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Railway City The Witty Traveller - Railway City Brewing Company

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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Railway City Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: thehyperduck on 04-08-2014

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Ratings: 28 | Reviews: 12
Reviews by DaveBar:
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4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for just under $3.00 for a 473ml can. Served at 4deg C in a challis.

A- Opens well and pours a high white head that dissipates to nothing within 1min. Unfiltered

S- Pretty good. Definitely smell the yeast and malt. Very little hops. Banana hints.

T- Nice Hoegaarden clone. Has a smoky hint to it. Less coriander then the aforementioned. Good gooseberry and lemon

M- Pretty good. Nice and light on the tongue.

O- Pretty good. Very nice white beer. Excellent for a Canadian effort that is for sure

Food Pairing

This nice little white beer went well with... BBQ hot dogs LOL


More User Reviews:
Photo of MJ63
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Courtman
5/5  rDev +38.1%

Photo of WillAndSarah
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of spinrsx
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Tall Can from the Ottawa LCBO for $3 or so. First time I've seen a shrink wrapped label on a can

Appearance - Gold colour with an average size fizzy/frothy white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes or so before it was gone.

Smell - Cloves, lemons, breads/grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste cloves and lemon juice/zest. There is also a honey sweetness and a bit of a yeastiness.

Overall - A decent brew. Perhaps a little heavy handed on the clove. The other flavours are nice though. Less clove and this would be a great summer refresher.

Photo of RedAleMan
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

473 mL shrink-labelled can picked up at the LCBO; best before Oct. 18 2014. I had a sample of this at a beerfest last month and enjoyed it, but I figured a full serving was needed in order to give it a fair look. Served well-chilled.

Pours an opaque, foggy pale yellow colour, topped with one finger of dense, frothy head that fizzles away steadily over the next period of minutes. Some scattered lace remains suspended above the loose collar and film left behind at the surface. Zesty aroma; very appropriate for the style. Lots of orange citrus and wheaty malts, with some lemon juice and light coriander/pepper spice notes.

A nice, well-rounded wit. Pale malts with a mild, wheaty sweetness at first accompany the orange peel and lemony citrus notes that dominate much of the flavour profile. It becomes yeastier and spicier toward the finish, with spicy pepper and light coriander notes in the finish. The aftertaste has a nice, lingering peppery spice to it that helps distinguish this wit from the crowd. On the lighter side of medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation that causes the mouthfeel to come off a little slimy and less crisp than I'd prefer, particularly toward the end of the glass.

Final Grade: 3.71, a B grade. The Witty Traveller is a worthwhile wit to try this summer, with the addition of white peppercorns giving it a pleasantly spicy bite that is fairly unique within the style. I'll probably grab a few more cans this summer, assuming it remains in stock, and I'd certainly recommend this beer to others, as well. A passable wit from Railway City, though not without its flaws.

Photo of Wintermute
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of byronic
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a very light opaque yellow without any form of head. Smells quite nice with a definite presence of orange zest along with some lemon, wheat and spices. Unfortunately this is not backed by the taste in which the flavours blend together. There is a sweetness offset by the citrus, coriander and especially the pepper. Lively carbonation with a light body. Quite crisp to drink but coats the mouth in an unpleasant way. The finish is quite nice until the pepper takes over and lingers.

It smells much nicer than it tastes and the pepper lingers too long. Not something I would purchase again.

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473 ml can served fairly cool into glassware. Advertised as 4.2% ABV.

Appearance - light hazy mostly vibrant lemon pie filling in color with two fingers of white head. The head lingers for a short while before dissipating into a a thin foam on top. Trace lacing up and down the sides of the glass.

Smell - some light lemon aromatics and some trace amounts of Belgian yeasts. A dabble of coriander and some other spices.

Taste - fairly bready base, but quite light and some fruity sweetness shines through quite nicely transitioning to some pepper on the tip of my tongue. Fairly complicated and surprising given the fairly average aromatics. The pepper becomes a bit too much after repeated sips, dropping this score a bit.

Mouthfeel - spritzy feel with a light feel and slightly hot finish from the pepper.

Overall - a pretty good and light wit that has a bit of surprising heat. If you like the heat then I think this May move up the list, but nevertheless this is a tasty and refreshing brew.

Photo of Rlombardi75
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of ToddMopps
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of coder
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

a bit of a heat/pepper finish. very interesting

Photo of nullbort
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of DrJay
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy straw yellow, not much of a cap. Orange zest and coriander aroma with a bit of sour wheat in the background. More of the same in the flavour -- oranges and wheat, coriander, plus a sweet maltiness, mild bitterness, and peppery finish. Low carbonation, medium bodied, a bit heavy and not as lively as I would have expected. Overall, pretty good. I liked the balance of white pepper in the beer, always present but not overpowering.

Photo of mjacquard
3.04/5  rDev -16%

Photo of biegaman
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

'Witty Traveler' is a pretty good pun for the style but this appearance doesn't quite look the part; it is far more golden and resplendent - lack of clarity notwithstanding - than is customary with Witbiers. The lack of head is also very out of character and, frankly, a little concerning.

The nose is also lacking; there should be more spicy coriander and zestful orange peel presence. It is redeemed, however, by the well-suited addition of white pepper which lends additional piquancy to an aroma that should be characteristically fragrant to begin with.

But again, we have too much cereal grain and not enough of the citrus or spice. The white pepper is still appreciated in the flavour but notes of oats, straw, and obnoxious banana esters vie with the orange peel and coriander for top spot on the tongue.

As result, the aftertaste is muddled with no clear winner; it's neither grainy nor zesty nor citrusy. Instead, it's just kind of blah. And while I don't feel language like that is fair to the brewer who, credit where credit is due, has crafted a readily approachable and easily enjoyed ale, the fact remains that this recipe doesn't anywhere near stack up with the style's best.

And at 4.2% alcohol and 15 IBUs, flavour is needed to compensate for a lean frame - this one just doesn't have it. It drinks kind of like a middling spiced pale ale, or, more accurately, especially as it warms, the growing notes of banana, clove and anise lead me to view this as more of a watered-down Hefeweizen than anything else.

Either way, I don't think the ale really knows what it is. The Witty Traveler requires some soul-searching before I consider buying it again. Or at least it needs to learn to speak up. Railway City make some very nice ales and this, I'm sorry to say, certainly isn't their best work.

Photo of hunterjames
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Cycle69
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of BeerWatcher
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light yellow, with almost zero head or lacing. Considerable carbonation. Aromas are strongly of white pepper, some Belgian yeast, and light fruit. Tastes are of cloves, bananas, and some coriander. Overall, no such thing as too much pepper for me and this is very light, refreshing and at only 4.2 abv extremely quaffable on a hot summer night.

Photo of Electros
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of jjmclell
3.11/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy, pale straw yellow...looked about right. I don't recall any meaningful notes of aroma. Taste had a yeasty, doughy backdrop tempered with coriander and a slight peppercorn finish. Website talks about orange rind up front and on reflection I could see that. Not bad...would be good to try again...compare to Short's Brewing Company's Nice Spicie (Michigan)

Photo of NV9
4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked this up at a Toronto area LCBO on the weekend and was very impressed.

Nice head on the pour, pretty good retention, unfiltered, not too oragne-y like so many of the more recent wheat beers have been.

The smell is strange, maybe too many competing flavours, left me a little unsure, but as soon as I tasted it, all the worries were gone.

Excellent flavour, lots of citrus and clove for sure but very smooth, nicely carbonated and a very nice pepper finish. Reminded me of a peppery Hoegaarden, but probably much better than that sounds. I'll be trying to track down more of these.

Photo of KrisDLSmith
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Bf_89
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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Railway City The Witty Traveller from Railway City Brewing Company
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