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Walt Wit - Philadelphia Brewing Company

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Reviews: 128
Hads: 314
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 13.12%
Wants: 5
Gots: 47 | 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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Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Porterhouse Restaurant & Brew Pub, Lahaska, PA

A: The beer is very hazy pale yellow in color. It poured with a short white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat are present in the nose along with some notes of baker's yeast.
T: The taste has flavors of what with notes of lemons and grainy malts.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and would be refreshing on a hot summer day.

Serving type: on-tap (612 characters)

Photo of Ricochet
2.4/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

L: Cloudy yellow. No head or lace.
S: Slight banana and clove
F: Foamy with mild bitter. Slight cereal after taste.
T: I just wish I could come up with some flowery description. It has a bit of citrus and clove and a bit of bitter, but other than that, there isn't much else.

O: Another beer that was mildly enjoyable from the bottle, but from the glass, it tells the tale. (376 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(purchased cold; no freshness dates on bottle - poured, with some vigor, into a tulip pint)

A: hazy liquid, glow of amber in the center, while the outer edges are more a murky yellow-gold... hardly any foam, definitely no retention

S: doughy yeast and day-old bread with some floral flourishes... perhaps some signs of age?

T: startling dryness, butter cookie aftertaste... the grapefruit builds and lingers on the palate after the first couple sips; sits atop what tastes like oatmeal/cereal with a spritz of citrus in it... real deficit of dazzle in the aftertaste... you'd think you might get a hint of apple from the chamomile, but instead it comes across like an browning, oxidized slice of it that been sitting out for an hour

F: roughly the right amount of weight to the body, which is not a lot... disappointing lack of zip to the carbonation, leaves it feeling flat

O: I've had this on tap at the brewery, and it's not much more exciting than this... I'm not opposed to trying this again, via draft or a brewery-fresh bottle, but time and time again, this is a pass for me - something's missing: in the process, the ingredients, don't know... (1,156 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.36/5  rDev -2%
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. (717 characters)

Photo of constantine_272
3.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Low head. Medium low carb. Small white foam ring. Nice bright gold color with a solid haze. Definitely could go for some more carbonation, else it's nice.

S: Sweet yeast. Banana and lemon. Cloves. Hints of mango and papaya.

T: Pineapple, wheat. Mild flavor of saltines. Cloves and banana again. Juicy and tropical and fruity. Floral with rose petal and cherry blossom.

M: Slightly viscous. Medium body. Nothing spectacular.

O: Overall one of the better wits I've had. Has a lot of character, and a lot of flavor , but still refreshing. (542 characters)

Photo of Crimzy711
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light citrus Beer. IF you aren't feeling particularly in the mood for a heavy beer, this is a more appropriate way to go light, rather than picking up that Miller. The grapefruit and Chamomile are incredible flavors for the crisp, light aroma and taste and feel. (262 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-hazy golden color with a nice white head and little lacing

S-grain, wheat, citrus, spice, light yeast

T-cracker, wheat, grapefruit, chamomile, mild to moderate bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and slightly tart

O-pretty straightforward Witbier, easy drinking and would probably be more enjoyable on a hot summer day (358 characters)

Photo of mikefuski17
3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (702 characters)

Photo of ghengisflan
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Pours a medium, cloudy straw color with little head.

Smell - Sweet grain and Belgian funk, with just a little citrus.

Taste - It tastes much as it smells, but the citrus (and herbs?) are a little more at the fore.

Mouthfeel - Thick enough to be full bodied, but light enough for the style.

Overall - A nice Witbier, great for summer. (350 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazed light straw color. Just a bit of sediment. White soapy collar forms and has good staying power. Aroma a dry wheat, clove, and hay. Some may find this wit fairly musty, even for the style. In the flavor, wheat bread, snap of lemon pepper and orange peel. Bitterness is quite mild and par for the course, but Walt Wit finishes anything but sweet. Big wheat, bread and cracker notes; being very musty of course, as the nose indicated. A light bodied, easy drinking ale that has a chalky yeast driven finish. Overall, a worthy example of a wit here. It tastes closer to its Belgian brethren than an American rendition of the style, however not tart enough to really get the Brussels flair. (699 characters)

Photo of IronLover
3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow in color on the edges and golden yellow down the middle with a deep haze. Poured with a short, dense white foam that slowly reduced to a thick cap that left sheets of sticky wet lacings on the glass. Lemon and orange zest aromas with wheat malt and a hint of melted butter in the background. Smooth, creamy, slightly watery feel with light, rich carbonation. Peppery spice flavors with wheat malt and beneath from beginning to end. Herbal and lemon zest flavors in the middle with a peppery bite to follow. Finishes with a peppery and wheat grain aftertaste. (570 characters)

Photo of ColdWaffles
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: The beer itself has to look: A murky, hazy yellow beer. The issue here is the borderline non-existent head. There's a tiny bit of glass lacing.

Smell: You don't pick up much. Sweet citrus fruit, coriander.

Taste: This is a workman's wit for sure. Pretty standard, but there's nothing wrong with that for the price. The grapefruit adds a nice touch.

Mouthfeel: Refreshing and crisp. Ample carbonation and a wet taste. Doesn't leave much aftertaste and isn't too sticky.

This is a pretty standard wit, and I don't mind that. Ever so slightly above average, and I don't mean that as laudatory. (663 characters)

Photo of BWED
2.93/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I've been living outside of Philly for a few months now, near Downingtown and Victory, and I have been amazed at the variety of breweries there are out here. One I haven't gotten into yet, is PBC. Walt Wit is my first taste of the brewery:

A- Very cloudy yellow-brown. Almost looks like orange juice. White, creamy-thin head, which dies down to 1/4" before I'm finished. Thick lacing left behind.

S- Typical Wit smell: banana bread with a citrus undertone.

T- Sweet, slight hint of banana, less so than in the smell, bitter citrus bite lingers on the tongue; maybe from the grapefruit peel.

M- Kind of bland. Almost too light, some carbonation, but just rolls through the mouth and down the throat. If it wasn't wet, my mouth probably wouldn't have felt it.

O- This beer is okay. It ranks average on the wheat beer spectrum for me. Nothing really stuck out except the grapefruit bitterness. Mouthfeel was not satisfying. It didn't leave an essence that some beers do. It looks tasty, but it just didn't live up to what I had hoped. Maybe I'll try it in the middle of the summer next time... and hopefully PBC has some better brews. I guess I'll find out. (1,159 characters)

Photo of nofalltoofar
3.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Belgian tulip glass

A: Cloudy gold with a quickly dissipating head

S: Very fruity, flower notes, berry and citrus

T: Tangy and very fruit-heavy. Instant citrus with berry notes and hints of grain. Very sweet, virtually no bitterness, small hop presence

M: A little tangy, not excessively carbonated, light and goes down easily. Very fitting for a white ale

This is a very enjoyable beer. It is smooth, drinkable, and interesting. It's also relatively cheap. If you don't feel like shelling out Duvel doe for the infamous Belgian champion, Walt Wit will do nicely. (580 characters)

Photo of dougbassett
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Philadelphia Brewing Company is a favorite of mine in Philly -- they don't get as much press as other, more famous brewers in the area (such as Yards or Victory) but they consistently make good beers.

Except for this, the weakest beer in their line up. Even so it's not bad, just bog-standard. Pours a nice golden color (albeit with very little head). Has a pleasant, though routine nose of grapefruit peel and spice -- the nose is rather richer than the flavors themselves, though, which wash out to a mild hit of citrus/grapefruit before slipping away to a rather unsatisfactory dry finish. (A surprisingly thin body on this, despite the nose.)

If the beer tasted as good as it smelled I might judge it a little higher. As such, by no means bad, but nothing special or worth going out of your way for. (806 characters)

Photo of Alkey
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy pale orange color with very little head. Aroma had a bit of tropical fruit. Taste was weak but had some orange and grapefruit peel, lots of carbonation, finished clean. Overall I thought it to be very easy to drink but lacked depth to make me want to come back and purchase again. (294 characters)

Photo of pburland23
3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler into a chalice.

Appearance: Beer pours a hazy light apple cidery color. Very little carbonation and thin wispy white bits of head. Not the most appealing looking witbier.

Smell: Very traditional witbier aroma...cloves, spices, bananas and a little touch of bubblegum. Good for the style.

Taste: Wheat and coriander at the forefront. It's more grainy than I anticipated. Additionally, some bananas, cloves and yeast notes. Pretty middle of the road in terms of taste.

Mouthfeel: Light in body and very light in carbonation. Very refreshing on a warm night and at 4.2% it's easy to knock a few back.

Overall: A decent but not great witbier. It's light and refreshing but the flavor is just a little lacking. (736 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this one into a pint glass, it has a hazy orange color body with a 1 finger white foamy head on it. The smell is of wheat and spices(orange peel and coriander). The taste is a little overpowering of coriander, it is the first taste i get. Then the orange comes on the back of the tongue. The mouth feel is ok and overall a average beer. (345 characters)

Photo of FickleBeast
3.12/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very cloudy, murky, orangish color with almost no head whatsoever. Looks kind of gross. Aroma is typical wit, with coriander and some spicy phenols.

First sip is kinda harsh... a sharp wheaty bite strikes first, and maybe too much coriander? Kind of an overspiced flavor, not much sweetness, just a sharp kind of bitter (but not hop bitter) flavor.

Something just doesn't taste right about this beer. It is not really refreshing at all. Damn you clever punny names!!! Gets me every time! :) (541 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (742 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The label says that the beer is an unfiltered Belgian-style white beer brewed with chamomile and grapefruit peel.

It pours out nearly completely flat but for a scummy froth layer that fizzles out (the greatest disappointment that this beer offended me with) but has a dark-tinted straw color which is muddily opaque with clouds of yeasty sediment. Mmm mmm nutritious. Body is on the thicker edge of medium fullness.
Smell is indeed chamomile tea up front supported by some herbal grassy hopping and just a smidge of citrus peel character over a wheat malt. Taste is dominated at first by a chamomile tea just as in the nose, but the citrus peel aspect comes through much more cleanly (and strongly) in the bready wheat flavor. A good effort marred by a poor head. (764 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.3/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dull yellow color and a cloudy consistency. Lots of sediment. There was a half inch of fairly long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A sweet smell - even for a witbier - with hints of coriander, citrus, and malt.

T: Tasted of banana (an interesting and welcome addition), lemon, orange, malt, and coriander. A slightly unusual flavor for the style, but very vibrant and tasty.

M: Lots of carbonation with a crisp, sweet finish. Light-to medium bodied.

O: This is not your classic witbier, but it is highly enjoyable. (568 characters)

Photo of jwhancher
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy gold with nice white head that quickly fades away. Eventually no trace of any foam which makes it look like day old apple juice. Carbonation seems full on. The bottom of the bottle added some yeasty dregs to my pint glass taster.

Smells lemony with some coriander and some banana.

Tastes a little odd: lemon character but with a mouthfeel that seems utterly flat. Sweet citrus flavor throughout. Maybe some orange peel in there.

Nice & dry & refreshing but overall not too imaginative. A decent summer selection if other finer ones aren't readily available. (578 characters)

Photo of MrOH
3.76/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very hazy orangish yellow, nice white head.

Coriander and bananas in the nose.

Slightly tart, orange, spice, coriander, banana, and a bready finish. A bit more bitter in the finish than I'm used to for the style, not that I'm complaining.

Light-bodied, mediumish carbonation, but fluffy feeling and refreshing.

A pretty decent wit. (335 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.67/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - So so. The color is kind of brownish rather than hazy yellow. No head to speak of and carbonation is kind of low.

S - Smells pretty nice with mild wheat and grain but really no lemon or citrus which I like from the style.

T - Pretty nice I even get a bit of hops which is foreign to me for the style. Wheat background, with a slight bit of lemon, yeast and clove. Pretty nice.

M - Light to medium, seems to have more body than the typical offering.

Overall I kind of like the taste but could use more carbonation made this beer heavy rather than successionable and the not so in your face lemon or zest. (611 characters)

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Walt Wit from Philadelphia Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.