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:
#21,034
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
105
Liked:
66
Avg:
3.76/5
pDev:
9.84%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
4
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 105 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of scootny
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This is one of my favorite beers of the year. A very big head that sits atop a basically clear golden brew. Some good lacing that coats the glasss lightly and a thin covering remains after a gentle fade. Aroma has a lovely sweetness that is not traditional of the style while giving a good solid wheat core that is. Some bubblegum and maybe a dash of clove. Citrusy notes are bigger than the traditional orange. Lime gives a dryness to the overall character that replaces the general sourness that is common for the style. Yeast and corriander give a zesty spiciness that is reminescent of one of my all time favorites, Cuvee de Cardoz. Taste confirms the break from tradition with a solid wheat malt core and a bright citrusy lime hoppiness. Bubblegum shows up a bit in a honeyed malt that flows throughout. Lovely spice and lime combination flow to a bright citrus finish that is dry and hoppy. Feel is crisp and light with a quenching character that makes it highly drinkable. Carbonation is spot on, actively mlid but effective.Supple as it flows over the tongue, medium light weight. Drinkability is superb and delightlful. This is an excellent summer beer but the hoppy citrusy character makes it a great session ale for anytime of the year. A great take on the usual suspect an I am glad I have more than one growler.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass
A: Pours a hazy wheat color with a thin head
S: Wheat, bubblegum and hints of spice and citrus
T: Spicy with a nice hop kick up front, but then a typical witbeir with wheat and bubblegum come through, followed by a lengthy spicy finish.
M: Light-bodied with a nice spicy kick
O: It seems I like this better than most on BA... it definitely is clear what style it is yet has a nice twist. Good beer that would be great if bottled to enjoy on the deck on a hot summer day.

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Photo of bboymouse
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of BeerMe42
4.25/5  rDev +13%

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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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 Kornoms
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of brez8791
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of pault
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of bluerabbit
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Sharkophile
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Had on tap at the brewery. Slightly hazed golden straw color with a hefty white head that recedes into practically nothing, which is a bit disappointing.

S: Smells very wheaty, with spicy yeast and citrus notes.

T: Opens up with some extremely bready wheat flavors, which goes a bit tart as the subtle lime peel and coriander come in. A bit of hop bite and more grain on the dry finish.

M: Medium body but feels quite light. Carbonation is spot on.

O: Interesting witbier. I've always wondered why nobody uses lime in this style because of its nice balance of tartness and bitterness, and it turned out quite well.

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Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of PorterLambic
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arrives a dark amber/yellow color with a white head that fades to just a thin film.
Smell is woody with spices, malt, faint hops and a good balance.
Taste is malt, spices (nutmeg, coriander, clove), oak, tortilla chips and a light hop.
Medium bodied, light effervescence, smooth. A very good brew with great balance throughout.

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Photo of rangr514
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of TwelveOunces
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass

This beer is hazy golden straw yellow with a one finger off white head. It has an aroma of wheat, citrusy hops as well as some earthy spices. The taste reflects the nose. It has a lot of wheat, the wheat is slightly spicy. There is a good bit of lemon zest from the wheat as well as some floral notes. There is some onion and herbal spices as well. The hop profile is more then what you would find in most witbier's. There is a nice citrus aroma similar to what I would expect out of an apa/ipa. The feel of this beer is fairly smooth and easy enough to drink. It is somewhat tart and dry but not too much so. Overall, this is a decent witbier, its more hop forward then the style typically entails but thats not a bad thing at all.

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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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Photo of PatGreer
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of brbrocc
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to finally try this beer...
The beer pours a rich looking golden yellow with no haze and a giant plume of fluffy white head. There is relatively good head retention, although there isn't any lacing. The nose is exquisitely tropical with big notes of lime zest and coriander mellowed out by a light wheat sweetness. Its taste is bitter, but approachable, sweet, but very well attenuated, and definitely a successful representation of liquid summer. The flavors are all bright and pop with each sip and it's an easy sipping beer. Definitely a beer worth trying and I'd try it again on tap or In a growler.

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Photo of BeerHunter76
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of socon67
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours golden with a cloudy look. A thin layer of foam settles quickly. Lacing on the glass is rings around the glass.

S - the smell is very fragrant. Scent of fresh cut flowers, honey, and coriander. There is a subtle tartness of citrus as well.

T - Flavors are sweet with a spicy note in the finish. Some light grains are present. But overall this is a light beer with mild spicy notes.

M - Easy drinker but the flavors don't lend itself to being particularly drinkable. I found the scent and flavor profile a bit much after one of these.

O - A funky witbier with a unique aroma. It is a standout, but not one I would enjoy more than once.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +13%

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