Magic #42 - Passion Fruit & Lime Witbier

Magic #42 - Passion Fruit & Lime WitbierMagic #42 - Passion Fruit & Lime Witbier
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Wheat Beer - Witbier
3.91 | pDev: 7.16%
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Magic #42 - Passion Fruit & Lime WitbierMagic #42 - Passion Fruit & Lime Witbier
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Pretty good lacing.

S: A decent, if a little odd, aroma of tropical fruit, citrus, malt, spices, and a weird grainy / bready quality.

T: Tasted of a fair amount of wheat and malt, lots of citrus (lime, in particular), the aforementioned grainy / bready quality (it's off-putting), some passion fruit, a yeasty funkiness, and spices. This is an odd flavor for the style. The funkiness and grain don't mesh well with the fruit. Not a bad flavor, but definitely uneven.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a zesty, sharp finish. Light-bodied.

O: A solid beer, but it has its faults. Worth a look for a different kind of witbier.

Jan 21, 2018
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Surprisingly, this just came in but the bottle cap has a date of 4/11/2015. So this is basically a year old... bad distribution here. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a light, slightly hazy darker straw yellow body, two finger white head which quickly dies down into a thin film and collar, fairly effervescent. Smells of spices, touch of pineapple, tart passion fruit, not too much lime. Maybe a suggestion of lime. Touch of Belgian yeast minerality as well. Flavour is a crisp tart passion fruit, a bit of lime zest, tropical fruit, mild minerals and spices on the finish. It's not bad, not too complex but it's got a decent passion fruit flavour. Mouthfeel is medium and crisp, light and dry, solid overall with a lime zest finish. Surprising that this had just hit distribution but was already a year old. I may have to avoid Omnipollo beers from here on unless it clearly has a date marked and within a reasonable time frame.

Apr 08, 2016
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Pours a clear, pale yellow. Minimal head. Aroma is tangy but light. Both the lime and passion fruit are only noticeable because I know they are there. If sampled blind I wouldn't have picked up either. It's mostly tangy and wheaty. The more I think about it, the lime does have a presence. The flavor is light as well. Sorta tastes like a Gose. It's a little funky. Pretty mild but overall it's decent. Light bodied. More mellow than I'd like.

Oct 12, 2015
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Marius from Netherlands

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear pale yellow, with a short-lasting white head that gives way to a thin lacing. Citrus smell, a bit funky, with a sweet component that resembles passion fruit and mango. Light body that tastes like limes, lemon zest, mango, passion fruit and feint vinegar. Little carbonation, but it still feels refreshing.

Sep 20, 2015
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GRG1313 from California

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Belmont Station, Portland, Oregon (from notes)

Pours a light gold with a fast fading white head. Mouth feel is inviting with small elegant bubbles and a light tart character. Flavor profile is lovely fruit mélange of lemon, lime and other citrus and fruity tones. Brewed with passion fruit I got hints on the nose and in the mouth but perhaps not quite as "fresh fruit" as one might expect from the nose. All around really good and would love to have again.

Aug 09, 2015
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BlurryVisi0n from New York

3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served flute glass here at Ceveceria Esparte in Conil, Spain.

Appearance: Light gold color which has very little bubbles to the body except heavier towards the head. Which originally rose to maybe a notch below a finger's length coming off a pure white color.

Smell: Light lemon scent or citrus. Smells hard of sour fruit.

Taste: sour taste you feel lemon and lime and was hoping the passion fruit would kick in a bit.

Mouth: Light to medium carbonation. Sour after-taste with smooth hops.

Overall: Not a what I was expecting but no complaints. My palate was looking for something more on the dessert side after reading the description of the beer. Has the line and maybe the citrus pushes the passion fruit to the side. Regardless, worth giving at least a try. Salud!

Jul 17, 2015
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy yellow body with a small white head. Lovely aroma of stone fruit, funk, kiwis, light spice, passion fruit. Quite tasty. Fruity body with sufficient tartness. Lemon, kiwis, tropical fruit, sour goodness. Similar to a Berliner weissbier. Delicious.

Jun 04, 2015
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Served on-draught into a pint glass at Malja in Kuopio, Filand. Cost was 8 euro.

HEAD: White colour. Recedes too quickly for me to note its characteristics. Leaves no lacing. Retention is horrible - ~20 seconds.

BODY: Cloudy yellow-copper of average vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Looks decent for a witbier. A bit dark and dull for the style.

AROMA: The lime veers a bit into urinal cake territory. Wheat is shallow and reticent. I'm not getting much in terms of yeast. Somewhat bland for a witbier. Doesn't seem as fresh or fruity as the premise would seem to promise.

Aromatic intensity is light.

No booze, off character, or overt hop notes are noticeable.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Lime and passion fruit definitely come through, with some gose-like subtle sea salt in there too, as well as some unexpected sourness (~1-2/10 in terms of intensity). Lactic acid. Wheat, sure, and light pilsner malts comprise the malt backbone. Clean barley. Cool and refreshing.

Smooth and wet. Light-bodied, with sufficient but not overbearing heft and weight on the palate. Crisp, if a bit overcarbonated.

Not boozy, astringent, gushed, hot, rough, or scratchy.

There isn't a harmony of texture and taste, but the former does play into the latter nicely.

Balanced, if a bit lacking in terms of fundamentals...where's the Belgian yeast? The clove? The lemon peel? The citrus here comes only from lime, which just isn't the same as the fresh lemon of a great traditional witbier.

I do like this. Average duration, intensity, and depth of flavour. Hop presence is minimal (to style). Has a cidery acidity, to its detriment. Not soft enough.

OVERALL: Drinkable, absolutely. But the execution doesn't fulfill the potential o the premise. The key lime and passionfruit notes should be more present, if not dominant. It isn't as subtly handled or intricately built as the style demands. I wouldn't buy it again at its 8 euro/500ml price point, but it's an above average witbier and the premise is great. I'd like to see Omnipollo hone this recipe.

High C+ (3.23)

Jun 03, 2015
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When is a witbier a better witbier? When it's not a witbier at all! Erasing much of the earthy perfume from coriander and citrus peel and replacing them with the tropical and lime flavors that are often common in hops allow this crisper, cleaner and less sweet-than-usual Belgian wheat beer a big leg up.

Its pilsneresque appearance is bright straw with the slimmest hint of haze. While bold passionfruit, mango and papaya grace the nose, its taste is mostly of dry bread, light honey, fresh-lined grain and a hint of wheat sweetness.

The fruitiness unfolds on the middle palate with the full brunt of citrus and tropical meddles, leading with obvious tangy passion fruit and the bitter-sour interplay of lime. Seemingly like sparkling white wine, the peppery balance of white pepper and faint clove.

Tart, but shy of sour, the light-bodied beer is dry and clean- a far cry from the creamy grain and spice character of the common witbier. Siding more with saison, the tangy and vinous finishes with an afterglow of tropical hawaiian punch and champagne.

May 18, 2015
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flagmantho from Washington

3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: shimmery silvery-gold hue with a light haze and a nice effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy white foam. The color is just what I want out of a witbier.

Smell: the passionfruit and lime really come through, although the combination is perhaps a bit too heavy for a witbier. Not at all bad, though.

Taste: wheaty, zippy and peppy; it reminds me of a gose more than a witbier with the tang that these fruits bring to the party. A dash of salt, in fact, and this would be a great gose. As a witbier, too, though, I think it's very good, if a bit nontraditional.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a fizzy carbonation that yields a nice creaminess. I like it.

Overall: a highly refreshing and drinkable witbier. Definitely worth a try.

May 14, 2015
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superspak from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into pint glass, best before 11/4/2015. Pours hazy golden straw color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of tart lemon, lime, passion fruit, pear, green apple, coriander, wheat, cracker, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of tart lemon, lime, passion fruit, pear, green apple, coriander, wheat, cracker, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate fruity tartness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, passion fruit, pear, green apple, coriander, wheat, cracker, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice robustness and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and light pale malt notes; with a great malt/spice/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a very nice and unique witbier style. All around good robustness, balance, and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. The label states it as a sour witbier, but it all comes from the fruit additions and not yeast. A very enjoyable offering.

May 05, 2015
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RyanK252 from California

3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Spokeasy Public House

A: Pours slightly hazy pale straw with a white head that settles and laces lightly.

S: Light citrus, a bit herbal, hints of tropical fruit, and light malt sweetness.

T: Little tartness, bright citrus, lemon and lime, touch of tropical fruit, herbal notes, and a bit of light malt.

M: Fairly light body, on the higher end of medium carbonation.

O: Light and refreshing, great summer beer.

Mar 29, 2015
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this quite a bit.

Pours a hazy pale pastel yellow as a Wit should, ample lace with drippy suds all around the glass, patchy skim floating in the center.

Aroma is super pungent, fruity and dank. Sandalwood, lime zest, tropical elements.

Taste is tart and juicy, light boded and utterly drinkable. Passionfruit comes through more in the taste, with a light citrusy bitterness from the lime zest. Aftertaste of toasted popcorn kernels.

Overall this is a very interesting Witbier, the tartness draws it into more wild/saison territory.

Mar 21, 2015
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Schaumburger pilsner glass. Pours a light straw amber with a one finger white head that was kept healthy by attractive streams of carbonation. Aroma of wheat, lemon citrus and light passionfruit with a faint tartness. Flavor is lemon, orange and lime citrus, light berry juice, light wheat. Ligth bodied with active carbonation. The taste is dominated by the lime, very citrusy and moderately tart. Wheat and passion fruit are lightly present. Leans more in the direction of a citrus shandy than a witbier due to the light wheat flavors being subsumed into the lime. A good candidate for a hot weather, refreshing limey light beer.Interesting semidry, unusual light fruit finish. A bit on the tart side for my taste, but nicely made and enjoyable. The passion fruit was light, but made this quite a bit more interesting.

Mar 17, 2015
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CalgaryFMC from Canada (AB)

3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed a pint on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary, part of the current sour beer festival going on there. Arrived a hazy straw color that recalls pineapple juice, with a halo of bright white bubbles around the rim of the glass.

Aroma is frankly tart, acidic. Bright citrus and gooseberry notes with a slight wheat peppery spice. Its a witbier devoid of clear coriander, at least on the nose. I want to compare the taste to a robustly sour mixed citrus beverage: Grapefruit, orange, lime, lemon, green tangerine. Unripe gooseberries and passion fruit. The sour largely blots out the tropical subtleties, however. Crisp and refreshing, although a tad overbearing. Body seems thicker than is probably the case. Aggressive carbonation adds to the bite. Finishes dry yet fruity.

I'd certainly sample again, and I give props for a deft hand with the special ingredients. I wonder what this would be like if the sheer tartness was turned down a notch or two.

Mar 17, 2015
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rcjennings from Ohio

3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass from a bottle purchased at Vintage Estates in Boardman, OH.

Look - Hazy, light straw. Thin ring of head with very little lacing.

Smell - Vague fruitiness with a a slight hint of generic tartness. Not much depth.

Taste - Tartness through the sip. Nice, light fruitiness. Not too lime-y, with an earthy undertone. Tropical, tart but not funky, refreshing.

Feel - Initially sharp carbonation that smooths out nicely at the back of the throat.

Overall - On a hot summer day, my rating might go up - this is a refreshing beer. Not overly fruity. Appropriately tart. Dry and flavorful.

Mar 14, 2015
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8oz glass at Beer Revolution Edmonton's sourfest.

This beer appears a hazy, pale whitish, golden straw colour, with one hefty finger of puffy, wispy, and bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a decent wall of seeping paint job lace around the glass as it quickly abates.

It smells of fresh passion fruit and gooseberries, generic tart citrus flesh, semi-sweet pale and wheat malt, muddled savoury spice, and some musty leafy, earthy hops. The taste is grainy pale malt, faintly spicy wheat, weirdly tart and sugary south seas fleshy fruit, ethereal coriander and white pepper spice, and more weak earthy mustiness.

The bubbles are pretty understated in their slacking frothiness, the body a solid middleweight for the base style, and mostly smooth, a slight airy creaminess arising shortly after takeoff. It finishes off-dry, the fruitiness bowing out in the face of a lingering tangy spiciness.

A pleasantly surprising fruity witbier - the Kiwi (yet from Sweden) friendly guest ingredients playing nicely with a solidly made Belgian-style wheat beer. Refreshing, with the relatively low tartness of the fruit putting this one on the tame end of this sour brew extravaganza so far.

Mar 13, 2015
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gillagorilla from Maryland

3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (4/11/15 T1 on the yellow cap)

A: Hazy/cloudy white wine body that poured with a lot of submerged glass clinging bubbles.and a minimal head. Almost no collar at all and no lacing.

S: It's a damn grove of limes and passion fruits in there. I was thinking it might be really hoppy from the scent, because there is that hop tinge to it, but it is just all fruit. There is even that dry streak in there. Not sure how to describe that, but I guess it is more like the rind or zest smell, with that bit of tannin/bitter pithness to it. Really fills the room, but subsides a bit as the witbier's dryness seems to poke through more and more.

T: Weird flavor here that is mostly citrus, but the witbier asserts itself quite aggressively here. It is felt most in the dryness that brings the flavor to an abrupt end on the palate, with only the slightest lingering aftertaste of a clean, yeasty bread. The passion fruit isn't very distinctive, but that is probably because I've only had raw passionfruit like once, since it is always just a blended flavor for most people. The lime is quite distinctive, prevalent and strong here though.

M: Very dry and with a slickness to it, that almost seems like juice. Initial tiny sharpness that subsides to a memory.

O: I guess $7 was the price I pay to add a new beer to BA and be the first one to review it on here. Well-crafted and unique. Definitely a session sour-esque witbier, that almost resembles a berliner weisse/gose/fruit beer. Just not my cup of tea.

WBAYDN opinion: "It smells delicious and like it will be hoppy as hell, but that is just all of the fruit deceiving me. Fruity and dry, but I'm not a big witbier guy, so it doesn't do it for me in the end. I can see and taste that it is extremely well-crafted but just not suitable for these 'buds."

Feb 27, 2015
Magic #42 - Passion Fruit & Lime Witbier from Omnipollo
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 49 ratings