Walt Wit - Philadelphia Brewing Company
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4.28/5 rDev +27%
Same visit. I consider it an honor and a privilege to hang out here and sample and review beers while doing so.
My fave Walt Whitman poem is "Mannahatta", which reads like a release from the NYC Bureau of Travel and Tourism and which I use as a couterpoint to Carl Sandburg's "Chicago", which is a warts-'n'-all homage to the Windy City. Go poets!
Well, the head was like a puffy, white cloud sitting on top of the beer. The color looked like freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice, giving the whole thing an inverted-egg quality. Nose was very spicy, actually peppery, almost inducing a sneeze. Zounds! Mouthfeel was medium with a good admixture of grapefruit bitterness, black pepper, yeasty mustiness, and orange zest on the tongue. I really need to revisit my aversion to this style, it seems. Finish was really dry, approaching Zephyr winds across the Sahara dry. My my.
11-21-2009 18:43:44 | More by woodychandler
2.73/5 rDev -19%
Bottle to pint.
A: Orange, cloudy, 3/4 inch head. Layers of lacing.
S: Orange and "beer"/ traditoinal lager. Vegetables.
T: Orange, orange spice, water, lager, bread.
D: Fruit smell overpowers everything. Hard to drink, unlike more witbiers I've had that are overall refreshing. A lot of missed smells and tastes here, too much going on.
11-17-2009 06:44:42 | More by biophiliadude
3.7/5 rDev +9.8%
Pours a cloudy pale straw color, nice creamy head but little retention. Smell is a pleasent mix of belgian yeast, hay, slight spice and mild citrus. Taste is a nice yeasty bread, hay with a decent spice and citrus flavor. Thinner and overly carbonated for the style. Decent tasting beer, would revisit.
11-04-2009 14:31:51 | More by rfgetz
District of Columbia
3.5/5 rDev +3.9%
A: Pours a hazy golden-yellow color. The white head is moderately tall, creamy, and foamy, with decent retention. Lacing is solid.
S: Yeasty and a bit spicy. Definite notes of citrus - lemon and orange peel perhaps. A pleasant wheaty aroma is also detectable.
T: A nice wheaty flavor along with a tangy yeastiness. Citric notes of orange and lemon. Bitterness is low. Some spice - coriander mostly, perhaps with some pepper.
M: Medium-light body. A bit tingly and creamy.
D: A decent, drinkable American witbier. Thoroughly pleasant, but there's little in the way of style points or wow factor for this beer. Solid, but there are better options.
10-19-2009 01:56:18 | More by Clydesdale
3.63/5 rDev +7.7%
Belgian-style white ale. Poured into tulip glass. Small head, doesn't retain very long. Nice and cloudy. Aromas imediately of citrus, grapefruit, and spice.
As far as taste...it's pretty good. Definately tastes like it smells. Full of citrus/grapefruit flavors. Had at about 40 degrees. Have to give a thumbs up to a small brewery...pretty decent.
10-16-2009 03:03:00 | More by ShadesOfGray
3.55/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
09-01-2009 19:10:10 | More by Soonami
3.2/5 rDev -5%
A 12 ounce bottle poured into my shaker glass. The witbier appears a cloudy pale straw yellow color with about an inch of quickly fading bone white head. The head leaves no lacing to speak of. Nose and flavor are of lightly toasted wheat, mildly spicy yeast, hints of citrus, mainly lemon and orange, sweet, tart, mild sourness, some acidity. A tad thin bodied, but amply carbonated. I'll pass next time I see this one unless it gets re-tooled.
08-31-2009 20:09:50 | More by ClockworkOrange
3.63/5 rDev +7.7%
Pours a slightly hazy yellow straw color. White head last quite a while. Aroma is sort of typical wit traits with some sort of flowery notes to it. Flavor also is citrusy, corriander and a bit of spicyness. The citrus is fairly strong. Grapefruit and some orange. Moderate bodyfeel and mouth. The drinkability is fairly good depending on your feelings on witbeers and such.
08-10-2009 23:50:34 | More by BirdFlu
3.4/5 rDev +0.9%
O Captain, My Captain, Walt Whitman, not just the name of a bridge in Philly. He was a real, honest-to-god human being too! I swear to you. Also, the Walt Whitman House is in Camden, New Jersey and is open to the public in case you're interested in crossing the bridge that bears his name.
The beer, pours a light peachy color with big thick head. Very clean and clear.
Smells spicy, as it should. That is the first thing that comes to my mind as I suspend my nose over the glass. There is also some sulfuric, sort of lager-esque aroma with this beer. It almost has a skunky (Grolsch, Becks, Heineken) sort of smell to it. Interesting...
Big sip and...well, its not half bad. Its got a good amount of spice going on along with some decent malty sweetness. The lager-esque sulfuric quality is there as well but it doesn't really stand in the way. A bit of citrus and a nice yeasty flavor make this a nice example of a style that isn't so easy to reproduce. Easy to drink and refreshing. Not a bad witbier, but not amazing by any means.
07-14-2009 03:28:34 | More by indiapaleale
3.5/5 rDev +3.9%
Appearance-pale golden yellow with a large white head, decent lacing around the glass. Carbonation is evident.
Smell-fruity and sugary. Grapefruit aroma.
Taste/Mouthfeel-sweet up front, good body, I thought the taste was a tad sweet at first but it balanced out ok.
Drinkability-light enough to quench often, little too sweet to be refreshing but it's fine.
Overall-it's a fine brew, nothing outstanding though, I've had much better.
06-30-2009 00:22:01 | More by TheDeuce
3.65/5 rDev +8.3%
Had this beer with some salmon, since wheat beers and seafood are usually a good pairing.
I didn't get much of a head, but some lacing lasted for a while. Something in the taste was off-putting to me. It turns out to be the grapefruit peel. I'm not a huge grapefruit fan, but the taste up front is interesting.
I'm getting the citrus in the beginning and either hops or grapefruit bitterness at the end of the taste.
So I'm not sure if this is for me, but I think it is worth a taste. Not a strong stance, but those are my honest feelings.
05-24-2009 23:17:46 | More by GeoffFromSJ
3.03/5 rDev -10.1%
Pours a hazy yellow with a finger of soapy head.
Wheat and yeast are present on the nose, with some almost offensive fruity smells.
It's thin, but the wheat gives it some body. The carbonation is very fizzy. The flavors seem blended and muted. Wheat, pepper citrus, and other fruits. Not bad, but rather bland.
It's drinkable, but nothing special.
05-12-2009 20:37:58 | More by IMincedTheKing
3.55/5 rDev +5.3%
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
05-09-2009 23:47:20 | More by SPRichard
3.53/5 rDev +4.7%
I picked up a bottle of this local favorite today. Walt Wit is a Belgian-style white ale brewed with grapefruit peel and chamomile. No freshness date, but it is probably fine. I poured it into a pint glass.
Walt Wit pours out a hazy yellow topped by a decent white head. This is darker than true Belgian whites, but the head sits firmly and stays put for a good long while. Tight head and active carbonation.
There is a beautiful and delicate bouquet. Smells just like grapefruit and chamomile. Notes of lemon drops. No hop aroma.
I have mixed feelings about the taste. Up front, it is pretty similar to the aroma. Grapefruit citrus and subtle spices mix with eachother in a wonderful way, but towards the swallow, the beer loses this delicate nature and becomes a bready, malt-forward beer that doesn't have as much finesse. The flavor is light and subtly spiced. The soft chamomile flavor in the aftertaste is quite pleasant. Still, this remains too malty at the end.
Medium bodied, fat carbonation. I think it could use finer carbonation, or more spritzy. The body of the beer is alright, but it might not be yeasty/grainy enough for my taste. A little too clean in the mouthfeel here.
The drinkability is quite good here, since the ABV is low at 4.2%, and the beer is interesting enough to no get bored with it quickly. I'm not sure that I would buy a case, but I know that I like it a lot more than some of the other American interpretations of the Belgian witbier.
04-30-2009 20:41:38 | More by MusicaleMike
District of Columbia
3.58/5 rDev +6.2%
Looks like a good wit..cloudy orange with a thick white head with good retention. Goes down to a layer of foam and bubbles
Aroma: Some spices, citrus, lemon and banana. Not overly strong. Mild aroma
Taste: Not spectacular but its good. Has the typical notes of a wit..spices and some orange peel..there is also some good bitterness in the finish. Its good, and is worth a try, but its not incredible
Mouthfeel: On the lighter side and not as creamy. I prefer the creamy feeling of wits..and this one doesn't deliver that
Drinkability: Still..it tastes good and is lighter so its refreshing. Give it a try.
04-28-2009 06:17:41 | More by kshankar
3.75/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
04-26-2009 04:03:15 | More by Philabeerphia
3.5/5 rDev +3.9%
I admit I approached this with some trepidation when I read on the label that it was brewed " with grapefruit peel and chamomile." But I plunged ahead and poured it into my standard Troeg's pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy light gold and left a modest head and some residual lacing. An attractive beer.
Smell is subdued, I get a little citrus but that's about it.
Taste is very pleasant, very light. A bit of citrus and a hint of pepper.
Mouthfeel is crisp and finishes well.
Drinkability is fine. The bottle lists no ABV but this is no alcohol bomb - probably in line with the style around 5%.
I really liked this beer. It's nothing pretention.Just a good light summer thirst quencher. Good job, Philadelphia Brewing.
04-22-2009 01:44:58 | More by OldYoda
3.15/5 rDev -6.5%
Hazy pale straw colour with a soapy white head that left thick lace on the glass. Great head retention too. Very mild aroma, definitely approaching weak. Grain and floral notes, perhaps a hint of lemon and spice, but that's it. The flavour was similarly mild. Floral and cereal grains, a hint of lemon, a bit of white pepper and coriander in the finish. Very (overly) clean yeast profile. Medium to light bodied, some dryness, ample carbonation. Pretty easy drinking and refreshing.
04-17-2009 20:17:00 | More by DrJay
4.33/5 rDev +28.5%
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.
04-08-2009 15:19:25 | More by Throckmorton
4.08/5 rDev +21.1%
Pours golden yellow and cloudy into my pint glass. Aromas of lemon juice, coriander and fresh baked wheat bread fill my olfactory center. Taste is sweet with a doughy character, lemony and spicy as well, and light overall. Mouthfeel is light and zesty with crisp carbonation level. Finish is sweet and begets another sip or nine.
04-06-2009 02:10:51 | More by dude
3.7/5 rDev +9.8%
On tap at the Buck Hotel in a Philadelphia Eagles pint glass.
A- Bright yellow with just a tad of haze when held up to light. A small 2cm white cap was on the surface and when it left just a few swirls would bring it back for a short period. No lacing.
S- Smells like a decent wit with a bunch of citrus appeal with some orange peel in the back. Very slight clove and a nice amount of yeast.
T- This is not to shabby. I was not expecting much after having this in a bottle but the tap version makes this worthy. Again the focus is on citrus flavors underlined with yeastiness. Very minimal on the spice but some clove presents itself. Toasted malts giving of some bread.
M- Light bodied with some carbonation. The flavors all come together at once and leave together as well. A very slight bitterness/sour twang on the back hand side.
D- Not knowing the abv on this I can only guess that it's 5% or less making it sessionable and in the summertime I can see this one being a winner if it's off a tap, the bottled version is just not there yet IMO.
I am rooting for PBC and wish them well in all future endevors.
03-30-2009 01:04:55 | More by BARFLYB
3.73/5 rDev +10.7%
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.
03-22-2009 19:50:42 | More by Dodo2step
2.63/5 rDev -22%
This looked very good poured into a pilsner glass.Cloudy pale yellow with a thick white heading. Lacing all down the glass.
Smell is very much of Chamomile and very citrusy smell of oranges. A nice kick in the mouth of spice to top it off.
Taste is about same very high in Chamomile and spices. Slight sting of citrus hops on the backend.
Mouth is very watery and week extremly light bodied with no carbonation.
Drink is high but after a while you would get sick of the spicey taste.
A decent drink but I probably wouldn't buy it again.
03-21-2009 21:09:38 | More by TheFightfan1
3.1/5 rDev -8%
Served in a pint glass from the tap.
A: A hazy straw colored yellow. Thin head which didn't lace, but left small little puddles of bubbles on the surface once it receded.
S: About what you'd expect for a Belgian white as far as citrus and spice. Fragrant but not overpowering.
T: Really not much of a flavor at all. Tasted very watered down compared to the smell.
M: Felt somewhat flat.
D: I was hoping for a little bit more from this.
03-20-2009 19:24:16 | More by jlb307
3.38/5 rDev +0.3%
Light murky yellow colored beer with a quickly fading head.Aroma is that normal witbier spice smell.Taste is that normal coriander and witbier spice taste,except the flavors are watered down which to be is fine.Almost can be called a witbier light.Pretty decent and drinkable.
02-21-2009 03:28:17 | More by matty
Walt Wit from Philadelphia Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.