Knee Deep Wet Wittee

Reviewed by on August 22, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Knee Deep Brewing Company

  • Origin: Auburn, CA, US

  • Rated On: August 19, 2016

  • Best Before: bottled May 27, 2016

  • ABV: 5.3%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Witbier

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

A proclaimed Belgian-style white ale, sure, but I presume by the label imagery that this will be a more American-style, hopped to the nuts witbier?

This 22oz bottle pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat bubbly bone-white head, which leaves a few swaths of approaching avalanche lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of semi-sweet, bready wheat malt, coriander and white pepper spice, earthy and slightly phenolic yeast, some muddled citrus zest, and maybe a hint of warming alcohol.  The taste is grainy and doughy pale malt, a lesser zingy wheatiness, sugary coriander, ephemeral black pepper dust, edgy Belgian yeast, very tame citrusy notes, and a further bit of metallic booziness.  The carbonation is quite sturdy in its palate-lifting frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth, just a wee beasty yeastiness perhaps not as slick as it could be.  It finishes off-dry, the mixed malt carrying on like it owns the place – all other lingerers need not apply.

Overall, I’m not actually seeing anything American about this offering (my assumption – guilty) – it’s malty, and lightly fruity and spicy, which is fairly true to style, making it easy enough to drink.  Maybe it’s just that Yankee marketing trope of throwing hops into every label pun and image that they can – you know, emulating the brewers (usually) themselves.

Brady White

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