Manifesto | Eagle Rock Brewery

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Brewed by:
Eagle Rock Brewery
California, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by augustgarage on 12-20-2009

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Photo of RexF
4.37/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Disclaimer: I'm not a witbier lover.

That said, this is a great beer. I find myself finishing the glass and wanting another right away.

It doesn't have all the finickiness of a regular Wit, but delivers on the great flavors that i am always looking for.

Light and refreshing, this is a beer worth seeking.

Go to the Eagle Rock Tasting room and get it fresh. Can't be beat.

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Photo of Sandstone
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the brewery.

I'm not generally a big fan of wit beers -- many of the ones I've had have been too sweet, or overly spiced, or too yeasty. This one I enjoyed.

A: Cloudy pale blond. Poured with a thin head that vanished pretty quick.

S: The lemon peel they use it this really comes through in the nose, combined with the fruity esters of the belgian and saison yeasts.

T: The first thing that really struck me about this beer is that it had a lovely citrus like tartness to it. My first impression of the beer was that it reminded me almost more of a berliner weiss than a wit beer. The spice is very restrained and not a dominant force in the beer.

M: Well carbonated, although a little thin in the finish.

D: Had no problem putting back a pint, and the low alcohol (4.7% I think) ensures I could put back a good bit more.

Final verdict: A solid beer on its own, but traditional fans of Wit Beer may be a bit disappointed that it doesn't exactly follow style guidelines.

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Photo of beilfussd
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was previously not a big fan of this beer compared to Revolution and Red Velvet. Stopped by the tap room and they are out of rotation with the Revolution. Tried the Manifesto-nitro and have been converted.

The lower carbonation let the flavor come through allowing the drinker to feel the balance. The mouth feel was creamier with a refreshing feel.

Very drinkable and a nice way to end a week. Great lesson in the difference of a nitro-tap.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Blue Palms

A: Manifesto is a hazy, light golden color with a fluffy white head. There are tons of little carbonation bubbles.

S: A lot of citrus, particularly lemon and orange, yeast, and a bit of spice. There is also a nice bready quality to the aroma.

T: Much the same as the nose. A very refreshing hit of lemon, followed by the more hearty spice, bread, and yeast flavors. There's also a bit of tartness to this that I wasn't expecting.

M: The beer is very bubbly which gives it a nice light feel on the tongue. Quite enjoyable.

D: This is probably the easiest drinking witbier I've had. Nice and light but still some strong flavors. The slight tartness was reminiscent of a Berliner Weiss, but not quite to the same degree.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden-yellow with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of wheat, grains, lemon zest, Belgian yeast, coriander, and some other spices.

T - Starts off with a mix of wheat, lemon zest, coriander, and some grains. Through the middle, some more Belgian yeast flavors come through with some other spices and some more citrus flavors. The finish is a mix of wheat, coriander and other spices, lemon zest, and Belgian yeast.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and spicy finish.

D - Very drinkable. Good witbier. Nicely balanced and very sessionable.

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Photo of SShelly
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy yellow with almost no head, light white ring.

Aroma is light, tart and grainy.

Flavor is crisp and yeasty, light tartness on the backend.

Great for a hot day, not overly funky or estery, pretty interesting.
This is the third or fourth batch of this beer I've had and it seems to be improving every time.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Re-uploading my review after the server ate it (*sigh*).

On-tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood. Served in a generic tulip.

Pale straw, lightly hazy liquid with a small active off-white head which rapidly dissipates to a thin collar and then dissapears all-together. Average lacing.

Fresh bread dough, alfalfa, hints of rose water, and plenty of lemon zest aromatics. Very fresh and crisp.

Lemon, English cucumber, lactic tartness, with a yeasty white bread backbone. Flowery and floury finish with another touch of citrus. Very low spice notes, though the yeast could be a bit more robust. Excellent profile none the less.

Rather thin, though not excessively light-bodied. Very much lacking in effervescence though. Poor showing here compared to a true Belgian creation.

The mouthfeel inhibits the drinkability somewhat, but this ale is still very refreshing and sufficiently flavorful for the style.

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Photo of Slackerville
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One of the original Eagle Rock offerings, Manifesto has been one of their staple beers for years.

Manifesto is a nice example of the witbier style, slightly hazy with nice straw yellow color. Very slight malt body with most of the flavors coming from some nice fruity flavors developed by the yeast.

A good summer offering, I was able to get a 1/6 keg of this for a house party and it was well received. It's good to see Eagle Rock branch out from their roots but this is still one of the better beers they make.

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Photo of beerpadawan
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color of farmer's straw hat, over which sits a fizzy and active white head with large bubbles, which settles after a minute or three to sparse covering.

A bright nose of wheat, lemon, and spice. Smells refreshing, with some sweetness and noticeable pale malt.

Flavor dominated by the lemon and soft wheat, which adds classic smoothness of the style to mouthfeel and body. White pepper, faint floral (the rose petals? cannot directly detect). Coriander. Mild clove. The brightness of aroma does not fully translate to clear and bright flavors; there is a muddled feeling to how it comes together, and a lingering waxy/oily sensation on the palate.

Faint bitterness joins the pleasing finish. Seems like a pretty decent go at the style. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thoroughly pleasant Wit with malty undertones. Pale yellowish with a modest foam cap. Aromas of orange peel and beery barley.

Rose petals? So they say. Spicy touch, a little peppery and salty. The light Hefeweizen esters add to the malty pleasure of this. Totally drinkable with a nice balance between the barley, spices, and hint of hops. Light bodied, as you'd expect. For the lower end of the alcohol spectrum it's quite flavorful. Another quite decent beer from Eagle Rock.

From the 22 oz bottle bought at Best Damn in San Diego.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Eagle Rock Brewery in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy light yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Chunks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grain, spices, yeast, and some slight fruity aromas. Taste is very much the same with the spices lingering on the palate after each sip. This beer has a light level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is very easy drinking.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours yellow with some haziness, nice head retention, some lace.

S: Coriander, white spices, lemon, no real orange.

T: Lemon and coriander dominated. Some good wheat flavour, but really nothing too substantial.

M: Crisp, light-bodied, easy going and refreshing.

O: Doesn't have a full flavour or heavy citrus which is what I like when a wit gets really good. A solid effort, enjoyable, but a poor QPR since I know what the bottle prices are.

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Photo of ithacabaron
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into the glass a cloudy yellow with a white, rounded head that disappears without ceremony. Would like to have seen a bit more staying power.

Smell is nice, good lemon and coriander; certainly fermented on the warmer side. A distinct sweetness carries through as well, with a odd "Juicy Fruit" note, which is a little off-putting. Yeasty.

Taste starts with notes of lemon peel, but it's quickly drowned out by a massive wave of yeast. Happy to see a little tartness in here, however. All in all, though, it's just not anything to write home about. As a point, however, it should be noted that the yeast that's in here is clean, and clear of phenols and off-flavors; a gentleman's yeast. Once again, this is carefully tuned brew. Glad to see the attention to detail.

Mouthfeel is appropriately bubbly. Starts out stiff, but fades on the swallow.

Drinkability is hurt by the above factors as well. A half-pint was plenty for me.

Lots of potential here, and perhaps it just looks less attractive in light of its inspiring Revolution and Equinox brethren. These are the challenges of setting a high bar for one's self. That being said, I think these brewers are up to it. A solid offering, all the same.

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Photo of route66pubs
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at the Brewery on 9/4/10, about 20 minutes ago.

Pours a beautiful golden color, very cloudy, with a miniscule white head. Very little aroma of note, but slight floral scent comes to mind. Slight citrusy taste, maybe a bit of nutmeg. Some crispiness in the mouth gives a little but of a tingling, increasing the enjoyment.

This brew, with its low ABV, is quite easily enjoyed, especially on a hot summer day in the City of Angels.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Stone's 15th Anniversary

A: Pale greenish color with a very thin off white head.

S: Sort of a funky wheat aroma with a touch of pale malt in the background.

T: The taste is very slow to develop. Eventually, a slight lemon and clove taste develops. My girlfriend said this beer tasted "murky" and, honestly, I can't think of a better way to put it.

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Photo of callmescraps
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like saisons, I like witbiers. I like trying local stuff. So I decided to give this a shot at the Goat.

Appearance- Light gold, certainly cloudy. No head to speak of, and only minimal lacing. Not a great start.

Smell- Rich, plenty of yeast. Some light sour apple, plenty of clove. Lots of hefe-like yeast, and esters. A citrus/lime component. Nice.

Taste- Strong Belgian yeast, right off the bat. It's a little almost stale tasting, but with tons of yeast. It's like the saison and witbier yeasts got in a fight or something. Also a strong citrus, lemon component. It's a muddled sweet, spicy, citrus thing going on.

Mouthfeel- Nice and crisp. Some more carbonation might be nice.

Drinkability- It goes down fine, but it's one and done for me.

Sometimes when you mix styles you bring out the worst in both of them. This might be the case. It's just a little too muddled. Also, one of the yeastiest beers I can remember. An interesting idea, but not a great product.

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Photo of Beernf
2.86/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On tap @ Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA. Poured into a tulip glass.

Not a huge fan of this beer. I have tried various Witbiers and know what i am getting into, but this one was so over carbonated, that i felt like i was drinking club soda. Flavors were very muted with lemon being the most prominent, but really i couldn't get over the yeast. I liked how it looked in the glass, but couldn't get over the mouthfeel to recommend it.

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Photo of charlzm
2.7/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Consumed February 14th, 2012 at Tony's Darts Away, Burbank, CA.

Beer is slightly hazy golden with a very small white head.

Aromas of lemon, coriander and musty clove.

Flavor has plenty of banana, accented by powdery Belgian yeast.
Missing are all the zesty notes promised by the nose.

Somewhat dry on the finish but lacking in the liveliness that this style is known for.

A fairly weak effort, though not a disaster. Inoffensive.

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Manifesto from Eagle Rock Brewery
3.58 out of 5 based on 70 ratings.
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