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Grateful White - Rivertowne Pourhouse

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45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rivertowne Pourhouse visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Cylinsier on 05-16-2012

Andrew has spent years creating this perfect wit. He combines crisp coriander, sweet orange, and grains of paradise to enhance an aromatic malt character that will have your taste buds dancing into the promised land. Try our tribute beer that is as eclectic as out grateful friends.
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Ratings: 45 | Reviews: 11
Reviews by Cylinsier:
Photo of Cylinsier
4.17/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Backstory: The people that run Full Pint used to work at Rivertowne. When they left, they took the recipe and name of the White Lightning beer with them. Rivertowne has "replaced" that beer with this one which is a new beer.

on tap at the North Shore location.

Pours a light lemony yellow gold color, whitish head dissipates to literally nothing.

Citrus and coriander in the nose with some wheaty grassy malt.

The taste is of lemon citrus and coriander over wheaty malt. There is notable sweetness that tastes like a combination of honey and wild flowers.

Medium body with lighter carbonation.

This is a pretty good wit, uniquely sweet compared to other wits I've had. Not overly so, but most wits either have the citrus/coriander or the grassy wheat malts taking center stage. The sweetness is definitely the center of this beer's flavor profile. Overall, I enjoyed it and will look forward to having it again on a warm summer day.

More User Reviews:
Photo of WoodBrew
4.29/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a golden-yellow, pretty clear and a thin white head that dissipated almost completely. Grassy aroma, light, with a touch of peppery spice, and a little bit of lemon (quite possibly from the wedge that was stuck on the rim of the glass). Malty in the taste, grassy, flowery, light touches of citrus and spice, typical of the style. Kind of bland and bitter in the finish. It was pretty light and tasty, fairly drinkable, I thought it was one of the better beers on tap.

Photo of Rifugium
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Piper's Pub, Pittsburgh, PA

Poured into a Guinness pint, not too impressive appearance, golden-yellow, pretty clear--I like to see at least a little haze in a wheat beer--and a small fizzy white head that dissipated almost completely. Grassy aroma, light, with a touch of peppery spice, and a little bit of lemon (quite possibly from the wedge that was stuck on the rim of the glass). Biscuity malts in the taste, grassy, flowery, light touches of citrus and spice, typical of the style. Kind of bland and bitter in the finish. It was pretty light and tasty, fairly drinkable, but I wasn't crazy about it, and I'm glad it was the wife's beer and not mine. heh

Photo of TheBigBoy
2.6/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

What can I say, not a witbier fan. If you are, try this one.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grateful White
Rivertowne Pourhouse
Style: Witbier
ABV: 6.10 %

LOOK: Straw yellow with a moderate haze. Small foam cap forms and leaves a bit of lace. Some carbonation bubbles rising to the top, this looks like a standard witbier.

SMELL: Wheat, lemon and floral hop aromas are predominant. A bit sweet smelling but overall, on par for style.

TASTE: Tangy wheat malt base, clove, a touch of lemony citrus, very mild bitterness and small earthy hops. For a stronger wit (6.1% ABV) there is little hint of it in the flavor. Just musty wheat, citrus, hay and grass.

FEEL: Medium to full bodied, leaning towards the fuller bodied range. Drinks a bit slow, but it was a 22oz draft. Holds flavor and carbonation well.

OVERALL: A serviceable wit with a sizable strength. Good flavor profile, and solid all the way through. Would pair nicely with a medium or extra spicy curry. A worthy wheat beer from Pittsburgh.

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can into pint glass, no canning date. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy golden straw color with a 1-2 fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, banana, pear, orange peel, coriander, clove, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, banana, orange peel, coriander, clove, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light tartness and earthy spice on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, banana, pear, orange peel, coriander, clove, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice witbier. Good balance and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of schoolboy
3.64/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is my third beer from this brewery and I think I set my expectations fairly low, so this one exceeded them. It is a competent wit.

It pours a nice cloudy yellow wit look, with very little head or lace. The aroma is and average version of that yeasty, fruit/spice smell one associates with the style - authentic enough. The taste is a nice slightly tart, fairly clean taste. The aftertaste similarly is mildly yeasty and malty. not bad.

Overall it is a bit weaker all around than I would prefer, but it is a very drinkable brew. I will not seek it out again (but I bought it looking for their Scottish, which is pretty darn good).

Photo of Urk1127
2.39/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured into wheat glass. Half finger head. Darker gold color. White head. Little lacing. Smell is peppery. Spicy a little. Yeast. Little hops. Medium feel. Taste like grains of paradise. Peppery. Sharp. I liked it at first but then it was too much

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a medium hazed yellow-golden color with a one finger white head. The head has a moderate level of retention fading to leave a trace level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is grainy and yeasty with a wheat and lemon smell. Along with these aromas are more of the same classic wit aromas that would be expected with notes of a grassy hop, some coriander and clove and a good biscuit malt backbone.

Taste –The taste begins with a biscuit and lemon citrus flavor mixed with a moderate amount of yeast. The taste starts out drier for a wit and gets even more so as the taste advances from the start until the very end where it seems to sweeten up again. The yeasty flavors grow stronger and stronger as the taste moves on bringing with them flavors of coriander and clove. Toward the end an orange citrus and some flavors of banana bring a bit of sweetness to the brew. A light grassy flavor also comes to the tongue at the end of the taste to leave a rather dry and pleasant yeasty wit taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the brew is a little creamier for a wit with a carbonation level that is slightly lower. While not traditional, the slightly creamier body is nice for the biscuit flavors of the brew with the yeasty flavors seemingly accentuated by the thicker body and lower carbonation as well.

Overall – A fairly tasty wit with an overall drier taste and a good malty and biscuit flavor. Fairly pleasant and well worth a try.

Photo of thecheapies
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Creamy lemon color. Hazy. Weak head formation. Foam looks scummy.

A lot of coriander and a nice dose of lemon. Quieter with the wheat malts. Wildly spicy with even a light white peppery note. Likeable.

Follows the nose with heavy coriander and mixed citrus. Primarily, lemon, with notes of tangerine and green banana. A little peppery. Pretty dry with some stock bitterness right before the tailend. Almost cedary. Tanginess dries up in the finish.

Suspended yeast carries a little weight, which is helpful. A witbier where the carbonation doesn't dissapoint (so many of them seem flaccid). Nice warm weather drinking.

Turns out to be a decent little witbier, one that I'll enjoy returning to.

Photo of wvsabbath
3.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type - Can

Appearance - Golden straw yellow, not much of a head or lacing at all.

Smell - Grassy, floral hops, lemon, grapes, spices, coriander, wheat and sugary yeasts.

Taste - Starts out with wheat and lemon flavors, mixed with some floral hops and yeasts. Has a slight malt backbone mixed with spices. A little bland with the coriander/lemon peel spices. Slight alcohol comes out at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Wheat and floral hops coat the tongue along with some spices. Palate gets some more floral hops, some malts and yeasts. The aftertaste is bland and bitter.

Overall - Its decent, more wheat up front then anything else. Spices and malts take a backseat. A little more floral hoppy then I was expecting. There's better wits out there but this isn't the worst I've had. Worth a drink for fans of the style or looking for a different tasting wit.

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Grateful White from Rivertowne Pourhouse
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