Half Wit | Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom

4 Ratings

Brewed by:
Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
Alberta, Canada

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Cwrw on 07-04-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by Garin:
Photo of Garin
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy yellow with peachy pink highlights, this beer has a fizzy, light, bubbly head on top that quickly dissipates into my glass... I get lots of citrus, especially grapefruit on the nose, with some wheaty and yeasty funk.

The flavour is wheaty and toasty, with a good malt strength. The finish is a bit mouth-coating but the carbonation is brisk and lively. This is a nice easy-to-drink beer. It's nothing mind-bending or life-altering, but it goes down very easily and enjoyably tonight.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm beginning to enjoy seeing all of these new seasonals from Wild Rose ever since they started to bottle their products (biased note: I tend to enjoy their seasonals more than their regular line). And I must give them credit for being very clever as well, case in point their new Half Wit. A half Belgian wit style (along with a fruit hybrid) in a half litre bottle (as opposed to their regular 1L offerings). And then I later read on the label that they pretty much spell that out for the consumer as well, but it goes to show that they had a concept they were working with all along.

A good idea for a summer beer as well, part wheat, part fruit. I like the half litre bottle, as it makes a perfect sampling size.

Nice 3 fingers of tight foamy head on the pour, cloudy unfiltered appearance, I have to agree with Cwrw on the grapefruit hue it possesses. It's apparent that the blackberries have lended this style the faintest of a pinkish tone, although it melds with the hazy wheat seamlessly. On the aroma is wheat and tart yeast up front, along with citrus, pepper, and sweet fruit. The flavour seems a bit subdued at first, but that suits me for a summer drinker of a beer. The grainy wheat is dry and crisp and quenches, while the citrus and pepper show up on the finish to add a bit of character. As the beer warms a little the flavour of the berries starts to show up in the middle and finish as well. The mouthfeel seems light at first, but the carbonation gives it a bit of a kick towards the finish. This is a refreshing sipping beer for those hot summer days (although still waiting for them here in Calgary this year), although definitely not a lawnmower beer by any stretch of the definition. Kick back and enjoy one of these while the salmon or prime rib grills away on the barbecue.

A decent offering for summer, Wild Rose is taking advantage of the creative end of the craft brewing spectrum when it comes up with its seasonals, and they've all been winners so far, at least in my eyes. At this rate I am definitely looking forward to what they come up with for an Autumn seasonal. (Pssst, it's about time Calgary had a Pumpkin Ale available to it....)

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Photo of BigBry
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this summer seasonal while Christmas shopping so had to give it a try - few extra months doesn't seem to have hurt a bit. Brown swing-top 500 ml bottle
Hazy, unfiltered yellow color; swirl the last bit and the sediment at the bottom is definatley pinkish/purple giving beer and head that "purple haze" referred to on the bottle description. Yeasty smell with blackberry coming through. Wheat taste, again the berry flavor comes through nicely. Full carbonation gives a very good mouthfeel. Tart and refreshing, sour finish. A unique combination for sure.

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Photo of Cwrw
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a BRAND new offering from Wild Rose; summer seasonal. It was somewhat difficult to classify, because as the bottle says it is "half Belgian style wheat beer and half fruit beer." The fruit used is blackberries.

Wild Rose, never a brewery to disappoint with appearance, manages another beautiful and unique beer to look at in the glass. Wild Rose gets top marks again for aesthetics: whenever I pick up the glass I admire it for a few seconds. The beer is grapefruit coloured, with the haziness of lemonade. Unfiltered. Light rose colours mix with slight slight purples. In some light it is white, in others grey. This colouration, along with the mammoth fine-bubbled white head and the sticky patchwork of lacing makes for an intensely unique and intriguing appearance. I could take a picture. The smell is definitely floral, with the lightly malted wheat immediately detectable, but this along with a dash of Belgian yeast characteristics. Some citrus, some soapiness much akin to Belgian Witbier(which, incidentally, the name of this beer plays on: Half WIT.) The blackberries do not make much impression in the aroma, but they are there. Sweet grapefruit, lemon, berries, herbal medecines, slight hops, cinnamon, and some flower or spice I cannot quite identify. The taste, whilst flavourful and thirst quenching, does not deliver fully on the appearance and aroma. Intense wheat flavour up front, more on the middle, finishing with some dry hop feel, and a slightly sweet feel on the palate, sugary, but not overmuch. Good citrus character. The yeast seems to disappear in the taste, but perhaps it leaves a little fruit flavour. I think the blackberries should be much stronger. The mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied, and lightly carbonated. Since it is so light, this is easily drinkable, nice as a pre- or post-dinner drink in the summer. Overall it suffers from some wateriness, but this is still a drink I will buy again and serve to my friends.

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Half Wit from Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 4 ratings
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