Two Jokers Double-Wit | Boulevard Brewing Co.

Two Jokers Double-WitTwo Jokers Double-Wit
BA SCORE
82.5%
Liked This Beer
3.98 w/ 525 ratings
Two Jokers Double-WitTwo Jokers Double-Wit
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
boulevard.com

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
They say there are two sides to every story, and that’s certainly true of Two Jokers Double-Wit. On the one hand, it’s a revival of the classic Belgian “wit,” or “white” ale, with lactic fermentation providing a refreshing tartness. On the other hand, it’s a modern, uniquely American brew; big, flavorful, and spiced with cardamom, coriander, orange peel, lavender, and grains of paradise.

15 IBU

Added by naterock on 05-10-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,326
Reviews:
207
Ratings:
525
Liked:
433
Avg:
3.98/5
pDev:
13.07%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
80
Gots:
88
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 525 |  Reviews: 207
Photo of Knapp85
3.9/5  rDev -2%

Photo of beertunes
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from batch 2-2009. Poured into 16oz balloon. Poured a very pretty orange/yellow color with about an inch of white head that dissipated quickly and left just traces of lacing.

The aroma was a very nice blend of spice, yeast, fruit and grain. The sharp spicyness that hits the nose first quickly melds with the grain and the various other scents play their supporting roles well. On the tongue, everything that was on the nose is amplified, bigger, bolder, stronger, more. A very tasty treat.

The body was a bit different than typical, a touch more syrupy and thicker. Still nice but not what I'm really looking for in a Wit. Drinkability was very good, despite the thickness. I can see drinking several of these during the upcoming summer, as Wits are my favorite summer style.

Overall, a very nice beer, certainly worth your time.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Aaron for this one.

A: Really a great looking pour. Hazed orange in color with a massive white head.

S: Not the most witbier of aromas to me. Lots of citrus peel, but it has a lemony note to it as well as some grapefruit. Orange is there, too, however. Some nice bready malts, but not much wheat and only a bit of spice.

T: The spice and citrus combination on the flavor is quite interesting. Almost like a spiced cider. Big sweet apple flavor along with oranges, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove.

M: Medium in body with a medium to high carbonation.

O: Not sure if I'd necessarily call this a Witbier, but it was good.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review form notes.

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a very large white foamy head that dissipated rather quickly leaving nothing behind. Minimal lacing as well.

S: Very fruity and crisp, there is some apple along with a lot of spices. There is pepper and coriander and a little bit of wheat.

T: A good amount of apple and some other fruit (little orange and lemon). There is a slight tartness which is very nice. The spices shine through nicely with cloves and pepper.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium bodied with low carbonation.

O: Quite tasty, and surprisingly high in abv, but showed no sign of it at all. Nice beer, except it seemed a bit low in terms of carbonation, which is a bit odd for the smokestack series.

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Photo of Redweasel
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kinda scared, couple of friends had this and said it sucked.

Pours a hazy orange with a three finger head that is gone in seconds. Hmmm, not a good start for a wheat based ale.

Aroma is almost herbal with a small amount of citrus and quite a bit of corriander. The fruityness from the yeast is very evident.

Flavors of citrus and grains of paradise hit right up front. Sharp zesty fruit and a very complex spice follow through. Carbonation is med-high and makes this very refreshing. You would never guess the 8% ABV if you did not know before hand.

Overall a fairly pleasing brew. Not sure what my buddies were expecting but it is a pretty well crafted beer. If anyone has had Boulevard ZON, don"t worry, this is actually good.

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Photo of Yesdog
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Jocelynclonts
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of augustgarage
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from JosephLondon (thanks!) - poured from a 750mL (751mL actually) bottle into my Troubadour tulip glass. This is batch #2 from 2009, and #8 in the Smokestack Series.

Liquid is a bright, hazy mix of pumpkin and burnt orange with orange-peel highlights. A heavy muscular hill of off-white foam unfurls several fingers of merengue-like froth. Thick sudsy lacing is slowy dragged back down into the glass by the dense legs after the furious effervescence relinquishes its countervailing up-thrust. Looks a little more like a saison than a witbier.

Aroma is lightly sweet, honey-like, with a floral note. Rose-water, orange blossom. Very subdued.

Tart (lactic acid) and silky on the palate with an a cavalcade of flavors arriving one after the other - orange zest dominates initially followed by lemon, honey, wheat bread, then all the additives indicated on the label: coriander, cardamom, (grains of paradise?) and a hint of lavender in the finish (not too much, some brewers go overboard with this ingredient and the ale ends up bringing to mind fabric softener). Some phenolics from the yeast bring things to a conclusion, though the tartness and orange flavors are present throughout.

Mouthfeel is quite thick for a witbier, but not heavy. Creamy, somewhat warming, and highly carbonated. Very nice.

While I enjoy the powerful flavors in this, it seems to detract somewhat from the purity (and refreshing nature) of the style. Can't fault experimentation though, and overall this is a success.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a hazy darker golden-orange color with a tall frothy head with several minute's of stability and decent quality lacing. Smells and tastes exactly like a 40-60 ratio hybrid between a Berliner Weiss and a higher-gravity Belgian Wit. (Tart lemony lactic pucker with florals, phenolics, and a touch of horseblanket funk combined with spiced citrus peel / citrus juice and garnished by white pepper.) Balanced exceptionally well in the precise middle point between dryness and sweetness. My only criticism is that the body came across as somewhat too far on the heavy side of medium thickness for my preferences, despite the valiant efforts of the carbonation, it got a bit sludgy and left a thin sort of residue / coating film on the inside surface of my mouth. But I can deal with it because the lingering film has a flavor that I actually enjoy. I just... wish it didn't cling so much.

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Photo of tito42
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from 750mL Smokestack champagne bottle to a Smokestack tulip. Batch 2011-2, best by 01-2012.

A: White, fluffy head that dies down quickly but sticks around. Straw in color with plenty of unfiltered particulate.

S: Doughy yeast, wheat, orange peel, coriander, slight banana.

T: Wheat forward with a very strong, very tart burst of apple and tangerine. Coriander, cardamom, and lavender spice the finish and cleanse the tartness. A peppery kick in the aftertaste as the brew warms.

M: Refreshing and light-medium bodied, this is a great summer brew, yet has enough body to be a nice beer any time of year. Active carbonation adds a nice zing to the finish along with the spices, but doesn't dry the mouth out at all. No hint that this is 8.0% as you enjoy it. Well done.

O: A very good witbier. I personally do not prefer the tartness of the citrus in the taste, but many likely will. Still a very nice wit that I will enjoy next summer!

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Photo of JLoper
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of corby112
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark golden orange color with slight darker golden yellow hues when held to a light source. Massive frothy 2.5 finger white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.

Very spicy aroma with hints of peppery lemon zest and coriander. Lots of bready yeast and citrus fruit notes, mostly lemon and orange peel.

Medium body that is surprisingly tart and lactic with a huge spicy presence and citrus fruit notes all accompanied by a yeasty/bread presence. Crisp and refreshing with an almost unnoticeable alcohol presence. ABV is extremely well masked. Slight dry finish.

Very spicy up front with hints of cloves, coriander, cardamon, pepper and lemon zest and a yeasty/bread body with banana and citrus notes: lemon, orange peel, grapefruit and a subtle hop presence. Crisp and refreshing with a slight dry finish.

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Photo of shelby415
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WoodBrew
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried the Two Jokers at a beer tasting last night. I think this beer should be called a ginger beer…it has a huge ginger ale taste and smell with punch of lemon/lime big carbonation white foamy head not much lace. The beer is cloudy/hazed straw yellow color with massive carbonation. The high ABV is well hidden. The mouthfeelis medium to big body. Overall I would say this is a sipping beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Double Witbier style has always been a bit of a struggle for me because the jest of a Witbier is its drinkability. When we imperialize it, the drinkability is greatly diminished. Let's see about this one.

Right off the bat, I can tell that Two Jokers has retained it's golden-straw color and not been over caramelized in the boil; giving the impression of a more gentle and finess beverage. Light haze harks to the 'wit' part of the beer while the creamy, yet dainty, stark-white head retains well but has trouble in the lacing department.

Aromas ride the fence between a Witbier and a Belgian Tripel. Very fruity and spicy with phenolic hints of plastic and medicine. Still and sweet pilsner malt flavor finds inviting notes of confection sugars, orange zest, lemons, corriander, and cilantro.

Flavors portray the same characteristics both in intensity and balance as those in the nose. Fruits and phenols are very well balanced not to let either dominate. A nectar-honey like sweetness proceeds any graininess from the malts. Only a herbal hop earthiness deviates to the bitter or hoppy side. White pepper, acidity, and alcohol flavor adds complexity.

Sweet up front with the malts and residual sweetness, but slowly fades into dry, alcoholic warmth moments later. Spicy to the palate throughout and light prickling gives a lot of play to the surfaces of the mouth. Still, the beer fails to capture that ultimate powdery softness that classic Hoegaardens and Witkerke's exhibit.

Though it is a really nice beer it becomes an inigma that loosely connects to many Belgian varieties including Tripels, Saisons, Belgian Pales, and Witbiers. Good beer but I'm still not convinced that there is such thing as a good Double Witbier.

Thanks BlueOkie!

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Photo of jdubjacket
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the first double wit I've ever had. Split four ways between me, my brother-in-law, my dad and my sister's boyfriend. Pours a hazy orange color with a bubbly head. Wheaty, citrusy in the nose. Taste is very light and refreshing for a double wit. Like the nose, it's wheaty and citrusy. A little bubbly in the mouth, but not overwhelming. Very tasty beer. Enjoying the smokestack immensely.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Color is rich gold and cloudy; two fingers of frothy head with pretty good retention and some splotchy lacing.

S - Sweet, spicy, crisp and refreshing. Orange, cardamom, honey, clove and mild banana notes.

T - Follows the nose rather well. Upfront mostly just sweet and crisp. As it mellows on the palate a whirlwind of flavors come out; clove, banana, orange, cardamom and peppery notes are all there.

M - Crisp and light, but over carbonated for sure as once I actually got the cork out the beer came spewing out the top like it was a bottle on Champange or something...

D - Once again, crisp, light and refreshing. A very enjoyable brew, but nothing to jump up and down about.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by 2011. Fun. Beer is dark yellow with a slight haze. Big head and lots of carbonation. Head is medium and medium bubbles. Head leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is strong with spice and a tea like aroma.

It's medium bodied. Spicy and dry. Strong coriander. Carbonation is nice in the mouth. It's drinkability is good, mouthfeel is ok.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to JeepCop for this bottle...

A: Pours out a wonderfully bright translucent yellow two fingers of pure white head. The foam taste awhile to settle and there is a good amount of lacing left on the glass. Decent lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose smells of belgian yeast, wheat, lemons, oranges, and a touch of booze. There is a bit of earthiness to this beer, mainly grass, that I like.

T: It starts out sweet and fluffy on the palate. But as the beer makes it way towards the back of the mouth, the sour and tartness starts to come alive. It's big on the lemony citrus notes without being too overdone. I have to say that it was a nice tang to it. The finishes is that familiar belgian yeast taste. Part bubblegum, part candy cigarette, part funk.

M: Medium bodied beer. Don't be fooled by it's color, this beer has a bit of heft to it. The carbonation is spot on, and the flavors mingle nicely on the palate.

O: I think this is a really solid beer. It's smooth and creamy to start, but finishes tart and dry. I like it. I don't think I could drink this on the regular, but if I were in the mood for it, I'd seek it out. Another impressive offering from Boulevard.

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Photo of tommy5
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.96/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of MNishCT77
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle purchased at Connecticut Ave. Wine & Liquors in NW D.C., unknown brewing/bottling date but 2014 vintage (Batch #/Best By Date: TJ14127/02-2015], drank over 60 minutes out of my BBA snifter glass (thanks, Richard Hartogs and Grandstand!)

A: 3/3 - straw yellow coloration, murky (cannot read or see through), initial eggshell head settles into a retained glass lacing with some carb islands, moderate carbonation, moderate alcohol legs)

S: 9/12 - big damaging hits of cardamom, coriander, lavender and seeds of paradise all present and accounted for; some background wheat and alcohol but definitely takes a back seat to the spice; no hops aroma (which is surprising for a Boulevard Belgian)

T: 15/20 - on the front of the tongue, there's a slight bitterness that opens the taste buds and gives way to the spice and wheat; moderate alcohol burn on the back of the palate and the way down the gullet; slightly tart too but finishes dry, thirst quenching and refreshing

M: 4/5 - moderate bodied with high drinkability; moderate-to-high carbonation

O: 9/10 - if you like spicy Belgians this beer hits on all cylinders and is an interesting experience just as a slightly tart thirst quencher, and a little too much spice destroys the balance though; nice price point to boot at $9.99 for an 8% beer in an expensive beer city

TOTAL - 40/50

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Photo of Smurf2055
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed Nov 2011

In my Duvel Tulip. Pours a cloudy golden with two to three fingers of white head. Very pretty looking beer.

Aroma is bananas, cloves, gum, sweet and citrus fruits. Wheat and sugar, very inviting and complex.

The taste is an entirely different thing than the aroma. It’s sweet and sour, all the citrus comes out in it.

Palate is great! Good carbonation and rolls smoothly along the tongue. There isn’t much of an after taste to speak of.

Overall a very interesting brew. I’ve never encountered a beer that accomplishes what this does, giving off an aroma that isn’t anywhere close to the actual taste. Beautiful.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Hazy muted orange, swarms of loose carbonation support the dense, loud, gold-tinted head. Lacing almost looks like it'll be sticky, but then disappears. Looks like a little bit of sediment at the end. Artwork isn't flashy, but is old-time cool.

S: Orange is clear, with some kinds of tropical fruits like pineapple and peach muddled in there. Reminds me of hop aromatics. Those grains of paradise really propel the fruit aromas to new heights, giving them a nearly sweet sensation. The spices are muted, but linger in the back, almost peppery.

T: Orange juice and zest, lemon, semi-tart. Baseline of mild grain. Spices have really stepped up but are less harsh than on the nose. Coriander mostly, complicated by, but not very obvious by themselves, clove and cinnamon. Mildly sweet, but bitter on the finish. Quite a bit of character for a witbier.

M: For all that apparent carbonation, on the tongue it is subdued; only a little prickly. The tart flavor offsets the surprising mild astringency.

O: I'm glad it's back! Surprised that I enjoyed it so much back before I'd had much beer experience; this has a distinguishable bitterness. The fruit notes are much more obvious, as well as an inoffensive grain note. The tartness is another good step away from faceless witbiers. All in all, everything could mesh together a little better, but still a wonderful beer.

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Photo of devin305
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two Jokers Double-Wit from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 82.5% out of 100 with 525 ratings
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