Black Wit-O
No Label Brewing Company

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American Dark Wheat Ale
Ranked #25
Ranked #45,868
3.38 | pDev: 15.68%
No Label Brewing Company
Texas, United States
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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Black Wit-O is a fun looking Halloween themed dark wheat ale, which is somewhat unusual. I had to try it.

Look: dark brown with an inch off-white head

Aroma: moderate aromas of wheat, coffee, licorice

Taste: the taste is wheat biscuit, and a little bit of coffee and licorice.

Feel: light to medium body and the alcohol was hidden, but it also felt a bit watery to me.

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Photo of princessbay710
4.71/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I am particularly fond of this beer. The look is quite flat, cherry-black with no head and limited lacing, but it seem to fit the part. The smell is outstanding, and gives you the impression that you first sip will hit home hard, dark, roasted, licorice, coffee, maybe slight chocolate. The sip you've been waiting for is underwelmingly mild, but as you sit on it, it's sweet and roasted flavors linger and grow to a medium audacity comparative to the smell. The feel is light carbonation, weak body.
This is nice for me because I enjoy a good porter, but I am usually scared to venture into trying them. This beer is nothing to be afraid of, besides it's name. :)

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.32/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black Wit-o. This one is a little strange! That being said, there are some good things to say about it. Almost no lacing but a spiderweb like head that disappeared fairly quickly.

Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, and licorice. Not as stinky as some other porters, etc. Taste follows suit. But this is supposed to be a dark wheat ale anyway! I'd say the taste gives it a 30/70, wheat/dark balance with the wheat just having enough influence to give it a refreshing, easy drinking, even sessionable characteristic that normally doesn't appear in beers this dark.

Alcohol hidden extremely well, this is just a mash of flavors. I could imagine myself as a kid enjoying it bahaha. I bought this hoping for this kind of experience and me and my fiancé are having and am quite happy with the end result. Adding another cool Texas beer to the list!

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Photo of puck1225
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Dark brown color, thin short lived head, decent lacing. Not to fragrant, but some dark toast and chocolate. These things come out more pronounced in the taste, which I liked. Not bad!

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.22/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch black color with a finger width brown foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Has a black licorice and mild java aroma. Dark malty taste with java, black licorice and very mild chocolate. Moderate to heavy bodied with mild carbonation. Nice smooth, silky taste.

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Photo of Myotus
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle (bottled on 09Sep15) into a weizen glass.
LOOK: Pours with a half finger's worth of off-white foam that halves itself after 10 seconds. Dark brown in color with a garnet tint. Rising bubbles are very small and very subtle in quantity. Lacing is moderate and both thin and thick in different areas.
SMELL: Has mild aromas of sweet coffee toast, and minty licorice from the star anise (I haven't had this in a beer since I had DFH's SahTea, however, it worked with that brew and not this one) and subtle aromas of wheat.
TASTE: Mild flavors of sweet coffee and toast enter initially. Mild star anise and wheat flavors come in right after. As all flavors persist, hints of bitter roasted malts enter onto to the palate.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and subtly carbonated. Goes down smooth and creamy and finishes extremely crisp.
NOTE: The addition of star anise was a terrible idea. I get that it's suppose to be the "bite" of the black widow, but it just doesn't work out too well. Take that out, and you will have a good beer here.

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Photo of E-McFarden
3.06/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Cream colored head with no retention, couln't even say my ABCs before the head was gone. Strong roasted malt aroma with fruity tones sneaking through. Fruity, apple tones immediately hit the palate with roasted malts battling to stay alive. Overall taste with mouthfeel obviously remenescant of champagne. I appreciate the different style, but I'm not huge huge fan.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Black and remain dark until you gaze towards the outer edged of the glass, then you begin to see the amber hues float through. The head l=is light and tan and quickly shrinks into a thin lacing, which itself disappears.

Light floral and dark fruits smell, not very strong but they are there. Mild malt and apple aromas come through.

Mildly bitter and sweet through out slight apple and caramel come through as it hits the middle of your tongue.

Light bodied and crisp through out.

Not a bad experience overall,

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.33/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

No Label Black Wit-O has a very thin, beige head, a dark, ruby-brown-black appearance, fierce, tiny bubble streams, and almost no lacing. Aroma is of licorice, dark malt, and sweet, brown bread. Taste is more bready than licorice, but that is certainly present. Bitterness is nil. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Black Wit-O finishes semi-dry and a bit bland and dull.


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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

This one pours a nearly impenetrable black that has a thick long lived dark tan head that slowly settle to bubbles like the holes in sliced bread. The lacing is light in follows the head down the glass.

The nose is a crispy, smokey spiced malt with peppery notes of hopping with a sweet malt bed to float on.

The flavor is a nicely smoked malty experience that has the whit undertones that also lean towards some caramel, coffee and vanilla.

The mouthfeel is a tad more watery than I would have expected but not to much so.

Overall extremely satisfying and very drinkable.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
2.85/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle at reefer temp into a goblet.
Aroma - can't detect
Head small (<1 cm), fizzy, light brown, fully diminishing.
No lacing.
Body clear, dark brown.
Basically no flavor; just wet and watery, light to medium body.
Soft carbonation.

Not a particularly good beer, but worth trying once.

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Photo of DillanWeems
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is clear and very dark. Brownish red tinges. Almost no head, no lacing. Really dig the name and label.

Smell is nice. Lots of licorice, a bit of wheat in there too. Slight mustiness.

Taste is similar to smell. Licorice in the finish. Light wheat taste.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Too light and thin for my tastes.

Overall not bad. I LOVE licorice, so this one gets a little biased bump in points for having more licorice notes than any other beer I've tried. I really wish it had more body and head though.

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Photo of ranger7
2.97/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a plain-looking bottle with a nice label art of a Black Widow spider into a pint glass.

A - Dark, with a red-ish hue.

S - Smells a little like burnt licorice, some nutty and wheat tones as well.

T - Pretty good taste, nothing like the smell. Some chocolate, nuts. It has a little bite to it, but it is not hoppy at all.

M - Odd - it's got a little bite with some carbonation, which doesn't go very well with the flavor.

Summary - Not my favorite wheat ale, but a decent brew. Was expecting something more of the dark and smooth variety.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.17/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pretty dark and actually pretty clear, with an almost auburn color when held to the light. Light brown head was about a finger but didn't last too long. Lacing wasn't much.

Definitely some chocolate, roasted malts, cocoa, nuts in the aroma.

Taste is a little odd but not bad. Roasted malts, chocolate and cocoa, nuts, and a little anise make an appearance. Not too much in the way of hops.

Body is light, creamy, and slick, with a bitter chocolate finish.

It's ok but not spectacular.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
3.31/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Lightly chilled 12 oz bottle into a weizen pint glass. No decipherable bottling date.

Look- Deep ruby brown, visible sediment in the bottle and the bottom of the glass. Pours with four fingers of beige head that settles fairly quickly but a decent film persists throughout, sparse lacing.

Smell- Nutty, toasty, a little char and cocoa. As it warms, the cocoa becomes stronger, and swirling brings out some anise and earthy spice. Char isn't too heavy, but I'm getting a woody smokiness as well.

Taste- Follows the aroma, anise is distinct and present throughout... is this spiced? *after consulting the label more closely* go figure, it is. Star anise all the way. It's pretty strong, but there's also a bit of baker's chocolate and burnt toffee, and oddly enough, blood orange. Not half bad, but I'm not quire sure what to make of it.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, light carbonation. Silky feel, creamy. Coating, lingering gummy feel makes me want to brush my teeth.

Overall- An odd brew, but I rather like it. It could use quite a bit of polishing, however, and a clearer indication on the label that it was spiced would have been appreciated.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.47/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Freetail 2012 shaker pint glass.

Thanks to twiggamortis420 for this bottle!

I think I'm trying too hard to make the marking on the spider's backside look like a weizen glass... Anyway, this stuff pours a sorta brackish burnt sienna topped by a half-finger at best of short-lived khaki foam. The nose comprises toasted biscuit, light clove, light black pepper, chocolate powder, and a twinge of orange peel in the back. The taste generally follows this same line of thinking, though the orange zest now comes to the fore, with the spices and chocolate relegated to the backseat. Yeah, the flavors come in distinct waves, but the waves don't seem to be conflicting all that much, save on the border of transfer. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a pretty tasty beverage, a nice twist on the traditional wit style.

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Photo of genitempo
2.95/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark brown body. Minimal head, dissipates quickly.

S - Toasted caramel with faint chocolate tones.

T - Flattened malt with a liquorish finish. Painful aftertaste.

MF - Up to par with it's class.

O - I'll be honest, I don't like No Label. I want to, being that I was born and raised in Katy, Texas. But, the product falls short. This recipe, among a few others, don't meet the standard of most Austin Brew pubs, let alone an independent brewery. I enjoyed their Winter Warmer and their Milk Stout, but that's really where it ends.

*As a side note, they need to find a new label artist. It's as if these labels were created on Microsoft Paint.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.8/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle (with a creepy label) pours an opaque dark brown color...not quite black...with a thin off-white head. Surely a wheat beer should be able to get it up more than this! No lacing and no retention either....not starting out good on this one.

Nose is licorice, orange peel and poppy seed muffins. Smells ok, a little faint and I feel like the dark malt should be a bit more chocolaty.

Taste is a mélange of orange peel, roast, licorice and wheat tang. It does not all come together like it should and the flavors are so competitive, it lacks any flow whatsoever. It has a pithy aftertaste that is just not cool...and where is the coriander? It seems like coriander could really tie the room shit...Woo really pissed on this rug hard core.

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Photo of Beer-Zombie
3.99/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Black Sheep. Had this at the Texas Craft Beer Fest a couple weeks ago too. Pours up super opaque brown with a khaki colored crown that lasts the entire way down. Just like I like my women. Aroma is tough to snag with all this wind and cuz I don't have a nose, but I'm gathering licorice, toasty breast malts, maybe a kiss of hops. Taste is licorice, vanilla bean, chocolate macChoco, nice hop backdrop balance. Very smoothe very very smoothe drinking, perfect carbo. I would say this is a damn good dark wheat brew. Nice to see Texas beers doin somethin right!

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Photo of Mora2000
3.06/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Growler filled at D&Q in Houston.

The beer pours a black color with an off-white head. The aroma has a lot of roasted malt and chocolate notes. I know this is supposed to be a black wit beer, but this smells much more like a schwarzbier.

The flavor has chocolate and toasted malt, but what really stands out is the anise, which is nearly overpowering. The wheat also makes an appearance in the flavor, but it is subtle.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of champ103
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Flying Saucer in Houston, TX.

A: Pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights around the edges. A one finger tan head forms, but recedes in a second. Some lace is left behind.
S: Fairly neutral in the nose. Light roasted malt, some chocolate, some cereal grains.
T: Again roasted malt and chocolate. Cereal grains, bread, biscuit. Light liquorish even. In no way is this a Wit or any type of wheat beer.
M/D: A thin and almost under carbonated body. To lifeless for me. Not hard to drink, but not something I am going to come back to again and again.

Overall, this was not bad. Just more of a one and done. I am not sure what a black wit is suppose to be, and what ever it is this is not it. More of a week porter. Interesting to try once, but that is it.

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Black Wit-O from No Label Brewing Company
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 117 ratings