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Orchard White - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

447 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 447
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.92%
Wants: 25
Gots: 33 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DoubleJ on 05-01-2008)
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Reviews by yeastsipper:
Photo of yeastsipper
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a straw color with minimal haze. Head is massive, both on initial pour and all subsequent ones. A nice change to some of the flat Bruery beers I have had in the past. This one actually overcompensates and is too carbonated, but I much prefer erring on the over carbonated side rather than the under. Smell is nice but understated. Some bready yeast and a lot of lemon zest. A touch earthy and minimal herbal notes. Taste is a subtle wheat balanced by the yeast and the lavender noted on the bottle. The flavors go well together but at the same time nothing really jumps out either. Extremely quaffable, minus the slight overcarbonation. This would be a great afternoon beer or, as I enjoyed it, a nice evening sipper. Everything about this beer screams good, not great. Certainly worth checking out.

yeastsipper, Apr 25, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

tectactoe, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of brownbeer
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow-ish color, hazy with some fishfood-like sediment in the bottom.

The aroma is great. Lavender, cinnamon, citrus, and grains of paradise all layer themselves in a perfectly even way.

The taste has some pear and earthy lavender petal. Cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, and coriander all form a cobbler-esque taste.

The body is light with a solid effervescence and the finish dry.

Very original. Definitely a one of a kind brew. I think I could pick this one out of a Witbier lineup. Excellent.

brownbeer, May 04, 2010
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue IX:

Unfiltered, bottle-conditioned, brewed with spices (coriander, citrus peel, lavender), wheat and oats.

Pours quite lively with tons of carbonation and a good three-finger, foamy white head. A pale golden brew beneath that's touched with haze. Yeasty in the nose. Metallic too, with soft floral notes, suggestions of nectar, hay and a soft lavender. Medium-bodied, even consistency, super creamy. Nice round malt sweetness, with definite oat and wheat notes, which are a bit rough around the edges but nicely balanced with a touch of residual dextrins, suggestions of honey, orange peel, slight citrus smack and musty herbs. Tea-like in many ways. The addition of lavender really works well with the style, too. A bit powdery here and there. Finishes yeasty, with a deep bread flavor that runs into the lingering and overall dryness.

Unique. Layered with complexities. Amazingly quaffable. Top-notch for the style.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of warnerry
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy straw color with massive white head. Head has great retention and leaves a wall of lacing.

S - Nice bready malts, with a big floral presence, mostly lavender. Almost too big on the florals, in fact. Just a hint of citrus.

T - Again, quite floral, both up front and on the finish. A bit of spice I didn't get from the aroma. Nice amount of grain, though it is buried a bit too much by the lavender. Not bad, but a bit heavy on the herb/floral component for my liking.

M - Light and crisp, with a faint tartness.

O - Not my favorite witbier, but pretty good. Just wish the florals didn't dominate.

warnerry, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of Callmecoon
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Callmecoon, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle, w/o freshness info. Pours cloudy lemony light amber, off white head initially quite excited and rocky, then goes soft, ringed and tiny bubble. Nose I get is full of zesty citrus, yeast and the typical wit waff of coriander. Carbonation is spot on, a tiny prickly, but mostly soft and smooth over the tongue. More lemon citrus, yeast and floral flavor sensations. Nice wit, another quality and worthwhile offering from NY state new comer The Bruery...yeasty, chunky, nutty final pour add to the feel of quality going on here.

Billolick, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to djrn2 for sending this bottle my way. Sampled at the same time as Black Orchard.

The beer pours a clear light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is strong coriander with just a hint of orange peel. The flavor is dominated by the coriander. I get very little orange peel in the flavor. High, fizzy carbonation and a light mouthfeel.

Mora2000, May 27, 2010
Photo of olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

olradetbalder, Thursday at 02:01 PM
Photo of kingcrowing
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a nice light golden wheat with a huge fluffy white head. Nose is spicy, fresh and sharp.

Taste is very light and sweet. Nice and spicy with some light hoppiness. Lots of carbonation makes it almost champagne like, very good!

kingcrowing, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gold pour, lots of haze, big fluffy white head to it, looks impressive. Aroma was big time spice notes, citrus, pepper, coriander. Almost too much. Also smells like a big floral arrangement.

Taste, definitely is not bland, but just so many of these flavors are not my thing, but I can acknowledge when something seems to be well made to style and full of flavor, which this is. Just because its not "my thing" doesn't mean it isn't a good beer, and this is a good beer. I've also noticed in the multiple bottles I've had, that despite the claims on the bottle, this is a decent beer when aged, at least for my tastes, because with over a year on it, I ended up liking it more as it has mellowed a little bit in its intensity.

Did I mention it is also very bready? Pretty complex beer when you think about it. Not for people who can only drink BMC, hops or -bals. And yeah, some of those I prefer more than this, but there's no knocking the beer for not being a good representation of style.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Super pale white ale pours from my 750ml bottle with a bright white egg shell white head forms fine speckled lacing as it slowly dwindles. Aroma has strong layers of citrus peel, sharp wheat presence, and an interesting layer of lingering lavender. Flavor is sharp with wheat a nice citric laced breadiness and heavy lavender additions throughout each sip. Perfume herbal notes for sure seem phenolic/plast/medicinal all in one on the palate. I can get past it after a few sips, it adds some uniqueness to an overchurned style but these Bruery beers seem pretty special thus far. Mouthfeel is uber carbonated with a cloying herbal spice mix clouding the palate, medium bodied moderate alcohol with the lavender sticking around. Overall this beer would be better as a straight up white, versus an lavender infused witbier...I have liked most of the Bruery's offerings thus far. I'm not sold on this one, sadly.

WVbeergeek, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of SPRichard
4/5  rDev +3.1%

SPRichard, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of jeonseh
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a GI chalice

A - First when I opened this beer you could tell it was really carbonated as the beer actually hissed similar to opening a soda can. Its a dark yellow similar to a dark champagne with a lot of carbonation of trailing upwards. It had a rocky, frothy head that went away in a few seconds.

S - Smells of pear, apple, orange peel and grass. Smells slightly tart with with a slight funk to it. Very fragrant and complex nose.

T - Taste is granny smith apple with hints of clove and lavender. Very light and floral flavor. There is a slight nutmeg that lasts on the finish that gives it a slight spicyness to it on the back end. Very light and refreshing.

MF - Good carbonation that helps to deliver the flavor and lends itself to a very full feeling to it. The beer has a wonderful feeling to it.

O - My first Bruery beer and I have to say I was very impressed. This is a delicious Belgian beer that paired perfectly with the seafood we had. It is slightly floral which adds an interesting twist that I didn't expect.

jeonseh, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Blue Palms in Hollywood, CA.

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells very floral with good amounts of orange and lemon zest.

Tastes very good. Good amounts of citrus flavor are backed by light wheat flavors. Near the end of the sip a small amount of spiciness joins in before a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. I'd had this from a bottle before and found the carbonation to be entirely too much but on-tap it was much tamer.

Drinkability is good. I could drink a few of these with no problem.

Overall this is a solid wit. It doesn't fit the style to a tee, but it's well worth a shot.

glid02, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of ianjsullivan
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S: 750 ml poured into a wine glass

A: Thick head that sits and lasts, thick lacing. Cloudy orange that when held to the light displays great carbonation.

S: Citrus and spice, bread.

T: Citrus and spice, mostly sour, though the finish is slightly sweet and yeasty.

M: Light at first, becoming creamy towards the finish.

D: It is light and the alcohol is not that high, in other words, it has a high drinkability.

Overall: I was surprised at how sour the beer was. It reminds me of Bam Biere by Jolly Pumpkin or Oro de Calbazza by Jolly as well. Many Belgian White beers have a bit of sour, though most, have more sweet notes. American style white beers almost always have more sweet notes, Blue Moon is a good example. If one picks up this beer expecting that sweet taste, you will not get it. However, it is a pleasant change.

ianjsullivan, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of HappiestCow
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden body, only slightly hazy hint. Bright white head, dissappaited quickly.

S: Sniffer must be off today (worried how affecting taste, but onward)...real light smell, reminds me of standing in a field n the summer.

T: Light, clean, wonderfully spiced. Not exactly sure of all the spices, but some corriander, hints of lemon grass. Nice citrus tones and yeast undercurrant.

M: Bright. Open. Smooth and lush.

D: Yes. Yes, what a delightful summer beer. First one went too quickly, luckily I had more available.

HappiestCow, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of Trashcat
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Trashcat, Thursday at 02:49 PM
Photo of degerbah
2.95/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fizzy, cloudy, yellow with a ton of head. Tons and tons of yeastie floaties swimming around in the beer. The smell is very odd. It reminds me of lavender, like an aroma candle or something. This beer taste like flowers. Not like flowery hops, it tastes like I went to a florist and took a bite out of a huge pot of flowers. It's a fairly clean taste but there's a yeasty off taste near the end that's hard to deal with. I might not be getting the point, but this beer tastes a little bit too much like detergent for me to enjoy.

degerbah, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -22.7%

acurtis, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev +3.1%

ste5venla, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of Brenden
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle when I was told The Bruery would be pulling out of Ohio and am just cracking it open tonight. Retired now? Whoa.

Obviously unfiltered, this beer is a cloudy pale-medium yellow in color. The head is pure white and rises to three fingers high initially, sitting like a rock with substantial density. If the head stuck around looking like that the entire while while leaving phenomenal lacing, it would be a perfect 5. As it is, it leaves a pillow of foam thick enough that no holes form continuously strengthened by unceasing bubbling activity. Lacing is patchy and a good amount of it is left behind.
This beer offers what I expect in a witbier's aroma: dusty and lightly sweet Belgian yeast, coriander and clove, and some lemon under dry malts. Some lemongrass and hay mix in there, too. This does have something a bit more floral to it, though, and plenty of strength for a great style unappreciated by beer geeks into the huge ones.
This is a very good, complex beer with lots of layers to peel through. Most evident is Belgian yeast, particularly of a dusty/musty nature, and a lemony flavor. Underneath that is grass/hay, a floral note, something gently flowery, a wheats backbone that doesn't get "grainy," so to speak, and general citrus and citrus peel character. This is wonderful beer and a pleasure to discover in its depth.
This beer really flows, and it's no surprise after feeling the depth and velvet creaminess of this brew that it was brewed with oats. Crispness is there, even with this big smoothness that doesn't let go. Somehow this beer is light-bodied but richer and fuller than most of this style.

Brenden, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of JosephThompson
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

JosephThompson, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Bruery- Orchard White

A- Hazy yellowish orange with a huge fluffy white head. Thick sea foam lacing.
S- Light citrus, Mostly orange, and a touch of lavender. Slight hints of wheat and oatmeal.
T- Light orangey citrus with lavender. Good oatmeal/ brown sugar malt with good doses of wheat.
M- Light and crisp with a bit a touch of perfume. Good grainy malt finish.

Overall- Starts off a bit perfumy but settles down into a good thick flavorful Wit. Bold flavors pronounced. Gets better after each sip.

NJpadreFan, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of Varkias41
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Varkias41, Dec 20, 2013
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Orchard White from The Bruery
88 out of 100 based on 447 ratings.