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 JohnGalt1
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
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 ojiikun
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up the 20-ish oz bottle from Food Whole here in Seattle, WA. It's (obviously) the 2008 vintage, but at this strength, there's no point in a wait of any sort. Rather artfully done bottle pops with a big old hiss and pours simply into a handy pils glass (hey, close enough to a wit glass, eh).

Body is remarkably clear for a style that's usually left unfiltered these days. Colour is like fresh peppermint tea - a hay to lemon yellow with a subtly brown middle. Head is clear white and quite fine despite the big, fat, lazy bubbles that stream up all glass long. Actually rather pretty - for a wit - as the style tends to be a muddy off-yellow these days.

Smell is spicy! Obvious use of corriander and some warmer, darker spice (label suggests african pepper a.k.a GoP). Citrus notes ride up on very sweet booze, like a curacao liquor. Malt doesn't try to hide on the tail end of the nose, unlike many in this style, and isn't as all-out wheatey as some. Strong yeast notes, as I'd expect from a light strong belgian.

Tastes sweet and weak, like a floral tissane. Spices are toned down to just the warming base notes. Yeast and malt really prevail . . . you'd almost think this was a beer! Doesn't have the tang usually found in wits from abroad, is actually rather more smooth than most. Heck, this would be smooth for a lager, let alone an ale.

Body is quite thick and not half as carbonated as I expected (or maybe would have liked). Coats the lips and palate, but not with anything unmentionable. In a way, the thickness of feel balances well with the delicacy of taste. Jus wish it were a hair more bubbly.

As drinkable as they come, though the larger bottle may cause your second glass to be unacceptably warm for the style. This is one that I'd frankly like at 55 or below.

All in all, not bad at all for a salute to two decades. More surprising still, I wouldn't have pegged this as a Deschutes brew without knowing up front, and it's lovely not to be pidegeonholed. The summer release, of course, is perfect for the style, and the style is darn well executed, if a bit untraditional.

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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 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 largadeer
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
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 SurlyDuff
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
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 ccrida
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber from the PDX pub. Poured into my Meantime snifter, the wit is a hazy light gold with a small, creamy white head that leaves heavy Brussels lace.

Smell is light, cereals and citrusy wit spices, on the sweeter side. Served at fridge temp, it got grainier as it warmed.

Taste is pretty much classic wit, perhaps a bit heavy on the spices, but a nice grainy backbone and soft sweetness providing counter balance. Overall, it's pretty clean for the style, although I'd prefer a bit less spice and a touch of tartness.
I thought it was interesting that the label say "We think you'll thoroughly enjoy this new twist on a classic style" when it seemed totally by the book to me, although quite tasty and well made. Maybe the lack of acidity?
Mouthfeel is on the creamy side, with a medium light body and crisp finish.

Drinkability is pretty high, perfect for the heatwave we're dealing with here in PDX. The great price, only $4.50 for a bomber, really helps. Kudos to Deschutes for that and another 20 years.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
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 msubulldog25
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a couple bottles at the new Deschutes Brewpub in Portland...sold three days before the 'official' June 27th Release Date/Anniversary Party.

Poured from a 22 oz. brown bottle to a pint glass. Label lists "Curacao orange peel, coriander and grains of paradise" among the ingredients in "this new twist on a classic style". It's the latest entry in Deschutes' "Bond Street Series".

22 IBU, 5.5% ABV

A: Light straw-golden, glowing perfectly in the waning twilight as I enjoy this in the backyard. Color is spot-on, clarity is slightly surprising; I expected more cloudiness. Even after agitating the bottle rather vigorously, the pour is still almost transparent. Oh well, I saw this poured at the brewery, even tried a sample, and the draught version was much murkier. Nice cloud of snow-white head, topping a finger-high. Quite a bit of carbonation seen rising throughout. Outstanding-looking curtains of frothy lace.

S: Soft and bready wheat aroma, lightly grassy. Sweet coriander spicing and mild citrus. Honey and wildflowers. Not a huge aroma, but a good one - true to the style.

T: Hits with plenty of grain upfront, a mild but zesty orange. A lightly candied fruitiness develops in the finish, followed by a lengthier, more subtle drying spiciness. Again, an honest and well-done interpretation.

M: I found the mouthfeel a little underwhelming: somewhat thin, not much lingering character/aftertaste. Feel is light and clean, with a low carbonation and a little sugar-sweet grain stickiness on the lips and a trace of spice on the tip of the tongue.

D: All in all, a completely drinkable and satisfying wit. Doesn't break the mold, respects the Belgian style without adding much, if any, of a 'Northwest' (re: hoppy) flair - THAT I appreciate. One I'll certainly have again this summer, as it's quenching, light and easy to consume.

Good job guys and gals down in Bend and congrats again on the Big Two-Oh!

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