DuClaw Imperial Wit (eXile Series X-2) | DuClaw Brewing Company

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DuClaw Imperial Wit (eXile Series X-2)DuClaw Imperial Wit (eXile Series X-2)

Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

Style: Belgian Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by John_M on 07-07-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by Chaney:
Photo of Chaney
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've never understood the style "Imperial Wit" since I always view witbiers as summer session beer drinkers.

A: Poured a solid orange color, extremely cloudy, and with a mild, wispy head that really didn't add up to much at all.... maybe a few bubbles.

S: Clove, coriander, and orange pixie stick dust is all I really got. This was all somewhat understated.

T: This was VERY fruity and citrusy overall. I've gotta admit.... this was pretty colorful! I could definitely taste the wheat in there, which was what made this a witbier to begin with, but the sweet, citrus component was actually popped!

M: Sure, this was on the sweet side, but I though that layed really well on the palate against the wheat. Lots of spices that many wit lovers like myself will definitely recognize. Not much lacing at all.

O: I think I liked this one better than most, however, this style is still an anomile to me.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of drinking12many
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Kegatron
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the DuClaw Brewing Co. Arundel Mills Mall location on 10/13/11. Served in a pint glass. *face palm*

Pours a clear golden copper, with thin covering of bright-white head. There isn’t much in the way of retention here, with this dissipating into mostly a dead look and leaving behind just a very light smattering of lace. The aroma smells very sweet overall, with a thick mix of wheat character and sticky fruit flavors. Orange is really jumping out at me, along with some softer coriander notes. It’s the clove though that really adds some sharpness to the nose and melds with the pangs of alcohol heat that emits from the center of this.

The taste mirrors the aroma, with once again, those soft and sticky fruit flavors being at the center of this. Tangy wheat surrounds this on the sides but the fruit is the main focus here, along with a light citric bitterness that cuts through the sweetness a bit. Coriander and clove hang in the finish pretty strong, along with some lingering alcohol warmth. The mouthfeel has a beefier medium bodied feel to it, that prickles the tongue a bit with some sharpness but a chewy heft on the edges of the feel keeps the alcohol at the forefront of this. Unfortunately the ABV does start to distract and wear on the palate, the deeper I get into this glass. There’s just no way around it and this feels heavier than 7%.

I won’t be shy in saying that I’m not a huge fan of these “Imperialized” Whitbiers and this one is a bit of a mixed bag. The orange peel addition here was probably my favorite part of this but the alcohol just got to be too much for me to really get into this. Maybe cut down the ABV a bit next time.

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of -NESTO-
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of ckollias
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this bomber bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a hazy orange hue with a very thin white head that dissipates into nothing.

S: Citrus fruit aroma – mostly oranges - with Belgian ester scent and some coriander.

T: Sweet orange flavor with a Belgian candi background. Finishes very sweet and dry.

M: Medium body and minimal carbonation.

O: Excellent Imperial Wit. I feel every beer tastes better when it is imperialized. I polished the one off and wanted more.

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Photo of John_M
4.07/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Bel Air location

The beer pours a hazy honey gold color with fair head retention and decent lacing. The nose is spice filled, showing orange honey, clove and considerable coriander. There is also some noticeable alcohol and underlying sweetness, a tip off that this is an imperial style beer. Despite that fact, I still wasn't prepared for the flavor profile, which was sweeter then I was expecting. On the other hand, the boatload of spice in this well crafted beer counters the sweetness very nicely. There is also a hint of hoppy bitterness in the finish that also helps to tame this beer's sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly smooth, long finish. Drinkability isn't too bad, though the sweetness and slight alcohol burn wears on you after a while. Nevertheless, I thought this an interesting, impressive effort from DuClaw.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of teromous
3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy and gold, with a thin white head. Minimal lacing. Standard fare for a wit (even though this is a double), but a poor head hurts it.

S: It smells delicious. It has the standard Belgian esters. It has a rich vanilla scent with light tart smelling fruitiness, laced with coriander.

T: It tastes great, and is very similar to the smell. The tartness comes across a little more in the flavor. I only get a slight alcohol flavor.

M: It is very rich and coats well in the mouth. It's a bit more heavy set than I'd expect, but the carbonation maintains an uplifting effervescence.

O: Overall I enjoyed the beer. I've had other double wits before, and they tend to be more malty. I congratulate DuClaw for keeping this in as true to a regular Belgian wit as possible, while making it a double. Unfortunately I feel that one of the parts to a wit is the head, which this lacks significantly. While drinking the beer, the head went away entirely.

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Photo of Grintbrad
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of thain709
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - The body was a bright yellow, yet it had the typical haze to it...two fingers worth of white head formed and slowly receded to just a solid ring...light lacing was left behind

S - Orange jumps out right away and it's followed by some wheat malts...almost as evident as the citrus is a big alcohol presence

T - The orange flavors do not back down in the flavor...it's big and juicy and is mixed in with other citrus flavors...the wheat and chewy yeast do an okay job cutting down on the sweetness, but it's still there...again the alcohol comes in and here it gives off a orange flavored vodka kick...not something I want in my beer

M - Medium bodied...chewy yeast with a big citrus and alcohol burn

O - Like I mentioned earlier, I don't like my beer tasting like orange vodka...this style had potential but the alcohol presence really took over, even for 7%

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Photo of reizorc
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ncaudle
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Latarnik
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of yourefragile
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of DeanMoriarty
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a 22oz bomber in a trade with Dawson's Liquor in Severna Park, MD and poured it into a Forestinne branded tulip glass - thanks fellas!

A: Pours a fairly clean straw-like hue with a thin head that dissipates quicker than I could bring the glass to my mouth, leaving no lacing.

S: Smell is exactly what I expected - pretty much a Witbier on steroids. Citrus malt bomb with a ton of booze on it, allspice and banana bubble gum finish. Absolutely no hop presence what so ever as others have mentioned.

T: Pretty much on point with the nose and what one would expect from the style. They definitely stuck within the boundaries of a Witbier and just juiced it up a bit. Way too sweet for me which does well to hide the booze, but gets to be a bit much midway through this one. Again, like the nose suggests - tons of malt, citrus and spice and big time banana esters and a hint of vanilla. Wow is it sweet!

M: Chewy (as everyone has mentioned and one would expect from this style) but with a viscosity that is just a bit too much to make this one enjoyable, lightly carbonated, full on medium bodied, and enough already with the citrus and spice - it just doesn't stop lingering!

Overall average ale for the style and an extremely sterile outing for a "special series" ale. Nothing "special" here unfortunately.

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Photo of dtreindl
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent high abv version of a wit. Personally I've never found an imperial wit I really loved. I just don't think its a good beer style to "imperialize". But I tried this one anyway because I'm open-minded and wanted it to be good. But it just didn't wow me. The alcohol comes through a little strong for my preference. It's high abv and it tastes like it! I mean wits should be refreshingly drinkable, but when you make it an imperial with strong alcohol fumes it makes for a contradictory drinking experience. That's probably more of a description of my problem with the general concept of an imperial wit, rather than a specific criticism of this attempt. But DuClaw sure didn't do a very good job hiding the alcohol in this one either.

On the positive side, the flavor profile has nice notes of banana and clove. Also a little lemon citrus. Overall it's good, but not worth the premium price I paid for this bomber.

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Photo of rab53
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Viciousknishs
2.56/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- pours a translucent golden color with a finger of near white head. Very poor retention as the head recedes into nothing.

S- classic corriander and orange peel aromas with wheat hits the nose at first. Disjointed alcohol stings the nose with some sugary candied characteristics on the finish.

T- wheat flavor with herbal corriander and pithy bitter orange peel hit the palate at first which is pretty tasty. However it  finishes a boozey mess with grain alcohol heat and cloying sugary characteristics.

MF- slick sticky mouthfeel with a medium body and average carbonation.

D- poor drinkability

Overall a cloying boozey brew that could use some work.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.91/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

They did an excellent job getting the right aroma on this one. Big on coriander with a light backbone of orange peel and biscuits!

Its a nice solid hazy orange in color with no speakable head or lacing which is unfortunate.

The orange comes through much more on the palate than in the aroma, and the coriander takes a back seat. There is a nice herbal spiciness to it that I really like on the finish, and a hint of booziness.

Its full bodied, and smooth. moderately carbonated. Its a good beer, but for me the X-5 is the pinnacle of the eXile series. You just cant beat it.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.06/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into tulip.

A: a very hazed orange. white head is fluffy, but the retention is merely a rim. minimal lacing.

S: spicy phenols and corriander. smells like fresh banana bread. pears. a little bit of nutmeg. some grain in there behind all these fun aromas.

T: a good deal of grain in this body. meaty amount of wheat. the spiciness makes me think of rye. however, it probably is just from the yeast and wheat. cinnamon. typical wit fashion throws some light fruit notes.

M: the spiciness of the yeast/grain makes the mouthfeel feel a little effervescent. as full bodied of a wit as i have ever had.

D: definitely for those who just cant get enough wit flavor. this one sure does pack in all the favorites. coriander. wheat. banana. cinnamon. just wish the head had some better retention and some bottle conditioning would set this over the top.

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DuClaw Imperial Wit (eXile Series X-2) from DuClaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 25 ratings