Sawtooth | DuClaw Brewing Company

96 Ratings

Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Bierguy5 on 06-08-2004

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Ratings: 96 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of McNealc31
4.25/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big white head floats on top of hazy gold. The high carbonation is very evident. Nose is overflowing with orange, coriander, and spicy yeast, just like it should be. Sweet grapes and honey come through first followed by orange and lemon. Mix of pepper and a touch of bitterness from the hops at the end. There might even be a touch of anise.

Light, crisp, refreshing. All the familiar flavors of a Belgian Witbier, with a few different ones to make it more interesting. Plus, at only 4.8% ABV, you can easily enjoy several of these. I’m quite impressed.

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4/5  rDev +18%

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4/5  rDev +18%

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4/5  rDev +18%

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4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I stopped in for lunch at the Bowie location and to put together a shwag bag for a trader and had this one on tap.

A: Hmmm.... this didn't look like a Witbier. Sure it was a cloudy, burnt yellow, but the murkiness was subdued overall. Slight head.

S: Pleasant, spicy, fruit, and with a disciplined use of coriander (which I always appreciate).

T: Nope.... not a Wit at all. I actually asked the bartender about that and he told me that it was actually a Belgian White. That's more like it. Full flavored, with wheat galore, coriander, and very tempered sweetness. Pretty straight forward.

M: Carbonation was fine, and like I said before: very subdued spices. It had a bit of a kerosene aftertaste that I personally find desirable.

O: I put this one away pretty fast, so I guess I'll let that speak volumes as to its drinkability.

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Photo of TranceTF
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of twenteone
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of JerseyKirk
3.97/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear body. White nice 1 finger head.

S: Belgian yeast, orange, coriander and some bread.

T: Delicious and subtle Belgian yeast. This is a much more sessionable witbier that isn't over the top with phenols. Good stuff.

M: Crisp and full bodied. Nice and thick.

O: This beer is awesome. I love the body and the subdued Belgian yeast qualities. Great.

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Photo of tone77
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am surprised to see that this beer is retired. I was at Cliff's liquors about a month ago and this beer was not there. On my visit yesterday there was a fresh supply of it. Anyway, poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of citrus and spices. Taste is the same, corriander, oranges, possibly a touch of clove, very refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at DuClaw in Bowie, MD.

The beer is surprisingly clear for a witbier. Very little, if any, haze about it. A half inch of white head rests atop the beer, leaving ample lacing in it's wake. The aroma offers banana, spice (particularly coriander), malt. Smells like a witbier for sure. The flavor is relatively simple and straightforward. The spice component is there, but by no means dominates the beer. Smooth on the palate, light bodied, and easy drinking. Not the biggest flavor, but mild in nature and easy to throw back a pint. Overall, good stuff and worth a try.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - this is a fun beer to watch. Its standard pale yellow/white that pours a 2 finger fizzy head. The carbonation is crazy and violent like a volcanic vent at the bottom of the ocean. Head retention hold long time since there is so much carbonation bubbling up.

Smell - Smells of lemon and straw like a nice Belgian Blonde Ale. Could pass as a Belgian beer from Europe.

Taste - Very nice Belgian style Witbier/blonde ale true to the style.

Mouthfeel - not crazy about the fizzy head and overly carbonated feeling in the mouth.

Overall - A fine job at a Belgian white. Very authentic to its style and nice duplication of style from other side of pond.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a: a hazy burnt orange color with some lighter yellow notes towards the side of the glass. 1/2 finger head that fades to a thin white film on top

s: orange & lemon peel, coriander, clove, cardamom, lemongrass, big wheaty notes, faint musty smell, pear skin

t: follows the nose nicely. the cardamom, clove, and coriander hit you right away. that fades into a nice full smooth wheat flavor. behind that is a sweet citrus zest, the slightest kiss of honey, and light caramel

m: light. medium carbonation

o: honestly, i could drink this all day. its light, but has just the right amount of flavor for a Wit. Nice flavors in here that transition well in the mouth. Give this a chance if you come across it

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Photo of tillmac62
3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

BOD 3/13/15. Pours a clear gold with a touch of amber. Normal head volume, lacing and retention.

Outstanding nose of coriander, orange and yeast.

Light medium body with a smooth texture. Superb carbonation with a nice effervescent burst in the middle and a solid prickly finish.

The flavor profile is outstanding. Up the intensity and body a bit and this approaches world class flavor. It begins with a subtle grainy sweetness that then explodes with coriander. Orange arrives next with a touch of phenolic clove which slowly lingers past the finish. Fairly clean and very well balanced, just a tad bit tame.

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Photo of barleyroad
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance, cloudy gold, typical Witbier. Smell, orange with that hint of coriander. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, and very nice on the tongue. Taste, throw in a lime and this beer is great. Nicely done for a Witbier, this is by far one of the best. Much better that the more popular brands. Overall this is a good beer to have in the fridge for those ladies. Well done.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am totally grateful to tone77 for his recent drop-off of bottled beers. Many of them are drinking quite nicely in this searing heat.

From the bottle: "This untamed Belgian-style White Ale leads the pack with a nose of coriander, a bite of REAL Curacao Bitter Ornage and a crisp clean finish that is sure to leave you howling for more ... Howl for it".; "Respect the Fluid".

I have abandoned a soft pour for this style. It made little sense to me as someone who routinely drinks the lees and was making for a beer unintended by the brewer. I apologize for my transgressions. I got a finger of bone-white head briefly from my pour, but even the heartiest of us are wilting in the unrelenting heat. Color was a soft, cloudy lemon-yellow, undoubtedly as intended. If coriander imparts a black pepper bite, then the nose was filled with it. And it did not make me sneeze, unlike the Monks' Wit earlier today. Mouthfeel was filled with carbonation but the spiciness was not as prevalent on the tongue as it had been on the nose. Aw. Finish was dry with a nice admixture of pepper and orange, as advertised. Very refreshing as I continue to melt away.

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3.76/5  rDev +10.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Perhaps not retired, as I had this in Fall 2009. Guess that was long ago now, though still quite a bit further down the road than the previous review.

Pours a cloudy yellow gold with a white head. The nose is light citrus and coriander with a bit of yeast. The taste is a bit of drawdown. Light citrus and a bit of spice. Light feel with moderate spice. Easy drinking and a bit tasty.

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Photo of Gavage
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Fells Point pub.

Appearance: hazy golden yellow in color with a short 1/2" head. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: cloves, coriander, and a nice general spiciness is pleasant on the nose.

Taste: coriander, wheat grains, orange slices, lemon zest, and a nice fruity sweetness. Basic wit that won't blow you away but is enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout. Brief aftertaste as the spice linger softly on the tongue. Lighter in body.

Drinkability: this beer went perfect with the coconut shrimp appetizer I had. Easy to quaff, definite session beer if you are in the mood.

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Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of MGibbons
3.72/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of teromous
3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

4.8% ABV from the label

A: Fairly clear golden body with a good amount of carbonation. It's slightly hazy but not much. Thick white fluffy head fades down to a short white layer on top.

S: Nice fruity nose of orange followed by the strong scent of coriander. It is very pleasant to smell. No hop aroma, no grain aroma.

T: The taste mimics the scent. There is a slight tinge of fruitiness followed by a fairly strong coriander flavor. A slight bitterness and faint earthy noble hop flavor. No grain presence and no perceivable yeast character. It is a very clean tasting beer. I wouldn't call it outstanding but it is very good.

M: Very light bodied. Just enough to bring in the flavor and quickly wash it away. Very drinkable. Easily a beer that I could have multiple bottles of. Partly this is due to how clean the beer finishes and how unobtrusive it is on the palate overall.

O: Overall it is a very clean wit. It's a very refreshing and light enjoyable wit, making it extremely drinkable. I wish I would have bought more of these. It's not the most full-flavored wit but it is very nice. It lacks a lot of yeast character and grain flavor (wheat) that comes from a nice fresh witbier, leaning extensively on the coriander for flavor. I think that people who enjoy a good wit will still enjoy this beer, as coriander is a staple flavor in this style. I would buy it again without question, as I am a fan of its clean flavor and delicious coriander.

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Sawtooth from DuClaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.39 out of 5 with 96 ratings
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