20th Anniversary Wit | Deschutes Brewery

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20th Anniversary Wit20th Anniversary Wit

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: 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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Photo of Crosling
2.37/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

FIltered very clear yellow body. Really weak nose that stinks of cooked corn and is devoid of spice or yeast character. A pretty substandard example. Not much expression or authenticity. Poor yeast character with very light orange peel spicing. A very below average wit.

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Photo of yeastsipper
2.45/5  rDev -35%
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 RoyalT
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%
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 Beaver13
2.55/5  rDev -32.4%
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 bleeng
2.88/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber. Poured very effervescent and almost clear yellow with virtually no head. Nose is very mild with a slight yeasty and lemony nose. Taste is totally mild with yeast and wheat predominant with the spices way in the background. Very carbonated. Average at best which is disappointing...

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Photo of OlieIPA
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy with golden color. Good head retention.

S: Orange peel with some pineyness.

T: Citrus characteristics. When you first try this beer, you would think its a lager of somesort. Refreshing.

M: Light to medium body with perfect carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink. A perfect summer seasonal beer that you can have after a long day.

O: Not what I was expecting, but a descent beer to say the least.

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Photo of Dubbercody
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very light with a mild haze beer with a white head that quickly fell back into the glass. Mild nose, a hint of orange. Very thin body. Good on a hot day kind of beer. I liked it. It is different than I expected but as another rater said...."Whatever. Works." I couldn't agree more....it's different but it works for me.

A glass of this, sitting on the porch. Watching folks splash in the pool....yeah. Nice summer.

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Photo of hwwty4
3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Julian for this one.

Poured a Double Deuce into my Unibroue tulip. This beer pours a slightly hazy, pale golden with a nice 1 inch head that disappeared into a just a rim around the glass, leaving just a little lacing. The aroma is coriander with just a hint of orange peel, and just a bit of spiciness from the yeast. The taste is a typical light wit. Coriander, a slight tartness from the wheat malt, and a little citrus all are easily detectable. The mouthfeel is light and a bit overly carbonated. Like most wits, its really easily drinkable but its not what I would think a brewery would do for its 20th Anniversary beer.

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Photo of JBogan
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright clear light golden with a small white head which disappears soon after and leaves minimal lacing.

Grassy aroma with a hint of citric and floral notes.

Tasted much as it smelled, along with a peppery touch and spices. Not strong in any department, rather muted.

Mouthfeel was smooth and crisp, a good summery feeling to it but a touch thin.

All in all I was hoping for a bit more, perhaps some more tartness or strength in the taste department to make it stand out. Not bad at all, but also not much better than average.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
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 adamparker05
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale, clear straw color with head that virtually disappears but leaves some nice lacing

Aroma is yeasty, grassy citrus- bit of a bready/wet hay smell.

Flavors of lemon peel, some banana bread, with a spicy, citrus finish.

Mouthfeel is good with some nice crisp carbonation.

Very drinkable, but I wouldn't say this is a 20th anniversary rlease, nor a even a great expression of wit.

Rest of the Bond Series is much stronger.

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Photo of rowew
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz bomber, label is a nicely designed logo with the 20 prominently displayed. No date, but there is a 2008 on the label.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden with just a slight haze, thick head fades slowly.

Smell: Lots of wheat, some of the normal spice aroma I associate with a wit - lots of yeast, some coriander and citrus.

Taste: Again - fairly typical wit flavors - there is just a hint of metallic in there that isn't pleasant.

Overall impression: A fairly average wit beer - might be a nice session beer, but seems like an odd choice for an anniversary beer.

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Photo of popery
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A wheaty, bright beer with an interesting but not altogether inspiring citrus undertone. The beer pours sunshine yellow with a good head. I wasn't expecting much from a witbier because I've been disappointed by some American wits in the past. The nose is citrus sweet without being cloying and wheaty. Unfortunately, it's also a bit too weak for a higher score. The taste is more wheat and, oddly, less of the special flavoring. The beer has alright feel, but it should be smoother. The feel packs a bit too much wheat texture for me and hurts its drinkability, ultimately. Drinkability should take more of a front seat with this style, at least it seems that way to me, and this beer falls short a bit.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 22 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy yellow, with a good-looking white head, good head retention.

S: Lemon zest, coriander, bit of funky Grains of Paradise - definitely evident in the smell.

T: Light wheat, pasta, tasty Grains of Paradise easily recognizable before I knew they were in there. Overall, good not great.

M: Found it a tad too carbonated and thin. Light-bodied, creamy, crisp.

D: A good wit from Deschutes, middle of the road for me in this style, don't know why this is so hard to find compared to the Black Butte XX.

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Photo of Tolann
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - really blond yellow and a little cloudy. Hazy might be a better word. Super white head and leaves a bit of lacing.

S - Lemon-y and some pepper. Sweet and crisp.

T - Maybe some apple and lemon again. Has that 'Belgium' sweetness to it.

M - really fresh tasting. Not overly carbonated. Light mouthfeel. Not heavy in the stomach. Not a big alcohol taste.

D - Could go down almost too easy. Not my typical style of beer, but I'll have another!

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Photo of HopDerek
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw gold color with tall fluffy white head into a pint glass. OK retention leaves some decent lacing. Smells of wheat, yeast, pepper, clove, coriander, and lemon zest. Tastes of orange and lemon up front, then coriander and clove. Grainy wheat and yeast follow then some peppery spice with a lite banana and bubble gum finish. Medium-light in body with nice carbonation. Somewhat syrupy with a crisp feel. Pretty standard wit, but drinkable.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, looks good. I've had this one in the cellar and popped it open for the 4th. I hope I didn't age it too long. By the looks of it, I think I cracked it just in time.
Clear golden color with a magnificant foamed up head. Sticky.

Quick aroma rush contains mostly light biscuit, some spice and clove, and light fruit. These all follow within the flavors. The carbonation may have died down a bit as it seemed a bit flat, but the nice spiciness gives it a kick and refreshing burst. This is quite drinkable, however a bit thin.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.58/5  rDev -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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Photo of emmasdad
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Adding this one from one of my notebooks. This one poured a moderately clear yellow color with a dense white head. Aromas of light citrus, bubblegum and clove. On the palate, this one is light bodied, with flavors of bubblegum, clove and light citrus.

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Photo of litheum94
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into snifter.

Pours out a medium, straw yellow color with a thin, white head.

Yeasty aromas with a hint of orange peel and honey. Missing that spicy aroma typical in other wits.

Flavors begin with a slight honey tinge. There is a citrus (lemon?) flavor as well. Finishes with a yeasty, earthy flavor. Very light mouth feel.

Over all, a decent wit, although it is missing the spices that I love from other wits. Very high drinkability however, so I can't complain too much.

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Photo of bbothen
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden straw color with a 1+ finger head. Lots of sticky lace.

Smells spicy & fruity. Some orange & earthyness. Honey sweetness?

Mild peppery taste with some also mild fruity flavors coming through.

Light bodied. Clean. Has a nice smoothness to it. Lightly carbonated.

Drinkability is high. Sessionable for sure.

Very easy drinking Wit. I'm not very familiar with the style. This is a good hot day summer beer. Very user friendly.

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Photo of melagnus
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a yellowish (light) color. Looks as though it contains a lot of carbonation, though not uncommon for this type of style. Has a very nice head and pours with a mildly cloudy look. Might have poured cloudier had it been a smaller bottle, thereby allowing for all the yeast to pour in one go.

S - Yeasty! Coriander is more prominent than anything else outside of the yeast. Once head has receded the smell of citrus comes out. (Orange peel stated on the label!)

T - Yeast and coriander smoothy balance out across the palate. No real taste of citrus. Second taste produced much more of a citrus taste. No bitterness to speak of and very mild flavors. The third swallow produced a much more prominent yeasty flavor as a finish. Citrus was more pronounced in the beginning, though mild.

D - Very drinkable! Seems to be missing something, though I unfortunately am not experienced enough in the art of tasting to know what it is.

End Conclusion - Full sip taken with the remaining yeast clung to the bottom of the bottle produced the best results, especially when the head was prominent! Yeasty, yummy, fuller-bodied, more balanced... enjoy the last swallows!


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Photo of younger35
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple of these delights from the Boise Coop on my trip there a couple weeks ago. Not sure how much I paid but I guarantee it was less than other places. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute.

Appearance- Pours a super clear bright yellow with a nice big two finger heavenly white head. Lots of aggressive bubbly carbonation gives this a very Champaign look. Beautiful cap and collar that remains the entire brew leaving some lacing.
Smell- Quite fruity with some honeydew melon and slightly zesty lemon. I don't get much of the orange peel but might be from the dominating coriander. Really spicy as well with somewhat of a white peppery kick. Very little yeast is noticeable but there is a tad bit of a somewhat familiar candy maltiness.
Taste- A bit more subdued than I was expecting but tasty none-the-less. A bit of sweetness to start that is grainy and thin with some underlining fruitiness. Not at all any sort of a tart fruit, just some mellow cantaloupe and those grains of paradise. Some coriander and banana are discernable towards the end but they're rather subtle.
Mouthfeel- Fairly thin with a nice crisp bite from the moderately aggressive carbonation.
Drinkability- Overall this isn't too shabby. I'm a huge fan of Deschutes and they usually put out terribly drinkable beers. If I was to change something though I think I'd tone down the spices just a hair. At least the coriander and grains of paradise (just not a huge fan). Definitely worth a shot though if you run into one.

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Photo of jwc215
3.62/5  rDev -4%
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 GClarkage
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

07/13/08- Purchased at Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle released in summer '08. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deeper golden color, suprisingly clear rather than the semi murky texture you usually see in a wit. Larger one inch clean and white head. Leaves nice lace markings.

Smell- Very spicy, very wit like in the nose. Grassy and mild grain predominately with some orange pith and white pepper. Corriander comes through as well.

Taste- Much more grainy than in the nose. Almost tastes like a pils-wit. Hops come through larger than expected as well. Still, it remains spicy with nice white pepper moments and mild citrus flavors or lemon and orange.

Mouthfeel- Medium to higher carbonation level. Light sugary aftertaste.

Drinkability- I've had better, but this still is quite nice and worthy of a try. Good job by an american brewery trying this style.

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