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Belgian Witbier
3.23 | pDev: 16.72%
Boak Beverage
New Jersey, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Photo of Shade1951
2.32/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is the only beer I've ever had that left NO head and no lacing whatsoever within a couple minutes after the initial pour. The liquid sits there in the glass looking like unfiltered apple juice.

The smell is overwhelmingly of citrus/lemon.

Flavor is also quite lemony - a bit too much so. It's also right on the verge of being sour. Unlike actual sour beers I've tasted, this is drinkable, though not quite pleasantly so.

Mouth feel is okay - sufficient carbonation, light to medium body.

I'm not a huge fan of the style - and if I had to choose between Blue Moon and this, I would go with Blue Moon - something I never thought I would say.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.35/5  rDev +3.7%

(sample bottle from rep, presumably somewhat fresh - poured into a fluted goblet)

A: very hazy, golden-yellow liquid with some nice swirls of perhaps spice sediment threaded through, top to bottom... the rise of foam is rather weak and thin for the style - not much retention, though it maintains a thin pad

S: bit of a toasted sugar cookie base with fringe tinges of lemon and Indian coriander... cookie dough like malt aroma... fairly inviting

T: bit of a yeast-forward, herbal-hoppy-bitter Euro Pale lager flavor immediately up front (weird), which settles in for a moment, after which the spices and the cookie-ish malt make a back door entrance up into the palate... the lingering flavors are that of pale malts, fresh yeast, and citrusy coriander overtones

M: fairly smooth with medium-full weight, with a prickly bite of bubbles on the front end of the tongue

O: interesting flavor characteristics but missing that one or two key elements that could bring it up to the next level - a fuller, creamier body? - more complex yeast aromatics?... it's somewhat flavorful, but ends up coming across like a brewpub's first keeper Wit recipe - a foundation to build upon

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.06/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into a chalice: color is copper, a little dark for the style, head is off white and presents 1/2 inch thick, light bubbles on the glass.

Smell is malt heavy, lighter wheat and biscuit, no spice.

Taste is again malt heavy, no apparent spice or yeast character.

Mouthfeel is decent, a touch over carbonated and crisp.

Overall an okay beer, but not a witbier or otherwise notable ale.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.28/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a clear lightly golden color with a one finger head composed of a white foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is of a wheaty and bready smell mixed with some yeasty aromas. Along with these smells are some caramel smells as well as hints of Belgian spice a bit of lemon and a little bit of banana.

Taste – The taste begins with weak but somewhat smooth and light bready taste with hints of wheat within. A moderate caramel taste is there as well mixed with a bit of banana, bringing a moderate sweetness to the brew overall. As the flavor advances the wheat gets a bit grainier in nature with a caramel taste fading some as the taste moves on to the end. Along with the caramel fading some yeast flavors come to the tongue growing more intense as the taste moves to the end. Along with the yeast, comes some coriander and a little bit of clove. At the end of the flavor with all the transitions that occurred, one is left with a lightly sweetened and rather mild wheat bready flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is quite light with a carbonation level that is on higher side. The light body and higher carbonation are good for making it more refreshing in conjunction with all its lighter flavors.

Overall – Certainly not a flavor powerhouse here, but very easy drinking. An alright session style.

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Photo of Jimmys
2.88/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into tulip. no bottled on date.

A: hazy straw. sediment can be seen on the bottom of the glass. white fluffy head. retention is average but the lacing isnt great.

S: almost artificial fruit smelling. like an air freshener. i think there is some diacytl going on here. no bueno.

T: a light pear flavor. a little wheat chewiness. finish is non-existent. fruit to dryness.

M: fizzy carb on a light body.

D: lacking in some body and needs some refining around the edges. not a bad start, but needs some work.

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Photo of tone77
3.41/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, a touch of spices and wheat. Taste is wheat, light spices, some hints of lemon, clean but mild. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of ToddT
2.46/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Clear pale golden yellow with a thin off white head. Head dissipates quickly and leaves little lace on the glass.

S- Thin notes of malt and grain, very faint aroma.

T- Clean taste of malt, grain, and a hint of hops. Straight forward, not much more that a macro in flavor profile. Finish is crisp and clean but not memorable

M- Light body and medium in carbonation.

O- Ok at best, it’s low in alcohol at 4.5% ABV, and it could be session beer. It’s is however, not interesting enough to make me want to do so.

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Photo of LeftyEtc
2.87/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - A medium blonde color similar to apple juice builds a very thin white head, cleared well.

S - A strong presence of citrus and fresh fruit.

T - Citrus, apricot and a yeasty aftertaste are noticeable. This beer has little taste.

M - Thin bodied and over carbonated this beer is refreshing but lacks any interesting qualities. The taste is good yet lacks anything to warrant further exploration. You could easily drink several on a hot day but with little complexity I would lose interest quickly. I have heard many good things about this brewery and I am still interested in exploring more of their bees. This beer seems to have been created with care and, being form NJ, I want to support all local breweries so I hope I will find there other beers to be more interesting.

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Photo of cpanossian
2/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from bottle into clear glass mug - hadn't poured but an ounce or two before the entire mug foamed over. Super foamy with each attempted pour - bleh. Color is weak pale yellow - kind of looks like fake beer on Cheers TV show or some macros beers I won't name. Slightly off light lemon-scented cleaner + Band-Aids aroma. Taste is very meh - strange sour note that detracts overall. Boaks website says this is a "Belgian wheat beer with an Asian flair" - cannot figure out what that "Asian flair" is. Pretty unimpressive. Sorry - can't recommend.

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Photo of tempest
3.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

So this is a wit with Asian flair? I get a distinct ginger and lemongrass taste as the beer warms, but it otherwise tastes like a pretty plain wit. There's mild Belgian spice and a light wheat bread, but not the depth of a great Belgian white ale. I'd avoid this one unless you really love ginger.

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Photo of beerthulhu
1.9/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: Poured a weak watery lemonade with a brilliant clarity and an equally weak show of carbonation. The head was fizzy, washy, almost dissipating immediately before I could establish its coloring as it gave way to a polished surface that was overall unimpressive and flat appearance wise.

S: Tart oranges with some buttery grains of weak proportions. Hardly a trace of wheat quality to be appreciated nor any twisted Belgian influence that I could muster. Falls flat much like its visual perception with an absolute dullard factor that gave me no incentive to further investigate.

T: Reluctantly going forth this beer continued to disappoint on some many levels it will become my poster child example of the unimpressive rating. Really sweet upfront, some signs of spicy hops but seemingly of cheap quality, with some candied wheat notes. Orange citrus come off a bit tart and watery and macro-like. The whole thing finishes off with some scratchy wheat on the finish. The flavor was simply boring, bordering on mundane and macro-influenced that would hardly raise a brow of interest but rather disappointment.

M: Fizzy mouthful, with a buttery texture hardly does little to make this experience any better. Boring finish with a watery wheat fade.

D: Not worth finishing and punishing yourself over. This beer certainly doesn't get any more complex. A 12oz serving is even to much and came off drinking like a bud wheat beer with a cheapened sweet character. A big pass here.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
2.75/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle slow pour into a pint glass.

A- Bright flourecent yellow color. Big head. Where did that head go after the first sip? It's gone and I'm left with a boring looking beer. No lace. Chunks of sediment floating.

S- Lemongrass. Sour? Lots of grassy/earthy tones. Grain?

T- Ugh. Soapy. Tart. Lemon Jolly ranchers. Some faint wheat. Medicinaly and herbally. Lacking some balance in the flavors.

M- Lacking carbonation. Flat. Expected more body.

D- I won't be purchasing this again. This missed the mark on flavor and mouthfeel.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.54/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lightly hazy lemon yellow with a considerable amount of uprushing carbonation. The bone white cap is a little too crackly and doesn't have the greatest texture. Nor is it very sticky, leading to a barely decorated glass.

The nose is more than solid for the style and the lemongrass gives it the 'Asian flair' that the brewer was shooting for. That said, I probably would have attributed that aroma to hops or yeast without knowing what was added. Smelling more like lemon than orange is perfectly fine.

I'm not sure what's so 'double' about Double BW. It actually tastes and feels less than single, given the extremely light body, the less than aggressive flavor and the low ABV. The only thing keeping it even remotely interesting is the use of lemongrass.

Malt, which is probably 100% pale and/or pilsner, doesn't contribute much. Hop flavor is hard to appreciate too, especially since the hops that are likely to be in use taste lemony and grassy... just like lemongrass. The flavor profile improves just enough by the end to earn the next highest taste score.

Part of the problem might be that the bottle is nearing the end of its lifespan. Estimated age is six months. That's pushing it, especially given the ABV. The mouthfeel has seen better days as well. It's incredibly light and the bubbles are both numerous and harsh. Thankfully, they settle down some by mid-bottle.

Boak Double BW might have been better in the late summer and fall, but it probably was never *that* good. Still, it's nice to see brewers take chances and use non-traditional ingredients on occasion. Thanks to jwc215 for the bottle.

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Photo of tjd112
3.52/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured into Chimay glass

Appearance: Yellow with half-finger white head and very little lacing

Smell/Taste: Lemons and wheat, very weak, nothing jumped out at me

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated light feel

Drinkability: Good for a session beer

Overall: mediocre for a witbier

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Photo of Richardberg
3.45/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured into a Coke glass. Heady beer with unusually large bubbles. Settles into a hazy, pale liquid with virtually no lacing. Color is not yellow -- definitely orange, just very dilute.

S - yeast is at the forefront. somewhat sour, a little bitter. no spices or esters to speak of. Still rating it high because I like beers in "everyday" styles that are unafraid to be sour.

T - not a lot going on. Crisp wheat taste with the yeasty background you'd expect. Not actually sour or bitter anymore once it hits the tongue.

M - nice carbonation but could use more body, even for a wit

D - very drinkable just not very fun

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass. First poured transparent like a commercial beer, but the cloudiness settled in afterwards. The white head was impressive. Very bitter nose, with surprisingly little citrus or spice complexity. The flavor was equally lacking, but the bright spot was the nice carbo mouthfeel, more than expected for a wheat beer. Overall very lacking in flavor, given the style.

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Photo of dsa7783
2.66/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

New, single, twelve-ounce bottle just purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield... I liked the previous beers I had sampled from this New Jersey-based brewery, so I was eager to sample this selection...
"A twisted Belgian style Witbier" on the front logo sticker...
Unfortunately, this beer does not live up to its predecesors... Refershing yet lacking complexity and finish... Rather bitter, light on flavor and heavier on carbonation...
Wasn't a fan...

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Photo of AltBock
3.15/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with a yellow label and bright red cap. You can't miss it! On this label is what looks like a European monk ready to do battle with an Asian monk in front of a big yellow sun. All the mandatory information can be found on the left side of the label. I have yet to see a Boaks bottle with any kind of brewed date on it.

When poured into a Bell's pint glass, this Witbier was a hazy and bright lemon meringue. If it doesn't look like that to you, hold it up to the light and you'll see what I mean. It's initial head of foam was about 1/4 of an inch in height and white as cotton. In a blink of an eye, the head of foam completely disappeared. It didn't leave anything behind. No spots or rings, nothing. It packed its bags and left town.

This Witbier favored the scent of lemons. I think it loved the lemons a little too much. Behind the lemons was a subtle whiff of grapefruit, and then it suddenly ends with a pinch of malted wheat.

The taste wasn't all that much either. The taste was crispy with malted wheat, a little lemon zest, a gentle touch of citrus hops, and then finishes up with a hint of yeast. It had the correct amount of malted wheat in it, but it was lacking in the citrus department.

This was a light bodied Witbier with a decent level of carbonation and an aftertaste of malted wheat with a touch of lemon zest backing it up.

They said on the label that it was a twisted take on Witbier, but after drinking this beer, I failed to see what was so twisted about it. Twisted in the way that the smell was all about the lemons, while the taste loved the malted wheat? That was the only twist I saw in this beer. It's not a bad take on a Witbier, but it's not all that good either.

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Photo of mjaskula
3.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass. Pours a pale cloudy straw color with a white head that thins to a ring. No lacing.

Aroma is mild with lemon and yeast. Flavor is more of the same, but a bit more complex with some spiciness. Very smooth. A nice amount of carbonation, very drinkable. Overall very good, but I don't see what's 'double' or 'twisted about it.

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Photo of Gavage
3.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: hazy yellowish orange color with a wispy head that break apart immediately. No lace develops.

Smell: wheat, some fruit sweetness, and a hint of earthiness is hard to pull from the glass.

Taste: thin grainy wheat profile with some yeast spiciness, green grapes, lemon zest, and some grassy tones. Some hints of pears, banana, and bubblegum arrive late.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp from start to finish. Aftertaste is long as the flavors linger in the mouth a while.

Drinkability: the flavor profile is mild but it is somewhat refreshing.

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Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clouded yellow with foamy white head (that makes a crackly noise). Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of some lemongrass, bubblegum, bready yeast. It has a soft nose.

The taste is mildly sweet with a sour touch. Grassy spicing dries it out in the finish.

It is light-bodied and crisp with spritzy (though in a soft way) carbonation.

It's easy to drink. I had been under the impression that it was an imperial/double because of the name, but the brewer informed me that it is just over 4% and was meant to be an easy-drinking refresher - a wheat ale with Belgian and Asian influences. With that in mind, this hits the spot well on a hot day. It is a different spin on a wit, for sure.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle purchased at the Beer Stop for around $2. Poured into my nonic pint glass. After swirling the last ounce or two, the ale appears a cloudy yet bright yellow color with about a finger of white foam. Nose and flavor are of lemon, rind, pith, essence, toasted wheat, mild pine, spicy yeast. Refreshing, crisp and bitter. medium bodied with ample carbonation. Worth trying. A nice warm weather ale.

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Photo of mikey711
3.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle of this beer into a perfect pint glass. It was the color of straw and very cloudy. The head was good but disappeared quickly.

Lots of lemon notes hit the nose. Some earthiness, like wheatgrass. Not overly aromatic but still pleasant for what was there.

Taste was lemony and slightly piney, with a bit more body than I expected. Very crisp and refreshing. This is an easy beer to drink and perfect for the summer, Defunately going to pick up some more.

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Photo of ATPete
4.3/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

Very original label design, whats better than battling monks!? The beer pours a glowing yellow orange color with a slight haze, a small white head sits a top the brew and dissipates rather quickly. Strong Belgian yeast notes in the aroma, lemon skin, toasty wheat and an herbal, leafy hop character behind the scenes. Soft and refreshing, the yeast character is more comparable to a mild Belgian pale ale rather than a wit bier, but i do like how it affects the beers finish, the bitterness is able to shine through a lot more. Lemon grass again, and lots more of it as the beer warms up a little, i see the likeness to another Boaks brew here. 'A Twisted Belgian Style Wheat Beer' is right, this is unlike any wheat beer ive had before. Light carbonation, light in body, layered and interesting from sip to sip. A winner for sure, i know this is small production so if in Jersey grab some while you can!

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