The Willows Inn Loganita
Wander Brewing

The Willows Inn LoganitaThe Willows Inn Loganita
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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #669
ABV:
5.6%
Score:
88
Ranked #17,544
Avg:
4.1 | pDev: 6.1%
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
12
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Wander Brewing
 
Washington, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
88
Very Good
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

so much to like about this unique smoked farmhouse ale. one is the price, just seven bucks for a bottle on tap downtown, hard to beat that! second, the yeast is super unique, understated and obviously mixing with the smoke to change a bit, but its rustic and simple to me, not tart or bretty in the traditional wild way, but definitely a cool old worldy rural vibe to it, earthy and doughy a little bit, neat with the depth of the smoked malt, this is definitely farmhouse beer! i am surprised by the paler color to it, i guess just a trace of color from the richer and smoked grains, but the flavor is way more dynamic from a malt standpoint than this color generally indicates. the smoke profile is pretty robust, but so is the earthy wheaty aspect, which seems super fresh even in the midst of the smoked part, also, the hops give a freshness to the whole thing at the end, light as they are. the yeast creates some white wine, green banana, kiwi, and mustard seed fruity and spicy tones, while the smoke keeps it lightly bitter and grounded. high carbonation and a light body makes it maybe the most drinkable and delicate smoked beer i have ever had, almost refreshing even. some oak still too though. super clever stuff, one of the best beers i have had since i moved to idaho, and the price is hard to even fathom, super affordable for how high quality and unique this is. i loved it with some mac and cheese, and cant wait to have it again! need to track down more beers from wander, this was a heck of a first impression!

Jun 15, 2019
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beertunes from Kiribati

3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz bottle poured into 12oz tulip. Poured a lightly cloudy yellow-gold color with about an inch of champagne-ish head that dissipated quickly, but not immediately, and left no lacing.

The aroma was solid and earthy grains, with a noticeable yeasty spice component.

Very much the same on the tongue; very nice, chewy grains, crisp yeasty spice, and a slight floral component.

The body was great, just a bit lighter than medium, crisp and a dry finish.

Drinkability was great, easy, and perfect for this warm late spring afternoon. Overall, a very nice brew. I forget if this a one-off, seasonal, or what, but if you get the chance, you should try this.

May 16, 2018
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass. Crystal-clear golden straw color with a very large and fluffy white head. Constant streams of bubbles from the bottom of the glass, like Champagne. The aroma was sweet floral esters, faint lemongrass, wheat, and just a hint of peat. The smoked peaty flavor is more prominent on the palate, but well-integrated with the beer. Other flavors including lemon, black pepper, wheat, and grass mix well. The wheat also shines beyond the smoke. Light bodied and effervescent. Really enjoyable. I could see myself enjoying this with a great meal.

Apr 15, 2018
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kemoarps from Washington

3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pour is an entirely opaque apricot. Maybe a little muddied. Large white head seems totally content to just sit lazily atop its liquid throne in its rolling hills of repose.

Nose presents initially with sweet belgian esters that dull a bit across the second and third acts. I can convince myself of a twinge of honey at the corners as it smoothes into an almost earthy hint of smoke. Very subtle.

Flavour inverts this to an extent as the smoke (while still not being overbearing) takes the reins, providing the lead in to a tart yeasty wheat ale. I mean that's really what it boils down to: smoke, yeast, wheat. Blended in a nuanced manner. If those three components sound good then this is exactly the beer to grab. Finish continues the theme of yeast and smoke fading to ash

I'll be honest. Wheat and yeast are not my two favourite directions beer can go in. I'm not wholly opposed to them or anything, they just aren't high on my priority list. I dig smoke when done well, and this is done incredibly well. All that being said, this is a really well put together beer, and even if each individual component isn't my favourite component, I can enjoy the full composition and appreciate how well done this final product is. Nothing dominates, and it doesn't jump down your throat in any one direction or another, it just gently asserts itself in its chose directions and defines its role with a quiet confidence that it knows it is quality.

Jan 14, 2018
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jhartley from Florida

4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a JK Snorkel snifter. No date visible.

Appearance: Clear golden body with a full finger's worth of soapy white bubbles. Slowly dissipates to a thin cap that forms around the outside edges.

Aroma: Hints of apple, coriander, straw.

Taste/Mouthfeel: First impression is this is like a white wine with a little more juiciness to it. There is an underlying smoke in the middle. This line ends with a lemon/citrus taste. A soft and light Mouthfeel with a low abv, nice and easy to drink.

Overall: A lovely looking beer that has a subtle aroma and a great taste that has layers of flavors combines to make this a terrific beer.

Nov 26, 2017
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BorisNorris from Idaho

4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Orange honey color with white, sudsy head; hazy. Aroma of coriander and pears. The flavor starts with musty grapes and more coriander. Continues with a bit of citrus, or lemongrass undertones, and a subtle smoke character that builds with each sip, but is never overpowering or offensive; finishes with a mildly bitter, zesty bite that lingers on the sides of the tongue. The carbonation is bright and cleansing; the body is round, soft, and light; finish is dry and lingers. This is a wonderful beer that can be enjoyed no matter what time of year.

Oct 24, 2017
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is spectabulous. I imagine this being brewed on Lummi Island 80 years ago with wheat grown on the island and served at the dinner table of Loganita Farm. The pour yields a brilliant cloudy golden beer, with a couple of fingers of off-white head.

The aromas tell you immediately that you're dancing with a phenomenal saison - earthy hops and LOADS of the estery yeast that defines saisons. The taste and especially the feel are as refreshing as a summer day following a thunderstorm - the air is scrubbed clean, you're sitting in your favorite lawn chair, you're refreshed, and all is right with the world.

May 14, 2017
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mactrail from Washington

4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Color is clear golden amber with a swirl of foam in the Ciney snifter. Intriguing nose of apples with a whiff of the wood fire. Warm and rich brew with a sharp edge. The smoke is restrained in the flavor but powerful in the aromatics. Baked apples and some scorched malt.

Maybe a hint of ash in the aftertaste, like bread baked in a wood-fired hearth. This is a tangy brew that doesn't go overboard with the flavoring. Still, it's an eye-opener. But I don't think smoked beer gets much better than this. From the 32 oz growler filled at the brewery tap today.

Apr 19, 2017
The Willows Inn Loganita from Wander Brewing
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 12 ratings