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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Reviews: 100 | Ratings: 109
Photo of riored4v
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
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 +3.4%
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 +8.8%
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 +19.9%
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%
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 -0.5%
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 +1.3%
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 +1.6%
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 +6.1%
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 +5.6%
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 -1.9%
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 +15.4%
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 -0.3%
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 -11.4%
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 SickBrew
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
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 Jwale73
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to wolfsblood for the opportunity to try this one. Color was somewhat reminiscent of urine. Excellent clarity with a bright white head that quickly dissipated. Very little lacing, no legs. Nose was lemon zest and spice. Taste follows nose. Very wheaty with a clean finish. Mouthfeel was light and lively. Extremely easy drinking wit.

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Photo of JBuff41413
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
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 Boilermaker88
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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 RJLarse
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a bomber of Deschutes 20th Anniversary Ale at a grocery store. Poured in to a weizen glass.

Pours a pale yellow color and is clear. Foamy stark white head has some resilinecy and produces light rings of lace on the sides of the glass. Many bubbles are seen rising in the glass.

The smell is of soft fruits, honey dew melon some light citrus notes like orange, and a coriander spice scent. Also a bit of a dairy aroma like ice cream.

Taste is a light citrus flavor, orange and sweetened lemon. Soft fruit flavors are also present, banana and cantaloupe. Mild dry bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good, a bit thin perhaps, and the beer is highly carbonated.

A very drinkable brew. Light body, flavors are not overpowering, neither is the ABV. A very sessionable thirst quencher. Great on a warm day.

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Photo of gford217
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear and surprisingly light yellowish color with a short-lived white head which receded to a ring leaving little lacing. The aroma is pretty standard for a wit with a very sweet banana and wheat aroma with a healthy dose of spices thrown in. The first thing I notice in the taste is a big lemony presence that lasted throughout. The rest of the flavors match the aroma but there's a dominant lemony flavor that makes this a little bit unique. The mouthfeel is a bit thin honestly with lots of carbonation. This is a decent summer beer but not the most distinct wit I've had.

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Photo of charlzm
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 09/01/08.

Pours a surprisingly clear light golden with only a little cloudiness but a LOT of active bubbles. The white head fades fast, leaving some lacing behind with every tilt of the glass.

Sweet grain and wheat aroma with a touch of clove.

This is a sweet-tasting beer. Soft lemon and clove, subdued wheat tang and a touch of banana flow across the sugar-primed palate.

Well carbonated and creamy in the mouth with just-right dryness at the end of each sip.

A very nice beer, but not one I long to have again. Hoegaarden is still tops.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy pale white/yellow. Poured a two finger white coarse head the dissipated slowly and kept t quarter inch thickening at the rim. Even, light lacing.

S: Zesty lemon zest, coriander and wet bread/grain.

T: Light wheat and grains. Pleasant slight sweetness. Dry and astringent in the finish.

M: A bit thin frankly and a lot of carbonation. Creamy then crisp in finish.

D: Honestly very drinkable. Good refreshing Wit on a 85 degree day.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pint 6 fl oz bottle served in a 500 ml Schneider Weisse glass.
I would like to point out that I really like the appearance of the bottle. I like the old world label and artwork. Very unique.

Appearance: pale yellow, small head, very slight haze.
Smell: strong spice and citrus, bubble gum
Taste/Mouthfeel: thin but refreshing, banana, spicy hops

This witbier was very good. I think the appearance of the beer itself lacks a little but the smell and taste makes up for it. I stumbled on this one at Central Market in Poulsbo, WA. Deschutes continues to impress me with their superb brews.

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Photo of DoShek
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
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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20th Anniversary Wit from Deschutes Brewery
3.77 out of 5 based on 109 ratings.
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