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

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Summer Solstice

Added by schwaeh on 07-26-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
80
Reviews:
21
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
10.53%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 80 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.89/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a yellow with slight gold. Awesome white head that eventually fades.

The smell is lots of spices but in the perfect balance.

The taste is on par with the smell but a lot more lemon zest comes through. A little bit of bitterness making an appearance as well.

I always enjoy a good Wit beer and I must say this may have been the best one I have ever had. I'm glad I picked this up when I was out visiting family in Ohio.

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Photo of Barcky112
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, coriander, pepper, clove, light banana, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, coriander, pepper, clove, light banana, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal bitterness/yeast spiciness and slight wheat tang on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon/orange peel, coriander, pear, apple, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, herbal, grasss, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from spiciness as well. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately creamy/bready, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Zero alcohol warming as expected of 5.3%. Overall this is a fantastic witbier! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mikepcarney
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of j0hnc2468
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 mpolewan
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 sixerofelixir
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Artjsantos
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Stinger80OH
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Dael5859
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of falcon1
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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

Photo of Tanbeer73
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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

$ 1.99/12 oz bottle at Vintage Estates in Boardman, OH
Undated bottle at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma of coriander
Head small (1.5 cm), white, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to an irregular ring between 1 and 3 mm wide
Lacing none
Body light yellow, yeast haze
Flavor begins moderately sweet and spicy with some yeast phenolics; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

A very drinkable wit, light and refreshing. And the current label says 'Summer SOULSTICE"

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Photo of ONUMello
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Pale yellow, slightly hazy with a one-finger head that settles somewhat quickly
S: Wheat, coriander, lemongrass and a hint of pepper
T: Matches the nose, maybe a touch heavy on the coriander
M: Light-bodied, spicy and crisp
O: I may be scoring this a touch higher than I should as I just mowed the lawn but boy is it refreshing. Would be better with a bit less coriander or more of the citrus pee3l

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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 durwood64
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wvsabbath
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Classic light golden yellow, minor 1/4 inch white foamy head and minial lacing.

Smell - Spices, lemon, corriander,banana, oranges, wheat, yeast, hops, some earthy aromoa. Some apple and pear also.

Taste - Classic flavor of orange/lemon/corriander starts this off. Hops and yeasts are very mild. Malts and added sugars are mild. Banana and lemon flavors are present in each drink. The finish has some earthy hops and some peppery spices.

Mouthfeel - Light, smooth, good balance. Tounge gets wheats, the fruits and spices, and some sugars. Palate gets more fruits and spices with some pepper at the finish. Afertaste is very light, floral and wheaty.

Overall - Decent, very light and easy to drink. Its not overly flavor heavy or adds anything new to the style. If your a fan of the style give it a shot. Theres better and worse stuff out there.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Pale gold in color,cloudy, with a nice bright white head of foam.
Aroma-Spices, coriander
Taste-Lemon zest, coriander,orange zest. Very light and refreshing, goes down very easily. Sessionable, and a nice match for lighter summer fare.

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Photo of glass_house
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass.

A- Poured a very clear pale golden color with tons of visible carbonation, white soapy head that left no lace.

S- Bubblegum, citrus, clove, and yeast.

T- Lots of sweet cracker and bready malt, citrus, clove, bubblegum, yeast, and coriander notes.

M- Light bodied, not dry, prickly carbonation, and kind of watery finish.

O- A lot more sweetness and malt expression that other witbiers I have had, but overall a solid witbier that hits most of the notes you expect for the style.

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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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3.8 out of 5 based on 80 ratings.
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