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Winter 2012 Winter Wit | Almanac Beer Co.

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Winter 2012 Winter WitWinter 2012 Winter Wit

Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by drgarage on 02-03-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of mountdew1
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 2532. Pouted into a wine glass. Poured a very pale color, with a thin 1/4 in head that was easily replenished by the bubbles rising from the bottom. Sediment visible in the bottom of the bottle. Aroma was predominantly yeast and wheat. Very small hint of peppery spice. Flavor started off slightly sweet, then switched to a bit of citrus, and then finished up with a bit of kick from the ginger. Well balanced, with none of the parts overwhelming the whole. Felt fairly good in the mouth. Coated nicely, carbonation would shift from barely noticable, to being a bit overwhelming. Overall a solid beer. Price is perhaps a bit high, but knowing the principles and practices behind it, its perhaps not as bad.

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Photo of sbanacho
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly clear golden-yellow with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some thick lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of wheat, orange and some other citrus smells, some light ginger, and some Belgian yeast and banana.

T - Starts off with a mix of wheat, orange and other citrus and a bit of Belgian yeast flavor. Through the middle, some ginger comes through alongside some more yeast character with some banana and a touch of spice. The finish is a mix of orange, Belgian yeast, banana, ginger and spice, and a bit of wheat.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and lightly spicy finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice complexity of flavors for a witbier. The wheat flavor is also not too strong which is nice.

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Photo of kiki3drt292
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of avaldivia
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of majcher33
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Body is straw gold and hazy. Poured into a Bruery chalice, it forms a good 3/4 inch head that dissipates into a thick ring of foam, with some sticky lacing.

Nose is spicy with sweet light malt, coriander and ginger, and tangy citrus. Quite perfumy and really smells delightful with a good balance from the malt sweetness, citrus, and ginger.

This is a fine tasting witbier. The ginger is spicy, you taste it right away, and you feel it on the tongue and lips after a few sips, but in a nice way, like a ginger candy. It has a candy sweetness too, maybe a bit sweeter than the norm for a witbier, which pulls it more toward a Belgian golden style. Certainly not as dry as some witbiers. The big difference with this beer is the use of fresh locally farmed sweet and blood oranges and fresh ginger that sets it apart from probably almost all witbiers that typically use dried orange peel and dried ginger. The orange flavor is a lovely combination of the flesh and peel, giving it fresh acidity--really like the juice from a fresh squeezed orange--with just a bit of bitterness from the peel (if I remember a photo correctly, the oranges were partially peeled when they were added to the barrels, seems a nice calculation). The hops would seem to be of the noble variety, but that's hard to guage as this is not very hoppy. The yeast is also nicely phenolic, adding to the fruit character, and also a bit more husky yeast flavor than the norm. All that is gently supported by the bready/cracker wheat malt. Overall, this tastes brilliant, very fresh, and has more complexity than any other witbier I've had. There is nothing harsh in this as often happens with witbiers as one drinks them, and I don't get the sensory overload on the tongue that is typical of inferior wits (read Hoegarden) that just shuts the taste buds down. This finishes really clean with a nice fresh orange peel flavor that lasts and lasts. It reminds me of why a marguerita made with fresh limes tastes so much better than a typical bar-made version from mix.

Body is light and the carbonation is gentle, giving it a refreshing mouthfeel that is a little mousselike, in between fizzy and creamy.

The flavorful yeast and somewhat higher alcohol seems to pull this more toward a Belgian golden style, but the light body and the coriander, ginger, and orange flavors anchor it within the witbier style. It's a witbier with pizzazz. What's not to like about that--no lemon slice need be added here--and it has a good fresh orange character that invites pairing with a variety of foods. Very nicely done, IMO.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I just feel like I want to say that this is my favorite beer from Almanac so far. Their last release was good (at least, to me it was), but I find this one better.
The wheat tones on this are nice. Hearty and rustic. But the orange and spices that intermix really set this apart. Far from subtle (like the last Almanac release), but also far from obnoxious and overdone, the accents the fruit and spices give are really well done. Like I said earlier, this beer hits me as hearty and rustic, as do all of Alamanac's beers at this point to be honest. I like this one. Witbiers are a bitch to execute. This is well done. I will continue to look forward to future Almanac releases.

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Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy straw blond body capped by a thin but lasting head.

Smell: Spices come through strongly on the nose with a blast of ginger and coriander - a bit too dominant to me. Bright citrus notes follow, and I find myself enjoying the piquant orange aroma much more than the somewhat overbearing spices. There's a yogurt-like lactic yeast note that's complementary to the citrus.

Taste & mouthfeel: Milky, lactic, very grainy. Spices come through pretty strongly again, but don't feel as overwhelming as they do on the nose. The orange character is really pleasant, integrating nicely with the wheat and lactic, funky yeast. The body feels a bit heavy and slick rather than light and refreshing, and there's more residual sweetness than I care for in a wit. Beyond that, I'm not sure why this beer needs 7% alcohol.

Overall: Probably the best Almanac beer so far. I still don't think it's great, but the brewery seems to be improving.

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Photo of Diomede
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of TicoCali
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of nataku00
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a fluted wine glass. Beer poured a hazy golden color with a finger of white bubbly foam. Head leaves a bit of lacing as it recedes, sticking to the sides of the glass. Good amount of carbonation floating up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is citrus peel and hit of fruity esters, bubble gum and banana. A bit of coriander and ginger spice comes through as the beer warms to room temperature.

Taking a sip, some orange and lemon zest bitterness upfront, then mostly fruity esters and coriander middle of the tongue. Ester flavors and a hint of orange peel continue to the back of the tongue. After a few sips, the spiciness from the ginger starts to make itself known at the back of the throat.

Light body and well carbonated, but it became still after around 10 minutes or so. A good wit bier, with some interesting flavors due to the ginger.

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Photo of Zorro
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy gold colored beer with a good sized snow white colored head. Appearance wise they nailed this one.

Smell is sweet and spicy with a chalky yeast aroma. Coriander herbs and flowers. Smells a lot like a field of flowers.

Starts out spicy and sweet but definitely more on the spicy side. Wheat cracker malt flavor. Spicy coriander with a twist of lemon. Tasty but it is also pricey.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is tasty but not $15 a bottle tasty. Found at the Cork & Bottle in Fremont California.

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Photo of drgarage
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Grape and Grain in San Mateo

I've been following Almanac closely since their launch, so I was excited to see this on draft at my after-work watering hole.

A: Muted, creamy orange. This is an unfiltered beer and it's one of the cloudiest I have ever seen. It seriously almost looked like a pulpy orange smoothie. Minimal head, with yeast skittering across the surface. One of the most unique-looking beers I have ever seen.

S: Hints of ginger and orange juice with a bit of Belgian bite on the back end.

T: Gentle orange and ginger mixed with a typical wit character behind it. Definitely not the kind of intense fruit you would find in a limbic, but a nicely structured fruit character indistinguishable from esters. Dig it.

M: Great wit mouth. I slurfed this a lot, and quite noisily. Very pleasant and interesting.

O: The best Almanac beer yet (the summer vintage was the previous champ and might be again with age). Definitely spendy, but really unique in its us of local, seasonal ingredients. Basically, it's Chez Panisse in a bottle. Worth checking out, especially on draft.

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Winter 2012 Winter Wit from Almanac Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 39 ratings
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