Isaac | Birrificio Le Baladin

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Birrificio Le Baladin

Style: Belgian Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 148
Photo of REVZEB
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Basic subpar wit for the most part. The taste has standard wheat finish, with zesty grassy and spice notes. The smell is too strong on the wheat with hints of basic citrus following. The feel was heavier than expected, and seemed to detract from light flavors. But hey, the bottle looks neat!

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Photo of janubio
4.44/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden colour, two fingers head that fades instantly. Sticky lace.
Aroma of spices, coriander, fruits, green apple, citrics.
Medium body, sticky dense palate, active carbonation, fine bubbles coming up all the time. Sweet and citric finish.
Taste of green apples, ccoriander, spices, fruits, citrics.
Another great Baladin beer.

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Photo of vinicole
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Yellow in colour. Slight haze. Quickly subsiding fothy head.
Citrus, grainy, yeast aroma. Lemon and pineapple.
Light tartness reflecting the smell. Some spice present.
Light in body. Slight zing on the tongue.
No great shakes.

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Photo of drmeto
2.97/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3

-pours a hazy golden with a small to medium,quickly dissipating,foamy,white head
-high carbonation visible
-Follows the nose + cereals
-high, aggressive carbonation
-light body
o.k. overall.Quite different from the Belgian examples due to a more neutral Yeast.
The aggressive Carbonation makes this really hard to drink though.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Birra Baladin again? Yep, it’s #3 in my mixed 5 [read my review of Super Bitter for disclosure ‘n stuff]. So far Nazionale has been top-shelf, Super Bitter was interesting but not mind-blowing awesome, now on to Isaac, which immediately makes me think of Chris Isaak’s Wicked Game for some reason... then my mind goes to Flight of the Conchords when Dave suggests that women like three things: “Men in kilts, Southern Comfort, and Chris Isaak’s Wicked Game”. This insight into my crazy sit-com addled mind has been brought to you by Lightspeed Briefs, as seen in your dreams. On to the beer, Birra Baladin Isaac is stylistically Witbier... hmmm, intrigued as to how this will turn out.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Cloudy pale tangelo body with a fairly fizzy (frizzante to the Italians) 2 centimetre white head that collapses to a lace ring yet still shows decent carbonation action... this one might be a three burps brew. 7/10.

S: Birra Baladin don’t cease to surprise with a fascinatingly spicy nose of coriander, nutmeg, mace and orange blossom. Candi sugar adds a big hit of sweetness, and some doughy yeast character comes through as well. At least at this stage this is the closest Birra Baladin have come (for me) to matching the original style. This is a classic Belgian Wit aroma. 8/10.

T: Begins musty/dry with a prominent yeast character that carries throughout the flavour profile. Notes of the above spices: Coriander, nutmeg and mace, along with that orange blossom come through mid-palate. Candi sugar is more restrained than expected. Finish is dry and cleanses the palate well. Balance is up there with some of the best Belgian Witbiers, so Birra Baladin really know their stuff, top notch! 8/10.

M: Really gassy it must be said - too far on this front - I had more than three burps (it was like 8 or 9!). Mid to light bodied, but yeah waaay over-carbed. 5/10.

D: Well so far Nazionale is still my pick of the bunch, but if you want a Birra Baladin that is stylistically as advertised then Isaac is your man. That said I like it how Birra Baladin and Birra Del Borgo come up with their own (sometimes bizarre) takes on established styles... if we can’t experiment with beer what is the point of brewing? So keep being interesting Italian craft brewers, we’re all liking where you’re going, cincin! 8/10.

Food match: A palate-cleansing brew like this would go great with duck.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Birrificio Le Baladin "Isaac"
on tap @ Open Baladin, Roma, Italia on 29 November 2015
€5 / glass

Notes: Hazy golden amber body beneath a small but lasting creamy white head. Average lacing. The aroma is floral, citrusy with orange, spicy, yeasty, and a touch grassy/herbal. The flavor follows with a delicate wheaty malt at the base. It's just lightly bitter, but the spiciness and effervescence help to balance it and it finishes dry, spicy, and gently herbal with just a touch of residual fruitiness. Light-medium in body with a delicate, fine-bubbled effervescent carbonation.

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Photo of EMV
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a small bottle (8.5 oz) into a tulip

L: Pours a cloudy golden orange color. Very sparse head for a wheatbeer.. thin white head with sticky lacing. Some sediment hanging out at the bottom.

S: Spice and citrus... mandarin orange slices and ginger. Lemongrass. Smells delicious.

T/F: Tart and spicy. Lots of citrus.. coriander, orange peel, and lemon zest. A bit tart... some bready yeast character. Many different flavors warring for attention. Medium in carbonation. Finish is tart and dry.

O: Hard to call this a witbier, but it's flavorful and tasty. Complex and easy to quaff a few of these (especially given the low ABV and small bottle size). Great to try one on a whim.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.25

From Decervecitas. In Teku glass. After dinner. Too much carbonated and zesty, so much that even seemd to cause headache. Behind that, what otherwise could be a tasty wit can still be glimpsed.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours vibrant yellow. Lacing on the rim.

Apple, wheat, lemon.

Banana, wheat, spices.

Sharp carbonation, light mouthfeel.

Simple, light, refreshing.

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Photo of FLima
3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Yellow whitey with a thin head with short retention.
Light aroma with notes of fresh oranges, yeast, bread and a mild hint of coriander.
Refreshing and citrusy flavor with notes coriander, ginger, orange peel and wheaty bread.
Light body with somewhat fizzy carbonation.
Highly drinkable Witbier and elegant, it is neither bold nor unique.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

crazy you pay over 20 bucks for a 250 milliliter bottle, or that a brewery would ask you to do such or thing, or even offer such an absurd package, but at the end of the day, we all lust for italian craft beer right now, and we just paid for this, so whatever on that front. its hazy and not all that frothy, thick looking, golden and steadfast. the nose is spiced, coriander maybe, herbal, yeasty, more belgian than italian, thick on the malt front, paste textured wheat sugar, cool. way more heavy in feel than any of the wit beers ive had from belgium. zesty flavor and aroma, grain is fresh, and the yeast is cool. i wanted this to be more distinct, even bretty, but i like all the beers these guys make, and eventually you pay the money to try them all, but this package is ridiculous and offensive in some ways. yes, we still buy it, but man, they are rooting us here. grassy and hoppy and big for the style, but i like it for being different. a beer i will ever buy again due to price, but am thankful to have enjoyed.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Good looking Wit, hazy straw yellow, good short lasting head of foam, some lacing.

Strong coriander and orange peel in the smell, with a bit of cloves. Spicy and fruity.

The taste has everything I said in the smell but not nearly as vibrant. Big disappointment because it "was" promising.

Light bodied and carbonation, which is fine.

Decent but not worthy of a repurchase.

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Photo of JaimeLondon
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%

Nice witbier os an opaque ocher color a foam that vanishes rapidly leaving a whitey thin lace.
Smell and taste are full of coriander, used as main ingredient in this beer. Orange tones are easy to distinguish and recalls some tangerine. Malt tones are at good level.
This beer is really similar to Hoegaarden. I would say is has a more opaque color a bigger maltiness/body - I prefer this way!
Mouthfeel is also a bit efervescent.

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3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

250ml bottle. Brugs Chalice glass. Lemon yellow color & cloudy appearance. White froth, brief crown leaving some spots on sides. Fruity & spiced aromas. Sweet malty upfront, fruity hues. Light to medium body. Moderate to soft carbonation. Oily to watery texture. Fresh citric fruit flavor -orange-, subtle spices & light hoppiness. Refreshing & pleasant sweet/sour finish. Nice spot of the Witbier Style.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.29/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A sexy 250ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2012. Purchased ages ago from an Italian deli in York. As always, I love the Baladin label/branding.

Poured into a Delirium chalice (with swirling to agitate the yeast). A very hazy, translucent amber colour with plentiful floating sediment and medium carbonation. Forms a small head of white foam that dissipates after a minute or so. Aroma of fruity, earthy yeast esters and wheat, accompanied by hints of orange, coriander, camomile and faint herbs. Subtle but interesting.

Tastes of earthy yeast with a mild fruity character and a dry finish. Notes of yeast, faint orange, hints of coriander and subtle herbal twinges. No bitterness to speak of; the flavour seems subdued upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and has good body, but is seriously undercarbonated and lacks texture. Slightly astringent, with an aftertaste of earthy yeast and echoes of fruit and spice.

An interesting effort with a restrained complexity, but falls short of better Belgian offerings. Doesn't look great - virtually no head. The aroma and flavour are nice but overly yeasty and insufficiently defined by the orange/spices. The body lacks carbonation, which really shouldn't be missing in a bottle-conditioned beer. It goes down quite nicely but doesn't leave you stunned. Would probably pair well with food - worth trying.

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Photo of joecast
2.2/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Well this isnt a good start. Pours like a highly carbonated cider. Quite cloudy with lots of sediment in the glass. Head barely has a chance to form before it quickly fizzles away.

Initial hints of apple had me worried. Thankfully this didnt stick around long and some more typical aromas emerged. Light witbier yeast but little spice or anything else to add to it. Yeah, not great.

Taste is slightly less meh. Really needs to be cleaned up. Not sure if its a bad bottle, but its well within date. And I really cant say filtering out the sediment would make so much of a difference here. Something I can only describe as a cider like sharpness is combined with a sweet euro lager base. Not a great mix.

Disappointed here. Bad example of a witbier and not enjoyable.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a flat orangish color with a light amount of carbonation which pulls a Whodini and quickly disappears

S: A light spice with a dose of flowers and juicy citrus

T: A little bit of spice but its really overshadowed by citrus and a light floral presence.

M: A little sticky but flat, boring and a complete fail for the style. This must have been intentional.

O: Below average and the sticker price on this is laughable compared to the quality

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Photo of John_M
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pleasant surprise to see this on tap at Max's.

The beer pours a solid gold color with fairly good head retention and light lacing. Really don't get a whole lot on the nose... maybe some light honey, light clove and light coriandor. The flavor profile is every bit as underwhelming, and there's an unusual wheat meets sour component that I'm not sure how much I like. It's tolerable, but is nothing to get very excited about. Mouthfeel is light, a bit thin, and kind of watery.

Pretty hard to get very excited about this weak effort from Baladin. Just not digging it.

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Photo of uno99
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tiny but expensive bottle purchased in a little bottle shop, Knaresborough, UK. Best Before Dec, 2012.

A: Lackluster appearance. A dull and lifeless liquid with no head or lacing.

S: Nose is full of spice and flowers. I can't identify the exact scent, but there is something there that really dominates a little too much. (checking the brewers description later, I think its camomile and mallow). I little pale malt and wheat backbone. Hops aren't really identifiable.

T: Citrus and cloves are upfront, followed by a malty body. Finish is the camomile which lingers awhile.

M: Rather slick and sticky. slightly dry on the edges of the palate but could be more so.

Overall - I had high hopes for this one, since being featured in a Michael Jackson book, but I'm slightly dissapointed - This is typically one of my least favorite styles however, and I tend to prefer German wheat beer. Certainly not worth the money.

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Photo of Parrotshake
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a little darker than expected for a witbier. Not 'white', at all. Hazy yellow with a thin but long-lasting white head with constant rising bubbles.

Big perfumed nose. Citrus pith, flowers, a peppery note. Huge smell. Taste-wise citrus hits first as well as sourish wheaty/grainy notes, coriander is there as well as a twangy, slightly funky yeast finish. Dry and spicy finish with quite a bit of pepper. The addition of bitter Italian orange juice rather than the typical curacao orange peel gives is it a bigger citrus presence than your typical wit and quite a bit more sourness than usual, which complements the natural sourness of the wheat beautifully. Different.

Light in feel, a little creamy - seductive and food-friendly. Relatively low carbonation. Refreshing but assertive in flavor. Amazing with seafood - I paired it with an Italian crudo of raw tuna with extra virgin olive oil and a little diced blood orange. Good times. It's very expensive here, which is a shame. The kind of thing I wish I could buy by the case and keep in the fridge in warmer months.

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Photo of ferrari29
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from bottle into a Hefeweizen style glass. Enjoyed in Bitritto, IT (BA).

A - Cloudy body; orange; small, one finger size head formed, kind of weak for a Witbier; white colored head; sediment is clearly visible in beer; yeast; head dissipated very quickly

S - Rose; floral; sweet sugary notes of fruit; yeast; sweet malt back-end, lemon

T - Slight sweety touch that dissipated very quickly; lemon, citrus notes of orange peel and coriander; light touch of caramel and biscuit malt backend

M - Dry mouthfeel; flat; lingering taste of orange peel and coriander

D - Smooth texture, easy to drink; could use more flavor though; would be a great compliment to a very flavorful meal due to its subtle flavor profile

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Photo of Slatetank
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this with my wife, octopus87 to celebrate the birth of our firstborn who is named Isaac. Shared chilled from a 8oz bottle into two wine glasses.

The color is lackluster- murky caramel color with a slight mustard tinge with quick collapsing pale cap. The smell is nice -lots of sweet malt perhaps wheat with a hint of citrus rind and mild tinge of oxidation. There is a hint of pepper but very gentle and only after it is swirled is it apparent. The feel is ok, but more sweet than malty with a very light amount of spice, could be the yeast or the actual citrus peel, not sure as it finishes semi-dry.

The taste is a bit on the sweet side, yet the yeast gives a somewhat smooth taste which leads into the light caramel and wheat flavor. The spice character is there with slight tangy citrus tinges that take a little attention from the malt and add contrast with some mild astringency. The finish is lively but still has a minimal amount of sweetness - it is semi dry for the most part. I enjoyed this, but I think you need to approach it with an open mind. The beer is not strict to the style which is something that doesn't bother me. I would like to try it again since this bottle was aged for a year, but I still enjoyed the flavor and don't feel it was flawed or poorly brewed in any sense. thanks to my brother tenderbranson69 for this gift!

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Photo of Knapp85
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours out as a hazy bright yellow color, the head is foamy and white. The lacing is a little sticky against the glass. The smell of the beer had some good citrus notes along with decent wheat aromas. The taste has a light lemon flavor it to and a strong grainy wheat flavor in the background. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth but had a decent amount of carbonation. Overall it's not the best Wit beer but it's worth trying I think.

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Photo of corby112
2.26/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy dark golden yellow color that appears almost orange in the glass with golden banana colored hues when held to a light and a half finger fizzy white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Minimal lacing. Visible carbonation bubbling up.

Sweet citrus aroma with hints of earthy, bready yeast, subtle spice and crisp light fruit. I was expecting more of a zesty peppery/coriander presence but it's more grassy with hints of straw and apple. Pale malt.

Medium bodied with more of a spicy character up front than the aroma suggests along with a crisp earthy hop presence. Slightly dry with hints of earthy grass and straw. Subtle bready yeast with slight alcohol sweetness along with hints of apple and pear. Very faint lemon peel/citrus presence toward the dry finish.

Overall, this beer was really off for the style and just didn't taste very good. Thin, kind of bland and not worth the hefty price tag. I really like Baladin a lot but this was a disappointment.

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Photo of ATPete
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

8.4oz mini bottle.

still damn expensive at 6 bucks though...

Pours a very pale yellow color with a small white head. Clean very subtle spice and a gently sweet wheat character. Some lemon perhaps, a very refreshing beer. Obviously very easy to drink. Man, with the right salad this would be excellent.

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Isaac from Birrificio Le Baladin
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 148 ratings