Rye Wit | Freetail Brewing Company

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Rye WitRye Wit

Brewed by:
Freetail Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 92
Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color with a thick foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Strong rye aroma with wheat, citrus and maybe some coriander. The rye dominant, though. Strong rye taste at the beginning with some spiciness, followed by wheat and a crisper citrus finish. This is a pretty good beer. Starts off medium bodied but ends on a lighter note. Mild to moderate carbonation.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this is like the baby version of witicus, thanks to claystation for hooking it up. awesome to have both of these beers in the same month. i think rye really lends itself to these flavors, and to this yeast, not sure why more brewers dont move in this direction, the basic wit beer is kind of played out, and its nice to drink something a little unconventional. hazy and yellow, not a ton of head, but a unique shade and lots of bubbles, looks good. i dont smell the rye, but i taste it. spice in there with a fruity yeast and a hint of generic citrus fruit. it has some things i really like. the punchy rye is not bland, and not shy, and thats cool in a wheat beer. but it also is lacking body, which i appreciated about its big brother. this seems a little thin to me, especially for the complex grain flavors it continues to build throughout. it warms up nicely, with more of the belgian type yeast coming through. notes of white grape and orange on the finish, with an herbal quality just beneath it, but not apparently from hops. well made beer, but i like the bigger one better.

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Photo of Lovely85
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

An odd combination of rye and citrus with some wit beer yeast character. Kind of muddy and not really to my liking. Clove and banana with a kind of thin body.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Balanced; refreshing; clean; good subtle tartness. Not much rye character, specifically, nor much noteworthy or especially neat, generally, with this effort from Freetail. But it's a thirst-quencher: highly palatable and potable, with solid, smooth body, clean wheaty-cream flaxen flavors, crisp, soury finish, and—as mentioned—balance.

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Photo of chinchill
3.46/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub in the outskirts of San Antonio.
Hazy light yellowgold with a semi-durable white head that leaves a little bit of lacing.

Complex arom is lemony, spicy and bready.

Flavor: more hoppy than suggested by the aroma. Lemon, banana, light malts and a good bit of spicy rye. Well balanced and somewhat layered.

Feel: light body and medium carbonation. .

O: a spicy and intersting wit beer. Recommended.

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Photo of Radome
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at the brewery.

A - Cloudy straw color w/ tiny hint of orange. Low creamy head retreats to a ring around the edge of the glass. Some lacing.
S - Light earthy hops and cracked wheat. The rye was not obvious to me in the aroma. To me this seemed like a classic wit aroma. Very clean.
T -Good wit-like wheat up front. Noticeable hops bitterness seems higher than Belgian versions, but enjoyable. Late palate became very peppery-maybe a combination of rye and yeast notes.
M - Prickly carbonation. Light body. No alcohol sensation.
O- A crisp refreshing wit. Rye was not in your face, but mild peppery spice flavors make it interesting.

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Photo of oline73
3.15/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the growler into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: Beer pours a clear very light golden color with a quarter finger of white head. The head fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: Light malt and yeasty. The overall smell is very light.

Taste: Light malt with a ton of yeast. The overall flavor is bread like with the rye spice showing up in the finish. Very light overall.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with fluffy carbonation and a finish that is a touch dry.

Overall: Good enough, but I thought it was a bit boring. Easy to drink.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is light golden ad clear with a small white head. The aroma brings coriander, wheat, bread. Crackers and light spice. Light and refreshing. Easy to drink. Well balanced and flavorful. This would be a great hot weather beer. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy and yellow, head and lacing were pretty good.

Smell was spicy (coriander) and yeasty, plenty so at that. Also there were some citrus overtones.

Taste wise this was a darn fine witbier. There was a pretty pronounced spiciness and plenty of yeast flavors, along with a little floral overtone and a good grainy background from the rye. Very tasty stuff!

Feel wise it was typically witbier, light and smooth, quite easy to drink.

Overall this was a very fine beer that I would certainly recommend anybody tries who goes to this brewery.

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Photo of vdread
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Freetail Rye Wit pours a hazy yellow-orange with some frothy head.

smells strongly of tart apple and spices. bready, wheaty, and strong.
good mix of rye and wheat flavors. strong coriander and spiciness. the rye adds to this, rounding it out. slightly tart with what could be considered citrus peel. finishes slightly dry, easy drinking, and delicious. ends well, with lingering bready, yeasty, and coriander tastes.

a very exceptional Tejas wit

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Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewpub.

Pours an opaque lemon-yellow color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of bready wheat with good amounts of light citrus aromas. Also present are mild amounts of coriander.

Tastes good. Wheat flavors with a nice twang kick things off with mildly tart citrus flavors. Midway through the sip light amounts of bread enter into things along with a mild spiciness from the rye. The spiciness carries through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I had no problem finishing my glass and could easily have a few more.

Overall this was a nice take on a witbier, although I may be biased as rye is probably my favorite adjunct. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.52/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Gift from Dajtai007 - thanks Daniel!

Poured in a big wine glass at 50F.

Cloudy golden-orange, with a small, attractive white head that leaves some dollops of lace.

Big aroma, smells great - banana, with hints of coconut and peach, along with coriander, clove, and yeasty bread. Hints of earth and grass. Cohesive, and really good.

Cohesive fruity spicy flavor, like the aroma. Plenty of tropical fruit, mainly banana, with coriander, spicy clove, earth, explicit yeast, and a bit of grass. Mild acidity. Refreshing, and very tasty. Lingering coriander.

Nice texture: cushy, fine carbonation, with a bit of prickly acidity. Exceedingly refreshing and drinkable.

Great stuff!

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Photo of champ103
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a cloudy pale yellow color. A two finger white head forms, and recedes in a minute. Light lace.
S: Banana, citrus, spice, and some crusty bread. Sweet malt in the nose. Fresh backed bread and biscuit from the rye. Simple, but very nice.
T: Follows the nose. Banana, citrus clove/spice. Sweet malt, bread and yeast. Light spice, and the backed rye bread flavor is great.
M/D: A lighter body with a little to much carbonation. Easy to drink. All day long with this one.

A great standby at the brewpub. Simple, and well done. When you get tiered of sours and stouts, give this one a try.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to slasher007 for sharing this growler.

Pours golden yellow with a white head. The aroma is lots of coriander and orange peel. The flavor is similar to the aroma with lots of orange peel and coriander as well as some spiciness from the rye which comes in during the aftertaste. A very juicy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. For a witbier, this one has tons of flavor.

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Photo of Dajtai007
4.52/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got a growler of this for a BA, which he ended up sharing. The pour was still carbonated very well. Golden cloudy witbier with a tart nose. They sour mashed this overnite, which gave the beer a delicate tartness. Not too much, but just enough to keep you going back for more and more. I extremely drinkable witbier. Texas has proven itself that we can brew great Heffs and witbiers!

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Photo of pwsoldier
4.57/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Cloudy golden-straw color with a modest white head. Head retention is decent and lacing is moderate.

S - LOTS of tart citrus notes. Orange and lemon are the most dominant, with some earthy wheat notes coming through in the background.

T - The citrus notes persist, with the sour mash producing an almost mouth-puckering lemony tartness with some green apple thrown in as well. Notes of orange and a hint of clove mellow it out a bit. Some subtle grassy notes linger in the background.

M - Medium-bodied with a semi-dry finish. Carbonation is perfect.

D - This is probably one of the best wits I've ever had. The sour mash adds a delicious twist to a great style. Props to Scott and Jason for giving us this gem of a beer!

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried on tap at the brewery 18 Oct 2009. Hazy very pale straw beer, lightly carbonated. Full of banana, orange, clove in aroma. Medium body, sweet citrus and green banana. Ethanol light. Finishes sweet tart, fruity and refreshing. Agtertase is lightly tart.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an extremely cloudy pale yellow color with a thin layer of creamy white foam. Fades at a normal clip and leaves a nice 3D sheen on top, just a touch of lacing is evident.

Oddly enough, I get some banana aroma in here with some of the traditional coriander, orange peel and perhaps some cloves. The rye adds a spicy note, but does not impact the nose all that much.

Ah, that is tasty! The rye pepperiness really makes it into the flavor with some lemony citrus notes and of course some coriander. A bit of hop bitterness along with the citric acidity cleans up the palate on the finish with the quickness. Some, but not much yeasty flavors, just about right. This is an easy drinking wit with plenty of flava. When visiting Freetail, this one is a good bet.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.1/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Growler pour into my Carlsberg pilsner glass. A flume of champagne head, with lace just like it's namesake. Though it's all atop a dusty pale straw body.

Smell is a touch doughy, accompanied by a little pepper. A subtle apple tone with a grassy touch. Even warm, it barely makes a showing.

Flavor is dominated(I use that word hesitantly) by crusty bread, minoring with an illusive rub of citrus rind, & an itch of yeast. A pleasant toasted, iron-y taste draws out the finish. Coriander didn't show up in mine. In total, very much in reserve, & even watered down in some aspects. Just not enough flavor for such an interesting recipe.

Carbonation is somewhat spritzy, but overall a little low(probably because I didn't pounce on the growler the moment we met). Dusty.

Way too subtle & cautious I felt. Let the rye be free. Because of its tip-toeing, I can't help but think of it as an underachiever. A great idea that just needs some heavy tweaking(psst... more rye).

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Photo of hiikeeba
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours up a hazy gold with a white head that dissipates slowly.

S - Tart citrus aroma, smells like red grapefruit. Not bad, but hard to get used to.

T - Starts off with a bit of the citrus, followed up by grain flavor (rye?), and finishes with a nice spice on the back of the tongue.

M - Slightly thin mouthfeel offset by good carbonation

D - Very drinkable, once you get past the grapefruit aroma.

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Photo of spaceycasey
4.85/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on tap at Freetail Brewing Co. on 01/09/2009.

Appearance: light straw, cloudy, the almost "white" appearance the style is named after.

Smell: Cirus and spice dominate. As noted previously, apparently they use grapefruit peel as opposed to orange - the difference is subtle but noticable if you are seeking it. One of the subtle changes in this beer from a traditional wit. Overall though, a wonderful smelling beer.

Taste: Refreshing citrus balanced by the corriander spiceness. A tad more dominated by the spice. Plesant, soft mouthfell. Rye adds a subtle grainy element to the mouthfeel.

Overall impression: A wonderful wit. I was told brewer Jason Davis was a former employee at the Celis Brewery, which would explain such a good wit right out of the gate. Probably one of the best of the style I've ever had.

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Photo of JonathanL7890
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass with 1 finger head that dissipated after 30 seconds.
Appearance: Deep golden, cloudy.
Smell: Citrus , a bit spicy . Talking with the brewer, Jason, he used grapefruit rind for the citrus. The aroma is pretty subtle. It would probably improve if it was warmed up a few degrees.
Taste: Nice solid wit. Good full bodied mouthfeel for the low abv.
Drinkability. This is very drinkable.
Overall. A very nice wit. I like the addition of rye. It adds a bit of complexity and helps the mouthfeel.

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Rye Wit from Freetail Brewing Company
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