Diabolical Dr. Wit | Spring House Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Spring House Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Diabolical Doctor Wit is a white ale brewed in the authentic Belgian style. This Belgian style Wit starts off with a wheat base and is left unfiltered. It is then carefully spiced with coriander and bitter orange peel and aged with lavender to introduce a unique floral bouquet that complements this complex yet refreshing fruity thirst quencher.

Added by Kegatron on 07-10-2009

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


After posting this review, I was contacted by head brewer Matt Keasey, who had the following to say regarding the unique flavor of this:

"I just read your review and wanted to let you know that lime was not added to the beer. The beer was aged on Lavender, which has been changing the flavor and complexity of the beer since it was added."

So there you have it. It's even more unique than orginally thought and I'm going to tweak my original score to reflect that. I'm very interested to see just how this beer will continue to develop. Thanks for the info Matt!

64 oz brewery fresh growler into a couple of glasses. Split this with the wife, and fellow BAs Deuane & SierraGS.

Pours a hazy golden orange, that is topped with a finger of foamy brite-white head. Retains with a thin, yet frothy look, that leaves back some foamy lacing which quickly slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma is extremely floral and spicy with coriander, orange zest, and what appears to be a VERY strong lime presence. Firm bready wheat in the back of the nose, adds some beef to this.

The taste starts with a solid base of sweet wheat character and orange peel, before transitioning into some more yeasty accents, and that same aggressive spicy mix of coriander and lime,which is really coming out strong. Maybe just a bit too much actually. It definitely dries out the back of the profile. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly crisp and prickly carbonation that meshes well with the sharp spicing in this. I'm not sure of the ABV on this but I'm sensing a touch of alcohol beef to it. I'm guessing around maybe 6%? I'm glad that I shared this, as a full growler maybe have been a bit tough to get through by myself. This is still drinking much better after 2 glasses than I thought that it was going to when I first started it though.

Very interesting take on the Whit style, with the addition of the lime to this. Deuane & Carolyn seemed to think that this was imparted from the use of kaffir lime (which I've come to find out is actually quite commonly used to add this quality to various beers, liquors, and malternatives). In this case, I think that it may have been a touch overdone but I for one am glad to see something a little different locally on tap for the summer.

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I didn't add the beer to the database, so I question the inclusion of 'The' in the name. Not a big deal though. Served on-tap at Spring House's tasting room.

A: The ale is wickedly light, lemonade made from the powdered mixture. Haziness doesn't do the body justice. A billowy head is white as new fallen snow, accentuating the lightness of the beer.

S: The nose is a one-two punch of tart wheat and lime. I can't stress the lime enough, as it drives the witbier's aroma much more so tha orange or any other spice.

T: The taste builds off of the nose, throwing the wheat tartness and lime out immediately. Behind the lime, more witbier flavors emerge with lemon and orange peel featuring prominently. The wheat's tartness is never far from the surface, keeping each sip fresh.

M: The mouthfeel is pleasantly defined by the lime, more so than any other lime beer that I've had (I think that Chupar un limon is the extent of my lime experience). I do like that the wheat and witbier flavors are not shy.

D: If you like lime, you'll love this one. The flavor is so strong that I knew I'd never get through a whole growler of it.

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3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's...

A - A golden copper color... A thin light creamy white head remains throughout... A medium bit of moderate paced lively carbonation...

S - Like opening a multitude of spices (Coriander, Rosemary, Sage, Marjoram) in the middle of a field of flowers... A distinct yeasty presence... Unique and intoxicating...

T - The surprising mix of unique scents from the bouquet carry through to the palette... Brimming with complexity as the spices and lavender compete for prominence... Also present are notes of light citrus and wheat...

M - Refreshing... Light... Crisp... Clean... Bristling with enjoyable carbonation...

D - As memorable a witbier as I have ever experience... Insanely quaffable... Easy drinking... Super sessionable... Highly recommended... A stellar surprise in the world summer offerings...

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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2/5  rDev -46.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at the brewpub in Lancaster. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow with an amber hue. There is a layer of white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Crisp wheat with a mild citrus tartness and some spices.

Taste: Wheat malt with some mildly tart citrus. The finish is herbal and crisp. Light and quite easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with carbonation that is quite sharp and tingly with a dry finish.

Overall: I definitely enjoyed this one. The tart citrus notes were quite enjoyable. I would have another.

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the taproom in downtown Lancaster.

The beer pours a somewhat hazy, tannish gold color with fairly good head retention and light lacing. The nose is attractive as well, and is pretty much text book wit. There is the expected coriandor and light clove, with maybe a hint of honey. The flavor profile is more of the same, except there is a considerable wheat flavor in the mid palate, and some bitterness in the finish. The beer comes off as a bit light and watery, which I guess figures in a 4.7% domestic wit.

Shrug. Nothing wrong with this, but it really doesn't distinguish itself from an ocean of other domestic wits out there.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

notes from 6/18/2014 visit to the tasting room...
murky yellow color, fizzy head
nose is zesty and spicy wit with oranges and lemon
zesty taste to match the nose.
great vibe to this beer, super refreshing and one of the better wits i have enjoyed in my beer journey.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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