Sterk Wit | The Alchemist Pub & Brewery

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The Alchemist Pub & Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Gold Medal Winner – 2004 Great American Beer Festival. This double white ale is brewed with a Belgian yeast strain, plenty of coriander and curacao orange peel.

10 IBU

Added by scottum on 10-08-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 11
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of phingdong
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of MasterSki
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub. Served in a tulip glass. This version was a vintage one, but I'm not sure from when exactly, and was listed as 7.5%.

A - Poured with a finger and a half of white creamy foam. Eventually settles to a thick ring and leaves behind spotty lace. The body is a murky orange-brown color.

S - Belgian yeast, coriander, grains of paradise, fruity esters evoke banana, tropical fruits, and citrus. Some alcohol peeks through despite the lower "Double Wit" ABV. A little to spiced for my liking.

T - Taste is better with more sweet malted wheat and citrus character offsetting the coriander and other spice flavors. Alcohol is also better hidden here.

M - Smooth, medium body that is more than big enough for 7.5%. Lower carbonation, and no obvious heat. Quite pleasant.

D - The 12oz or so I had went down easy enough, but this wasn't a big hit for me. I'll admit a bias against spice flavors, but it was more the harshness of the nose that didn't do it for me. I'll give it another shot if I'm in Waterbury again and it's on-tap, but I was satisfied with just the one glass.

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Photo of UA8
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a hazy golden/ orange with a one finger foamy white head.

S- scents of apricot, pear, wheat, coriander, and hint of orange.

T- big notes of orange, apricot, coriander, and sweet and spicey wheat.

M- medium full with a medium to high level of carbonation.

D- this is one heck of a good white. Loads of flavor and character.

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Photo of shanem
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Got to try this from cask a few weeks ago and loved it. I'm usually all about darker beers but this was really good!

A: Slightly cloudy bright gold with good amout of lacing down the glass
S: Orange. very citrusy with a little spice and wheat
T: Really follows the aroma. Smooth, easy, main flavor is defintely of citrus with a little bit of spice and wheatiness like a hef.
M: Medium bodied, nothing special
D: Very drinkable, I had in the middle of winter, but I imagine it to be a great outdoor summer brew that could go down a little too easy

Serving type: cask

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Photo of Brad007
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a whitish yellow color with a nice two finger head.

Aroma is light with hints of orange peel and coriander in the nose.

Taste is light and citrusy with the orange peel standing out well. Light and bready. Very smooth and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is citrusy and bready as well. Very easy to drink and enjoy.

I like this wit. Flavor is where it should be and its easily accessible.

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Photo of SMADMS
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from my notes from VBF

on tap at the Alchemists booth.

poured a beautiful cloudy golden color with a nice lacing head
Aroma of citrus and banana?
very crisp clean bite, the orange and corriander are very well balanced
very smooth taste and great for a hot day (as it was on Saturday 7/19)
Finishes very nice and leaves you wanting more

This was the start of my day and I kept looking back at this one as one of my favorites and will definitly bring me to the pub.

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Photo of scottg
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass.

Pours a very cloudy yellow with a one finger white head that dissipates quickly. Extreme, intoxicating banana and orange peel aromas. The flavors of banana, orange, and corriander are very strong but balanced perfectly. Highly carbonated, light bodied this beer is very crisp and refreshing with a creamy mouthfeel. Amazing drinkability with a 7%+ ABV, this one you have to be careful with.
One of my favorite all time beers!

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Photo of skivtjerry
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had this several times on draft and was not terribly impressed, even knowing its pedigree. It's not my favorite style and always tasted a bit green to me. Fortunately, my wife always orders the cask beer when we go to the Alchemist, no matter what it is, so I got to taste an aged cask version Friday. It is clearer and even more fragrant than the regular version - a nice golden color with aromas of coriander, passionfruit(?) and roses. It is very smooth on the tongue and ends very fragrant. Like drinking a glass of rose petals, in a good non-cloying way. Not your typical wit!

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Photo of dherling
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out cloudy golden color with a decent barely off white head. The nose is pretty assertive for this style, with clear vut citrus and tropical fruit, and coriander as well. Smells more like a fruity saison. Bananas, pineapple, papaya. You get all this when you taste, as it hits you one after the other developing nicely. Good mouthfeel, medium bodied, very drinkable and highly enjoyable.

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Photo of NEhophead
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First hand pulled pint of the cask this past Saturday.

Very creamy white head that lingers throughout the pint. Intricate thin and condensed lacing with strength. A very cloudy, sludgy pale-golden in color.

Very prominent banana, clove, corriander, orange, and even light coconut aromatics.

Begins with mellow tropical fruit flavors: banana, coconut, and even a mild, tartless pineapple. This is balanced nicely with the perfect amount of corriander, clove spice and a hint of alcohol. Zero bitterness that is followed again by the mild tropical fruit.

Barely medium bodied; smooth and unobtrusive. My only knock on this wit is that even on cask it was served slightly chilled. IMO this didn't take away from the wit's natural flavor, but it was a surprise on the palate that I didn't get used to.

What is there to say about a wit that is light, flavorful, and clocks in at 7.08%abv? That it's very drinkable. I was kicking myself later for not ordering a second pint. Don't make the same mistake.

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Photo of sponberg
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Cloudy hazy yellow-gold with a white head that sticks around as long as you do. Aroma of bitter orange, yeasty esters, and coriander in that order of predominance.

Wow. This may be the holy grail of Witbier unless you'rer REALLY into coriander. The bitter orange dominates the coriander, but it fits so nicely into the overall flavors that it's in no way obtrusive. Just full of estery juiciness, wheat-malty sweetness, a firm undelying bitterness, all sorts of aromatics - beautiful. The coriander does show up a bit more in the finish. Creamy as hell - just stunning mouthfeel. Could drink several, but eventually witbiers get to my palate so your drinkability may vary. Another patron tried one, took a sip, and said "wow" as well, so it wasn't just me. A special, special brew.

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Photo of scottum
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served a yellow amber color with a nice white head. Corriander and orange peel are in there for sure, as is a nice fruity yeasty flavor. Tastes nice and sweet, but it also has some solid hop balance for balance. A wonderful Wit that is way better than I expected it to be even with the knowledge that it won the Gold medal at the GABF.

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Sterk Wit from The Alchemist Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 13 ratings
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