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Orchard White - The Bruery

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very good

447 Ratings

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Ratings: 447
Reviews: 315
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 26
Gots: 33 | FT: 1
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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.

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Ratings: 447 | Reviews: 315
Photo of Offa
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is simply one of the best witbiers I've had, in my opinion.

Hazy straw-gold, it has a medium, fairly long- lasting white head.

The aroma is mostly grain and citrus, with other fruit and hitns of spice.

The taste is very juicy with citrus and other juiciness but without the unpleasant, almost-chemically, cloying or sharp citrus-oil character that I often encounter in wheat beers. The herbs are wonderfully handled, adding light hints and subtle complexity without being obviously present. It starts sweeter before a slightly drier, crisp, and lightly tart finish.

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

Had a glass at the brewery but this is reviewed from a bottle purchased and consumed the night before leaving Cali.

Pours a hazy yellow, thin white head forms, settles down to a decent layer, drops some lace spots on the way down. Smell is nice, wheat, honey, some spices, orange peel, vanilla, oats, very nice balance of spice and malt. Taste is similar, sweet honey and wheat, oats, coriander, pepper, vanilla, oranges, citrus and oat finish, some spicy bitterness. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. Very enjoyable. Wits are one of my least favourite styles but this one has a lot of flavour and I really enjoyed it. Thanks Patrick.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I slowwwwly and caaarefully pull the bottle out of my fridge. I focus and do a 1, 2, 3 before I pop the cap. Then I stare intently at the neck of the bottle for a sign. You gonna gush on me buddy? It turns out not so much. Just a slow gush out the top.

Pours a clouded yellow gold with a sizeable white head. Nose is spicy funky. Dough is there as well. Flavor is a wit alright. Earthy with citrus tones. Minor spices. I'm not really sure how to describe this one. All I can say is yes; this is a witbier. Full carbonation on a smooth liquid feel. Overall perhaps a bit too deep and earthy, but no matter. Pretty tasty stuff.

Photo of chrisafari
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy golden/white with a very nice billowy head, retention isn't the greatest though. Aroma is sweet yeast and citrus (lemon/grapefruit). Flavor begins with sweet citrus and grapefruit and finishes with crisp herbs and subtle spice/pepper. Nice bready yeast aroma in the sinus as the beer slides down the throat. A great Witbier.

Photo of srroos
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened up and got a HUGE gusher. When I finally got it into a glass, the carbonation was extreme. Huge, but short lived head. Cloudy golden straw in color. Smells very spicy and intense initially, but flattens out once the carbonation dies down. Tastes spicy and tart. Excellent mouthfeel while the prickly carbonation lasts, but very flat after. Easy drinking and tasty, especially with food.

If the carbonation didn't start so huge and then disappear, this would be much more enjoyable. As it is, just good.

Photo of joe1510
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Received this earlier today from the most generous trader errantnight, thanks again Derek! Over the past couple weeks I've read some reviews on The Bruery's beers and have noticed a lot of people mentioned gushers. I was ready when I popped the top and sure enough I had a gusher on my hands, luckily it was slow and I didn't lose anything. This Belgian-style wit pours very pale golden and appears more straw golden when there's some light behind the glass. There is plenty of tiny carbonation bubbles rising streaming slowly to the surface. The clean white head grew to three fingers on a soft pour and faded very slowly. After about 5 minutes I'm left with a thin skim coat with a moderate ring around the glass. Little to no lacing left behind as I drink.

Before I even stick my nose in the glass I'm hit with big aromatic coriander. I thoroughly enjoy the smell of coriander whether it is in food or beer and this is no different. Bitter orange peel shows up as well. The bottle says to drink this at 45, which is about where I opened it, but when this beer is cold to that degree I get an aroma that reminds me of bologna. I've gotten this aroma out of a couple other wits when I've drank them too cold. I don't know if it's a certain spice used or the wheat. A nice layer of snappy wheat lies down in the back and shows it just long enough to let you know it's there.

The flavor comes together nicely. Tangy wheat lays down a solid foundation and is always right around the corner. Coriander is big again in the flavor just like the aroma and orange peel makes a solid showing as well. The basics of this beer are really well put together and the spicing is right on but there is something out of place. The finish brings very mild rubbing alcohol, which isn't bad at all, but also something that reminds me of rubber. This out of place flavor is faint but it is there and I'm not so fond of it. The good thing is I only get it occasionally.

The carbonation is on the higher side of the spectrum and keeps this beer cruising along. The body is on the light side of medium and finishes dry. The carbonation is snappy enough to leave a tingle on the tongue.

The drinkability is hurt a little bit by that strange rubber flavor on the backend, but like I said it is faint and besides that this is a good warm weather brew. The thirst quenching ability is there in full force.

This is my first sampling from The Bruery and it's a solid beer. Not my favorite of the style but good none the less. I would pick this up occasionally if it was available in my area. Thanks for the bottle Derek!

Photo of Floydster
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce glass at Hollingshead in Orange last week for $5.50, served in a Chimay goblet, reviewed from notes

A-Light golden pale yellow color, very clear body, big 1 1/4 inch somewhat creamy white head, stays around for a very long time, great retention, some nice lacing too
S-Orange peel, lemon juice, wheat, whole grains, yeast that is not quite Belgian but still on the sweeter side, milk, earthiness, honey, black pepper, flowers, and grassy accents
T-Started off with a peppery bite, then some sweet citrus in the middle, followed by a fruity finish that was also full of wheat, reminds me a little bit of Hoegarden, gets sweeter as it warmed, a little thin but balanced and full of flavor for the most part, just would have liked to see some dry texture to tighten it up a bit
M-Thin to medium bodied, lots of carbonation and I have heard this one gushes quite a bit out of a bottle, slightly sweet, crisp, and refreshing mouthfeel, taste does not last long
D-Goes down very easy, ABV is low and all alcohol is hidden, smooth, not heavy on the stomach, not too sweet

Third beer from this brewery and it was again just decent, have not been blown away by their stuff yet, but will keep trying them, I know a lot of people who enjoy this one so it could just be my preference, might drink again regardless, worth trying

Photo of DoubleJ
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Better than I remember. A gusher from the 750 ml bottle, the bottled version showed more aroma, flavor, and carbonation than the draft. Lots of freshly picked fruit flavor to be shared by everyone, the spice and lavender kick in to create a second dimension to this beer. The spices gain in intensity as each mouthfull of beer draws to a close. Unlike the draft version, I couldn't feel any alcohol in this one. The carbonation is more abrasive, so you'll get your share of burping gas too. This beer did a great job washing down a toasted ham and swiss sandwich on wheat with a side of potato chips.

Photo of gpcollen1
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from spacecoyote - thanks much man.

This one pours a hazy golden yellow into my Troubador tulip. I took it easy on the pour so I think I got a good jump on the foam - only about 2 inches of the white fluffy stuff and then slowly settles. Subsequent pour yield less and less and the head retention goes way down.

Aroma hits lightly sweet and spicy - unable to detect anything too distinct - peppery, floral - spicy. Hits the tongue with a blast of carbonation and peppery spice. Quickly moves to a sweet and floral blast that lingers and rolls through a lightly tart and dry finish.

Throughout this one, light flashes of this and that roll in and out of this beer. Flashes of sweet fresh orange zest...lavender aromas combine with an almost soapiness in flavor...sourdough...and assorted interesting others...

This one is very nice and I will be looking for the other beers from this bruery.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
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 paytoplay
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly yellow with a white haze. I'm not the biggest whit / white beer drinker. This one was really really good. Nose had floral, some citrus, white malt, chalk. Palate had crisp acidity, almost made it seem sour, the white'ness continued. Just as a whit beer is explained and made, tasted of dry wheat and malts. Can almost picture dry oatmeal in the tube.

Tons of sage and herb mixed in with the cloud of citrus and flowers. Very easy to drink. Mouthfeel is almost dry, and the taste is very complex thus the good rating. Will seak out way more Bruery beers after this positive experience.

Photo of lapbplayr
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I tried this beer at The Bruery's first tasting at Hollingshead in Orange. They did have trouble in pouring pitchers from the Keg, because they primed the kegs instead of dissolving Co2 in the beer. The appearance is a bit cloudy, and golden. The smell was a mild bread-like aroma that was indicative of a wit. The taste was great. The lavender used in the beer was light in taste but was too much in the mouth feel. It felt like I ate those little soaps your mother used to put next to the sink that looked like candy. It would be a great drinkable beer it it was not so expensive. I can get a sixer of Sierra Nevada Pale for the same price of a 750 ml of the Orchard White. I have since had it on bottles and a second time from the tap and it is consistent in taste and mouth feel. It was a good beer to try a couple of times but it would not be the regular go to beer when I get home from work and b=for me that is a distraction.

Photo of DIM
4.49/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a: We've got a foamer! The glass was full of foam and the bottle was still erupting. Once things settled down, this was a pale, muddy, straw color. Good head retention, obviously.

s: To it's credit, this is subtler than many wits. Perfumed bananas along with some cloves and other spices.

t: This is a welcome change, the last couple of wits I've tried have been subpar. There isn't anything cloying or artificial here. Spicy, wheaty, bananas and cloves give way to a dry flowery finish.

m: Spot-on for the style. The carbonation is moderately aggressive with some foamy qualities. The dry hoppy finish lingers for a while.

d: This was a perfect bottle to split with a buddy after a baseball game on a hot and humid afternoon. They need to tweak their bottling process, but this was still a stellar wit. Thanks to rallison for this one.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gusher that I was completely ready for coming out of the bottle (not a drop lost), but then I only left five-fingers of space in my large Tripel Karmeliet glass, which was not nearly enough; so I lost some of the frothy, cream-colored, off-white foam to the sink. The beer is lightly hazy with lots a madly streaming carbonation bubbles and shows a light gold / straw color when held up to the light. The aroma of savory, slightly earthy coriander is noticeable as I visually inspect the beer, but a citrus note is the most noticeable note upon a closer inspection of the nose. Behind these two notes is a slight phenolic note that leans towards plastic, some woody pepper notes, ample wheat driven grain notes, a light tartness that mixes with the orange zest aromatics, some light clove, a light musty malt note and light floral notes (though not really indicative of lavender, which isn't noticeable as an individual component in this beer). Wait, the lavender is here in the nose, I seem to have to come back to the aroma after a short rest in order to get an up front, distinctive, yet fleeting smell of the spice. While the spice notes are the most dominant, they are not overwhelming and play quite nicely with the funky fermentation aromas.

Soft feeling and sweet tasting up front, much of the latter is boosted by orange zest flavors. This has a heft to it and a light viscosity to it that seems indicative of oats, but might just be a higher attenuation. Spicy phenolic notes distinctively pepper the middle of each sip and aren't quite plastic like as in the aroma. Citrus flavors are almost the most noticeable (definitely the most distinctive of the spice notes), and this is boosted a bit by a light tartness. The upfront sweetness that I had initially noticed seems to have completely evaporated, making me think that it was just the orange zest that was adding a perceived sweetness; this is actually quite dry. The coriander is not as noticeable as it was in the nose, but does add some herbal / earthy notes and boosts the citrus notes. Phenolics add a light, tongue numbing, turpene like character to the finish that is a bit like an over-dose of clove with out the sweet spiciness / flavor of cloves; though clove certainly plays a big role in the flavor profile as this warms up, it even starts to overtake the citrus as the most dominant note.

My second pour still produces a mass of foam and a very slight overflow that make me notice just how phenolic, bitter and astringent tasting the foam is. While the phenolics can be quite pronounced in this beer, I like that this is not a clean example of a Wit; I find that extra fermentation character is a necessity in this style for it to be at its best. A tasty beer from a brewery that I am excited to keep up on.

Purchased: South Bay Drugs Pharmacy, Imperial Beach CA

Photo of Tdizzle
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle purchased at Vendome Fullerton. A Witbier brewed with lavender.

A- Poured into a Duvel tulip glass, this beer pours a very light gold color with a foamy, three-finger head that never completely dissipates. There are some sparce sheets of lacing on the glass after every sip.

S- Citrusy aromas of lemon and orange peel with an equal amount of musty, grainy wheat. As the beer warms, some spicy and yeasty notes emerge with a honey sweetness in the background. There's some pepper and fresh-cut grass in there too. The lavender adds a nice floral aspect to the whole thing.

T- The taste is very gritty and earthy at first, with a fairly dry and lemony finish. The lavender again adds a nice floral touch.

M- Very highly carbonated, which mellows a bit once the beer hits room temperature. Despite the sharp carbonation, the mouthfeel is lush and medium-bodied.

D- I had no problem polishing off an entire bottle of this beer on a hot summer's day.

A very nice interpretation of a Witbier. Highly recommended.

Photo of vurt
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a beautiful 750 mL bottle purchased at Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA. Enjoyed in a tulip glass. This is one of the most carbonated beers I've run into in a while. After opening the bottle, large-bubbled foam pushed slowly but steadily out of the top. A gentle pour into a convenient Becker glass yielded 8 fingers of foam from an inch of liquid...

A hazy golden liquid is topped by a huge, pillowy head of foam that looks like the meringue on top of a lemon pie. The head eventually falls to a half-inch of dense, creamy white foam. It clings tenaciously to the glass, and leaves lacing which slowly drops back into the beer.

Refreshing citrus aromas (lemon, then orange peel) on top of plenty of wheat and some oat-y funk. There is also a bit of pepper to tickle the nose. Lavender notes are subtle but very welcome. A nice touch.

Follows the nose perfectly. The first flavor is citrus- fresh orange and lemon, bright and tart. The middle is grainy and mildly sweet with a peppery note. Citrus returns in the finish as an orange peel bitterness, which leads into a bold lavender note and a suggestion of ginger. The lavender is more prominent in the flavor than the nose, but it doesn't last long enough to be a distraction.

Light and crisp with carbonation that starts much too strong but gradually gets smoother. Mouthfeel actually has some soft roundness by the end of the glass.

I have really started enjoying witbiers this year. The big citrus character and gorgeous lavender notes of Orchard White seem to make it a particularly Californian take on the style. Wonderfully refreshing. I can't wait to try some of the other beers from The Bruery.

Photo of gford217
4.57/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750mL bottle courtesy of a very generous trader.

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow with a massive head that overflows the pint glass. The head dissipates to a thin bubble layer which linger a while leaving no lacing.

S: Smell is dominated by the sweet wheat and spices, especially coriander. Lemon zest are prevalent in the nose as well.

T: Taste is also big on lemon zest up front which gives way to the sweet wheat and coriander. The finish has some of the citrus as well as more spices, almost like white pepper.

M: Mouthfeel is fairly light and very crisp with massive carbonation that lingers throughout just tickling the taste buds.

D: Drinkability is off the charts on this one and I won't mention how fast I got through this bottle. This carbonation is a bit high, but that's really nitpicking as this is an excellent wit.

Photo of rallison
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptional beer.

Pours a hazy golden color with a 4 finger head (even after the pour, the foam in the bottle eventually starts finding its way out!). I'll forgive the over carbonation though since the beer itself is so very good.

Smells amazing. Lavender is delicately on the forefront with a wonderful orange peel-like sweetness. Very delicate and just a great smelling beer.

The taste, luckily, is right up there as well. Well spiced with a nice complement of wheat. Sweet orange. Wheat. Spicy kick at the end. Yeasty. Ever so slight sour twang at the end. Refreshing.

The mouthfeel is very lively, yet the oats seem to add a slight bit of richness to the mouth. Nice.

Drinkability is exceptional. Perfect for a summer day.

Highly recommended. One of the best beers I've had in a while.

Photo of MiScusi
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle purchased at Hi-Times. Pours with a ton of foam. After getting a full glass it was still too carbonated so I repoured it once and was fine after that. Appearance is a cloudly light gold. Once it warms up it becomes a clear pale yellow. The smell has a lot of wheat in it. It smells like a standard Wit at least to my senses but I can usually never specifically pick out corriander or the orange anyway. The taste is sweet, tangy, lively on the tongue, and finishes with a dry floral note. I can't tell if there's lavender here but then I don't really know what lavender tastes like. The mouthfeel is fine after repouring, light overall.
Pretty good Wit, I drank it easily.


Had another bottle. Still pretty overcarbonated but I had a different tasting experience this time. The last time maybe it was because I couldn't take a lot of time to enjoy it and had to drink it rather fast. That tart wheaty taste is still there rather strong and nice, but I got a touch more sweetness out of it this time. It just pleased me a bit more than the first time which was good anyway.

Photo of Rezzin
4.89/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap a week ago so I will do my best to give an accurate review. The review will be updated once I get my greedy hands on a few more bottles of this stuff - it's just incredible!

The head brewer is not afraid to try new and exciting things and so far, he has not let my taste buds down.

On to the review..

A - Pours golden in color, haze from the wheat and yeast, and a really nice dense thick white head.

S - You know - it really is the aroma that gets your mouth watering with this beer. Sweet and citrus fruity with a touch of spice and maybe some pepper notes... the lavender just brings it all together.

T - I've never really been a big fan of wits as whole but this beer is just so good. Nice and grainy sweet with lots of citrus flavors with some pepper spiciness to it. The lavender that was in the aroma is also right there in the mix but it doesn't detract from the beer - it really enhances it. Yep, fortunately the flavor is much like the aroma! There's nice a complexity I assume comes from the yeast.

M - Moderate carbonation. Smooth yet crisp and slightly tart.

D - In the past, I've never been a big fan of wits. This beer opened my eyes to how complex, interesting, and down right tasty a wit can really be. This beer did for me what Duchesse de Bourgogne did for me in regards to Flanders Red - I love these beers!

This was one of the first beers I tried from The Bruery and is probably one of my favorites. I also tried their Levuds and Saison Rue and both of those were just incredible. I will write the review on those beers once I get a bottle - I'd like to give them an accurate review.

If you are able to get your hands on one of their offerings, I highly recommend it. This brewery has some exciting flavors going on and I anticipate big things from them in the near future.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.62/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2L growler, update 2-4-09, since I think the beer is at it's best out of the tap, no carbonation issues as I found in the bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy goldenrod, with a huge cap of champagne like bubbles which leave pretty fast, fun to pour.

S: Great nose - lemon, pepper, wheat, the slightest hint of the lavender which I found more evident when I had this ale on tap (Bottle). The freshness of the growler pour just hightens the great floral scent.

T: Very bright, crisp flavour, lemon, citric acid and orange juice, cereal grains, the lavender is there in the background, subtle, but adds a great compliment of flavour to the brew. Yeast character is there in the end, just adds to the complexity - more of a grainy taste. Great mix of flavours in this wit.

M: Very highly carbonated, too much IMO for a witbier, made the flavour hard to find at times in the bottle. Out of the growler, the carbonation is well in its place and makes the beer that much more drinkable. Quite smooth in this serving type. (Original bottle score - 2.5)

D: This is quite a good beer from the new brewery in Placentia, the flavour is great, if they lowered the carbonation in this it would truly be on par with the best wits in the world, the flavour is that good (original post). Edit - The growler pour really takes the carbonation problems from the bottle and gets them out of the situation, making this my favourite wit ever.

Photo of spkrtoy
4.92/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I tried this beer in a few places: The So. Cal. Homebrewers Festival and at The Bruery.

All I can say is: WOW!. This belgian wit style beer pours with a dense, tightly bubbled white head and the aroma's wonderful. Spiced with lavender and corriander with some citrusy notes too. The yeast is also a bit spicy too which adds to the complexity of this beer. This is a nice session beer and I could see myself having more than a few of these on a hot summer day.

Enjoy this classic example of beer responsibly, as it could sneek up on you in a hurry if you don't count the number of them you drink.

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