Wild Wacky Wit | Moon River Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Moon River Brewing Company
Georgia, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-29-2004

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 64
Photo of chinchill
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap and listed at 4.1% ABV.
Very pale and cloudy golden body with a decent head.
Mild and fruity aroma with lemon, orange and vague citrus notes. The flavor is more fruity and comes with some bready yeast notes that longer into the aftertaste.
Overall: Good interest and balance in a mild, fruity ale.

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Photo of nickfl
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - a small white head, decent lace. The body is milky and golden.

S - slightly tart wheat with a little orange.

T - creamy wheat and zesty, sweet orange up front. Light, herbal bitterness in the finish with some vanilla and more orange.

M - a fairly thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

d - not bad, the body is spot on, but the sweetness and orange are excessive for my taste.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.66/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thin head in a very murky pale golden body with some lacing.

S: simple with mostly wheat and orange peel.

T: corriander, orange peel sweetness with breads biscuit and pale malts. Slight pepper zest to the finish.

M: light side of medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: a nice body to this witbier. Very drinkable and full flavored. A very nice member if the style.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub, this beer is quite spice, very strong forward flavor, more aggressive than you'd expect a wit to be but never-the-less an OK beer.

Beer is yellow / white with a strong haziness, big white head, low retention, some carbonation, moderate, some lacing, looks good.

Aroma is rosemary, corriander, sage, strong, very spicy.

Beer is light in body and a little sweet, dry on the finish, pretty herbal on the palate, it is not bad but it is very strong and complex. Not exactly a repeat for me but it was a fine beer.

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Photo of jsanford
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap on 8/3/11. Poured into a big Mug.

Poured a hazy light orange with a thin white ring. Aromas of crisp wheat, orange peel, and some spicy coriander. Taste follows the nose closely, lots of toasted wheat bread, orange peel, and coriander. Mouth-feel is nice and refreshing, with a thin body and crisp carbonation. Overall, a very nice and drinkable Wit, excellently sessionable on a hot day!

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Photo of donniecuffs
2.65/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a cloudy yellow/gold with less than a finger of white, poor retention, and spotty lacing. Couldn't get much from the nose aside from some lemon, grass, hay, and a modest herbal presence. The taste confirmed this, with very little in the way of the citrus, peel, or spice that I have become accustomed to in wits. Very thin, with little carbonation. In a nutshell, not a fan.

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Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(The menu says it features "Belgian Curacao bitter orange peel and coriander".)

Nearly no head and very little lace, otherwise a good looking cloudy gold color

Smell: simply mild wheat, little else

A smooth wheat beer without the unmalted wheat bite. No noticeable spice as advertised . Good body with a lower than expected carbonation. Dry finish that is short lived.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wild Wacky Wit has a yellow body that is only slightly hazy, probably a little less hazy than I would expect. A small white head doesn't have much going on.

Smell has lemon and coriander along with a big, grainy, wheat.

Citrus flavors come through first, mostly lemon zest. Peppery coriander is also in there. A light hop presence can be tasted throughout. The defining characterisitic of this brew is probably the malted wheat backbone, which is grainy and fairly good. Overall, weak flavors.

Light body and moderate carbonation.

Although this beer is not fantastic, it is an easy drinker and would be great on a hot day.

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The color of this beer was very striking to me. It appears to have an almost lime green coloration to it. Cloudy appearance and extremely still. No signs of movement. The nose is nicely balanced with some grains, malts and perhaps a whiff of hops. The attack is smooth and easy and the mouthfeel comes across as smooth and not quite creamy. The flavor has a fruity quality to it. As it approaches and enters its finish there is a growing bitterness. Enjoyable for sure.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy, straw-colored yellow body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Soft wheat nose attended by notes of citrus (predominately lemon) and coriander leaves.

Taste: Lightly sweet, lightly tangy malted wheat taste leads, followed by a bright lemon and orange flavor and a dash of spicy coriander. Faint spicy hop character with a medium-low bitterness. Extremely faint hint of banana prior to the dry, spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Fairly average, but would still make for excellent drinking in the swelteringly hot summers of Savannah.

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Photo of Gavage
3.17/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pale cloudy yellow in color with a short1/4" head that breaks apart mmediately. No lacing and only a spot or two of surface foam lasts for a few minutes.

Smell: orange and a huge coriander aroma are pleasant on the nose.

Taste: this beer was a bit unblanced as the coriander dominated the flavor profile. Orange, hint of lemon, and some wheat were much softer and overpowered. Bitterness was muted.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp throughout and mildly refreshing. Aftertaste is dominated by lingering coriander. Lighter bodied beer.

Drinkability: I can say this is the one beer I did not enjoy at the brewpub, and was looking at other selections halfway through this pint. It also was not as refreshing as I expected for a hot and humid day.

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Photo of Sammy
3.26/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at the brewpub. There was a substance to this wit, and a drying peppery corriander taste. A little sweetness and a drop of citrus that gave it acidity. But I could not get at the complexity. The turnover is ferocious here, so I do not suspect it's been about too long.

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Photo of mnfinnkidd
3.04/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served as part of their 4oz sampler tray. Almost no aroma in the nose. The appearances of cloudy lemonade. Very moderate hop usage. Enough to balance. Very orange-like in taste but other citrus notes. Quite delicious and refreshing. Favorite among the non-beer dorks.

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Photo of Mickelswit
2.96/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance was cloudy white and bubbly. Smell held a surprising amount of grain odors without much spice. The taste had a nice level of citrus flavors but too much in the way of corn. Mouthfeel was bubbly but a little thin. Despite the faults, it was a pretty drinkable beer for a hot summer day.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.39/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewpub. Poured a hazy very pale yellow. The aroma is amazing- a wonderfully fresh coriander and thyme smell with underlying lemon. Unusual and very interesting. The taste is very nice- predominantly refreshing lemon, but with haunting notes of that same coriander and thyme found on the nose. The mouthfeel is very carbobated and a little thin, but refreshing. Very drinkable, but with a little work this one could achieve greatness.

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Photo of Graebner
4.07/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes compiled at the 2006 Southern Brewer's Festival:

Appearance is straw-ey and unfiltered. Looks typical of a wheat, perhaps slightly darker.

Smells like bananas, spice, crispy lemon and wheat.

Tastes like bananas, lemon, very crisp.

Not extremely light, yet clean and refreshing.

Overall very drinkable, very refreshing, will not sour, excellent for mowing the lawn or something equally hot.

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Photo of sinistrsam
4.37/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured a nice bright yellow, cloudy with a wonderful white he throughout the glass. I gotta say, the smell blew me away. The wit is one of the styles, I think is so often poorly done in America, almost an obligatory style microbreweries seem to throw together to round out their menu. This was NOT one of those micros. I was so impressed; excellent citurs blend, orange and lemon. Pepper and other spices, sugars and mild alcohol. Fantastically balanced. The taste was much of the same. Citrus and wheat, alcohol, but some creamy sugars as well. The mouthfeel was also very good, with a smoothness and creaminess balanced well by the spice and carbonation. I have a hard time getting this down in Durham, but I'll be looking. You should too.

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Photo of asabreed
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's almost Spring, or that may be today. So yes, a Wit is what I'm going to have if I can get it. The cold days are dwindling.

Appearance: A nice hazy yellow with a good amount of head and lacing, though it was filled to the brim so the head died fairly quickly. Still, the lacing stayed around nicely. True color to a Wit for sure.

Smell: Lots of lemon, a bit of grass, some pepper, a tad bit of coriander, and some cream faintly also. Nothing's too out of hand, but it's pretty balanced and good to the senses.

Taste: I knew this wasn't going to compare to a Belgian Wit, and this is a bit lighter than most I've had. Be that as it may, it's still pretty full on flavor, with much of the lemon and citrus coming through. The finish doesn't linger as long as I wanted, but there's some spicy punchiness at the end which works in its favor.

Mouthfeel: What this may be lacking is an overload of candi sugar, because the mouthfeel is indeed a bit light. Once again, though, it isn't too spritzy, which can sometimes happen with lighter beers. Still, it could be a bit thicker.

Drinkability: I was surprised how good this was for a Microbrewery. It was in the low 70s when we visited Moon River, so it was perfect for the one of the brews of choice while we were there. If you're at Moon River, I suggest it.

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Photo of aracauna
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow with appropriate cloudiness and a nice, white head. The coriander and orange are pronounced and create a very pleasant aroma. The body is fairly dry and refreshing with a slight bit of tartness in the end. A very tasty witbier. Easily in the top tier of the style.

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Wild Wacky Wit from Moon River Brewing Company
3.54 out of 5 based on 64 ratings.
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