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Wachusett Belgian Style White - Wachusett Brewing Company

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Wachusett Belgian Style WhiteWachusett Belgian Style White

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BA SCORE
83
good

20 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 20
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wachusett Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tigg924 on 04-30-2010)
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Sellen

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

07-23-2014 23:08:40 | More by Sellen
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EvanWilliams

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.3%

09-02-2013 01:32:10 | More by EvanWilliams
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, wheat, light caramelized malts, some spice and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat, Belgian yeast and a thin malt character. Then some mild spices and citrus sweetness comes in. The hops presence is mild even for the style but there’s a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: A little crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, decent beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 02:37:26 | More by TheManiacalOne
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shehateme

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

01-26-2013 16:43:18 | More by shehateme
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GoBIG

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

08-16-2012 16:35:09 | More by GoBIG
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sweisel80

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -18%

03-24-2012 18:40:34 | More by sweisel80
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jilly425

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

12-30-2011 02:19:34 | More by jilly425
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BillDon

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +23%

12-23-2011 21:31:45 | More by BillDon
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ZacharyJ

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -18%

11-20-2011 22:11:22 | More by ZacharyJ
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Lawnboy33

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.3%

11-14-2011 18:13:58 | More by Lawnboy33
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear hay color. It took a vigorous rousing to get the yeast up, at'em and into my glass. When I did my beer become a cloudy hay color. Appropriate lace and retention.

Standard wit dry spicy and coriander mix aroma. Tastes dry and farmy with mild coriander citrus. Buttered biscuit finish. Good spicy vs. sweet balance initially, the sweet really takes over as the beer warms and ruins the beer.

Allagash White it's not but in fairness not many are. Decent representation though. Best made in MA wit I can think of.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 20:24:14 | More by donkeyrunner
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle

A slight hazy, pale gold color, heavy-flowing, rushing bubbles directly in the center. A fountain style gyser rush of bubbles from the yeast which is classic and a really good sign. A smooth creamy top.

A very hearty nose, musky golden wheat, tons of herbal-spice, corriander zestiness, earthy yeast and spices...very nice indeed.

This is a very complex white, wheat, hearty musky spices with golden wheat, corriander...very natural and earthy flavor's and a very nice yeast complexity overall. This one is not dominated by a banana yeast flavor, which is very nice. Great balance.

The feel is light, lush and smooth, big but not hefty. very approachable.

This is my kinda brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 21:50:59 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear golden pour. Big foamy head. Little lacing or retention. Surprised at how clear it is, seems rare for a witbier. Checking the bottle it specifically says it's unfiltered, yet completely clear. Strange.

S: Lemons and oranges up front for sure. Coriander and belgian yeast is obvious. A hint of pear. Some sort of strange musty smell is barely evident, reminds me of a funky saison.

T: Similar to the nose but the odd farmhouse taste is even stronger here. There is lemon, orange and coriander with some belgian yeast but there is almost a sour element to this. I can't quite place it. Smells and tastes like musty old hay (at least, how I would imagine it tastes). Otherwise the beer is good but that one aspect is not that appealing to me.

M: Carb seems pretty low but otherwise it's a fairly clean beer.

O: Not really my style witbier. It tastes a lot like a bad saison mixed with a good witbier. Doesn't completely ruin the beer but doesn't make it very good.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 02:41:46 | More by Dope
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear and very pale golden yellow color with a 1.5 finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.

Earthy aroma with lots of zesty spice, bready yeast, light fruit and citrus rind. Pepper and coriander followed by a prominent bread/yeast character as well as some apple, lemon and orange peel.

Medium bodied but on the fuller end with a nice balance of zesty spice, yeast and citrus fruit. Lots of spicy pepper and coriander flavor up front which is followed by a nice bready yeast character. It's not as strong as the aroma suggests but it adds some nice complexity and fullness to the palate. Finishes with sweet fruit flavor with hints of apple and pear as well as a strong lemon and orange rind character. Really well balanced, flavorful and extremely refreshing, especially during these warmer months.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 04:45:46 | More by corby112
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three-finger white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Almost clear pale straw color. Good carbonation and medium bodied with some yeast left in bottle. Nose is yeasty, flavor is Belgian yeast and orange. Sweet orange finish. $5.99 for a 22oz bottle from Kappy's Fine Wine & Spirits Peabody, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 22:19:55 | More by jdhilt
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bomber with a freshness date.

Mildly hazed pale yellow brew, lacing is more than sufficient as it leaves a trail to remember it by. Trademark Witbier aroma, perhaps faintly soapy but the beeriness overshadows that. Mild sweetness from the malt and a duel bittersweet component from the spicing. Light cracker malt flavor, nutty yeast and ripe pear in the middle. Hops are pretty quiet but the coriander seems to lay down some balance. Finishes with spice and nutty yeast while taking a dryer path.

A good run at the style but hard to put this against some of the imports or even a few American versions that have seem to redefine the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 04:03:52 | More by Jason
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portia99

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (best before July 2011) poured into an Allagash stemmed glass.

A - Pours a very cloudy and translucent pale straw golden color. Two fingers of medium density, somewhat fizzy yet still fluffy head forms on top and slowly falls leaving loose spiderwebs of lacing over the entire free surface of the glass.

S - Extremely fruity and spicy on the nose...very pungent aromas of oranges, lemons, coriander, cloves, sweet pickles?...maybe a bit over the top in aroma for the style. Lots of wheat, a bit tangy, even a bit funky - lots of wet straw/hay. The aroma seems a bit out of style, but I have to say I'm liking it anyway.

T - Flavor, like the aroma, is very spicy and fruity. I get lots of citrus in the form of lemons and oranges, coriander, cloves, cinnamon, light tartness, very wheaty and quite yeasty. Flavors are very intense...quite good - perhaps toned down just a bit would fit the style a bit better.

M - A little bit overwhelming in intensity of spices and fruity aspects. Body still remains light and quite crisp with ample carbonation that isn't overdone. Just about right for the first warm afternoons/evenings of the spring. I see myself sipping one of these on the back deck very soon.

O - I really like the witbier style and find this to be an intense, but quite good example of the style. This is an occasion where I think a small amount of aging will help out this beer tremendously. The flavors/spices in here are pretty amped up in intensity and are perhaps a bit too "separated". Some age might mellow these out a bit and allow the variety of flavors to become a bit more cohesive overall. All this being said, I am really enjoying this bottle as is...give it a shot.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 22:29:34 | More by portia99
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Guardian

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Very light color. Decent head.

S- Really nice smell. I love the smell of Belgian White beer. A bit of a citrus scent...almost like a nice perfume.

T- Very good for the style. Wachusett brewery always puts out a quality product imo. Very light but flavorful. Lightly hopped.

M- Feels "sticky" to my mouth. Can definitely taste it on your tongue after the fact.

D- Very easy to drink a lot of these. Excellent on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 23:58:58 | More by Guardian
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Seanstoppable

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The last of the Wachusett sample pack I recently received.

Pours a cloudy gold color with two fingers of solid white head. Lots of visible carbonation as well. Nice amounts of lacing left on the glass.

Smell consists of wheat, yeast and spice.

It certainly tastes like a wit. Wheat, spice, nice crisp finish. Some slight sweetness in the back. Overall, a really nice taste.

If it looks like a good witbier and tastes like a good witbier, it must be a good witbier. Very true to style. Very easy to drink. Very easy to enjoy a few before it is all gone.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 16:55:23 | More by Seanstoppable
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

picked up at Granite Liquors

Appearance: moderate carbonation, 1/3 inch head, slightly cloudy, light yellow in color

Smell: wheat, grain, cardamon, and small banana

Taste: banana is more prominent here than in the smell, wheat, cardamom, and coriander

Mouthfeel: light body, medium/high carbonation, slightly sweet

Drinkability: A nice, light, and smooth brew. I have had better in the style, but this is tasty and sessionable. I could have two or three and may pick up a six if it was a regular offering. A good and refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 13:57:26 | More by tigg924
Wachusett Belgian Style White from Wachusett Brewing Company
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