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Brewery Vivant Ski Patrol

SKI PATROL: 86 Points

Clean Wit

Clean Wit

This Witbier is released seasonally in January in 16 oz. cans.

Brewer’s Description: “This crushable slopes-inspired beer complements our Michigan winters with a hazy golden pour and a warming spice on the nose. The cardamom sets this wit apart from the traditional corriander variety. It also plays well with the orange peel, creating a soft warmth so necessary when dangling from the chairlift.”

My Description: Not every Winter beer needs to be high alcohol, it’s nice to have a change up from time to time. It pours a weak, white colored head that fades quick to nothing leaving behind no lacing. The aroma shows prominent spice notes with hints of wheat malt and cardamon. Ski Patrol is light/medium bodied with a slightly lower carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is refreshing with wheat malt aspects detected throughout along with spice notes and hint of sweetness. The beer is balanced beautifully with a touch of bitterness in the aftertaste with lingering cardamon notes. Overall, this beer is definitely “crushable” and a nice take on a Winter Ale that isn’t some big and heavy stout. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with chicken pot pie, veggie pizza, or pea soup.

ABV: 6.1% Color: Golden Bronze Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 2/10

Greenbush Sotto Voce

SOTTO VOCE: 80 Points

Soft voices, soft beer

Soft voices, soft beer

This Witbier is released for a limited time in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Our crisp American Wit with oranges, cardamom, peppercorn and toasted fennel seed will leave you speechless.”

My Description: This is a satisfying beer for those hot days. It pours an extremely large, off-white colored head that lasts the whole way leaving an abundant amount of lacing. The aroma is mild and pleasant with notes of orange juice, floral hops, wheat malt, and some yeast notes as well. Sotto Voce is light/medium bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is tasty enough but the orange juice isn’t as present as I thought it would be. There are notes of sweet malt, yeast spices, and a hint of orange zest. The aftertaste is slightly bitter with lingering clove and spice notes. There is nothing off putting about this beer but at the same time I have had many other witbiers that were better executed. Nonetheless, it is still a fine beer. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled shrimp, salads, or sautéed asparagus.

ABV: 6.3% Color: Golden/Orange/Amber Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 3/10

Einstok Icelandic White Ale

ICELANDIC WHITE ALE: 90 Points

Icelandic Witbier

Icelandic Witbier

This Witbier is available year-round in 11.2 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Brewed in the centuries-old Belgian tradition, our White Ale features the complex flavors of the classic witbier, including orange peel and coriander – all brewed with pure Icelandic water that delivers a cool smoothness that is flavorful and refreshingly drinkable.”

My Description: This beer is a really good example of the style and is delightfully refreshing. It lacks some potency but perhaps the brewer wanted a more easy drinking experience. I think it makes for a great Summer ale. It begins with a good sized, bright white colored head with a decent retention level that holds for a few minutes leaving behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma is dominated by citrus notes along with wheat malt notes. White Ale is medium bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level and a dry finish. Bright citrus notes also dominate the flavor profile with some yeast spice undertones, herbal notes, and a hint of coriander. Wheat male is also detected, but this is mostly about the orange peel. The aftertaste is clean with lingering citrus notes. It’s not a problem putting down a few of these. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled shrimp, bread pudding, or jerk chicken.

ABV: 5.2% Color: Yellow/Light Gold Sweetness: 1.5/10 Bitterness: 1.5/10

Alaskan White

WHITE: 78 Points

A bit bland

A bit bland

This Belgian Style Witbier is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Alaskan White Ale has a soft, slightly sweet base with the unique spice aroma of coriander and crisp, citrus finish of orange peel. A light and effervescent body combined with the smooth palate creates a complex and delicate beer that is deliciously refreshing in any season.”

My Description: This Witbier makes for a good summer quencher but not for enjoying a great beer; the flavors are thin and bland. It begins with a good sized, white colored head with a retention level that holds most of the way leaving behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma smells alright with notes of coriander, dried orange, and wheat malt. The aroma isn’t exciting but it is still pleasant. White is light/medium bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level and a dry finish. A wheat malt backbone holds up the flavor profile along with notes of coriander and subtle citrus hints. The aftertaste is minimally bitter with hints of yeast spices. Overall, this is good and refreshing beer but not much else. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with a spicy Caesar salad, grilled shrimp, or roasted asparagus.

ABV: 5.3% Color: Straw Yellow Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 1.5/10

Ballast Point Wahoo

WAHOO: 85 Points

Cali Witbier

Cali Witbier

This Belgian Witbier is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “A fresh, unfiltered brew perfect for lazy summer days. Our Wahoo White is brewed with unfiltered, un-malted wheat and oats that give it a distinctive cloudy complexity. True to the Belgian tradition, this Witbier boasts a refreshing, citrusy flavor thanks to the orange peel and coriander we add to the boil. This makes Wahoo an ideal beer for year-round beach weather.”

My Description: Wahoo is crisp and refreshing with just enough flavor to make it interesting and a low ABV to make it sessionable. It pours a decent sized, white colored head with a good retention level that hold the whole way and leaves behind some lacing. The aroma is inviting and citrus forward. There are notes of orange zest, coriander, and wheat malt. Wahoo is light/medium bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is tasty and pretty straightforward making for a great Summer beer. A pale malt backbone holds up notes of citrus and hints of yeast spices. Some tanginess can be detected but overall this beer has subtle flavors and clean aftertaste that satisfies. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with ceviche, lemon desserts, or cantaloupe.

ABV: 4.5% Color: Straw Yellow Sweetness: 1.5/10 Bitterness: 2/10

Samuel Adams Cold Snap

COLD SNAP: 85 Points

Lots of flavors

Lots of flavors

This Witbier is released seasonally in the Spring in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Stirring from the haze of winter, this refreshing unfiltered White Ale awakens its smooth wheat with the bright snap of spring spices.  From the subtle sweetness of orange peel and plum to the peppery bite of fresh ground coriander, the blend of spices creates just the right refreshing kick to signal that spring is on its way.”

My Description: There is a wide range of flavors in this ale, but it seems to lack a sufficient malt backbone to hold up these flavors. This beer is crisp and refreshing but it would better satisfy with more wheat malt notes. It pours a good sized, white colored head with a notable retention level and it leaves behind a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is pleasant and welcoming with notes of plum, apricots and other fruits, some wheat malt, and a touch of spice. Cold Snap is medium bodied with a higher carbonation level and a dry finish. A plethora of flavors shine through with orange peel dominating the flavor profile. This is accompanied by notes of lemon grass, coriander, some pepper spice, plums, and a touch of malt. There is very little bitterness in this beer and overall this Witbier can be sessionable. There is nothing too special about this ale but I could go for a couple of them every Spring. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with sushi, scrambled eggs, or a Phili cheesesteak.

ABV: 5.3%  Color: Hazy Gold  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 1.5/10

Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Blanca

CALABAZA BLANCA: 92 Points

White Pumpkin

White Pumpkin

This Belgian Witbier is available year-round in 750 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “An artisan white ale brewed in the classic biere blanche tradition. Spiced with orange peel and coriander, you’ll find it refreshingly tart, with a wonderful dry finish.”

My Description: This is a great example of a true European farmhouse ale; the alcohol is low making this an easy choice for drinking all day, the flavors taste great and work cleanly together, and it is very refreshing. It begins with a good sized and fluffy, bright white colored head with a great retention level and it leaves behind a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is inviting with notes of wheat malt, coriander, citrus, and some grassiness. Blanca is light/medium bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is real nice, a lingering citrus note compliments the apple and pepper notes. Some mild tart notes and some earthiness give way to a minimally bitter aftertaste that is crisp. This ale is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with roasted asparagus, grilled white fish, or raw oysters.

ABV: 4.7%  Color: Straw Gold  Sweetness: 1.5/10  Bitterness: 1.5/10

HEYDAY: 87 Points

Easy drinking Wit

Easy drinking Wit

This Belgian Style Witbier is released in the Spring season in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “HEYDAY is an eminently pleasant Belgian-Style White Ale.  Brewed with barley, oats and raw wheat, Heyday is uniquely flavorful for such an easy-drinking ale.  With a slightly cloudy appearance and traditional yeast, it is a balanced, agreeable offering.  Exuding mild hop bitterness and a nuanced body, this is the easiest decision you’ll make all day.”

My Description: This is a refreshing representation of the style and a great choice for those hot summer days. It begins with a good sized, bright white colored head with a great retention level and it leaves behind a wall of lacing. The aroma is real grainy with accompanying notes of citrus and yeast spices. It is medium bodied with a slightly higher carbonation and a dry finish. Although, at times I felt that the beer was thin and lacking something. The flavor profile is nice enough with an apparent spice note throughout, a clean what backbone, and a some coriander notes. The aftertaste has some noticeable bitterness notes but nothing overpowering. This is an easy drinking ale and perfect for the season. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with peach cobbler, gouda cheese, or some Chinese dishes such as Kung Pao chicken.

ABV: 5.2%  Color: Straw  Sweetness: 1.5/10  Bitterness: 2.5/10

WOODY CREEK: 86 Points

Respectable Witbier

Respectable Witbier

This Belgian Style Witbier is released in the Summer seasons in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “This unfiltered and traditionally spiced Wit beer is brewed with coriander and bitter orange peel.”

My Description: This Belgian Witbier is refreshing and welcoming on that hot summer day. It begins with a decent, white colored head that fades to a film and holds the whole way leaving behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma smells nice with notes of coriander, pepper spice, some citrus, and some malt. It is lighter bodied with a higher carbonation level and a dry finish. The beer is rather thin and at some points felt watered down but the flavors did hold their own. There are notes of wheat malt, coriander, pepper spice, and some floralness. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and clean. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled chicken sandwiches, coconut shrimp, or sauteed snapper.

ABV: 4.7%  Color: Light Gold  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 2/10

WHITE RASCAL: 88 Points

Nice Belgian

Nice Belgian

This Belgian Witbier is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “A truly authentic Belgian style wheat or “white” ale, this Rascal is unfiltered (yup, that’s yeast on the bottom) and cleverly spiced with coriander and Curaçao orange peel producing a refreshingly zesty classic ale.”

My Description: This Belgian is a refreshing and satisfying Belgian with true flavors and a great body. It begins with a decent, white colored head with a sub-par retention level and a good amount of lacing. The aroma is fresh with notes of orange zest, wheat malt, and yeast esters. It is medium bodied with a moderately high carbonation and a dry finish. The first thing I noticed is the delicious coriander note accompanied by a subtle orange hint. There are also flavor notes of light malt, wheat, and a touch of spice. The texture is slightly creamy and the alcohol is completely hidden. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with blackened Cod, pad Thai noodles, or a seafood ceviche.

ABV: 5.6%  Color: Straw  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 1.5/10

BLANCHE: 85 Points

Standard Wit

This Belgian Style Wit Bier is released seasonally between April and July in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Light, cloudy and smooth, Blanche brings you authentic Belgian-style flavor along with handcrafted quality and freshness. In the nose you’ll notice a light spiciness from the coriander and dried Curacao orange peels.”

My Description: This Witbier is refreshing and enjoyable. While other wits may be more balanced between spice and citrus, this beer leans more on the citrus side of things. This is not a negative trait but more of a personal preference of the brewer. It has a decent sized, white colored head with an average retention level and it leaves some lacing. The aroma is mild with an apparent note of coriander accompanied by faint notes of bitter orange, lemon, and some wheat grain. It is fairly light in body with a higher carbonation level and a crisp finish. The taste of bitter orange is front and center in the flavor profile. There are also note of coriander and other spices but nothing makes this beer amazing or sets it apart from the rest. It is a smooth and tasty brew and best served around 45°F. It pairs nicely with grilled shrimp, roasted duck, or a Hawaiian pizza.

ABV: 4.6% Color: Hazy Straw Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 1.5/10

BLANCHE DE CHAMBLY: 89 Points

White Ale

This white ale is available year-round in the U.S. It has an IBU of 10 and an SRM of 4.

Brewer’s Description: “Subtle bouquet of spice, citrus notes, aromas of yeast breads, coriander, and cloves. Wheat and subtle spices blanketed in citrus flavors reminiscent of orange and lemon.”

My Description: This is not one of the best white ales, but it’s worth a try. It has a very bubbly white colored head that disappears almost immediately and leaves no lacing. However, the aroma is nice and mild with some spice notes that smells clean and refreshing. The taste is not the greatest for this style of beer. It is bland, it has some citrus and spice notes but their very weak and not satisfactory. It is smooth and easy drinking but that’s not enough for me to repurchase. At some point it almost tasted like V8, not what you want in a beer. It is best served around 40°F. This would pair well with fish, salads, or fruits.

ABV: 5% Color: Hazy Gold Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 1/10

WIT: 96 Points

Great Witbier

This Witbier is available year-round in 11.2 oz. bottles.

Brewers Description: “This traditional Witbier has been developed in cooperation with Master Brewer Pierre Celis, the Godfather of Hoegaarden and Celis White. This beer as well has a second fermentation in the bottle, giving this beer its specific taste.”

My Description: This beer tastes like the perfect example of a true Belgian Witbier, if you don’t like this then you probably don’t like Witbiers. It has a decent white colored head with a good retention level but some sub-par lacing. The aroma smells divine with fragrant notes of Belgian yeast, cloves, citrus, and some coriander. It is medium bodied with a high carbonation level. The beer is smooth, crisp, with a slightly dry finish. Up front you will taste some clove spice, an apparent citrus zest, wheat grain and coriander. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and refreshing. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with salads, coconut shrimp, or grilled chicken.

ABV: 5.5%  Color: Hazy Straw  Sweetness: 3/10  Bitterness: 1.5/10

IMPERIAL WHITE: 70 Points

Imperial Series

This is an imperial version of a classic witbier (white beer).  This was first brewed in 2009 and can be found year-round in 12 oz. bottles. Calories are 321, SRM is 17,  and the IBU’s are 15.

Brewer’s Description:  “This is not just a more intense version of Samuel Adams® White Ale. Samuel Adams Imperial White is a new recipe that stands on its own. In fact, it is more of a wine substitute than just another refreshing witbier. This is a beer that should be sipped and savored and you’ll be amazed at the flavors you’ll discover as the beer warms and opens up. As the beer warms and opens up, you start to get complex flavors of dry fruits, exotic spices, and floral blossoms.”

My Description:  The color of this beer is hazy caramel. I was expecting a white beer but instead got a darker amber colored beer. Witbiers are called so because the beer looks cloudy due to the unfiltered wheat and suspended yeast.  Already I’m turned off because I don’t even know what to expect now. The head is very thin with almost no lacing, which is average for a beer over 10% ABV.  The aroma is buttery and pungent with minor orange and yeast notes.  This is definitely a full bodied beer that delivers different tastes as the beer transitions through different temperatures. As is tradition with witbiers, coriander and orange notes should be expected and they make themselves known in this beer but only minimally.  Overall, the beer has a very sweet taste and a malty aftertaste. I don’t know what “exotic spices” they put in here because I just can’t get past how sweet this beer is.  I have drank many witbiers and this just doesn’t seem to fit the style. Even though it is this high in alcohol and they used more malts and wheat than traditional witbiers, this is not an acceptable perspective on this style. I drank this between  40° F and 50°F and there were different flavors that developed like orange, floral, and coriander but the strong sweet taste just never went away. This beer is not horrible but I can’t understand how this is called a witbier. Why, just because it has notes of orange and coriander.  You can find this beer for around $10 for a four pack but I suggest finding a liquor store who sells them individually because you may not want to drink four.

ABV: 10.3%  Color:  Hazy Caramel/Amber  Sweetness:  8/10  Bitterness: 1/10

WITTE: 87 Points

Belgian Wit

This Belgian Style Witbier is their summer seasonally that is generally available year-round in 750 ml. bottles and 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Witte is brewed with malted and unmalted wheat, barley malt, a light hops addition and spiced with sweet orange peel and coriander.”

My Description: This is a good Witbier, it just didn’t bring me to the level of satisfaction that I was expecting. It has a bright white head that is bubbly but retains poorly. The lacing is also nothing to gloat about. However, the beer has a nice nose to it with fragrant notes of Belgian yeast, bubblegum, and coriander to name a few. The beer is roughly light/medium bodied with a good carbonation level for this style. Once you start drinking this beer it will taste bright and flavorful with notes of yeast, bubblegum, clove, and some citrus. The finish is dry and moderately sour. It is a pretty good beer, it is just not great. It is best served around 42°F and pairs nicely with salads, grilled shrimp, or fresh fruit.

ABV: 5.1%  Color: Hazy Straw Yellow  Sweetness: 3.5/10  Bitterness: 1.5/10

HOLY MOSES: 89 Points

Holy Moses White Ale

This is a Belgian Wit (White) ale that is available seasonally between April and May. This beer is named after the founder of Cleveland, Moses Cleaveland.  It has a shelf life of 180 days and is available in 12 oz. bottles or on draft.

Brewer’s Description:  Cloudy appearance. Spiced with orange peel, chamomile and coriander.

My Description:  This ale produces a head about 1 inch thick that is dense, foamy, and off white in color.  It also has great retentive qualities and it leaves laces that are really nice and stick around the whole way.  You will notice a slightly complex aroma with notes of citrus and coriander with some spice and clove scents as well.  Initially, you will notice that it is medium bodied but it tastes full and heavy.  It tastes fresh and well made with flavor notes of coriander, some spice, and oranges.  The aftertaste is mild and enjoyable with a taste of chamomile mixed in with some orange. I would pair this with seafood, salads, or a light stir-fry.

ABV: 5.4%  Color: Hazy Gold  Sweetness: 3/10  Bitterness: 1.5/10

NAMASTE: 87 Points

Summer Beer

This Belgian style White Ale was first introduced in 2009. It is available in limited quantities on draft and in 750 ml. bottles. It has an IBU of 20.

Brewer’s Description: “A Belgian-style White made with dried organic orange slices, fresh cut lemongrass and a bit of coriander. This beer is a great summer quencher.”

My Description: This is a flavorful wheat ale that is a nice change from other summer beers. The taste was good but the head was not; I poured it pretty aggressively and still got a weak head that was thin and sparse, but it did produce some nice lacing. The aroma was strong with coriander that was accompanied by some minor lemon and spice notes. The texture of the beer is slightly creamy with a higher carbonation level and the beer is medium bodied that is smooth and easy drinking. This ale starts off with a slightly complex taste with notes of coriander, citrus, and spice that work together nicely. The aftertaste is slightly dry with notes of coriander and spice that linger. As the beer warms up, lemongrass notes start making an appearance that brings a nice new addition to the beer. This beer is best served around 43°F and pairs nicely with summer meals like BBQ, coconut shrimp, or seafood dishes.

ABV: 5% Color: Hazy Pale Gold Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 1/10

FLORIDA CRACKER WHITE ALE: 89 Points

Whip cracking Florida Crackers

Whip cracking Florida Crackers

This Belgian Style Witbier is released on a rotating basis in 12 oz. cans.

Brewer’s Description: “Belgian wit aged on fruit and spices.”

My Description: This ale would make a good session beer in the summer months because it is refreshing, easy drinking, and all the flavors are light and on the citrus side. It has a decent, white colored head that fades rather quickly and leaves behind no lacing at all. The aroma is pretty nice with notes of coriander, citrus, and hints of spice. It is medium bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level and a dry finish. Upfront, there are notes of citrus and lemon zest accompanied by a touch of bubblegum and some grassy/grain notes. There is an underlying flavor note of spice that is welcoming and satisfying. The aftertaste is slightly bitter with a flavor note of lime that lingers slightly. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with coconut shrimp, bistro salads, or jerk chicken.

ABV: 5%  Color: Hazy Straw  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 2.5/10