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White Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.63%

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AleWerks Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: blackie on 06-12-2010)
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Photo of cjgiant

District of Columbia

3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
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

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2014 22:09:21 | More by cjgiant
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 00:40:06 | More by Treyliff
Photo of ThisWangsChung


3.09/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 19:07:18 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of micromaniac129


3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 11:30:58 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of droomyster


3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 02:28:48 | More by droomyster
Photo of obywan59


3.9/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 02:09:19 | More by obywan59
Photo of Dave1999

North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 00:39:52 | More by Dave1999
Photo of mralphabet


3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: growler

08-19-2012 01:54:48 | More by mralphabet
Photo of siege06nd


3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 16:29:43 | More by siege06nd
Photo of ckollias


3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 01:42:10 | More by ckollias
Photo of billab914


3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 23:54:42 | More by billab914
Photo of mactrail


3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 03:41:26 | More by mactrail
Photo of Rifugium


3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2012 14:05:21 | More by Rifugium
Photo of TappaKeggaBrew


3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 21:46:00 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
Photo of Boto


3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2011 20:01:38 | More by Boto
Photo of Eriktheipaman


4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 13:30:20 | More by Eriktheipaman
Photo of ksurkin


3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: growler

08-25-2011 18:49:29 | More by ksurkin
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 22:32:55 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of rdub


3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 03:16:14 | More by rdub
Photo of ebby82


4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 19:54:50 | More by ebby82
Photo of BeerBeatnik

North Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a cloudy and hazy, golden yellow with a thin, lightly frothy head. Nose is too heavy on the orange peel, yeast, spice, coriander, light sweetness. Flavor is standard wit, oranges, yeast, spices, bread dough, lemonade, perfumy. Finish is medium bodied and lightly chalky. Overall, I probably wouldn't have again.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 20:42:46 | More by BeerBeatnik
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to breweryaprntc13 for tossing this one my way in a trade a while ago. hope it held up (sorry for the dleay).

a - opened the bottle and fileld my portsmouth tulipy snifter. bottle bomb. beer pretty much everywhere (probably an anomaly, but none-the-less worth mentioning. pretty hazy straw yellow. HUGE head (remember, it was a bottle bomb). sticky lacing.

s - vanilla, clove, pepper, coriander and orange peel are HUGE in the smell. touch of banana and bubblegum, but mostly tangerine peels.

t - in a word, orange.

m - medium to light bodied. quenching. juice-like but feels like a beer, has the carbonation of a beer.

o - solid offering in the wit category. kind of reminds me of blue moon before the recipe changed.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 05:16:14 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of wahhmaster


4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, very pale yellow color. Has a thin, fizzy head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Smells wheaty with strong spicy notes (probably coriander since that's what the label says).

Taste: Moderately bitter up front with strong orange-peel flavors. Develops a wheaty, spicy flavor at the back with some of the coriander detected in the smell.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, and refreshing. A great beer for summer.

Overall: This is a superb witbier from an underrated brewery. It's definitely better than Hoegaarden and Blue Moon and might be the best American witbier I've had. Williamsburg Alewerks continues to impress me. It's a shame that they aren't better-known because they continually make solid and flavorful beers where a love of the craft is evident in the beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 00:48:45 | More by wahhmaster
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch of bright white, foamy, fairly long-lasting head. OK lacing.

S: A good aroma of malt, coriander and a little citrus.

T: Tasted of spices (coriander, cloves), malt and a touch of lemon. A bit on the thin side, without the vibrancy you normally get in some witbiers. Not a terrible taste, but certainly subdued.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Light-bodied.

O: While this beer does have some problems, it does remain drinkable. A decent brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 12:08:24 | More by avalon07
Photo of nickthegun12


3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer has a delightful color...with a fading white head....and splotchy lacing....

the smell is wonderful!....smells of spiciness....great clove aromas coming out...what a great smelling beer....

i sure wish the taste could have lived up to the smell....taste cheap....full of adjuncts...with a little bit of a belgian yeast coming through....

the mouth feel is ok....packed with a lot of carbonation....and a semi dry feel...

well this would be an ok beer, if it were 5 buck a sixer, on a warm summers day...but i would not recommend buying a six pack of it...at 8.99 a pack

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 23:40:29 | More by nickthegun12
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White Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.