Imperial White Orchard - The Bruery

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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Halcyondays on 09-21-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 46 | Reviews: 22
Reviews by Overlord:
Photo of Overlord
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Certainly an improvement on the base.

Pours a slightly hazy/cloudy white with a huge white fluffy head. What's the abv on this?

Smells yeasty with some flowers ... some spice .. and ... a faint tinge of orange.

Tastes like exotic spices (ugh), some peppery coriander, some weird flowers (but not lavender ... I think) along with some citrus rind and a bit of yeastiness. There's a weird citrus/sugar slurry aftertaste.

Interesting. I think they've taken this style about as far as it can go.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Super cloudy pour, has a vague light green brown earthiness to the appearance at first pour, but settles into the yellow/orange thing with lots of haze still. Big massive noseful of a spice cabinet, coriander, clove, pepper, nutmeg, orange, wheat and a bunch of other stuff I'd guess, was just overkill at some point.

Taste, didn't miss the style guidelines, and hammered home the taste. Tons of flowers and spices in the mouth, separating what you were tasting was kind of a chore. It does hide the alcohol nicely. Definitely a beer for sharing, it really overwhelmed my palate with flavors and spices that I'm not too into, even if I can admit that it seems to be well made and delivers it with a heavy hand.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Grant – thanks!

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of smooth light malts interspersed with twangy wheat. Also present are good amounts of lemon and orange peel and lighter amounts of coriander and white pepper.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Crisp light malts up front are joined quickly by bright citrus peel flavors. Midway through light wheat comes into play before it’s pushed aside by robust spices that carry through to a crisp ending. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth carbonation.

Overall this is another solid beer from the boys in Placentia. A well done imperial wit that’s well worth a shot.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Kegbear: Poured a cloudy light orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma is dominated by dry coriander and huge wheat malt. Taste is also a nice mix between some dry coriander with loads of wheat malt with light cloves ester and a dry slightly hoppy finish. Full body with limited filtration and great carbonation with no signs of alcohol. I thought this was very interesting if maybe a tad over spiced.

Photo of abfraser
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at City Beer in SF.

A: Hazy lemon yellow with a nice white head .

S: Wit-style aromas of orange, coriander and spice.

T/M: Much fuller bodied than the non-imperial version, which I like. Orange and pepper come through. Don't get any lavender.

D: Pretty drinkable. The high alcohol (for the style) is pretty well balanced

I liked this one. Better than the regular Orchard White. Still don't get the glowing reviews of Bros, but this is a solid beer I'd enjoy drinking every now and then.

Photo of Tdizzle
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased this 750mL bottle direct from The Bruery.

A- Poured into a tulip glass, this beer pours a slightly cloudy gold color with an effervescent head of white foam that settles to a patchy layer over the beer. The head sticks around for a long time, but each sip leaves only a few spots of lacing on the glass.

S- A massively wheaty and floral aroma with spicy yeast, oranges and zesty citrus rind. Spicy notes of clove and pepper are noticeable in the background. There's no trace of the 7.7% ABV.

T- The initial taste is of wheat malt and spicy yeast, but those flavors are quickly overtaken by floral notes of lavender. It actually comes off as being a bit chemically, but not cloyingly so. The finish is slightly dry and leaves a squeaky-clean palate.

M- A full-bodied mouthfeel, but the carbonation is over-the-top and aggressive, though it does mellow out a bit as the beer hits room temperature. This seems to be a trend with some of The Bruery's offerings.

D- The 7.7% ABV isn't noticeable, but this beer is rather heavy on the stomach. I wouldn't want more than one glass.

I didn't find the imperial version of Orchard White to be an upgrade from the original. Still good though.

Photo of weeare138
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog for sharing this special release bottle...
Appears a transparent, cloudy gold with a fluffy white head that slowly fades out into a mild cap. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of heavy ginger, sugary malt, coriander, and some tart wheat.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a spiciness that isn't agreeing with me.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spicy, dry, chalky, with that ginger flavor hanging on along the palate.

Photo of hopdog
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle acquired in trade with Floydster(thanks!).

Poured a medium and hazy golden color with an averaged to larger sized white head. Aromas of a bunch of different spices (coriander, ginger, and more), citrus, and wheat. Tastes of the same spices, citrus, wheat, and honey. Lively and fizzy body that left with a dry finish.

Photo of goodspeed94
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler picked up at the Bruery 11/8/08.

A: Pours with less of a head than the original Orchard White. Held up to the light, the cloudy haze takes on colors of granny smiths, yellow, almost like a sliced cantaloupe in the range of color moving from the green to orange. Slightly darker than other whites. Looks to be refreshing.

S: Bready, wheat smell. Coriander, orange, citrus, hot summer days on the beach. Plays well on the nostrils. Really confusing mostly because someone is making a butternut squash soup in the kitchen and the whole house is saturated with the smell.

T: I think I prefer this to a regular white ale in that I think the extra malt character allows the taste to go a little deeper and stick around for longer. The spices and the fruit are prominent, refreshing, and work very well with the wheat profile. An outdoors kind of brew, this would be great while doing yardwork. Alcohol (7.7%) very well hidden but may be part of the combination that makes the body and taste of this one a little more "solid".

M: Good carbonation, pleasant on the tongue as the spices and citrus cause you to just take one deep breath and relax. Still light despite being an imperial.

D: Sitting here on a windy, fall night in San Diego, this beer is drinkable but I would not have more than one at the present time. I can think of plenty of occasions however where a few of these would flow very quickly.

Nice addition to the style, my first offering of an imperial white ale. Would be excited if this became a permanent member of the Bruery line up.

Photo of HopHead84
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


The Enforcer demanded I open this. I didn't dare contravene his wishes so I quickly popped the cap and poured with a loose wrist and a heavy hand.

A: Burnished yellow gold with a small creamy white head that quickly recedes. Nice color. Head retention isn't great for the style,

S: Notes of wheat and honey accompany pronounced coriander. There's a lot of orange peel and a little nutmeg, as well as white pepper and floral notes. Fruit reminds me of apple, apricot, and pear. Nicely balanced. I'm pleased with the absence of lavender.

T: Lightly sweet and spicy with coriander, nutmeg, white pepper, and orange peel. There's a nice balance between the various elements. Apple, pear, and apricot are pervasive. The beer finishes dry with lingering orange peel.

M: Lower medium in body with upper moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is dry and sticky.

Overall: Refreshing and enjoyable, and much better without the lavender. I'd pick this up again if I had the opportunity.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks goes out to swillnbrew for providing this "mistake" in a recent trade. Split with oglmcdgl.

Imperial Orchard has a hazy bold yellow/orange mix with some tangerine juice mixed in. A rising bright white head reaches 1 & a 1/2 inches into the Duvel tulip. Just shy of being a true Belgian head in looks this is damn close. Fades down into a fairly tight cap with loose lace and no legs.

Orch White has a striking nose, bold and assertive and with the extra ingredients thrown in, even better than before. This imperial version really packs in the clove scent, it almost knocked me over. Other main contenders include coriander and wheat and Belgian yeast. Runners up include honey and some lemon zest. Also getting some soapy aspects.

Big shots of raw wheat and clove on first sips, the wheat is lovely but does not steal the show. Hops are a afterthought as they dont make a dent but they give off a slightly earthy taste. Mashed bananas and Belgian yeast giving off some bubblegum and there is some sourdough bread tucked away. Coriander is a plus. I like the light lemon squeeze towards the end. There is just a bit of granny apple with extreme warming. This is a balls to the walls wit.

A bit crisp once right out of the bottle and cold, but that smooths into a mellow quaff when the temp rises. A step up from light bodied with some carb to go with it, I think it's at a good point and does not distract. Just think a bigger version of the regular orchard. No bitterness from any hops and some sweetness. The ingredients while being increased are well balanced on the tounge and don't intrude, OK well maybe that clove slicks around for a bit to long. IOW has a super clean finish

Well I think I found a wit that rivals my favorite, Allagash White. This one really hit the spot and a whole bottle is in order one day, easy clean drinking. That's not to take away from Imperial's younger brother which kicks ass too, this is just something brand new. The 7.7 does not come into play at all. This was a good mistake on the Bruery's part, maybe some more will come down the line.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2 liter growler from the source, on to the beer:

Poured into a weiss glass, the color is a pale sunshine yellow, hazy, with a soapy head of good retention. Very sexy to look at, I must say. the aroma is lemons and oranges, some spice in the back. The first sips get a beer that has a lot of meat on its bones with some sharp carbonation hitting the palate. Somewhat big and chewy, yet still holds that refreshing feel. Clove and nutmeg at first noticed, then the sweetness of oats takes over. Notes of pina colada, played on by the alcohol in the beer, make a unique duo. A brush of tartness. All this is ended with a lingering witbier-like fruitiness in the aftertaste.

Refreshing and meaty are words that don't compliment each other in a beer reivew. This beer might be an exception to that rule. Perhaps not as good as the original version, but double white ales are a rare breed.

Photo of mdfb79
3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From 06/04/11 notes. Thanks again to nimbleprop for sharing this one. Poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a murky light yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of wheat, oranges, citrus, yeast, spices, pepper, and coriander. I thought the nose was ok, but kind of average. Lots of wheat and spices; I would have liked more fruit and floral notes personally.

t - Taste is very heavy on the spices. More pepper, yeast, coriander, wheat, and very ligh citrus. Not bad, but too much spice and pepper for me. A slight step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate to low carbonation. A little undercarbonated, but pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a pretty average witbier. I thought it was pretty heavy on the spices in the nose and especially the taste, as well as wheat. Not awful or offensive, but I wouldn't seek it out...there are better witbier's out there.

Photo of drabmuh
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You know this is the imperial white because the "5" has been replaced with a "7", someone wrote over the 5 with a sharpie. Nice. I don't think this beer is around anymore.

Beer is served in a tulip. Beer is yellow with a slight haze to it. Forms a weak thin head that breaks. Carbonation is moderate and steady, not much lacing on the glass. Looks fine.

Lots of bright citrus flavors to the aroma. Someone suggested some corriander in there, I can't argue, there are some spiciness to it. There is also some zest to the whole thing as well, lemony.

Beer's flavor matches the aroma. Its a very bright beer with strong carbonation on the palate, slightly souring the whole thing and the resulting carbonic highlights the zest of the citrus and some mild bitterness in the mid- to late palate. There is some hints of fruit with the forward sweetness...perhaps some pear. Overall pretty good.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle courtesy of lowgear, thanks! Shared with psycohops on 3/31/09. 7% ABV was sharpied onto the bottle. Poured into my shaker glass and appears a cloudy pale yellow color with a purple hue and two fingers of fluffy bone colored head. Smells of lemon and orange peel, flowery and bready. Tastes is packed with the flowery notes of lavender, spicy, peppery with hints of lemon. Medium body with moderate carbonation. The lavender adds a unique flavor. It grew on me by the time I finished my glass. Tasty stuff.

Photo of Floydster
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Growler picked up on October 3rd for twelve dollars, consumed that same day with my dad, also tasted from a growler provided by vacax the following night at the 1st LA BA Gathering, poured into an oversized wine glass

A-Medium to light yellow color, quite murky, big one inch foamy white head that stuck around a little bit, some retention, minimal lacing
S-Cloves, black pepper, coriander, lots of spices, exotic flowers, wheat, straw, light citrus, and a hint of booze
T-Lots of citrus up front, spice dominates the middle and finish, some flowery flavors in there too, also a warming aftertaste as the booze are not hidden in this one, you would not expect them to be in a double wit though, gets spicier as it warms, lots of fruit still around too, would have liked to see some dry accents to provide some balance, heaviness got the best of me with this one and my dad ended up drinking four or five glasses because I could not get any more down
M-Full body for a wit, not enough carbonation and verging on being syrupy, spicy, sweet, and chewy mouthfeel, taste lingers too long
D-Could not drink more than twelve ounces of this, flat out heavy on the stomach, some flavors are overpowering, too spicy for my palate, not smooth, alcohol is not hidden too well either

Was not too big on the standard White Orchard and this was no exception, the aftertaste just made it too hard to drink, and it tasted the same both times sampled so it was not just a problem with my glass or something, probably would not drink again, worth trying though because these guys do not make a bad beer, this is just my least favorite but still better than a lot beer out there

Photo of Patrick999
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting stuff here, opened up at a recent tasting.

Smells like a witbier should, plenty of coriander and wheat. Way overcarbonated....had to really swirl the hell out of it to get something first all I could taste was bubbles, I didn't get the "Imperial" at all - the carbonation took everything out of play at first.

Once settled, it was an interesting combination of wedding cake, curacao, and um...clam chowder. Yeah, I kid you not, I thought this was a little fact I still think it would make a killer pairing with clam chowder.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Brad for sharing this at his tasting on Saturday!

7% abv written with a Sharpie is the only way to distinguish this bottle from Orchard White, other than drinking of course...which is what I did.

This beer appears a hazy yellow straw hue and has a decent head and fair amount of lacing. The aromas are many, including coriander, misc. other spices, pear, hay, and lemon zest. The taste follows suit, and has an ample offering of everything described in the aroma. This is a very complex beer, and well done. The mouthfeel is decent. With all that is going on here, and the use of so many spices and ingredients, my palate can only handle so much of this. A fun beer and one I'd be happy to drink again. However, one glass was plenty for me.

Photo of dondeez21
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this beer in a trade from JamesCrames. The beer arrived in a 750ml bottle. I opened it after chilling in the fridge for a few days. This beer was heavely carbed but once the head wore down the beer was very drinkable. The first thing I noticed about the beer was the yeasty charecter along with some hints of fruit. I am not very familiar with Witbiers so I dont have much to compare it to but I would definatly try it again along with some of the other beers that this brewery offers.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Bruery,

A: Pours a cloudy lemon yellow, with a full white head with good retention.

S: Get a lot of spice, fragrant orange peel, some white pepper and coriander.

T: Orange peel is really dominant at first, the middle is peppery, some pasta al dente to finish. Spices are more subdued than the original, I couldn't find the lavender, booze makes a bit of a presence.

M: Much fuller body than the original, without the carbonation problems, spritzy, light ethanol character, clean finish.

D: A good beer in its own right, I enjoyed the original more because I really enjoyed the spice flavours in that one, but I enjoyed this one too, but in a different way, almost like a BSPA. Limited and available only on-tap at the Bruery right now, check it out. Haven't had a lot of Double Wits; this is the best I've had of that genre.

Photo of dewalt
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a giant foamy white head and lots of persistent, tight white bubbles. The head doesn't fade, either --it sits there, rich and lathery, like shaving cream. Below, the beer is golden, almost mustard in color, and highly carbonated. Take a sniff and you get aromas of wheat, hops, banana, clove, lemon and lavenderr.

On first taste, Orchard White is light bodied and crisp, all that carbonation clear on your palate. It tastes sweet and smooth, less spicy than the aroma would indicate, but you definitely get a bit of lavender aftertaste, and a trace of citrus oil in your mouth. It's something like quaffing a bouquet of flowers. Highly drinkable and refreshing, and no problem finishing a big bottle.

Photo of craytonic
3.22/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: straw-ruby-gold, small head on the pour with not much left and no laciing

Smell: Very sweet and sugary with touches of coriander, orange juice concentrate, spices, white pepper and wheat

Taste: Similar to the smell, a bit too sweet and sugary. I get orange juice concentrate, spices, white pepper, coriander, and wheat

Mouthfeel: Very big and full, too much so for a wit

Drinkability: I wasn't too impressed with this one and prefer the non-imperial version.

Imperial White Orchard from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.