Witty | Chameleon Brewing

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Chameleon Brewing
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerFMAndy on 05-28-2010

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Photo of vfgccp
1.24/5  rDev -64.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Note: This is one of two Chameleon beers my friend received as part of a beer of the month club, and both were severely contaminated.

A - 80% opaque gold. Low head but holds a nice lace.

S - Meaty off-aroma. Some ginger, touch of bubblegum. Lemon way in the back.

T - Definitely contaminated. Carries the hallmarks of lactobacillus. Meaty, rancid, buttery. Couldn't take a 3rd sip to work through the rest.

M - n/a

D - n/a

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.49/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of BeerFMAndy. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

Pours yields a clear light gold beer with a very thin white head and no retention. Settles quite quickly into a swirly cap and a really thin collar. No lacing. Nose brings some mild Belgian yeast character with a bit of orange zest and light coriander. Taste has a bit of orange zest but then takes the coriander way too far into the spicy realm. Not subtle at all. The excessive use of coriander really destroys the mouthfeel, which is otherwise light and well-carbonated. Drinkability is pretty low. This is way too much of a spice bomb.

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Photo of Onenote81
2.74/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the bottle.

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy dark orange with absolutely no head. Not even a ring of lace to speak of. The nose is really sharp with big spicy yeast, bubblegum, lemon, and lots of coriander. The mouth is fair. Carbonation level is moderately high, but drinks smooth enough. The spices come out in full force flavor-wise. Coriander, lemongrass, white pepper. Mild fruity finish. This isn't the best representation of the style. Refreshing at times, but almost too much zing in it to have many more. I'd pass for some better Wits in the future.

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Photo of pasadoit
2.8/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The Witty: "White Wheat Ale Brewed with Spices". Received through the beer of the month club.

Drank straight out of the bottle.

Not a good example of the style. Finishes watery and a
bit bitter. Not as bad as some reports on here, but I wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
2.83/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A) Cloudy looking light orange color. A nice finger of white fluffy head. The head settles to a dusting. There was some lacing. Plenty of carbonation noted. Bubbles were moving rapidly to the top of the pint.

S) Plenty of wheat and some citrus. There was kind of a canned fruit aroma, mostly the syrup. There was light spice aroma as well.

T) Wheat, spices, mild citrus, some berries. Kind of medicinal. The finish is heavy orange rind, somewhat acidic.

M) Medium body with some sizzle. It's kind of sticky, and the orange rind lingers.

O) Picked up some Chameleon beers over at Sprecher Brewery the other weekend, and haven't been real impressed. They're not terrible by any means, but they're just not doing much for me. Perhaps this one is more of a summertime brew? I'll probably never know.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.04/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

That chameleon doesn't look like Oscar Wilde... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a half-finger of short-lived off-white foam. The nose comprises light orange peel, light funky wheat, and what seems like an old yuzu rind. (Gotta love learning new fruits, amiright?) The taste brings in more of the same, funkiness and odd rindiness not only intact but emphasized. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a weak wit, not altogether bad, just not very good.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a lightly hazed golden straw color with a brief moment of two fingered head that only leaves behind minimal lacing. Medium body and carbonation levels.. Smells and tastes of musty orange rind on a wheat base with a hint of cinnamon spice and a small amount of vegetal off-flavor.

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Photo of dtivp
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy orange gold with a small white head very little retention and light minimal lacing.

Aroma of citrus with coriander spice and hints of ginger.

Taste followed the aroma with lemon and orange zest, coriander and slight hint of wheat.

Mouthfeel was light body with light carbonation, very crisp finish.

Nice freshing drinkable beer, however, I do not rate it as one of my top favorite Wit's.

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Photo of Cullen80
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy golden in color a quickly disipating head with light laceing.

S- The aroma carries hints of oranges, and coriander.

T- Strong orange peel and lemony citrus but not over powering.

M- A nice light bodied beer with a good carbonation level.

D- The flavor, body, and plesent carbonation level make this an easy drinking beer

This is only the second beer I have tried from chameleon brewing the first was hop on top and im glad to say that this beer has gon a long way to redem this brewery in my eyes

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Photo of IPAdams
3.29/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- Pours a cloudy, pale gold with a small white head that recedes and leaves moderate lacing.

Smell- Lots of orange peel with a good spice scent and a floral background.

Taste- Again I get some bitter orange peel and spices. On swallowing I get a faint taste of black licorice. Balanced between a slight sweetness and slight bitterness. Lots of spice.

Mouthfeel- Fairly thin with less carbonation than a typical wit.

Overall- I probably wouldn't buy it again. It is not a bad beer, but the spice flavor was a bit overpowering.

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Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from the brewery (Sprecher). Pours hazy and golden. Pleasant wheat aromas, with spice. Medium mouthfeel, tingling carbonation. Not a bad one, some cloves, perhaps some cinammon though the wheat base is so-so. I have to be in a special mood to enjoy most wheat beers, but this one was ok. Not super drinkable but worth a half pint.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This pours a mostly clear, golden amber color with only a minor head. The scent is mostly oranges with hints of wheat. The taste is kind of creamy, wheat, orange beer. Very drinkable but taste wise it’s very simple and fruity. It leaves a mild mandarin orange after taste that lingers around for a while.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #90 (July 2014):

Spicy, Prefumey, Bread, Yeast

Very aromatic with all of the right ticks of a Witbier, perhaps a bit bold with the coriander though it is not too overwhelming. With that there is nothing unique here, it just stays within style without rocking the boat which is fine but that can end up being not noteworthy and Witty does just that.

STYLE: Witbier | ABV: 5.4% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour hazy golden in color with a half finger frothy white head lots of sediment is floating around in this beer.

Nose has lots of notes of grain and wheat that is overlayed with a big orange citrus aroma. A very slight hint of pine and also some light spices are detectable.

Taste is pretty good. First thing to hit you touge is but notes of citrus, predominately orange and orange rind. Malt is faint and grainy and is mainly overpowered by the orange. There is also a slight pine flavor.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, light to medium in body with light carbonation. Very drinkable and pretty refreshing.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy orange amber color with a big billowy white head. The head fades slowly over time to leave a bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is big of a wheat and yeasty smell with a whole lot of banana and clove. Along with these aromas comes smells of coriander and some grass and a little bit of an herbal smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather drier wheat taste with tons of yeastiness right from the start. There is a little bit of a banana and orange taste right from the start, with the orange sweetness fading as the taste moves forward. Along with orange fading, comes a good deal of clove and coriander, which with the blend of wheat and yeas, and the drying of the taste due to the loss of the sweeter orange, it ends up leaving a drier and thinner wit taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is quite thin with a carbonation level that is rather average. A little thicker of a carbonation may have been slightly better, with a thicker body accentuating the yeasty and wheat flavors more. Overall it was just OK in feel.

Overall- A fairly decent wit overall. It has a nice drier taste with a lot of spice and yeast. The only thing really holding it back is its weak body, but otherwise it is a pretty good brew.

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Photo of Antg8989
3.76/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours a pale gold with a white head.
Aroma: Wheat, citrus, black peppercorns.
Taste: Orange and coriander.
Feel: Medium-bodied, medium high carbonation.
Overall: This was interesting for a wheat beer. The spices gave it a nice touch

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - hazy golden color, little darker than most witbier, small head, okay retention

S - coriander and spicy clove-like phenols, some orange peel like scents present

T - spicy coriander prevalent through sweet malt, some modest hop bitterness on the finish but otherwise no hop noted

M - medium body, high carbonation; body is a bit heavy to style

O - This is a decent enough witbier. It goes down well enough and there is a lot of coriander and spiced flavor going on. The body holds it back from being really good though, as it is a bit heavy for a wit.

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Photo of Guden
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a beautiful light gold and cloudy with HUGE slowly fading creamy white head and lots of bubbling.

Smell: Awesome: orangey without being excessively sweet or soda like. Light coriander notes with the wheat malt and yeast character showing through. Not overly strong but good character.

Taste: At first like the smell but even better. The orange citrus and bitterness is just strong enough to keep you wanting more with the low levels of spice and yeast filling out the great wheat and orange with a little lemon that keeps you thinking. The lemon is a bit overdone and quickly gets a little tiring.

Mouthfeel: Great, the sour/bitter orange just barely sits on the back of the tongue with a perfect amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Could guzzle down a few more but the lemon gets a little tiring before the end of this bottle so I would probably go with something else.

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Photo of drizzam
3.89/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Veachster. The bottle boasts a Chameleon reading a book called "Molecular Beer Theory" while resting his arm on a bag full of Grains of Paradise. Let's see just how educated this little critter is...

A - Pours a cloudy light gold in color, maybe not quite as "white" as most witbiers I've had in the past. The body is topped by a fragile thin white cap, not much in the way of lacing.

S - Not super aromatic, the majority of the odor consists of coriander with some citric zest, orange rind I'm thinking. That Belgian yeast you expect from this style also seems to be in attendance.

T & M - The aroma carries over nicely to the flavor. Your typical witbier flavors are present...Coriander, the Belgian yeast...the citrus actually seems to present itself more as lemon up front and orange rind toward the back. Light bodied and crisp.

D - This is another easy drinker from Chameleon. Full flavor and low ABV makes this something you could stock all Summer and drink while mowing the lawn. Worth a sixer if you can get your hands on it.

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Photo of Duff27
3.91/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- White half-inch fluffy head. Dark orange beer. Very nice head retention and lacing for the style.

S- "Wheaty" smell. Slight citrus.

T- Sweet oranges, coriander. Slight alcohol taste, not off-putting though.

M- Creamy, smooth medium carbonation.

D/O- Pleasant surprise here. For a style I don't usually care too much for, I sure enjoyed this from Chameleon.

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Photo of dfolmste
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a wide-mouth Guinness pint glass.

A-Darker than other Wit beers I have had. Quarter inch of foam quickly subsides to nothing. Some uniform sediment remains suspended throughout the beer.

S- Coriander and ripe apricot. These smells overwhelm any other smells that may be there, which isn't a bad thing. Different than most Wits.

T- The taste is great, with more coriander and ripe fruit. Finishes clean.

M - More body and less carbonation than I was expecting. Very refreshing.

D- It seems like Chameleon decided to think outside the bottle with this beer. It stays true to some of the classic Wit characteristics, but in areas like color, taste and mouthfeel it breaks with tradition. This beer would appeal to a large audience.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Bottled sometime in 2010. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for this one!

(A)- Pours a hazy golden orange color that produced a decent white head that stuck around for awhile before dissipating.

(S)- A creamy fruit profile of lemon, peach, apricot, and a touch of banana.

(T)- Same as the smell; a big fruity profile of lemon, apricot, and orange peel.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A big fruit profile. A little one dimensional, but the fruits are tasty and crisp.

(D)- Easily drinkable and enjoyable. Light and refreshing. Putting a 6pk away would be easy.

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Photo of u2carew
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz twist off longneck.
A) Pours with a big, white two finger head. Quite clear body that is gold in color. The head settles after a bit leaving a creamy lacing on top and at edge of the glass.
S) Wheaty. Coriander. Subtle orange peel.
T) Wheaty. Quite spicy, but in a pleasant way. Sweet orange peel. Coriander. Mellow notes of black pepper. Flavor profile stays solid from start to finish.
M) Light body. Creamy. Dry in the finish.
O) A delightful Witbier. I think it's a bit sweeter than the normal style but not in a detracting way. I'd have another one, if I didn't leave so far away!

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes to BeerFMAndy. My man with the Chameleon hook up.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is a lightly cloudy golden yellow. A huge pillow like head rises to at least two fingers. Solid retention. After settling a small amount of lace is left behind.

The aroma is pleasantly fruity with hints of oranges, lemons and coriander. A solid wheat backbone with a touch of creamy vanilla.

The flavor is pretty much stock witbier. Light citrus character with a bit of coriander spice and a decent amount of wheat. A faint hint of banana come through in the finish.

Medium to light creamy body. Moderate carbonation.

Overall consider me pleased. This beer is a fairly spot on representation of the style. I might actually pick up a sixer of this over the summer.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: golden yellow, orange hue, cloudy, 1 finger head.

S: big fresh aroma of orange peel, coriander, maybe pineapple or apricot, wheat and spices.

T: same as the scent and such a flavor packed beer for being at 5.4%

M: Medium body, hint of carbonation dancing on tongue, slight sticky finish.

D: WOW! Glad I took a chance on this beer; delicious WI witbier. I could drink a 6 pack with ease, this may be my new Summer beer. I know my brother-in-law is a huge wheat beer fan, so he has to try this.

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