Hopper Whitman
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Belgian Witbier
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3.28 | pDev: 11.28%
World Brews
California, United States
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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 8
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3.05/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, apparently brewed at the Genesee Brewing Company in New York State. Weird-ass Alice in Wonderland-esque theme espoused on the label description and imagery.

This beer pours a cloudy, pale golden straw colour, with one skinny finger of wispy, bubbly dirty white head, which leaves zilch in the way of lace as it quickly disappears.

It smells of old yeast and equally off fruit bowl essences, a mild muddled savoury spiciness, that may or may not be coriander, and a soft, subtle wheaty graininess. The taste is fruity, in a rather dead manner, the inert graininess kind of producing a black hole of flavour. By this, I mean that the inferred citrus and spices are confused and mixed-up at best, and thus doing no good, to no one. A slight leafy, musty character round things out.

The bubbles are pretty understated, the body an adequate medium weight, and mostly smooth, with only a small clammy factor messing with this one good part - yay. Anyways, this finishes sweet, a tad musty, and a more than a tad, well, wanky.

I just can't get over how middling this shit is - there is none of the expected, explicit fruit and spice, but just a general, confused mix of sweetness - grain or fruit borne, who the hell knows. Not really offensive, at least taste-wise, I suppose, but hardly a decent example of the style, at the same rate.

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Photo of KingPuuChuu
3.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I wouldn't call this a witbier.

I've had a few of these, as we picked up a six pack from Fresh and Easy, and it hasn't been consistent.

I'll go off my notes for the most recent bottle. Beer poured beautifully into a Sam Adams glass, though I used a Weissbier method in order to get a larger head. The beer pours extremely clear, which was odd.

Aroma was fine. Nothing too overpowering in the spice category. The flavor is huge on wheat, but that's not necessarily a good thing.

Alcohol is non-present, which is nice considering the 6.2%, and the body is pleasant. I just wish it was more flavorful.

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Photo of Zorro
3.55/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Newest Fresh and Easy beer from World Brews.

Hazy yellow colored beer with a small white head; this could be lot paler for the style.

Smell is powdery yeast a little spice but not much. Mild coriander with a little orange scent.

Starts out sweet and bitter with some spice funk. Sharply bitter unlike the Belgian version. Out of the park hop levels for the style taste more like a heavy hoped American wheat beer instead of the witbier it claims to be. Conflicted about this one, WAY off style but this has a damn nice hop level and flavor, think Belgian Witbier + German Pilsner level of Nobel hops. Got to give it points for the nice hops!

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall, this doesn't taste like a Witbier. But it DOES taste like a flavorful German Pilsner made with wheat malt. Overall, I like the taste, needs to drop any pretense about being a Belgian styled beer though.

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Hopper Whitman from World Brews
Beer rating: 3.28 out of 5 with 8 ratings