Solstice Wit | Berghoff Brewery

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Solstice WitSolstice Wit

Brewed by:
Berghoff Brewery
Illinois, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Solstice is a carefully updated classic that starts with the traditional mix of super-pale 6-row malt and unmalted wheat and oats, giving the classic hazy appearance and rich creaminess on the palate. We use a specially selected coriander and an exotic Asian citrus called calamansi for a bright, tantalizing nose; then add a dash of hops for another layer of aroma. And, as with any good witbier, it is unfiltered.

Added by Bighuge on 05-05-2004

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look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

355ml bottle, 4.9% ABV, at Pizza Brew in Calgary.

This beer pours a vaguely hazy medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, weakly foamy, and mostly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves little in the way of persistent lace anywhere near the glass as it quickly recedes.

It smells of sweet purple grape juice, flat orange pith, candied bananas, neutered coriander, a softly grainy wheatiness, and a mild mustiness. The taste is less sweet, but still kind of sugary grape and orange juice esters, subtle coriander and white pepper spice, stale banana chips, plain grainy wheat, and a gentle breadiness.

The bubbles are a bit tight, but generally frothy, the body quite light in weight, and mostly smooth, with a rather blithe smoothness. It finishes well off-dry, the high school chemistry lab fruitiness still predominating.

A witbier for the kiddees, it would seem - sweet, super-simplified, and more banal cream ale in bearing than anything. Once again, however, the skank-o-meter needle sits pretty much idle. Um, good, then?

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3.56/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

Poured a golden color with some suspended yeast. 2 finger white head that recedes quickly with some nice lacing. A few shades darker than Hoegaarden. Fruity yeasty smell. Taste similar to smell. A very refreshing beer. Light thin mouthfeel with fine carbonation. A good witbier.

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Found in a 12-ounce bottle in a mixed six-pack my dad brought me back from Chicago. Liquor Barn apparently stocks it.

Pours a lovely pale straw yellow, about what I'd expect for a wit. Moderate lacing lasts for while due to its apparently high carbonation.

Smells like an orchard; notes of citrus, spice, hay, and slight maltiness.

Tastes about like it smells, though with less spice and citrus than I had expected. The carbonation makes up most of the mouthfeel, though it fades to leave a nice finish. There's the citrus, hiding right at the very end.

Overall not bad for the new Berghoff...I did expect something with a bit more substance from a beer with 'unfiltered' on the label, but this one went down smooth and I might like another, in fact.

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The beer poured out of the bottle and into a pint glass. It looked slightly hazy and gold/light orange in colour. Smelled light and fruity with an apricot nose to it. The taste was also sweet and fruity, but a yeasty-sweet.

Would I buy this beer again? Probably.

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Solstice Wit from Berghoff Brewery
Beer rating: 3.08 out of 5 with 96 ratings
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