Farmhouse Wit | Deep Ellum Brewing Company

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Farmhouse WitFarmhouse Wit

Brewed by:
Deep Ellum Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Summer

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Added by champ103 on 05-18-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of bkrbdan
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of BryanCarey
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours to a yellowish hue with a nose that is like lemon/lime with some grains and herbs in the background. The white head of foam on this beer is slight, but the body is very fizzy and the small amount of foam does leave some lace behind.

This beer has a taste that is lemony and slightly herbal, with some pale malts and wheat in the background. Spicy notes are evident, with flavors of coriander most dominant. Search a little more and you will taste orange, yeast, and banana, for a complex profile that keeps you guessing.

This farmhouse ale is a little different from others I have tasted. Yes, you get the wheat malt and yeast character and fruit, but the lemon flavor dominates this brew. I like the complexity, herbs/spices, and different fruit flavors but among farmhouse ales I have tried, this one is more lemony than any other.

This is an interesting farmhouse wit and certainly worth a try if you can find it. The lemony taste, active carbonation, and lighter body make it great for the hot days of summer and it would match up nicely with many foods, especially lighter fare like appetizers and salads.

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Photo of TBoneJones
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours very cloudy/ hazy pineapple yellow (no bubbles visible in the body) with a decent white head.
Smells like lemon, grass, herbs, wheat. A hint if orange in there. Nice.
Very distinct herbal grassy flavor, more juicy than earthy. The lemon tarts up the back end with a zesty rind mouth flavor. And hops are here and tasty too! I like this. The can mentions how this is basically a marriage of a saison and witbier. I've tried many more of the former style. This is refreshing and light, crisp and with a zesty character, however the spices really punch through here, to the point of eliminating any urge to session this brew. Nice flavors just heavy spicing for me. That said, I can say that for a fleeting moment i'm tasting lemon Starburst. Medium carbonation, smooth, full mouthfeel for the abv. (4.8% upon checking). I think where i am impressed here is with the whole lemon grass thing. Ive always thought the idea of lemon and grass in a beer was about as refreshing as it gets (think spring/summer), however the few lemongrass-centered brews ive tried were quite off-putting. This is what i had imagined such an example would taste like. However, the end result of the dense mixed spice notes overpowering the more refreshing aspects of this beer, prevents me from considering this brew something I'd seek out again.

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Photo of TXBulldog
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

16 oz can poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a pale golden color with a massive airy head that fades slowly and leaves behind a light lacing. Beer is very clear, with none of the cloudiness that you'd expect from a witbier.

Lots of citrus and coriander spice on the nose. Much more robust than I expected from first appearance and very pleasant.

Some of the citrus and spice promised from the smell of the beer does come through, but overall this one is pretty muted. There is a little hop bitterness, but nothing that really stands out. Has a little bit of an aftertaste that I would associate more with mass produced beers. This would be a good beer to drink on a hot day, but not one to sit and sip.

Carbonation is a little too light to suit this beer. Overall mouthfeel is a little thin, but leaves a little lingering film. Combined with the aftertaste it comes off as almost a little soapy.

Overall afraid this one wasn't a hit for me. It does have potential if they could get more of what's on the nose onto the palette and if they could get some additional crispness to it.

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Photo of beernads
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of buzzed
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of vcoggins
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of JGlitz87
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Michaeldmanley
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of legallysparkly
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very hazy golden yellow. Huge white head. Retains well with a nice layer of foam.

Smell - Lemony. Some saison characteristics, but mostly wheat. Mild spice.

Taste - Grainy as hell. Some sweet doughy malt. Zesty lemon. Lots of wheat. Some yeasty flavors and a hint of spice in the back.

Mouthfeel - Very light, but very grainy. Some bitterness. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Just about the most exciting witbeer I've had. That probably doesn't say much, but it's tasty.

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Photo of WritersBlock
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of OgreSanchez
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of duff247
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of paperbackfoster
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16oz can to an imperial pint glass -

Pours a light honey/agave color, taking on a lighter straw note in the light. Carbonation looks pretty light and confused in the haze. Head is a nice, foamy two fingers from the pour but recedes to a half finger. Still holds pretty significantly.

The nose is really pleasant. A lot of grapefruit peel and coriander for the wit aspect and tons of more complex spicing from the farmhouse. I gather a lot of peach as well, with almost mulling-type spices.

The taste is fantastic - as easy and refreshing as an underwhelming wit but with a lot of complexity. I gather a lot of orange rind with some sweetness and a slight spice - almost like a sweet roll or something, honestly. The fruit rind notes are refreshing, but the bready backbone cannot be ignored, and the spice really pulls through.

This beer feels big and chewy, almost like a highly carbonated rye ale.

I really didn't expect to rate this one so high, but it is a pleasure to imbibe.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, wagenvolks and xpimptastikx!

A huge, big-bubbled, and extremely persistent white head. Clouded golden body. Moderately sticky, especially for the style.

Good amount of spice and wheat in the aroma. Decent amounts of coriander and grains of paradise mix with a mild funk and distinctly Belgian-style yeast. Very nice. This leans more toward the spices as it warms.

The flavor is similar to the aroma; pleasant combination of a mildly funky farmhouse yeast, spices, and wheat. A bit of lemon character as well.

Great mouthfeel. Nearly full for the style with moderate to near-high carbonation.

I really enjoy this saison/witbier hybrid. Would drink again, especially on a hot day.

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Photo of cam12
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of kevindp9
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of nsheehan
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Farmhouse Wit
Deep Ellum Brewing Co
16oz can to craft pub glass
Saison/witbier combo

A – Good carbonation, lively in the glass. Nice light gold, kind of cloudy color. Very translucent and a little transparent near the glass. Pretty nice cloudy head, but kind of thin and waxy looking.

S – Very nice, I’m picking up both witbier and more saison-y smells. Orange, some characteristic Belgian sweetness, some earthiness, and some spiciness from the hops (saison part). There’s also some wheat and banana (witbier part). I think they are well-mixed but can be picked out quite easily. The earthiness is like a musty dirt, it fits in well.

T – Taste follows smell nearly perfectly, wow. The flavors are mixed but can be picked out. The Fruit (orange, banana), wheat, and Belgian sweetness hit you up front, then the earthiness comes in, followed by the hops.

M – Very strange, it has a finish of average dryness on the tongue (between the finish of a wit and a saison), but it dries out your whole mouth. I don’t particularly like it. I drank a sip of water to rehydrate my mouth, and took another sip of beer. It feels dry because the carbonation is leaving my mouth tingly, I can really fill it on the tip of the tongue. In the context of a saison, this dryness is quite good I think, and isn’t quite as strong as the beer warms a little. Light bodied overall, probably on the heavy side of light. Kind of thin on the back end though.

D – I honestly wasn’t expecting much based on how people talk about Deep Ellum, but I went in with an open mind. And boy was I wowed. I think there’s definitely a sweet spot temperature wise, starting at about 5 minutes out of the fridge and lasting for 10 minutes. It’s still very good past this point. This is my great surprise beer of the week. If you regard it as just a wit or just a saison, you’ll find it off. But as a hybrid, I think it’s great.
4.5, 4.5, 4.5, 4, 4.5 (or 4.25)

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Photo of wtkphoto
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of blammasterj
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of dts311
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of jkn09
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Ted
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of BKotch
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Farmhouse Wit from Deep Ellum Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 95 ratings.
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