Sublime Citrus Wit

Virginia
United States
Sublime Citrus Wit by Starr Hill Brewery
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
84
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20
Description 

Citrus, tangy wheat and spice meld in this classic Belgian-style brew. Real lemon and lime zest brightens its refreshing finish.

Profile

ABV: 
4.7%
Served at: 
45-50°
Hops: 
Saaz
Malts: 
2-Row & Wheat
Judges Review 
Josh Weikert's picture
Judges Rating:
84
Aroma:
19 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Sublime Citrus Wit by Starr Hill is a Belgian Witbier (BJCP category 24A) that touches on the core flavors of the classic Belgian style but doesn't venture too far from them.  Despite its name, this beer lacks any particular citrus punch, and actually overperforms in scoring a bit simply because it's being evaluated as a straight Witbier rather than a fruit beer!

The beer pours a clear gold with a medium-white head with somewhat low retention (I'd expect better from a Wit). The initial aroma is of funk and pepper, with a low grapefruit and orange background note.  That profile is echoed in the flavor, adding a surprisingly large banana flavor and a semi-dry finish despite its sweet grainy malt character.  Bittering is low, and mouthfeel is soft and light, consistent with the style.

This is a fine beer, but where's the citrus?  It plays best as a generic Belgian Wit or Blond.

Brewery Introduction

In the mid-90’s, Master Brewer Mark Thompson returned to his native Virginia from Portland, OR, having learned two things: First, that the craft of artisanal brewing was one part science and one part art; and second, that making delicious beer was a lot cooler than anything he had ever done as a... Read More

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