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Highland Razor WitHighland Razor Wit

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Highland Brewing
North Carolina, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Summer

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Added by mechamifune on 05-11-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce pint - $5.25 at Taco Mac in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a golden body, quite hazy, underneath a finely-textured, white head with good staying power.

Smell: Crisped barley and subtle wheat, incredibly mild graininess. Small pinch of orange peel and peppery spices paired with an equally modest, distant note of honey.

Taste: Upfront light pale maltiness with sort of a neutral wheatiness. Low honeyish sweetness present which drops out as a pop of sour dough character and graininess kick in. Mingled spiciness, some of the heat from the Grains of Paradise showing and a bit of dried orange peel. Dry, lightly spicy, lightly citrusy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: A middle-of-the-road, summertime seasonal offering, though a slight step up from the beer it's supplanting, Cattail.

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

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. The beer pours out cloudy and orange-yellow with very low carbonation and a thin head. The nose is very faint with biscuit-like notes and a hint of lemon.

The body is very light and the beer has a nice smooth mouthfeel. The flavor is not as tart as some other beers of this style and is actually a bit on the dry side, especially on the back of the palate where you pick up hints of orange and ginger.

Beers of this style are extremely drinkable and refreshing and this one is no exception. I don't get much clove or coriander on the palate and it's not as tart as most wits, but it is noticeably dry. It's a nice take on the style.

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Photo of One2Remeber
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


A: Cloudy, fluffy white thin head slowly fades to a ring of bubbles. Body a vibrant hazy yellow color with an orangish hue.

S: Zesty spice, mellow hops, creamy malt body.

T/M: Tangy, lively mouth feel lets the spice shine which have a distinct bitterness. Yeast is not as dominant as I am accustomed too. Picking up a pilsner malt characteristic in the beginning with some skunky/sour hops.

O: Tons of peppery goodness. Perfect refreshing beer on a hot summer day for a picnic. Tons of flavor make for a sipper, low alcohol allows for thorough enjoyment.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a hazy orange yellow pour with a small amount of head which quickly dissipated. smells of honey, orange peel, bready yeast, lemongrass. taste is kind of weird.. i taste a little bit of mint.. not bad, just different. lemon citrus/orange.. bready yeast. light body, mild carbonation.. no retention or lacing.

it's hard to make a GOOD witbier.. they're so "standard" that it's hard for one to stick out, but this one has kind of a funky after taste that allows it to stick out. somewhat refreshing, could be a bit better with higher carbonation i think.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a snow white head and some scant lacing. This wit is definitely on the dry side, emphasizing a pleasant yeastiness and herbalness rather than citrus. Quite prominent coriander, in both the nose and taste, and a yeasty breadiness that marries well with the herbal notes. The herbs have a drying effect, and while this makes a particularly savory beer, it lacks a bit of acidity and hence, some zing. The finish, particularly good use some zip. An unusual take on the style, and one I enjoyed as a change of pace, but not quite the thirst quencher I was looking for for the Southern summer.

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Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like lots of coriander and clove, with some mint and fennel and a bit of fresh wheat and lemon zest.
T: It tasted like lemon zest and clove and coriander, with some mint and fennel and a bit of fresh wheat and wild honey. It had a clean and bitter aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a nice spicy witbier. The scent and taste were pretty complex but still mild and easy to enjoy. The body was alright, and the finish was fairly smooth, so it was quite drinkable. Good summer beer.

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Photo of TheSeeker61
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A lemony haze opaque beauty. Poured into a Tulip glass, not the suggested glass. Had a 1.5 inch head.

S- The smell was refreshing with a fruity, coriander, lemony nose. Had a very clean nose.

T- Really loved the taste. Had a yeasty somewhat banna flavor. Followed the nose in that it was very refreshing and clean.

M- The mouthfeel was a medium thickness.

O- Overall really enjoyed this on a very hot summer day in Atlanta. Will get a growler of this again soon.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, spice, and clove. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, banana, perfume, and floral. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. I was quite intrigued when I saw this one on the tap list and didn’t know quite what to expect. However, what I found was definitely on par for the style. Not quite standoutish on the flavor or aroma, but did take a slight step up in the mouthfeel compared to the average brew from the style. This one was quite refreshing, but lacked a lot of complexity making it not quite as enjoyable as it could have been. Definitely worth trying if you get the chance and are a fan of the style, but not one of Highland’s great offerings.

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Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint a hazed lemony color with a nicely formed 1/2 finger white head atop.Aromas are somewhat yeasty with mild spice ans ant toastiness.Flavors are of toasted cereal grain and light spice,pretty straight forward and uncomplicated.It' an easy drinking summer quaffer without a whole lot of complexity,pedestrian compared to most of Highland's wares.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Server on tap at Summit's Wayside Tavern in Snellville, GA. May 22, 2012. Reviewed from notes.

(Appearance) color is a pale and hazy golden orange with a light subtle surface cover. Appearance is nice. 3.5

(Smell) aroma consists of a hint of wheat, banana, citrus, spice and clove. Hops are not present. 3.5

(Taste) taste is sharp and prickly with flavor. A bit more presence of the bitter orange peel and bold spice on the front. Follows with a mild spicy grainy flavor and finishes with a fizzy tart fruit and honey tone. One of the more complex wits that I have had but it is a really pleasing flavor. 4

(Mouthfeel) really prickly mouthfeel, I understand it's a bit on for the style but it can be a bit much and could benefit from a tone down. 3

(Overall) enjoyable summery beer from Highland. Plenty of flavor and character that makes this an original wit amongst a occasionally bland series of average brews. 4

Highland Brewing Company's
Razor Wit

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Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy blonde-orange with a light white head. It lacks the fine bubbles and lacing of a bottle conditioned wit, but that's my only complaint. Otherwise there's a smooth, subtle earthy apricot with mild spice and a layer of fresh bread and dough underneath. I wouldn't call it crisp, but its also not heavy. Overall, a fine example of the style. I appreciate that it's not too fruity.

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Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - hazy copper yellow with a soft, loose, white head that has good retention

S - faint coriander, yeast, musty

T - lemon, coriander, yeast, a bit spicy

M - light bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a rather simplistic beer. The flavor is there but it's very subdued. There's nothing that really stands out to me. It's refreshing, but forgettable.

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Photo of rangerred
2.79/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy dark yellow with barely a head at all. Pretty atypical for a witbier.

The aroma has an odd musty note along with they typical fruit associated with a wit. Peaches and lemon are detectable but also that odd funky smell.

The taste is very spicy with ginger being a large aspect which explains the odd smell. There is lemon behind the ginger but it stays in the background. Finishes pretty crisp and a little tart. Moughfeel is quite watery.

Overall, not a very good offering from a brewery with a line of excellent beers. The ginger just does not work, in my opinion plus it is too watery. Probably won't get this one again.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really wanted to find this on tap in Durham, but I had to settle for a bottle.

Pour is only slightly cloudy with no head. Not the greatest looking Wit, but not terrible. Smell is mostly dominated by the Belgian yeast. Slight spicy notes (pepper?). Nice strong coriander presence, but I get that small hint of ginger which is throwing me for a loop. I like it though.

I see why everyone loves this beer now. Theres a nice dose of spices in this puppy. I like how the ginger comes out, but doesnt take over. Its almost spicy in nature, unlike the full-bodied presence of GL Christmas Ale. That ginger kind of accents the strong spicy coriander as well.

The yeast is there, but not too much. Bready, yet not overpowering. Missing the esters I usually expect from Wits, but with all those spices, I dont mind at all.

Light body and drinkable. Its not spicy like black pepper spicy, just a good bit of coriander, ginger, and some others.

The NC brewers have really been flexing their brewing muscles with new beers lately. Between this, Thunderstruck, BCBB DPAC Dunkelweizen, and Fullsteam Beasley's, Im at a loss.

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Photo of farrago
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finger plus of pure white foam, delicate and dimples easily, dimples quickly and then forms a thin layer across the surface, minimal lacing. Big storm of bubbles inside the glass, no beads, not quite transparent with a certain dullness to the light orange hued liquid, even with slight yellowing at the edge of the glass presents a consistent depth of hue. The nose is easygoing yet pungent, coriander, caraway, juniper, pepper and tea leaves, strong orange and lemon pith but not so floral, the wheat light as well, a glance of peach, apricot pit. Medium-bodied, were it not for its dryness it would seem really fluffy, heavily carbonated. There is a bitter, if not metallic, touch to it, here the wheat and graininess very apparent. The orange, tangerine citrus steady and the coriander and other spices not looking to hog the spotlight. Any yeastiness does little to soften the texture. A moment or two of cocoa along with that tea leaf and apricot, pear fruit. Lingers well, no wimp by any stretch. Too slowly paced and bottom heavy to refresh fully but you respect the depth of the few well chosen flavors.

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Photo of wedge
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy gold topped with a fluffy, frothy white head that rapidly deflates to a bubbly cap. Lovely, authentic wit aromas of coriander, lemon, orange peel, sweet floral notes, and spicy wheat. Even some mild fragrant nobel hops are noticeable. The only knock is that it's pretty mellow overall. Spices, citrus zest, and coriander hit the tongue...a fine sweetness through the middle complements the spiciness nicely. Wheaty tartness, herbal/earthy hops - crisp and medium-light. Some light creaminess. Nicely done Highland...

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Photo of chinchill
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

A: Hazy orange-gold with about a finger of white head. The head is mostly short-lived, but leaves a ring as well as some spotty lacing. Some sediment remained on the bottom of the bottle despite more-or-less emptying the bottle. Give it a swirl before pouring if you want more spices and yeast.

S: Sweet and fruity, this smells like a spicy witbier with notes of lemon-orange and coriander.

T: A rather spicy witbier, but not over done, and with an excellent mix of spices. Orange peel and coriander are most obvious, along with the banana/yeast flavor. Also obvious, a generous and well-proportioned load of noble hops and wheat. All too brief aftertaste.

M - Excellent medium+ carbonation level; near medium body; smooth yet crisp; slightly dry finish.

O: not a favorite style of mine, but with the well chosen spices and generous (for style) use of noble hops, this well-crafted witbier is one of the best I've ever had.

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Photo of mechamifune
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, has a nice pale gold color with a nice cloudy appearance. Large creamy white head. Lacing is very strong.

Smell is srong cirtus/orange notes up front. A bit of lemon as well, then followed by spicy notes. Very good in terms of the stlye, but not what I would call an overly assertive smell.

Taste is slightly sweet upfront followed up by the strong citrus component. No real assertive hop presence to speak of, which is fine for the style. The spices really come through here, but beyond the usual corriander I won't even pretend to guess what they are. Nothing outlandish though, and it flows very well with the citrus.

Mouthfeel is full, creamy, and smooth. The carbonation is just about perfect for this style and probably the highlight of the beer for me.

I've had plenty of witbiers over the years and the usual fall under the "eh" category for me. This one really stood out for me though, in terms of being a relatively light beer that packs a ton of flavor to go with a full, smooth, yet easydrinking mouthfeel.

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