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Destiny's Wit | Free Will Brewing Co.

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3.52/5
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87 Ratings
Destiny's WitDestiny's Wit
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Free Will Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
freewillbrewing.com

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our traditionally-styled Belgian White Ale is crafted using a variety of malts and spices. Rather than competing for individual attention these ingredients harmonize for a complex, well-rounded, drinking experience. A silky feeling envelops the palate; subtle sweetness balances the spice before yielding to a delicate, tart, finish that is highlighted with a touch of white pepper.

12 IBU

Added by corby112 on 09-11-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,019
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
87
pDev:
13.92%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
14
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 87 |  Reviews: 12
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a pretty average to slightly better than average take on a wit, its yeast driven, very pale and light in terms of the wheat in it, and citrusy and drinkable, tasty and fairly refreshing, less cloying than their mango wheat, but still with some sweetness. banana and coriander notes dominate the nose and taste, with a lemon and orange citrus flavor towards the finish. the yeast is familiar to me, nothing special, but flavors this beer nicely. more mild in taste than smell, super light on the palate, and could really stand some ramped up carbonation to make it more of a quencher. if you like these bold american takes on wit, you will dig this, but i found it to be a little off from what i like in the style. i also had it at a bar where most of the draft beers i had were less than fully carbonated, so maybe the mouthfeel is more an issue with the establishment than the beer itself. i will have to try it in the bottle next time. free will does some cool stuff, but this wit, flavorful as it is, could have been made by any number of upstart american craft operations, and lacks the nuance and subtlety i look for in better examples of the style...

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Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodychandler
3.81/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I think that this one also came from tone77 as I am not generally given to buying bottled beers, and certainly not wits, on my own. He keeps me honest and grounded because otherwise I would drink nothing but IPAs and CANned beers.

From the bottle: "We brew to taste, fit to style".; "Pouring Instructions: Pour 3/4 of bottle into glass; swirl remaining liquid inside bottle to rouse yeast, then pour into glass."

I have Destiny's Child playing on YouTube as musical accompaniment and I followed the label's directions, so here we go. I got a fluffy finger of bone-white head atop the beer so that it all looked like a cross-section of lemon meringue pie. Color was a cloudy yellow, about the shade of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice (SRM = 4). Nose smelled tangy with a black pepper bite. Mouthfeel was effervescent and the taste was peppery, but with a bubble gum-like sweetness and an indecipherable tang on the tongue. I am not a huge fan of the style, but the homeboys really did a nice job with this one. Finish was semi-dry, thanks to the spices and the yeast having done its part. I can hang with semi-dry in the style, but I have had some numbers which were too dry, hence my trepidation.

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3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

First beer from Free Will, a lot of new players in the game let's see how they are doing! Pours a slightly hazed peach/apricot golden hue with a bright white head forming thick fine even spread lace looks great thus far.

Aroma is nice sharp wheat notes, mild mango, ripened fruit a hint of banana, welcome coriander spice notes, and citrus peel just barley peeking through on the nose.

Flavors go well together a bit of excessive sweetness and a bit of harsh grain husks and tart finish on the back end that I wasn't expecting overall, though the wheat accents work. A bit more citrus peel would balances it out a bit the over ripened fruit comes through on the palate with as much sweetness as brown banana, clove, coriander make a presence tying it all together.

Mouthfeel, I think I touched on the sweetness adding a bit of cloying quality to the beer, goes down but after retraining my palate to be able to handle all of the unfermented sugars on board.

Overall, why is beer like this when it can taste like Great Lakes Holy Moses or Whirlwind Wit from Victory, this brewery definitely still has it's training wheels on and we will keep on eye on it as it grows to see if things improve.

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3.14/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a whitish/yellow color with a 1 inch head. Smell is kind of mild, a bit of citrus. Taste is oranges, some spices, very refreshing and the glass is going down quick. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a fine beer to drink on a hot day.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of LoveStout
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of CharlesK
2.5/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of epyon396
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of corby112
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at City Tap House in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a cloudy, dark golden yellow color with straw colored edges and a one finger, frothy white head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

The aroma of this beer is very spice forward with zesty pepper and coriander followed by bready yeast and citrus rind. The white pepper spiciness overpowers things a bit but as it warms, there more of a lemon juice and orange peel presence.

Medium bodied and better balanced than the nose suggests. There's still a prominent zesty spice flavor up front but the yeast and citrus flavors stand out a bit more. Lots of white pepper and coriander flavor followed by bread, banana and citrus rind. Sweet lemon juice presence in the tart finish. Refreshing, well balanced and easy to dink.

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3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, no date.

appears cloudy hazy pale straw color. bubbly fizzy carbonation. slight banana & spice aroma, and wheat. taste is herbal, spicy yeast, cloves. body is thin and bubbly high carbonation. evervescent, to style. overall - okay, just not my cup of tea.

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Photo of hozersr
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Zekenyce
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stofko1992
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MDDMD
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of mportnoy
2.5/5  rDev -29%

Photo of dsshuck
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 57md
2.88/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale straw with a finger of white head. Most of the head dissipated quickly, but a film of froth remained floating atop the yellow liquid for some time. The nose has mild notes of Belgian yeast. The flavor is like most wits - funky. However, there is something extra here that was stomach churning for me.

I admit that wits are not even close to my favorite style, but there is something about this beer that was particularly bad. I have never had a drain pour and don’t plan on it, but I was close on this one.

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Destiny's Wit from Free Will Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 87 ratings
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