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Orchard White - The Bruery

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315 Reviews

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Reviews: 315
Hads: 449
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 26
Gots: 34 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DoubleJ on 05-01-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews: 315 | Hads: 449
Photo of Yagman3000
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 750 into a Belgian tulip.

Appears a rather light starfish hazy yellow. Very little head remains around the outside of the glass. It's more shallow in appearance than I would've imagined... even for a wittier.

Smells rather strongly of sugared bubble gum. Did I just open a pack of Topps baseball cards in 1981? A little biscuity malt comes through too but it all pales next to the bubble gum.

Taste is rather strange. I get a little orange zest but there's a lot of something mysterious - a little like anise but a touch of scope there too.

Mouthfeel starts off OK and shifts away to a dusty finish - possible a little hop bitterness.

Overall I'm disappointed. I;ve wanted to try this for a long time and held off. This is my first sampling of The Bruery and I don't think I'm running for a second try too soon.

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Photo of NODAK
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smell has a nice fruitiness to it, apples come to mind right away. Spices, such as coriander, show up as well. Somewhat bready as well.

Pours a cloudy golden in the glass, with a big head that forms initially but disappears quite quickly.

Carbonation is very high; feels a lot like drinking champagne. Aggressive. Taste is initially fruity, with apple and citrus quality to it. This gives way, however, to a pretty big yeastiness that is definitely a big player here (or maybe that's the oats?). Bitterness is small at the finish along with a small sour note.

It's pretty different for a wit, in my opinion. As another reviewer put it, it comes across almost as a dry white wine. Not very sweet at all, and I thought the spices were really muted. As a "Belgian Pale Ale" it would fit in pretty well. I thought it was a decent beer, but as a huge fan of wits, it isn't among my top tier.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The look of fresh squeezed apple juice with an unyielding snowy head...

The nose is ENORMOUS I get gingerbread cookie, fuji apples, coriander, oatmeal and cinnamon, best smelling beer I've had in a long time

Like a pumpkin ale, with cinnamon coming off heavy, and wheat bread coming off lightly. A small hint of sour apple and because the bottle says it you can notice the lavender in there as well

Mouthfeel lends an explosion of carbonation, champagne like, dry as well like a brut.

Overall a great looking, incredible smelling, good tasting brew.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold colour, mild haze but not very cloudy. Head is white and too generous, but sinking progressively leaving some trails of fluffy lace. Not bad at all.

Smells very fruity with a good belt of spicy Belgian yeast. Granny Smith apple and apricot on there with some citric notes, coriander and white pepper. A bit tannic, though, and could use more grounding or sweetness. There's a bit acidic belt mostly.

Taste is quite decent. Tangy for the most part with plenty of fruit - apple, pear and marmaladey orange notes later. Manages to carry the whole palate through to a fairly fresh, tart finish where it is joined by complementary spice notes - white pepper, coriander, cinnamon and a touch of fresh clove late. Really quite a pleasant springtime fruit pie flavour to this beer: nice freshness but sweetness in equal measure.

Bit too sizzly on the feel, quite a carbolic burn as it does down. Could use more body.

Good witbier. It extracts the best out of its simple flavour premise.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.54/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a four finger head of slight cream, decent thickness, and okay retention. Colour is a transparent lemon yellow. It's a bit bland looking for a witbier.

Sm: Dirty lemon peel, water, and barley. A moderately strong aroma.

T: Dirty lemon with some strange off-esters. It's a bit floral as well. I don't like the build, but it balances what it has. It's a bit simple, but luckily it avoids being watery. Foundation appears to be grassy straw. Lavender notes intrude where they oughtn't to.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours of the body.

Dr: Low ABV, decent quality, and sold at a fair price for the volume. I didn't find it particularly appealing (especially for the style), but I could certainly see how fans of the style might enjoy this one.

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Photo of ADZA
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Mrkennedy for this in our recent trade and it pours a hazy fizzy straw hue which leaves a frothy two finger head that stays,the smell is very floral with aromas of lavender,orange blossoms,a touch of pineapple and some bready grains,the mouthfeel is light bodied and very sessionable with tastes of citrus,lavender,bready grains,lemon tea,light pineapple and finished with a nice spicy dryness and overall this drop really stands out in this style for me as its not a big smack in your face full of wheat like some witbiers do and it really is a beautiful,delicate summer drop thats not your run of the mill Wit and should be drunk in the sun outside cheers.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - 24oz bottle

Appearance - Very light yellow, fizzy, with a 2 inch white head. Plenty of lacing.

Smell - Wheat, lemon, grassy, orange, corriander, pineapple. Bread, grains, some spices also.

Taste - Very carbinated and spicy. Very floral but not very strong on any flavor. Wheat and grainy grassy feel make up the main flavor. Corriander and lemon is a main flavor in this beer. There is a slight burn at the end from the hops.

Mouthfeel - Very light and smooth. Not much of a mouth wrecker at all. Everything is smooth and easy about this. Aftertaste is thin and watery.

Overall - Not bad, really easy to drink. Its a little to easy for me and lacks a little flavor. Doesnt have enough kick for me. The lemon corriander flavor is dominate, wish the orange and grapefruit was more present. Not bad but not the best.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale yellow color with a pretty sizable white head.

S: The smell was pretty light on this one. Some floral hints and a good amount of lavender. Faint but really nice.

T: Very drinkable. Light grain, white pepper, lemon, spice and green apple. I'd definitely have this again.

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Photo of spicelab
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle thanks to Adam@Platinum Liquor. Into a Duvel tulip.

Positively gleaming golden pear colour, with a ridiculously large light and fluffy white head. After a few minutes all that remains is some tiny lace spots and a very steady bead.

Nose is fresh and clean, showing citrus pith, grapefruit, honeydew melon, coriander and white pepper. And yes, lavender, whose presence I'm dubious about at this stage. Seems to contribute an odd, dirty metallic character which deadens the other elements.

My lavender scepticism is confirmed. Basically the same as the nose, but the lavender is more prominent. Apart from that, all I pick up is grapefruit. At least it's clean.

Even the mouthfeel is dictated by the lavender, which imparts a resinous chewy feel to the palate, although this is probably accentuated by the oats and wheat. Lavender oil? Brings back childhood memories of rubbing lavender flowers between my fingers. Carbonation is spot-on though.

All a bit bizarre. There's plenty of signs of a solid base beer, it's just too far buried underneath the lavender. Wind back the lavender by more than half and it might work.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
2.49/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a golden straw yellow body with a white fizzy head; not long lasting with spotty lacing.

S: A very light and simple nose of grainy malts, lemon, and some spices.

T: Initial flavor is like a lemon, almost Sprite-like, flavor with some notes of wheat, spices, grassy & citrus hops, and a little sour funk. It reminded me of a dry white wine. Not what I think of when it comes to a witbier.

M: Light body; high carbonation; clean and crisp mouthfeel.

O: I'm hoping I had a bad bottle, because I was not overly impressed with this beer. I don't see myself trying this again.

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Photo of ebrauser
3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml to a snifter

Appearance: Great big pure white head lasts for a long time but does not condense into more liquid volume, giving the impression that it was quite light. Lots of CO2 is apparent. The beer is a pale yellow-gold

Aroma: European hops, fresh-baked bread, and dried flowers come together for a tight crispness.

Flavors: Pale malts with ample saaz flavors. The hops are quite bitter but the beer lacks any substantial flavor, providing hints of lemon and rosemary without much commitment.

MF: Light and airy, this one fits the bill for how a wit I think should feel.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was shocked to find some Bruery offerings in Indianapolis; I can never find any of their stuff in my local stores. I had almost given up on them, thinking it was another one of those local California brands that I could only get in trade (à la Russian River, Ballast Point, etc.). Fortunately, I was wrong; I have direct access to this legendary brewer! No doubt I’ll be trying out a ton of their brews; starting first with this one, Orchard White. I love a good fruity ale, and this one seems to be pretty beloved. Here’s what I found:

A: Soooo bubbly! An aggressive pour sends a huge head of foam up to the top of the glass. Seriously, it’s 85% foam at first. That, and the bubbles shooting up from the glass’ bottom, show the character as bright and sparkling. The body, a straw yellow, mixes golden sheen with a slight murkiness. A classic look.

S: Wow, what a lot of spice. Big coriander and flowery herbs in the beginning; huge scents. Yeasts are fruity and bready, arriving with the spices to create a warm bread pudding character. There’s a lot of sugar in this brew, but it’s countered by the spicy cinnamon/ginger elements; thus, balance in the nose.

T: This palate is tough to describe. A lot of spice upfront, just like the nose – mostly coriander and tangy, bitter orange zest. The herbs are strong, as well, with exciting tastes of cinnamon, lavender, juniper, and a bit of mint. The malts, brisk and tart, are in the same bright realm as the lemony yeasts; the sweetness of homemade sugar-cookies fills the senses. The aftertaste is a warm, bready, and even slightly dry. This palate is very unique; one of the most exciting and interesting drinks I’ve had in a long time.

M: Just the right amount of thickness in this one; it’s bigger than I was expecting, being that it’s only 5.7% ABV. That being said, I’m certainly a fan of the viscous, mouth-coating texture that this beer presents.

O: What a breath of fresh air! This beer is pure flavor complexity, but with the light touch that a beer in this style needs. This has definitely turned me on to The Bruery, and there’s no turning back now. If most of their offerings are like this, I’ll be drinking this stuff for years to come! It has just enough intricacy to keep me coming back. And come back I will! Next stop – Saison Rue.

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Photo of HappiestCow
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of cooch69
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy pale pastel yellow. It has a really nice pure white three finger head. It has really tight and fluffy bubbles and resembles a fine bubbled soap.

Nose is of Sandelwood, Cedar, oranges, bready malts, lavender, and wild musk.

Taste is very full and complex for a beer of this style and ABV. This is a pretty dry beer. It is very spicy with a nice bready backbone. Hardly any hops in here. It's like inscense in a sophisticated beverage. I got all sorts of flavors such as Cedar wood, Sandelwood, and Wild Flowers including Lavender. There's even a bit of Tutti Fruitiness in the finish.

Overall this is a very complex, sophisticated brew. Nothing out of the ordinary for the Bruery. Completly different from most Witbier's I have ever had. Maybe a style all in it's own? It will probably go awesome with an Herb encrusted Fish.

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Photo of gskitt
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Waiting for summer for this one. Pours a bright golden straw, bubbles, huge is bright white and fluffy. Scent is of lemons, peach, wheat, fruity. Taste is perfect, just the right amount of carbonation, sweetness, tartness, even a bit of spiciness. This really works. Mouthfeel goes from lush to dry and tart. Overall, really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip. Pours hazy golden amber color with a huge 3 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lacing cap. Not much lacing is left on the glass. Aromas of pepper, wheat, clove, oregano, basil, and a bit of oats; with some lemon zest as well. Very unique aromas for a wit, very nice stuff. Taste of lemon, spice, clove, pepper, wheat, herbs, and a bit of oat. A small bit of a tart tang in the back, with a ton of spices that linger for a decent amount of time. Fairly dry finish aside from the lingering spices and citrus notes. High carbonation with a light-medium body. The feel is fairly prickly, but is also very drinkable despite the high carbonation. No alcohol in the taste or finish noticed. Overall, just an outstanding Wit, this is definitely the best one I have had.

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Photo of sgsmfdoom
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in New Belgium glass from bottle

A - Hazy golden color with a monstrous head that explodes out of the bottle. It literally didn't stop running out until we had poured the entire thing into three glasses. SO MUCH CARBONATION

S - Bright and lemony with a nice tartness. I really can't say that I've had a better smell on this style, it's phenomenal. If the taste follows suit I'll be very pleased.

T - The taste is light and wispy, incredibly drinkable. So drinkable in fact, that the bottle was finished within minutes. Though the taste doesn't exactly follow suit to the smell, it's definitely good. My only complaint is that not as much of the tartness transfers, it's barely an afterthought. Finish is of oats and spices, very pleasing.

M - Lots of carbonation, it bubbles in my mouth, but smooth too.

Overall - Really like this beer, definitely would like to sit on some, especially considering how well this low-alc ages.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse, reviewed from notes

A - Hazy amber color with a small puffy head that dissipates very slowly.

S - Good amount of lemon and zest, orange peel and rind, but a good wheat backbone to it.

T - It's a bit sour, but provides a lot of overall balance. Again, a lot of that lemon and zest, but there's some grainyness to it that provides a good balance.

M - Lots of carbonation, but crispness to it

Overall - I actually really enjoyed this. A very good, unique witbier by The Bruery

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Photo of aranheaney
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a DFH snifter:

A-Pale, yellow with a huge head that hangs out for a long time with little lacing

S-interesting some citrus and ester character with a sour tone

T-also interesting notes with sour, different from most wits

M-very heavily carbonated, a hint of the sourness stays with you

O-this is a different, but overall good effort

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Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An over-the-rim, near pure white head. Plentiful lace that sticks forever on the glass. The liquid is near straw (a touch of gold). Has some chill haze.

Very spicy aroma: lots of clove, all spice and lavender. Low level of malt.

Very light body with an extraordinary level of carbonation--spritzy. Quite thin given the label mentions oats. This seems closer to a thin mead than a beer. The flavor is slightly sour with no hop bitterness. I do like the citrus elements of this beer. No aftertaste.

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Photo of scbrew
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw/white color with a very lage white head due to high carbonation. I poured mine into a pitcher first to get rid of some carbonation. It’s got a wonderfully floral aroma, kind of like a faint jasmine smell. Very smooth body once the carbonation settles. Great flavor, very floral and sweetly citrusy. The floral aroma really comes out towards the end. My current favorite white.

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Photo of billab914
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into my Southern tier tulip. It poured a pale, golden yellow color with an active white head filling the top inch of the glass. Very nice head retention to it with just a bit of lacing.

I get a lot of the lavender to the aroma right off the bat. The Belgian yeast adds some more spice to it with some notes of clove and nutmeg. The sweeter, bready wheat is there as well with some citrusy coriander and orange peel like flavors. Definitely a lot going on, but it all comes together pretty nicely.

The lavender is a little more reserved in the taste, but it's definitely noticeable. I get a little more of the citrusy, orange peel like flavors to it throughout the flavor. The Belgian yeast adds some more spice notes to it, especially in the finish. Again, there is a lot going on but everything works pretty well together.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side, with a little bit of a silky feel to it that I assume is in part due to the oats. carbonation is on the higher side. Overall it's a very flavorful and interesting beer and they did a pretty good job at bringing everything together. Lavender definitely isn't my favorite flavor and always reminds me of potpourri, but they did a decent job of complimenting surrounding it wit ha nice supporting cast of flavors. Easy drinking, flavorful and a pretty good beer overall.

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Photo of aasher
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours between light and medium in body and is an apple juice gold with light cloudiness. It took a little while to pour and at this point has a one finger spongy white head. The aromas are an interesting mix of yeast, ginger, lavendar, and overall pretty floral. The lavendar really comes through nicely. Surprisingly, the floral aromas are preventing me from detecting any yeast. The flavors sure aren't what I was expecting either. It's like drinking a honey drizzled flower mixed with spices. The honey and lavendar are most prominent and really don't allow for much of the traditional witbier flavors to make themselves known. It's very flavorful and becomes a little sweeter as it warms. I do like it though. I do think that it's a little too carbonated though. The beer kind of fizzles out in your mouth before you can fully slow down and enjoy the flavors that they're trying to get across. I enjoyed this beer. It was an easy beer to drink and presented some unique flavors.

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Photo of slaphappysnark
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden amber color, slightly cloudy, with a slowly disappearing off-white head. Smell is very botanical, flowers are very clear. Flavor pretty solidly matches smell, wouldn't be able to specifically identify lavender in either odor or taste--even more lavender in the finish, felt like I had flower breath for a while. Well-carbonated, but not overly so.

Definitely a refreshing beer on a summer day, but probably not something I'd pull out every day.

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Photo of beagle75
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Hazy, medium golden color with over one finger of persistent white foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Very mild, with airy lemon and lime citrus and just a trace of wheaty grain. Yeast notes are conspicuously absent.

T: Begins barely off-dry, with delicate light malts that are interesting in the way that they simultaneously present refined and rustic aspects. Lavender and bitter orange peel are detected after a few beats, although the former comes on most strong later in the finish. Acidity is restrained, yet adds welcomed brightness, while the middle features increased breadiness. Yeast is a restrained flavor component, yet it adds a savory contrast that lends interest. The finish is soft and lacks real bitterness, but is redolent of lavender.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, simultaneously wet, soft, and creamy on the palate, with carbonation that effervesces early but diminishes, leaving the beer smooth and only slightly bubbly in the latter half of the glass.

D/O: An interesting wit that is elevated by its experimental nature, but pales in comparison to some of the best American-brewed wits, such as Allagash White or Lost Abbey Witches Wit. Still, it is unapologetically obtuse in ways, making it stand apart from the mediocre middle. Perhaps most intriguing is a phantom savoriness that this beer shows in varying intensity from batch to batch, reminding of chicken bouillon at its most assertive (referring to a growler fill purchased back in May of 2010.)

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Orchard White from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 315 ratings.