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Solstice Wit BeerSolstice Wit Beer

Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bighuge on 05-05-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 66 | Ratings: 83
Reviews by chickenflea:
Photo of chickenflea
2.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly cloudy pale golden color with a small white head that settled quickly. Aroma is mild orange zest with a hint of spice. A little too sweet for the style although the spiciness is nice. Light to medium body with light carbonation. It's OK, but not great.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh, crisp refeshing and light. This is like hoegaarden light. Smells and tastes of oranges, lemon, coriander, cilantro, and wheat. Looks thinner and lighter than most Wits. Exceptionally drinkable though and with a very enjoyable creamy/refreshing MF. I think that this year's vintage is much improved over the last's. Well worth the low price and very sessionable.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.23/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crisp, clear yellow orange with a tight bubbly 1" head on top. The color moves from lighter at the bottom to darker on top. I'm greeted with crisp, sweet grains with hints of coriander, orange and spice. Mellow, yet not very interesting either.

First sip brings a sweet pale maltiness along with a good dash of citrus and a soft peppery spiciness. A hint of sweet orange peel and coriander is evident as well. Slightly dry and a bit acidic on the finish. A nice summer quencher.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy with a good flow of carbonation. While this might a deviation from a traditonal wit, it's still a good summer beer with a nice flavor profile. I imagine this is the 2005 batch and I'd say it's worth a try!

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm a pretty big fan of witbiers, but this one suprised me, as I much preferred Berghoff's hefeweizen over this. The hefe just seemed much more authentic & true to its european counterparts than this wit. This is missing the light, delicate touches of a good whit. I taste a lot of orange. Theres some other "off" flavors in this that seem to be present in witbiers that arent made 100% correctly. I realize whits are probably very difficult to get "just right," but that's pretty much what you have to do to make a great-tasting one. Berghoff whit is not downright bad, but its not all that exciting either.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured out of the bottle and into a pint glass. It looked slightly hazy and gold/light orange in colour. Smelled light and fruity with an apricot nose to it. The taste was also sweet and fruity, but a yeasty-sweet.

Would I buy this beer again? Probably.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.01/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours an orangish-yellow body that has a faint bit of hazy and a few bubbles of head the disappear into nothing in a few minutes.

S- The soft smell of wheat is overcome by a citrus, tangerine perfume smell. The perfume is not overpowering but interesting.

T- This beer has a light pale malt flavor that is very smooth with a note of orange peel without the bitter note. I detect a faint note of hop bitterness but the carbonic acid overshadows it somewhat. As it warms a bit the orange peel flavor becomes more of a tangerine flavored hard candy but not as sweet.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a big carbonic bite at the end.

D- This is not what I would call a Witbier but it has soft malt flavors with a "natural flavors" additive of tangerine. It has some interesting perfume notes and the fruit is just light enough note to be offensive. I don’t think I would buy another one but it goes down pretty quickly.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.55/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

355ml bottle, 4.9% ABV, at Pizza Brew in Calgary.

This beer pours a vaguely hazy medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, weakly foamy, and mostly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves little in the way of persistent lace anywhere near the glass as it quickly recedes.

It smells of sweet purple grape juice, flat orange pith, candied bananas, neutered coriander, a softly grainy wheatiness, and a mild mustiness. The taste is less sweet, but still kind of sugary grape and orange juice esters, subtle coriander and white pepper spice, stale banana chips, plain grainy wheat, and a gentle breadiness.

The bubbles are a bit tight, but generally frothy, the body quite light in weight, and mostly smooth, with a rather blithe smoothness. It finishes well off-dry, the high school chemistry lab fruitiness still predominating.

A witbier for the kiddees, it would seem - sweet, super-simplified, and more banal cream ale in bearing than anything. Once again, however, the skank-o-meter needle sits pretty much idle. Um, good, then?

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Photo of soper2000
1.74/5  rDev -42%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Another cheap liquor store pickup. I've grown to distrust Berghoff but I guess that doesn't stop me from trying. Pours a light yellow with minimal head that really doesn't even leave lacing. Smell has a lot of bubblegum and fruit with just a tinge of yeastiness. Taste??!? This is one of the most tasteless beers that I have ever encountered. A tad bit of fruit and yeast is all that distinguishes this brew from water. Mouthfeel was painfully thin. I guess Berghoff did it again. This is probably my least favorite of the Berghoff beers by far.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.35/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - A somewhat dull orange hue doesn't look all that great, and the head is pretty weak for a normally well capped style.

S - Orange juice, tang, and a little bit of yeast.

T - Very focused on the orange sweetness and wheat twang. there isn't a lot of spice or Belgian characteristics, but it's not terrible.

M - Medium bodied and a bit flabby. This needs something to keep it together....the wheat twang and the fluffy carbonation don't mesh well

D - Not horrible, but far from good.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.43/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sixer at the corner store to bring to a bbq last night. Sounded refreshing enough.

Pours a golden pineapple yellow, hazy, with a finger of snow-white head that is voraciously fed by persistant streams of carbonation from the bottom of my Anyiger Weiss glass. Nose is a bright bouquet of musty yeast, coriander, citrus peel, and grassy hops. Taste is somewhat of a let-down from a promising nose. Tart wit yeast, a peppery hop twinge, a flicker of banana ester and bitter citrus peel with an unfortunate flat, watery finish. Mouthfeel is tickling at first but again flattens out in a thin finish. Had so much promise with its look and smell, falls a little short on the palate. Still a refreshing summer beer that can be found on the cheap in these parts.

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Photo of cliff1066
2.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
2.79/5  rDev -7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on draft at the Berghoff Cafe, Chicago. Beer is more yellow and clear than other wits I’ve had; probably filtered for retail sale. First sip is a big lemon zest that’s a little suprising. Then you get the more subtle notes of banana and clove, and other fruit traces. Good clean finish. This is hardly what I believe to be the wit style, but it’s a refreshing lawnmower beer.

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Photo of Tessa
3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of GeoffRizzo
2.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a lemon yellow hue, with a thin, capsizing head. Yeast, fresh-baked bread and some malts on the nose. Decent mouthfeel, medium bodied. The initial impression is that of lemon-zesty, some freshly squeezed lemons and orange peel notes are there. A bit astringent and slightly carbonated. Has a tender malt-based backbone. Now I must step on the 'beer-box'. This is not a Wit. Berghoff once again fails to produce a decent beer, this is below average on my charts, I wouldn't even know where to classify it, but consider your options before picking this from the shelf.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy straw gold color with a white head. It mostly smells like dough/grain, with a bit of orange peel and some spicyness too. The beer tastes like wheat, cloves, lemon and orange peel. None of the flavors were very strong at all. The mouthfeel is on the thin/watery side, and it finishes dry. Drinkability is OK, it's smooth and crisp, and it would be an OK summer beer. Overall it's not a great beer, but it's not bad either. I could drink a few of these on a hot summer day.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.77/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Samuel Adams Summer Ale Stange. No date or info on the bottle.

A - Lightly hazy pale yellow straw with a bright white head. Small but with decent retention as specks of lacing are sprinkled on the glass.

S - Sweet honey on the nose with a really floral aroma. Like flower pedals. A bit of spice with a wheat and straw background. Not half bad.

T - The honey reappears in the flavor as a light touch of sweetness in the background. Good wheat background as the spices take front and center. A bit of coriander and a touch of orange peel. The floral thing is here too in the flavor. Very interesting. I like it.

M - Really light-bodied with a crisp and refreshing finish. Quenching but with a sharp carbonation spritz and bite to the end.

D - A great summer beer here. I'm surprised with this one. Pleasant flavor and good drinkability, it makes for an easy goner. No reason to pick it up on a consistent basis but if someone were to offer it to me I would happily oblige.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
2.82/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a hazy yellow-gold w/surprisingly little head for the style. Light tracing, and a thin swirl of creamy foam lingers on the surface.
S-Faint creamy banana, orange, and spice. Smooth wheat. Hint of sulfur.
T-Grainy w/wheat, clove, very faint orange, and noble hops in the finish that impart some bitterness, blended with a faint phenolic and sulfury aftertaste.
M-Light and moderately carbonated, mild on the palate.
D-Drinks well enough, easily sessionable, but not my first choice.

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Photo of scaliasux
2.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Hazy medium yellow. Sudsy white head with some retention.

Smell - Sweet and yeasty. Orange with a little bit of honey maybe. Little if any spiciness. Not bad.

Taste - Sweet yeasty and malt with strong orange flavor. Not much complexity, a little one note. (Hint of banana maybe) Seems pretty average for the style, nothing outstanding. Lacks any spiciness.

Mouthfeel - Not unpleasant - nice, smooth and crisp. Probably a little too thin for style, though.

Drinkability - I like it. Not real familiar with the range of beers in this category, so its hard for me to say if this is among the better ones. But I sure do enjoy a witbier in the summertime. Strikes me as thin and not very complex, but certainly not unpalatable.

This beer is definitely not retired in my neck o' the woods.

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Photo of matjack85
2.25/5  rDev -25%

Photo of Brent
2.3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a slightly orange straw color, thin head that quickly faded. Moderately sweet aroma hinting of fruity yeast. Light, watery and insubstantial in the mouth, with the barest orange and apricot flavors on the edge of detection. A witbier? Not at all. More of a whispy light-beer interpretation of a wit, and not well done, at that.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.36/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 341 ml brown bottle, orange and silver label. Under where it says Solstice Wit Beer it also says in smaller lettering "Malt Beverage with natural flavours". That doesn't leave much of a good impression on me right from the start.

Decent appearance, a deep gold colour, but pale straw when held up to the light. Small creamy white head with impressive retention and some lacing. Lots of carbonation.

The smell is instantly of sweet artificial orange, like candy. I remember back to reading Fast Food Nation, to the chapter on the flavoring and aromas of processed foods, and how even when a product claims to have natural flavours, the outcome is still synthetically derived, just a semantic loophole regarding the manufacturing process. It says "All Natural" on the label, but I'm smelling a lie here like a fart in a car. This isn't a bad orange smell, but is still a turn-off because it is so fake.

Flavour is light, slightly bitter grains, with the orange soda kick on the finish. Rather insulting as it is nothing close to a witbier, nor a flavoured witbier. It's like a lager with some extract added before bottling.

The mouthfeel starts out somewhat creamy, but turns a bit caustic due to the bite of the grains and the over-carbonation.

I'm not sure what kind of fast one they're trying to pull here, but it is definitely false advertising. The foreshadowing was in the "Malt Beverage with natural flavours" line on the label, Spider senses tingling on that one. This is something to pass up on the shelf. However if you've already forked out the cash, it's fairly drinkable ice cold and out of the bottle. That's my Rx for the duped.

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Photo of bismarksays
3.32/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a light yellow with a minimal amount of head, almost no lacing. Mostly clear with carbonation bubbles present

S-Sweet, wheaty/grassy, with a tinge of citrus (lemon?)

T/M Lemony honey with...biscuit/bread. It is sweet, not deeply complex, but smooth. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but well carbonated. Not normally what once would think of when they think of a Wit beer, but it is a fine summer beer of sorts.

D- Smooth and somewhat refreshing. It could be a session beer I suppose on a hot day. It is relatively clean and nonoffensive. Outside of not really being at style and being a touch too sweet, there is nothing wrong with this beer.

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Photo of dstc
2.12/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a very pale yellow with a small white head. Head disappears completely. No lace. Does not even look like beer.

Thin medicinal smell. Does not smell good.

Tangy taste with a mild wheat taste. Not good. Not good at all.

Thin and watery in the mouth.

Not a very good beer. Drain pour for me.

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.25/5  rDev +8.3%

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Solstice Wit Beer from Minhas Craft Brewery
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