Blidö De Blanche | Blue Mountain Brewery

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Blue Mountain Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Summer

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Added by TMoney2591 on 07-11-2010

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of axman
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried a pint of this today at the Brewpub.

A: Very nice golden straw color thats super hazy and opaque. Nice lacing and a good ring of white head.

S: Very slight aroma, really had to get in there...Some clove, banana, and wheat come through with a little lemon.

T: Nice full wit taste with big notes of clove and lemon, banana and a little licorice. Nice malt base here, very full flavored. Some fresh baguette, coriander, and wheat in there.

M: Very carbonated and crisp in the finish. Light-medium in body.

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Photo of Gavage
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy pale yellow in color with a short 1/4" head.

Smell: hint of banana, citrus, and a bit of spice is very light overall.

Taste: thin malt profile, tiny amount of banana, larger amount of lemon zest, and some light pepper arrives late. Bitterness is mild.

Mouthfeel: lighter in body. Crisp throughout with a short lived aftertaste.

Drinkability: easy to quaff this but it could have been a bit more refreshing.

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Photo of argock
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in clear pint glass with lemon wedge at Blue Mountain Brewery (Afton, VA).

A: Hazy almost milky orange-gold with thin cap of tightly-bubbled head with a few streamers of lace.

S: Coriander and pepper mix pretty nicely with tangy wheat although not nearly as estery as most witbiers. A little bit of banana and clove along with some toated malt. Citrus presence is very muted.

T: Falls short with weak banana and coriander flavors most forward but supported with a bit of wheat and toasted maltiness. Orange and lemon barely come through at all. Put this brew up against Allagash White or Celis White, and it's not even close, even fresh on tap.

M: Light-medium body with spicy coriander aftertaste.

D: Nithing really wrong with this brew, but nothing much to recommend it strongly either. Solid maltiness but missing that citrus and more estery presence I like in a witbier.

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Photo of blackie
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pint at the brewpub with a really good curry chicken wrap and potato salad, on a hot as blazes summer day pre-hike

a: shaker pint serving with a lemon wedge, golden yellow gone opaque in a yeasty haze, light retention of an originally full head

s: clean, crisp wheat structure, very dry with only a light dusting of yeasty aromas, the coriander and orange peel are likewise mild, sunny lemon - gonna assume that's partly the lemon wedge and partly from within, grassy noble hops

m: carbonation lively but smooth, body on the lighter end

t: bright wheat body, really get the bright, green flavors from the raw wheat and pilsner malt in an almost spicy way, lightly yeasted, there's orange peel and coriander here but it's used sparingly compared to many examples - which is appreciated in this case, finishes with tart lemon and a light hop bitterness, mostly dry

d: a crisper, cleaner take on the style, and very much drinkable, perfect on a hot day and of sufficiently low abv as to not put you down for the day

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blidö de Blanche, 16 IBUs, 4.6% abv, on tap at Blue Mountain Brewery, Afton, VA. Served in a pint glass. Named after the Swedish isle upon which provincial summer home of the brewery's co-owner's wife.

Appearance: Arrives (unfortunately) with a lemon wedge, which does a quick job of eating away at what I imagine was initially was a half finger of fizzy white head. There's a smidge of uniform surface lacing left by the time it arrives, as well as a bubbly, collar. Fast, plentiful carbonation races upwards through the slightly hazy, pale gold body, crisp- and refreshing-looking. A solid start.

Aroma: Bright citrus mingles with peppery coriander for that classic one-two punch, a little green, a little unripe, the olfactory equivalent of quenching.

Taste: Excellent. Semi-dry with some assertive flavors, Blidö de Blanche has a light and crisp but flavorful malt backbone, with plenty of that slightly chalky, powdery wheat underneath the slightly sweeter, more biscuity pilsen notes (the grain bill is 1/3rd pilsen, 1/3rd wheat malt, and 1/3rd raw wheat). Definite notes of lemon zest, orange zest, and coriander - as well as slight hints of bananas and cloves - add a delightfully refreshing and quintessential "witbier" element.

Mouthfeel: Again, crisp, a little uneven, making for a pillowy, craggy mouth, assertive but soft.

Drinkability: A real treat in what has been the hottest Virginia summer I've ever experienced. Even though last night wasn't unbearable - 82 degrees in the evening, outside on the veranda at the brewery - this beer really hit the spot. It's remarkably quenching and refreshing while also managing to be a spot-on stylistic interpretation. I really hope they make this one again - it would be a great permanent addition to their summer lineup.

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3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Blue Mountain shaker pint glass.

I have no idea what this beer's name means. At least not all of it, anyway. Whatever it means, the beer pours a hazy, very pale straw topped by about a finger-and-a-half of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, coriander, lemon zest, and cardamom. Straight wit smell. The taste follows very closely, though some black pepper is added, along with a light bit o' hoppy bitterness. The body is light, with a light carbonation, flaky feel, and refreshing finish. Overall, a very solid wit, showcasing not only normal wit-y-ness, but also rocking some o' the hops they've got growin' outside.

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Blidö De Blanche from Blue Mountain Brewery
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 8 ratings