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Winter Witte | Ellicottville Brewing Co.

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Winter WitteWinter Witte

Brewed by:
Ellicottville Brewing Co.
New York, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed by Southern Tier for EBC

Added by dogfishandi on 12-02-2010

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 12
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4.51/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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3.22/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

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2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

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4/5  rDev +19%

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2.7/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: This is one of the clearest beers I've ever poured. Um, is there actually wheat in this? Not much of a head. It looks very carbonated. Yellow-goldish in color.

S: Sweet malt and citrus. Not much hop and disappointingly not much yeast either. What's a wit without wheat or yeast character?

T: OK, a bit more yeast in the taste. Malt and gentle hop bitterness in the back. A lot of orange peel, usually this is more subtle.

M: Very light on mouthfeel, carbonation prickly on the back of the throat.

O: Not very impressed by this one. It's gotta have more wheat and yeast character to call it a wit - although I get where they were trying to go by upping the spices.

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1/5  rDev -70.2%

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4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy lemony-orange with a frothy off white head that displayed a fair keep of retention. Light and lazy show of micro-showers rain in the glass rising like a fair mist. The head lapses with a minimal show of lace.

S: Light show of wheat and fresh whole oranges. The aroma is weak in show with no mentions yet of coriander. Lacked incentive, spiciness and a tart citrus touch, all requirements in my book.

T: The flavor bears better with wheat and some tart oranges with finally some mention of coriander. Tart citrus with a zip of oranges and a finish of what seems like saaz hops adding a bit of zip and spice. Simply executed, not overly spicy or tart, yet does have a refined edge making for a easy drinking character.

M: Zippy carbonation is spot on bringing the mouthful to life with a light bodied affair that had some tart dry oranges and wheat gracing the tongue afterwards.

O: Overall a very easy drinking wit, though why the label for a winter witte? Clean crisp and refreshing, wont wow you but may keep you drinking in a casual sense to pass the time.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
2.95/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ellicottville Winter Witte has a hazy, straw colored body and a creamy, white head. The head doesn't last long, however, and there isn't any lacing to speak of.

The aroma has a lot of wheat and orange peel to it, with coriander also making an appearance.

This one is a little bit strange. A good bit of grainy tasting wheat is backed up by a ton of orange peel. A good bit of coriander is there also. I swear there is actually peppermint in there too, which is odd. Definitely a strange addition from the wheat, and I can't say I like it. It tastes like drinking a witte right after brushing my teeth.

Body is fairly light with zippy carbonation. I would prefer a little smoother, creamier feel. Also, the whole brushing my teeth thing isn't a great addition to the feel.

I can't say that I'm a fan of this one, and I was really in the mood for a witte when I ordered it.

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Photo of alexkeil
4.07/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent value around Super Bowl for a growler fill: came with a Ellicotville pint glass and bag of glazed almonds. The witte pours a straw color with a thin white head. It is a brillantly clear beer that smells like citrus and yeast. The mouthfeel is surprisingly nice for such a light looking beer. The taste is of citrus with very low bitterness and in the back end. The flavor is nice and lingers in your mouth for a few moments. It is a nice blend of citrus, malt, and delicate carbonation. It is very drinkable...I suppose it is a nice change of pace but I don't know if it says winter to me.

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Photo of billab914
3.47/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. It poured amber in color with a modest white head to it. It's Very clear for a Wit which doesn't really fit with the style very well.

The aroma has a lot of orange peel and coriander citrus. I get a good amount of crisp, grainy, slightly sweet, pilsner like malts to it as well.

The taste shows a lot of the orange peel and coriander throughout the flavor as well. It shows a little more tart, bitter flavors right off the bat, but gets sweeter with more of the orange citrus coming through as you get to the finish.

The mouthfeel was light and carbonation was average. Drinkability wasn't bad, it was a decent beer but nothing outstanding in the style. The citrusy, orange like flavor was pretty good and made it an easy drinking beer. I'd probably like it more as a hot day type of beer though and not a cold winter day one.

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3.47/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, purchased as a single at Cable Bev, Bardonia, NY.

No freshness info to be had, this one pours, light, clear and golden, under a quite minor, make that invisable head, no lace, no film, no collar...

Fruity nose, with a hint of pine.

This one is simply not doing it for me, I get some lime, some melon, some warming malts, but very little typicaL witte yeastyness, or the advertised coriander and orange peel. Not my favorite witte, misses the mark.

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Photo of tempest
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had a bottle at Volpe's in Emmaus PA. It immediately reminded me of the Middle Ages Swallow Wit for being a fruity wit that doesn't quite match the feel and look of a traditional witbier. For one, it clear and amber with a short white head. No sediment on the bottom. It also had forced carbonation, which feels dull next to a normal bottle refermented wit.

Al that said, it was still fairly tasty. There was a big juicy apricot fruit that also reminded me of Magic Hat #9. However, there was subtle vanilla and spice around the edges. The fruit was a little heavy for the style, but it was otherwise a clean (no obvious flaws) and drinkable beer.

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Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light pale and wheat malt scent along with a mild coriander and orange peel nose. The yeast character isn't too pronounced. The taste is decent as well. It has a crisp, pale and wheat malt flavor. It's light and refreshing with a nice coriander/orange peel character. Again, the yeast character is mild at best. There is a faint fruitiness that compliments the orange peel flavor. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer. As far as witbiers go, it lacks the proper yeast character. That said, most will probably enjoy this.

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Winter Witte from Ellicottville Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.36 out of 5 with 29 ratings
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