Social Hour
Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Style:
Wheat Beer - Witbier
Ranked #651
ABV:
7%
Score:
79
Ranked #45,838
Avg:
3.3 | pDev: 18.18%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
23
From:
Santa Fe Brewing Company
 
New Mexico, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
  5
SCORE
79
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Notes: After a long day of giving 110%, sometimes you just want to give between 49-67% and have social hour with your friends. That’s why we made Social Hour. It’s a hazy, wit-style ale inspired by the classic Zombie cocktail with tropical hints of pineapple, pink guava, coriander and mint. And who knows, maybe one Social Hour will lead to another Social Hour will lead to another Social Hour and suddenly you’re standing on a bar during GABF playing air guitar.
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detgfrsh from Texas

3.36/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a 12oz can. Hazy orange color with a thin layer of white head. Faint citrus/apricot smell. Light feel. Tropical fruit flavors with some earthy Belgian yeast character on the finish. Refreshing on a hot day, but lacking some of the spice and wheat notes I'm used to in a Witbier.

Aug 16, 2020
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.97/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can - Best before 10/31/20:

Pours hazed light yellow with a creamy thin head that all but dissipates. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of tropical fruits with oranges and some bread.

The taste is of orange peel and tropical fruits, A touch of banana bread and a hint of mint in the finish.

It has a juicy body. Very smooth and refreshing. Alcohol very well-covered. Very easy to drink.

An enjoyable spin on the style. It is a brew with a wit influence. Unique.

Aug 10, 2020
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BucannonXC5 from California

3.52/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. can
Reviewed as: Witbier
Glass: AleSmith .25l tulip
Price: n/a
From: New Mexico Bowl staff
Purchased: n/a; received Dec. 18, 2019
Consumed: Dec. 22, 2019
Misc.: Best before March 17, 2020

Got this as part of a gift from the New Mexico Bowl on a recent work trip. Had one can at the hotel, giving it a 3.5 on Untappd, but was hoping this one would be better. Online description read, “After a long day of giving 110%, sometimes you just want to give between 49-67% and have social hour with your friends. That’s why we made Social Hour. It’s a hazy, wit-style ale inspired by the classic Zombie cocktail with tropical hints of pineapple, pink guava, coriander and mint. And who knows, maybe one Social Hour will lead to another Social Hour will lead to another Social Hour and suddenly you’re standing on a bar during GABF playing air guitar.”

Poured a golden semi-clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of off-white frothy-to-fizzy head. Could see lots of bubbles coming up along the sides of the glass at different speeds. Good spotty lacing. Decent retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled guava, coriander, pear, pineapple, lemon zest, grass, hints of peppery spice and Belgian cloves. (Smell - 3.50)

Taste followed the nose, but not quite as good. In order got guava, pear, pineapple, coriander, lemon zest, peppery spice, Belgian clove and grass. (Taste - 3.50)

Medium body. Oily texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Abrupt finish. (Feel - 3.50)

Good overall, but I slightly overrated it. (Overall - 3.50)

3.52 | 80 | B

Mar 09, 2020
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer is served a lightly hazed orange amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head fades rather fast leaving a decent sum of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is heavy of a wheaty smell mixed with lots of bread and yeast. Along with these smells comes some notes of sweet citrus and tropical flavors and a decently strong hit of coriander and clove.
Taste – The taste begins with a rather wheat bread like malt flavor accompanied by lots of orange and some light fruitiness of pineapple and guava as well as a a banana flavor. The later sweet flavors grow stronger and stronger as the taste moves forward, being accompanied by some yeast and a bit of a grassy taste. All these tastes take the taste to the end, where they are accompanied by some flavors of lemon candy and a bit of coriander and clove, one is left with a sweet and wheat taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is somewhat thicker and chewier with a carbonation level that is rather low. For the wheaty tastes mixed with the sweetness, the feel is great and makes for a nice slow and flavorful media.
Overall – A bit on the heavy and sweet side for a wit, but it has some good flavors and a rather nice easy drinking feel overall. All in all it is at least worth a try.

Feb 25, 2020
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz can. Poured out a clear, golden color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of wheat, orange and lemon. Faint wheat and citrus taste. Not much of that spiciness that comes with a Belgian Wit.

Jul 01, 2019
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Floyd-O from Texas

2.55/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

The after taste of what seemed like cooked pineapple and spices was a big turn off for me. I think if this were toned down on one or the other, this beer would score much higher. It was nice for a hot rainy day though. Santa Fe is a hell of a brewery and I enjoy their style so this beer certainly won’t turn me off to them. Poured from a can.

Jun 10, 2019
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ZenAgnostic from Texas

3.81/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into Duvel tulip. Best before 06/21/19 stamped on the bottom rim of the can. So this still has 2 months of freshness.

Appearance - Small to medium sudsy white head with low retention, patchy lacing and slight to decent stick. Hazy to the point of semi-opaque pale gold body with faint bubbling. But even a gentle swirl will quickly create a plume of fine bubbles. 3.75

Smell - Moderate lemon rind and grass and alcohol seemingly in equal measures. Maybe even a touch of spicy banana. 4

Taste - Witbier with fruit. And the alcohol isn't hidden one bit. The hop is more forward than you'd expect from a wit too. And that characteristic wheaty sweetness is subdued. Very bizarre. 3.75

Mouthfeel - Alcohol and a grazzy astringency. It has considerable kick for the style. 3.75

Overall - Enjoyable, unexpectedly strong, and interesting but safe enough to probably satisfy both serious beer drinkers and casuals. 3.75

May 02, 2019
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mushroomcloud from Texas

3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz can with a best by 6-27-19 (opened 4-21-19)
1/4" white head that falls quickly on a hazy golden beer. No lace.
Wheat malt, fruit - over ripe fruit like walking into a fruit stand late in the day in August. Coriander seed (?) or some kind of seed and out of place grassy aroma.
Banana, guava, faint passion fruit flavors - grainy malt taste.
Light body, medium carbonation. Surprised this packs 7% abv. Falls away quickly, not much of a finish.
Was hoping for something much better here.

Apr 21, 2019
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MmmmBeeeeeer from New Mexico

2.2/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Swing and a miss. One of my favorite breweries and I have no idea wtf they were thinking of with this. Don’t let Social Hour dictate your opinion of Santa Fe.

Feb 09, 2019
Social Hour from Santa Fe Brewing Company
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 23 ratings