Little Sister Witbier
Door County Brewing Co.

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Style:
Wheat Beer - Witbier
Ranked #210
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
84
Ranked #37,518
Avg:
3.71 | pDev: 14.82%
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
89
From:
Door County Brewing Co.
 
Wisconsin, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  4
Gots
  25
SCORE
84
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dwillie733 from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good initial taste but a little bitter aftertaste.
Not sure I would buy this one again. Overall a good Witcher but not one of the best. Maybe just prefer hefeweisen and wheat beers.

Aug 18, 2021
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz can, no date. Thanks Mike

Looks okay, kunda cloudy, not much head. Smells light and sweet, kinda like powdered sugar, banana and clove. Tastes pretty much the same; a powdery feel with a tiny bite of herbal hops hiding admist the bubblegum wheat

It's okay - really just an example of a typical hefe, a solid representation of the style

May 12, 2021
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pweis909 from Wisconsin

4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent wit but a little too much spice. There is a citrusy bitterness that suggests orange peel. Sometimes the pith makes fir an unpalatable bitterness. No evidence if that here. Some clove or cinnamon spice is a little too prominent. Not obnoxiously so. But I would prefer it to be in the background. I’ve all, u enjoy it. It is somewhat dessert like, with the baking spice character and some residual sweetness.u suspect that some will really enjoy it for this and others may dislike it Firth’s same reason. If you are drinking a few beers in an evening, this could be a nice interlude, but u don’t know they I’d want a second.

Mar 10, 2019
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basaywhat from Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can. Pours a cloudy yellow from the bottle with a short lived white head. The scent is of coriander and other spices. Slightly grainy wheat malt up front with a floral hop match. Average example of the style.

Aug 12, 2018
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KS_Augsburg from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got introduced to this lovely WI Witbeer while in Milwaukee and staying overnight before German Fest. Ordered at the Marriott downtown, who feature a nice tap list of beers brewed exclusively in Wisconsin. For me, beer is very much associated to regions, therefore I appreciate this kind of effort.
The Little Sister paired well with my halibut fish fry. The beer has a bright appearance (with a very subtle greenish hue). Foam was light, beer was semi opaque. It took a couple of sips to gather the full spectrum of flavors. What I liked particularly well is the finish - the Little Sister finishes on what I thought at first was ginger. However, later on I caught up to the fact that it is actually a coriander note. I could also detect some mint, but very slightly. Bought it in cans before heading back home - as usual, the glass poured from the tap usually tastes better. Same in this case.

Jul 29, 2018
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oswana21 from Wisconsin

3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Quality beer. Typically I love witbiers but this one was a little too “spicy” for my taste buds. Very light. Easy to drink as long as you like spicy beer. It kind of reminds me of chai. If you like thst, you’ll like this beer.

Feb 24, 2018
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FBarber from Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light champagne like gold in appearance. Effervescent. Frothy white head dissipates steadily leaving no lacing or residual head.

Smell has notes of pepper, pine sol, coriander, ginger and white pepper. Bit heavy on the pepper and not much orange here.

Taste follows the nose with notes of pepper, ginger, coriander, and pine - rather spicy up front. Not much orange peel - its largely suppressed by the ginger/pepper flavors.

Feel is light and drinkable. Rather heavy carbonation. Lively and fizzy.

Overall a solidly average witbier. Id like to get more orange out of this, but its alright as is.

Aug 07, 2017
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste: Nice spiced blend of coriander, ginger, citrus, orange peels, and wheat. White pepper too. Nose had the aroma of all the mentioned above. Bright Gold, cloudy with delicate white lace. Medium almost full body. Clean Finish.

Jan 18, 2017
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: A bright gold pour produces a lacy 2” tight off-white foam collar that takes 4 minutes to reduce to ¼ its original size.

S: Pepper, spice, fruit, orange, banana, phenolics, light wheat.

T: Spicy orange, citrus, lemon, moderate tartness – the orange flavors are fairly big.

F: Light, refreshing beer with a wild yeast texture of very fine soft carbonation, medium light body, medium high carbonation.

O: This beer is a real bargain for the quality of the beer.

Dec 16, 2015
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Savan from Minnesota

4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Got this bottle free :D (I Love my job).

PEPPER is the first thing I thought I smelled ... as it poured a semi-foggy dirty blond colour with THICK foamy head. Tastes a typical Witbier.. pretty well made! Spice and Bread dough :) a good beer if you like the hard to appreciate crafty style of bier! (which it took time but.... YES!). If i have a dislike about this one its how WEEK the finish is and the mouth feel is lighter than I
like but... overall not at a bad brew. Proost!

Sep 25, 2015
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MooseBoose from Wisconsin

1.62/5  rDev -56.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This was maybe the worst "beer" I've ever had. Smelled like a permanent hairdo my mother got in the 70's and tastes like a mix of cloves and chemicals.

May 10, 2015
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Tone from Missouri

3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, golden color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of coriander, hops, sweet malt, pale malt, and citrus. Fits the style of a Witbier. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average to high carbonation level. Tastes of coriander, orange, sweet malt, pale malt, hint of cinnamon, hint of hop, and hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma, and the body is a little weak in the finish.

Aug 13, 2014
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Very light and drinkable for summertime. The traditional wit flavors are met with a good amount of peppery and earthy spice. I love pepper and I thought the prevalence complemented the buttery nature of the finish. Would like more fruit however

Jul 10, 2014
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KFBR392 from Illinois

4.11/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours with a finger of rich bubbly head. Straw color with a slight tint of orange. Highly active carbonation, a touch above average for the style. Rich sticky lacing left behind at each level.

Smell: Spices definitely stand out on the front with big accents of peppercorns, cinnamon, pepper, and acorns. There is a fresh squeeze citrus touch underneath those spices which really pops. A touch of bready malt with some bright yeast comes through on the back end.

Taste: Citrus notes immediately blitz the palate. Fresh squeezed lime and lemon really shine. Earthy and grounded spices balance out that citrus forward front. Spices continue to linger as they join forces with a bready, biscuity body that remind you this is certainly a wit. Finish is lingering spices with medium bodied fruits.

Mouthfeel: This is some world class drinkability. You get the full impact of the spices without weighing down the mouthfeel. Added citrus adds a crispness on the mouthfeel which makes this brew go down way to quickly.

Overall: Another wonderfully crafted brew from Door County Brewing. Everything I've had from these folks has been absolutely on point. This beer is outstandingly drinkable with spice and citrus notes. Some of the witbier characteristics get a touch lost but thats really nitpicking.

Jun 27, 2014
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BeerFMAndy from Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

Cryyy little sister! (Thou shall not falll) -ok, had to get that out there.

A - Swirled half way through the pour, the bottle's sediment clouds the golden wheat colored beer considerably and capping it with plush white foam!

S - Little Sister's got it where it counts at the most basic level; wheat, citrus, spice, and classic yeast aroma but, shift gears and dive into it's complexity! Heavy coriander seed and notes of cardamom, as well as sweet orange peel suggest spice and citrus are added, not just influenced by the yeast but esters of lemongrass and white pepper peek out from behind the relaxed floral hop notes.

T - Forcefully spicy at first, Little Sister approaches being overdone but hits the breaks just in time. Coriander and cardamom flourish from the front to the back, through the whole ride, with bright orange peel citrus and flirtatious floral hop notes deviating from the spice path, nicely balancing it out.

M - Effervescent and lighter bodied, Little Sister is spicy up front, dry on the finish but smooth from wheat the whole way through for a well-balanced and refreshing take on a wit!

O - As one of two launch beers for Door County, Little Sister might be a pretty easy drinking witbier but, it's bold aroma and flavors make it anything but introductory. Heavy-handed but purposeful and distinctive, Door County Brewing Co. distances themselves from modest witbiers that feature reserved adjunct additions. And they do a damn good job at it.

Oct 17, 2013
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Murky golden orange, soapy white foam on the surface, spotty dish bubble soap lacing around the edges of the glass. Poured the yeast and it just hangs in suspension in a wispy flame shape.

Aroma is heavy on coriander, a little bit of floral soap.

Taste has a hint of sweetness at first, becoming dry in the middle. Creamy wheaty feel, smooth and light to medium bodied. A slight medicinal taste, not sure what that's attributed to, maybe grains of paradise. Easily drinkable, bought a six pack and down to my last one. Overall pretty good first contract-brew effort from this new brewery, hopefully they get into more creative stuff in the future.

Jul 29, 2013
Little Sister Witbier from Door County Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 89 ratings