Brooklyn Fiat Lux | Brooklyn Brewery

BA SCORE
62.9%
Liked This Beer
3.76 w/ 105 ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
brooklynbrewery.com

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 08-09-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#21,021
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
105
Liked:
66
Avg:
3.76/5
pDev:
9.84%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
4
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 105 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Blue Monk. Good yeasty wheat aroma, very fresh characteristics. Light coloured, carbonation bubbles are apparent. A tasty sweet, seet and spicy. Good drinkability for the style. with a drop of orange peel, nondescript spices, a little like a saison. Above average mouthfeel.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As summer comes to a close, the brewers at Brooklyn are soaking up every warm ray of light with this strongly citrus-focused Belgian-style witbier. In influx of lime zest insures high rate of refreshment to complement the already zesty spices and fruit notes of the base beer underneath.

Like many other Belgian wheat ales, Fiat Lux opens with bright goldenrod colors of yellow and straw. Lightly hazed, the beer glows like a prism as the light penetrates the cloudiness. A firm and airy head tops the beer in a creamy but loosely knit weave. Solid retention gives the eye a lot of confidence going forward.

The word "zesty" comes to mind as the nose reaches the brim of the tulip. Hallmark aromas of soft bready wheat with layers of apple and lemon esters then those of coriander and dried orange peel lay the foundation; but then there's a heavy dose of white pepper and lime that strike the olfactory senses in not-so-subtle kinda ways. Where the early impressions are witbier, the beer takes on gin n' tonic semblances late.

Sharp zesty lim hit the palate first and then allowing the more finesse attibutes of wheat, oranges, apples, and light sweetenss to branch out, engulfing the mouth slowly. The perfumy aromas turn around with a bitter pang in taste- reaching near soapy levels at times. The lime oils exacerbate this notion and surplant hop bitterness to finish, leaving the beer very peppery in nature.

Medium bodied early on, but as the champagne-like carbonation recedes, the dry wheat character leaves the beer pleasantly powdery to finish. Along with the sharp bitterness and mild lime astringencies, alcohol warmth further pushes the notion of peppery dryness to close out the beer.

There's a high celebration that's going on in this beer that pushes it upwards and outwards. Bigger than the typical witbier and lime additions seem to distract the palate a bit from the sheer refreshment of the originals, but the lime complexities definately offer intrigue to the currious palate.

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Photo of oline73
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at Max's. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with just under half a finger of white head. As the head fades, it leaves some nice lace on the glass.

Smell: I'm getting some light malt along with a spice note. The spice note is a bit garbled.

Taste: I can pick up the coriander and there is a touch of lime peel. Light but I wouldn't describe this beer as crisp. The finish is bready and yeasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This beer didn't really stand out in any way. Not bad, but I don't need to have another.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 10/06/12 notes.

a - Pours a hazy medium yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of coriander, pepper, spices, cloves, and bready malts. Lots of spice and pepper, but pretty nice.

t - Tastes of coriander, spices, cloves, floral hops, bready malts, earthy notes, pepper, hay, and light citrus. A step up from the nose for me; more hops and less pepper.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a very nice witbier. I liked the taste a lot as it was a little less spicy and peppery than the nose, but overall an easy drinking, nice witbier from Brooklyn. Would have it again.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of AlexFields
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler fill from the Green Growler in Croton-on –Hudson, NY

Pours a dull shade of golden, lighter amber, hazed.
Light khaki head that stays a spell, then leaves a loose thicker film, a high collar and nice looking sheets of fine sheeting.

Sniff reveals a muted fruityness, with some wheat malts and resiny hops. Intriguing…

This offering is on the hoppy side of the wit beer world. Hops on the aggressive side. Citric, with lime showing its presence, and following through the finish. Fruity and grainy hops all over this one. Quite dry and enjoyable, nice one Brooklyn….

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Photo of malfunxion
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of John_M
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours a fairly dark gold color with good head retention and light lacing. The menu indicates that this witbeer was made with lime and coriandor, but I'm not picking up much of either on the nose. Mostly, I'm just picing up a considerable amount of clove and light honey, with maybe some underlying lemon and light coriandor. The beer is better on the palate, as now I'm picking up more of the lime, and it's a welcome addition to the clove, honey and light coriandor. The beer is a bit sweeter than I normally like to see in a wit beer, but is other pretty tasty and drinkable. Mouthfeel is a bit light with a somewhat watery finish, and I get some spice at the very end.

A nice enough wit, but it seems like there are a million others out there that are pretty similar to the version from Brooklyn brewing.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of barczar
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly hazy light golden yellow with a solid one inch whitish head that dissipates slowly, leaving streaky lacing.

Aroma reveals wheat, citrus, and Belgian yeast character, as well as a hint of confectioners sugar and cracker-like malt. There's an overpowering bubblegum/banana thing going on.

Flavor follows suit, with banana and bubblegum at the forefront, while lemon and lime zest notes complement the Belgian esters on a bed of wheat and slightly bready malt. Very refreshing, with a fairly dry, powdery finish.

Body is on the light side of moderate, with fairly high carbonation.

Overall, a well crafted brew, great for a hot summer day. Would drink again, but the bubblegum tones were slightly offputting.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a very lightly hazed almost straw-yellow colored brew with a decent white head. The head fades over a moderate amount of time to give a nice level of lacing

Smell - The aroma is biggest of a wheaty and lime smell. Mixed with these are aromas of yeast as well as some other lighter citrus aromas.

Taste – Throughout the taste there is a decent wheaty and bready backbone, with which other flavors come and go upon. In the start there is a stronger presence of the wheat then is present later on. A lime citrus flavor quickly comes to the tongue, along with a yeasty flavor shortly following. As the flavor advances further there are the spice notes that were detected in the nose; some pepper. A hay like and grassy flavor come to the tongue at the end with the lime growing even stronger in taste which leave a rather pleasant wheaty, lightly spiced lime flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. Both are good for the style and make for a drinkable and refreshing brew.

Overall – It is very drinkable and an interesting twist on a more classic style using lime instead of lemon. Worth a try and an interesting experience. Not one I would go to on occasion, but pretty nice overall.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Clear yellow orange, three finger fluffy white head.

S-Wheat, grass, spice, lemon, orange and coriander. Exactly how a witbier should smell.

T-Starts with wheat and lemon. Tad bit of grass. No bitterness. A major step down the smell.

M-Light in body, some carbonation and almost watery.

O-Everything was downhill from the nose. Still a nice beer though. If you have the chance to try it before the kegs are gone, do so.

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Brooklyn Fiat Lux from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 62.9% out of 100 with 105 ratings
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