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Walt Wit - Philadelphia Brewing Company

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Ratings: 252
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 15.98%

Brewed by:
Philadelphia Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ROMER79 on 03-30-2008)
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Photo of MrOH


3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 00:38:56 | More by MrOH
Photo of DrDemento456


3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 02:04:44 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of Knapp85


3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a decent looking opaque yellow color. The head was a little fizzy but had a light stickiness to it which kept some subs on the glass. The smell of the beer was citrusy and had some fresh wheat aromas. The addition of spice comes out on the nose as it warms. The taste of the beer has a floral and citrusy flavor to it. The spices come on strong in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light and carbonated enough that it stay interesting. Overall it's an average Wit. I like the name they gave it, I found that to be pretty creative. It's worthy of trying I think.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 15:51:50 | More by Knapp85
Photo of Rootdog316


3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2011 23:33:14 | More by Rootdog316
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 01:55:54 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of StaEva


3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good well rounded, easy to drink refreshing beer, but missing something I can't really place.

Poured into a weizen glass; light cloudy straw/honey color with good, white head that dissipates by sip 2 or 3.

Classic wheaty, citrus flavors with minimal hop bitterness going on and a subtle spice note from the invariably present coriander.

Mouthfeel is a little weak, like under-carbonated seltzer or something; not bad but not great.

Not the best showing from Philadelphia Brewing Co. nor is it the best example of a Witbier, but it's fair enough to give a try and decide for yourself.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 01:38:46 | More by StaEva
Photo of mattgreger


3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A brew given to me by my brother-in-law to try.

The pour on this particular brew is a very hazy pale gold color. I had a pretty small fluffy, white head that had hardly any retention, but it did have some decent lacing in the glass as I drank through the brew.

The aroma on this brew is very yeasty with some wonderful earthy tones. There is a great aroma of citrus, mainly grapefruit. Its a great smell from a pretty simple brew.

The taste on this brew is pretty good. Its very much like the aroma, with a nice, light earthy flavors at the front. As the brew warms ever so much it brings out more of the great wheat/yeasty flavors that are followed by a nice herbal/citrus notes that finish this wheaty brew off pretty good.

The mouthful on this brew is a very nice, light bodied brew, with a pretty good carbonation that help give this brew some life. Its a great crisp brew.

This is another great brew from Philadephia Brewing Company. I have still yet to have a brew I didn't like from them. Its a nice brew, with a decent price. I'll surely go for this brew again.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 22:37:43 | More by mattgreger
Photo of sholland119


3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a very hazy golden straw with a frothy white head and a bit of spotty lacing.

S-Bubble gum and pencil erasers. Half of that is appealing.

T-A bit of onion mixed with bubble gum and a bit of spicy hops in the finish.

M-Light bodied and rather crisp.

D-Not bad, and better than it was last time I had it a couple of years ago.


Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 01:29:27 | More by sholland119
Photo of donniecuffs

New Jersey

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

At the Porter House in New Hope, PA. Poured a cloudy yellow, with a finger of white, average retention and average lacing. The nose was of standard banana and clove, with some juicyfruit in there. The flavor was more spicey than fruity, with cloves dominating until some subtle citrus/banana peeks through in the finish. Thin and smooth, with subtle carbonation and a surprisingly dry finish. Very refreshing, though I wish the spice/fruit dynamic was a little more balanced throughout. Second best offering of the three PBC beers I tried that day.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2010 01:20:57 | More by donniecuffs
Photo of cjoc83


3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw color with a thin white head that leaves slight lacing. The nose is wheat, banana, spice, and a hint of citrus. The taste brings out the citrus much more than expected by what I get in the smell, but is not over-powering. A bit of spice (clove mostly), banana-bready yeast, slight malt character, and a grassy, earthy touch round out the taste. Mouth-feel is light to medium bodied with good carbonation and a nice, clean finish.

Overall this is a pretty average wit. Decent representation of the style but nothing I would go out of my way to get.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 05:09:00 | More by cjoc83
Photo of zoso1967


3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden color with a bit of haziness. The foam is fluffy and made up of tightly packed bubbles. The head has great staying power and leaves mediocre lace.

The aroma is very wheaty with some yeasty esters to it. There is also a bit of zesty citrus and some coriander in the nose.

The flavor is much like the aroma with plenty of slightly tart wheat malt, spices and pithy citrus. There is bit of a grainy character that is not very pleasant, but at least it's not too overpowering. I would say this beer is a bit heavy on the spice and orange peel.

The mouthfeel is medium with a bit of creaminess to it that is no doubt the result of the wheat. It has a pretty vigorous amount of carbonation and finishes quite cleanly.

This is a pretty drinkable and refreshing wit, but just does not stack up to some of the better examples out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 12:18:03 | More by zoso1967
Photo of taigor

New York

3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A - Poured cloudy pale yellow color with small head that dissipated quickly leaving almost no lacing around the glass.

S - Mostly wheat with hints of yeast, lemon and some spices.

T - Slight lemon sourness upfront followed by light spices and a nice yeasty finish.

M - Light bodied with high carbonation.

D - Very enjoyable and easy going witbier. Perfect for the summer and as a thirst quencher.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 11:34:01 | More by taigor
Photo of acurtis

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 19:25:06 | More by acurtis
Photo of JunkYardJake


2.93/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.
Pours a very cloudy gold/yellow color with a full bone white head that vanishes quickly. The nose is quite unique. Grapefruit, orange peel, and some herbs and spices. Palate is also non-traditional. Floral herbs, citrus and a little spice. Not terrible but not great either. Mouthfeel is pretty fluid but still has a good presence on the tongue. Fairly drinkable wit but there are alot of better options out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 12:37:25 | More by JunkYardJake
Photo of thecarster1


3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a weizen, hazy light gold straw coloring, an inch of head fades fast to a layer of bubbling lace.

s- light wheat, lots of lemon, pepper, some spice, hard to pinpoint but herbal and floral.

t- floral, powdery, light citrus, tart - unripe berries, citrus peel, floral, light wheat, this is an a-typical wit.

m- light to medium body, coating.

d- good, i kind of enjoyed the fact that this didn't conform to type, it's still very drinkable and goes down easy.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 03:51:18 | More by thecarster1
Photo of Fish113d


3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured chilled into a pint glass, it pours a hazy golden straw color with a very thin eggshell head on the surface. Nothing really special, but true to form.

Grapefruit obviously hits me on the nose first along with a maltiness. Some grain comes through as well in the form of straw.

Flavor is quite weak, but it is a wit beer after all. Slight grapefruit flavor along with some what I think is a smoky flavor, and that flavor lasts through the swallow.

Thin body brew with very little to offer in terms feel. Watery.

Overall, this is an easy-to-drink brew for the simple fact that I could probably drink a case throughout a day and not feel a thing. It's not bad tasting, but it's just a standard wit that leaves nothing to be desired.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 01:00:09 | More by Fish113d
Photo of mvanaskie13


3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to reviewing the PBC walt wit...

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass, color is translucent golden light copper, slightly orange, no head which i thought was odd cause i have seen it on this beer many times before.

Smell is not overpowering, but well done, feint malt hints with yeasty, wheaty, biscuity scents and hint of hops, fruit and spiciness.

Taste is a bit sour, but not fruity, probably the carbonation clingy the tongue followed by wheat, yeast and feint malt.

Mouthfeel is a bit sour, hitting the sides of the tongue, but balancing the flavors well throughout.

This is one my preferred belgian wits, it has grown on me as the style has as well. Another solid PBC brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 00:17:19 | More by mvanaskie13
Photo of callmeclemens

New Jersey

2.78/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Drank Cold from Bottle in APhiladelphia Brewing Company Sampler Pack.

Drank Cold around 45 Degrees.

Its got a strong Citrusy-orange peely taste with hints of other citrus and hops. The first one went down smooth at first, then became bitter towards the end. I found it harder to drink the second it just seemed to increasingly taste more bitter as I went along. The smell comes of as a nice citrus mix.

On the upside.
Best beer I've ever had named for a Deceased Poet.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 18:09:04 | More by callmeclemens
Photo of Seanibus


4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was slow to warm to Philadelphia Brewing beer, but I am starting to have more regard for it. And this beer is leading the way. It is light, delicate, and tasty. Because of it's low ABV and robust flavor, it makes an excellent session beer, particularly in summer.

Pours a hazy orange-yellow with a slight white head. The aroma is slightly sour, with a pleasant fruity quality, like apricot with a whiff of jasmine. The flavor is sharp and sour, almost lemony, with apricot and pear bringing up the rear. There is a tight, dry bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is thin and dry, but leaves me wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 00:26:53 | More by Seanibus
Photo of Milestone221


3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Fantastic. Very cloudy golden. Not transparent. Some particles present. Carbonation is there but is hard to see. A lot of head. Good lacing. Looks very appealing.

Smell. Pure grapefruit and citrus. Smells like a witbier.

Taste. Hops and fruit. That's it. Great.

Mouthfeel. Lacking compared to the taste. Light.

Drinkability. High as well. Goes down easy.

Very good overall. Fruity.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 05:33:28 | More by Milestone221
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 20:07:33 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of irish


3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

More hoppy than I was expecting. Does this make it more attractive or less true to its class? I dunno.

Further sips are more forgiving. Hops meld into a pronounced citrus taste, and this balances pretty well with the carbonation.

I have a feeling that this beer would score higher and higher with further samples. It is definitely worth a sit-down session.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 20:58:36 | More by irish
Photo of tone77


3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 13:47:35 | More by tone77
Photo of albern


3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As far as witbiers go, this is even thinner, less tasty, and lighter than most. It pours a hazy golden color with a touch of lace and a white slightly fizzy head. There is ample carbonation in this beer. The nose is lemony and coriander, but it is not at all assertive.

The taste has all the usual suspects. There is a light wine cooler like citrusy ale flavor, some wheaty graininess, some spices in the coriander family, maybe a touch of peppery snap towards the finish. There is a definite lemony flavor in the beer and just enough prickliness to keep things honest. The problem with this beer is that there just isn't enough "there" there. It is really lacking character because of its thinness. The lemony tartness comes through in the aftertaste, and if not for that, you wouldn't know you were drinking a beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 22:59:15 | More by albern
Photo of jmdrpi


2.83/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

poured into tall pilsner glass

A - super cloudy straw color. whispy head. carbonation bubbles totally coat the inside of glass

S - sour dough bread. the bottle says grapefruit peel, i can pick that up too

T - wheat, citrus, herbal flavors

M - very light. watery

D - not my favorite style, but was part of the variety case. i'll certainly drink the 5 others, but probably wouldn't buy again

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 02:50:09 | More by jmdrpi
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