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
Photo of radshoesbro
4.52/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours a nice gold with good head and a ton of carbonation. bubbles look like their having a race trying to get to the top. no lace, but that's okay. smell is good, floral with hints of corriander. taste is a zesty yeast. my only qualm is that it isn't quite as full bodied as I would like. still, I could drink this all day every day if pressed.

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Photo of Mauerhan
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a light golden yellow. similar to the color of white grape juice. decent one and a half finger head, fades quickly leaving a decent layer of film at the top. moderate to low lacing.

smell is good. i am picking up coriander and a few other spices i cant put my finger on. i pick up slight orangey accents as well.

taste is great. very light, crisp, refreshing. nice citrus flavor with a slight bitterness at the end.

mouthfeel is great. this is an extremely easy to drink beer. a little high to be a true session beer but i can see myself knocking back a few of these on a lunch break. would be great to make a shandy as well.

i am very satisfied with this beer. i would grab one if you have the chance.

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

I found this at Poplar Wine & Spirits for $4.50 a bomber.

A hazy straw colour with a 1 finger head of foam. I don't see many bubbles so this could be lightly carbonated. It has some good lacing and the foam doesn't appear to be shrinking fast.

The smell is nice and wheaty and peppery and yeasty. I also get a touch of clove. I hope it tastes like it smells..

The taste is yeah. Like the smell. Good yeasty and peppery flavours along with the wheat, some orange, some spiciness, just a touch of clove and even less of some banana. Nice flavours overall and a reallly easy brew to drink. Perfect for this hot summer day!

This borders on a medium mouthfeel, the carbonation is also light, and it finishes with a slightly lemon and orange tartness and some more pepper. Good stuff and highly quaffable!!

I've always been impressed with what Deschutes has put out and this one doesn't disappoint. The 22oz bottle will be *very* easy to polish off and I'll take this over a Hoegaarden any day of the week.

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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 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 canucklehead
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beers performs best in a chalice or large wine glass as the peppery notes show up as the beer opens up. The colour is a slightly hazy yellow with a big head. The nose is citrus with a Saison like spiciness. In fact this beer reminds me very much of Saison Dupont which is a good thing as the complexity puts this Wit above the Blue Moon type patio fodder.

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Photo of SickBrew
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Beer by the Bottle in Vancouver WA for $4.29 in a standard 22oz brown bottle of love.

A friend is in a Wit craze, so I'm tasting this on his behalf. Pours like a pale ale with a great golden color which is offset by a bit of haze. On top there's two good fingers of haze in my pils class. Nose is balance, sweet, spicy and fruity - of course. She tastes great and is "more" filling (get it). I haven't had to many Wits, but they are definitely growing on me. The spicy essence of orange peel and coriander are present and yet just enough to add a new dynamic. It's almost tough to tell where the hops end, the coriander starts as well as the orange peel - which ever, its great! This brew is smooth going down, has a high degree of drinkability and should be enjoyed by all who ponder it or are Wit or Belgian fans. Deschutes Brewery is becoming a really great brewer!

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Photo of webbcreative
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lemon colored pour with 2 finger white head. Aroma = bit citrusy, Im guessing its the grains of paradise im smelling that is giving this a sort of straw aroma, its different, but it smells good, It almost has a weak saison aroma about it. Taste = get a slight does of what you would expect, a bit of lemon, touch of orange, but the grains of paradise really comes through, and gives this wit a more mellow smoothed out flavor. mouthfeel is medium.

Overall this is a really great wit, probably the best i have had. Even though I would have expected an anniversary wit to be bigger all over, its still a great beer.

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Photo of John_M
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Snagged the last bottle off the shelf at my local West Linn Market of Choice a couple weeks back. I think they had mispriced it (and not in my favor), but nevertheless I was happy to find it.

The beer pours a hazy honey gold color with impressive pure white head retention and adequate lacing. The nose is impressive on this beer, with some very nice clove, banana and white pepper. The flavors on the palate for the most part replicate the nose. There is also some light honey flavor in this beer, which blends well with the clove and white pepper. There is also a hint of tartness that interplays nicely with the light, sweet, spicey flavors. Mouthfeel is quite light and easy going, and this beer is remarkably easy to drink (especially considering the peppery spice).

It's a shame Deschutes made so little of this, as this is one of the better Belgian style wits I've had in some time. It seems as if everything Deschutes puts their hand to these days, they do quite well.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle received from my man largadeer. Thanks Chris! Into my weizen glass

A: The first pour is a clear straw yellow with a solid 3-finger head with great retention. Plenty of carbonation and this looks awesome

S: Classic. Hints of lemon zest, coriander, wheat and citrus. Elegant and beautifully balanced, the best wit i've smelled this year. Mildly fruity as well with some peach.

T: Starts off with a mild lemon bite with wheat and coriander, very subtle. Well balanced with a fleeting hint of bubblegum before a drying finish that's refreshing takes over

M: Crisp and clean on the palate with great dryness on the finish. I just wish it had a little bit more citrus come through on the finish

D: Insanely drinkable. Very tasty and is a welcome relief after a 11 hour day and before i hit the books again

Notes: Very good stuff, easily the best wit i've had this year, after my last bottle of the 2007 Southampton Double White.

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Photo of julian
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: strawy yellow color with brilliant clarity, leading me to believe this has been filtered (probably multiple times). not much head, but when poured a little more aggressively the frothy bubble laden white stuff made a more noticeable appearance (1 fingers worth) although it didn't stick around long. nicely carbonated with lots of rising bubbles and decent curtainous (yes, I just made that up) lacing. Unfortunately a traditional Wit should be yeasty and cloudy with good head retention but due to the filtering this is not the case here which is the reason for the "average" rating for appearance.

S: classic Belgian yeast on the nose, with fruity esters (lemon and orange mostly), and a pleasant array of spices. very wheaty.

T&M: as expected the carbonation is moderate and very complimentary for the style. There's a citrus tartness up front (from the Curacao orange peel) which doesn't dominate the flavors but is definitely the star of the show. This is followed by a spicy peppering (clove, coriander, grains of paradise, other) and a Saison like grassy quality. The wheat flavor and depth is there, but not as much as you'd expect from a traditional Belgian Wit. Taste is very good nonetheless. I love it.

D: medium low ABV, moderate carbonation and great taste, this is definitely a thirst quencher and a tasty one at that. Great summer beer and great Wit that I will gladly drink again and again! This is definitely sessionable and comes with a decent price too ($4.50 for 22oz).

Congrats on a great 20yrs Deschutes and here's hoping to another phenomenal 20 + years :)

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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 chileman13
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bomber into pint glass.
A-pale straw yellow with white head that falls and leaves 1/8" ring. Lacing is good.
A- fruity yeasty spicy light smell.
T- classic wheat yeast beer flavor with good spicy tones.
M-Light good carbonation for style.
D- this is a easy to drink beer. Would I buy it again, yes. It is a top wit. Thanks guys @ D. brewery.

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

A - High carbonation is visible in this lemon-straw yellow with a sizable head that fades quickly to a tattered halo of lacing.

S - Citrus - lemons and oranges, wild grasses, currants, and faint honeysuckle.

T - Initial zap of a mild lemon flavor that is quickly joined by more rounded flavors oranges, wheat, coriander and hay. Then faint honey and blackberry notes join. The aftertaste is a lingering honey, oranges and wheat.

M - Thin, harsh and very refreshing.

D - Excellent. This is a fantastic 20th anniversary brew. Deschutes is one of the best breweries out there - I look forward to enjoying their product throughout the next decade and beyond.

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks MASPuros for the trade.

One 22oz bottle split between two standard pint glasses. A little bit of yeast sediment distributed equally which created a slight haze with interesting micro particles suspended in the beer.

Orange in the aroma and a thin head.

Nice dry finish which is an indicator of a quality wit in my book. Very nice beer - light and fluffy which high drinkability. Could not detect the grains of paradise which is probably for the better with a beer this light.

Smooth orange flavor really comes through about 3/4 of the way.

A very good beer across the board. One of the top 5 wits I've had.

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

22oz bomber. Although being released in the spring/summer time it has a very fall season look to the lable.

A- Very clean pale golden yellow. The pour gave a loose frothy head that subsided quickly. Light bubble activity in the glass.

S- Smells sweet and fragrant. Flowers, honey, and saffron are the sweet smells I'm getting. Almost like walking though a flower garden.

T- Very clean taste, the floral smells are very subtle in the taste, and linger on your tongue for quite a while. Upon the second taste there is a very slight spice taste to it. There isn't a heavy malt flavor to it, its just very light.

M- Its a good feeling brew, not great or fantastic, just a little bite in the mouth to keep things interesting.

D- Great brew for this time of year. Very light and has that "summer brew" feel about it. This one would be a great beer to bring to a bbq or pick nick, use it as a conversation piece to introduce people to the world of great beer.

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Photo of ATPete
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle shared with my girlfriend

A- Pours a transparent but light bending, pale yellow color with a small sticky snow white head.

S- Spicy yeast esters, lemon zest and clean toasted wheat.

T/M- Very clean and bright in flavor, notes of banana, peanut skin, tangy citrus, melon and smooth wheat. Light in body with bright carbonation.

D- i wish i had a few more bombers, we really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Gavage
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: slightly cloudy pale yellow in color with a short head that broke apart quickly. Some spotty lacing sticks to the glass.

Smell: this has a very spicy nose as big pepper tones dominate with softer cloves are in the background. Some wheat tones come through too.

Taste: wheat, clove, pepper, and lemon zest are up front. Some hints of banana and a mild bitterness linger in the background.

Mouthfeel: lighter side of a medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout. Spicy aftertaste lingers on the tongue after swallowing.

Drinkability: the spiciness cuts on the refreshing qualities of the beer, but this still hits the spots. Worth trying this one.

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Photo of bkilpatr
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 07/27/08.

Pours a bright golden-straw yellow color with about two fingers of off-white head. The head dissipated a bit quickly and didn't leave much lacing. Aromas of banana, wheat, and clove, with a bit of citrus mixed in.

Taste follows the smell and then some. Lots of citrus (lemon, coriander, orange), clove, peppery spices, apples. There is a grassy quality to the taste, as well as plenty of wheat character. A very nice mix of flavors that all work well together, especially the curacao orange peel.

The body is very light, with ample carbonation. It's a bit thinner than a typical Belgian witbier, but it's still pretty good. Great for a hot summer day. The drinkability is also great. The ABV is low enough to make it sessionable.

Another very solid brew from Deschutes. Also very affordable ($4.50 for 22 oz). Definitely worth a try, since it'll probably be around for only a short time.

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Photo of sinistermadman
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a perfectly clear bright yellow with moderate carbonation. Slight head. Soft wheat aroma with tinges of coriander and mild spice. Taste is initially soft malt which transitions to a slightly acerbic finish. Nuanced, slightly spiced flavor is appealing and unintrusive. Mouthfeel is on the watery side, but does enough to make this a drinkable wit. Not as complex as it's Belgian brethren, but a well executed example of the style. Great summer beer.

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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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20th Anniversary Wit from Deschutes Brewery
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