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White Magick Of The Sun - Voodoo Brewing Company

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Reviews: 93
Hads: 217
Avg: 3.7
pDev: 24.05%
Wants: 14
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Voodoo Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  6.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 07-05-2006

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!!!!!
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Photo of t0rin0
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
1.77/5  rDev -52.2%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.55/5  rDev +23%
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

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.46/5  rDev -33.5%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.7/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of stakem
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Hoegaarden glass.

A lifeless head that barely makes a pencil thin puck off the pour, leaving a very faint soapy collar that isn't even. Body color is peach amber, dull, and full of lots of sediment even when pouring slowly, with lots of floaties.

Nose though is quite charming. Hints of white wine, and nice peach like sweetness. Some lemon and citrus character but a real nice peach juicy quality, and this wine like yeast character. Real interesing, and very unexpected for a witbier. Really digging it.

Palate comes nicely. A good malt coating, that hints and accentuates the peach sweetness. Some hints of smooth Belgian sugars but with some powdery clove and hot pepper flavors. Nice quenching juicy finish full and lush with citrus and fruit. Spicy aftertaste that lingers with an interesting heat.

This is a real unique witbier and very enjoyable. Quite memorable I'll have to look out for this again.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


White magic holds a darker color than your usual wit with a light golden copper look, just a thin cap on the tap with scarse lacing. Smells of coriander, orange peel and a special Belgian yeast. Taste like a wit with a added kick. peppercorns, coriander, wheat and yeast with a nice hop presense. This is a tasty wit no doubt. White magic also has a slightly above thin body with a low abv making it very drinkable.

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Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears in a bottle, poured into a pint glass, leaves some soapy webs behind a quickly diminishing hazy light lemony body.

Smells kind of like a hefeweizen.

Taste is pretty solid. Peppery zing and fruity notes. The yeast is a bit funky. Found this one to be rather pleasant.

Mouthfeel is smooth a bit slick as well.

Drinkability is wonderful. This is a really nice beer for the spring/summer months.

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Photo of corby112
3.12/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a cloudy, orange with a monstrous 3 finger sudsy white head that displayed large cavernous air pockets along the sides of the glass. Retention was good, lasting for several minutes before leveling off to a thin, sudsy layering while leaving a spotchy and patchy lacing. Visible carbonation was moderate with a good showing of light beige suspend yeast particles.

S: simple with some sour musky oranges and light grain hints, pretty typical per style. Overall was fairly light and average.

T: The flavor made amends for a lackluster nose. A very spicy flavor hits you upfront with bright oranges, a zippy carbonation, spicy hoppiness and a noticeable black peppery spicing. Sharp citric tones really stood out while the overall flavor was spicy and really pronounced. A crisp showing of grains makes its presence know right before the finish of spicy oranges, soft floral hopping and black pepper.

M: nice and crisp with a zippy carbonation, upon warming dry oranges and black pepper were most notable. The texture was light and had an nice feel to it.

D: Drinkability was good and really enjoyed this. Spicy, peppery, and refreshing. Would definitely would buy this again.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle (12oz) of this at my local six pack shop for 3.25. Not bad for a great brew! I had no idea there are 12 different types of peppercorn in the world...

A - Looks like a blonde. Hazy yellow with white head which laces the glass with a swirl.
S - smells of yeast and spice. Slight orange zest.
T - Slight pepper and orange. Hops not present so bitter is not an option.
M - Almost creamy and flavor is not overpowering.
D - At 16.99 a sixer it's a bit expensive but I could see myself buying another single again (maybe a bomber if I can find it for under 7.00)

Overall a great twist to the typical blond and another win for voodoo. I got the Big Brown Ale for new years and can't wait to try it but this beer is easily one of my favorites by Voodoo.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: A very fruity, sweet aroma of oranges, lemons, spices and malt.

T: Tasted of malt, coriander, oranges, lemon, and a touch of hops. There is something slightly different about the flavor of this witbier. It's generally pretty tasty, but also somewhat acidic as well.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a silky smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is one of the more interesting American versions of a witbier I've tried. Well worth checking out.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from the Belgian Cafe

A: Hazy, light orange/golden yellow color. Light, whispy head.

S: Orange and lemon, honey & coriander, pepper and yeast.

T: A nice, complex balance of citrus, sweeet honey, coriander and juniper, peppery and yeasty bread finish that lingers.

M: Medium in body with good carbonation.

D: Excellent, complex tasting lighter belgian style wit.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.38/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-pours a murky brownish yellow with particles floating around. its quite ugly looking, hope it tastes better.

S-not here, extremely soapy fruit esters, hints of stale grain, light soapy orange peel. not good.

T-the taste follows the nose but not to the degree of offensiveness. light notes of toasted grain up front, soapy juniper berries and orange peel, faint notes of yeast and slightly bready in the back.

M-oily slick feel to it with a light amount of carbonation and murky rough finish.

D-this is a relatively poor attempt at the style and not only tastes bad but looks bad as well. soapy and murky, sweet with no spice and little to no yeast flavors.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a wiezen glass

Appearance – The beer pours from the bottle as a lightly hazed orange-amber color with a one-half finger white head composed of lots of fizzy bubbles. The head fades very fast leaving very little lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heavy of a grainy wheat smell mixed with citrus of orange and light lemon smell. Some other aromas of clove and coriander are mixed in there as well along with a light grassy and haylike aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a smoother wheat flavor upfront, but grows more and more grainy in taste as the flavor advances. Upfront there is also a citrus flavor of orange which grows stronger to the middle of the taste only to fade at the end and be replaced by a more lemon citrus flavor. All the while a yeasty taste grows stronger in flavor from the beginning, bringing with it some spice of coriander and clove. The coriander gets rather strong at the end with it being joined by some pepper and a hay flavor, leaving a slightly dry, grainy and gritty taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is quite thin with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. Both the thinner body and the higher carbonation are good for the style and make for a more refreshing feel.

Overall – This is a decent wit, but the flavor left on the tongue is a little bit off at the end. If you like a wit that is a little more grainy then this you may like, otherwise if looking for something with more smoothness then you may want to pass it up.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, coriander, orange citrus, and quite peppery. In the taste, a peppery spice, a dry orange citrus, and small wheat notes. A spice bite and a medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry orange spice in the aftertaste. Big orange citrus, spicy pepper, and nice.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a translucent honey color with about a half finger of pure white head. The foam settles incredibly fast, but leaves a nice frothy ring along the edges of the glass. There is a little lacing as it drinks.

S: I’m picking up huge pepper, some orange, roses, and clove. The pre-dominate scent is pepper. There is no doubt about it. It’s actually a bit overpowering.

T: The initial hit is mild citrus and a bit of malty sweetness. But right after, the peppercorns come on strong. Really strong! The spice is incredibly noticeable, but the nice thing is that it’s not a lasting spice. It sits well on the palate and moves off with the other flavors. If you’re not a fan of peppercorns in beer, this isn’t a beer for you. Luckily I love these types of beers.

M: Light bodied beer. The carbonation is just right and the flavors are solid. There is nothing too exciting or terrible about it.

O: If you’re not ready for a peppercorn explosion… stay away from this beer. It reminds me of CBC’s Sgt. Pepper, but on steroids. Good thing I love peppercorn beers. I thought this beer was really solid. But it’s definitely a love it or hate it type of brew. I’m somewhere in the middle but leaning towards the good side.

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White Magick Of The Sun from Voodoo Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.