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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Ratings: 109 |  Reviews: 100
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 maximum12
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been on a mission. To find a witbier that blows my socks off & makes me weep, much the way The Abyss, or Pliny, or Blasphemy, did the first time I tried them. I'm looking for the category killer. I figured Deschutes was the next logical place to turn.

This wit is true to form. Very light golden in color, with the smell of fresh mown grass & brats sizzling on the grill.

Not bad. Along with the regular grassywheatycitrus stuff, there is a bit of spicy kick to this that draws a bit more interest than your standard wit. Nice.

Bubbly beer, plenty of carbonation. Slides down like a Juicy Lucy, quick & easy. I can see this for a power-session beer. Pretty good beer, one of the better wits I've had to date.

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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 melagnus
3.6/5  rDev -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 beertunes
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a bright yellow. Much more clear than many examples of the style. Just enough banana aroma to interest without being bothersome. Could use a little more orange peel and coriander. Very good, I hope they add this to the seasonal rotation.

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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 Rippeddisc
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hanalei Liquor Store purchase. Kauai, HI. Killer beer selection for the smallest liquor shop on the island.

A - light yellow color, light coming through. poured almost 2 finger head. no real lacing though and head does dissipate

S - yummy. maybe it's been a bit since i had a wit but hints of citrus, banana, clove

T - subtle. soft wit flavors. banana esters linger a bit and are welcome

M - well, it's a fairly thin beer...but thats more true to the style. though could go for a bit more. def some left on the palette after

D - not very strong alcohol, and lighter in feel so this could be a session beer. i think after a few though the sweetness might catch up a bit.

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Photo of popery
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
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 Chelsea1905
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice offering from the Deschutes brewery

Pours a straw like blonde, with a decent head that laced nicely all the way through

Smells light and almost like a soft Belgian

Tasted pretty much like it smelled

Feels good going down, and goes down easily

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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 brewcrew76
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale straw yellow with a snowy white head that leaves strings of lace.

S - Coriander, citrus, some spice, bubblegum and tangy wheat.

T - Wheat with lemon, banana, some grassiness and coriander. On the light side.

M - Light with nice carbonation.

D - Somewhat subtle but still tasty.

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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 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 adamparker05
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Barely blurry lemon with minimal visible carbonation. That hasn't stopped the formation and persistence of a wonderful looking crown of snow white foam. Speckled sheets of lace add the finishing touches to this clean, bright, inviting looking ale.

The nose gets it done as well. Citrus is first on the list (orange and lemon), followed by a moderate amount of spiciness, followed by an underlying tangy wheatiness that ties it all together in a neat witbier bow. Good balance and plenty of power.

Deschutes Brewery didn't have to do something different for this Anniversary Ale, but they did. In addition to the usual orange peel and coriander, they've added grains of paradise, which is an exotic, musky spice also known as alligator pepper. It adds something of interest without changing the basic flavor profile.

The spindly malt backbone is probably 100% pale (or pilsner) and wheat, because there's no hint of toasted grain. Top notes dominate and are made up of juicy citrus fruit, grains of paradise and coriander (in roughly that order). A better mouthfeel might have made the flavor more impressive.

The beer is acceptably light, yet it lacks that silky smooth, pillowy, voluminous creaminess that the best versions deliver. More and longer lasting carbonation would have helped. A bubble shortage hurts the bottom half of the bomber.

While 20th Anniversary Wit is good, drinkable beer, it doesn't quite deserve anniversary ale status. There's no question that Deschutes has created a quenching, refreshing, summertime ale. Trouble is, special status requires something with more size and significantly more pizzazz.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle. Thanks to wolfsblood for sharing this one.
It appears pale yellow, clear with a head that falls away quickly.
Smells of lemon zest and wheat
Tastes spicy, lemony. It tasted bigger than it appears.
Light/medium mouthfeel. Smooth with a carbonation pop.
Nice beer. A great session summer brew.

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Photo of edmedina
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a nice golden color. I wouldn't say it is entirely hazy but it certainly isn't clear. It has very little head retention with the pour. The aroma gives hints of citrus and coriander in there. The taste is very nice. I do get citrus taste but yet very mild banana as well. It does come off dry but not unpleasant. This is a pleasant beer and worth of the Deschutes product line.

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Photo of unHipHopHead
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll be honest, the label sold me on this brew, the intricate detailing, the tea stained depth, the duotoned goodness of browns and yellows made it an attractive fall choice. Alright enough bs, how does it taste right? Well it tastes like a wit... I wish I could expose more in-depth annalysis but the fact is it's just good. If I was blindfolded I probably couldn't tell the diff between this and new Belgium

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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 ColoradoBobs
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22-ounce bomber as shown.

Moderate pour into a New Belgium goblet yields a nice white two-finger head over a clear light yellow-amber body. Head fades to slight ring, but leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell is mild: mild cracker malt, soapy, a hint of coriander and citrus. A hint of floral hops (Fuggles?). Not very overt.

Taste is spot on for a Wit: wheaty, mild, with some cracker malt, a hint of coriander, a bit of spice and a proper note of coriander. I mean, what can you do to make a Witbier stand out? You'd have to violate the style, this one doesn't.

Mouthfeel is what is ought to be for a Wit: nice carbonation and decent finish, but not thick or slurpy.

Drinkability is very good.

Note: I had this while enjoying some very spicey home-made pizza, and it went along very well. Worth a try, while it lasts.


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Photo of erikm25
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light pale yet glowing yellow. Sits in the glass more clear then cloudy. Head is ivory white and full but recedes somewhat quickly. Above average thickly draped lacing.

S: Hints of orange citrus, peppers, and coriander. Soft and warm wheat aromas. Some floral, nutty, and grassy characteristics balance everything out nicely.

T: A very light and wheat like taste. Mild lemon tang and orange peel zest that were sprinkled with peppers. There are some subtle hints of orange and banana. Almost a mild honey like flavor balanced against a dry spicy spine.

M: Low to medium bodied with a very clean taste and dry finish.

D: A little more subtle then I was hoping but still drinkable and refreshing. I did like how it retained its same crispness even when it began to warm. So congratulations to Deschutes and Eyehategod for celebrating their 20th anniversaries in '08.

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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 srandycarter
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Light straw, small white head leaves fast.

S - Straw, wheat, strong coriander and bubble gum.

T - Light, bitter and somewhat sour towards finish. Does finish nicely clean.

M - Light, good carb, not very coating.

D - My view probably weighted on my fondness for style (not one of my favorites).

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Photo of hwwty4
3.34/5  rDev -11.9%
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 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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20th Anniversary Wit from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 64.2% out of 100 with 109 ratings
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