Gentleman's Wit | Camden Town Brewery

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Gentleman's WitGentleman's Wit

Brewed by:
Camden Town Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: Belgian Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 40
Photo of Beginner2
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A good start on a style that requires lots of experience with Belgian yeasts.
Looks are below average (not as clear as I like and some lasting foam would be nice.) However, I like the Smells and maybe it is that fragrant bergamot. Tastes are average (not bad, not good, nothing to separate it from the crowd.) Gentleman's Wit is refreshing; but it lacks the richness of a well-cultivated Belgian yeast. It takes time, Gents !

I went on Camden's website and see that they have been a company for 8 years and just opened a larger production facility. They seem to be having fun and paying their bills in expensive London. So... good for them and London's growing craft scene.

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
1.91/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

L - Very pale yellow. Somewhat hazy, CO2 clears to lacing very quickly.
S - An unusual smell that reminds me of fresh-pressed apple juice.
T - Ohhh, sharp! I do seem to then get some alcohol tang despite it being only 4.3%.
F - Sharp and quite thin.
O - To quite an extent it doesn't taste much like beer to me, it is a curious thing and I find it impossible to see what they're trying to do here.
BB 24/02/19 330ml can likely from Tesco or M+S, London

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Photo of Spike
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

330ml can.
L: Hazy, yellow/ gold with a short-lived, rich, white head & lots of lacing.
S: Dusty, Belgian yeast plus lemon.
T: Lemon, banana, light, refreshing.
F: Dry finish but low carbonation, very thin and a bit watery.
O: Lightweight, rather bland version of the style. Refreshing enough but the lack of complexity and the empty mouthfeel let it down.

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Photo of joflondon
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from supermarket, left to chill in fridge for a few hours before being opened and poured into an oversized wine glass.

Very pale straw colour with about two fingers of head and very aggressive carbonation.

The only smell I could detect was bergamot, as advertised on the bottle.

A hint of coriander, but mainly the aforementioned bergamot was dominant. Not what I really like but pleasant in a way I can’t really put my finger on.

Strange mouthfeel from the heavy carbonation which stays with the beer throughout. The only was to describe it would be to compare with squash made with sparking water.

Not a great beer but more then drinkable. Especially, as it’s from a local brewery for myself I would definitely drink again.

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Photo of vinicole
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Cloudy straw. Thin wispy head but very effervescent.
Spicy lemon sherbet aroma.
Grainy favour. Light coriander. Gentle bitterness.
Sparkling on the tongue. Rather thin.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
2.85/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours a slightly hazy golden body with white head that retreats to the rim of the glass
Lemon Wheat aroma with aspirin
Slight germolene slight watery
Had worse

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Photo of jb899
3.87/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Light, straw, hazy colour..Obvious lemon and bergamot ingredients, giving the beer hints of both citrus and coriander, so a slight spiciness. It’s fairly dry on the palate and light in body. Bottled, it pours with good carbonation resulting in a crisp head, even more so when dispensed from keg. Good tasting beer.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Brewdock, Dublin.
Cloudy chartreuse with a healthy pile of head. 3.75
Colossal lemon oil nose. 4.25
Cream crackers then huge greasy lemon with a touch of winter spice. 3.5
Lt-med, oily, creamy. 4

Lemon! And… not much else - few herb additions in sight. Tasty yet cloying yet craveable yet heavy. Doesn't do justice to the style, but there will be people that love it. Me, I’ll have another Hells. 3.5

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.81/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy, bright yellow.

Smelled fruity (banana) and slightly sweet.

Taste like a light wheat beer, like a lighter Hoegaarden with a slight banana taste.

Would I buy it again? Yes.

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Photo of interzen
4.21/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into a chalice glass

Look: Served cold, per suggestion on the bottle - pours a hazy, golden yellow with some visible sediment. Very short-lived white head which disappeared fairly quickly leaving a faint foam ring round the edge of the glass.

Smell: It sure smells like a witbier - plenty of citrus (oranges and lemons) and coriander and clove notes with a faint overtone of overripe bananas. Maybe a faint whiff of alcohol, but could be something else given an ABV of 4.3%

Taste: Tastes like a witbier too, although with a slightly spicier edge - the orange and lemon flavours are there, with a slightly medicinal tang of cloves and bergamot coming through a bit more strongly. Slightly floral, too.

Feel: Light, not massively carbonated but very refreshing - as I type this it's warm and sunny outside (at least by British standards!) and this is an absolutely perfect drink for the occasion.

Overall: Whilst it's bound to be lumped in with the likes of Hoegaarden and Blue Moon, this really is a different beast. The flavour is a bit more 'orangey' than those two beers, and it has the additional clove notes to keep it interesting too. A good, solid witbier - well worth a shot if you happen across it.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A little bit "old" - Best before november 24 - 2013. Still very drinkable though!

Hazy gold yellow with a one finger high, white head tha dissapears fast.

A nose of citrus, orange, coriander, banana and herbs.
Fresh taste of bread, citrus, lemon peel and clove.

Light, fresh body - Easy drinkable!

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Photo of deebo
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%

I love Belgian wit biers. Giving a pint of this English brewery's version a go at Mr. foley's in Leeds. Served in a proper pint glass this wit bier looks like most but a little more golden less green than say Hoegaarden. The citrus aroma smells more orangey than the taste which is predominantly lemon. The bergamot adds a nice floral note. It is still reminiscent of coriander but more floral. A bit heavy on the carbonation and mouth drying characteristic. Overall this wit isn't as sweet as blue moon or overly sweet like sunset wheat which I really like. Good balance of wheat, lemon and bergamot. Could be a cleaner finish which is my biggest gripe. Solid

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.11/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy champagne colour, very pale. Head is white, bubbly, fairly listless. Looks like a wit; fairly standard.

Smells rich and fruity. Thick bergamot aroma with tangy citrus notes around the edge, some metallic character late in lieu of normal spice. Pungent for the ABV, and pleasant.

Taste is more subdued and pretty standard wit. Mild orange and lemon notes towards the mid with some light peppery spice on the back. A bit watery overall especially late, doesn't really finish with much at all. Typical flavours and not much of them.

A little bit of fizz, not as bitty as the cloud would suggest.

Drinkable enough but mainly from lack of flavour. Could have more tang and still be refreshing and sessionable.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.32/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold with a fading head.
Nose shows a herbal note (bergamot?), lemon peel and a doughy wheat character. Somewhat reminiscent of sponge cake.
Some lemon remains as a flavour along with the herbal note. More doughy wheat too.
Needs more carbonation.
An interesting twist. Still think some orange peel would be good though.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle bought from Ales By Mail...

Poured a hazy honey yellow colour... White head poured quite foamy then faded quickly to very thin layer.... no lacing...

Aroma - Spicy yeast, light sweet honey notes, cloves, some banana, peppery, light maltiness, some spicy hops, lemony, floral notes...

Taste – Spicy, nice light hop bitterness, light sweetness, lemon fruitiness, floral, slight nuttiness, very light maltiness, some wheat traces...

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry. Light body. Extremely drinkable - would be nice on a hot summer day...

Overall - A very good witbier - well worth a try...

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale cloudy straw-colored pour with a tall white head, somewhat compact. Decent lacings.

S: Spicy and semi-sour smell. Lots of yeast and ripe bananas. Cloves.

T: Sour, spicy and yeasty. Ripe bananas and lots of citric notes. There's quite some bitterness. Bready.

M: Aftertaste is rather short, very sour. Light body and rich carbonation. Very refreshing.

O: Interesting with the lemons in it, but surprisingly enough - they weren't that obvious.

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Photo of bark
3.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The colour is yellow with a tint of gold; the liquid is almost clear. The finger thick head sinks with a fizzing sound, leaving no lacing.

The smell is quite strong and spicy with fresh notes of orange peels, cloves, and a touch of cheese. It is sweet with some yeasty flavours. Light bitterness in the background. Yes, it is the nose of a traditional witbier.

The taste is spicy, mid-bitter and highly refreshing. Some spicy-fruity yeast notes with wheat tartness. Creamy citric notes of bitter oranges and lemonade. Medium body. The semi-sweet aftertaste got some clean bitterness, creamy notes of fruit candy and smooth wheat-flavours. The finish is a little salty with a lingering flavour of citric peels.

The carbonation is medium strong; lots of small smooth bubbles. The liquid is light and a little sticky.

A fine interpretation of witbier, not far away from Hoegaarden (I have not compared them side by side, though) at a modest alcohol level. Easy to like.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Craft Beer Co., London (£4.50, Pint on tap):
Cloudy, pale golden with a thin, white head with a foamy texture on top that finally turns to a patchy lacing.

Lemon with some tea along with plenty of spice and some nice wheat notes too. There is a touch of banana and a little clove and orange zest too.

Tangy lemon and a slightly tarty taste, there is some spice and pepper along with a touch of coriander and a mild banana taste.

Smooth & well carbonated with a medium body and quite a fruity, dry finish.

A solid witbier with a good fruit base and a lot of lemon coming through too with a nice, tarty finish. The taste isn't a spectacular one but it has a nice balance and goes down pretty easily.

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Gentleman's Wit from Camden Town Brewery
Beer rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 40 ratings