Transmitter W3 Hibiscus Wit

Posted: January 15, 2016 in American Wild Ale, Reviews, Transmitter Brewing

Here’s the next Transmitter beer that I picked up. This one utilizes hibiscus, which I’ve always found to be an interesting adjunct.


ABV: 7.8%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We are brewing beers with a focus on traditional and farmhouse ales. We have secured over 20 isolated strains of Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, and Pediococcus, as well as a brewhouse library of traditional Belgian, French, English and American yeasts. Our mission at Transmitter Brewing is to leverage our passion, and introduce you to compelling and unique beers with an appreciation of their history and a focus on the quality of ingredients. We are constantly striving to create approachable interesting yeast driven beers with complimenting grains and hops.”

Random: My Dad had a hibiscus tree when I was growing up. He would put it on a dolly and bring it into the sunroom in the winter.

This beer poured with less than a finger of off-white head that dissipated almost instantly. It left no lacing on my Firestone Walker Teku glass. The body was a clear, light pink color with moderate carbonation. The nose had some grain and a lot of floral notes. There was light red fruit there, specifically strawberry. It had a light tart scent as well. The taste didn’t have the expected intense tartness from using wild yeast. It had the same, warm floral notes with mild red fruit. The wild yeast was present, but not the dominant flavor of the beer. It had a certain graininess to it that provided body to the beer. The body itself was thicker than expected with light carbonation. It had a quick and floral finish with almost invisible alcohol. Like the beer I reviewed yesterday, this was also $20.99 ($.95). I thought this beer was also outstanding. It had a lot of flavor and the utilization of the yeast was outstanding and really dried the beer out. If you see this on a shelf, get this.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0


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