Walt Wit - Philadelphia Brewing Company

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Ratings: 308
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 15.68%
Wants: 5
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Philadelphia Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ROMER79 on 03-30-2008

The American poet, Walt Whitman, once portrayed a sunset over Philadelphia as “…a broad tumble of clouds, with much golden haze and profusion of beaming shaft and dazzle”. Pour yourself a bottle of Walt Wit Belgian-Style White Ale and see what he was talking about. A pinch of spice and a whisper of citrus lend complexity to this fragrant and satisfying ale.
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Reviews by thecheapies:
Photo of thecheapies
3.36/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Foggy yellow-orange creme color with a dry cakey head. Looks good as a witbier.

Diminutive nose with creamy yeast, citrus lite, wafery wheat malt, and faint banana. A little bit on the creamcicle side, but much drier.

Kind of good, kind of boring. Thinned-out flavors with a good amount of wheat, dry spice, and a snippet of melony orange. Tastes a little bit like the bitter part of canteloupe meat close to the rind. Hints of vanilla cake icing, a pinch of coriander, and herbal notes. My girlfriend is kind of right, it does tastes like watered down orange juice. Maybe, a little champagne-y Very mild bitterness comes somewhat late.

Good body. Carbonation is a little weak.

A half-ass job with good prospects.

More User Reviews:
Photo of kb199
1.48/5  rDev -56.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Not at all what I expected. I am normally a fan of Philly-area brews, but this was truly outside the pale. Pours a cloudy yellow color, minimum head and retention. The taste was way too sour, and had none of the banana and clove softness normally associated with witbiers. Overall, a terrible brew that does the brewery a disservice.

Photo of Soonami
3.57/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass

A- amber yellow that is almost opaque due to haziness from yeast. Nice, but quickly dissipating head of creamy white foam

S - Very citrusy from the grapefruit peel used in brewing. Faint breadiness from the wheat. The chamomile is also very present in the nose, combining with the natural floral aroma produced by the yeast. Must be my penchant for citrusy hops in IPAs, but grapefruit is my favorite aroma in a beer and although it is out of its style to have such an intense citrus bouquet, I like it

T- A little bit acidic at first followed by the flavor of lemon that lingers through the finish. Wheat and a hint of clove is present in the aftertaste by when the fruit subsides. Not as much complexity or juicy fruit or banana as I like in a Belgian witbier. The citrus flavor dominates

M- Lightly carbonated, would've liked a little more. Clean on the tongue.

D- A good beer for the summertime due to the refreshing color, smell, citrusy taste and low alcohol of hits beer.

Would be a nice match to grilled chicken or shrimp, pasta in white sauce, artichokes or any food that has bright flavors and good use of acidity.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my hop tulip glass from Sierra Nevada with a pale clouded grapefruit juice tone to it orange golden . Bright white head forms scattered fine speckled lacing as it dwindles. Aroma gives off a nice grapefruit and cloudy chamomile spiciness with a sharp wheat base. Flavor is quite bitter for a wit, I believe this is due to the grapefruit peel additions and the spicy chamomile that I describe as marshmallow tea. Mouthfeel is medium to lighter bodied with a nice sturdy carbonation base, cleans the palate well. Drinkability is awesome, a really unique on an overdone style another reason to support an awesome PA brewery.

Photo of SPRichard
3.57/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pale yellow...cloudy body...thick white with plenty of lacing on the glass

citrus and banana in the nose

chamomile and peppery spices in the finish

a little watery and light bodied with minimal carbonation

i could drink a bunch of these in one session but the peppery finish tends to make me look for another option if available

better attempts at the style out there but i was happy to try it

Photo of acurtis
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle picked up at Philadelphia Brewing Co. 4.2% abv, 20 IBU's
Poured beautiful hazy orangey straw color with large puffy white head that rose above the glass. Wheat and yeast aroma. Taste is more citrus that usual, i get some orange and grapefruit. Light mouth feel. Above average drinkability for this style of beer. All in all a very strong unfiltered wit.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.42/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Philadelphia Brewing- Walt Wit

A- Light yellow with a moderate soapy head, some lacing as well.
S- Lemons and wheat are dominate, slight peppery spices appear.
T- Lemon and grainy malt are the backbone with touches of wheat, yeast, and pepper.
M- NIce sweetened lemony sourness with a dry finish.

Overall- Moderately pleasing. Easy to chug on a hot afternoon.

Photo of Rootdog316
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a foamy white head and hazy yellow color. Aroma is wheat/grain, perfumy spice, musty. Has some farmhouse traits. Taste is cardboard/burnt toast dominates the herbal/tannins. Not exactly the greatest witbier in the world, but certainly not the worst. I felt the need to try it because I was staying in Philadelphia.

Photo of tempest
3.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from the Foodery in Northern Liberties.

This is an interesting wit, out of the ordinary. At first it seemed like a Widmer hefe version of a wit in that the yeast was very clean, leaving only a little spice with plain wheat and barley malt. However, as it warmed subtle aromas of perfumed fruit and vanilla began to develop while I also notice an increasingly complex aftertaste of bitter, dry, citrus rind. This is a beer offering a lot of subtle flavors. Definitely worth a try, it can't be easy to make something new in the wit category.

Photo of mikefuski17
3.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I enjoy Walt Wit because I enjoy Belgians. Very smooth beer.

A. Nice cloudy golden hue. Small white head with little lacing.

S. Smell is very nice. Citrusy but not too much that it smells fruity. The yeast plays a key role as well following the citrus.

T. Taste is awesome. Typical Belgian style with citrus blended with yeast. Neither are too over powering and compliment each other nicely in this beer.

M. Mouthfeel is not too thick but also not watery. There is a definite body to it. On e sipped, not much carbonation either.

O. Overall I like the beer and would easily drink it again. Also I would recommend this beer to others looking for an alternative in the Belgian style department.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Neon and vibrant golden yellow color. Decent little head here. Got some nice lacing going on here. Cool lookin witbier.

S- Spicy and clean with some floral notes. Grassy and herbally.

T- Super citrusy. Most notable lemon. I enjoyed how this beer did not have a lot of sour notes, very sweet but tasty. Corriander and some pineapple. Wheaty but lacked a lot of zest that I enjoy in witbiers.

M- Paper thin beer here which made it incredibly easy to drink, almost too easy. This one went down pretty fast, but it lacked a lot of taste and complexity.

D- Not bad but I expected more. Worth a try. With some tweaking this beer could be decent in the future.

Photo of Chinon01
2.67/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - The appearance is attractive hazy wheaty semi opaque. Decent lacing.

S - Smell is solid Wit herbs phenolics nice.

T - The taste however is weak and mostly grainy tasting. That graininess obscures any real Wit flavor suggested by the nose. Some tartness come through in the finish.

M - There is little layeredness in the mouthfeel that you would expect from a Wit.

D - The drinkability is good because, well there isn't much there. A very simple beer.

Photo of KOPBeerDrinker
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in pint glass from a bottle. Color light golden straw. About 1 inch of pillowy head, which didn't last very long. Smells of citrus, yeast, and bread. Tastes of wheat, sweet malt, and citrus. The beer finishes very clean with almost no after taste. Wheat based styles are not my favorite, but I like this a lot. Mouthfeel is light and very easy to drink.

Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus and grains. Taste is of grapefruit, a bit tart, some grains and spices. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this makes for a decent brew.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a semi-hazy lemon color which was capped off by a bright white creamy head that was thin and quick to dissipate. Visible carbonation was very soft.

S: a nice yeasty aroma to it with some bananas, oranges and lemons most noticeable against soft wheat scents.

T: a nice spiciness of oranges, citrus and a strong wheaty character. Some coriander was detected but was light and subdued with a light lemon tartness found on the finish.

M: crisp, with a nice carbonation presence providing a slight tingle on the tongue. The texture was light and oily while while the beer left a dry tart lemon coating on the tongue.

D: Overall a fairly good example and one that should draw little complaint. An easy drinking summer time drink for that lazy afternoon.

Photo of akorsak
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Cavanaugh's.

A: The witbier has a meatier, thicker look, orange and brown swirling together with an inordinate darkness. Not black, just darker than a white ale should be. Nonexistent head.

S: The nose has orange, but the coriander stands out with a peppery flourish. Wheat is tangy but that pepper is the big aspect.

T: Peppery coriander, freshly ground and intense. The rest of the spices all fall into place behind it. Wheat adds tanginess, especially when paired with the orange of the wit. Even some star anise and additional spices seem to add depth. Despite that, the pepper flavors tend to dominate, leading to a one dimensional ale.

M: Spicier, the ale brings quite a bit to the table. Good but not a stand out witbier.

Photo of Philabeerphia
3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounces, poured from cellar temp into the xl tulip. Aggressive pour yields an insane 3 finger head that rests and breathes for a bit, then settles and pops, leaving some unique bountiful lacing. Light golden yellow with plenty of yeasty haze, and we're off to a good start.

smells like overripe bananas, a touch of bready yeast, ending with quite a bit of raw mud.

A range of light citrus tastes start us out of the gates - primarily lemon and grapefruit, this refreshing combo holds in the middle, combining with a fair amount of the spicy bready yeast that previously made their appearance on the nose. Hops come alive as the taste comes to an end. Poppy and refreshing, crisp and just enough bitterness to make an impact. Overall I'd like to see more bright flavors that jump, but I do find this supremely refreshing...

mouthfeel: just too light. watery through and through. luckily the carbonation is just above average for the style - definitely adds to the the drinkability. This beer is so easy to quaff.

Photo of Throckmorton
4.3/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- nice, hazy, light golden/yellow. good stable head, put lace on the glass

s - soft nose, slight bite

T - gosh, this was really a nice surprise. I wasn't expecting much, and I think they nail it. Nice subtle lactic tang.

M - light

D - very drinkable. Low alcohol, and the slight bitterness is very refreshing. Goes down easily, very pleasant, easy to drink many if you aren't careful.

We purchased a case and after working our way through it, began to appreciate it more and more. This beer was really a nice surprise.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P- Westy's

A- a hazy yeasty wheat yellow pour. A forthy foma head that leaves a nice sticky lacing on my pint. Only a half finger head though.

S- wheat and chamomille. abready type of smell as well. I also get some lemon or some citrus.

T- floral hits the tongue first. Thats odd since i couldnt get it in the smell. Lemongrass and a bready yeasty after taste.

M-yeasty and heavy bodied on the yeast. This will fill you up.

D- I would say more than 3 of these and it would feel like you had a full meal but its decent brew.

Photo of u2carew
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. long neck. Consumed on 11/09/09.

A) Pours with a two finger head then settles - no head or very minimal lacing. Slightly hazy but still a clear body. Gold in color.
S) Banana. Some fruity tones. Sweet grain aroma.
T) Sweet up front but a quick transition to a grainy and mellow sourness - lemon.
M) Light bodied. Fizzy. Slightly dry. Grainy.
D) An alright wit. Great name.

Photo of MmmIPA
3.82/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical wit looking beer.

Straw colored body with a thick white head that falls fast to a white ring.No lacing is left.

Wheat,Coriander,and some spice in the nose.

Tangy,wheat and citrusy tasting

Light and refreshing.Easy on the carbonation and very easy to drink on a summer day.

Great for being local.Great for the summer and Great beer in general.

Photo of jmalex
3.12/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was very excited to try the beers from the new Philadelphia Brewing Company, so I grabbed a mix case for a picnic. This is the first of the leftovers.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Allagash tulip a pale straw gold. It's only barely opaque with a hazy translucence. The head is white and starts at one finger high. It drops quickly to a strong collar and a nearly full cap of foam.

SMELL: The wheat is certainly there, but not as sweet and light as I'm used to with other wits. Much more of a musty, grainy smell. Spice and citrus are in low amounts and only come out as the beer warms. Belgian esters are low to zero.

TASTE: The sweetness is really held in check in the taste. An earthy bitterness makes a surprising appearance both at the start and especially on the finish (hops?, citrus pith?). Citrus is there across the palate, but this is hardly the refreshing, sweet, light beer that one would expect from a wit.

MOUTHFEEL: Nothing really wrong with the body or carbonation. It's dry enough with a slight effervescence.

DRINKABILITY: This is a decent lawnmower beer but doesn't quite do the trick when sitting down to enjoy it. I'll give it some credit for being a fairly refreshing thirst-quencher.

I really wanted to like this beer, but it seems to go in so many wrong directions. I'll be sticking to other, better examples of the style from now on.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Still nice hazy and cloudy medium amber colored beer had some nice carbonation to it and a well rounded look.

The aroma was nice, hints of banana, cloves, and an almost bubble gum like aroma peeking in through the mammoth wheat smell. Same held true for the flavor, with massive amounts of wheat present right away that melded themselves into a nice banana and clove profile that seemed to continue to develop as it continued to warm. Nice balance here with a light to medium body and smooth carbonation, left with a slightly dry flavor in the mouth, I went in for a few more sips leaving a nice bubble gum flavor throughout.

Photo of Brock915
4.43/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nice witbier, tastes great goes down easy. Love a wit in the springtime.

Photo of edskirk3
3.57/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Twelve ounces, brown glass with a great-looking label. This beer hasn't been available in bottles until recently so I know this is fresh, even though there's no kind of code stamped on it.

Pours straw gold with only a touch of haze. Pretty clear for a Wit. Initially a thick white froth, but this does not keep together so well. Little to no lacing.

Soft aroma of yeast and grain, and a touch of herb (most likely the chamomile mentioned on the label). Also, a little bit of funk.

Very dry and grainy. A whisper of sweetness but it's mostly tangy with citrus and yeast. Aftertaste reminiscent of sourdough bread.

Not very cloudy but I'd try it again.

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Walt Wit from Philadelphia Brewing Company
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