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White Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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82
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79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
AleWerks Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: blackie on 06-12-2010)
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Reviews by droomyster:
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droomyster

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%

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.

05-30-2013 02:28:48 | More by droomyster
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jaminjohnson

Yukon (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

09-23-2012 17:08:54 | More by jaminjohnson
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Mantooth

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

04-09-2014 20:34:08 | More by Mantooth
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nickthegun12

Alabama

3.7/5  rDev +2.2%

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

02-23-2011 23:40:29 | More by nickthegun12
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Loveyourbeer

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

06-16-2013 12:01:20 | More by Loveyourbeer
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

08-16-2011 22:32:55 | More by Metalmonk
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crwrunner

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

05-25-2013 16:13:37 | More by crwrunner
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dirtylou

Washington

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%

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

09-06-2010 00:34:47 | More by dirtylou
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avisong

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

07-18-2013 01:49:12 | More by avisong
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ebby82

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +19.6%

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.

07-23-2011 19:54:50 | More by ebby82
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RobDB

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

05-16-2013 02:17:31 | More by RobDB
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.05/5  rDev -15.7%

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

07-20-2013 00:40:06 | More by Treyliff
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Hockey_Fan

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

07-20-2013 20:15:53 | More by Hockey_Fan
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VeganUndead

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

03-31-2014 05:32:49 | More by VeganUndead
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

10-20-2013 12:51:05 | More by KevinGordon
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darkstar12

Maryland

4/5  rDev +10.5%

06-01-2013 22:34:46 | More by darkstar12
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wollefdoogylloj

Virginia

4/5  rDev +10.5%

06-13-2014 23:53:16 | More by wollefdoogylloj
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blackie

California

4/5  rDev +10.5%

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

06-12-2010 04:03:22 | More by blackie
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obywan59

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

05-08-2013 02:09:19 | More by obywan59
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ksurkin

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev +3%

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.

08-25-2011 18:49:29 | More by ksurkin
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rdub

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

08-12-2011 03:16:14 | More by rdub
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Dave_Treat

Virginia

3/5  rDev -17.1%

06-29-2013 23:51:20 | More by Dave_Treat
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

04-15-2014 19:44:45 | More by ygtbsm94
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

05-24-2012 14:05:21 | More by Rifugium
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PGVG

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

08-04-2014 01:19:11 | More by PGVG
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White Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
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