Calavera Witbier | Microcerveceria Gourmet Calavera

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Calavera WitbierCalavera Witbier

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Microcerveceria Gourmet Calavera

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by treque on 12-06-2010

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by BretSikkink:
Photo of BretSikkink
3.55/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I too was a little disappointed by the size of the foam head here; bone white in color with a decent initial jump, but far from dense and sticky. Disappeared quickly leaving a soapy lid. Body is spot-on perfect though; looks like orange juice it's so cloudy and milky. Color is in the golden range, lighter around the edges.

The nose is fairly floral with a slight citric fruit component. Coriander is mild but present, overall wheat character is nice. Could be stronger, but this is a very classic witbier aroma: slightly soapy and thin, but sweet and inviting.

As mentioned by others, this is a refreshing and well carbonated beverage. Mild notes of citric zest are enveloped and massaged away by floral and phenolic yeasts, malted wheat, and a light spicing. Alcohol is actually noticeable despite being under 5%.

Mouthfeel is light but creamy, very smooth with completely appropriate carbonation.

In my mind, the two previous reviewers do not understand the witbier style and should re-review this beer after they have tried Hoegaarden (which I haven't seen in DF) or Hitachino Nest (which I have). Contra to juankzas, this is definitely unfiltered as stated on the bottle (no one else notices any green hues), and I would say that it is definitely "attached" to a European style. This is a solid - if unspectacular - wit. Roddwolff meanwhile mentions that the beer is milky yellow and cloudy, which immediately should put a "Look" score at 3 for a wit - his scoring of 1.5 demonstrates a clear lack of understanding of the style. Again, I'm not exactly a shill for Calavera, but the problems with this beer's recipe are slight and easily tweaked: the head is too shallow, the nose could be stronger and more complex, and the booze must get hidden. Otherwise, a pretty solid outing.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of juankzas
2.17/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: A filtered witbier?? Pale with some green hues, not what I expect from a witbier. Decent white head.

S: Where´s the orange and the coriander?? very bland smell.

T: The same problems of the smell.

What a joke of beer, people from Calavera claim their beer is awesome and attached to a true european style, but the reality is the results are very poor. Even a bohemia weizen is a better beer.

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Photo of roddwolff
2.54/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured in a goblet Gouden Carolus; look: Milky yellow, very cloudy, no head, no lacing; smell: floral hops with wheat and fruity notes; taste: wheat, coriander and floral hops; taste: refreshing, very mild bitterness, light body and high carbonation; drinkability: good.

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Photo of KeithE
3.92/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Excellent Wit beer. Maybe the issues with other reviews were not fresh. I drank this in Riviera Maya last night and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Photo of treque
3.15/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pale yellow slightly hazy with a white and small head which
remains as a layer of cream on the beer. Abundant carbonation
and constant.

S: Aroma with touches of citrus, especially orange, Belgian yeast. The aroma of wheat is light, small touches of astringent. The floral notes are given by coriander

T: Mild flavored, citrus are persistent from start to finish, end
leaves a feeling of having eaten an orange cookie. Refreshing.
At no time bitterness is perceived noticeable touch of coriander from half til the end of the beer

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Photo of jaimenavarrog
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of Mike_Aguirre
2.58/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Very acid and astringent beer, uncomfortable to drink I didn´t like it. I think this one in particular had some sort of contamination, looks and smells according to style but taste is defenitely wrong.

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Photo of SirDirtJoe
3.53/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dactrius
3.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Calavera Witbier from Microcerveceria Gourmet Calavera
3.04 out of 5 based on 9 ratings.
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