Thick White Freeks | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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3.95 w/ 69 ratings

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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Ratings: 69 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When the ultra-finesse style of witbier meet the brash aggression of Three Floyds, of course an imperial version is eminent. But retaining what's supple and elegant about Belgian versions of the style, Three Floyds carefully keeps the refreshment and balance in check but also serving up a wallop of strength and flavor.

The burnish golden ale is brought to the table capped with a thick white, freakish head that captures the essence of the namesake. With opaque appearances, the beer's yeasty aesthetics allows the the faintest of a glow to emit. Very persistent both in head retention and lacing, this beer is undeniably Belgian-inspired.

The aroma of witbier is on proper display with a tart wheaty backbone, decorated with orange peel and coriander. But that's not enough, the almost-hoppy scent of orange pulp and freshly zested tangerine become larger than life and gives an overall juicy and rounded scent to the already fruity and floral ale. Soft and sharp spices come in the shape of the celery seed perfume with white pepper and freshly grated ginger root.

More fruity than malty to taste, the fresh citrus and tropical flavors carry a pleasant juiciness, sweetness, and acidity that sculpt the balance masterfully. Any malt flavor seems to give the fruit a candy-coated taste; grain tartness seems of clean citrus acidity, and ginger additions weave seamlessly into the spicy yeast character. The mild taste of sugar cookie dough is just enough to support the brilliant fruit and spice interplay. Only the mild grassy finish of mint and lemongrass deviate from the plan and begin to denote a fade to finish.

Medium bodied, the beer has a richer feel than does traditional witbiers of Hoegaarden, but doesn't seem thick. Creamy carbonation turns effervescent in finish for a light prick of the tongue as the fruit and grain acidity refreshes the palate and the hop and peppery spice closes with clean confidence with a short lived return of citrus fruit.

It's very impressive to see the flavors of witbier intact to this extent without disrupting the delicate balance that makes the original Belgian whites so charming, despite the additional complexities of orange juice, ginger, or elevated alcohols.

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Photo of emerge077
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
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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Photo of liamt07
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery, into an odd tulip of sorts.

Hazy gold with a thick white head, dense lacing and mild retention. Sweet malt character, wheat, light spicing and some bright citrus notes. Taste has banana, sweet malts with an odd yeast character. More citrus flavours but this feels oddly artificial - wasn't surprised to find out this was made with and orange juice concentrate or something similar. More wheat and light spicing in the finish. Big and full body, a little more than what I wanted in a witbier. Not bad, but not that good either.

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Photo of aasher
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of MasterSki
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap in a different squat and stubby tulip glass.

A - Murky dark apricot body, with a finger of white foam that settles to a thick collar and leaves small splotches of lace.

S - Pretty typical witbier aromas - coriander, peppery yeast, creamsicle. Big emphasis on the yeast and wheat flavors.

T - Again, plenty of bread, wheat, and yeast, with less spice and pepper than I noticed in the aroma. There's some orange peel as well, but I'm guessing most of the orange concentrate fermented out?

M - Zesty carbonation, smooth medium body, dry finish, and some light warming alcohol.

D - Split a glass with Chris. Easy enough to drink, but not something I'd crave again in the near future. Still, I generally dislike Imperial Witbiers and this was pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.94/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Three Floyds with Mike and Sean.. Murky milky gold, uglyish, decent retention and lacing... Nose is all belgian yeast, ok, a bit boring, very soapy... Taste is sweet and soapy yeast, too sweet no hops, no balance, not a big fan of this, my least favorite of the 3 new Belgian's

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Photo of mynie
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
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 +7.6%

Photo of hilgart1
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of AgentZero
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A -Pours an update yellow color with a little bit of stock on the sides.

S - Smells of a healthy dose of yeast and a lot of sweet candy sugar and syrup.

T - this if exceptionally sweet and cloying. A lot of candy sugar with some belgian yeast. Big problem with this one is how sweet it is, makes it hard to get down.

M - Kind of syrupy and low carbonation.

O - Too much sweetness overpowers this beer and makes it hard to get a ton down. I'd pass on this next time.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
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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Photo of Sean9689
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of brotherloco
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of PHBoiler
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of AleWatcher
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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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Photo of robwestcott
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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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Photo of cadaugherty
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of DCon
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
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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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of htomsirveaux
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
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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Photo of Drucifer
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of M1A2
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Treebs
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at FFF, poured into a snifter.

A: Poured a cloudy orange, almost like an overly sugared orange juice. Nice thick white head, a little over 1 finger, with not much retention. Leaves a good lace on the way down.

S: Very yeasty and sweet smelling, almost like bubblegum. There was also some citrus and spiced pepper notes in there.

T: There are so many flavors going on ridiculous. Big bubblegum yeasty with an orange citrus backbone. The white pepper gives it a nice spiced kick at the end. A nice web of flavors.

M: Very creamy and smooth. Medium bodied with a medium carbonation. Leaves a nice spicy citrus on the palate.

O: Ridiculous cornucopia of flavors. I liked this, but I don't think I could have more than one in a sitting. I'm glad it came in the mini-snifter. Anything else it might have been too much.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a chalice at Northdown.

Appearance: My glass arrives with a cloudy orange liquid filling up the glass with the identifying Three Floyds off-white head on top. Spots of lace cling to the glass as the level drops. This certainly looks imperial compared to any other Witbier I have had.

Smell: This smells like an orange, almost like Blue Moon with half an orange squeezed in it. That's not really a compliment. Full wheat, coriander, and orange zest really dominate.

Taste: The flavor is full to be sure. Sweet wheat up front, some banana, pepper, coriander, and a burst of orange citrus. There is only one level though, there is no depth or real complexity here.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel follows the name of the beer - thick. A medium carbonation exists here but seems to undershoot what would be necessary to make this better. Sticky.

Overall: This is just too cloyingly sweet. As I consumed the glass, I kept knocking off half a point here, half a point there from the score because it was fairly difficult for me to finish the glass. It does not surprise me to learn afterward that orange juice concentrate was used. Hopefully that is a mistake they will not make again.

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Thick White Freeks from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 75.4% out of 100 with 69 ratings
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