Roak Brewing Co.

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Belgian Witbier
Ranked #298
Ranked #34,734
3.68 | pDev: 11.96%
Roak Brewing Co.
Michigan, United States
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Photo of Jim67
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: clear blonde, nice white head 2” thick in pint glass
S: sweet, malty
T: not much there but malt
F: light on palle
O: just ok. Think blue moon without orange or clove

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Photo of ovaltine
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a vivid, golden yellow color, with the cloudy appearance associated with the style, and a white head. Aroma has coriander and the slightly funky yeast I love in witbiers.

The taste and feel, though are a bit thin, to the point of being a smidge watery. Still pretty refreshing, but could’ve been much more.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap at the first annual Red, White, and BBQ fest in Farmington Hills. Roak was the only local beer with a presence which is surprising, usually there's a handful. Luckily, Roak makes some pretty decent brew.
This one was no exception. Served in a semi-clear plastic cup on tap, Powerboat is still an attractive wit, hazy straw yellow in color with steams of carbonation bubbling to the surface. Nice, spicy aromas of coriander, clove, banana, pear, and wheat. Aromas carry through to the flavor, with banana, biscuit, clove, coriander, pear, lenkn, and white pepper making appearances. A little on the thin side. Nice wit bier.

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Photo of charlzm
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed on August 23rd, 2016 from an undated 12 ounce bottle. Poured into a hybrid tulip/goblet glass.

Pour is a slightly darker yellow than standard for a witbier thought the cloudiness is on target. The white head starts off less than a finger tall and succumbs rapidly, leaving only a tiny ring around the glass.

Aroma is full of coriander, black pepper, clove, banana and wheat, but the mix is... off, somehow. I can't nail it down, but it's more pungent than most beers of this style I have had.

Flavor is likewise stronger and more assertive than I'm used to in this style. Some wheaty tang up front with a pinch of coriander, a fleeting blink-and-you-ll-miss-it midtaste of bready malt then black pepper and bitterness on the finish. Almost harsh at the end. Certainly not refreshing or easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is a touch hot, strangely, but otherwise medium-bodied and a touch under-carbonated for the style.

Overall, it's like someone's idea of an EXTREME witbier. It's just too much; subtlety is a good quality in this style, as is easy drinkability and a refreshing drinking experience. I'm not getting much of that here.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Roak's Powerboat a couple weeks ago for $1.79 at The Lager Mill. I'm in the mood for a nice Wit today and I'm interested too see how this one will turn out, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Weizen glass.

A- The label looks ok, it's a little cheesy looking and it isn't too eye catching. It poured a hazy pale yellow color that took on more of a golden color when held to the light with almost a finger worth of bubbly off white head that died down a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with some coriander being the first to show up and it leads into the Belgian yeast which imparts some nice estery aromas and it's at just the right level. Up next comes the malts which impart more of grainy, bready and biscuit like aroma with some more sweet malts showing up in the background. This beer has a pretty nice aroma and it's what I've come to expect from the style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the coriander still being the first to show up, but this time it's just a little lighter which I like. Up next comes the Belgian yeast which shows up just as much as it did in the aroma and it imparts some nice estery belgian yeast flavors. Up nice it's a little watery with the malt showing up next and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but they are lighter. On the finish there's a little bit of hops with a higher amount of light bitterness and it had a yeasty aftertaste. This is a decent tasting beer, but I'm not a fan of the finish.

M- No the smoothest, crisp, medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is decent, but it wish it was smoother.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and a pretty average example of the style, it was going in the right direction till I got to the finish and the bitterness just seemed to hold it back. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, one is more than enough for me, I wouldn't want another one in a row. What I like the most about this beer is the aroma and appearance, they were both good and the highlights of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the finish, it just seemed to clash. I wouldn't buy this beer again and I can't say I would recommend it. All in all this beer wasn't bad, but it's not great either and it falls just about right in the middle. It's not a favorite Roak beer and it's average for the style. Not bad, but it could still use some work.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

The Powerboat was a decent beer. It poured a golden hazy with white head that left a very nice lace. The scent carried pear and spice. The taste was a nice mix of pear and clove. The Mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a good beer.

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Photo of sklein11
2.95/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Strangely metallic taste, like they dropped a roll of nickels in the tank. If there's anything else going on, it's drowned out. Not an encouraging start for a new brewery.

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Photo of superspak
4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 5/20/2015. Pours hazy deep golden yellow color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Incredible appearance. Aromas of big lemon, pear, apple, light banana, orange peel, coriander, clove, wheat, cracker, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon, pear, apple, light banana, orange peel, coriander, clove, wheat, cracker, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal bitterness/yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, light banana, orange peel, coriander, clove, wheat, cracker, light honey, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice robustness and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent witbier. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Powerboat from Roak Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 36 ratings