Thick White Freeks | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This massive thick freek of a white ale is brewed with a hint of fresh ginger, coriander, white pepper, orange peel, and orange juice concentrate. The yeast was donated by our friend Urbain from De Struise.

27 IBU

Added by Wadsey on 06-16-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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5/5  rDev +25.3%

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Photo of ElizabethCraig
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I got to experience this twice now at Three Floyds.

Mood: The first time I was there with my husband at a high table near the bar, we were starting on a road trip. The second time we were on a mini road trip and at the (busy!) bar.

Appearance: Yellow with white head. The head was nicely formed and did not dissipate either quickly or slowly.

Scent: Oh the scent! Heady and sweet with notes of cinnamon, cardamom and ginger! Oh the ginger!

Taste: Ginger immediately on a first sip - this gives way to my palate to strong coriander with notes of cinnamon. The combination recalls an exquisite curry or an interesting custard. Very slight banana in the finish as it warms.

Body: Thick! Now you know where Thick comes from in the name. Thicker than table cream, maybe the texture of heavy whipping cream.

This is a white Ipocras in beer form.

Though this beer was thick and rich, it managed a lightness and 'drinkability' due to the addition of the spices. A lovely sweet beer, suitable for summer. If you like sweet, light, spiced beers, you will enjoy this.

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4.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on-tap @ Three Floyds BrewPub in Munster, IN for $6. Poured from the Awesome Artsy Tap Handle into a 10.5 oz Snifter. Once brewed beer.

Aroma- Starts with a HUGE orange juice aroma. It was almost as if orange juice was brewed right into the beer. Has a nice spice and grain aroma as well.

Appearance- Received with a 1 finger head that had great retention. Light Gold/Orange color body with a nice hazing behind it. There was lacing on the sides as well.

Flavor- You can taste the oranges from the beginning of the drink. AWESOME! This sweetness is held through the entire drink and is refreshing and crisp. Very light sourness and has a perfect bitterness for the style. Can't get any better!

Mouthfeel- Light- Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, Wheat background, Mild Chewiness (Okay), and has this orange taste forever!

Overall Impression- For my first beer @ the FFF BrewPub, it couldn't get any better! I gulped this down without any problem and would have ordered many back to back but wanted to have as many "rare" brews from here that I could. Loved every second of it and would recommend this to anyone!

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4.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Have had this twice now. Like all FFF small batch/experimental stuff, you can only get it on tap at FFF. No carryout, and they don't distribute it.

As others have said, color is as a light, super cloudy orange juice. Aroma, wow, citrus fruit (particularly oranges, and lemons), mostly. Taste - as one reviewer said - there's a LOT of flavors going on here, due to spice additions. I think this is one where everyone is going to pull out a different taste from it, depending on what sense-memories you have.

I think perhaps the most amazing/interesting thing about this brew is the mouthfeel! Others have said "creamy," and that's not wrong, but the creaminess is... more creamy than cream. I know, hard to believe... but. There you have it. It's amazing.

Anyway, by the time you read this, TWF might be gone - but if not, go have it while you can!

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I thought for sure I reviewed this already...anyways. Had it on-tap at some place in the west 'burbs. Served in a tulip.

A: Pours a milky orange with a faint white head.

S: Wit on steroids! Big banana and clove with a generous orange juice background.

T: Taste follows the smell and orange/tangerine theme is big here. Table sugar and banana Foster flavours are clear and present. It is a tad cloying, but not unbearably so.

D: Alcohol is expertly hidden and the flavours are diverse and inviting. The mouthfeel is milky and viscous.

Overall: Weird-ass beer from a crazy brewery, but still very good. If this was released in bombers I would certainly pick some up. I wish I could have some for the Christmas season. This just screams "Festive!"

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Photo of Kayn169
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at FFF, poured into a snifterish glass.

A- Rich thick, heavy yellow profile. Body definetly has that wheat beer thickness, topping off with a 2 finger head that lingers.

S- Huge aroma of spicy Belgian yeast, orange, coriander, and more wonderful yeast. Maybe a touch of lemon zest lingering in the back

T- Banana, Banana, and more Banana, mixed with coriander, white pepper, a little clove, all inside a wonderful yeast and wheat profile. I don't know exactly what I was picturing for this beer but regardless, it was a great surprise. Im typically not a fan of banana flavoring in a beer, but this works wonderfully.

M- Slighty more than medium body. A heft and smoothness that is nice in a wheat beer. Not over powering, but the wheat and yeast mix to make a wonderfully almost creaminess

O- Suprisingly nice Witbier. A great spice fruit profile, without being over whelming. While the fruit was more banana and spice than anything, it was in a way that made th beer very easy drinking and pleasant to all aspects. Would have grabbed a growler, had they let me.

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Photo of emerge077
4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Murky and opaque, dark orange with a frothy dollop of foam. Lasting suds, drippy crown of lacing is left behind after a few sips.

Huge bubblegum aroma, tropical orange bubblicious.
Citrus and earthy coriander also, to a lesser extent.

Luscious and impossibly Intense pulpy orange flavors, some mild tingle from the Belgian yeast phenols, and light orange peel bitterness. It's like an orange banana smoothie. Wheaty in the aftertaste, lending to the sublime creaminess of this beer. Starts slightly sweet from the huge load of orange and finishes relatively dry by comparison with a hint of coconut towards the end of the glass. This is 8.5%? Could've fooled me.

A very tasty and unique take on an imperial witbier, unlike anything i've tried. Huge points for creativity here. Right up there with personal favorites Two Jokers and Jan de Lichte.

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4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub, this review is from notes:

Pours, well, like a very thick witbier. Pale gray with little twinges of yellow, and as hazy as a storm cloud.

Smells like a pleasantly alcoholic wit along with a surprisingly big kick of orgeat.

White pepper dominates up front, followed by a very, very thick node of straight-up OJ and ending on some nicely alcoholic yeast complexities. Very creamy, very spicy.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of AleWatcher
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at FFF.

A very cloudy orangey color. This looks like I am making orange juice from frozen concentrate and it needs stirring. Very interesting.
Huge thick lacing forms sheets that slowly dry up into rings. Nice retention too.

Smells of oranges... Big time. Oranges are intense. I like it. Some peppery and spicy notes come through as well as a bite of spicy wheat.
This tastes just how I'd expect after the nose-- lots of oranges and coriander with white pepper and a spicy wheat malt underneath.

Very nice body-- hefty and full but holding plenty of carbonation.

This is a very solid beer. An imperial wit is a style rarely attempted, and even more rarely done this well. This hides the booze and retains the intents of its refreshing origins.
Well done.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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Photo of woosterbill
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub into a goblet.

A: Cloudy peach-colored body with a finger of creamy off-white head. Ok retention, nice lace. Solid.

S: Very spicy: the white pepper and coriander really dominate, with a bit of ginger in the background. Maybe a hint of citrus. Nice, but a bit one-sided.

T: Huge. Spice, banana, orange, alcohol, bread, and more spice. Pepper is the biggest single element, followed by banana. Delicious, but a bit boozy on the finish. It gets more gingery as it warms, which I love.

M: Thick, creamy, and full of life. Excellent.

O: This was a terrifically flavorful beer, and would have done great in a Double/Imperial Witbier category; as it is, I found the big booze to be more of stumbling block to enjoying its complexity the more I drank. I'd gladly have it again, but I don't know that it would be one to drink in large quantities.


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4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured cold from the tap at finch's brasserie a murky to opaque burnt orange gold to a 10oz goblet with a half finger off white head with nice retention leaving sticky lace to the rim.

aroma of orange zest and yeasty farm bread.

tangy mandarin orange up front fading quickly to a tangy, funky farmhouse ale type groove. as the bier warms, the citrus is even more evident, perhaps with a bit of spice - hot ginger.

a big bodied wit. medium carbonation, thick and creamy.

overall - dam, very nice, big(?) bodied wit, super citrus.

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4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried on tap at Floyds, 27 Jun 2011. Served in a snifter.

Small white head. Moderate carbonation. Cloudy orange gold in color. Aroma is very orangey and perfumey, some ginger. Taste is similar, with ginger being a bit more prominent. Yeasty orangey perfume. Fairly sweet and floral throughout. Medium creamy body. Alcohol is slightly warming.

Quite perfumey and floral.

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4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this beer on tap at Three Floyd's in a small tulip glass.
A: Hazy pale yellow with a light orange hue. 1 finger bright white head leaving a speckled Bavarian lace.
S: Orange juice with cream and coriander and hint of ginger.
T: An adult Orange Julius. Taste like it sounds, it's lost and it's found hungry like the wolf. Sorry for the Duran Duran 80's flash back. But it does taste like orange juice with cream spiced with coriander and ginger with at crisp dry finish.
M: Thick and creamy light carbonation.
O: Very unique, just like 3 Floyd's. Not your everyday beer but definetly wort seeking out.

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Thick White Freeks from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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