Tail Waggin' Double White Ale | Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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43 Ratings
Tail Waggin' Double White AleTail Waggin' Double White Ale

Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Idaho, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Tail Waggin’ Double White Ale is brewed in the Belgian tradition, using malted barley, wheat malt, candi sugar and a unique touch— unmalted rye. Noble-type hops are used for balanced bitterness, with spices added in the whirlpool. We followed the Belgian tradition of using bitter orange peel and coriander, then added a bit of lemongrass to make our wit something special. Finally, we fermented the beer with a Belgian witbier yeast that adds its own complexity with spicy phenols and fruity esters.

Our wit pours a very hazy golden straw color, with a thin white head that clings to the glass. The aroma is very complex, showcasing notes of lemon, coriander, bubblegum and banana. The first sip tickles the tongue with a black pepper spiciness, which subsides into more mellow flavors of tart citrus fruits. A very effervescent mouthfeel leads to a crisp finish, making this the perfect beer for a warm afternoon.

Added by Bitterbill on 04-18-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 32
Reviews by jeffjeff1:
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3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on my lunch break at Pete's Brass Rail and Car Wash.

Appearance- cloudy, golden color, thin head

Smell- citrus, wheat

Taste- mostly citrus, wheat, light flavor

Mouthfeel- light bodied

Drinkability- It was pretty good. I would probably have it again.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #41 (Jun 2010):

Thin lacing on a completely hazed, pale amber-color beer. Clean and pronounced orange peel and coriander aroma. Smooth and spicy, creamy medium body is bigger than anticipated but a pleasure, no doubt. Beery flavor of malt and warming alcohol mingle well with the spices, which seem to dial in pretty high--thankfully, the size of the beer can take it. Nutty yeast and a hard linger of spice in the semisweet end. Snappy, balanced and still quite drinkable. Thumbs up!

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Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this 750ml bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is wheat and coriander. Pretty basic witbier aroma. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of coriander and wheat, but the citrus fruit I get is more lemon than orange. Refreshing. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of nickd717
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a guest tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Served in a monstrous glass, and I had to share quite a bit since I had other beers to tick - I mean try - that night.

Great appearance - pours hazy yellow with a lasting one-finger white head and great lacing.

Aroma is wheat, lemon, orange peel, and spice.

Flavor is similar to the aroma - wheaty and citrusy with lemon, orange peel, clove, and coriander. A little alcohol too.

Pretty good palate, fairly lively with medium-body.

Very good for the style overall. Drinkable.

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Photo of russpowell
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10 may 2010

Pours an effervescent & semi-hazed honey color with a finger of egg shell colored head. Fairly good head retention & lacing

S: Lemons & grassyness, honey, light bready notes & coriander

T: Lemon zest, a bit of grapefruit, white pepper & coriander, plus a general phenol twang up front. A bit of rubber band, a touch pineapple & a kiss of coriander once warm, plus some wet cereal notes. Finishes with juicy fruit, a touch oats or spelt grainyness & light traces of lemon & white pepper

MF: Fluffy body & low carbonation

Drank really easy, a nice take on the style

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Photo of jwerner23
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a four year old bottle since it was last brewed in 2010. I thought it was a very good summer beer. I think the flavor held up very well for the aging on this. The spices still shown through very well but weren't overpowering, which I think might have been a little too strong when fresh. Overall I think this beer held up very nicely over the years of aging.

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Photo of isualum12
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a golden yellow ---leaving a little lace theglass.

S: tangerine, apricot, and citrus orange...very fruity for sure
T: the wheat character was there for sure. apricot, tangerine also showed up.
F: moderate amount of carbonation
O: I really liked it. I enjoyed this beer all the way through...Yes I drank the whole damn thing

I love the art on the label

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of berkey
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz sample bottle courtesy of the Grand Teton marketing team, though per the attached materials it will be sold in 750 ml bottles in stores. Poured into a tulip and reviewed 04/17/10.

A bright but hazy blonde body is topped by a smallish yet well retained white head. Soapy lacing lingers on the walls of the glass as I rotate it.

Fruity banana esters from the wheat are very strong on the nose. Lightly spiced so far. There are just enough subtle earthy aromas from the yeast to differentiate this Witbier from an American Pale Wheat or German style weizen.

While still fruity overall, the yeast characteristics are much more noticeable on the flavor than on the smell. The sweetness takes on a slightly less banana flavor and some bubble gum notes come into play. Spices are still relatively tame. I can't explain exactly why but to start it seemed off kilter somehow. As I let it warm, though, the various flavors started to play nicer with one another and I started to enjoy it more.

A well done example of a witbier. I appreciate that they used the proper yeast which is really what makes this style in my opinion. I also enjoy the fact it's not a complete coriander-bomb. If you're a fan of wits or of other wheat beers this one is certainly worth a spin.

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Photo of bigbeers84
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of DaveHS
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Pale amber with no head.

S-Pale malts, wheat, white pepper, nutmeg and cardamom. Smells maltier than an average witbier, but then again, it's a double wit.

T/M-Dry and hoppy. The hops practically overwhelm and witbier flavors this beer offers.Halfway in, excessively sweet maltiness takes over, coating the tongue in slick sweetness. The finish is dry and peppery.

D-This is the first beer I've had from Grand Teton I thought was less than great. They are generally a really solid brewery. This beer doesn't know what it wants to be, and it suffers from pulling in too many directions at once.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Capped, with foil tape noting 2010. Hangtag notes specifically May 20, 2010.

Poured into a Chimay chalice, formed a 1/2" white head above the cloudy golden brew. Head holds its own, with coating lace. Aroma is sweet, with light wheat character.

Taste has balanced banana and cloves, pretty much from beginning to end. Mouthfeel is extra smooth, with excellent drinkability. Nice to see a double white that cranks it up in intensity, but doesn't go overboard like many. Win.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.59/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe. The beer is a murky, hazy straw yellow. A white head sits atop but dissipates to a wisp. Light sticky lacing exists. The beer smells amazing! A slightly peppery aroma hits first, then bubblegum and floral notes abound. The taste is also very, very impressive. Like the smell, black pepper is up front, but soon followed by a sweet bubblegum array and subtle floral and fruit notes (bananas come to mind). The mouthfeel is very, very smooth. A well-balanced medium body.

Overall, I'm impressed. This beer is delicious to all the senses. Well-balanced and easily drinkable, which is scary with 7.2% ABV. A person could get in trouble with this one I imagine.

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Photo of mmitgang
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap @ Prezo in Milford, MA.

A: light creamy 1/2 finger head that fades quickly over hazy golden orange color.

N: Golden malts, some wheat and Belgian malts, little sweetness and even sugar.

T: Belgian malts start it off, some sweet candi sugar, a little warming tingly booze, some chewy malts, dried fruit with dried banana and apricot, little juicy, and a tropical fruit taste with that too that barely comes through but is there.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation.

F: Still pretty sweet with lingering candi sugar, malty, and creamy. Some warming booze but no more tingle. There's still a little fruit and creamy banana, and despite the sweetness no real sticky feel.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a cloudy pale yellow color with a white head that settles down to a thin, but sturdy, layer.

S: Sweet citrus and wheat up front with some lemon zest not far behind. Hints of bread and spice are there as well. Not overly complex, but good.

T: Some nice sweet wheat and pale malt with a slight sugar note. Subtle banana and spice (coriander) flavor along with citrus peel.

M: The body is medium with the carbonation fitting the medium description as well.

D: I always sort of overlook Grand Teton when buying beer, but these guys do make some quality stuff (this being another one). While perhaps not the most authentic witbier, this was very easy to imbibe.

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Photo of Hellpop65
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of DCon
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 1PINT 9.4FLUID OUNCE bottle of this from Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO for $7.99. Poured from the Bottle, Cap stickered with a blue/gold ribbon and has mountains on the top and a 2010 Cellar Reserve Date on it, into my Mizzou Pilsner glass. No Bottled on Date.

Aroma- Starts with a hint of honey and good sweetness. Light floral hops and a mild spiciness follow but not overpowering. Nice and refreshing smell.

Appearance- Cool appearance! Starts with a huge 4 finger head that keeps for a good amount of time and then has a pale straw color body that has a white glow to it. Huge carbonation bubbles are present and head leaves nice lacing behind.

Flavor- Nice sweetness at the beginning of the drink with citrus hops. Low spiciness all the way through and has a nice finish of orange peel and wheat.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, High Carbonation, Creamy, and then has a VERY Mild tart finish.

Overall Impression- Why did they call this a DOUBLE white ale? Its almost a perfect WitBier and with this name, may scare people off or confuse them. AWESOME beer either way but wish they didn't have this Double name in front of it. Easy to drink and am very glad/lucky I found this (since it was a 2010 Reserve).

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Photo of emmasdad
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to tolann for sharing this one with us a while back, especially since the dog hank popped up on the label. poured a hazy gold with a lasting white head. Aromas of wheat, yeast, light orange zest and light coriander. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of wheat, yeast, orange zest and light coriander with a smooth lingering yeasty finish.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Phelps
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Look: pale wheat in color, perfectly clear, with an off-white head that runs to the sides of the glass and becomes a lingering, bubbly ring within seconds.

Smell: lots and lots of spicy clove, sweet peach, orange blossom, bubble gum, lavender and a bit of orange juice.

Taste: very sweet, with lots of honey, spicy white pepper, coriander and a lingering light bitterness along with fruity notes of Belgian yeast.

Feel: medium, fuzzy carbonation, with a body just a notch under medium. It's not too substantial -- light and crisp.

Drink: nicely balance between sweet and spicy, Tail Waggin' Double White isn't a half-bad witbier. It's an expensive bottle, but worth it if you're looking for a wheaty Belgian fix.

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Photo of srandycarter
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky straw, near white head, stays around for awhile. Lots of cling lace.

S - Fresh straw, little barn, sweet malt underneath.

T - Sweeter than expected. Hops cannot tame it. Some wheatish flavors.

M - Medium body, good carb, balance to the sweet.

D - Tasty enough. Interesting as a double witbier.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of laituegonflable
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, particle-suspended pale gold with a modest head of off-white lace, slightly whispy with some arcs left on the glass. Still body, with no bead and almost a wobbly viscosity. Interesting, not amazingly enticing.

Smells quite rich and malty, with a slight vinous sourness to it and a fair amount of apricot and ginger. Slight fresh fruit note, not quite acidic but yeah, Belgian and fairly sweet. Quite nice.

Taste is quite sweet overall; lots of fruit and a fortified wine thickness to it. Apricot flavours, guava and a slight candied orange flavour on there, with a nice airy freshness on the mid followed by mildly spicy finish, ginger and a drop or two of white peppery yeast. Nice Belgian flavours really, not overblown phenolics and sweet and tasty for the most part.

Mouthfeel is fairly thick, as I was expecting. Bit of heat as it goes down, bit of dryness as well. Fair enough for the style but not a wonderful blend of textures, more of a clash.

Yeah, reasonably tasty drop. Hot-ish, but it handles it all quite well.

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Photo of brentk56
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden/honey color with a modest head that fritters away rather quickly leaving just a few squiggles of lacing behind

Smell: Tangerine, Juicy Fruit gum, banana, coriander, cracked wheat and citrus peel

Taste: Very sweet, up front, with the candi sugar and Juicy Fruit gum flavors setting the tone; by mid-palate, the spice flavors intercede, bringing some white pepper and coriander to the profile; the citrus peel also arrives in the middle, adding another dimension that lingers into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation; a bit clunky for the style

Overall: Despite the complex range of flavors, the beer is overly sweet (perhaps it is the age, with the bitter flavors mellowing more quickly) and I would not want to drink a lot of this at one sitting

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Tail Waggin' Double White Ale from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
3.92 out of 5 based on 43 ratings.
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