A Foolish Wit | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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88 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
pdubs.net

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
We're not joking around here, the jester has returned! A Foolish Wit was our original Belgian style wit beer, brewed with amchoor, (dried green mango), lemony sumac, and traditional green coriander. This is a wit that even those wielding the sharpest of tongues will enjoy. Light, bright, and full of lemony wheat flavor, this ale is ripe with mischief.

Added by TMoney2591 on 09-23-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
88
Reviews:
13
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
9.05%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of emerge077
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wasn't sure if this was the "sour mango wit" mentioned as coming soon, or the base beer for it... A Foolish Wit is a very solid (nearly imperial) Witbier.

Straight down the middle our into a tulip glass generates a billowing head of foam, which recedes with plenty of sticky lacing. The color and clarity leave something to be desired, a dull opaque brownish-orange rather than the usual light pastel yellow-orange. Head breaks u fairly quickly also.

Aroma is fruity, orange eel supplanted with plenty of smooth wheat and moderate coriander.

Smooth feel, medium bodied, a light natural fruit tartness initially that segues quickly into seamless wheat softness. Not overly spiced, more fruit forward with plenty of wheat character in the middle and end. Lingering orange eel and soft traces of coriander. Very well put together, no flaws in my mind other than the appearance, which is pretty minor anyway. Can't wait to see a fruited version, if that ever comes to fruition (groan, lol)...

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an Ichtegems tulip glass at Local Option.

I was surprised to see a Pipeworks brew on tap, but I guess the Fuckin' Catalina Wine Mixer means A-game all the way, right? Anyway, this stuff pours a cloudy sunset straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises orange peel, light wheat, coriander, clove, cardamom, and grapefruit rind. The taste brings in more of the same, with a touch of red apple flesh for good measure. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly prickly feel. Overall, a very nice "imperial" wit, one that brings everything on with some strength behind it, but also without overdoing it.

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3.85/5  rDev -3.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of MasterSki
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Local Option. Served in a weizen glass.

A - White foam settles to a thin cap, thicker collar, and splotchy lacework. Murky straw orange body. As usual, these Pipeworks beers are very attractive.

S - Coriander, mild orange peel, lightly phenolic yeast, sweet pale malts. It's a witbier alright!

T - Taste is more grain and wheat-forward, with less of the spices. There's some banana and orange citrus sweetness in the back end.

M - Grainy, wheat chaff, medium body, with pleasant active carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This isn't going to wow your hardcore Beer Advocate crowd but it's a solidly made and enjoyable witbier. I was actually somewhat surprised to see it was 7%, as I assumed it was 5% or so. In any case, it's a good beer to have in your portolio to convince Blue Moon fans to 'drink local' instead.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting brew picked up in trade from rmcnealy... Thanks a bunch Rob... this is soooo very odd even for a witbier.

Poured into my slim tulip.. nice white head... the brew is hazed dark golden..

The nose shows bunches of weird tropical fruitiness that would NEVER BE called for in a witbier but somehow meshes with the background lime profile.. I guess I get some mild clove phenols.

The palate is thick for the style... heavy fruits and a bit of kaffir lime leaf... odd sour notes coming from the Sumac I guess.... The flavors just don't jive for me... too thick and ultimately too muddy.

Really, this is just an interesting heavy bodied witbier.. I APPLAUDE Pipeworks for doing a wit with ingredients that obviously took a lot of work to gather and make things happen.

3.5 across the board is probably too high... but the adventurism with the witbier ingredients brings it back into higher realms.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of Florida9
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very cloudy pale pastel yellow. Forms a rather large white head, but it falls to a faint surface coating fairly quickly. Does manage to leave a moderate bit of lacing on the way down.

S: Lemon and lots of it. There is a tart or sour quality to the aroma, presumably from the mango, but there really isn't much in the way of actual mango in the aroma. Some yeast and a little coriander spice.

T: Lightly sweet. Mild yeast. Tart, sweet lemon, reminiscent of lemonade. Very citrusy, an attribute most likely from the sumac addition. Quite refreshing.

M: Lighter side of medium. Lower carbonation. Mild tartness. Very minimal bitterness.

O: This beer turned out to be far better than I was expecting it to be. Actually thought about passing it up because I really wasn't expecting much out of it all, but the combination of flavors really play well with each other and end up making a beer better than the sum of its parts.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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