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.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.55/5  rDev -16.7%
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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Photo of elmore
3.56/5  rDev +16.3%
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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Photo of imprezawrxsti
3.35/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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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Photo of NilocRellim
3.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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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Photo of chickenflea
2.95/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly cloudy pale golden color with a small white head that settled quickly. Aroma is mild orange zest with a hint of spice. A little too sweet for the style although the spiciness is nice. Light to medium body with light carbonation. It's OK, but not great.

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Photo of cagocubs
2.71/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

With this beer I conclude my Minhas variety. Poured from bottle into hefe glass.

A: Pours a lazy light gold with a 1 finger white puffy head that sticks around and laces slightly.

S: Spices,citrus fruit, some banana. Clove. Lemon.

T: Citrus, spice, and wheat. The clove and banana are there too.

M: Creamy, carbonation is good, mouth coating is good.

O: Of all the Minhas beers this would be the best choice. It is crafted the closest to what its style should be. My qualm with this wit is that it tastes almost identical to their hefeweizen.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.38/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Part three of my six-part descent into Minhas madness. That's not bias you just heard: It was experience. Let's add to it, shall we? This brew pours a lightly hazy golden straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises white bread, light orange peel, light lemon zest, very light coriander, and a touch of sweet flowers. This would be fine, if 'tweren't so muted. The taste follows pretty generally, with the lemon, coriander, and bread taking the lead. This ain't half bad, I tell you what (gotta stop watching so much King of the Hill...). The body is a general light, with a moderate carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. The fizziness isn't very much of a detriment here, somehow. Overall, not the greatest wit in the world, but I've gotta admit that it's not all that bad, either. If I had to choose a Minhas beer to drink, this would easily get the vote.

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Photo of tapman
2.05/5  rDev -33%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A light-medium gold colored body with a moderate sized head, though more foamy and less rocky than others I have sampled. Carbonation appears abundant. Filtered to crystal clarity. No lacing whatsoever. Wow.

Soft floral notes with some sweet, honey like sweetness. I don't smell a lot of spices or Belgian yeast characteristics. Smells like many light pale ales I have smelled.

In the taste I get a good deal of sweet orange juice, after that a moderate, soft, minty hops followed by grainy pale malt. Potentially some pilsner in there. Tastes closer to cream ale than a wit.

Very dry and a little thin, though not watery. Carbonation not as prevalent as anticipated.

Is this even a Wit beer? CREAM ALE SHENANIGANS!!! I call it.

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Photo of chrsmat71
1.33/5  rDev -56.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is the worst "beer" experience I've had in recent memory. The appearance was nothing special, neither was the smell. The taste floored me...almost literally. I got one good swig in my mouth, made for the sink and spit it out...the rest of the beer immediately followed. The other two of this time I got in the sample pack followed after a sip check to make sure I didn't just get a bad bottle...they're all bad. I'm not sure how to describe the taste...much more like a medicine than a beer....sickly sweet. I was actually scared to sample the other beers in my berghoff sample pack...I've actually undergone operant conditioning with a negative stimulus. Horrible.

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Photo of dstc
2.12/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a very pale yellow with a small white head. Head disappears completely. No lace. Does not even look like beer.

Thin medicinal smell. Does not smell good.

Tangy taste with a mild wheat taste. Not good. Not good at all.

Thin and watery in the mouth.

Not a very good beer. Drain pour for me.

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Photo of ZAP
3.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Light yellow..big fluffy white head.

S-Grainy aroma....floral and almost obvious added spices are evident on the aroma...

T-Stright forward whit without much if any additional spices added...wheatiness dominates the taste..nothing special but drinkable

M-More of a rounded smoothness than crisp...Light side of medium bodied.

D-Drinks more like an OK American Wheat than a Whit....

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Photo of bismarksays
3.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a light yellow with a minimal amount of head, almost no lacing. Mostly clear with carbonation bubbles present

S-Sweet, wheaty/grassy, with a tinge of citrus (lemon?)

T/M Lemony honey with...biscuit/bread. It is sweet, not deeply complex, but smooth. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but well carbonated. Not normally what once would think of when they think of a Wit beer, but it is a fine summer beer of sorts.

D- Smooth and somewhat refreshing. It could be a session beer I suppose on a hot day. It is relatively clean and nonoffensive. Outside of not really being at style and being a touch too sweet, there is nothing wrong with this beer.

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Photo of jera1350
1.98/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Grabbed a single of this while in Madison.

Golden yellow in color with a thin white head that disappears very quickly and leaves no lacing.

Has kind of a funky sour smell to it. Picking up some grain as well, but mostly just sour.

Is this a bad bottle or are they all like this??? Sour with lemon and some grain. It's mostly just like sour pop though. Bleh!

Lighter with some fizzy carbonation and a dry finish.

I really hope this was a bad bottle. If it always tastes like this, shame on them. This is a drainpour for me.

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Photo of ruckus232
2.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Clear light yellow with a small amount of head that diminishes fairly quickly.

Smell: Sweet corn smell but not overpowering. Also there is nothing that is really special about this eiter.

Taste: Pretty sweet in taste but just like the smell there is nothing really special about this beer, it is just ok. Really not what I would look for in a Witbier, probably more comparable to a Corona or something like that.

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Photo of beerwolf77
2.95/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to BeerFMAndy for this one. The beer pours a stunningly clear yellow golden hue. A tiny wisp of white head forms for about a second then dissapears and leaves no lace.

The aroma is sweet grains along with citrus and vanilla. This beer almost smells like a dreamsicle. Weird. Yet appealing.

The flavor is muted but similar to the nose. Sweet grains and damn if this doesn't have an orange vanilla dreamsicle thing going on. So strange yet not offensive at all.

The body is super light and with a ton of carbonation.

Overall certainly not anything special. Drinkable if only since it's rather flavorless. The whole dreamsicle thing is the only reason I would revisit this beer.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the trade.

(A)- Pours a pale yet clear goldenrod color. Produced a fluffy white head but dissipated quickly.

(S)- Very dry lemony biscuits. Bits of yeast.

(T)- Plenty of dry biscuity wheat with bits of lemon. Nuances of banana, but its subtle.

(M)- Good carbonation level that almost is fizzy. Balanced, but a rather thin/watery body to it. Crisp.

(D)- Not a bad witbier. Its got enough flavor to keep you interested, but it lacks depth. Could be better.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.77/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Samuel Adams Summer Ale Stange. No date or info on the bottle.

A - Lightly hazy pale yellow straw with a bright white head. Small but with decent retention as specks of lacing are sprinkled on the glass.

S - Sweet honey on the nose with a really floral aroma. Like flower pedals. A bit of spice with a wheat and straw background. Not half bad.

T - The honey reappears in the flavor as a light touch of sweetness in the background. Good wheat background as the spices take front and center. A bit of coriander and a touch of orange peel. The floral thing is here too in the flavor. Very interesting. I like it.

M - Really light-bodied with a crisp and refreshing finish. Quenching but with a sharp carbonation spritz and bite to the end.

D - A great summer beer here. I'm surprised with this one. Pleasant flavor and good drinkability, it makes for an easy goner. No reason to pick it up on a consistent basis but if someone were to offer it to me I would happily oblige.

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Photo of ThickestHead
2.85/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a chilled imperial pint glass.
Comes a slightly hazy amber/yellow with an almost fizzy, frothy head.
Smells yeasty and of sweet grain with orange too.
Tastes yeasty, grain malt and again orange.
Feel is light and brisk.
Not to my liking overall and my GF called it seltzer water.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
2.82/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a hazy yellow-gold w/surprisingly little head for the style. Light tracing, and a thin swirl of creamy foam lingers on the surface.
S-Faint creamy banana, orange, and spice. Smooth wheat. Hint of sulfur.
T-Grainy w/wheat, clove, very faint orange, and noble hops in the finish that impart some bitterness, blended with a faint phenolic and sulfury aftertaste.
M-Light and moderately carbonated, mild on the palate.
D-Drinks well enough, easily sessionable, but not my first choice.

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Photo of hopdog
3.15/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle acquired in a trade.

Poured a light to medium, and lightly hazy, golden color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of lemons, coriander, light wheat, and light yeast. Tastes of wheat, citrus and very light spices.

Notes from 5/16/06

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Photo of Contagion
3/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It has a slightly hazy pale gold color. Carbonation bubbles could easily be seen rising through the beer. Light passes through the body easily enough. When I poured it, no real head formed. A slight white head formed and almost instantly faded into a film on the top of the beer and then to nothing. There is no lacing on the side of the glass at all.

The scent has been very mid. You can make out a faint combination of malts and orange zest. There is none of the spiciness that is normally associated with Wit beers. The scent is much like the flavor. There is a thing wheat flavor with a touch of orange and a slight hop finish. As it warms to room temperature you get more of the coriander flavor that is common in wit beers.

It's a light bodied beer that is a little heavy on the carbonation. The carbonation bites on the tongue. It's still easy to drink, but the carbonation does keep it a sipping beer.

Overall this is a decent beer. I found it pleasant enough, but not something I would go out of the way to get. There was just something about it that really didn't impress me.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
2.28/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a pale straw with cloud, effervescent head dissipates quickly.

Aroma is of light struck hops and not much else.

Taste is water steeped in metal. Iron and mineral rich tap water...really, I'm not exaggerating. I poured it (down the sink that is).

I don't know what this is supposed to be, but beer it isn't. I really try to be constructive, but this is bad.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.64/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - pours a pale, hazed straw. A watery, bubbly white cap forms but is gone in moments. Not enough foam to generate any lace.

Aroma - grainy, a fruity, citrusy orange sweetness that isn't all that complex but is pleasant.

Taste - yeasty flavor, thin grain, some decent fruitiness but there is a seltzery flavor throughout. The most prominent flavor is a hefe like grain and yeast combo. The aftertaste into the finish has some hop balance, but it is partially masked by the salty seltzer flavor.

Mouthfeel - crisp, thin, and light. More like a macro lager in the mouthfeel than a wit.

Drinkability - it's okay in a pinch but better wits are easily found.

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Photo of ibashmuck
4.11/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Medium head on a slightly cloudy lemon yellow. Although the smell was fairly faint, the wheat, citrus and hint of spice come through nicely to the taste. None dominating the other, they blend very well. A very smooth, excellent brew.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.35/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - A somewhat dull orange hue doesn't look all that great, and the head is pretty weak for a normally well capped style.

S - Orange juice, tang, and a little bit of yeast.

T - Very focused on the orange sweetness and wheat twang. there isn't a lot of spice or Belgian characteristics, but it's not terrible.

M - Medium bodied and a bit flabby. This needs something to keep it together....the wheat twang and the fluffy carbonation don't mesh well

D - Not horrible, but far from good.

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Solstice Wit from Berghoff Brewery
3.06 out of 5 based on 96 ratings.
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