Witicus Double Rye Wit
Freetail Brewing Company

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Rye Beer
Ranked #40
Ranked #12,782
3.95 | pDev: 8.35%
Freetail Brewing Company
Texas, United States
Very Good
Witicus Double Rye WitWiticus Double Rye Wit
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A yellow-orange brew that smells of coriander, lemon, orange and other faint spice. Beer bread, more coriander and orange, grapefruit and gum on the palate. Pretty complex. Light to medium with a touch of alcohol.

A damn good outing form a brewery I plan to get more familiar with.

Jul 20, 2017
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vickersspitfire from Texas

3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/12/2014!
Appearance: Pours out a nice murky and light golden color, filled with carbonation and topped off with a white bubbly head. Medium lacing.
Smell: Light floral smells mixed in with light citrus fruit and lots of berries. There’s a mild bready aroma too.
Taste: Sweet and fruity overall, (the fruits are mild) , spices mixed in with peaches, apricot and persimmon.
Mouthfeel: Crips, light to medium bodied, lots of carbonation.
Overall: This is a nice crisp, rye ale, very easy to drink and very enjoyable. This one aged well.

Feb 17, 2016
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Myotus from Texas

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured at 47°F from a 22oz bottle (07Dec15) into a stange. Consumed on 03Feb16.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of white foam that dissipates into a quarter fingers worth after 1 minute and 20 seconds. Dark straw yellow in color with a high amount of cloudiness. Rising bubbles are medium in size and high in quantity. Lacing is moderate is thin and moderate in quantity.
SMELL: Strong aromas of equally sour and spicy rye entangle with mild aromas of wheat, chamomile, and lemony zest. Hints of peaches, apricots, mangos, and papaya are also present.
TASTE: Strong flavors of spicy and sour rye enter initially and ar immediately followed by strong chamomile flavors and subtle mango, peach, papaya, and apricot flavors. Mild wheat and lemony zest flavors enter lastly along with hints of bitter hops as all previous flavors persist.
FEEL: Somewhere between full-bodied and medium-bodied. Highly carbonated. Goes down somewhat smooth. Finishes crisp.
NOTE: Only my second Rye Beer. This was deliciously brewed under the assumption that you like the spicy/sour characteristics of rye.

Feb 04, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Unique take on a wit, both with the malt and with the higher abv which does pack a boozy punch. Lots of tree fruits, sweet malt, and somewhat funky brett.

Dec 24, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i have very often dreamed of making a rye wit, but have never gotten around to it. this is the first one i have seen at a commercial level i think, and its execution is fabulous. i was lucky to just land a big haul of texas beer, which i am excited to drink through during the weeks to come, but this one couldnt wait. looks the part, hazy and pale, evidently a very pale rye malt was used as opposed to some of the higher SRM types. the nose is clearly belgian, but it seems more than just wit yeast. it almost has a little barnyard thing going on that brings out the spice of the rye really well. this is also one of those seemingly rare occasions where more alcohol actually is needed for whats going on. the rye needs the wheat, and the depth of flavors need slower consumption for understanding and appreciation, and the warming finish provides that. i pick up quite a bit of citrus in it too, lemons mostly, maybe some orange peel, but i dont get any coriander at all, the usual additive for the style. its not without being a little herbal too though, maybe from the yeast its tough to say. in the end, the rye malt makes the witbier really something to behold. its not way outside the box, its still real approachable, but its a very inventive take on a tiring style. well done by freetail!

Sep 30, 2015
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trebbates from Texas

4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

WOW! Very impressed with this wit. My first beer from Freetail. I picked this up from Spec in New Braunfels and after several misfires from several other local brewers I was a little nervous. I smell pineapple-piña colada?? when I first smelled it. My taste was honey and cinnamon. I will try and pick up as many of these as I can before I leave.

Jun 20, 2015
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OrestesMethuon from Montana

3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The rye character is—happily—much more pronounced than with Freetail's rye-inflected "single wit". Not much of a nose, but very nice flaxen-cream color and extremely welcoming turbidity, which remains even after the solid head dissipates. Nice bite; less sour than the regular Rye Wit, with creamy banana flavors tinged by orange flower and rind, alongside a subtle grains-of-paradise pepperiness that rides astride of the galloping rye. Small dings for being a bit too sweet, which is exacerbated by the otherwise pleasant creaminess of taste and texture.

May 12, 2015
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

4/1...pours hazy cloudy yellow, light ring of white foam. Lemon rind nose. Smooth wheaty taste, some citrus mixed in. Some rind. Good mouthfeel, tasty.

Apr 11, 2015
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Beerzebub from California

4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/19/2014. Attractive hazy golden-orange hue. Smells fresh, fruity, spicy, slightly floral-hoppy; notably saison-like. Taste is fruity, spicy, hoppy, wheaty. Fairly dry really, but all the fruity esters give an impression of sweetness. Citrusy, spicy, dry, somewhat bitter finish, with the rye coming through. Tasty and refreshing. Thanks Daniel!

Feb 17, 2015
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MattSweatshirt from Texas

3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy as can be golden body with a white head that is creamy, lasts, and laces.

Lemon, floral, pineapple, orange, some banana ester, rye on the back end, and a little honey sweetness.

Bubbly but more mild than most wits come across with. Body is pretty hefty.

Could use more rye. Sort of a hybrid beer going on. Overall pretty good. Not your average wit and the bottle doesn't show the big ABV on this guy.

Jan 19, 2015
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottled 10/22/14 at 45 degrees into snifter
Aroma yeast aromatics and spices
Head average (4 cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, diminishing to 3 mm ring and layer
Lacing poor – few small islands of tiny bubbles
Body medium gold, cloudy
Flavor sweet and spicy, yeast phenolics come through; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 4

Dec 04, 2014
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.26/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear golden yellow. Small white head. Thick collar.

Smell - Very fruity. Pineapple. Estery yeast. Some light grain.

Taste - Quite sweet. Pineapple. Tropical fruits. Yeasty and some grains. Rye comes up in the back.

Mouthfeel - Quite sweet and heavy. Nothing like a wit. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - Meh. Too sweet. Uninspired rye.

Jul 02, 2013
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Phyl21ca from Canada

3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy golden color ale with a medium small foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of tart notes with light cereal notes also perceptible. Taste is also dominated by quite a bit of tart notes with some light spicy rye notes that are also perceptible. Body is quite full with medium carbonation. Not bad but a lot more sour then expected which makes it hard to distinguish some of the rye malt.

Feb 04, 2013
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HuskyinPDX from Washington

3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 12.1.12

A - Pours a cloudy dull orange-brown with a small fizzy head that is gone instantly.

S - Wheat bread and some kind of sweet berry.

T - Rye bread, fruity - Pear and pineapple

D - Lower carbonation and a heavy body. Sweet finish.

O - Dark heavy bread with a sweet fruity tone.

Dec 24, 2012
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lnashsig from Texas

3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#BOTG 134.

Muled from San Antonio for me by my buddy Will (Canadianghetto). Thanks Will! Poured from 22oz bomber into my Brooklyn tulip. Pours a pretty cloudy golden orange color. Not much head, no real retention to speak of. Decent appearance. Smell- juicy orange peel, some candied sugar, clove, banana. Clove and fruit are dominant. Taste- a lot drier than I expected, but a nice creamy mouthfeel. I get big clove, vanilla, dreamcicle (all I could really think of to describe the play between the creaminess and the orange/fruit play. What is not here that I was expecting was a big sweet backbone. But, it actually lends itself to making this easier to drink- I will have no problem taking this down. I also get some cinnamon on the end, back of the throat. Overall, this is an enjoyable beer, I am always happy to enjoy Freetail brews.

Sep 02, 2012
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Mora2000 from Texas

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub.

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of orange citrus and coriander notes, as well as a good deal of wheat. The flavor is similar. I get a ton of juicy orange notes as well as some coriander and white pepper. There is also a strong wheat and biscuit malt note, as well as some noticeable alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Jul 24, 2012
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting courtesy of mrbubbler himself.

Pours a murky yellow with an off-white head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, spices, yeast, and fruit. Taste is the same but the yeast flavor dominates things in my opinion. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a better taste than smell.

Apr 10, 2012
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to smithjl10 for feeding my addiction, sending this among four (4) bottles of rye brew to the great land of the disappearing winter. That should keep me for a few days. 22 oz. bomber.

Poured into a couple pint glasses, this is a fuzzy, almost solid light yellow, like a crayon you'd use to represent the sun. The nose is unexpected. Massive notes of pear, a small spice cabinet sans the cabinet, pepper. Yowza.

Witicus is clearly ancient Latin for 'freakishly strange with a dash of odd and undercurrents of bizarre'. Twisted pear dominates the taste, along with a triple entendre of spicy Belgian yeast. The rye arrives mid-palate amid the dust & fog. Other bit actors enter stage right & exit without note: orange peel, sweet Hawaiian bread, bittering hops, wheat, bread dough. Wow. The layers have layers, like a Shellworld (that's an Ian Banks reference, for you heathens out there). The complexity causes my hand to rise & grasp almost of its own volition.

This is a beautiful, big, brawny, brawler of a rye beer. The rye isn't dominant, but it's showcased nonetheless in an uncontrolled riot of tastes & complexity. Gorgeous. Excellent brew.

Jan 12, 2012
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MasterSki from Canada

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another rarity shared by Eric (TurdFurgison). Served in a plastic cup at Kuhnhenn Winter Solstice.

A - Looks similar to Woodicus, but with less foam and lace and a slightly lighter shade of peach yellow.

S - Peppery Belgian yeast, light cake batter, fruity esters, stone fruits, hint of pineapple, coriander, and perhaps a touch of phenolic and estery alcohol.

T - I like the taste better, as it does away with the harsher Belgian yeast notes and replaces them with honey, fruity esters, caramel, wheat, and a kiss of rye malt. Bready and yeasty, but not phenolic.

M - Medium body, medium-high carbonation, dry texture, and light warming alcohol.

D - An interesting beer, combining elements of Witbier, Belgian Strong Pale, and Rye Beer. No major problems, but occasionally the flavors don't integrate as well as I'd like.

Dec 31, 2011
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THECPJ from Delaware

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes: Big thanks goes out to TJKinate.

appearance: hazy golden yellow with 1 fiinger white head

smell: citrus, belgian yeast, coriander, funk, rye

taste: rye, citrus, belgian yeast, spice

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a nice belgian wit with Rye malts. Give this beer props for trying something different in the grain bill.


Oct 26, 2011
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KickInTheChalice from Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. Thanks to bauermj for bringing out some Texas beer.

Appearance: My pour is a hazy golden straw color with a light white foamy head.

Smell: A lot of white grape and pear precedes the pale malt, green apple, and some dry rye malt.

Taste: The flavor is sweeter than I would expect in a rye beer or a saison. It starts with dry, crackery pale malt, sweet white grape, pear, green apple, some lemon and pepper.

Mouthfeel: It starts sweet, although it is tough to identify the flavor to associate the sweetness with. There is a rye dryness that develops over the course of the beer. A lightly tart and bitter finish.

Overall: The dry rye flavor and the sweetness work reasonably well together.

Oct 23, 2011
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nickhiller from Texas

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: golden and opaque, big Belgian head with thick rings of lace.

S: Belgian yeast, orange juice, grapefruit, fresh sea foam (almost like fresh lobster or crab).

T: grapefruit, pineapple, Belgian bubble gummy yeast, and I know this sounds weird, but a little of the lobster/crab from the nose. Bitter finish counterbalances fruit juice from the start.

M: medium body, sharp carbonation and a dry foamy finish.

O: though it's technically a "rye beer," it tastes more like a Belgian tripel and certainly stands up to other well known beers from this class.

Oct 10, 2011
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tjkinate from Nebraska

4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, I am pleasantly surprised! I went down to a Freetail bottle release a few weeks ago and was disappointed that Witicus was all that was left when it was my turn to purchase.

A: A hard pour into a traditional pint glass created a BEAUTIFUL, creamy white, 2+ finger white head that had plenty of retention. Less lacing than I hoped from this dirty yellow and orange brew.

S: More spice than I expected, created a slight burn on the nostrils, but remained pleasant. Subtle undertones of barley, rye, citrus, and hops. Wish those smells were more pronounced.

T: Wow, so much more complex than anticipated. The initial punch of malts mix very well with the rye. Bitter undertones follow that also include pear and citrus. Just when I thought the flavor was over the beer surprised me with the aftertaste of soft floral hops that dissipate smoothly.

M: Medium bodied, fairly high carbonation, silky.

O: A pleasant surprise and am glad I was able to pick up a few.

Oct 06, 2011
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twiggamortis420 from Texas

4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber (bottle number 77 of 84), review from notes as I drank this one fresh a week after release. Pours a hazed gold color with a serviceable white head. Retention is pretty poor and leaves minimal lace.

Nose has lots of coriander and soft orange citrus notes. Smells like its got some alcohol bite to it and the rye stays mostly in the backgroud.

Extremely soft on the palate, little bit sweet and a touch af tartness makes for some nice interplay on the tongue. Wheat-esque tanginess is offset by a whole lotta coriander. A nice little hop bite on the end along with some pithy orange peel. I really dont get much rye in the flavor, even though I am looking for it. Good beer, one of the best double witbiers I have had...non-coriander fans need not apply.

Aug 13, 2011
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jamescain from Texas

3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a sniffer

Appearance: Golden yellow with a thin white head that forms a lacing over the top of the beer.

Aroma: Notes of citrus, orange, coriander and a peppery spiciness.

Taste: Light bready notes and spicy hints with a touch of orange.

Mouthfeel: Full body and thick feeling that is delicately carbonated.

Overall: Honestly it’s not my favorite. I know there are a lot of people that like it but for me it’s not one that I will go out of my way to get.

Aug 02, 2011
Witicus Double Rye Wit from Freetail Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 113 ratings