Kili Wit | Logsdon Farmhouse Ales

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Logsdon Farmhouse Ales
Oregon, United States
farmhousebeer.com

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Our Kili Wit is a traditionally brewed white beer with refreshing flavors and creamy smoothness. This is a 100% certified organic beer brewed with local organic barley malt, wheat and oats along with whole cone Oregon hops and African spice. This beer is made with a portion of the proceeds going to the K2 Adventures Foundation that provides community service, medical and educational enrichment for African children."

Added by kscaldef on 01-09-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
226
Reviews:
57
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
9.95%
 
 
Wants:
8
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3.34/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
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4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
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4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FFreak
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle poured into a wine glass. Nice semi-hazy pale lemon color with a tall white head. Citrus and bread on the nose. Very subtle but tasty and refreshing. Great body and carbonation. Overall, this would be excellent on a hot summer day.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dartboy71
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An easy drinking white.

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4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLE: Picked up at Whole Paycheck in Manhattan (Houston St. location) for $11.99 USD. 750ml format. Great label art as always with Logsdon. Bottle No. 27022. Best enjoyed by: 03/2017. Unbranded black pry-off crown cap. No waxing/honeycomb.

5.50% ABV. "Organic white beer brewed with coriander." "unfiltered 'white beer with settled yeast and African spice.'" "Bia jeupe." 14 IBU. From their website: "Brewed with African coriander and select yeast strains."

Served cold into a nonic (which is unfortunately all I have on hand).

HEAD: ~5-8cm in height, with a soft fluffy airy consistency and a twinkling complexion. Sparkling white colour; not beige, not off-white, not grey, not "ecru" - white. Leaves light bits of lacing as it recedes, but there's not a thick coating or anything. Retention is terrific - ~10+ minutes (and in a nonic, no less).

BODY: Clear vibrant copper. Not quite the unfiltered cloudy yellow I expected; definitely more clarified and filtered than a traditional Belgian expression of a witbier. But its vibrance kind of makes up for it...kind of. No visible yeast or sediment within, which does detract from its liveliness.

Atraditional but nevertheless appealing, seemingly perfectly carbonated. I'm eager to try it, but only the head is impressive; the body needs work.

AROMA: Spicy but without the crackery dryness so many traditional expressions of the style target. Heavily phenolic yeast(s), cracked coriander, soft wheat, smoothening oats, subtle orange peel, beautiful fresh floral notes, wildgrass, grains of paradise, faint honeyed malt, intricate fruity esters, cream. In short, it's fantastic for a witbier, going for subtlety and nuance instead of loud bold aromatics. Though the yeast profile isn't recognizably Belgian, it does nail the intricate spiciness and complex phenols/esters of a great witbier.

Suggests an incredibly well-balanced brew with impressive delicacy and subtlety of execution. I find no off-notes or booze. Aromatic intensity is moderately high generally speaking, and rather high for the style.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Silky soft on the palate, with a creamy comforting refreshing overall presence. Smooth and wet in spite of its cracked grain flavours and zingy spiciness. Carbonation is perfect. An incredibly approachable mouthfeel for a witbier. It's tough to pick what's best about it, but I'd have to say the softness coupled with the creaminess is the stand-out, giving the intricate flavour profile a nice blanket to sit atop.

And intricate it is for a witbier, though not in a loud way. Going for subtlety and depth, Logsdon delivers a witbier with nuances that might slip by drinkers more accustomed to the big bold flavours normally found in the imperial stouts and imperial IPAs all the kids are buying these days...cracked grain, oats, subtle orange peel, creamy notes, gorgeous bursts of floral flavours (possibly even microfloral flavours from the yeasts), intricate yet delicate phenols and fruity esters from the ale yeasts, and of course, spice. It brings the coriander, but also fleeting hints of clove and possibly allspice. Soft wheat is at the heart of this beer - as it should be in any witbier. Kisses of honey and blips of grains of paradise zing in and out - blink and you'll miss 'em. A hint of juicy yet dry orchard pear.

Balance is near perfect, but the build could be improved with still more complexity particularly where the yeast(s) and spice(s) are concerned. It's not a traditional witbier with a classic Belgian yeast character, and some drinkers may be let down when the lemon peel and spicy clove they search for isn't there.

Flavour duration is lingering, in part owing to the slightly prickly texture. Flavour intensity is somewhat high for a witbier, but moderate overall.

OVERALL: Watch out, Allagash, you've got a competitor on the opposite coast. One of the more delicately and carefully executed witbier style beers I've tried in the last...oh, I don't know, possibly the last 5 years. It's almost effortlessly drinkable, but it skews a bit too medium-bodied to be truly perfect. With a lighter body and more crackly spiciness, this could be world-class fare. In any case, it's quite good to say the least, and would easily make my Top 10 witbier shortlist if I go by memory (alongside such esteemed company as Mikkeller and Allagash, not to mention the best Belgian traditionals). Were it offered in smaller formats at a better price, I'd hesitate when choosing between this and Allagash White. Definitely worth trying even if its pricetag is a bit much to swallow, and absolutely a beer I'd recommend to others - though I imagine many craft drinkers will overlook it because factors like harmony, delicacy, and subtlety seem to be less popular than extreme flavours and high alcohol/high bitterness in the current zeitgeist. Ah well...more for me!

B (3.57) / GOOD

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4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

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4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 375mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium yellow hue with plenty of haze and a finger of white foam that dissipates somewhat quickly. A little dark for me, and more head retention would be nice.

Smell: lightly wheaty with a dash of coriander; not bad.

Taste: wheaty with just that little bit of spicing, but there's also a nice pear character here which I love. Not quite a traditional witbier, but a good one nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: not a bad witbier; the pear is really good, although some of its other traits are a bit out of balance.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Kili Wit from Logsdon Farmhouse Ales
3.82 out of 5 based on 226 ratings.
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