Rockmill Brewery

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Belgian Witbier
Ranked #72
Ranked #19,238
3.89 | pDev: 12.08%
Rockmill Brewery
Ohio, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 49 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Oopssorryy
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light golden hue, with a massive and thick white head. Cloudy, with only the vigorous bubbles of carbonation being able to be seen in this one. Retention is great, with very little loss in total head, and with some effort, you can regain any lost head with ease. Lacing isn't great, but with a head this good it's not a huge deal. In the nose I get a lot of apple, and some sort of musky spice that I can't quite place.

The flavor is interesting. A lot of spice hits you up front , starting out mild, and building to a sharp crescendo at the end, actually turning a tad spicy in a pepper like quality. There is an underlying flavor of apple cider with just a touch of sweetness that is balanced by the strong bitter note the brew leaves you with at it's finish. While not all the flavors stay with your tongue after swallowing, the spice does, coating the tongue is a slight heat.

The mouth feel is somewhat thick, not like a stout, but a good porter. Nice, creamy in texture, allowing you to really swish it around the mouth and get a good feel of the flavors this one hides. The beer does not show it's 6%ABV, but along with its spice qualities, the ABV will warm you just a tad.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An impressive thick white head. Be careful when you pour. Moderate aroma, with a taste of wheat, yeast, citrus, almost like a sour, but it is more than that, overall a pleasant interesting flavor.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the bottle in a snifter glass. This nice wit pours a hazy yellowish orange with a sizable white head of dissipating foam that dies down to a thick pool, thick ring, and nice lacing. Nose of light banana, tart lemon zest, white grapes, earthy yeast, and sweet Belgian candy sugars. Flavors follow the nose with sweet candy malts, soft grains, and lemon peel in the middle. Earthy yeast and tartness blends with a light banana note that finishes lightly tart and subtly dry. Effervescent and bubbly this is a great example of the style brewed here in Ohio.


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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/1/2015. Pours hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, orange peel, pear, apple, light banana, coriander, clove, pepper, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/earth yeast, spices, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon, orange peel, pear, apple, light banana, coriander, clove, pepper, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of herbal bitterness/yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange peel, pear, apple, light banana, coriander, clove, pepper, wheat, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice robustness and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent witbier. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. This feels noticeably stronger on spiciness than most I have had in the style, but doesn’t feel out of balance. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The common additions of orange peel and coriander are strongly suggested in witbier, but they are only acceptable when they complement the already present peppery spice and fruity esters that the beer produces naturally. While many overdo it, Rockmill brewers are content to allow the yeast to do much of the speaking.

Its pour comes way of hazy straw appearances and a creamy blanket of froth to lay across. Taken back by its earthy tone, the scents are musty of vinous cork, cellar musk, and mild farmhouse. its soft apple cider upstart is short on sweet but bold on white wine acidity.

Its bubbly effervescence is suggestive of chardonnay and chapagne as the apple, orange and lemon accents crawl swiftly across the palate. Trending dry and spicy, the ale begins to sell more "saison" character than that of wheat.

Yet its dry and racy finish is prickly and slightly warming- each are highlighted by peppery spice and its vinously dry tartness, With echoes of dried citrus, the taste of straw-like bite and grasses decorate the finish with floral whimsy.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty good wit here. Nice citrus tones. Mild earthy and grass characteristics. Very easy to drink and very well balanced. The only detractor is a high level of carbonationl Beyond that though, this is a well executed example of the style. Another nice one from Rockmill.

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Photo of raznug
3.34/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This beer pours a pale straw golden color and is topped with just a thin layer of head.
Smell: The aroma of this wit has a slight malt and yeast aroma but I can smell the slightest amount of possible funky aroma might be spoiled.
Taste: The taste of the beer doesn’t have a funky taste it is rather good for the style I am not a big wit beer fan but the yeast is subtle enough that it doesn’t dominate the malt flavor.
Mouthfeel: This is a thin but tasty beer I just wish that the aroma was better.

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Photo of HopsMathias
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into 2 glasses. Done as split pour with the last quarter of the bottle swirled to get the sediment from the bottom.
A cloudy yellow color looks nice.
Not much aroma maybe a little sour bread and fruit.
The initial taste is almost like water with a coriander and yeast bread finish.
Mouthfeel is very light again like water. The finish has a light pleasant carbonation that helps accentuate the slight spiciness of the coriander.
Overall a night lighter tasting brew.

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Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a very light amount of visible carbonation. It is very carbonated and poured with a two finger high white head that gradually died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of grainy malts and earthy yeast in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of grainy malts and earthy yeast with a slight amount of bitterness. There are also some notes of spices towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This tastes more like a "farmhouse" witbier if there is such a style as it shares some similarities with a saison.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light scents of coriander, baked bread, and just a touch of citrus orange to round it out. I would say this smells like a poppyseed bagel if you replaced the poppy seeds with coriander.

Beautiful opaque straw gold color with the crispest white head (and plenty of it) to top it off. No visible carbonation but the lacing rings it leaves around the glass are quite nice.

Right upfront it has a nice coriander flavor that flows through the beer. It's accompanied by this wonderfully yeast-heavy bread flavor in the middle and finishes again on a spicy note of coriander. It is super carbonated, and I mean high carbonation. Moderate body feels just about right for this beer. The carbonation makes it a bit hard to drink, as it foams easily. It is refreshing, tasty, and a wonderful example of a Belgian Wit inside the good ol' U.S. of A.

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Photo of stewart124
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml poured into a snifter.

Plenty and I mean plenty of visible carbonation. Thick rocky head like a root beer float. Hazy golden yellow.

Lots of spice and yeasty characters in the nose.

More spice in the first sip along with a champagne-like mouthfeel. Really heavy amounts of coriander and belgian yeast-like phenols. Somewhat harsh and almost overpowering without coming off like rocket fuel. Yet, easy to drink and refreshing on a humid night.

Not to beat up too much on my wife's tastebuds but she will occasionally drink another well known American Witbier that most people know of and she very rarely branches out to try another...well needless to say she helped to split this will me and was impressed. Not to take anything away from her or rock mill but I'm just saying this is approachable and drinkable for many.

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Photo of prototypic
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Witbier pours a really nice looking gold color. It’s very hazy. Backlighting reveals a slight copper hue. Carbonation looks quite active, yielding a white head that stands two and a half fingers tall. It recedes somewhat quickly, leaving a moderate coat of sticky lace behind.

The nose is good. It smells earthy and very grainy up front. There’s a nice spicy quality to it that really shines. Coriander, orange peel, and pepper are all noted. Once the spices emerge, the really are front and center. There’s a light floral hop scent that’s an excellent complement to the spicy notes. Alcohol isn’t noticeable at all. Smells good.

The flavor is just as impressive. It starts out with a nice mix of earthy and grainy flavors. They linger throughout. Spices jump into the mix quickly. Pepper, orange peel, and coriander are the most notable. It’s a very flavorful, satisfying combo. There’s a very lively hoppy flavor that follows. It’s a mix of floral and grassy hops. It’s more bitter than you might expect. It works nicely with the spicy flavors though. Alcohol is masked extremely well and isn’t noticeable at all. Finishes earthy, spicy, bitter, and a little dry.

Witbier has a lighter body. Carbonation is active. It has a really nice crisp, refreshing bite. For the style, it works really. Definitely makes for smooth and easy drinking. This 750 doesn’t stand a chance.

I’ve been interested to try a beer from Rockmill Brewery for some time. I was very curious how this small brewery from small town Lancaster, Ohio would perform. If Witbier is any indication, they’re doing alright. This is a really solid beer. I like it. It’s a very tasty Witbier that would definitely satisfy in the warmer months. Perhaps I’ll seek out another bottle then. If the price tag doesn’t scare you away, grab a bottle. It’s good stuff.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- first of all, the cork was plugged in this bottle so tight that i had to use a wine opener to extract it-- no joke. that says freshness to me. pours a hazy pale lemon yellow with just about the most beautiful white head i've seen on a witbier. its bubble structure is loose, but all in all the foam is sticky and sturdy and has that hoppy look to it and monster globs of lace.

S- fragrant floral hop aroma, i'm not getting too much of the spices except for very mild coriander and lemony-orange peel. the flowery honeysuckle and citrus grassy hops are held in tune with some pale malt and bready wheat. smells much hoppier than other wits.

T- taste is much hoppier as well. there's floral/herbal hop flavor from start to finish and bitterness does not reveal itself until the very end. spices are very difficult to detect save for the essential oils of curacao orange peel. coriander is nowhere to be found until long into the finish, where only a tiny bit of linalool (the compound that gives it that orangey nose tingling aroma when you crush a few seeds) can be detected. the brew is extremely fresh and tasty, but in a blind test i might think i was drinking a kolsch. bready malt flavor is aligned with the hops, fading away with subtle tartness. the utter lack of spice makes this one hard to judge.

MF- juicy light body with tight zingy bottle conditioned bubbles. leaves me with an apple juice type feeling and a champagne dryness on the cheeks.

D- light and refreshing for sure, but true to style? i don't know. maybe all the spices are somewhere at the bottom of the bottle. since i grow coriander, maybe i can crush a few of this past summer's seeds and put em in the other half of the brew, seal it up, and let it sit overnight. OR maybe this is just an american hopped up version of the style that dialed back the spices and went for something different (i.e. more alcohol). i don't know what to call it, but it's a good fresh beer. people looking for a standard wit however (blanche-de-anything) may be disappointed.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle at the Greenhouse Tavern into sampler glass

A- Poured a hazy orange color with creamy head that left some chunky lace

S- Huge bubblegum and citrus aroma, coriander

T- Big on orange peel, coriander, bubblegum, and belgian yeast. Finished fairly bitter for the style

M- Very smooth, lots of prickly carbonation, refreshing

O- A refreshing witbier with a great aroma. Very flavorful, big on the citrus, bubblegum, and yeast with a nice coriander presence as well.

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Photo of movingtrain
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stopped by the Rockmill brewery on the way to Hocking Hills and picked up a few bottles to bring home. This is the first of the batch I sampled.

Pours a hazy straw color with moderate white head on top. Carbonation looks good as the head slowly falls to half a finger.

The aroma is funky--nice! Heavy earthy notes in the nose, citrus, clove, orange peel, wet grass, and banana all come to mind.

The flavor holds those same earthy notes. This is quite a dry beer, highlighting lemongrass, cedar, crisp apple, and wheat. The yeast gives it that banana-clove funkiness, and the malts here highlight some excellent woody characteristics.

The mouthfeel is one of the key components to this beer. Along with the excellent flavor, the mouthfeel is almost champagne like, feeling quite dry and effervescent on the tongue. It is quite refreshing and complex.

Overall, an excellent take on the style. The flavors and aroma are spot-on, and the overall beer is very drinkable. Can't wait for another bottle.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Batch 55, 2/8/11, bottled 2/22/11.
A: Hazy yellow color; very thick head that lingers, even with a slow gentle pour. Lots of carbonation.
S: I agree with the other reviewers: wheat, orange zest and coriander.
T: Similar to the nose like the others have said: wheat, orange, coriander, a spice/hop finish.
M: Light and crisp, with a nice creaminess from the head.
O: Another solid beer from an up-and-coming producer with a lot of potential. I have enjoyed every Rockmill beer I have had to date, and this is no exception.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Southampton Double White glass. Pours a slightly hazy light gold color with a big, three fingered white head, that drops slowly.

Aromas of orange zest, wheat, and a light coriander touch.

Flavors of wheat, slightly astringent, orange peel, and coriander. A little peppery flavor as well.

Mouthfeel is medium/light. Creamy.

Overall a good witbier. Nothing too remarkable to set it apart from other wits, but it is good.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml caged and corked bottle, purchased last weekend after a tasting event at the brewery. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a hazy golden orange color with about a couple inch frothy white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is coriander, orange and lemon peel, and some wheat. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but there's a lingering spicy and citrusy hop finish. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a little bit slick and is well carbonated. Drinkability is pretty good, it's smooth and goes down very easy. I think this is a solid witbier, and would definitely buy this again in the future. It's always good to have another brewery in the area making good brews!

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