Hazy Day Belgian Wit
Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island

Hazy Day Belgian WitHazy Day Belgian Wit
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Belgian Witbier
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3.58 | pDev: 12.01%
Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island
Rhode Island, United States
Hazy Day Belgian WitHazy Day Belgian Wit
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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass mug.
The appearance was a fairly thick burnt yellow milky color. One finger of white foamy head slid off gently. Some runny lace.
The aroma had some sweet wheat over top of some banana and crushed coriander. Mild yeasty/breadiness on the back end.
The flavor leaned towards the sweet side embracing a fine blend with all of the prior mentioned aromas. Crushed coriander is even lighter here than the aroma. Not much of an aftertaste, but what was there seemed somewhat wheaty, Belgian spicy and yeasty.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a good sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good. Some stickiness but nice. Subtle finish of wheaty Belgian spicy coriander creaminess.
Overall, I'd say pretty nice witbier, I think brewers seem to be lacking these days on creating more of this style. Hopefully, this style comes back.

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Photo of lic217
4.09/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Very light yellow, nice head with lacing, hazy appearance
Smell: Spicey/fruity yeast aroma
Taste: Mildly sweet throughout, but ends with a mild bitterness, mild spiciness and fruitiness
Feel: Very drinkable
Overall: A very well made beer that hits the spot on a hot summer day. I enjoy it...

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Photo of Wi_brew_bud
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The colder this gets the better for sure. The foam and the look are really light like a lemonade. It is very murky and for a wit it bears the standard look
The smell is something to be desired it's there but it isn't. What you can smell is wheat and spice but it is so faint I almost missed it all together. Its very sweet and welcoming. If it were stronger it would definitely stand out.
The tastes is sweet and spicy i am kind of disappointed because much like the smell it is very pleasing but also faint. If maybe they strengthen this one up a bit it would pop. You can tast the orange peel and clove but the coriander seems too over the balance for a wit.
The feel has to be be highlight it feels good really good not to flat not to foamy but it isn't consistent. I poor it to a glass and made a nice head and within 10 minutes it was watery. Its hard to really sit back and enjoy this because the longer you sip it the worse it gets.
Overall I would say that it is a decent beer if it were competing with blue moon or shock top. But as far as a craft wit I find it very weak. This beer has the start of something great but falls short in every category. If you want to enjoy this I recommend leaving it in the can and drinking it rather quick like.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a tulip glass:

Appearance: pours a pretty looking orange-gold color, with a thick, soapy head on top. Leaves some spotty lacing, and the beers got tons of bubbles rising all around. Mildly hazy body.

Aroma: lots of wheat character, some mild orange citrus....I don't really get any yeastiness or coriander at all. Pretty subdued as well, the only real scent that pops is the wheat maltiness.

Taste: mildly spicy, mildly orangey, mostly wheaty. The flavor here is pretty average, which, unfortunately is a characteristic of most modern wits. There's opportunity to make this much better. More orange peel maybe?

Feel: thin, a little watery, maybe a touch more carbonation needed.

Overall: it's one of Grey Sail's less successful beers in my opinion, though I could probably drink a few at a cookout or something.

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Photo of Hudsonvalleyman
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden color with a white, lacy head. Very little spice aroma; sone orange. (I prefer clove in my wit's aroma.) Clove taste at the start along with a little malty sweetness. I'd go for more malt and more orange, but then it wouldn't be as refreshing either. Appropriately dry in the finish. The light, effervescent mouthfeel makes this (and all good wits) a nice summer quencher.

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a hazy yellow hue with a small, soapy white head. Moderate lace as the she warmed. Smell was very mild but did give off hints of bready wheat, lemongrass, and that classic belgian wit yeast. Taste lead with the spicy wheat notes with a bit of the citrus coming through. Nothing over the top, but solid, imo. Feel was exactly what you would want it to be. Easy sipping summer beer. Nice introduction to Grey Sail for me. I would enjoy this again on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Stubbie1
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light hazy yellow in color with a thin white head. The head fades and gives way to a very small lacing. Smell is light crisp an lemon with a light yeask funk to it. Taste is a light citrus note with a dry light hop bitterness on the finish. Light on the pallet, might be a wee bit thin but overall, for the style a good beer.

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Photo of Boto
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Draught: This one poured a cloudy straw yellow color. There was a small white head on it. It has a lighter aroma. Wheat, citrus and some spice. The taste is decent. Wheat, citrus and some spice. A little light.

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Photo of Roguer
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Decent appearance: light yellow brew, hazy, with a nice white head. Aroma is yeast-forward while carrying some nice cracker notes from the yeast and some citrus (lime/grapefruit) from the hops.

Flavor follows: this is a yeast-forward (vice spice-forward) interpretation of a Belgian Wit, and that fits my personal preferences quite well.

Extremely light and drinkable, while maintaining a fullness of flavor throughout. This is a pretty good American take on a Belgian Wit, although true fans may well prefer more spice to the flavor.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: hazy; straw colored; 1 finger white head that receded slowly to a thin cap; moderate lacing;

S: yeast, coriander, orange peel;

T: coriander and citrus – mostly orange, but lemon is there as well; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: light bodied; moderate to high carbonation; dry finish;

O: solid, but not exceptional;

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Photo of cbutova
3.34/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- Another new can in my distro area poured into a tulip with a hazy golden body. Texture of the cap is creamy and somewhat foamy and it forms to about one finger high. Head retention is lackluster but the creamy ring leaves an impressive blanket of lace on most of the glass.

S- Fresh baked bread with some spices mostly off the top. Even with some warming just a bit more coriander and orange peel citrus comes off with a general bready, Belgian spicy yeast.

T- One of the milder flavor profiles for a Wit I have experienced, almost tastes a bit diluted or something. Orange peel and spices come to mind but fail to really leave an impression and fade quickly rather than sticking around on the palate like many spicy, yeasty Wits. Hints of banana, pepper, coriander and yeast bread.

MF- Light-end bodied with a high level of carbonation. Texture is foamy overall with some creaminess to it. Finishes with just a bit of spicy bitters.

The only problem here is that the flavor overall is a bit diminished for whatever reason. The elements there are pretty nice but it just feels watered down in a way. Still a pretty enjoyable, refreshing brew.

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Photo of jlindros
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

New brewery from RI, neat. A wit, although not typically my fav style, a hot day and I'm thirsty it should go down well. Also tall boy can, hooray!

Pours a huge pasty white fizzy head that hits almost 3 fingers and fades at a typical fair rate, with lines of soapy lacing, hazy wheat watery blond berlinner like color.

Nose is typical wit, plenty of wheat aromas, cracked toasted wheat, creamy wheat, a hint of a sour aroma too, as well as nice spices, a touch of salt, some coriander, hint clove like, some orange peel and zest, citrusy, hint of a grassy hop character.

Taste comes with a slight candy sweetness, orange peel candy, with light coriander like spices, nice orange peel citrus zest, as well as a grassy slight spicy like chewy hop flavor, fair bitterness from both the hops and orange zest. The wheat is there as well, lightly toasty but more creamy and general wheat flavor, little banana like with the citrus zest, and hint of tartness. It's fairly dry but a touch juicy. Finish is fairly dry too, fair bitterness too, a bit too bitter for a wit, with more grassy slight spicy hop profile, light citrus, more creamy wheat lingering with a little sticky feel.

Mouth is lighter bod but a bit creamy, decent carb.

Overall not bad, typical witbier with a bit of an over hopped profile, but not bad all around, nice creamy feel, decent wheat, decent spices and citrus, nothing too special but decent, and bonus for tall boy can, but quickly loses that as there's no date on the can.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 8/20/13

Appearance: Pale, light, golden yellow - lightly hazy, as the name would suggest - bright, white head - retains a small but solid, foamy head - leaves some nice lacing, almost a solid wall

Smell: Bright, crisp Belgian yeast and some nice orange notes - Belgian notes, including ripe banana, bubblegum, and clove - some light spiciness and coriander - wheat and some lightly toasted wheat bread - orange and lemon, citrus peel, some honey as well

Taste: Notably clean and bright for a wit, despite not being particularly flavorful - light, non-funky Belgian yeast, with some clove, banana, and bubblegum - nice citrus notes, including some orange and lemon - very mild, lightly earthy malts - lightly spicy - lots of wheat, with some nice breadiness

Mouthfeel: Light body, crisp, nicely carbonated, finishes clean

Overall: Lazy days > hazy days but this beer is still pretty good

This is a nice Wit. It's not particularly flavorful, but the flavors it has are excellent, and it is remarkably refreshing. Honestly, it kind of reminds me of Hoegaarden. I would drink this again.

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Photo of youngs11
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appears hazy yellow. Finger-width head settles to a nice cap. Nice spots of lacing.

Smells similar to sourdough bread. hint of lemon and also dandelion.

Taste is what I want from a wit beer. Does not change much from the second it hits your tongue all the way through to the after taste. fresh baked durum comes to mind.

Very light-bodied, not sticky at all. good carbonation. Leaves a silky texture on the tongue and roof of mouth, in a good way.

Hazy Day provides exactly what I'm looking for when in a wit beer mood. Very easy to drink and refreshing. Many amateur beer critics (myself included) use Hoegaarden as a benchmark for wit beer comparison. This beer is extremely similar in taste and aroma, but it has a little more color and I prefer the MF. Thumbs up to Grey Sail on this one.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 7/9/13 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains wheat, citrus, light caramelized malts, some Belgian yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat, a thin malt character and some Belgian yeast. Then some mild citrus sweetness comes in. The hops presence is very mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, very mild kick, not the best representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are better alternatives within the style.

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Photo of think3mm
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 5

I love this witbier for what it is: a beer-lovers answer to macro brews, foreign or domestic, when the weather gets Hot out. You know, an alternative to those thin, watery brews that are only reluctantly considered during the dog days of summer, when served ice cold, are somehow more palatable. This Belgian wit attempt is a home run in my book as it's perfect for those hot days when a higher viscosity, more refined, higher alcohol-content brew is a bit too much for someone who may find themselves playing softball or chasing a niece or nephew around the yard. Am I alone here? I find nothing whatsoever disrespectful about a craft-brewed, essentially, "light" beer, when given the alternatives. The Germans have their answer to summer beer, and it's called a Radler; usually about 60/40 beer and sprite or lemonade. No, no, it's not just for for kids and little old ladies, it's to avoid feeling too bloated from a "winter" beer like a tripple, etc. They actually go down a bit too easily, if you catch my drift (and I can savor a fine craft brew with the best of them. No, I don't work for Grey Sail.).

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Photo of Jwale73
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz. can served in a Samuel Smith tulip. Pours a yellow-gold hue with a slight haze to the clarity and a two inch, loose, bright white head that sizzles and pops as it slowly dissipates into a textured film. Nose is very mild - lemon zest, wheat and a light grassiness. Taste is a bit dull - while I'm not a huge fan of witbiers that punch you in the face with clove and coriander, this beer is on the opposite end of the spectrum. All I get is a kiss of noble hops, a trace of lemony acidity and a hint of grassiness towards the back. Mouthfeel is light in body with a mild acidity and a carbonation level that is consistent from sip to swallow but falls just short of lively. Overall, an easy drinking lawnmower beer; however, there's just not that much in the way of flavor.

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Photo of dheacck11
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pour is a nice hazy golden straw color with a hint of orange. Finger of white fluffy head fades over a minute, leaving a modest amount of lacing.

Nose is a lot of sweet citrus and flowers, lemon, orange, honey, hibiscus. Little bit of a lager yeast spice to it as well.

Taste is sadly quite watery. Initially a little bit of citrus fruit, that rapidly gets bogged down the the rather mellow and bland malt. I get very little spice at all. Some hints of straw and grass.

Feel is rather thin and watery. Feels diluted almost.

I really want to like this brewery. I love local (or near local) stuff. Certainly an easy drinker on the summer on a boat or after mowing the lawn, but not a go to brew at all sadly. Have felt similarly about most of Grey Sails brews so far...bummer. Guess I'll keep hoping!

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Photo of greybeardloon
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Head is fluffy, and there is nice lacing. Hazy... Spicy phenols and lemon on the nose. More lemon in the taste, no obvious orange. The citrus goes nicely with the wheat. More spice and yeast. Tartness (and salt?) lingers at the edges of my tongue. Dry finish. Mouthfeel is quite thin, but that isn't all bad in a summer beer. At 4% (according to the brewery's website), I could drink a number of these on the deck. A good alternative to Gansett Summer.

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Hazy Day Belgian Wit from Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 81 ratings