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Walt Wit - Philadelphia Brewing Company

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Ratings: 264
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 15.73%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ROMER79 on 03-30-2008)
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Photo of jackorain


3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-poured a very light cloudy straw color topped with stark white head of about 3 inches after very gentle pour into weizen glass. The head receded rather slowly and left some globby lace and crowned coating.

S-citrus, grass, hint of banana and clove.

T-very lemony with some banana and clove, Quite acidic. Some slightly spicy hops on the finish.

M-quite tingly in the mouth, hops or the acid I don't know. Cabonation is quite aggressive. Light body

D-one and odne, but I could come back every now and again. definitely my leat favorite of the four in the variety pack, but not terrible

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2008 22:21:56 | More by jackorain
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear gold with a really thin white head. Nose is lemon and grass (not lemongrass). Real acidic fragrance too. Flavor is acidic as well. A biting lemon tone over an earthy longlasting thing. Lacks balance. Feel is about typical I guess. Another waste of energy on a style most people should stop screwing around with.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 21:24:21 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of joezak5

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel sniffter; a hazy pale gold muted carbonation, fluffy three finger finger pure white head with minimal retention and good lacing.

Smell: Earthy and yeasty, the grapefruit citrus and chamomile advertised on the label are subtlely and nicely present.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and lively with medium carbonation.

Taste: Nicely light and earthy and wheaty, lightly herbal with citrus notes, nice dusty wheat finish.

Drinkability: A winner from PBC, at about a buck a bottle, an excellent and economical alternative to Allagash White. I'll definitely pick this up again.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2008 03:05:09 | More by joezak5
Photo of Schmidts


3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours Cloudy from the bottle light yellow small head that goes quickly.
Smells of Lemon,grapfruit,and spices.
It has a grapfruit,camilmile and spice taste with a good bit of Malt mixed with hops in the flavor it is flavorful and fizzy. In your Mouth it has a very nice feel a bit fizzy but a very Nice Wit and I will have this again soon! You can buy this right at the brewery at a reduced price and when I bought mine it had been just bottled the day before, as fresh as you can get it. I recomend giving it a try!
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Serving type: bottle

08-26-2008 17:51:49 | More by Schmidts
Photo of weeare138


3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a hazy gold with a small, white cap that fades into a mild collar. Steady streams of CO2 rise to the top.
Smell is of heavy pils malt, sugary dough, mild notes of white pepper and coriander.
Taste is of the aromas with notes of hibiscus flowers and chamomile standing out.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, fizzy, slightly malty with bitterness lingering in the swallow.
This is pretty tame for a wit. I'm not sure what yeast strain they used but for being so clean, I would guess it's an American strain. Unfortunately, this one will have trouble stacking up against other area wits from Victory, Sly Fox, and even Legacy. Not a bad try though.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 16:21:36 | More by weeare138
Photo of thethrone


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

A - Pours clear straw yellow, with very thin white head. Heavy carbonation noticeable in the glass. Mild lacing.

S - Smells of sweet malts. Notes of lemon, banana, bread dough, and some metallic undertones.

T - Tastes of citrus fruits and spices; Lemon, orange, pepper.

M - Light mouthfeel, with generous carbonation. Not quite as crisp as I'd expect form this style, though.

D - A nice, light brew. Enjoyable, but not one I would seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 01:43:20 | More by thethrone
Photo of maddogruss

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a glass mug.

A: Pours a straw-yellow, cloudy body with a small, white head with ok retention and nice lacing along the sides of the glass all the way to the finish.

S: A sweet, malt smell with some metallic, banana ester undertones.

T: A slight, banana ester taste with a smooth, slightly metallic aftertaste.

M: A nice, light and crisp mouthfeel that was very refreshing. A pretty good representation of an American wit.

D: A very drinkable beer. A nice combination of the sweet, banana taste and a refreshing mouthfeel. A nice, summer beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2008 23:22:48 | More by maddogruss
Photo of modus

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow color. Light, thin head dissipates quickly. Taste is sweet & banana-like. Carbonation is adequate. Mouthfeel could be better, with a little more viscosity. As it is, it's a little watery and thin.

This is one of my least-favorite Philadelphia Brewery brews.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 03:54:59 | More by modus
Photo of Phillyduke


3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an Imperial Pint glass. Beer is a very pale yellow with extremely active carbonation and a slight haze brought on by the suspended yeast. A one-finger head quickly fades to a find layer that leaves a slight lace on the sides of the glass. Smell is a spicy and yeasty wheat smell with hints of banana and citrus fruit. Taste is initially crisp and slightly bitter for a Wit, which makes it refreshing and thirst quenching, but I'm missing the majority of the banana, citrus and wheat-ey sweetness I usually associate with the style. A bit of honey sweetness comes out as the beer warms. I give it points for the extra bitterness, but I was hoping for more. Beer is lively and active on the palate, and leaves a dry finish with a bit of lingering bitterness and spice, which would make this perfect to enjoy with a pot of crabs or a spicy salsa on a warm summer's evening.

An interesting interpretation with good drinkability. Relatively enjoyable, just not what I was expecting for the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 18:06:17 | More by Phillyduke
Photo of Chinon01


2.6/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 15:25:18 | More by Chinon01
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 16:47:31 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 01:57:49 | More by DavidSeanNJ
Photo of paulthebeerguru


3.98/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Snifter. Pours a vibrant pale yellow. Nice white head, with a good retention rate and moderate lacing.

S: some aromas of sour lemon and tangy citrus from the wheat, not a ton of hops in the nose, but not expected. Some yeasty aromas as well.

T: a lot of grapefruit and lemon zest in the flavor, along with some spice. very nice flavors from the wheat. Very sour, which I am enjoying. very interesting wit.

M: carbonation was higher than normal. intriguing palate. very crisp.

D: my first Phily Brewing beer and it was really nice. I recommend it, and would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2008 18:56:01 | More by paulthebeerguru
Photo of jmalex


3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2008 01:33:28 | More by jmalex
Photo of tgbljb


3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy light yellow colow ith massive white creamy head. Great retention with some attractive sticky lacing.

Smell has a modest amount of spice and yeast, with a hint of lemon.

Taste has a nice sweet-tart quality, with a nice spice-lemon flavor, But the endinh is a bit too dry.

More dryness at the end limits its drinkability.

A good beer. It does improve as it warms, but nothing great.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 21:23:40 | More by tgbljb
Photo of Biscuit033


3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Hazy straw with very little head and moderate lacing.

S: Ample floral and honey notes and what I am guessing is the chamomile. There is also some grain and wheat notes.

T: Bitter grapefruit pith, a bit of dark green vegetables, and a bit of flowery flavors.

M: Godd carbonation and very dry but not very crisp or clean.

D: The grapefruit pith flavor makes this much less refreshing than it could be. It is still good to see a wit with something other than coriandor and lemon.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 00:45:22 | More by Biscuit033
Photo of mymrnngjckt


4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice pale yellow. The smell contains corriander and a bit of citrus. The taste is soft and has wheaty tones. The small amount of carbination provides a nice and easy mouthfeel. This is a nice summer time brew which is easily drinkable. Very good offering from Philadelphia Brewing Company.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 16:19:26 | More by mymrnngjckt
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Far stretching streams of bubbles shoot out from the bottom at very fast pace. A vibrant banana peel yellow. Moldy looking patches of white fuzz with the occasion popping bubble. The level of haziness ranks somewhere in the low-to-middle range of what I know to be for the style.

Scents of sour lemon and tangy citrus are blade-knife sharp and stifle your sense of smell. My nose is only too happy to be greeted by these smells each time the glass is brought forth. I only wish they had a little more fortitude behind them, repetitive swirling seems only to be drying them out. You can sense an acidity and tartness just waiting to pounce onto the palate...

The flavour has that same mix of spice and zest. Lemon slice and a whole lot of grapefruit make for a flavour profile that is citric, light, and fair. Carbonation needs to be toned down a whole level or two. The mouthfeel is peppery; that 'pinch' of spice is noticeable. The acidity is cutting and the body has just a ounce of sourness that keeps bringing to mind the Berliner Weiss, a comparison which seems more and more suiting with every sip.

Indeed, this was a helplessly curious witbier, one that seemed more inspired by Berlin's weiss beers than any of Belgium's white beers. Strikingly high carbonation, sharp cutting acidity, underlying tartness, and light whispers of citrus make this one undeniably refreshing beer, albeit perhaps a slight bit unconventional for the style.

Both the two beers I've had from the Philadelphia Brewing Co. have had a little something eccentric to them, and in both cases it's really worked. There's no reason not to enjoy this one, and I hope to try more of their beers in the future, cheers to SkinnyElvis for the bottle!

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 23:56:55 | More by biegaman
Photo of ATPete

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, 5.0% ALC/VOL on label.

Walt Wit pours a very pale, very transparent, slightly hazy, off yellow color. It sports a cotton white head that sticks to the inside of the glass. This is obviously filtered. The nose is that of soft, semi sweet wheat with a nice cracker character and a touch of citrus, banana and spice. Its taste is much like the nose, very soft wheat profile, floral, extremely refreshing, bright citrus fruits and a nice creamy body. This one is a winner for me. I wasnt very fond of Yards in their day but it looks like Philadelphia Brewing Co are doing things right.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 22:44:34 | More by ATPete
Photo of jwc215


3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazed/lightly clouded lemon-drop yellow with a thin, white small bubbled head that quickly settles to a large patch. Minimal lacing sticks.

The smell is bready with something like cooked pasta. It becomes perfumy and a bit mustyish with herbal/floral spicing (I'll take it that that is the chamomile). Not quite catching much of the citrus part - maybe a soft hint.

The taste is of wheat, in a cooked pasta sort of way. Something suggestive of flavored tea (I'll take that to be the chamomile, again.) The grapefruit peel gives a faux bitterness - suggestive of a bitter fruit, without being bitter. Not sweet either - maybe some grainy sweetness, but not much. The flavor weaves in and out. There is a dryish, peppery spicing in the finish.

The body is light.

Well - it's a different interpretation. Spiced with chamomile and grapefruit peel, according to the label. Interesting, but not the thirst-quencher that I would seek in this style.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2008 01:56:44 | More by jwc215
Photo of LunaChick


3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lucky to live in Philly. I am not a fan of this style. However I must say I was suprised by this. It pours very light gold--lighter than others I've tried. Head disapates quickly, a fair amount of lacing remains. Smells crisp, slight hints of fresh grapefruit and spice. Very crisp start with hints of corriander and orange peel. Finsih is dry.
Definately a good brew to enjoy several of over a big pot of muscles and fresh bread outside or on the beach at sunset.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2008 00:27:07 | More by LunaChick
Photo of MmmIPA


3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2008 22:37:35 | More by MmmIPA
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint

A straw colored body with a soapy, white head that left moderate lacing.

Has a grassy/earthy smell with coriander, grapefruit and wheat rounding out the nose.

Slightly bitter, delicately spiced with coriander, and a nice grapefruit sweetness to balance.

Slightly creamy mouthfeel and a pretty low ABV make this beer very refreshing.

A pleasant take on the style, very clean, fresh, and well-balanced.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2008 13:59:32 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2008 20:25:02 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: hazy pale yellow in color with a 1" head that lingers a while.

Smell: soft spiciness and a hint of yeast is all that is detectable.

Taste: coriander and pepper seems to be up front, with some softer lemon zest and yeast tones in the background. Very little bitterness and the malt level seems a bit lighter than some others in the style to me. There is a bit of chaulkiness at the finish.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout and a touch of dryness at the finish. The pepper spice seems to last a bit long on the tongue. Lighter bodied beer.

Drinkability: not as refreshing as I like to see in the style. The dry and chauky finish knocks down the drinkability for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2008 11:26:39 | More by Gavage
Walt Wit from Philadelphia Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.