Stone’s Scrü Wit beer is an interesting one, to say the least. This Imperial Wit, brewed by brewers Brandon Jacobs and Alex Rodriguez, is a unique beer, specially made for Stone’s 2016 Spotlight Series. What makes this Wit so unique is it’s blend of three different styles of beers: a Finnish sahti, a European gruit, and a Belgian imperial wit. Jacobs and Rodriguez dubbed this unusual brew style a “SahGruWit” (Scrü Wit – get it?). Another interesting aspect of this mouth-watering brew is that it is made with essentially no hops. Instead, this wit includes unusual ingredients such as mugwort, wormwood, and juniper berries, which give this beer its slightly bitter taste.
Appearance: When poured into a glass, this beer pours a beautiful hazy-orange color with a small cream-colored head. This beer has a medium carbonation, and will continue to produce a slight carbonation when poured into a glass. It also has a slightly cloudy impression in a glass.
Taste: This beer starts out similar to a Belgian, with strong fruity, wheat-heavy notes. With an ABV of 8.5%, this wit produces a nice balance of spices and earthy tones. Leaning more towards the malty side, some ingredients (like the mugwort) help tone down the malt flavor of this beer and give it an ever-so-faint bitter taste.
Smell: The smell I encountered from this wit produced a slight banana aroma with a hint of spices. There is also a strong malt scent with a slight caramel aroma.
Mouthfeel: This wit has more of a medium body feel to it, with a very smooth finish. Not too heavy; not too light – this one’s just right!
Overall, this beer was uniquely engrossing with its compelling mix of spices and flavors. As usual, Stone hit a home run with this Belgian-style wit. If you get a chance to try this one-of-a-kind brew, DO IT.