Whip-Poor-Will
Fonta Flora Brewery

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From:
Fonta Flora Brewery
 
North Carolina, United States
Style:
Witbier
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
89
Avg:
4.02 | pDev: 8.21%
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
22
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Mar 28, 2022
Added:
Aug 09, 2016
Wants:
  2
Gots:
  4
SCORE
89
Very Good
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Notes: Witbier brewed with organic oranges, coriander and bergamot-aged earl grey tea.
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Rated: 3.22 by biteme398 from Virginia

Mar 28, 2022
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Reviewed by Benish from Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Beautiful looking beer, bright and hazy with a tall foamy head. Subtle nuances at the nose including some tea and oranges. Not much for taste when cold, but as it warmed a little, there was some bread and botanicals. Herbal tea at the finish. Ample carbonation, light bodied. Would love to have some seafood with this.
Dec 20, 2021
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Reviewed by Singlefinpin from North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Drinking this at The Fonta Flora Brewery in Downtown Morgantown NC.
Appears slightly hazy yellow with a nice foamy head that dropped quickly to a thin cap and nice lacing.
Smells lightly lemony, spicy, yeasty and a bit funky.
Taste follows the nose.
Mouth feel is medium for the style.
Overall a nice take on a Witbier that was very interesting and one that I would definitely order again.
Nov 07, 2020
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Reviewed by riptorn from North Carolina

4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
Mild pour into a shaker from a 04/30/2020 16 ounce can purchased on 07/07/2020 at Fonta Flora's Whippoorwill Farm location in Nebo, NC.

Look – Clear, lemon-gold, 1-finger tight ‘n white head with good retention that hung around until the last sip. Minimal lacing.

Smell – First to the nose is a mild, floral funk that goes well with something in it; might be the Earl Grey tea accented by the coriander. Not perceiving much of the orange that’s listed first in the label description of their flagship beer. Virtually no discernible aroma from hops. Likely a Belgian style yeast, as the floral-funk is reminiscent of an understated Duvel.

Taste – Pretty much follows the nose, with coriander being more noticeable.

Feel – Reasonably crisp but not overly palate-cleansing. Bittering is spot on for this brew; more would have been off-putting, much less would have made it muddled. Carbonation is spot on for me; contributes to the nearly full palate cleanse.

Overall – Very intrigued by the aroma. The mild funk, coriander and yeast play well together. The orange probably enhances the beer but is not very distinguishable as a standalone fragrance or taste. I’m wondering if the Earl Grey tea is the unsung hero here.
Would go equally well with spicy boiled shrimp or grilled pork.

I’d buy it again.

ETA: Bought it again and am having one now that was canned almost 10 months ago. Just about everything in my initial review stands except that I'm getting a wee bit more orange than I remember. The fact that it's so similar after having been packaged for 10 months is a testament to their recipe and process. Kudos to Fonta Flora.
Jul 14, 2020
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Reviewed by argock from Virginia

3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
CANNED ON 04302020 stamped on bottom of can. Poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Hazy golden with 1-2 fingers of foamy white head with decent retention and a collar of lacing.

S: Soft initial lemony aroma is shattered by harsh herbal, tea-like vegetal aroma with an estery edge to it.

T: Flavor has the same harsh, unpleasant, earthy, vegetal character which overwhelms most other flavors outside of a floral ester.

M: Not as viscous as some wits but finishes dry.

O: I wish Fonta Flora was more up front about using aged hops in several of their beers, presuming this one too. It lends a harsh, earthy, vegetal, leady tone I do not care for.
Jun 25, 2020
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This one pours a slightly hazy golden straw yellow, with a big fluffy head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like clove, funky and floral tea, grassiness, citrus, and stone fruit.

This is really nice take on the witbier style - earl grey tea goes extremely well with that sort of beer. It gives a slightly funky and fruit floral feel to this. There's a clean clovey/grassy bitterness here as well, and some light stone fruit type flavors - more like peach skin than actual peach.

This is light bodied, super drinkable, and very clean, with a smooth and crisp finish.

I very rarely drink this style. This was a nice surprise, even though it's clearly not traditional in even the barest sense.
Apr 17, 2020
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Reviewed by JamFuel from Sweden

3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pours an unclear yellow with fine, soapy head.

Smell is floral with a little bit of spiciness. Aromatic notes of tea, cloves, apricot, rose water and orange peel.

Taste is light and crisp, with fruity and floral notes up front. Backing notes of tea, citrus, coriander, cloves and a slightly spicy finsh. Very refreshing, with a mild bitterness and an almost tart hint.

Mouthfeel i medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a nice, drinkable beer. Would have liked a little bit more tea.
Mar 17, 2020
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Reviewed by Peach63 from New York

3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours very pale yellow to almost clear, with a 1/2 thick, creamy white head, which lasts. Hazy.

Aroma is earthy, funky, grassy, citrus, spicy, yeasty.

Taste is yeasty, coriander, tea, a bit of lemon, orange peel, wheat.

Light to medium bodied, heavy carbonation. Dry, slightly sour finish.

This is a pretty good wheat ale.
Mar 05, 2020
 
Rated: 4.28 by Dactrius from Netherlands Antilles

Dec 29, 2019
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Rated by pathman from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
5/30/19 draft @ Barley’s
Nov 30, 2019
 
Rated: 4.02 by Beersilio from Massachusetts

Nov 03, 2019
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Reviewed by SABERG from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured from a 16 oz can date 06/04019 into the test glass
A - Lite honey color, tepid carbonation , struggles to coalesce, thin ring is all that shows of the effort. Very nice clarity.
S - Orange peel, a bit of coriander, hint of phenol that could be off putting to some, nice grassy herbal thread as well.
T - Wit for sure, nice grain profile, orange and coriander are well balanced, the Earl Grey is a delightful touch with some pepper thread in there.
M - Medium in body, under carbonated makes it a bit slick, the start and finish are earthy and I like that quite a bit
O - The clarity and herbal elements are quite good, increase the carbonation and this offering is a home run. The Earl Grey addition is on point. Worth seeking out
Aug 25, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by EatonHops from Massachusetts

Aug 11, 2019
 
Rated: 4.19 by sd123 from Georgia

Jul 29, 2019
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Reviewed by Griffin2 from Virginia

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Had a pint on draft at Buxton Hall BBQ on 7/24/19.
L -Pours a hazy orange color with a white head.
S- Smells of coriander.
T - Tastes of orange and coriander.
F - Medium body and carbonation.
O - Tasty easy drinking Witbier.
Jul 27, 2019
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Reviewed by Holderness from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
It's great that this is being distributed in cans now. A great summer refresher with lots of nice flavor from the orange, coriander, and tea additions

84/100
Jul 25, 2019
 
Rated: 4.18 by UCLABrewN84 from California

Jun 30, 2019
 
Rated: 4.36 by zbelair from Pennsylvania

Jun 15, 2019
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Reviewed by JakeSip from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
16oz can dated 04052019 into a tulip glass. Pale golden color, almost clear with a slight cloudiness that fades as it sits. A small white head forms and quickly bubbles away. At first, there is a tartness on the nose, along with citrus peels and earthy, spicy yeast. The taste is refreshing, with wheat, orange, corriander, a slight earthy hop bitterness, and a hint of bergamot from the earl grey. Body is on the light side, well carbonated, and with a semi-dry finish. This is a delicious rustic wit that stand out among its style.
Jun 06, 2019
 
Rated: 4.06 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

May 27, 2019
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
A: The beer is rather hazy light yellow in color and just a bit too hazy to see if there is any visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that gradually settled down, leaving a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of coriander are present in the nose along with strong notes of coriander.
T: The taste has flavors of orange peel along with notes of coriander and hints of wheat.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this witbier to be very easy to drink and refreshing. The taste had a perfect ratio of orange peels to coriander.

Serving type: can
Apr 14, 2019
 
Rated: 4.02 by shelby415 from Oregon

Apr 14, 2019
 
Rated: 4.16 by alexsergio from New York

Apr 03, 2019
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Reviewed by dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
A: Pours a relatively clear pale golden yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and faint brassy + bright yellow + pale orange colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy bright white head that reduces to a handful of small patches of thin film surrounded by a large patch of slightly mottled very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of wheat + pale + grainy malts with minimal amount of grainy sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate aromas of orange + coriander and a light aroma of earl grey tea. Hints of floral + earthy + spicy hops.

T: Upfront there are slightly stronger than moderate flavors of wheat + pale + grainy malts with minimal amount of grainy sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of orange + coriander and light flavors of earl grey tea. Light flavors of floral + earthy + spicy hops which impart a hint of bitterness which fades away fairly quickly leaving a lingering coriander, orange, and wheat flavor lingering.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Initially crisp with hints of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol. Enjoyable and interesting... has notes of a saison and the addition of the early grey tea is unusual but quite successful. I could easily have a couple of these.
Mar 29, 2019
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Reviewed by nick_perry from North Carolina

3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.25
Hazy yellow color. Not much head. Beautiful bouquet of tea, citrus, coriander, and grass. Flavor is tart and yeasty with all the aforementioned notes present. However, my big problem with this beer is the amount of carbonation. Very sharp, bubbly mouthfeel. I can even hear the crackling of the carbonation when the beer is in my mouth, like a warm can of soda. My tongue and mouth tingle afterwards, which I find quite unpleasant. Then with the citrus notes on the finish, I feel more like I just drank a can of Sprite than a beer. Would rate higher if it weren’t overcarbonated.
Mar 07, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Feb 18, 2019
 
Rated: 4.06 by aasher from Indiana

Feb 04, 2019
 
Rated: 4.14 by MephistosCafe from North Carolina

Dec 31, 2018
 
Rated: 3.99 by tastybeer from North Carolina

Dec 25, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by baklo from North Carolina

Dec 01, 2018
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25
On tap at The Beer Temple.
Differently quasi-cloudy clear, instead of the typical hazy wit.
Smells come in typical of the style, orange and spices like coriander.
The yeast really comes through here, working the malt into fruits and elevated the spices also.
More like a saison in this regard, Whippoorwill finishes a bit sprite on my tongue (I expect the wheat to be softer.)
But that yeast is something. Assuming it is similar to their other Belgian renditions, I want more.

My first from Fonta Flora, I went on their website and was totally impressed: bringing the Appalachian terroir to the nation. (It gives me hope that we still might be a nation again, if not united by outposts of great beer.)
Nov 30, 2018
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Reviewed by emerge077 from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Hazy opaque light orange, lasting foam, drippy lacing all around the glass.
Earthy minerally aroma, yeasty with light florals and citrus.
Lightly tart, lemon, orange, coriander, and tea. Palmer-esque.
Light to medium bodied, smooth creamy texture, crisp feel.
A great rustic Witbier with a unique twist. Pretty nice stuff.
Nov 18, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Nov 09, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by Elicoleman from Colorado

Oct 22, 2018
 
Rated: 2.96 by Bammer21 from Illinois

Oct 15, 2018
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
as good of a wit as i have ever had, especially from an american brewery, this really is as good as it gets. some interesting elements here, including early grey tea, not a normal ingredient in a wit obviously, but its so tastefully done, working great with the bergamot and the coriander, floral and earthy at the same time, giving a real summery vibe to this and a ton of life, this is so fragrant, almost perfumey but in a good way for once, lots going on, but still delicate, really nothing quite like it. light haze, huge rising white head, fizzy in feel, crackling dry and peppery, its shockingly fast finishing and refreshing for how flavorful this is. the flavor is incredible here, really one of a kind, its still a wit, but its awfully inspired, some cool liberties taken with it. i get a lot of orange here, fresh squeezed and fleshy, a little sweet for a second, and i get a lot of the tea too, especially late. the yeast has some awesome esters to it too, peppery but also citrusy, candied, and a touch funky, unexpected, bold but still in balance, insane really. the layers of flavors this has, in such a low alcohol package, is second to none, and the overall quality is through the roof. this literally brought a tear to my eye, so rare that a classic style is played with in this way and improved in any meaningful way, yet here it is. among the best beers i have had from fonta flora, which is really saying something. absolutely elite level beer, i need more!
Jul 22, 2018
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Rated by bubseymour from Maryland

4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Nice light and tart. Crisp finish.
Jul 18, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by redfox405 from California

Jun 25, 2018
 
Rated: 3.48 by thatoneguymike from Georgia

Nov 16, 2016
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Reviewed by wedge from North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Shining gold color with a patchy, bubbly head. Peppery, earthy Fonta Flora yeast character in the nose along with flowery, leafy hops and crackers. Flavor is bright and rustic...spicy yeast, citrus oils, yellow cake, and peppery, earthy hops. Crisp, dry medium-light body. Good Saison with that FF flavor.
Aug 10, 2016
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