Kili Wit
Logsdon Farmhouse Ales

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Style:
Belgian Witbier
Ranked #46
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #18,781
Avg:
3.85 | pDev: 9.87%
Reviews:
60
Ratings:
238
From:
Logsdon Farmhouse Ales
 
Washington, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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SCORE
86
Very Good
Kili WitKili Wit
Notes: "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."
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Photo of beergoot
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pale yellow and lightly cloudy body; thin yet creamy and lasting head; rings of lacing stepping down the glass. Excellent mild fruit and gently sweet aroms; apricot. The taste mirrors the smell with a lightly rich grain flavor. Medium body; gently textured on the palate; low-key residual sugar body; semi-dry at the finish.

A fine, delicious wit bringing subtle wheat notes to the palate along with a mild and thoroughly enjoyable element of apricot.

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Photo of Radome
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from a 750 ml bottle bought in Las Vegas.

L - light straw color; slightly cloudy. No real head, but some small bubbles are continuously active in the beer.

S - Nice wit aroma of cracked grain, wheat and spices.

T - Flavors of cracked barley grain, black pepper. Earthy hops and spice in the finish. Very clean.

F - Thin to medium body. Spritzy carbonation is a bit harsh and acidic. Strong bitterness in the mid-palate. Low alcohol presence.

O - Overall, this is a decent wit beer. Aromas are fresh and clean with strong hops bitterness. Flavors/mouthfeel emphasize acidic bite from the carbonic acid. Alcohol is well-hidden.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The appearance was a nice looking hazy golden yellow to orange color with a thin half finger-ed white foamy head that concaves rather nicely leaving a nice clingy foaminess all around. The smell was absolutely amazing with a nice lemon to orange fruitiness really sweet and strong with such a nice spicy coriander and clove - like allocation in the blend. The taste took all of those previously mentioned flavors and combined them rather nicely. On the palate, this one sat right at a medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation finishes fairly smooth with a nice creaminess coating my tongue. The carbonation is there but not too much. Overall, hot damn, I was skeptical of the price but being my first one by these guys, still, I'd have again.

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Photo of FFreak
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
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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Photo of kojevergas
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
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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Photo of flagmantho
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Photo of Bitterbill
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear straw yellow first; gentle swirling of the bottle and now we have clouds.

Hoppy spicy Wit here on the nose. Coriander very inviting.

Coriander and other spices, something tangy in there. Especially in the finish; resembles lemon that is not too bitter; kinda like those containers at the grocery that resemble a lemon.

What hoppiness I get compliments the spices rather than detracts. Another thing that I notice is a perceived by me hint of a honey presence.

Medium body with prickly carbonation.

This is really good.

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Photo of scotorum
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

LOGDON KILI WIT 1/17/16

Best by 10/15, so somewhat past its prime.

Poured from the 12.68 oz. bottle into a Unibroue stemmed flute

a: Nearly clear light yellow with an inch and a half thick white head which recded to even surface foam and spotty lacing.

s: Mild light fruit

t: Belgian yeast notes under effervescent light pear. Dry finish'. Later the belgian yeast esters become more prominent.

m: Light to medium good body and heavy carbonation tingle.

o: A refreshing, mild and extremely easy drinking Belgian style brew. Too pricey for everyday or session drinking, however.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 375 ml. bottle with a Best by 10/2015 date. Sampled on September 11, 2015.

The pour is a bright yellow color with a slight haze and a quick lasting white fizzy head.

I do pick up some coriander in the aroma along with toasted pale malts and crackers. But I also get a kind of musty-cellar note.

The body is medium.

The spicy pale malts play up big in the taste and the finish is mildly dry.

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Photo of jlindros
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light fluffy head, creamy, hazy golden yellow color.

Nose decent, grassy hay, wheat, creamy wheat, little toasted, weird herbal must grist, little orange citrus floral spices, very creamy wheat.

Taste brings mild sweet, creamy wheat, little grist, grassy hay, floral spices with mild phenols, fruity esters, citrus, orange zest, mild bitterness. Little sticky mostly dry finish, grassy, creamy wheat, little citrus.

Mouth med to lighter bod, creamy.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle poured into tulip 31/8/15

A hazy milky yellow, just enough clarity to see a few streams of slow bubbles going up the side, just a short lived finger of foam that leaves no lace

S coriander, lemon, yeasty, lots of dry cereal, some floral notes, faint banana, just a hint of pepper, smells pretty good

T has some lemon lime thing going on that's almost Sprite like, still lots of grains, nice yeast strain but its hard to place, no complaints here

M light bodied but it explodes to foam in the mouth but settles quickly, a little slick on the palate, grainy lemon lingers

O smells and tastes solid but a little room for improvement in other departments, easy enough to drink though I have just a sip left at this point

A bit pricey in these parts and I don't see myself buying this one again with so many other options in the same price range

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Photo of KensWorld
4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Incredible amount of head that leaves white lacing all around HefeWeizen glass. Slightly cloudy but gets very cloudy after the final pour. Lots of yeast in bottle. Smell is alot on the sour side. Taste tart and sour up front with mellow wheat aftertaste. Nice hints if coriander and lemon. Not too sour, just right. Enjoyable Farmhouse style Wit beer wish we can get this in Florida it would sell real well here. 4.50

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Photo of tigg924
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Taste is lemon, coriander, straw, and funk. Taste is that of rich saison. While I have others that I prefer in the style, this one is certainly interesting. It makes me curious enough to explore the brewery's other offerings.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the best American made wits I have ever had, these guys are amazing, and I was very happy to see their beer on tap in Boston. Looks the part, hazy wheaty color, bright yellow, fluffy, and pretty intense on the nose. Limes and oats and European hops all sort of swirling around in the smell, with a funky yeast strain just short of wild in its makeup. The oats are a great addition to the white wheat base, giving body and it's characteristic sweetness to the mix, making it a rounder and longer experience. Maybe some Brett in this with the Belgian strain, lemon and lime notes hang on it, as do the hops. Very hard to place the slices in this, a get an almost rooibos tea thing, maybe ginger, but all so well incorporated as to not be easily identified in isolation. A bit tart for the second before all the grain flashes back in an neutralizes that. Carbonated very actively, and zesty and fresh in the finish, with a little more hops than normal for the style. A great evolution if the style, my first beer from these guys on tap, really awesome except it makes most other wits seem pedestrian...

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Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a small brandy snifter, cloudy, dark gold color. Rim bubbles and only a couple of spots on the glass for lace.

Farmhouse sour aroma.

Tart with a touch of sweetness. Lemony aftertaste. Full bodied. I don't pick up on any wheat.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375ml bottle - I can't say that it's not damned cool to suddenly see this brewer's wares on Alberta bottleshop shelves.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, but very bright pale golden straw hue, with one thick finger of loosely foamy, and generally frothy dirty white head, which leaves a bit of ancient French cave painting lace around the glass as it quickly dissolves.

It smells of semi-sweet, grainy pale malt, understated and yet stately yeast, well blended coriander and white pepper spice, subtle lemon rind, banana chips, and an earthy, weedy, and grassy hoppiness. The taste is sharp, grainy wheat malt, rainbow peppercorn, still respectful yeast, a morphing coriander/clove spice interplay, ethereal sugary lemon, pithy banana, and more plain, but dutiful earthy, grassy hops.

The carbonation is on the low and easy side as far as the fizzy and/or frothy assault on my tongue is concerned, the body an adequate middleweight, and more or less smooth, that heretofore placid yeast maybe trying to make itself heard, or something. It finishes off-dry, the laid-back wheat malt and swirling citrus and banana esters carrying the day.

A nicely engaging, hard to dislike witbier, I gotta say. I suppose I'm somewhat glad that a portion of my beer money here is a contribution to helping kids climb mountains, or some such thing. Anyways, worthy of a go, especially as the sun finally maintains some provenance over whether I choose to go outside or not these days.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light golden color with a large sudsy froth of white bubbles that stick to the glass well and has some staying power., The smell is earthy with some wheat and yeast elements.

Flavor has a nice balance of earthy bitterness, wheat and herbal notes. Not tart but far from sweet or bitter in the taste. Earthy, slightly funky farmhouse that drinks very easily.

Mouthfeel is smooth with sturdy carbonation and airy feel. Slightly dry and crisp and not heavy at all.

Overall, a solid Wit, Saison or Farmhouse ale, closer to an import than an average version brewed in the states. Quite nice.

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Photo of AMZB
3.16/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Too light-bodied for my taste, not complex enough. It was pleasant and easy to drink, with nice lemony flavours at the start but finishes pretty thin. The coriander didn't come through very strongly (unfortunately). Decent but not exceptional.

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Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short, bright white head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: Moderate aromas of coriander spices and lemon peels are present in the nose.
T: The taste essentially follows the smell, having flavors of lemon citrus along with notes of coriander towards the finish. No wheat flavors are noticeable.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very light and easy to drink, having both refreshing and thirst quenching properties.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Jonada
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle best before January 2013 (Ouch! Forgot about this one for a while). Poured into a DFH signature glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow color with 3+ fingers of a white, soapy head with good retention. Body is clear with epic amounts of visible carbonation.

Smell: Spicy wheat, lemon, clove, spices, hint of banana.

Taste: Similar to the aroma. Lemon, milt tartness, wheat, grain, mild spices with maybe even hint of ginger and citrus/orange peel in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, soft mouthfeel with medium, gentle carbonation.

Overall: Pretty good witbier. Nice tartness, not over spiced, and quite refreshing. Would drink again.

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Photo of 5pmsomewhere
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very approachable farmhouse ale with a medium body, some citrus, and light lingering malt on the finish. My only complaint about this beer would be that it tastes flat, i.e. it isn't as refreshing or remarkable in flavor as other brews of this style.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy straw yellow with a white, rocky 3-finger head that retains as well as any before finally reducing to a thick film of suds across the surface. Leaves large spots and streaks of lacing on the glass and with good stick.

Smell - Aroma hints at mildly tart lemon and wheat. Faint spice notes sit well beneath, but become more evident as the brew warms.

Taste - Follows suit with the nose; mild lemon tartness and a wheaty malt backbone. Restrained spice that hits mid-taste to deliver a touch of pepper, but ultimately falls flat.

Mouthfeel - Interesting body. Medium build with a light creaminess and low carbonation, then a bone dry finish. Maybe the best aspect of this brew.

Overall - A decent wit. Fantastic body, look and smell, but unfortunately the flavor misses the mark with a fairly mundane profile. I realize wits aren't aggressive in style, but this is about as reserved as wits get.

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Photo of Auraan
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Poured a gorgeous cloudy, translucent golden yellow body with three fingers of fluffy, thick white head. A very true to form witbier and quite nice looking. Scents of orange zest and orange flesh, grainy, tangy wheat malt, fruity esters with an aroma of apricot juice, spicy yeast phenols, light notes of white pepper and a perfume-like coriander spiciness providing a true to style balanced spiciness. Overall impression is of a sweet, very fruity, citrus heavy witbier aroma profile with spiciness not being overwhelming, but contributing depth, complexity and balance. Very pleasant and mostly true to style. Flavor begins lightly tart with notes of orange zest and tart orange flesh, pleasantly and softly sweet malt and a light hint of coriander and white pepper. Sourness is of a lightly lactic-like sort, optional to the style yet quite pleasant. Middle is slightly tarter and drier, continuing the lactic-like sourness along with tart orange zest and flesh, a medium-light spiciness with notes of coriander, white pepper, a light wheat malt tartness and graininess. Light sweetness is still present and balances the tartness. Finish is lightly dry with light lactic sourness still present, as well as tart orange zest and flesh, grainy malt, light coriander and white pepper and softly sweet malt keeping it from being too dry. Aftertaste is tangy orange zest, white pepper, coriander and spicy yeast with a touch of grainy wheat malt. Overall impression of flavor is of a tart, orange zest and flesh forward flavor profile with a nice lactic character that is balanced by the softly sweet and grainy malt and the spiciness of coriander and yeast phenols. It is slightly drier than many example as a result, but still maintains a pleasant sweetness at a light level. A very nice witbier that does more than stick to the now standard flavor profile, yet still remains true to the spirit of the style. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with high, softly prickly carbonation and a tart, drying, lightly acidic, yet creamy feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a wonderfully refreshing witbier that is very true to form and quite nice. Overall this is an excellent witbier. It has a lovely aroma that is very true to style and a flavor that diverges from style somewhat, but is pleasant and quite well done and still stays true to the spirit of the style. Mouthfeel is very true to form and aids the refreshing combination of flavors. Easily my favorite witbier and well worth trying.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Bards & Brew in San Clemente and served in a goblet. On to the beer:

This white ale is actually quite bright in color with a bright blonde color. Solid head retention and lace as the beer goes down. The aroma is big on lemon, and is quite dry with some coriander notes. In fact, it smells like a saison crawled into this beer, and its taste follows a similar suite. It's a "funky" witbier, one with a big bite of tart lemon and subtle witbier characteristics throughout. It's light and refreshing, and a little different from the common drink per style.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%

Pours two fingers of head on a cloudy light straw colored body.
The aroma has honey and coriander upfront and dry grain in the background.
The taste is well balanced. Watery at first, honey sweetness in the middle, mild lemon bitter and finishes with a bracing tart.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It's pretty good for a style that I don't usually enjoy.

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Kili Wit from Logsdon Farmhouse Ales
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 238 ratings