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White Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 102
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 0
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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AleWerks Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: blackie on 06-12-2010

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Reviews: 40 | Hads: 102
Photo of dbrauneis
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a cloudy medium to dark golden yellow in color with heavy amounts of fine visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and moderate amounts of medium yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy foamy off-white head that reduces to a medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/orange rind and light aromas of coriander are present with a subtle aroma of wheat and pale malts underneath it.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of wheat and pale malts. That is followed by light flavors of citrus/orange rind, coriander, and slightly spicy Belgian yeast. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades almost instantly.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp upfront.

O: Easy to drink and refreshing, a nice modification to the classic to better refresh in the heat of the US South during summer. Alcohol is well hidden and the beer is enjoyable - a good grilling beer. (1,116 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear dark yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of orange peel are present in the nose.
T: Much like the smell, the taste is similar to the smell and is mostly dominated by flavors of orange peel. Slight hints of coriander are also perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but seems like it could either use less in the way of orange peels or more coriander to help balance things off.

Serving type: bottle (669 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Poured into a pint glass.

3.0 A: Hazy yellow orange color. Two fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is below average and just a wisp of lacing is left.

3.25 S: Neutral wheat, coriander, sweet orange peel. Fairly simple but pleasant.

3.25 T: Like the nose, it's simple but well enough crafted and without any real flaws. Neutral wheat, mild-moderate coriander, and mild orange peel.

3.25 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. A little less creamy than I like for the style.

3.25 D: Good enough, but it's a run of the mill wit. (563 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev -11%

orange-yellow color, ok head. Taste is very light, almost wheat-like. The flavors are subtle and I can pick up a touch of citrus on the palate. Overall, a decent beer but so light that it is hard to go into more detail. Overall, Alewerks is doing a great job !! (261 characters)

Photo of Tastesalot
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: hazy yellow/light orange pour

S: slight orange, but not much going on

T: shandy-like

M: thin, easy-drinking

O: I drank White Ale at the Town Point Beer Festival in Virginia Beach. Alewerks made the trip down from Williamsburg with this one and it was fresh, foamy and refreshing. (287 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I must say, I probably enjoyed this beer more than I rated it, for the style. The style isn't my favorite, and I honestly must say it is on the ugly side (appearance), but the flavors worked for me on this tasting.

A: cloudy yellow with what appears to be dirty (tan/brown) clouds of particles in it
S: fairly standard banana-tinged wheat beer
T: light banana tastes with a tart lemon backing
O: decent summer-style beer (421 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- pours a pale and hazy golden color with a small foamy white head that reduces quickly, leaving a small layer on top, lively carbonation bubbles shooting toward the top. Not as much head as typically expected for the style

S- light phelonic notes with some musty yeast, lemon rind with some wheat and crackery malt

T- overall, the flavors don't match up to the aromas. The belgian yeast flavors are barely detectable and there'd just a touch of lemon and coriander. Crisp wheat flavor on the finish

M- watery light body with medium carbonation, fizzy -yet-light mouthfeel with a thin finish

O- this one has the potential, but everything just seems a bit too watered down for my liking (694 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.07/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy dark amber color. Not much head is formed apart from a a dinky white-colored film. What little head there is doesn't retain well, either. Not particularly pleasing aesthetically.

S: This one is heavy on the wheat malt, and light on the spices. I also pick up some banana esters alongside touches of orange peel.

T: Actually, this might be the best part of the brew. It starts off with some oats and cream, before being overtaken by *very* subtle coriander in the middle. Wheat malts finish it off. Simplistic, but very refreshing.

M: Make no doubts, this one is dry. Combined with high (if slightly too coarse) carbonation, it's superbly drinkable.

O: Not very memorable. This is exactly the kind of beer that is moderately enjoyable on a hot day, yet easily forgotten. Probably wouldn't buy it again myself. (862 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden yellow with lots o' carbonation.
The head was smaller in size. It was fizzy dense and fades quickly.
The aroma is pleasent with lots of wheat malt, corrinder and spices.
Taste was refreshing and quite good. Nice and malty with wheat and pale malts.
Spices, corrinder, yeast and some citrus peels all follow but are sutle.
Drinks smooth and refreshing perhaps a bit sweet .
A desent beer. Easy to drink. (422 characters)

Photo of droomyster
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy honeyish orange with a small white head with okay retention. Aromas are classic witbier: very wheaty with with a pleasant spiciness, packed with the promise of yeast and bit of orange peel. Taste is initially sweet and wheaty before the coriander kicks in on the middle and the malts are balanced by an orange bitterness on the finish. The flavors are well harmoniously balanced. This tasty beer is very creamy and mouthfilling. An excellent session beer. (468 characters)

Photo of obywan59
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a translucent golden yellow with a finger and a half. off white head that recedes to basically just a ring aroung the glass. No lacing to speak of.

Spicy coriander and citrus on the nose with a bit of sweet, nutty malt.

Tangy wheat, prominent spiciness from the coriander and the Styrian Goldings hops, and a bit of citrusy orange peel, with a light hoppy bitterness rounding it out in the end.

Crisp and peppery with carbonation. Medium to medium light bodied with light syrup.

This is a great summer brew. light and satisfying. Sessionable. (552 characters)

Photo of Dave1999
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours cloudy yellow with a small white head. Looks like apple juice once the head disappears.

The smell is spicy, pepper and coriander.

The taste is similar to the smell, very spicy with a milky wheat flavour.

The mouthfeel is smooth and quite creamy with low to medium carbonation.

I enjoyed this, easy drinking with good flavour. Low enough abv to have a nice session. (374 characters)

Photo of mralphabet
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Filled the Growler on the way through Williamsburg VA.. Nice people please stop in and see them !!

Poured into a pint glass...

A: Nice light golden color, nice and cloudy with a good 2 fingers worth of head that settle to a nice layer with lots of lacing from start to finish. Nice looking beer.

S: Very good smelling too.... I'm getting the wheat right up front with a nice mix of coriander, orange peel, a little sweet honey and a light peppery hops.

T: Great mix here, everything you want in a Wit. Very well balanced with the sweetness of the wheat, coriander, orange and honey and the peppery (slightly grassy) hops. Finish is clean with little aftertaste.

M: Light to mid bodied with a lively carbonation, very crisp.

D: Very easy to drink and with a great ABV... Session all night. Worth looking for. (815 characters)

Photo of siege06nd
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours a very cloudy, pale straw color. Crisp two finger head with great lacing. Retention is excellent.

S. Coriander, orange zest, bread crust, and a lot of dry yeast. Slightly crackery smell. Fairly forward on the coriander, would like to see better balance with the orange peel.

T. Kind of a yeast and coriander bomb. Malt presence is light and citrus sweetness is a little lacking. Still, it's refreshing. Just a touch watery.

M. Light bodied and moderately carbed. Just a little thin and could use better balance betweeen its components.

O. A decent witbier, but needs a little more depth and flavor. I think Great Lakes Holy Moses it's a much better option. (673 characters)

Photo of ckollias
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a stout glass.

A: Pours a very hazy orange hue with thick, foamy, 4-finger head that slowly dissipates leaving a nice trail down the glass and ending in a frothy lace.

S: Sweet citrus aroma, mostly orange, with some coriander and mild hop scents.

T: More sweet than bitter with a dominant orange citrus flavor.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Decent Witbier. Nice refreshing beer on a hot day. (441 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into my Devil's Backbone glass. It poured a hazy and light golden in color. A frothy, sticky, bright white head covered the top of the beer.

The aroma shows off the citrusy, coriander and orange peel flavors I expect in the style. There is a sweeter, wheat malt presence to it, as well as a little bit of the Belgian yeast spice.

The taste has a little more of the sweeter wheat malts coming through. The citrusy orange peel and coriander flavors come out more towards the finish. The earthy yeast spice is pretty evident in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side, with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a pretty good beer. It was flavorful and very easy drinking on this hot day. Pretty good for the style overall, although maybe a little light compared to the top of the style. (830 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

These Wits seem to make a tighter pattern than most categories of beers. This one is exactly in the standard vein. Modest foam but fizzy carbonation in the mouth. Hints of chamomile in the nose.

Pleasing light beer with a tart spicy taste. Tastes a lot of club soda. Lemony, like lemon verbena tea. Grassy and herbal. Not so much of the citrus peel. Crisp, clean, and also thin and sharp. Quite drinkable but equally forgettable. Kind of a soda pop or fizzy herbal tea.

From the 12 oz bottle. (495 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Served in a nonic, a hazy, pale yellow color with about a finger's breadth of foamy white head; moderate retention, minimal lacing. Standard wheat profile on the nose, notes of citrus and spice. More of the same on the tongue, pale wheat malts, citrus zest, coriander...pretty typical of the style. Crisp, clean mouthfeel, light-medium body, moderate carbonation. Pretty basic, pretty nice. (428 characters)

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale golden yellow, a little hazy, with 2 fingers of creamy white, meringue-like head with nice lacing.

S: A pleasant mix of citrus, spice, and a touch of wheat.

T: Not much malt at all. It goes straight to bitter (not too strong), which fades into a slight fruitiness, but more spice (pepper & coriander)

M: Very moist, with a medium carbonation, yielding to a dry (borderline astringent) finish.

O: Certainly drinkable, but not exceptional at all. I won't put it at the top of my list for future purchases. (515 characters)

Photo of Boto
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught @ Stephanos in Williamsburg: This one pours a hazy golden color. There was almost no head on mine, yet it left a little lacing. Lighter aroma. Wheat, some citrus and a very light spice. The taste is OK. Wheat, corriander, spices, faint citrus. A half decent white, but just a little lacking. (299 characters)

Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly murky gold with great white head.

The smell was very spicy but with a good balance of malt. All the usual spices come through for the additions and yeast (coriander etc.)

The taste is what to be expected out of a wheat beer but done very well. The spices are there but not over powering by any means. You also pick up a good amount of bready malt and a slight lemony zest.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer and always love to try new ones in the style. Sit back and have two...or six. (507 characters)

Photo of ksurkin
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First rating! Growler from the brewery on 8/25/09. Pours a beautiful, slightly hazy, yellow with a touch of orange and a half inch, pure white head. Aroma is pure springtime with fresh notes of lemon zest, orange pith, rose petal, coriander, light, biscuity malts, and hints of straw and grass. Flavor is very nice as well with dry, grassy, and very floral hops, lemon and navel orange citrus, and a touch of spice up front backed by nutty malts, belgian yeast, and hint of sweet vanilla. Palate is light bodied, crisp, and very refreshing with solid carbonation and a lingering, dry, citrus finish. Overall, an excellent warm weather brew and another solid new offering from AleWerks. (685 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Seems witbiers are the new IPA, in terms of the sheer amount of American brewers picking up the style and running with it. Here's another, from Virginia's own Williamsburg AleWerks.

Beautiful beer. Fluffy and everlasting head of thick white sea foam, on top of an unfiltered peach/pear juice color. Gobs of lace left as the liquid lessens.

Aroma leans on the fruity side, rather than the yeasty vibe you often get (and want) in a wit. Juicy tropical fruit abounds, with something chalky/mineral lurking in the background. A grassy, almost white wine character too, but really, that fruity element dominates the nose.

Definitely plenty of orange peel on the tongue, and a hint of the coriander too. Herbal, grassy and fruity, never over-sweet, and kind of tart, like Orangina, if you've ever had that. Also think of Orangina because of the tingly, soda-like feel, which could have impressed if it were smoother and less bubbly, but it's no huge pitfall. Tartness and orange remain on the tongue in the semi-dry finish. Overall probably too tart, and lacking some depth, although this is never the most complex beer style.

Refreshing as hell, even if it's not the perfect witbier. A solid entry in a crowded field, from a brewer that usually does right by the letters b, e, and r. (1,282 characters)

Photo of rdub
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the brewery fresh bottle into my new Williamsburg AleWerks pint glass. Side note: I tried all the brews from the Alewerks and they all shared a common taste, even between styles. Must be the water. Light spritzy color with quickly subsiding foamy head. Still looked refreshing. Smell was all American Wit. Some coriander and spice and some citrus. Taste was pretty standard. Mouthfeel was light and easily drinkable. Nice and basic. Would try again. (461 characters)

Photo of ebby82
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy and pale, with a fluffy majestic white head, which lingers.

Aromas of Belgian yeast, spiciness, fruit; perhaps orange.

Tastes a wee bit spicy, coriander and orange peel are evident, as are various fruity flavors imparted by the Belgian yeast.

Very light on the palate, imminently quaffable, a really tasty example of the style, and perfect for today's inferno like heat. (380 characters)

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White Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.