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White Magick Of The Sun - Voodoo Brewing Company

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197 Ratings
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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 16.53%
Wants: 14
Gots: 18 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Voodoo Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  6.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This White ale is made with a little Voodoo Twist. We use our house Tripel yeast and add the average unmalted wheat, wheat, barley and just add more of each. Hopped evenly and spiced with coriander, bitter orange peel, juniper and Jeremys' favorite spice to remain a mystery. This beer is to be the answer to those hot summer days. Blows away carbonated water!!!!!

(Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 07-05-2006)
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Photo of t0rin0
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from DuqTroops (Secret Santa)

Pours a murky, somewhat ugly dark golden color that is considerably darker than what most wits are. Decent head but not much in the way of lacing or retention.

Aroma is pretty much all coriander and a bit of fruit.

Flavor is way overdone on the coriander but a little citrus shows through. I was almost positive that this doesn't contain the standard witbier yeast because I tasted a bit of banana and some breadiness. BA confirms that it is their "tripel" yeast. Low bitterness.

The body is medium and pretty drinkable. The coriander could defintely stand to be toned down but its a decent beer all around.

t0rin0, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -17.4%

djrn2, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
1.73/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Consumed at a recent tasting. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a hazy light golden color with a good white head, nice retention, and a good amount of lacing. The nose is quite pungent, with an absolute overload of coriander coming through along with too much pepper. The orange isn't noticeable. The flavor is not good. The pepper and coriander completely dominate my taste buds and not in a good way. It leaves the palate extremely dry. Very harsh. Not much to say other than spice bomb. None of the underlying beer comes through. I would not have this again.

Thorpe429, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +10.2%

nmann08, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy dark pale yellow in color and has lots of particles visible floating in suspension. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of juniper berries are present in the nose along with spicy notes of coriander.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and also has hints of wheat and ginger; the coriander and juniper flavors persist through the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really liked this beer as it had the intensity of flavors you would expect from an Herbed/Spiced Beer, but was really easy to drink because of the use of the wheat malts.

metter98, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.6/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy apricot color with a relatively modest head that leaves some lace

Smell: Orange, coriander, white pepper and a sweet dough character that carries a hint of honey

Taste: Opens with a honey sweet but primarily herbal fruity flavor, with juniper berries and coriander complementing the orange; the peppercorn spice and yeasty flavors build by mid-palate; after the swallow, the more mellow orange herbal and sweet flavors return and dominate until the very end, when the pepper make a biting reappearance that refuses to fade

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This one is producing a bar-bell of reviews - some love it and some hate; mark me up as a fan as in my view it is a well-crafted singular beer by a brewer who clearly has a flair

brentk56, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

ygtbsm94, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was one of the first I ever had at the Tap & Table before it closed. I ordered this because I enjoyed several other Voodoo brews and hadn't had this one yet. The beer poured out as a cloudy looking yellow color with a fluffy white head on top. The lacing was pretty good. The smell of the beer was spicy and full of grainy zest. The taste of the beer was smooth with the wheat and had some undertones of spice on the tongue. The mouthfeel was light and refreshing. Overall I found this to be a pretty good Witbier that is decently priced.

Knapp85, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was like I awoke from a dream I am mundanely wandering through the supermarket when I stumble through the beer aisle, I awake to a fuzzy image of a familiar bottle that would never be accessible through a grocery store even in dream. However, once my senses cleared and I realized I was in the new Giant Eagle Market District I realized that Voodoo Brewing out of Meadville, PA was reasonably priced and available at a retail individually priced.

I love Matt Allyn and company, these folks are passionate about their brews. This one appears a pale hazed bright golden orange hue with a nice everlasting white head that sticks to the sides of my glass very nicely.

Aroma is top heavy with the peppercorns but it's such a unique quality that it totally captivates your senses, I don't know any other brewer out there making quality white ale with 12 varietals of peppercorns. Spicy with not just the peppery kick but the citrus qualities from orange peel and lightly done coriander accents excite me and my senses. The juniper berries brings on a touch of fruitiness and earthy bark like tones, similar to the original Yellow Snow Ale from Rogue.

Flavor brings out a nice slightly creamy effervescence that I've only found in other witbiers, the peppery kick is out of this world. Coriander, orange peel equate to the traditional white ale experience I'm glad somebody else decided upon an original take within the spice additions that could open up this beer style. A beefier alcohol content than your average is on the label but not detected in the nose or flavor profile. A marriage of grain, wheat, spices and yeast notes.

Mouthfeel overall is medium bodied but heavy for an average wheat again the alcohol and grain content probably outweighs the average original gravity for the style. No alcohol burn on the finish, just a layer of flavor and spices in the finish which really bring out the heart and soul of this flagship offering.

Drinkability is great one of those beers I can sink my teeth into with a meal, a fine dining experience I believe this one was around 4-5 dollars for a 22 ounce portion at the newly opened Giant Eagle Robinson Market District.

WVbeergeek, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

RblWthACoz, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of Slatetank
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Slatetank, May 15, 2013
Photo of mactrail
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lovely hazy orange amber color with very nice lacing. Spicy and starts to get hot. The pepper is not understated. Smells like peppercorns and moldy bread. I say the mystery spice is ginger. Or else pepper plus juniper berry equals a ginger taste. Some sediment that will get into the last pour.

Malt is rather rich and overall this is sweeter than most Wits. I'd be inclined to call it a spiced ale. Appley, fruity taste along with the residual heat. A very interesting beer, yeasty and rich like a cousin of Hefeweizen. Spices are distinct but not overdone. A little hot in the aftertaste.

From the 12 oz bottle bought at Food and Friends in Philadelphia.

mactrail, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
2.42/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From 03/27/11 notes. Shared by jslot38 at a local RB tasting.

a - Pours a murky yellow- pale golden color with light carbonation evident and one inch of white head.

s - Smells heavily of spices, coriander, peppers, orange. Pretty strong on the spices.

t - Tastes of spices, pepper, peppers, orange peels, coriander, and floral notes. Again, too strong on the spices.

m - Medium body and high carbonation.

d - Overall I wasn't a big fan of this one. Too much pepper and spice for me. Wouldn't seek out again.

mdfb79, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

DrunkinYogi, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of jwc215
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle -

POurs clean golden on first pour, so, knowing that it was a wit, and the cloudiness comes from the "finishing swirl", I poured it into different glasses. The last produced a cloudy golden orangey body. The bubbly white head towers than collapses. A rush of effervescent carbonation rises to the top. Foamy lacing sticks.

The smell of black pepper is very strong (almost too much). Orange peel zest and some cotton candy come through, but almost overwhelmed by black pepper.

The taste of black pepper is balanced by a bubblegum/cotton candy sweetness and an orange zest tang. It is perfumy/medicinal, but in an appropriate way for the style. It is one that grew on me, as the pepper settled in. It has a spicy, dry finish.

The feel is effervescent and light-bodied.

Black pepper is almost too much here, though as it settles, it develops more complexities. A bit too spicy for me to want to keep drinking, but a 22-ouncer set well with me. A spicier, "different" wit that still fits in with the general guidelines of the style.

jwc215, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of Gavage
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear golden yellow color with a short 1/2" head that breaks apart quickly.

Smell: lemon citrus, fruits, and spices rise from the glass and are easy to detect.

Taste: lemon zest, green grapes, and pepper spice come through the most with some milder bitterness near the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp at the start, crisp and a touch dry at the finish. Aftertaste is very brief.

Drinkability: mildly refreshing and easy to consume. A bomber bottle is easy to finish in a short session.

Gavage, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of orangesol
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

orangesol, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of yourefragile
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

yourefragile, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of duceswild
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

duceswild, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of stakem
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken 1/2/11. From a variety pack purchased with questionable freshness. No indication of bottle date/code but all the brews in this selection have a different colored cap. If it means anything, this cap was yellow.

From a 12oz bottle into a snifter, this brew appears initially crystal clear with a light golden color. As the rest of the bottle is emptied, it turns quite cloudy. 3 fingers worth of white, fluffy head merange-like head form atop the glass. As it recedes, it leaves a sticky coating of lace everywhere.

The aroma of this brew is way overkill on pepper than a spice of lemony coriander comes into play. This brew will break you if you have never smelled peppercorn contribution in a brew before, it dominates and is seemingly impossible to miss. As it warms, this brew gets a little soapy smelling with spices and somewhat artificial aromatics that are very strong and clashing.

The taste is lemony and almost oil-like from the coriander. Star anise is present with a licorice flavor and the ever present pepper flavor throughout. A mild rind-like flavor is somewhat citrusy and mildly bitter. The finish of this brew includes more licorice and a soapy taste I've never experienced before.

The 7% alcohol is hidden quite well but it is evident which makes all the spice flavors in this brew really stand out. It is light bodied and highly carbonated. This brew is worth a try, it is interesting and unique. However, for my own personal preference the spices were a little over the top and unnecessary.

stakem, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of corby112
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy light golden orange color with light yellowish orange hues when held to a light source and two finger frothy white head that slowly fades into a thin lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing.

Sweet citrus aroma with hints of orange and lemon peel along with a prominent bready yeast character and zesty spice. I'm picking up some peppery spice and possibly corriander as well.

Heavily carbonated up front with a thin body which contains a lot of citrus flavor and peppery spice. Slightly dry finish. There lots of orange peel and other citrus fruit flavor that is balanced by spicy pepper and corriander as well a some sweet alcohol. Decent I guss but nothing I would seek out again.

corby112, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a hazy light gold with a fluffy white head that slowly fades into a head of fluff. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of orange peel, juniper berries, peppercorn, coriander seed, tart wheat, and mild sugar.
Taste is of the aromas with a honey like sweetness complimenting the bitter citrus hops and freshly baked bread.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, semi-sweet, crisp, and semi-dry in the finish.

weeare138, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a $4 bottle at Liberty St. Tavern and poured it into my pint glass. Though it's strong for the style, you can't tell. This is a smooth wit. The big spices really define the beer, with coriander and orange peel sticking out. Some of the finer elements get lost, like the 12 different peppercorns, but the lemon grass and a general pepper taste compliment the other spices. Unless you're a style purist, check this tasty and interesting wit out.

tempest, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -17.4%

ejimhof, Dec 31, 2012
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White Magick Of The Sun from Voodoo Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.