20th Anniversary Wit | Deschutes Brewery

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Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: Belgian Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
(Retired) Available: June to September 2008
Alc. by Vol.: 5.5%
IBUs: 26

Added by msubulldog25 on 06-26-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 109 |  Reviews: 100
Reviews by Reidrover:
Photo of Reidrover
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy bright yellow with a small pure white head. Very spicy aroma,some lemon/lime. Spicy favour with some good lemon drop,slightly grassy, some apricot and a slight bitter lemon finish. Pretty nicely carbonated with a dry finish. I liked this beer. Good high summer drinking.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
2.5/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - This beer was a light orangish-yellow in color with a head that started out nice but fell off quickly. The body especially looked weak; more like a light lager than a Wit.

Smell - The nose again is light with a lot of classic spicing but very little of the traditional yeast and malt. There's actually a good bit of light fruits in here like melon.

Taste - The fruity character from the nose takes over at the taste. I can get a faint bit of yeast at the finish but in general this Deschutes offering lacks the traditional Wit flavor profile.

Mouthfeel - This light-bodied ale has cheap, fizzy carbonation that totally disappointed.

Sinkability - I hate to sink a whole bomber of beer, but this is an insult.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VIII:

Deschutes throws a curveball for their 20th anniversary beer with a Belgian Witbier (White Ale), traditionally brewed with Curacao orange peel and other spices.

Pours clear with a bright golden yellow color. Superb white lacing that leaves rings on the glass after each sip. Light bready, dusty flour, malt aroma, light spicing and a faint pear fruitiness round out the nose. Super smooth with a fluffy, moderate-sized body. Orange peel comes in clean and tight with a slightly sharp bite; light graininess lends a cracker-like flavor. Hop bitterness is light but balancing, with a very faint herbal note. Quick flash of fruity tartness in the middle. Clean graininess in the dry finish.

No doubt this beer is easy drinking; a clean rendition of the style, as there is no cloudiness or noticeable flavor from the yeast.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.55/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear(?) light golden yellow with a fine white head that retains and laces the glass.

The aroma is spices, wheat, a touch of fruits, and musty leather and medicinal alcohol with a little skunkiness.

The flavor is pretty subdued - wheaty malts, a little citrus, and some spices. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, not a really good wit.

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Photo of DoShek
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pale, ever-so-slightly hazy yellow with a solid two fingers of craggy white head. Head dissipates after several minutes, but remains very thin to the last sip and leaves irregular splotches on side of glass.

Smell: Smell is floral with citrus notes and slight banana/clove aromas similar to a hefeweizen.

Taste: Classic wit flavor profile; citrus notes and baking spices. Some flavors reminiscent of banana bread.

Mouthfeel: Light, smooth, and crisp. Very thirst quenching.

Drinkability: Goes down easy, like a Sunday morning. Great beer for a hot summer's day.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy gold with a short but thick white head. Orange peel, wheat, pepper, and herbs in the nose. Light, crisp taste. Lots of wheat and lemon, some banana/clove, and a yeasty funky finish. Deschutes is great for its variety, but sometimes they do just miss. Refreshing, but not anything too special.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was excited about this one, being a big fan of Deschutes and loving their other "specials."

Pours from a 22oz bottle into the Sam Adams glass with pale straw yellow color, very good clarity for a wit, and decent amount of head. The head is gone in no time, however, and very little lacing left behind.

Aroma is as expected for a witbier with wheat, light fruit and spice, and some coriander.

Taste is more of the same with a clean pleasant crispness. Grains of paradise and coriander come through on the finish.

Mouthfeel is very light and drinkability is high, like most wits.

It's not a bad beer and I wouldn't expect anything less from Deschutes. Unfortunately, I expect a lot more, especially considering it's the 20th anniversary. This tastes like something that would be a summer seasonal. With all of the great beers that they have put out, I think the big 20 should be something spectacular. I know they've done the imperial stout (abyss) and imperial IPA (hop henge) but certainly a big anniversary beer should be something memorable and this one is definately not. A belgian, a bock, a double anything! But a wit? Please...

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Despite its typical appearance, and pretty much typical flavor, there is something slightly different about Deschute's 20th Anniversary Wit. It's surprisingly fruity -weet with a little bit of apple and even some strawberry as well as the usual orange and/or lemon flavors commonly found. The balance is very well done as well, with enough malt to make it a solid beer, but not so much that it moves away from refreshing. And following that, the spicing is done perfectly as well. There's not as much corainder as you might normally find, which is refreshing, there's a bit of clove, a hint of cardamom, and probably a few other spices in there as well. The bitterness is slightly higher than some of the best known examples out there, but it's also just slightly bigger in malty body so it balances nicely. I haven't had a Deschute's beer that's let me down, and since this is the 20th Anniversary beer let's toast to many more!

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Photo of ElGordo
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 22oz bottle into an Urquell pilsner glass. Body is a pale, hazy golden color, topped by a thin, tight white head. Mild aroma of light wheat, coriander, and orange peel, along with some light, fruity European hops. Palate is light and crisp up front, a delicate blend of wheat and light pale malt, along with some mild hops. The spices come through mid-palate, yielding to a light bitterness on the finish. Body is light and refreshing, although the carbonation isn't quite as tight as I look for in a wit. Still, this is a very refreshing, thirst-quenching beer that's perfect for a sunny Oregon summer.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Ommegang Witte glass.

A- fairly hazy straw golden, white head that builds up pretty big but is thin and bubbly in density, dies down fast. Liquid clears up as it warms a bit.

S- Easily wheat, no problem is getting that smell to come through. I get a sort or really faint candy aspect to it all too... maybe it's just a subtle layer of fruity esters there...clove-like phenolics are there otherwise in a higher amount.

T- It's wheat and clove predominantly. A slight sweetness comes in at the end... very faint.

M- a pretty prickly carbonation, very light body.

D- really good. No problem taking down a whole bomber.

It might be easy to knock this down because it's an anniversary beer and people think it may need to be big and maybe barrel aged to be a good "anniversary" beer but this is actually just a really well done witbier

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Photo of russpowell
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bubbly light straw color with 1 finger of pearl white head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: White pepper & lemons

T: Apple peel in modest amounts, white pepper & lemon up front. More of the same as this warms, lemony hops & apples really dominate in a subtle way. Finishes with apple skins, grassyness, & more lemon hops, almost pulled a 4.0, but more complexity is required

MF: Light bodied, spritzy

Drinks easy enough, nothing earth shattering here as wits go, was expecting the boys from Bend to kick something up a notch or 2...

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Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a tumbler. Review of off notes. I probably had this one about a year ago.

Pours a hazy paler gold, with a 1 ½ fingers of bright-white frothy head. This retains with a mostly light wispy look that leaves some light spotty lacing behind. The aroma is sticky smelling in the nose, with plenty of sweet grain and zesty citrus. Coriander, clove, and a deep dusty yeast presence add spice and sharpness to this.

The taste is pleasant mix of grainy sweetness, fruity orange, and lemon zest. Bitter rind and spicy clove and coriander are present but this has a fairly moderate bitterness to it overall as most of the sharpness of this is coming for the spice, which blends with the yeast to form a deeply dry finish. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a firm crispness that keeps the overall feel lively but still easy moving.

This was a quality Witbier with zesty flavors, a vibrant feel, and an easy drinkibility. Another worthy Anniversary beer.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented in a 22oz bottle like the one depicted and poured into my Blanche de Chambly witbier glass.
Appearance: hazy golden color topped by a 1" white head that shrank down to a thin skim and left wavelets of lace on the glass.
Smell: slightly bready malt notes, light lemon and tropical fruit aromas; mild spice notes.
Taste: hints of ripe apricots and melon, touches of honeyed orange and spice. Finishes a bit more hoppy than most witbiers I've come across.
Feel: light, well carbonated, refreshing.
Overall, a pretty decent crack at the style. Got a pretty lively hops bite in the finish which is almost a distraction but still a good, easy-drinkin' beer. Worth a try.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 from the Coop for about $5... poured into my shaped Sam Adams glass.. I like a good Witbier and I've had this one a few times now... tonight I review!

Easy 2 finger head ... meringue like.. very pretty lacing.. brew is more clear than most wits... only slightly hazy lite straw.

Aroma is husky pale malts and subtle spice.. pale malts dominate.. still is very nice.. I honestly like that it is understated.

Flavor mirrors the aroma but with a little sweetness thrown in.. subtle coriander and I think I am picking up some orange peel.. but again.. my palate may be duped. Spices are much more in the background than most American attempts at the style.. I appreciate it. Most American Wits have way too much spice... this one is soooo smooth and inviting. Especially as it warms slightly, flavor is soft all around including the mouthfeel.. subtle floral finish with just enough sweetness to tie it together and beg for another sip. Very classic.

Not much else to say.. very nice.. near perfect for the style.. Could maybe use a little bit more haze and a sour twang from the yeast... but everything else is spot on.

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Photo of largadeer
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Clear gold with a slight haze to it. A two finger head forms from a vigorous pour and then slowly recedes to a crown.

Smell: A nice mix of bready malt and spices, neither element being overstated.

Taste & mouthfeel: Bready, semi-sweet, slightly floral. Spices are noticeable but not overdone - they're more of a subtlety. Incredibly light and refreshing. Crisp and dry in the finish with very mild bitterness. Extremely clean stuff.

Drinkability: Through the roof. I think I'll be buying a lot of this while it's around.

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Photo of errantnight
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An interesting Anniversary idea... a wit. Not an imperial wit... a wit. And a bit out of season. Oh well... I've sat on this one for a bit, busting it out for a beer dinner...

Pours a cloudy, orange-tinged color with a thin, creamy, lasting head. It's dark for a wit.

Aroma is spicy and peppery against a light waft of that distinct wheat malt aroma. A bit of citrus, but it comes across more of lemon than orange.

The taste is relatively full and dense, with a few waves of flavor coming in. There's a forward yeasty burst with some esters rolling into some moderate mid-palate sweetness which brings some citrus notes and a peppery spice that backs into a drying earthiness. It works, but it's a bit full, and while I think they actually balanced the spices quite nicely, it's a bit shy of refreshing, which is something I'd look for in a wit.

A nice twist, certainly worth trying, and I bet with the spice this lasts until the warmer days, perhaps a good one to have just as the sun is starting to set.

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Photo of yeastsipper
2.45/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deschutes, Deschutes, Deschutes. You make some of my favorite beers, but this was a huge letdown. Very light straw colored beer that unfortunately looked the color of urine. Nice white head though. Smell is pedestrian. Wheat and yeast, a touch of citrus. Taste is almost exclusively wheat. Just nothing there for me really. Maybe some herbal notes, but I am looking hard for something other than wheat and carbonation. The beer doesn't taste bad, but it is painfully boring. Nothing going on at all. This might be nice on a hot sunny day. Unfortunately it is 1030 at night and I want some flavor. Frankly, almost a drain pour, not because it is bad, but because it is boring enough to want to move on to something else. Huge disappointment. Seek out Deschutes in general, but this is one to avoid.

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Photo of JBuff41413
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy light honey color with an inch light foamy white head that dissipates quickly. The lacing is very good and leaves your empty glass looking great.

S- Earthy notes, with some citrus and beautiful coriander comes out.

T- Citrus ( orange), with a nice honey sweetness. What I really loved is they changed it up with Indian spices and lots of coriander. The balance of this beer is incredible.

M- Thick and creamy, just how I like it.

D- This beer is thick, but it is also very refreshing so I feel it is a Very drinkable beer.

This is a very balanced and complex beer for the genre. I really enjoyed it and will go pick up a few more tomorrow. If you can get your hands on it, for sure try this beer.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the public house in Bend, also I've had it at their 20th anniversary party at the brewery.

Light hazy pale gold and ivory white head.

Light wheaty yeast and mealy dough. SLight spiciness of coriander and burnt clove.

Spicy orange citrus, clove/coriander, and a dry wheat and yeast profile. A sweet malt is tucked in there, and really shows itself in the late taste.

Aftertaste is classic wit dryiness and spice. Smooth by all acounts, except by the time I got down to the bottom of my pint, it began to get a bit boring. OVerall a really nice wit, but nothing out of the ballpark. I'll be picking up a few bombers for camping this summer, for sure.

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Photo of jwc215
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bitterbill for including in a trade.

22 oz. bottle:

Pours hazed (more than clouded) golden with a thin head that soon vanishes to barely a thin, floating patch. After the last is poured (in my opinion, the bottle is too big, if you want to decant it properly for the style - with the swirling to loosen and pour in the yeast), it does get a bit cloudier - and improve a bit overall.

The smell is of coriander - a bit heavy - with sweet grain and a hint of orange peel.

The taste is lemon, orange, coriander and some breadiness (the last especially in the second half). Sweet with a touch of green apple tartness. Finishes semi-dry and peppery.

Light-to-medium-bodied with soft carbonation, it is silky smooth.

More like an American Pale Wheat with witbier spicing (esp. coriander), to my mind. Something about it, that's all, though it does improve in the last part, so the yeast sediment does help. And it's nice enough for that. Certainly a refreshing, "hot day" beer. Nice, but this didn't come across as this brewery's special "20th Anniversary"-type brew.

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Photo of jakon
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

This beer pours a golden straw color with a nice sized eggshell color head that displays average retention.

The aroma is very nice. Bright spices and a light funkiness. Reminiscent of some of my favorite Saisons. There's an earthiness to it as well.

The taste closely matches the aroma. The coriander and other spices are dialed in perfectly. Very noticeable, but not overdone at all. This is an expertly crafted brew. Seems like a cross between a Saison Dupont and a Paulaner Hefe, minus the funk of the Dupont. There's also a light, floral hop presence.

Overall, this is a great beer that I look forward to enjoying many more of over the next few months or so. Perfect for summer.

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Photo of Slats
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pale straw color with a nice white head. Head stuck around for some time with some lacing. Hazy and lots of carbonation activity.

Smell: Citrus, cloves and a touch fruity.

Taste: Crisp lemon flavors. Estery sweetness whith a hint of pepper. Nice earthy hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light body...too light. Effervescent carbonation. Alcohol warmth is almost non-existent.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, I would run out of money long before I got tired of drinking these.

Good beer that does a great job of scrubbing your palette when paired well. I did, however, expect more from Deschutes.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass, I dont know if that was the best glass choice but its what I had available! Pours virtually yellow, clear, with thin fluffy head. Moderate retention and little lacing. Smell is of a little orange, some yeast, bread, and bit of banana. Taste is good too. It does have some spice to it but not as much as I was expecting with this style. A little straw and earthy taste to it, some subtle orange as well. Very thin, almost a little too watery for me. Overall I enjoyed this beer but it seemed like a cross between a Wit and a Hefe. I had no problem with that seeing as how I love hefe's and arent too fond of the wit's. But something about it just seemed to keep it from being great to me.

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Photo of riored4v
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed on 10/26/08

Poured into a pint glass. Clear golden color. White, fluffy head 1 finger thick. Moderate lacing. A very inviting beer.

Smell is fruity and mildly spicey. Hint of bananas.

Taste is very crisp and clean. Slight estery flavors with a mild hop bitterness. Hints of orange peel as well.

Mouthfeel is light. Well carbonated and crisp.

Drinkability is excellent. A very refreshing beer.

Great wit beer although the flavors are subdued. Would be excellent on a hot day.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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20th Anniversary Wit from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 109 ratings