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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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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 29
Reviews by aranheaney:
Photo of aranheaney
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a DFH Snifter, (purchased this earlier today at my local grocer, the greatest purveyor of craft brews here in the wilds of Western New York!!!! )

A-pours a nice straw colored with a little bit of head and some tiny lacing

S-very typical wiite, orange, coriander, some caramel as it warms

T-decent, it's not really anything that hangs around, frighteningly enough there may be some macro-ish corn, rice on the back end

M-ok, as noted earlier, this is a bit of a strange experience, there's some normal witte here, but then a turn towards some BMC stuff

D-again, ok but I don't know what they're trying to do here...

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Photo of Billolick
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
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 dogfishandi
3.87/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

i just picked up a sixer of this at my local grocery store. never once seen or heard of it before. 12oz bottle out of the fridge poured into a imperial pint. "brewed by the southern tier brewing company for ellicottville brewing company" stated on the side of the bottle.

pours out a golden color with just a slight haze. about a one finger of white head with average retention and minimal lace.

very citrusy aroma. lemon zest and orange peel are the main players. bits of wheat and citrusy hops in the background.

initial sip was "wow, this is a hoppy wit" and it is. again citrus rules here. lemon zest, orange peel, grapefruit citrus hops, every kind of citrus. wheat and grainy pale malts struggle to balance the hops and some spice towards the finish. simple, but very nice tasting.

light body, fizzy carbonation which compliments the beer nicely. hops are definatly felt on the palate, similar to that of pale ale.

oh so drinkable, exspecialy cause its a favorite small local brewery. its light, hoppy, but still a wit, makes for many six packs this winter. reminds me just a bit of southern tier's hop sun.
this is definately worth a try if its in your area.

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Photo of alexkeil
4.07/5  rDev +17.6%
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 Aficionado_Shawn
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of tempest
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
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 JaredStone
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
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 ceraphin
1/5  rDev -71.1%

Photo of Almasi_
4.51/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of atone315
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

Photo of foureyedgeek
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of FrancisM12
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ng85
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
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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2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of FickleBeast
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Delerium Tremens snifter. Part of a Mix pack from Marketplace Wine and Spirits in Central Jersey.

Pours vibrant yellow with one finger of foam that coats the glass. Aroma is mellow, with coriander being dominant on the nose.

First sip is... ok. I detect a diacetyl buttery flavor, along with the coriander and vanilla notes. The malt and yeast take a back seat to the aforementioned flavors. Finishes kind of flat... could use a spicy yeast bite or more residual sweetness to round out the tastes. Mouthfeel is pretty thin.

Nicely drinkable. Just lacks the complexity of flavors to elevate this into the level of truly good.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
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 HoistinBrews
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Snatchariah_Jackson
3.22/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of lKnoXl
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of ejh06752
3/5  rDev -13.3%

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