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Summer Rays | The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works

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Summer RaysSummer Rays

Brewed by:
The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
Ohio, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Summer Solstice

Added by schwaeh on 07-26-2011

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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 78
Reviews by McNealc31:
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3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours lighter in color and less cloudy than expected. Aroma is enticing with sweet orange and coriander. Flavor is spot on. The wheat malt is there, but the orange and coriander come through just fine.

Light, crisp, refreshing, good balance. Very nice Wit.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Weisenbeer
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good summer brew. The quality is evident as far as ingredients are concerned and the beer has a nice sweet finish. Sure to be a good option in hot weather. Slightly above average craft summer brew.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into snifter

A: Pale straw, light gold in color. Excellent clarity with just a light filmy white head.

S: Clove and coriander with a slight hay smell. Almost get light hints of nutmeg and cinnamon

T: Lots of banana, clove, nutmeg, and light bits of cinnamon.

M: Very light and refreshing body is very watery and smooth.

O: I am not a huge fan of this style, yet this one is very refreshing. Not something I would want to drink multiples of, but it wouldn't be bad every once in awhile.

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Photo of dailyminefield
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Lanstrum
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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

A 650 mL bomber from, I believe, Toledo's Beer Cave.

A: The witbier is pale, a light straw color that is as transparent as its immediate predecessor. A white head left lace of up to a quarter finger in height.

S: Wheat stands out, lemony with mild tartness. Orange is present, adding citrus sweetness on top of the tartness. Fresh coriander adds a sprig-like leafy aroma.

T: Wheat? Yes, but not with an overwhelming tartness. This wheat meshes with the biscuity pale malts thoroughly, dropping some of that bite. Orange is prominent, as it was in the nose, and peppery flavors tag along. The citrus sweetness nicely stituates itself atop the wheat. Grainy wheat is the last flavor that I register, a meatier flavor as compared to the spices.

M: A clean witbier, plenty spicy with more than enough wheat to keep me happy. The orange zest is quite fresh, a nice mid-sip treat.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat witbier glass, the beer pours a hazy gold color with about an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is orange peel, wheat, coriander, bananas and a bit of peppery spice. The brew tastes mostly like bananas and wheat, with some orange and lemon peel and coriander noticable too. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's well carbonated and easy enough to drink. I think it's a solid brew, and for $3.99 a bomber I'd definitely buy it again. It's a nice summer beer for a hot day!

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Photo of MJSJr
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of buschbeer
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a pilsner

A - It is pale yellow in color and clear. It is capped with three inches of eggshell head. There is little lacing.

S - I smell the traditional orange and coriander.

T - I notice a distinct orange taste. I also taste some spices. Coriander comes to mind again.

M - Medium

O - It is a refreshing beer after a long day at the ballpark watching the Tigers beat down the Tribe. This is a pretty good witbier.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that has very good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of wheat, lemons and oranges in the nose. The citrusy smell seems to become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of wheat along with prominent amounts of lemon and orange citrus in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink, refreshing and thirst-quenching. It is a very good example of the style. I would have no problem drinking several of these on a hot summer day.

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Photo of DiscGolfRobot
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of BGsWo22
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pathman
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Sabtos
3.24/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Zanico
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of BB1313
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy straw yellow with a minimal eggshell white head which fades, decent lacing and retention. Great clean aromas here. There's a huge blast of lemon zest along with some thyme and rosemary. Tons of orange aromas as well. Tastes like lemon juice minus the sour bitterness. The spices are there, with corinader leading the way. There's a subtle touch of black pepper. The wheat and oats are present. The flavors are fine, but seem to be dialed down compared to the aromas. It's still very refreshing, especially on a hot day. The carbonation is very present, but not overdone. Very light, clean and crisp.

This witbier is a little better than average. Not bad. It's refreshing and will get the job done on a summer day. This was my first time having Summer Soulstice. I never tried it on-tap or when it was originally released in bombers.

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Photo of PrendUnVerreDeBiere
3.44/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Duwey
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of schwaeh
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light golden-yellow with a bright-white, two finger head.

S: Smells heavily of banana, cloves, pepper, yeast, and coriander. Some citrus in there too.

T: Taste follows the nose. BANANAS. There is a very soft plantain-like flavor with plenty of clove. The lemon and orange zest add further depth and refreshment to the beer. The yeast softens out the overall flavors of the beer, allowing the clove to mix well and not overtake the flavor profile.

M: Lighter in body but the yeast and solid carbonation help it fill out the mouth. Thirst quenching.

O: This is a style I thought I was very bored with, until I had this one. This screams summer seasonal beer all the way. I had this on a 95 degree day and it really hit the spot. As far as American wits are concerned, this is in the honors class.

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Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of JoeLacy
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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