pFriem Family Brewers

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Belgian Witbier
Ranked #172
Ranked #30,969
3.74 | pDev: 10.16%
pFriem Family Brewers
Oregon, United States
Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 65
Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

Pours a pretty big, one and a half fingers of white head into my can-style glass (no wheat glass available). The head looks extremely creamy. Retention is decent. The body is a somewhat hazy, golden color. Quickly lightens up when held to the light. Large amounts of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Looks pretty good so far.

Nose is coriander, orange, wheat/oats. Dry overall, some sugars are present though. Grains get a little rough on the nose, but that's pretty common for the style. A little floral, which is a nice touch here. Even with a slightly stuffy nose, it's quite aromatic. Overall good, it smells like it should.

Definitely coriander up front. Some tart orange peel notes, but not much there. Very dry, sweetness is very low. The flavor isn't quite as full as the nose was, but it's still doing what it should be doing. Overall good, but it could use a little more umph, I recall this being more flavorful, on tap.

The mouthfeel is good. Carbonation is relatively high, and it is quite dry, both on point for the style. A touch creamy, if you look for it (I wouldn't consider it creamy at first sip). Body is light-medium. Overall very crisp and refreshing. A touch dry for me, but it's good, and to style.

The drinkability is very high here. Low alcohol, light, and tasty, not surprising with a sessionable style.

The appearance turned out pretty good. The head dissipated a little faster than I would have liked for a beer with malts that should do a good job at retaining this head! Alas, there was pretty solid lacing, and the head was very pretty, at least initially.

This beer is pretty on point style wise. I'm probably being a little tough on the flavor grade, I'll make up for it in the overall. Still, could use a little more spunk.

Note: as this beer warmed a little, some esters started to come through. While light, it's certainly a welcome flavor.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

For a Witbier, this pours remarkably clear. Dense white head, thick lacing. Aroma of herbal spices, maybe some citrus, definite bready yeast. For the style, very light taste, well carbonated. Wegave this more of a lightly spiced pale ale with a very light touch on the hops. It's well done and very easy to drink, but we think it misses the mark for the style. Maybe it's because we have usually associated a witbier with the winter holidays and other spiced ales.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a weizen glass.Pours a light to medium golden amber with a fine, one finger white head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of wheat, coriander and lemon with a hint of orange. Flavor is wheat and bready malt, coriander and lemon with the flavor tapering off rapidly into a lemony finish with a mild bitterness. Light to medium bodied with light creaminess. Aroma and start are spot on, but the malt flavor seems to die off into the finish, leaving coriander and lemon a little stark on the palate. Oddly, the finish was slightly disappointing at first, but I found the flavor improved with time and for some reason the finish seemed more robust after half a glass. Still a somewhat tame witbier from a regularly stellar brewery.

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Photo of mactrail
3.12/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Big pile of suds in the tall, bulbuous glass. Clear pale yellowish color. Pleasant watery body. Too much coriander. Biterish and dusty somehow. Very lemony with a persistent citrus aftertaste. Finally a little cream of wheat flavor. Interesting and well made, but quite tiresome. An unusual discouragement from a wonderful brewery. Poured from the 500 ml bottle purchased at Elizabeth Station in Bellingham, Wash.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at Homebrew Stuff.. Pours hazy pale golden.. not much head to speak of.. Pretty straight forward well made witbier... grainy/sweetish wheat with light orange peel.. Finishes pretty crisp.. Textbook witbier... Very refereshing.

All 4's

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Photo of constantine_272
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very light straw color with little to no head but reasonably high carbonation. Funky yeast on the nose with a touch of hay and sweet wheat. Light and mellow wheat flavor starts off but a yeasty funky blue cheese comes in strong and stays through the finish. A slight tangy tingly tartness comes through in the middle while a sweet white bread flavor finishes long. A little light while a little tart on the finish. An earthy feeling finishes long on the tongue. Overall this is a tasty beer, but I felt like this lacked some originality. There is a little too much funk flavor in this beer and that throws the whole thing off balanced. Its fine, but I feel like a little forced.

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Photo of stevoj
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle share from Jeremy. Definitely had the nice light body expected from a wit; solid wheat, grain, bread taste and aroma. Airy, yet substantial. Enjoyable and tasty

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Photo of Reidrover
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle from Trader Joe in Salem OR
Beer pours a very pale yellowish ( one of the palest beers i have seen) with a large frothy, attractive white head.
Very yeasty, spicy aroma.., wheat of course and a bit of sour lemon scent.
Nice taste..lemongrass, black pepper, sour apples and coriander.
Surprsingly creamy smooth mouth feel..but ends dry..very good.
Super drinkable wit.....easy to put down.

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Has a bit of a lemon front I it ally to me, at least it's the strongest taste that comes through. Finishes well and classic wit taste. Could be a bit more carbinated for me and a bigger taste overall as it seems a little weak but it is a good example of a wit still.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap in a pint glass at the Taphouse Grill in Seattle.

Appearance: cloudy yellow hue with a nice layer of creamy head that sticks around a good amount of time. I like it.

Smell: wheaty with pretty strong spicing. The quantity of orange peel almost gives this beer a sour aroma. Interesting.

Taste: frankly the spicing is a little overdone for my taste and the balance is thrown off. A little less orange peel would do this beer wonders.

Mouthfeel: super duper creamy with a medium body and good carbonation. Splendiferous!

Overall: a decent beer in many ways, the quantity of bitter orange throws off the drinkability for me.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap into a shaker glass.

A- Poured a very pale golden color, pretty clear with lots of visible carbonation, white soapy head left minimal lacing.

S- Big coriander and very light citrus.

T- Big coriander, some salty notes, and light citrus notes.

M- Pretty watery, low carbonation, light bodied.

O- A pretty pedestrian witbier. I love the style, but this one did not have much going on. Overall, it was pretty one dimension with very little citrus notes.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I wasn't planning on stopping by, but while walking along the HR waterfront, I noticed Pfriem just there, and on my way back, I had to stop by.

Hazy pale yellow with a dense white head, good retention and nice lace. Nose has a nice refreshing spice character with a mild coriander note and some yeast. Faint sulfur characteristic is present (I noticed this in multiple beers, and I swear, my hands were clean), some phenols are also present. Palate is crisp, fruity, mildly sweet with mango and orange. Touch of sulfur gets in the way of an enjoyable palate. Crisp and refreshing, this has a nice finish with mild spice and fruit.

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Photo of beertunes
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a very lightly cloudy pale yellow color with less than 1/4 inch of white head that had low retention and decent lacing.

The aroma was a nice example of what to look for in the style. A bit of grain, a bit of citrus, some yeast spice, all combined to give an attention grabbing scent. The flavor profile was very good as well, everything you look for, very well done. Start with the smooth malts, get tickled a bit by the spice and yeast, and enjoy the quenching dryness.

The body was good, appropriately smooth, nicely even, and with a very clean finish. Drinkability was excellent, you could easily have several of these in a row, and enjoy every drop. Overall, a very good example of the style. If you're a fan of Wits, you're going to like this beer a lot. Certainly worth your time if you see it, and worth heading to Hood River for.

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