Jack Horner's Plum Wit | Watch City Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Watch City Brewing Co.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-05-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of chakadrum
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good carbonation, just a slight haze in the liquid. No head. Straw colored.

Not much of a nose on this one.

The taste coated my tongue. Gentle lacing. A dry feeling of spices, yet not hops which is a nice change though subtle enough to be enjoyable and not annoying. While the hops are subtle, I would think they might be German. Good sweetness. It all reminds me a bit of Grape Nuts.

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Photo of diekia
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first I just had to order it because I was loving the name. But I really liked it! Nice light plummy after taste that wasn't overwhelmingly sweet. It had beautiful lacing and the color was very pretty. I am not sure how good it would be outside of being on tap. I would deffinetly order it again and would recommend to anyone those who are not particularly into fruity beers, because it's not really all that fruity.

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Photo of DIM
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a cloudy, dark, straw colored yellow with some brown flecks floating around. It poured with a medium sized soapy white head that faded quickly.

s: There is a superb balance between the plums and the wit. The slight tartness of the plums places nicely off the sweet wheat banana flavors. Both are backed by minimal spicy clove smells.

t: Here as well they have achieved a very nice balance. Sweet and slightly tart plum flavors start things off. Traditional wit flavors of bananas and mild cloves come next. The plum are back at the finish, drier and more tart this time. This was unique and delicious.

m: This had a big chewy body and active foamy carbonation. Damn near perfect for a wit.

d: This growler was an extra, that's right extra, from a very generous ph2001. Thanks Karen! I offered this around to several people who wrinkled their noses and accepted a little only to be polite. They all came back for more. Fruit beers are usually one glass and done for me. Unfortunately, this was no excpetion because I gave too much away :(. I was very sad to see the empty growler. Great stuff from Watch City.

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Photo of IBUnit63
2.59/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very nice off-white sudsy head topping natural honey colored body. Modest carbonation.

Very clean - maybe a little coriander and mild plum but not a lot else - am wondering if glassware is properly rinsed 'cause it's my second pint here with a dish soap residual flavor.

Drinks crisp(ily) with nice mild plums in the background but there's some off-taste (phenol and/or dish soap?) that's hindering the natural boiled malt flavor.

Mouthfeel is hindered by a bit of an aftertaste - again, the soap.

If flavor profile was more bountiful it would have potential to be a very nice summer beer but it's a little too watered down for me.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a growler of this today from the brewery. I had been wanting to try this one for a while, and luckily the brewery is only fifteen minutes from work. Poured in to an Ommegang Witte glass a really cool looking hazy orange, with hints of red here and there. Very little head shows up, which is a bit iof a drawback, but the color is outstanding. After letting it sit for a few minutes in the glass, a very potent nose of fresh wet plums showed up. It also did not smell like lots of other fruit beers that use various flavorings to showcase the fruit. A big wave of plum hits the taste buds first, followed by the wheat, and finally ending with some bitter hops. Luckily the plum is present enough to make itself known, but is not to the point of turning this one into something too sweet. This one still very much tastes like a beer. Body is perhaps a bit large for the style, but still on the light side. Drinkability is very good, but at the same time, I would take your time with this one. It unfolds a lot with a little bit of time in the glass. I really liked this beer. Probably the best beer I have had from the crew at Watch City. Cheers

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Photo of Todd
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Hand bottled @ Watch City for BeerAdvocate.com

Appearance: Nice honey / amber coloured beer with a healthy, thick, creamy foam head with real nice retention and stick.

Smell: Soft and subtle plum aromas, faint vanilla, caramel.

Taste: Smooth, so damn smooth and extremely creamy. Definite Belgian characteristics. Immediately a wonderful malt character crosses the palate and brings with it some caramel, light toasted malts and vanilla bean. Then a very real, sweet and complex plum flavour coats the entire experience and adds a level of flavour and depth that is like crack to the tastebuds -- mine can't get enough. Plum + malt = luscious. It's fruity and juicy. Light alcohol presence shows itself as the beer warms, as well as enhanced toasted / caramel flavours. No real bitterness is perceived. Some very light tannins with an underlying and ultra-soft plum twang are there. Finish goes dry, makes you want more.

Notes: Son of a bitch! This has got to be one of the best and most unique beers I've tasted, in a long time, that can actually pull it off. I'm actually excited about this beer. Every sip is like a surprise. The combination of plum and malts in this brew is simply luscious. Seek this beer out, if they still have some, or wait until next fall because it's worth the wait.

Brewed with 44 pounds of plums, torrified wheat and a Belgian Wit yeast strain.

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Jack Horner's Plum Wit from Watch City Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 6 ratings.
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