1908 | Witch's Hat Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Witch's Hat Brewing Co.
Michigan, United States

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by h00dak on 01-04-2012

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Ratings: 21 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by smalenberg:
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4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a very engaging beer. The hazy uniform opacity you expect in a Hefe, but somewhat darker in color. The smokey character fills the nose followed by a malty sweetness. Wheat is very pronounced in the flavor and a biscuity, bready quality that lingers very nicely on the tongue. Tasty with a good medium body and the aftertaste that leaves you wanting more.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of PattyMelt
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a very good smoked beer, especially if you are new to smoked beers, or don't like over-powering ones (like me).

A- Not going to lie, I don't remember the appearence.
S- Smokey smell, but not as heavy as you would expect. Slight maltyness
T- Amazing! Initial flavors of malt and wheat, with a slight smokeyness. On the back, though, the smoke flavor hits a lot heavier and lingers. I'm not sure how to explain it, but it is not an animal smokeyness (I've had some beers that have straight up tasted like bacon), but more of a fire smokeyness. Again, that probably makes no sense whatsoever. Anyways, the flavor isn't over-powerful, it is well balanced and makes the beer drinkable.
M- Very good. Mid to full bodied, feels great in the mouth, and the smoke flavor lingers, but not in a way that makes you feel like you are choking.

Overall this is a really good smoked beer! Definitely give it a whirl if you have the chance, even if you have never had/don't really care for smoked beers.

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Photo of alphaacid9000
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Bung
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Moses_Malone
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of tommy5
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Rohkey
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of h00dak
4.78/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had the first batch of this since Witch's Hat opened the day after Christmas.

Great balance between smokiness, sweetness and mouthfeel. Goes down easy and smooth with a great, tongue-coating smoked flavor. Wheat flavor is present but subtle and roast is detectable as well, complimenting the smoked malts.

Appearance is cloudy and is not particularly appealing. This was my only deduction because the beer itself is fantastic.

I haven't had very smoked ales, and my personal homebrewing experiences with them have been bad. I thought the smoked beer taste would be ruined for me after these bad experiences but the 1908 is an excellent brew.

If you're in the area check it out!

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Photo of abraxel
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of jemarent
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of amalburg
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brian29
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dlello2
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of HarmonMW
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of GreatLakesLibations
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is certainly one of the most unique beers i've ever tasted. I know "unique" doesn't necessarily mean good, but in this case it does - and then some. At first sip, I realized I had entered somewhat unchartered waters...and I liked it.

The smoke is the first thing you notice, but not in an over-powering way - it's extremely well-balanced and adds something extra to what would've already been a fantastic beer. The aroma, body, and mouthfeel are all in perfect harmony the 1908 definitely leaves you wanting more.

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Photo of linnymtu
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of msumike89
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of intovert2438
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of thinkinflicka
1.95/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy orange brown

Smell is lightly smoky and thats about it.

Taste is strong on smoke and not a lot else, slightly sweet with hints of wheat. Very watered down tasting, the flavors here dont mix well.

Very thin mouthfeel, light on the carbanation.

Now before i get into all the wrongs this beer did me i want to say that i really like smoked beers and was excited to try this as i had heard good things about witchs hat.This beer was just bad it really was unbalanced with strong smoke over powering a slightly waterdown tasting beer.It literally left a bad taste in my mouth and left me feeling kinda sick.I cant belive this beer has such a good rating.

Sorry to be a dick but holy bad beer batman.

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Photo of CDubbs75
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of szmnnl99
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

1908 from Witch's Hat Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 21 ratings