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Beer – #914 – Stone – Citrusy Wit

Stone Citrusy Wit, the Beer Jerk beer of the week. Something from Stone in a style that I wasn’t expecting. I quite like the Wheat beers, and expect something soft, aromatic yeasty and fun. AT least I have amusing music to accompany the journey.

this lack of unnecessary garnish

This is a 330ml bottle of a beer that is 35 IBU things, is around 159 calories a serve size, and is 5.3% ABV

Brewed by Stone Brewing in the style estate is  Witbier and that happens in EscondidoCalifornia  USA

When it comes to our beers and the ingredients we use, we give a wit.

Stone Me !

So rather than spinning just the same fruit wheel of the classic orange peel, we punched up our wit with the dynamic duo of tangerine and kaffir lime leaf.

The fruit-forward aromatics and flavors are perfectly balanced, so you don’t have to bother adding a slice (or leaf) to the rim of your glass.

Even with this lack of unnecessary garnish, you won’t find an absence of intense fruit. In fact, each dryly refreshing, citrusy sip of this coriander-spiced, tangerine-infused, Mandarina Bavaria-hopped creation will satisfy even the most hardcore fan.

So, What could possibly go wrong?

I get what I think is mostly a beady aroma on opening this, that lemony yeast note is faint and muted.

Lovely bright orange yellow pour with a nice head, looks very nice which is a good start. Aroma in the glass gains some of that lemony hints that you might expect.

And it saves it up for a massive big hop yeast citrus burst in the mouth, but it’s all up front and then leaves with a dusty dry finish. I’m not sure what just happened.

Some of that dryness can be attributed to tangerine i if they used the pith and peel of course, but the lime, the lime was away that day.

I’m then stuck in betwixt and between on this. I’m erring on the side of shying away though, as much as Stone are good at what they do, this, for me, isn’t a beer that is bold enough where it should be, lacking in the citrus and also that lime promise.

It does have a nice aroma, just nice, and the initial taste bust brings a smile, but it is muddled and I ended up thinking I made the right music choice for a change, Mexican-Morrissey.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 6 of its things from the thing. It’s ok, it’s better than average and is different to similar takes on the same style but I don’t think it’s an improvement.

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? Beer Jerk NZ beer club
  • Am I enjoying it? Not really.
  • Would I have another? No, there there are probably other better beers to be had.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? Not really, I don’t think this is strong enough or bold enough to stand up or stand out.

Music for this:  ” Mexrrissey” and ” No Manchester” on Spotify

….Now the love has been returned, with a band made in Mexico City reinventing Morrissey’s and The Smiths’ songs south of the border. Together they sound like a brass and string led combo from the smallest village with the biggest bleeding heart…



Belgian style wheat beers are very pale, opaque, with the crisp character of wheat, plus the citric refreshment of orange peel and coriander. Ingredients sometimes also include oats for smoothness, and other spices such as grains of paradise. Serve with light cheeses or mussels.


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