Summer Wit | Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.

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Summer WitSummer Wit

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Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 64
Photo of mactrail
3.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

As you pour into the glass, it's obvious this is no regular Wit. No white about it. A spiced up Hefeweizen, and a good one at that. Cloudy light orange amber in color. Spritzy in the mouth, but the head evaporates rapidly.

Flavor is more like an orange Nehi than any beer I've had before. Bitterness of lemon peel. A nice nose of spice, blended well enough with the beeriness so that no individual flavor stands out much. Quite a nice summer beer, with the light body and tart taste. A little on the acidic side even for the style. Wheat esters are mild, but more of the fruit gum than Hefe-type cloves and banana. Rather bitter aftertaste.

In the 12 oz can from Food and Friends in Philadelphia.

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Photo of russpowell
3.12/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up in Springfield, MO

Pours a slightly hazed gold color with 2 fingers of billowy beige head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Grainy & grassy, faint cloves

T: Grassy with lemon, coriander & cloves up front. Slight yeastiness as this warms, faint orange peel notes, even some metallic notes. Finishes with faint banana taffy notes & not much else

MF: Light bodied with somewhat prickly carbonation, thins out even more when warm

My first beer from this brewery, not too impressed. Just a mediocre wit

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pokal at the brewpub.

Two signs that warm weather ain't too far from the nearest horizon: I get my haircut (it feels weird now to not have so much fur on top), and wits become prevalent at the brewpubs. This one pours a hazy pale straw topped by about a finger-and-a-half of white foam. The nose comprises light lemon zest, coriander, cardamom, and a pinch of black pepper. The taste sharpens the lemon zest considerably, while still going easy on the lemon flavor itself. Other notes include black pepper (more than in the smell), cardamom, bitter lemon peel, and a touch of clove. The body is pretty light, with a moderate carbonation and a pretty damn dry finish. Overall, a pretty nice wit, something that would work very well in the coming warm climes.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, it isn't quite summer yet, but I CAN't let that stand in my way! The CANQuest (TM) is unstoppable and I've got a backlog in my refrigerator to get caught up on. It is so nice to be back in a CAN groove following an extended hiatus!

From the CAN: "Our warm weather seasonal is perfect for enjoying the long-awaited days of spring [!] and summer. This Belgian-style White Ale is traditionally brewed with a large dose of wheat malt and a splash of coriander and orange peel."; "Come visit our pub and restaurant, located 45 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. We brew a variety of year-round ales and lagers, along with an ever-changing lineup of seasonal beers available only on tap under the massive Douglas Fir timbers." Editor's note: I have been there and thoroughly enjoyed myself.

Based on the CAN's verbiage, it looks like I am OK opening a summer beer while it is still spring. The CANQuest (TM) has all kinds of weird rules, laws and stipulations, which is why it is not recommended for the weak, faint of heart or amateurs.

I agitated the CAN before proceeding to the Crack & Glug. This action produced a lot of foam initially, followed by two-plus dense fingers of bone-white head that took forever to settle down. Color was a hazy orangish-yellow, just what I would expect for the style. Suddenly, the head turned rocky and it looked like a lemon meringue pie in my glass! Gotta love these visuals, which I why I always deCANt from the CAN into a glass for reviews. Nose was redolent with coriander, along with a yeasty mustiness. I am coming to enjoy these types of beers more and more, where I used to eschew them in favor of heavily-hopped AmeriCAN IPAs. Mouthfeel was a little thin, but the commingling of the coriander and the orange peel gave it a liveliness on the palate that was quite pleasant. Outside, it has begun to rain, but there is sunshine in my glass. Finish was dry, spicy and refreshing, which is what the style calls for, but I just felt underwhelmed by this one. I think there are better CANned versions of the style out there. Just sayin'.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Wild Onion Summer Wit is a spicy version of a least to me. The appearance is a cloudy pale yellow with ok carbonation and thin white head that seems to be lacing. The smell has a flowery bouquet....maybe corriander??? the taste has much spice that seems clovey to me. Not much in the taste of citrus...maybe a sublte hint....but spice dominates this beer. The mouthfeel is good....great for a hot day.

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Photo of tempest
2.95/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Figured I should drink my can before summer was over. It smells a bit like Victory's Whirlwind Wit, and at first, it tastes like a mild version of it. There's a very unpleasant astringent aftertaste, however, that will stop me from finishing this one. It's got the usual light, wheat bread with mild herbal spice, but the finish ruins this beer.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I thought this was a little better than most reviewers give credit for, not world class, but not bad at all as a summer refresher, and certainly within the stylistic realm of a wit. Pours slightly hazy, golden in color perhaps a bit darker than the average wit, and with a decent white head. Smells yeasty, with some orange citrus and slight metallic notes. The taste is nicely balanced- sweet with orange and tangerine notes that are pleasant, and with a nice touch of coriander. Just enough tartness to handle the sweet fruit. The mouthfeel is fairly soft, but there is enough of a snap at the end to still make this refreshing. The tangerine notes here make this beer worth drinking for me, and just a tad different from the usual wit- not always a bad thing.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.97/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very quick head after the pour and almost no foam after two sips. The bubbling is mediocre at best in this semi-hazey, golden brass colored Wit.

Good herbal aroma, but diluted grain and yeast aromas of powdered fruit, and simple cooking flour.

Powdery palate unfront with some herbal coriander help. The malt adds very light crackerflavor. The finish is juicey on the palate with halved malt and just a little more herbal flavoring.

Very sessionable, because the flavors and mouthfeel are simple and easy to forget or not notice at all.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.06/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can poured into a Duvel Green tulip.
"Malt beverage brewed with spices." No date or info on the can.

A - Swirled in the can and poured with any sediment, Summer Wit is a fully hazed-over wheat-and-lemon yellow that's generously topped by a thick head. Effervescent and fleeting, the foam leaves heavy collars of lace behind.

S - Loads of lemongrass citrus wafts from this wit. Complimentary soft wheat is also a strong presence while pale malt and Saaz-like hops finish out. A volatile latex glove-like aroma pokes out at first but thankfully subsides quickly. Faint hints of white pepper and coriander spice give it a touch of the spiciness I was looking for.

T - Almost like a mildly spiced American Pale Wheat Ale, it's heavy on the grainy pale malt and dry wheat with but a sprinkle of spice. No Belgian characteristics, missing a distinguishable yeast addition, low on spice. As a witbier, which it labels itself, it's not very good here. As an American Pale Wheat Ale (which it closely resembles), it's right on target.

M - The soft texture and smooth but well-carbonated finish has a small but well placed dryness and miniscule citrus splash.

O - If the can didn't label this a Belgian-Style White Ale, I'd easily buy that it's an American Pale Wheat Ale. It completely lacks Belgian characteristics and needs a healthier dose of coriander and lemon peel. Then again, that's assuming they're shooting for a contemporary witbier, not a traditional wit; never brewed with spices and the like. Either way, it's a pretty standard American version that would make for a great lawn-mower beer. I hate to give low scores to great, hard-working guys, but this beer needs some work to make the "wit" name stick. Either way, it's not a bad beer, it just doesn't fit the style it claims.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.06/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy pale yellow with a white head. In the aroma, wheaty and orange citrus. In the taste, very wheaty, orange citrus and a spice bite of what seems to be cinnamon. A spice bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry wheat and small spice in the aftertaste. Big orange citrus, nice spices, and still quite pedestrian.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.97/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. can, with no apparent freshness date present, although I assume it is a summer 2012 release. Seems to be a fairly unknown beer at this point, with only 31 ratings as of this writing. Witbier, not my favorite, but we'll see what happens. Intriguing artwork on the can, at the very least.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a murky cloudy lemon color with about two fingers of bubbly eggshell white head. Slight half ring of lacing.

S - Fruity, spicy orange. Freshly squeezed lemon. Sugary iced tea. Some coriander, lavender, and other floral aspects. Smells like a spring flower.

T - Smells like a lot of fruity / floral spring and summer spices. Lemon, coriander, lavender, paired with a moderately carbonated malt backbone. Faint, muted grapefruit hops. I have to admit, I am highly impressed with the taste of this beer. Taste pairs accurately with the aroma.

M - Fruity, light bodied, floral, and malty. This beer is very well-rounded and palatable. Perfectly balanced, and perfect level of carbonation.

Overall, delicious, and highly drinkable even after sitting for a while, possibly one of my favorite witbiers yet. This is definitely a beer I will have to revisit soon. My first beer from Wild Onion Brewing Co., but I can guarantee you it won't be my last. Seems to be a fairly uncommon brew, but you should give it a shot if you manage to find it.

Wild Onion Brewing Summer Wit ---4/5.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.66/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampling a cold can poured into a pint glass.
The beer pours a hazy gold hue with lots of suspended sediment and streams of carbonation rising to the surface. A fluffy bleached white head of 1.5 cm foams up with a gentle pour and fades to a wispy island within a few minutes.
Aroma is grainy and some lemon and citrus zest. I also get a little spicy pepper notes in the background. Very fresh and crisp scented nose.
First sip reveals a light crisp body with fine tingly carbonation. Flavor is clean grainy malt and a bit of lemon zestiness. Very easy to drink and perfect on a warm summer evening. Finishes with a bit of sweet floral notes and I am finished with the pint in short order, actually a little surprised at how fast I drink the beer.
Solid wit that I would recommend to those who like the style.

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Photo of JayQue
3.36/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Busch Gardens "Bud Select" flute a hazy straw gold color with a medium size delicately bubbling white head. Head retention is good. There is a light amount of patchy lacing on the glass.

Smell is pretty mild for a witbier: wheat, a little lemon zest...that's about it. Tastes pretty good...has all the witbier taste elements, lemon zest, cardamon, a little wheat bitterness and some yeasty / bubblegum stuff going on. It is no St Bernadus, but it's not bad either.

Mouthfeel is crisp but there is a little flat aftertaste here as well. Rich enough, not watery.

Overall a bit better than average. More of a session beer than something to savor.

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Photo of matjack85
2.01/5  rDev -40%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I found a bunch of these single 12oz cans in the discount bin at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL for $1.29 each. I assume they were pulled from the shelves to clear out the summer beers and make room for the fall seasonals. There's a little blurb about the beer on the side of the can, but no freshness date.

The beer poured a cloudy pale yellow color and made a 1-finger white head that lasted a few minutes before dissipating altogether. Very little lacing.

This beer is brewed with orange peel and coriander and this is the main smell. Big orange aroma with spices underneath.

Oh, I don't like this at all. Spices dominate the taste. There's not even a trace of sweet maltiness in here, and the orange that was in the smell is nowhere to be found in the flavor. Heavy coriander and heavy white pepper would be welcome as an additive, but not as the main flavor. Just like salt and pepper are great additives to a good steak, you certainly wouldn't want to be served a plate of just salt and pepper. That's basically what you get here - a glass of liquid spice. There's no sweetness, no fruitiness, not even a trace of Belgian yeast. The wheat malt that is present is dry and so is the entire beer. Lingering mild hop bitterness in the finish and in the aftertaste.

Light and dry mouthfeel with medium high carbonation. Not refreshing at all.

Not sure where BA got the 5.0% abv figure from as there is no listing of it on the can itself and the brewery's own website lists it at just 4.4%.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found this one all by its lonesome in the clearance / misfit odds and ends section of my local store. I love having hit-or-miss adventures at reasonable prices!
Pours out from the brightly colored can a hazed golden yellow sun color with a briefly-lived poofy three finger head that fizzles out with no lace left behind.
Smells of light orange peel, cardamom sprinkles, white pepper dust, gentle wheat malt, in other words, exactly as advertised on the can.
Taste is more cinnamon than cardamom, although both are present in medium to heavy amounts. Orange peel is present a bit heavier than in the nose, wheat malt sometimes comes across as a bit too skimpy, sweetness is rather dry but at the proper level given the amount of spicing present.
Body is just fine but than again nothing in particular is standing out about it either.

Overall, a pretty average summer wheat, nothing outstanding nor fatally flawed here.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.28/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled today on 4/28/15. Comes in a 12 ounce can. Can chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a flute glass.

Brew pours a golden-honey in color with a very thin white head. Lots of lacing is seen when sipped that stuck to the edges of the glass when sipped. Much more than the small head would indicate. The aroma is of wheat, pepper, spice, orange and coriander. Pretty much the same is said of the taste. Lots going on and pleasantly surprised. Finishes nicely with the orange peel, clove and coriander at the end, but not over powering. Nice balance. Slightly dry finish but works for this tasty brew. Close to medium-bodied and good carbonation. Crisp and refreshing. Liked this brew!

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Photo of AleWatcher
2.94/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A hazy yellowish body that is almost, but not quite, gold. Small white head faded fast, had Bice legs, but left no lacing.
Smells like wheat beer: some sweetness, spicy wheat, coriander, and oranges. No problems or issues here, just kind of standard fare.

The taste has some sweetness, some dry and grainy wheat, spices-- coriander and white pepper?, and mandarin oranges. Way too sweet on the finish. Cloying notes of mandarin oranges in syrup. Wow. It's too sweet to be refreshing, I feel like I need water.

The body is a little full, lots of carbonation, but a little too hefty-- it feels filling and thicker than it should.

Overall, not one I'll be likely to buy again. It doesn't meet the flavor and body requirements for me.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Makes an okay finger thick bright white pillowy head, and retains decently too for the style. The body is hazy and light gold in color.

Slight orange peel and coriander are evident in the aroma, though quite faint. The taste qualities are the same, except for a hint of bubble gum.

Feels crisp and refreshing. A little powdery from the residual yeast.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy amber color with a standard white head of foam. Scent is grassy, grainy mixed with citrus and banana. Has a light refreshing taste that drinks easy, but also is too watery. Mild taste of rich grains and earthy tones. Finishes with a semidry after taste that seems very organic. Not a terrible summer beer, but there are a lot better ones out there! Just too watery and too grassy for my liking.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint Glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 for his generosity with Onion Pub cans, lord knows I'm too weary of them to buy them...stupid Pumpkin Ale.

This beer pours a cloudy pale yellow with a pure white craggy peak. The aroma is potent, actually too much so. The orange zest, pepper, and hella-coriander (that's super coriander, because the smell is so potent of it). The flavor rather matches the taste, and surprisingly it's actually a rather good beer. Toned down on much of the strong flavors it has a nice sweet flavor and some yeastiness that could either be the wheat flavor or the yeast itself either way it's the way a wit should taste. Not a bad beer, someone apparently taught the Onion Pub how to brew recently.

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Photo of Another6Pack
3.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright golden pour with surprising clarity for the style. Dozens of tiny white bubbles push easily to the top of the glass and produce a big, fluffy, bone-white head. Thick, ropey curtains of lacing cling to the glass as the head recedes. Nose is full of sour citrus and some wet biscuit (I know, but that's what came to mind!) and sweet wheat notes emerge as it warms.

A very sour start fades into a tart middle and the moderately high carbonation leads us to a semi-dry, reasonably clean finish. The coriander is more prevalent as it warms up, which adds some complexity to an otherwise straightforward summer Wit.

Overall a decent representation of the style. It is not a summer chugger, and I think it would be a good one to pair with food on a cooler summer day.

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Photo of cagocubs
3.62/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Local Brew (to my proximity)
Poured from can into glass

A: Pours a golden color with a foamy 2 finger head. Decent lacing. Lacing dissipates.

S: Spice, citrus, clove, grapefruit, wheat malt, and I believe I smell coriander. A nice complex for a wit.

T: The spice, citrus, and wheat from the smell come through immediately. The taste is tame for what the smell hinted at.

M: Smooth, light bodied, creamy, with very little carbonation. An easy wit to put down with good coating. Finish is decent.

O: I'm impressed for a brewery that is just emerging. A solid offering for a witbier. The can offering is nice for those looking for a good beer to bring to the beach.

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Photo of TTAmod
2.85/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. can poured into pint glass.

A: Pours cloudy light yellow with thick, pillowy, head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Smells a bit yeasty and spicy with light lemon overtones. Smells pretty good, actually.

T: Starts off pretty nice. Fresh lemon zest taste with the appropriate Belgian spices. Finishes with an astringent taste with some spice, though, which is nicht gut

M: A bit heavier than I like to see in a wit...not horrible, though.

O: The finish throws things off a bit. It's pretty average other than that, though.

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Photo of _YellowBird_
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Summer Wit pours cloudy with a light golden straw color true to style. A thick white head quickly forms and recedes slowly. The nose receives a wide array of aromas including white peppercorn, clove, lemon zest, coriander, orange peel, bubblegum, lemongrass, and a faint citrus hop presence. Bitter zest dominates on the palate from beginning to finish. Mid-palate is greeted with sweet malt and citrus juice notes, which are kept in check by the zesty notes. The wheat sweetness fades in the finish with the entrance of clove and coriander spices and a delicate floral note. The pleasant finish is dry and quite long.

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Summer Wit from Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
3.35 out of 5 based on 64 ratings.
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