Smaak | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Halcyondays on 11-10-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by Beerandraiderfan:
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4.55/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First pour: 6:45am at the Boise/Nevada Loserpack tailgate. Beautiful golden pour, nice bright white head on it, develops each time a little above 1" in my tasting glass. Deft aroma of citrus, oranges and mild winter white wheat type of softness. Am I imagining a light virgin wood to this? It doesn't seem like something you would put in a barrel, but this is the Bruery, so who knows.

Taste, lots of tart oranges and wheat. This truly is the beer made for an early morning tailgate. As it warms up around the fire, the orange comes out even more. Very easily drinkable. Very crisp edge to it, carbonation I thought was just right. In many ways, its a pretty simple beer. But then when you start getting little nuances of white oak (not the beer) and the wheat is so soft, but so flavorful and easy drinking, you start thinking maybe it is a little more complicated. The tartness is pronounced. I've had beers that called themselves 'sours' that were less tart and sour than this. Then the citrus separates, and you are tasting oranges and lemon. And then it all vanishes seconds after taking your sip, because the beer is so light and refreshing.

Went amazing when paired with chorizo.

So why is beerandraiderfan, a notorious hard reviewer (i.e. my average well below BA average) giving this beer such praise? Part of it is context and style: I'm not a big fan of wheat/witbiers. This one I loved. This one also is amazing for morning drinking, something that should be talked about right next to Coffee Bender and Breakfast Stout in terms of the best beers to have before 9am type of beers.

If I could bring a growler of Smaak to every early morning tailgate, fishing or camping trip, I would.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the tasting room.

A: Pours a hazy light straw yellow with a half-inch white head. Good retention leaving a couple of stringers of lace.

N: Lemons and oranges, floral citrus blossoms, grainy wheat.

T: Lemony citrus, wheaty grains, with a slight tart astringency.

M: Lite body and moderate carbonation. Clean, zesty lemon finish.

O: Refreshing, light and bright. A good palate cleanser.

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Photo of iadler
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Huadog for sending this! First bottle to be opened for the 8 crazy nights BIF. My review was done blind as I didn't know what the growler was until after I wrote my notes:

A- Pours a straw yellow with a thin white cap that leaves minimal lacing behind.

S- Oranges, followed by a white wine with notes of green grapes, oak, apricot, pears and lemon. A bit of vinegar and horse blanket at the end. Reminds me a lot of a mimosa. Very floral and fruity. I'm guessing it was aged in a white wine barrel?

T- Orange is prominent upfront followed by green grapes, apricot, pears, lemon peel, oak and some wheat. Subtle tartness from the oranges as well as some vinegar at the finish, which helps cut the sweetness.

M- Light carbonation with a fairly thin body. For a barrel aged beer, this might be the lightest beer I've had. Quite drinkable though.

O- After being very disappointed with Chocolate Rain and BT, this was a big surprise to me as I'm not typically a fan of the Bruery offerings nor Witbiers. Really like how the barrels were integrated into the base beer as well as the orange juice adding some sweetness and tartness. I had no problem drinking multiple glasses of this and could see this being a great summer beer.

Thanks again, Huadog!

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Golden liquid, white virgin head 3/4". Aroma was citrus, orange. Really mimosa big. Soft wheat.

Taste crushes it with wheat and orange. Very tart, more and more waves of orange descend upon thee. This is so tart through the mouthfeel. This beer would be purchased by the gallon if they sold bottles of it (to me).

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3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1611th Review on BA
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App- It was a very clear yellow. About the same color as this text box I am typing in. Came to the table with a few bubbles on the top and left a couple dots of cling. Not much density at all. Just a very light color.

Smell- For what this is. It smelled nice. A little bit of the orange came in, then a bit of the oak as well. The Bruery knows how to get little nuances on a nose. This was a bit light and refreshing and had a touch of wheat.

Taste- I thought it was okay. A bit lite for me, but good for those who want something crisp and refreshing with an array of flavors behind it. The orange juice gives a nice depth and then the little oak gives a bit of earthiness behind it.

Mouth- A very light body with a light and crisp carbonation level. A little bit of wheat and oak char on the finish.

Drink- I would say for as cold as yesterday was, this wasn't the best choice. However, during the summer this may get rated higher from me.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on-draught into a stem-goblet at the now defunct Bruery Provisions. Cost was $6 for a 14 oz serving. Reviewed from notes. "Smaak! Witbier" per the menu. 5.9% ABV confirmed. This being Provisions, they served it entirely too cold.

A: Pours a one finger beige colour head of nice cream and thickness, and decent retention. Body colour is a cloudy pale yellow. Vibrant. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Funky, pale malts, biscuit malt, pleasant yeast character (evoking mainly clove), lemon zest, and citrus tinges. Minimal floral hopping. Some lemon peel. Delightfully fresh and appealing. Hints of orange.

T: Lemon zest, orange peel, pale malts, hints of funk, tart lemon, orange juice on the finish, minimal floral hopping, and heavy citrusy notes. Quite zesty. Well balanced and built for a witbier. Goes beyond mere lemon notes and really builds a citrusy character. I like it.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and crisp. Good thickness. Bear ideal carbonation, even a bit of bite. Complements the flavour profile really well. Refreshing.

Dr: Quite drinkable and enjoyable. A lovely witbier. A bit pricey but quite delicious. I'd have it again if I were in a witbier mood. The funkiness and fruit are quite well executed. Lovely stuff. A unique take on the style. A surprisingly good beer from The Bruery. Maybe they're good for beers other than stouts and sours after all.

High B

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