Summer Catch | Cape May Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Cape May Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: Belgian Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Summer

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User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 22
Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not too much if an overpowering aroma of citrus,grain,and some mild spice. Taste was fairly similar, not overpowering but still pretty good. Has more hop bitterness than I was used to for this style but it worked fairly well

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Photo of Act25
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

At the brewer's tent on draft in flight.
a) Pours a hazy, yellow body sporting thick, dense head with tiny bubbles. Lasts and laces.
s) Classic Belgian Wit, with lime, citrus, pepper, ginger, grass along with sugar cookies still yeasty from oven.
t) Adds to the aromas a pleasing coriander and herbs in the finish... Clean finale with pepper.
f) Light to mid, creamy texture, smooth.
o) Leaning toward wit ipa, I like it.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Cape May Brewing Co. "Summer Catch"
12 fl. oz. can with illegible ink-jet coding on the bottom
$1.83 @ Cherry Hill Wine, Liquor & Beer (Wegmans), Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Although the date coding is unclear it's obvious that this is a fresh can as it's a summer beer and it's only July 8th. It's poured a hazy yellow-gold body beneath a finger-thick head of fluffy bright white foam. The aroma is more citrusy than anything with notes of orange and lemon although there is some phenolic character to it as well. The flavor follows with less citrus, a touch of spiciness that's probably just from the yeast but might not be, some light wheat malt, and a touch of some additional fruitiness similar to apple. It's moderately bitter but dry in the finish with some residual spiciness. In the mouth it's light-medium in body and effervescently crisp. It's OK. It's got everything that it needs yet it somehow just doesn't seem all that exciting, it just doesn't gel. It's nicely balanced and the spice and citrus are nice but it's not a head turner. I'd rather have one of these than a light beer though.
Review# 6,126

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Photo of farrago
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Huge head, tops out over three fingers, bright white and highly whipped up into a fragile froth, gets pocked full of holes as it dissolves, minimal lacing. Gauzy washed out yellow hued liquid, looks sun bleached, there’s only a few visible bubbles but they are fat and move with decent speed. Very mild hint of banana and bubblegum to the nose, peppery and lemony with a solid wheat cornerstone, runs the risk of getting archly herbaceous but softens in the end, not much by way of fruit scents. Medium-bodied and noticeably dry, as a result the surprisingly tight and aggressive carbonation pinches the palate. The clove and peppercorns take over swiftly, pushing the bubblegum notes aside. In turn the wheat is more pronounced bringing with it notes of rough country bread. Dry white grapefruit pith and here there’s a murmur of pear, apple, peach fruit, however, there’s nothing sweet about it. The grassiness can’t be contained through the finish, ratcheting up the bitterness. Needs to be served ice cold for maximal drinkability.

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Photo of drtth
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The slightly hazy light golden yellow colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1/2” white head that recedes visibly leaving some irregularly shaped patches and legs of lacing on the sides of the glass as it becomes a ring around the glass and an irregularly shaped island of foam on the surface. Sipping creates lots of small patches of foam and leggy lacing.

The aromas include some definite citrus that seems to be orange zest with a bit of grapefruit mingled in. There’s a good solid base of bready character from the wheat and some spicy white pepper in the background.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with some orange zest, a bit of grapefruit, some white pepper spiciness all supported by a background of bready wheat. There’s also some sweetness that is well balanced with bitterness here and they both compliment each other nicely.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and gently prickly with the persistent finely bubbled carbonation. The finish begins as the sweetness and citrus begin to fade, leaving a bit of peppery, spicy herbal bitterness in the long dry ending. Eventually all that’s left is just a faint bit of bitterness, in the middle and back of the palate, and that takes a long time to disappear.

On the whole I’m enjoying this beer and would be happy to have another. While it won’t come close to displacing the Allagash White as my favorite US made Witbier, it is both tasty and refreshing so it would make a fine summer beer.

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Photo of rcori
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice golden color and clingy white foam. Refreshing lemon/lime accents. Not real string wit taste. Definitely quaffable, but with a deceiving light kick. Kind of a summer wheat IPA. Not much not to like about it, but pretty lite.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(12 oz bottle, BB 10/05/17... poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: hazy, yellow-jade colored liquid... puts up what seems to be an inordinately tall foam stand, densely-packed tiny bubbles in a frothy white sponge... previous day I had been pouring this into a nonic, but it looks much nicer in a tulip... foam collapses relatively slowly, leaving a rolling yet jagged terrain

S: lime, white pepper, maybe a hint of candied ginger, fresh grass... sugar cookie-like cakey malt... the hops initially seem to overtake the witbier spicing, but a sort of loud, static balance eventually plays out

T: dried citrus peel galore, pink grapefruit flesh, bit of a tropical (papaya?) note and spice... light flare of coriander in the finish... aftertaste shows a grapefruit pithy flavor and bitterness and a latent hint of black pepper... they chose well with the hops, which do compliment the wit flavors, however, causes enough noise to drown out some of the subtler nuances of the wheat and coriander

F: light-medium bodied, with a plush texture, lots of fine, smooth bubbles... perhaps could be a touch more dry and bouncy... the unfiltered presentation is nice, but could perhaps be dialed back a tad - too hearty?

O: basically a 'white IPA', and they probably ought to market it that way - not remembering having had this before, reading 'Belgian-style Wheat Ale' on the label made me think this was a by-the-numbers Wit, which is what I was looking for at that moment... it's nonetheless fairly tasty and a good summer buy if you want something flavorful but mellow

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Photo of NiceTaps
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass.

Light spun straw color, hazed and well carbonated. A snow white-colored cap, 1F, stands out as a bright foam that retains and leaves lots of heavy lacing.

Yeast, lemongrass, wet wheat, some citrus, and typical funk.

Sour yeast, light wheat. Some citrus, lemon. The flavor is light, but there and good.

Nice puckery feel. Sour and funky with a hop stab.

I drank two on a warm June evening and I'd drink it again. Nice take.

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Photo of MetaDragon
2.32/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Very citrousy for a wit. Its as if the brewer was afraid the flavor would be too weak, a problem white beer can have arguably but that this beer overcompensates for. Tastes very acidic and even sour, overall its really not bad but not something I would expect of a wit. Looks fantastic and has a nice unfiltered look to it but its not enough to push it passed its peers. Wheat and Belgian Wits are underrepresented in the craft world and its beer like this that seem to push people away sadly.

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Summer Catch from Cape May Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 22 ratings