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Midnight Wit | Legacy Brewing Co.

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Midnight WitMidnight Wit

Brewed by:
Legacy Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by IrishRedRock on 03-16-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 61
Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of jbaker67
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of tone77
3.01/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy light brown color with a small head. Smell is of sour lemons. Taste is tart, sour lemons and slightly bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth. This is not a beer I could have a session with, a bit to sour. Overall this makes for a mediocre offering.

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Photo of emsroth
2.8/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle

App: Truly a white beer. Small,frothy white head that's rather disappointing and brings it down to a 4.

Smell: Cherries, wonderful fruity cherries. Undertones of malted wheat.

Taste: Greeted by a rush of carbonation. Next come a moment of fruitiness (citrus and maraschino cherry) that quickly fades into a crisp bitterness from extremely dry malted wheat and hops. Finishes clean but with a lingering bitterness that i find unappealing in wits.

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Photo of kenito799
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

Dark golden brew, hazy when yeast swirled and dumped into the glass. Small white head with some lacing.
Aroma is tangy and lemony with some spice present. Flavor is quite tart up front, a lemony tanginess from start to finish which is refreshing. The beer is not really light, though, a substantial mouthfeel. Coriander spice accents the tart wheatiness. A plus is that there is no grassiness often found in the style; the citrus tang is pleasant and will make thisvery refreshing with a juicy burger or frites and mayonnaise.

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Photo of AtlasBrew
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall a nice, drinkable Belgian Wit with a citrusy, summer time flavor. A bready taste from the yeast rather than the spice clove/banana flavor you often get from a Wheat Yeast. It's an interesting flavor. Imagine the combination of lemon grass and bread. Not bitter at all. a nice drinkable beer if your OK with pronounced yeast flavor.

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Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange-yellow, almost the color of urine. It isn't perfectly clear, but it is way to clear for the style. A short lived head caps it off.

The aroma is yeasty and doughy with spice and citrus, though closer inspection makes the citrus smell more like apple juice.

The flavor is wheat and yeast with spices, apple and citrus. A stinging carbonation dampens the experience. The clean, wheaty finish is tinged with a metallic taste, but it lingers on the palate with a pleasant astringency.

This is thoroughly drinkable, but it misses the style by a mile, and all the way around, there are better options available.

Note: When I first poured this all the yeast remained in the bottle. I was through more than half the glass before I realized there might be something at the end that I missed. I poured in the yeast then, and, while it did cloud the beer and bring out some orange flavors, there was no dramatic improvement.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my standard shaker glass. Appears a cloudy pale yellow color with about an inch of fluffy white foam. No lacing to mention. Smells and tastes of coriander, lightly toasted grains, wheat, sweet, a bit spicy, and a hint of citrus (maybe lemon). The body and carbonation are slightly more than medium. Pretty tasty.

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Photo of albern
4.29/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a delightfully light Witbier, a tad watery and insubstantial, but quite nice nevertheless. The beer pours a very pale yellow with a crisp efforvescent head, with a touch of lacing. The nose on the beer is coriander, clove, and all the usual suspects that you find in a Belgian pale style. There are loads of citrus, a slight yeasty whiff or two, and the champagne like bubbly.

The taste is a very light Belgian-esque beer, pure and simple. The beer is more sweet than dry, and what is nice is the mouthfeel which is silky smooth. There is no prickliness to it, which is quite common with the style. The cloves, coriander, all spice family of spices are present, florals, and just an ever so crispiness towards the back end, but overall this is very smooth. The beer is decently carbonated but it isn't over the top. This beer is balanced between the sweet, the smooth, the dry, and the champagne like qualities of the style. I like this Wit and would go back again.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a pilsener glass.

Pours a slightly hazy, whitish-straw in color with active carbonation. Carbonation-filled, slightly foamy white head with stable retention as a thin sheet. No lasting lacing to speak of.

Predominantly clean, must-laden toasted wheat aroma; mild malt sweetness. Bright, clean citrus: lemon zest, pear, and lime. Static pepper spice.

Bright, full citrus: lemon, mild orange, green apple, watermelon, and lime. Clean, yet bland wheat base; rice flavors dominate. Active carbonation that is joined by a dry, powdery pepper and corriander. Coconut, light melon, mild phenols following an abruptly dry finish. The citrus flavors return in moderate intensity throughout the aftertaste.

Light bodied; overly carbonated and intensely spiced which makes for an onslaught of the palate. Rather dry, and never quite settles texturally.

Good flavors that are mostly balanced. The mouthfeel is intensely active and keeps me from enjoying all of this Witbier's true flavors. A pleasant offering, but nothing great.

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Photo of PatronWizard
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Still trying to drink my way to the bottom of the Under 100 BIF box from mikereaser. Gettin'er done though.

This one is an opaque orange juice. Head couldn't hang. It's actually trying to stage a comeback as thousands of tiny bubbles parade up. Maybe I poured too gently. That's me: too gentle.

Shockingly sour scent. It's not that it's really sour, I'm just shocked that it has any sour at all.

Sour flavor as well. Again, not over the top, but clearly dominant. Maybe a spicy undertone.

Feel is ... curious. The fluid wants and tries to be creamy, but the carbonation slaps it around and calls it Susan. Seems pretty damn full bodied.

Overall: I dunno man

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very cloudy dull yellow body with a small white head. Not too much retention and no lacing.

Smell has lots of coriander and pepper with some wheaty tones.

I detect some malt up front that is followed with lots of coriander and pepper tones. A little bit sour. Next comes a slight wheat twang. Finishes with more coriander that stays around into the after taste. A little bit of dryness in the mouthfeel.

Pretty drinkable beer, not bad overall.

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Photo of coalcracker
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with very little carbonation/lacing.
Smell: Spiciness with citrus also noted
Taste: First taste is a bit tart and sour, I can almost detect green apple, some orange, and coriander. These flavors tend to overpower any deeper malt qualities. Hops must really take a backseat as they are barely perceptible. Finish is clean and a little grainy.
Mouthfeel: Aside from the initial sour bite, the remainder of the taste is smooth with a medium mouthfeel.
Drinkability: This is certainly a different-tasting wit. Served as a nice change from the malty Oktoberfest beers I've been tasting. The low ABV allows for imbibing a bit in these, as long as you don't mind the interesting taste profile.

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Photo of jdaelhousen
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy body, sediment noticeable. Aroma of honey, coriander, pepper and wheat malt. Taste of sweet sugar, bread with coriander that causes a citric bitterness quality that is very subtle. Honey is very noticeable at the center until the finish. Overall, a dandy of a wit bier.

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Photo of czfreeman
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice hazy golden murky wheaty color,capped by a nice cap of foam. I could ask for a little more of a head, but nice lacing nonetheless. The aroma is where this beer scores the highest of all aspects of this beer. Big cirs, corianders, sweet valencia orange, cut by a refreshingly tart meyer lemony sweet-tartness. Taste leans more on the lemony-tart spectrum rather than being too swee as expected. The bber finishes light, a long tingling lemon-yeast finish tingling the cheeks. One aspect that would vastly improve this beer is some true Belgian-like carbonation incorporated. The flavor is great, the mouthfeel is medium, but it simply lacks that supreme carbonation that sets true Belgian from Belgian-inspired Americans. I will drink this again, due to the fantastic flavor. Give it a try.

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Photo of matty
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow colored ale that looks like a macro.Aroma is citrus with a trace of spice.Taste is the same citrus and pepper.This ale is one step above average,it is by no means offensive in any way.I enjoyed it and would purchase it again.Good job by Legacy Brewing Company!!

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Photo of csmiley
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours gold and very cloudy. Head is average for the style. Retention and lacing are also average. The color is spot on but the rest of the appearance characteristics are just average. Period.

S - Has a good amount of spice on the nose at first. The spice starts out sharp and peppery but mellows out quickly. An odd funky sour aroma follows and almost seems out of place in this beer. Wheat, grain, and pale malt show up midway. Some tart lemon fruitiness bring things to a close.

T - Sour fruit dominates. Starts with lemon and works into an orange flavor. Some pale malt and yeast follow but they are just minor flavors. Mild spice and wheat really stand out with honey and a slight hop bitterness finishing up the flavor.

M - Medium to light bodied with less carbonation than I would have liked. Finish is sour and a little dry.

D - Drinkability is average. Some aspects of this beer are nice but I think Legacy missed the mark in a few areas that that really only let this beer garner an average score. I probably would not seek this brew out agian.

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Photo of smcolw
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For a beer named "Midnight", this is an illogical straw colored beer. Slight haze in the initial pour, fully cloudy when the rest of the brew was poured (i.e. the unfiltered parts had settled). Good head and decent lace.

Quite sour and somewhat skunky. Some wheat, no spice. It's kind of a cross between a whet and an American macro.

Milky flavored with some wheat in the background. Sour orange finish. Light clove in the background. The body is thinner than expected and the carbonation is higher.

I'm completely baffled by the name. Why not make a darker wheat beer for the "Midnight" name? I must be missing something, but it's not explained on the bottle. Otherwise, I'd say it's a weak Belgian or a mild wheat beer.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Single 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Hazy pale golden/light tan color. Some carbonation bubbles, no head.

S- Smell was spicy and estery- pungent lemon in the nose.

T- Too sour for me. I love sour beers, but this one did not do it for me. Spicy/clovey/banana followed up by an awkward tart/sour lemony flavor.

M- Mouthfeel was light and smooth, not much going on in this department.

D- This beer was not the best, needs some work on the balance.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a cloudy pale straw color with a big fluffy white head that was moderately lasting.

S: spicy with some sour citrus, lemons and a slight peppery notes with some bananas and cloves rounding things out.

T: sour citrus, some spiciness, coriander with a yeasty bite along with a good breadiness to the palate.

M: creamy and spicy with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D: Decent drinkability but doesn't stand out in any one way.

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Photo of bags6lax
3.22/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice golden straw color, with a small quick to disappear, fluffy white head. You had to stir up the dregs in order to get some cloudiness, or else it poured incredibly clear.

Initial smell is classic Wit, but you can definitely detect the maltiness as well.

Tasted a little bland, and the spiciness came through more then the citrus, not well balanced IMO.

It felt a little thin in the mouth, but the carbonation was nice, and helped round it out.

Overall it was a decent brew, and would most likely purchase again, but probably with other Wit's for tasting or something along those lines...

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Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A worthwhile take on the Belgian wheat style, with some sourish wheat and a blend of spices, making itd rinkable ad interesting, corriander being the noteable one. Aroma is farmhouse and cidery. Mouthfeel is on the thin side. Deep yellow colour with a small but observable white head.

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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into mini-heffe glass at 08 Long Island Brew Festival with a cloudy yellow, carbonation capped to a head quickly. Taste was a odd sour tangy which the chaps at Manhattanbeer.com informed was due to the yeast. A good tidbit for beer geeks, the yeast strain was from Belgium and tranported to Reading for Mark and Scott to do their wonders. Medium to light mouthfeel with saltyness of carbonation coming in at the end. I'm a sucker for imported yeast strains so Legacy can expect this do do well in the Bronx no doubt.
Get this beer!

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Photo of JayQue
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I measure all witbiers against St. Bernadus. This one is not in the same league, but a nice, refreshing wit anyway.

Pours a cloudy dull gold color, fairly small white head. Aroma is citrusy (lemon), coriander, and wheat.

Tastes good. All the witbier flavors present. Mouthfeel is rich enough for this style and crisp.

Drinkability is good. Not an outstanding Wit but certainly tasty enough to seek out again and drink mass quantities in a session.

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Midnight Wit from Legacy Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 64 ratings
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