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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31
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap for the 4th Annual LA Beer Week Beer Festival at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky light yellow with a really foamy white head that settles to a thick cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and spices. Taste is much the same with a slight tartness. There is a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
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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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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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
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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3.34/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of kojevergas
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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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a super pale yellow color ale with a very large foamy head with perfect retention and incredible lacing. Aroma of light coriander with loads of dry Bretty notes with some wheat malt notes also noticeable. Taste is also dominated by a mix of coriander, wheat malt with loads of dry Brett notes. Body is light with incredible carbonation. Very refreshing with bone dry finish.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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

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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of superspak
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 2/2014. Big gusher upon opening, but didn’t lose any of it. Pours very hazy golden amber color with a 3 finger dense and rocky white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon, pear, apple, apricot, grape, coriander, clove, pepper, wheat, bread, oats, herbal, grass, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast ester and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, apricot, grape, coriander, wheat, bread, oats, clove, pepper, herbal, grass, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of lemon, apricot, light fruits, coriander, pepper, clove, wheat, bread, oats, herbal, grass, light funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, malt, and spice flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with very smooth, crisp, fairly creamy, and moderately prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a really excellent witbier! All around great complexity, balance, and robustness of flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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