100 Barrel Series #02 - Wit Beer | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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100 Barrel Series #02 - Wit Beer100 Barrel Series #02 - Wit Beer

Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by taez555 on 08-15-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 34
Reviews by nixhecks:
Photo of nixhecks
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy golden yellow color with a fluffy white head that had good retention. Carbonation was plentiful. Came in a 22oz bottle with the batch date on the side, pretty classy looking. Had a very soft aroma of yeast, spice, bananas, and wheat, also smelled a little metallic. The taste really blew me away though - all the classic wit characteristics - banana, citrus, yeast - with a spiced, ginger kick to it. Very unique flavors, reminded me a little of Magic Hat's Lemon Ginger Hocus Pocus.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of sponberg
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful slightly hazy yellow-gold with a white head that hangs around well. Spicy, pepper-coriander aroma with a citrusy estery background. Promises a hell of a lot.

And it delivers. To your door. With a smile. I can't get over the mouthfeel on this beer - soft as velvet, yet round and just full enough (to me) for a Wit. Starts out with a good bitter orange hit, then blossoms into coriander, spice (hint of cardamom maybe?), and celery seed flavors over a spot-on estery malty base. The balance between the orange, spice, and malt is outstanding, tilting clightly towards the spice end of the seesaw. A stellar example of a Wit. I agree with the previous review - this beer would be exceptional with seafood, either as an accompaniment or as the beer in a beer batter.

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Photo of Jason
4.85/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 22 oz bomber with a bottled on date of 08-01-03 on the back of the label.

Appearance: Beige throwing gold with a seriously creamy looking head, the trademark cloudiness appears as long as you swirl the yeast in the bottle when about 1/3 of the beer is left in there.

Smell: Heavily fresh on the orange peel, spikes of spiciness hit the nostrils. Soft powdery yeast and faint malt draw some of the aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel: The smoothness is beyond words as its silky character gets intimate with the palate. A very firm orange peel flavour soon gets surrounded by hints of spice and obvious coriander. Hops drop a kiss of bitterness to keep things in check. Right in the center is a juicy wheat malt flavour which melds well with the major citric tones. A tad more wheat graininess in the end with a mildly nutty yeast and residual spice.

Notes: This is the king of witbiers, I hate to say it but this beats out Allagash White. This also beat out the many true imports I have had … mostly due to the absolute freshness. I dub Harpoon Wit Beer the best new beer this summer!

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Photo of fdrich29
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, hazy orange gold with a with frothy,bubbly head. Smells spicy and tastes of lemon, pepper and some orange. Heavy carbonation feel first that swiftly transitions to a barely bitter finish, that is more bland than bite. I anticipated (and hoped) for much more in taste and a better drinking experience from Harpoon on this 100 Barrel Series.

The most pleasant part of drinking this was the batch date for this brew was the same as my birthday. Harpoon next year just get me a 12 pack of IPA. Thanks.

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Photo of far333
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Seems different to me compared to other Wits. Not as sweet or yeasty. Much more crisp and clean and not so chewy. Can't help being reminded of champagne. Golden color, with a low off-white head. Dry mouthfeel. Typical wit fruity flavor with some yeast coming through, but also a tasty and delicate presence of spice and citrus. Very clean finish, with a lingering orange peel flavor.

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Photo of UncleFrank
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW! But let’s not go there yet. Why wow? Here’s why.

Aroma is spicy like a fruit basket. Banana, coriander, a touch of clove, orange, spicy. The beer pours bright golden with large fish-eye bubbles. The head is thick enough to float the bottle cap on. (Yes, I actually tried it and it worked.) The taste is complex. Fruity and spicy. Sweet with no hop presence, which is correct for style. Light, dry, and fluffy on the tongue. Dry wheat malt with the sweetness of a banana and the tartness of an orange peel. It finishes dry with coriander.

I could drink a lot of this. It is tasty and fruity without being a fruit beer. A near perfect balance between spice and sweet. A great find and unlike other beers released in special edition 22 ounce bottles, drinking the whole thing is not an issue and you still go to work in the morning. Grab some before it’s gone.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
2.55/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I poured it into the glass, it immediately foamed 3/4 of the glass. I waited for the dust to settle and made a note of it's color: a slightly cloudy yellow. The first taste was overwhelmingly nutmeg. Too much, in fact it dominated the taste. To me it tasted like a one dimensional potporri. It was painful to finish the bottle, but being cheap (it cost $3.99), it was my duty.

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Photo of Gusler
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Harpoon has been a long time favorite since I sampled their beer several years ago, and till this day, I still find them an excellent brewery and one I look for where ever I go, or if someone has to trade. This is from their 100 barrel series, and is presented in a 22 ounce bomber, “Woo Hoo”!

The beer before decanting is a spectacularly clear and sparkling golden yellow with a Bunyanesque sized head that is a brilliant white color, the consistency creamy and it ever so slowly fades away the lace forms a white satin sheet to caress the glass, after decanting, only a slight bit of hazing noticed. Sweet malt at the front, citrus like crispness, very light bit of earthiness from the wheat, mighty fine sniffer this beer, start is ambrosial with a great grain profile and the top full and rich in feel to the palate. Finish is stinging in its acidity, the way a “Wit” should be, sharp and crisp, quite thirst quenching, going to fire up a great cigar to enjoy with this brew, hops are delectable in their spiciness, a very dry beer, with a long lasting aftertaste, a real treat and a marvelous change of pace from the “Bad Boyz” I normally consume, another hit from a most favored brewery.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22ozer bottle from Austin Liquors, Shrewsbury, MA. Gold-foiled cap.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a dense 1 1/2" slightly off-white head above the bright straw brew. Laces excellently. Aroma is assertive with hops and citrus. Taste is pleasantly of grains and citrus, with a slight hops bite at the end. Flavor is enjoyable, but not as solid through and through as I was hoping, probably due to this being released last September, and I stumbled onto a straggler bottle. Mouthfeel and drinkability both excellent. Another of these 100 Barrels that I wish would come back in the regular lineup from Harpoon someday.

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Photo of kmo1030
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy golden color with a white head. cloves and citrus dominate the smell, with a bit of yeastiness as well. lemony citrus, is the first thing that hits you, along with clove/corriander behind it. the yeast provides a milder bready flavor to mellow out things a little. a medium mouthfeel with high carbonation in combination with the taste make this a very refreshing beer. i had a bottle previous to this one, as in somewhere in october, and i think letting it sit a while definitely improved this.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber with nice foil piece over cap. My bottle has been chilled overnite.

The beer pours bright gold in color, slightly hazy, and produces a bright white head as it pours. The aroma is dominated by orange and some lemon flavors but on the second sniff I also detect the bready smell of yeast (very faint).

Very sharp carbonation but not unpleasant. The taste is similar to the aroma, dominated by orange. Wheatiness is also there but I am getting the citrus flavors predominantly. After a few sips I do pick up some banana on the side of my tongue but it is gone very quickly.The brew is fairly light bodied, as it should be and goes down Very smoothly. Wow! This one is easy to drink!

Very clean finish, with no strong taste left in my mouth. Perhaps a mild general sweetness but that is all.
This is a very nice beer that I would like to have on a hot summer day. Grab some of this one before they are gone!

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another great beer from Harpoon's 100 barrel series. It pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a big fluffy white head sitting on top. A few spots of lace cling to the side as the glass empties. The aroma is an odd combination of flowery (basil) esters with a lemony citrus oder mixed in. Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth and delightful. The flavor begins somewhat spicy with a nice combination of basil and coriander. A lemon citrus flavor soon takes over and it finishes slightly tart. There's a nice light malt taste in the background holding everything together.

I found the flavor combination somewhat odd, but very tasty. This beer would go great with a nice plate of sausage or pasta.

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Photo of mikeys01
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My Harpoon Wit was served from a 22oz brown bottle, nicely chilled. Pours out quite hazy, like many a wheat beer but fairly light golden in color, appearing to be lighter than its body tells and touched with a little wispy white head. The Wit aroma is quite amazing, both yeasty sweet and brightly sharp and spicy at the same time. Couldn't wait to taste it and I was not disappointed. First taste is a nice wheat yeast flavor, which was actually a bit reminiscent of Bells Oberon, but this is quickly drwoned in lapping waves of spice as the coriander and cardamom build to a peak, and then taper off in tart notes of orange peel. In my opinion, quite an impressive brew from Harpoon, keep the 100 Barrel Series Coming!

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Photo of scottum
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw amber with a huge flowing white head. Mouthfeel is quite thin, but it almost works with the full flavor but it's not quite there. Flavor is complex and wellrounded. Nice and citrus spicey sweet which balances itself. I'm not a huge fan of the style, but I found this to be a tasty brew nontheless.

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Photo of taez555
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a big thick white head with a hazy but very bright yellow body.

The nose had a lot of a sharp spice smells. Sharp cinnamon and nutmeg smells. Sour spice almost, like a sour apple. Actually it almost smelled a bit like pumpkin pie.

The taste was very smooth and medium bodied. It starts very soft, with some soft malt flavors, then this lovely mix of spice flavors kicks in. Cinnamon, nutmeg and actually some hints of black pepper. A nice citrus tartness with a subtle earthy hop flavor.
Almost a lemony citrus. But the spice deffinatly dominates.

It finishes with this burst of a long lingering american hop earth/citrus bitterness.

Basically this is just a wonderfull New England Fall beer. Not quite a belgian wit. More like a nice hybrid belgian/american. Like a belgian wit made with american hops and a spicey cinnamon and black pepper kick. A very unique and yummy beer.

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Photo of waughbrew
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a great wit. The flavor is so well-rounded and complex for a low-alcohol beer. It is so many things at once - tart, spicy, grassy, herbal, sweet, yeasty, orangy, coriandery - but nothing is overdone. So balanced. My only criticism is that I would actually prefer the body to be a bit thinner as to be a little more drinkable.

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Photo of beernut7
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice hazy pour with foaming lasting head. The aroma is mellow with hints of lemon, banana and cloves. The first taste brings out the banana ester yeast flavor. A moderate bitterness works its way through as the beer warms up some followed by a lingering sweet malt. The bitterness grows through to the finish which is crisply refreshing. Not a bad wit.

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Photo of vitesse
4.46/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

served on tap at redbones in beantown...

don't expect hoegaarden. and i mean that in a good way.
the only real points i took were for appearance (not really the typical wit cloudiness). but aroma and taste more than make up for it. seriously smoooth mouthfeel. very well-built texture to this one. flavor is very un-hoegaarden-like. so orginal. yeah there's citrus and slight clove-flavor, but also nutty, bready flavors as well that make it a very 3-D flavor profile. so so good.
a totally new wit creation that clearly wasn't an attempt to clone a certain belgian beer.

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Photo of AllThingsNinja
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The hazy, bright golden ale pours up a few fingers of foam. This dissipates, leaving a thin, but lacy head to crown the brew. The aroma of yeast, wheat, and orange peel is inviting. The flavors blend grain, citrus, and yeast notes in a refreshing manner. The brew is slightly sweet, medium bodied, and inherently drinkable.

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Photo of kaszeta
3.57/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled on tap at the Windsor, VT brewery.

The wit pours with a bright golden color, with a fair bit of haze and a thick frothy head that fades fairly quickly. It has an aroma with strong citrus notes, a bit of spice, and a lot of malt. Usually an overly malty smell is a bit of a turnoff for me, but this seemed to work.

The taste itself is kind of funky, but not necessarily in a bad way. It's definitely a very sweet, malty beer, with strong fruity notes, pretty much the same as the aroma. It reminds me of a typical "Christmas" spice beer, but without being overly loaded with spice. It's kind of thick on the mouthfeel, but a bit dry on the finish.

Fairly good, but it's more of a "I'll drink just one" beer---you could easily OD on the taste.

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Photo of SheepNutz
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a slightly hazy orange-yellow with two fingers of head. There is a bit of lacing left. The smell is fairly spicy, and smells very heavily of lime. It's a fairly strong smell. The taste also has a significant lime flavor, weird. There is also some cinnamon and black pepper. The mouthfeel is fairly strong, but very smooth. The drinkability is very very good. A nice try at a classic Belgian style.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy, translucent straw yellow, topped with a thick, vigorous white head. The entire beer brightens when you hold it up to light. Uneven bubbles, with some large bubbles forming hills on top of the froth. The head diminishes fairly quickly, but never retreats completely. Amazing retention, keeping the same 1/8" topping through the entire glass. Be sure to swirl the last 1/3 of the beer to free the yeast and achieve the proper color.
Aroma has a strong peppery coriander profile, with plenty of crisp, sweet wheat malt. Orange peel is apparent. Spicy, with a suggestion of coconut, banana peel, and cantaloupe. Absolutely amazing.
Flavor is fantastic. Creamy, prickly carbonation, with a smooth powdery mouthfeel. The flavor starts out with a dryish wheat malt and yeast, quickly overtaken by spicy coriander and mild sweet orange peel. Some sweet, doughy yeast flavor, with a peppery coriander in the middle. Vague suggestions of coconut, cantaloupe, and banana. Coriander continues into the finish, with some wheat and yeast. The finish has the same dryness as eating a banana, with a dry, powdery fruitiness. Coriander and wheat malt linger in the aftertaste, with a touch of yeast and mild fruitiness. Medium to light bodied.
Probably the best witbier I've ever had the pleasure of drinking. The 100 barrel series is turning out to be very impressive, and this beer is going to be hard to follow on any level. A near perfect wit style.

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Photo of xgrigorix
2.12/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Twenty two ounce brown bottle. Bottled on 1 August 2003.

Pale hazy yellow, dense creamy white head. Sticky white lace all over the glass.

Nose is quite unique. Pleasant citrus with some interesting pepper / spice aromas. Also some herbal hints - bay leaves & mint.

A bit a sweetness, distinct coriander, & some citrus. Rosemary & intense mint. Overwhelming mint. Yuck - too much mint!

A tad heavier that medium bodied, very smooth.

I couldn't finish it, that mint flavour was awful.

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Photo of chaduvel
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

High expectations for this newcomer. Limited edition as well. Nice cloudy orange color with a substantial pillowy white head. Smells peppery with some vanilla and orange peel. Heavy on the orange peel. Spice and pepper up front with yeast and orange peel for the middle and finish. Some coriander to boot. Smooth and very fresh. Nice work, but still takes a second to Allagash White.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours nicely with a frothy head and gold/orange in color.
Hazy,but not cloudy.
Big, pungent spices in the nose,earthy tones and fruit zest,lemons,orange,cumin,some bubblegum,a subdued mustyness.Huge spices in the flavor,first thing that hits you is cardamon,a little overbearing on it,a little cardamon goes a long way.Tartness,lemony and orangelike notes along with earthy,musty notes of cumin maybe. Belgian qualities a little subdued and/or overwhelmed ny the spicing.
Decent mouthfeel but none of the pillowy softness which is a trademark of good wits, rather on the crisp side instead.
A good attempt at a difficult style,cut back on the spices and lighten the color and you've got a winner.

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100 Barrel Series #02 - Wit Beer from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 36 ratings