(512) Wit
(512) Brewing Company

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Belgian Witbier
Ranked #89
Ranked #26,189
3.79 | pDev: 12.66%
(512) Brewing Company
Texas, United States
Notes: Made in the style of the Belgian wheat beers that are so refreshing, (512) Wit is a hazy ale spiced with coriander and domestic grapefruit peel. 50% US Organic 2-row malted barley and 50% US unmalted wheat and oats make this a light, crisp ale well suited for any occasion.
Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 124
Photo of kojevergas
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On-draught @ the brewery.

Well-executed. Soft wheat provides the foundation with leavening 2-row in there so it isn't gummy. Coriander spice is evident, harmonizing nicely with the estery Belgian yeast. Hints of cracked grains/grains of paradise. I get lemon peel but apparently grapefruit peel is utilized...I don't find it. Remarkably well-balanced.

Depth of flavour could be improved, as could intricacy.

Refreshing, smooth, and wet. A softer more delicate mouthfeel would help it rival the greats in the style.

Devilishly drinkable, and a solid true to form beer in the style. It's not Allagash White, but it does rival if not best local competitor Celis White - and that may say it all. I'll definitely be revisiting this one.

Low B / GOOD

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Photo of Andyyyyyy
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I am not a fan of wit beers or grapefruity beers but this one was delicious. I thoroughly enjoyed the slight citrus note in the smell as well as the subtle undertone once on the palate. The wheat and grapefruit where perfectly balanced to make a delicious beer. It probably helped that I was sitting in a non air conditioned bar in 90 degree heat, but still a palatable beer.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden yellow pour with mild carbonation. Nice yeasty flavor and aroma. Taste is grainy (yeast and wheat) with some nice citrus (orange specifically) flavors.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Wheat, coriander, lemon zest, and a bit of yeast on the nose. Citrus and wheat on the palate, finishes with a sweetness, possibly from the coriander. Light and refreshing on a hot day.

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Photo of amphion1065
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Seven-day-old growler courtesy of htomsirveaux. Shamefully served in a Dave & Buster's daquiri glass (not mine, I swear) that, quite honestly, had some qualities of a tulip. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear yellow, with gold highlights throughout. A classic, translucent gold, quite standard for the style. Unfortunately, only a small head, though it doesn't kill the appearance.

The smell is pretty classic. Citrus aromas and Belgian yeast, with a very interesting spice mix. I can pick up some coriander, which meshes nicely with the citrus fruits. A strong wheat presence, too.

Taste follows up closely on the smell. Corn, coriander, and a frankly indiscernible but nonetheless pleasing blend of spices. Some what elements. There's also a slightly off vegetal note, but it's not terribly distracting.

The mouthfeel was, sadly, fairly undercarbonated. Despite flawless packing on htomsirveaux's part, I appreciate that this week-old growler naturally lost quite a bit of carbonation in transit.

Should I ever make my way to Texas, I'll be excited to try this beer on tap. A nice take on the style - (512) is a brewery I'll be keeping my eye on.

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Photo of jamescain
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at the open house

Appearance: Hazy white with a touch of yellow hues when taken out of the light. It has a rocky head that last the entire life of the beer.

Aroma: Coriander, clove, orange peel, peppery and spicy.

Taste: A hint of orange and coriander, mostly spicy with wheat-y tartness. Very enjoyable and easy to drink. There is a lingering spiciness and orange flavor.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated and light bodied making it easy to drink. This is a highly enjoyable beer and very refreshing with a nice dry finish.

Overall: I’m honestly not a big wit fan, but this one was really good. I only tried it because I still had a tasting ticket left at the (512) open house and it was the one beer I had yet to try. I’m glad I did because it was really enjoyable and come the summer months I will enjoy it a few more times.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Crickets 16 Jul 2010.

Served in a shaker pint. Small light beige head. Light carbonation. Slightly cloudy orangey brown. Smells strongly of coriander, slight orange. Some lemon, probably from lemon wedge. Taste is dominated by coriander. Also some wheat, light orange. Somewhat tart towards the finish. Medium body, moderate alcohol.

Lots of coriander.

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Photo of jzm2500
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy straw color w/ a thin to moderate head that leaves a little lacing behind. Smelled of spices and malt. Taste is a bit of spice alongside a toasty malt morphing to a banana-bread-like character and finishing w/ lingering clove-like spice and a faint bitterness. Very drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of briman
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color, with a moderate white head that retains well.

Light aromas of yeast, wheat, fruits, and spices come through.

Flavor follows, with light sweetness, and some mild wheat.

Medium body, with medium-high carbonation.Not really what I was expecting in a wit. It's not as cloudy as I was expecting, and the fruit isn't quite as zesty as the guidelines would lead you to seek out. However, all of the flavors are light and well balanced melding together to make a pretty refreshing, and crisp beer that is very appropriate for a warm summer day.

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Photo of champ103
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy straw yellow color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. The rocky and creamy foam recedes to leave some lace behind.
S: Fruity banana esters are up front. Some yeast and a light spicy aroma. An interesting peppermint aroma as well.
T: Big fruity esters of banana, orange peal and lemon. Zesty yeast and spice. Peppermint. Fairly grassy and floral as well. Lightly tart in the finish. Excellent.
M/D: A light to medium body. Perfectly crisp, dry, and refreshing. So easy to drink. I can't get enough of this.

The more I have this, the more I really like it. Just excellent for the hot Texas summer, but enough going on to make this a great standby anytime. Plenty of subtleties going on and incredibly enjoyable. Highly recommend.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Draught House in Austin.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is wheat and coriander, with some other spices as well. The flavor is mostly coriander and wheat with only a little orange peel. There are some spicy hops in the flavor as well. Medium mouthfeel and medium-high carbonation.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.92/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 1/1/2010 (Draft @ Flying Saucer, Houston, TX):

Pours a light golden yellow color body, with a small frothy white head, diminished. Spicy aroma, sweet, maybe coriander. Strong. Sweet spicy coriander taste. Very clean aftertaste. Very light tasting. Light but filling. Too much sweetness after awhile.

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Photo of fjordhook
4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a golden color, opaque in body, and a decent fluffy head. This was my first witbier to try, so I was caught off guard when I smelled it. It reminded me a lot of a hefeweizen! However, in the taste the high ABV is noticeable.. dash of citrus fruits too. Smooth from start to finish, definitely a beer that's worth a try and easy to drink!

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Austin Flying Saucer, served in a standard pint glass.

(512)'s Wit pours with a glowing, almost artificial-looking orange-creamsicle hue. The hazy body supports a stubborn dollop of eggshell-white foam--creamy and dense. Nice aroma on this witbier, although I got slightly more of a hefeweizen vibe from it. Bread crust and orange peel alongside a spicy hop variety and a hint of coriander.

The flavor matched the aroma well, and I appreciated the subtlety of the spices. Too much coriander and orange peel can definitely be a bad thing, but in this beer it is just right. Spices and some german-esque hops balance nicely with a well-crafted malt bill that adds a backbone of crackers and sweet bread. Mouthfeel is both crisp and juicy at once, with a medium-light body that finishes with a drying bite. Very refreshing witiber, and despite the 20-degree temperatures, it held its own on a brisk winter afternoon. Quaffable, tasty, and smooth. Dare I say, a near-perfect session beer.

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Photo of AChamberlain
4.48/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This a 100% better from when I first had it. Granted that was awhile ago, the first batch. It has improved greatly. I have been overlooking it for months now. My mistake.

Cloudy yellow. White head. Very pretty pour form Ginger Man. Zesty, spicy, clove aromas and flavor. Delicious. Some good citrus flavor as well. Straight up, one of the best American wits I have had in awhile.

Medium mouthfeel. Zesty as hell, very nice. Perfect drinkability. I will never overlook this beer again.

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Photo of drunkboxer1
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Alamo Drafthouse on tap. Pours a bright hazy yellow. Smells "Belgian" and with lots of coriander and maybe some faint citrus. Tastes very "bright." Coriander is strongly present. Theres a refreshing amount of sourness present. I could taste a bit of noble hops as well. Its fairly highly carbonated. A fairly nice example of a wit.

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Photo of aschwab
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours hazy with a slight orange color. Looks like any good wit should. Slight head when served to me.

S: Good fruity smell to the beer. Easy to pick out certain citrusy aromas as well.

T: Really impressed by it for being a Texas Witbier. It has a great flavor to go with the aroma.

M: Standard for a witbier. Slight carbonation.

D: Easy drinkability. If it is available, I have no issue getting it.

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Photo of Riccymon
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a pint with the wife at yesterday's (512) spring open house.

This wit was served a cloudy, peach-color with a finger or so of white head. Smell is full of clove and wheat, nice and light. I also taste plenty of clove, along with bubble gum, citrus, and coriander in this lightly spicy beer. Mouthfeel is pretty creamy and pleasant, and on a warm spring day, this was one easy beer to drink.

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Photo of JonathanL7890
4.63/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at the Dig pub.
1 finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly.
Color is cloudy, straw yellow.
Nose is citrus, clove, malty.
Taste is tart from the citrus. No hops to speak of. Notes of clove from the yeast.
Mouthfeel: refreshing, not too thin. Right to style.
Drinkability: very drinkable.

I've had this wit several times, including the first batch. Kevin and Nate have done an excellent job tweaking this beer to rival the world class wits.

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Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I feel truly lucky to know the brewmaster Kevin. He is a great guy and this brewery is off to a great start. I feel lucky because I have gotten to see this brew evolve from the first batch (which was just okay) to the latest batches, and it has become undeniably solid. Good job, Kevin.

Appearance - This brew pours a hazy light golden orange color - translucent like a Wit should be. It produced a 2 finger head white fluffy head, which leaves light lacing behind as the head dissipates. A quick swirl of the glass brings the head back, that dissipates even quicker - demonstrating okay head retention. There is a constant stream of carbonation bubbles that rise up from the bottom.

Smell - This is a pretty good smelling witbier. I can get notes of grapefruit peel and coriander. It is yeasty with light floral hops notes and wheat. Almost bubblegumy. Light citrus. Opting for grapefruit peel instead of orange peel is a very nice take on this style.

Taste - This is a great tasting witbier. It has flavor notes of light grapefruit, coriander, and a hint of bubblegum. Light citrus twang and crispeness from the grapefruit. Even, smooth, and delicate - very balanced. The coriander is light and even - Kevin doesn't beat you over the face with it. The grapefruit in this witbier makes it very unique.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is good for a witbier - soft and almost chewy. I would have a liked a little crispness from the carbonation, but the carbonation level is a little low.

Drinkability - The drinkability is really awesome - really easy drinking witbier. Goes down smooth, nice even flavor - it is a great anytime beer, especially here in Texas.

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Photo of BgThang
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

sitting here at the brewery with a fresh pour of this golden cloudy goodness.

Nose coriander, grapefruit, citrus, lemon, and some other spiceyness

Appearance golden cloudy with a nice head that last

Mouthfeel starts a little creamy with some hope on the backend with a little bit of dryness

A very fine brew, thanks kevin for a good solid beer for the Texas heat and cannot wait for the winter to try this again

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Photo of JDV
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at draughthouse. Pours a cloudy yellowish, orange color with very little white head. Smell is coriander, wheat, spiced belgian yeast, and clove. Taste is very bubble gummy, wheaty and lightly yeasty and lemony. Bit thin body, but the flavor is nice and this a very refreshing and easy drinking. Nice wit.

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