings listed on the bottle I do happen to agree with them gouda cheese, belgian waffles , kung pao chicken ! This is a good beer, dont let my review fool you, I would order another. I think this beer would compliment those pairing rather than stand on its own.

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