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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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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours whitish on citrus orange. Beautiful aroma of wheat and citrus,ad spiciness, as in pepper and cinammon, and this was in the taste,along wit spice well integrated. Lovely drinkable. Only criticism:Powerful aggressive carbonation, would it ease if I left it a while - just too fresh?

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly murky light yellow with a 3 inch foamy white head that settles to a thick craggy cap. Foamy swaths of lace cling to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, citrus fruit and its zest, and some herbal and flowery aromas. Taste is of slight grain that gets overshadowed by citrus zest, herbal, and flowery flavors. The label specifically mentions lavender and I definitely pick up on that in the flavor. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but the emphasis seems to be on herbal and floral aromas and flavors.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a hazy light golden color with a nice white head. Nose brings forward lemon, orange, slight honey sweetness, and some floral notes.

The taste is a bit sweet with some nice orange peel characteristics coming through. A bit of lemon and honey, and also some floral characteristics, which I assume is from the lavender. Nice light mouthfeel and overall the beer drinks quite well.

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a huge head; both the retention and lacing were good

Smell: Yeasty aroma, with floral apple, citrus peel, coriander elements and a vague hint of lavendar

Taste: A tart opening, with lemony citrus peel, green apples and lavendar flavors assaulting the tastebuds; by mid-palate, the coriander flavors start to kick in; there is a lot of mineral character to this and the finish is rather tart

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body and a bit creamy; moderately high carbonation

Drinkability: Glad to re-visit this as the first time I tried it the beer was way overcarbonated; now have a chance to appreciate the flavor

Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Loaded with character, this Belgian white ale packs in full aromatics and peppery character of citrus, perfume, and spice- much bolder than your everyday Hoegaarden.

The Orchard pours with a vibrantly carbonated champagne demeanor. Medium straw in color, the beer forms a froathy, airy head of white foam that retains and laces exceptionally well. A typical wheaty haze allows for a diffused glow of light but remaining very appealing.

Flowery, perfumy, and of nectar; the beer's aroma varies from soft spice to sharp citrus to white pepper. Lightly bready, almost doughy, and with a soft scent of white wines and pear. The lavender descriptioin on the bottle is very fitting and distinctly obvious.

Flavors also vary- but with more boldness than expected. A honey-like sweetness mixes with a yeasty/doughy taste just before the clean sharpness of lemon (lemon zest or lemon grass) dominates the mid palate and ushers in a herbal/grassy bitterness that closes the beer in a most drinkable fashion.

Very spritzy and with a soft prickle and numbing on the tongue only amplifies the peppery notion. Creamy early but fading into a soft/bready bit before drying in the finish, just as the bitterness sets in. The beer seemingly lifts from the mouth just before the finish for a closure of bitter and citrus in aftertaste. More robust and challenging in the mouthfeel than witbiers intend.

While the witbier status hold true, the beer borrows a lot of character from saison farmhouse ales and other Belgian golden ales. This beer is a delight to drink.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy beige/orangey color ale with a super large pure white foamy head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma of coriander and orange peel is quite dominant with loads of wheat also easily noticeable. Taste is also dominated by some coriander and orange peel with light bubblegum ester and a strong wheat malt body. Body is full with lower then usual filtration and perfect carbonation. Very well done and one of the best wit I had the chance to try.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fuzzy lemon peel with a Champagnesque amount of carbonation... that makes up for the almost complete absence of bubbles in my last The Bruery beer. The ivory colored cap is both airy and rocky, but a lack of stickiness leaves the glass spotlessly clean. Beer good, head not so good.

Orchard White smells like a well-brewed witbier that contains all the usual ingredients in just the right proportions. It's bright and clean and citrusy and spicy. I can't say that lavender is appreciated, however. Maybe better noses than mine can pick it out.

Waiting until the bubbles calm down is only way the flavor score is going to get a fair shake. There's simply too much harsh fizziness to get a good handle on things. It's concerning that neither of my bottles from these guys have delivered anywhere near properly carbonated beer. First, a borderline flat Autumn Maple and now a riotously bubbled Orchard White.

Ten long minutes later... this wit is boldly flavored, although I still can't say for certain that lavender makes an impact. Coriander (and probably yeast) lends a zesty spiciness to the proceedings, while 'citrus peel' adds a tart fruitiness. I wonder if lemon peel was used in addition to orange.

Maybe the abundant carbonation is partly to blame, but OW is too bitter for the style. A few more malt sugars would have given the bottom end proper support and would have allowed the top notes to flourish. I don't like beer that is reminiscent of tonic water.

The mouthfeel score is probably too generous. As far as I'm concerned, too few bubbles are better than too many. Although things begin to ease up in the bottom half of the bottle, the beer is still way too frantic.

Autumn Maple was able to overcome its carbonation issues (to some extent). Orchard White isn't. It tastes like there's a pretty good witbier in here somewhere, which is why my final beer of the year is a disappointing one. Here's hoping that 2009 is the best beer year yet.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy mustard yellow and golden body with a large frothy head and nice scattered lacing.

S: Lemon zest, sweet with a pineapple note. Not too much wheat aroma but its there, the way I like these.

T: Sour lemon throughout which mellows out as you drink. A little spicey and peppery. Again wheat is in the background but doesnt over ride the nice citrus flavors. Corn notes as well

M: High carbonation and light to medium body.

Overall: One of the best in the genre, you know its a witbier without the dominating wheat flavor which instead is in the background allowing the lemon and sweet corn notes to remain evident.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle acquired from Joey at South bay. Consumed on 07/22/2008.

I was thrilled to get to try these new beers from this brewery as I have had nothing but good things coming out of here. I grabbed this one out of the fridge to enjoy with dinner last night as I was in the mood for something light, yet flavorful. The pour was very nice with a rich and very hazy golden yellow. Lots of carbonation rippling up to the surface of this one. A nice three inch head of white foam came up and capped the top of this one, but settled down very slowly, leaving behind copious amounts of side glass lace.

The aroma started out very light. Nice touches of light malts, grains, with a touch of light fruit mixed in. Very floral with a light earthy tone to it and a really nice touch of coriander or orange peel way in the back. The flavor was more of the same, very light, with a very well carbonated and airy feel to it. Started out with a good bit of light grain, and started to mix in some light fruit and touches of orange and lemon as you go. Nice light earthy flavor in the middle, like flower petals, or light heather almost. Clean taste, with a quick finish that really just gets started before it dries out enough that that you are going back in for another one. Very drinkable, in fact I had no issue at all in polishing this whole thing off during dinner with ease.

Overall for my first impression from the Bruery I have to say I am quite impressed. There is some seriously good things going on over here, much more then I thought there would be. Here we have yet another high quality ale from San Diego...

Photo of womencantsail
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is the second time that I have had this beer. The first time was at the Blue Palms and I hated it. It was completely medicinal. I figured I would give it another try since I was "at the source".

A: A cloudy pale gold/yellow color with a large white foam.

S: The floral/herbal character is very strong, especially the lavender. I get some coriander, very slight orange on the finish.

T: Pretty much identical to the nose, but intensified. I have had plenty of wits, and this one is just too much for me. I believe it is the lavender and that it is overpowering in this beer.

M: Good body and carbonation. Besides the taste, it's pleasant on the tongue.

D: I do not "hate" this beer anymore, but I certainly am not a fan. I think if the herbal and floral aspects of this beer were toned down, it would be much better.

Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out with a light hazy yellow color to it. There was a big white head on top that looked a little soapy. The smell of the beer had a grainy aroma mixed with some citrus and banana. The taste of the beer gives off a really refreshing citrus flavor that settles into grainy wheat bread finish with some subtle notes of spice. The mouthfeel of the beer is a smooth and fairly clean feeling. Overall I thought this beer was pretty good.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy, highly effervescent, pale gold body with a swelling, white head.

Smell: Subtle notes of lightly bready malts, citrus, and spice with a fine, delicate note of flowery perfume. I suspect I'm missing a fair bit thanks to these unruly bubbles. Pity. Where's a spoon when I need one?

Taste: A bit bready, a bit grainy is the upfront maltiness. Light, restrained sweetness. Flavors of tart, citrusy lemon and a heavy-handed dose of coriander. Seemingly spicy hops with a mild bitterness. Finishes dry and with a fizziness that would outdo a mouthful of Pop Rocks.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Shamefully overcarbonated.

Drinkability: Whew!! It took much diligence to see my way to the end of this beer, and, were it not for the runaway carbonation, it could've been far better. One to revisit, provided they clear up the carbonation issue.

Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, straw yellow color with a very bubbly, white head of foam. It left nice lacing on the glass.

S - It smelled of lemon, wheat, yeastiness and some lavender came through, too.

T - Good spicy flavor with lemon and wheat as the lead flavors. There was a bready caramel taste, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and finished very dry. A light bodied ale.

D - This is a great American version of a wit. Really delicious.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Orchard White pours a just slightly hazy golden body with a brass cast. The head rises up quickly, but then settles readily into a short lid of foamy white. Very good retention. Good lacing.

The aroma is initially almost perfume-like, and quite floral. Yeast then steps in, along with peppery-spice, wheat, citrus (lemon zest, but also grapefruit) and chalk, apple, subtle pear, some grassiness, and a quick dollop of sugar. A slight bit of sulphur is present as well, but it's not unpleasant.

In the mouth it's light-to-medium in body and gently bristling on the tongue.

The flavor follows the aroma but it's not as bold. You need to really breathe it in as you taste it to get the full effect. Additional notes to those found in the aroma include cut green pepper and clove, cardamom, and perhaps a hint of almond and vanilla in the sugary note. It's not particularly bitter, yet it's balanced, and it finishes refreshingly crisp and dry with rotating notes of citrus, pepper, and spice.

In addition to its readily accessible nature, the Orchard White is actually quite complex, and that lends greatly to its drinkability. There are plenty of subtle nuances to be found, and it's not so big that you can't have more than one or two. Quite nice!!!

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Orchard White from The Bruery
88 out of 100 based on 447 ratings.