White Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 0
Gots: 13 | 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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Photo of nickthegun12
3.72/5  rDev +3%
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

Photo of Metalmonk
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, received via a VA local, blackie

appearance: served in a ND pint glass - very light off-golden body, creamy beige foam...color is a little depressing for the style

smell: corriander, orange zest, lemon, yeast

taste: This is a nice wit - corriander, orange zest, lemon, crisp yeast, lots of residual sweetness. This drinks fine but it does not doing anything to distinguish

mouthfeel: light and floral, bigger sweet finish

drinkability: good

Photo of ebby82
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev -10%

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 !!

Photo of Treyliff
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
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

Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: allagash wit glass, yeast swirled and added gives the deep golden beer a glowing, hazy orange hue, nice little white head with average retention

s: aromatic wheat body with a tasteful level of coriander and orange peel, a little honey-sweet but totally balanced, subtle papery hops, apricot

m: carbonation full but composed of tiny, smooth bubbles, body around medium

t: great set of typical wit flavors - wheat malts with a lightly sweet edge, near perfect levels of coriander and orange peel, subtly doughy yeasts, and a grassy hop finish

d: easy, alewerks has really been coming around as of late

single from Norm's in Vienna, VA, bottle 05/19/10

Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
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

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.

Photo of ksurkin
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.25/5  rDev -10%

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.

Photo of rdub
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of Rifugium
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Ah, a nice, happy sun... This brew pours a mostly clear yellow topped by a finger or so of quick-dying white micro-foam. The nose comprises coriander, powdered sugar, wheat, ginger, vanilla, and a healthy amount of relatively light citrus. The taste is very citrus peel-forward, lending not only some fruitiness but plenty of bitterness as well. Also in there are coriander, grass, flowers, and a pinch of pepper. The body is light, with an active carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Overall, a decently solid wit; not all that special, but a nice relax-at-the-end-of-a-long-summer-day kind of brew.

Photo of mralphabet
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of JayQue
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very slightly hazy lager gold. Medium size bubbly, delicate witbier white head with spotty lacing.

Mild aroma of spices (I guess coriander) citrus (oranges and lemon zest)

Good taste. I thought I got a metallic aftertaste after the first sip or two, didn't notice it after that. The citrus, spices, Belgian type yeasts and wheat bitterness combine to offer a solid, though not spectacular wit.

Mouthfeel was rich enough for the style and crisp. Drinkability is good. Don't know what the abv is, but I could put down a good few of these.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice orange gold color, pure white head, effervescent in appearance.

Orange and coriander aroma is evident, with some fruity hops maybe sneaking in. Nice pleasant light aroma that tingles in the nose a bit. Nice orange spice taste as well. The coriander lingers some in the aftertaste along with a tweet of a bitter hop finish. This style is great in its simplicity and this is a great example of that.

Way less filling that Blue Moon or other mass produced examples of this style. This beer has a good light to medium body and great smooth feel. A great version of this eminently drinkable style.

Photo of avalon07
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.97/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of mactrail
3.37/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of MayLattimore
2.22/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Okay, I think I got a stale bottle on this one. Or something was severely wrong with it. It poured like a white ale should. It looked right. No lacing though. But, it went south from there. I don't know if it supposed to taste like this or they aren't paying attention to the beers that out on the market. I will try again another time with this beer. Hopefully, it was just a bad bottle that I got.

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White Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
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