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White Birch Belgian Style Pale Ale - White Birch Brewing

White Birch Belgian Style Pale AleWhite Birch Belgian Style Pale Ale

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144 Ratings
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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 19.49%


Brewed by:
White Birch Brewing visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This straw colored beer greets with an aroma of noble hops, pears and Belgian esters. The flavor follows nicely with a moderately spicy hop and Belgian yeast effect buoyed by a soft malt body. The finish is crisp and dry. We enjoy this beer with spicy foods, grilled steaks, grilled chicken and mandarin salad. Where you take it is only limited by your imagination. For those interested in styles, the name of this beer comes from the color over trying to meet any particular style.

(Beer added by: barleywinebrewer on 08-13-2009)
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mhaugo

California

4.28/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber decanted into an oversized snifter. 6.7% ABV.
Appearance: Brilliant copper with an amazing eggshell head. I have not had a beer in this style that retains its foam cap as well as this one (5/5).
Aroma: Freshly cut apples, maple syrup, brown sugar, and a faint “soapy” character (not unpleasant or out of place). Very nicely layered (4.5/5).
Taste: Pressed apples and pears. Beautiful product of the right malt and yeast combination. No bitterness to report whatsoever (4/5).
Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation. Lively (4.25/5).
Overall: Of the Belgian Pale Ales I’ve enjoyed lately, most of my favorites have taken the style and spun it into something unique and personalized (unconventional hop additions, Brettanomyces, etc.) But this beer has the balls to just be traditional. Mild noble hop aroma, strong apple and pear smell and flavor, low ABV. I’m impressed (4.5/5).

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 23:57:09 | More by mhaugo
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ktblue22

Vermont

4.04/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer, I am starting to put Belgian IPAs as one of my new favorite styles. The beer poured a hazy, coated dark nut-brown. Very light around the edges. My first whiff of this beer is pure, in your face apple brown sugar, which threw me off but it was still pleasant. I loved the flavor of this beer, a nutty hop base with a slight citrus finish. Toffee and caramel coating with a musky, nutty finish. The mouthfeel was lightly carbonated and a little oily with a smooth finish. Overall a really good beer from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 20:49:21 | More by ktblue22
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JuliusCaesar

New Hampshire

3.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy golden appearance

S: Belgian yeast, grapefruit and a hint of caramel

T: Light spice upfront followed by caramel and finished with mild bitterness. Left a wet hay aftertaste

M: Smooth and dry

Overall: I think my favorite part of this beer was the smell of Belgian yeast and spices. The flavors were enjoyable as well until you are left with a fairly strong grassy after taste. Not a bad beer but could have been better.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 03:47:33 | More by JuliusCaesar
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MadScientist

New York

4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A light amber with a light haze. The persistant cream, white head leaves lacing on the glass.

S: moderate clove and pear aromas with some floral hops. There is a slight bit of malt sweetness, faint caramel and pils malt aroma. The alcohol aroma is light, soft and floral.

T: The flavors is mostly moderate pepper, clove, orange peel, spicy hops and light pear. The moderate hops bitterness brings the balance to the bitter side against a light malt sweetness. The finish is dry and the aftertaste is of a hops bitterness and orange peel.

M: Light bodied with a moderately-high carbonation and a slightly cream mouth feel. There is a slight astringency on the front of the tongue.

O: A very nice BPA with just a touch to much clove.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 21:55:01 | More by MadScientist
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Viciousknishs

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a hazed coppery amber with a finger and a half of off white head. Ok head retention with some spidery lacing.

S- sweet honey like malt up front. Estery fruity yeast with pear and spice notes. Banana and bubble gum notes come out as well. Very faint floral hop note on the finish.

T- bready cake like malt hits the palate at first. Spicy floral hop in the middle with fruity yeast character and subtle spice. Bubble gum and a dusty yeast on the finish with a dry grain flavor that lingers in the aftertaste.

MF- bready round mouthfeel with a medium body. Slightly higher than average carbonation.

D- decent drinkability

Overall a solid BPA

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 01:29:51 | More by Viciousknishs
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heatherishoppin

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really admire this brewery. They do a lot of great and interesting good quality beers.

This was a really nice Belgian style pale ale. ALMOST tasted like a triple. It wasn't anything too crazy and complex but definitely a good beer I will frequent!

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 04:47:16 | More by heatherishoppin
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled May 2011, Batch Six, 6.7% ABV

A: slightly cloudy, amber color, great incredibly creamy, dense, big head
S: yeasty, spicy, esters, mild nose, some oxidation but it is 14 months old
T: muted malt with spicy finish, reminded me a lot of a maltier saison, not a ton of pale ale qualities but hops are probably muted after sitting for 14 months
M: creamy, thicker feel in mouth

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 02:04:24 | More by wisrarebeer
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy yellow, two finger head, some carbonation and some lacing is left behind.

S-Grass, lemon, slightly skunked

T-Some lemon, manly grassy notes, no bitterness with some spice.

M-Light in body, well carbonated.

O-A boring beer not much is brought to the table with this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 22:48:33 | More by rlee1390
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PhillyDrinker1

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer on tap after dinner last night and was satisfied. Pours with a thick white head, golden in color. Smell is of wheat and a slight sweet, honey scent. Very refreshing taste. I would recommend it if you are looking for your standard belgian.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2012 04:55:02 | More by PhillyDrinker1
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

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

Poured into a pint glass, Color is straw gold, with a nice white head.

Smell is yeasty, spicy, feint malt; something off in the flavor, can't describe.

Taste is somewhat yeasty, some mild spice and light bread, a little too sweet for this strength, fruity undertone.

Mouthfeel is pretty Belgian standard, strong carbonation, strong flavors on tongue.

Overall, best of the white birch bunch, but could be the off flavors present. A little too sweet for BPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 00:21:41 | More by mvanaskie13
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 9 Bottled July 2011 6.7%abv
I've tried this beer many times, many different batches, I'm kind of surprised I hadn't rated this until now. Huge amount of carbonation makes pouring this a long arduous task. Ends up a slightly hazy light golden color with a monstrous white head that at time reminds me of meringue. Smells of lemon zest, green apples, honey and citrus with a fair amount of pepper, spice and yeasty esters. Light aromas of bready cereal grains find their way out of the glass as well. Taste is slightly sweet up front with hints of honey and sugary syrup. Spicy and yeasty flavors take over next to remind you this is a Belgian inspired brew. Finish is fairly dry but does leave a bit of sugary sweetness in the finish. Medium to thin body with a spirited level of carbonation and a lightly sweet sugary mouthfeel. Pretty damn tasty. Every batch of this beer seems to be just a wee bit different from the last, but I think this has been my favorite so far.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 03:28:18 | More by johnnnniee
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tkelley

Massachusetts

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

Brewed in may 2011, batch seven bottle 1320. 22 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Really powerful foamy head. Kind of a dark goldenrod colored body that is quite hazy.

Smells yeasty with a little bit of cloves and lemon.

Tastes of cloves and yeast. Lemon and malt on the finish.

Pretty tasty beer. I appreciate the localness and the subdued flavor. I would drink this again for the right price.

Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 00:00:46 | More by tkelley
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SickGnar

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rich & warm golden, bright and clear with a fair number of bubbles rising to the large head of bright white foam that turns rocky as it settles. Good retention and nice lace. A good looking beer.

S: Distinctly pear fruity esters with softly floral noble hops. Very candy sweet pils malt backbone. Spicy note from hops and/or perhaps from alcohol. Spicy note grows as it warms and takes on more of an alcohol nature. But overall it stays mostly fruity and sweet.

T: Noble hops – floral & herbal up front, quite firm spicy notes through the middle and end, and the finish is grassy, herbal, perfumey resin, and more spice. Lots of flavor and pretty firm bitterness. Some of the spice could well be from yeast and alcohol contributions. Also more Belgian yeast character than the nose – slightly earthy and some phenol hints. Fruit esters are softer – just dancing around the edges. Malt backbone is quite candy sweet pils up front with an underlying bready and doughy base.

M: Medium body, but it seems a tad bigger with softly, yet firmly, expansive carbonation and some chey dextrins & mildy sticky residual sugars. Still it was quite attenuated, and this along with the hops (and perhaps alcohol) push it drying. Barest hint of warming way in the back of the throat.

D: Nice mix of fruity, spicy, sweet, hoppy, and some yeast notes. A pleasant hing of alcohol. Clearly Belgian in style. Good strength at 7.3 % abv (at least on my bottle). Straddles the BPA & BGS styles. Loads of flavor and plenty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 02:10:38 | More by SickGnar
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metter98

New York

3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is very hazy deep golden yellow in color. It poured with a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and left some lacing running down the sides.
S: There are faint aromas of floral hops in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of grainy malts along with some sweetness of candi sugars. There are hints of bitterness towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a light amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is relatively easy to drink and is a good representation of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2011 14:02:34 | More by metter98
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Eulogy, Philly, PA

Poured a cloudy straw-yellow with a foamy white head that fizzled away and left a little ringlet behind. Aroma of yeast, lemon zest and light, indistinct spice. Taste of bready yeast, lemon zest, peppery spice, finished off with some drying, grassy hops. Pretty cut and dry. Medium body and fairly drinkable, but nothing overly special.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2011 03:15:59 | More by Rifugium
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bruachan

District of Columbia

3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

hazy, muted peach color. some fizz but no head. collar

apricot, peach aromas with barley sweetness. lovely hop bouquet: sage, lemon, tarragon

bitterness is strong, though hop flavor is not high. cloves. sweetness is balanced. minty hops. mouthfeel is sufficiently coating to allow a full experience of the liquid but no so much as to be chokesome

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 03:24:28 | More by bruachan
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StaEva

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice clear orange/gold/copper. 1 finger head that didn't linger for long.

Intense bubble-gum aroma to it, along with yeast, green apple/pear, and candied pineapple/papaya. Not much hops.

Taste followed smell almost exactly, except for the nice crisp hop bitterness on the finish. Very nice surprise when it smells this candied.

A bit too much carbonation, I think. Very prickly on the tongue, which actually distracted from the flavor. Medium syrup mouthfeel, but crisp enough to not be sticky.

Overall a good beer, worth trying, but probably not worth running out of your way to track down.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2011 01:08:56 | More by StaEva
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a hazy yellow color, the head is creamy and white in color. The lacing doesn't really stick too much. The smell of the beer has a light citrus and grain aroma to it. The taste is smooth and had a light floral essence to it. There is also a touch of lemon in there. The mouthfeel is smooth, very little carbonation here, still has a good feel to it. Overall this beer is refreshing and pretty enjoyable. Would drink it again if I come across it.

Serving type: cask

08-10-2011 22:02:25 | More by Knapp85
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bamadog

Kentucky

3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I received this in a trade some time ago from drazamatazz, so thanks to him for the hook up! Review is from notes taken on 7/21/2011 (happy birthday to me!) and poured from the bottle (Oct. 20, 2009, 20 of 96) to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is palest and faintest of yellows, starts with a big slightly off-white head of two fingers and fades quickly to nothing more than a faint single layer of bubbles resting precariously on top; body is a little hazy, but you can still see the whole way through it; head fades to fair lily pad of bubbles and leaves virtually no lacing behind.

Smell: Dry, musty and dusty graininess; slight Belgian yeast with a light, slightly tart grape.

Taste: Really matches the nose to a "T" -- a very musty and dusty graininess that has some left over crusty bread scent to it; light tart grape flavors with a touch of Belgian spiciness (cardamom, etc.). It's alright, but nothing special. I hope this one didn't cost too much, because it's not really worth that much IMHO. I would think Raging Bitch is a much easier to attain beer that is of better quality.

Mouthfeel: Body is light and crisp, and the carbonation is a bit strong and borders on sharp; a thin, moist stickiness covers the roof of the mouth, but in terms of flavors, I would say the finish is fairly dry.

Overall: I would drink it again, but certainly wouldn't go out of my way for it. This is my first try of anything from White Birch, and I'm not sure I'm chomping at the bit to get some more of their stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 01:50:51 | More by bamadog
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Brad007

Vermont

4.35/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy whitish-amber color with a thin head into my glass. Very mellow-looking.

Plum, cherry and apple compliment the use of noble hops in this brew. Unusual to my nose.

Noble hops mingle with yeast that imparts a tart, apple essence that again, compliments the hops. Balanced in that area and no less spicy than an authentic example.

All that lingers are the noble hops and not much else.

An interesting example that attempts to stand apart from other BPAs and manages to do so in some ways.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 04:15:00 | More by Brad007
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Blanco

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a golden/orange color with huge white head and lots of apparent carbonation. lace leaves a cobweb mess on the sides of the glass as you drink the beer. smell is clean and slightly fruity. taste has strong pale malt notes and is slightly sweet. also has a bit of apple and citrus. medium bodied. overall, very solid BPA. Enjoyed the lightness and smoothness of the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 01:10:46 | More by Blanco
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BrewCrew2010

Mississippi

4.22/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks dpowers for this beer!

A: Pours a cloudy light gold body with nice, dense, white head. Spotty lacing.

S: A very light nose with hints of clove, sweet malts, citrus, sugar sweetness, and bubblegum.

T: A nice sweet & grainy malts upfront followed by Belgian yeast characteristics. Getting a lot of tart green apple or pear perhaps, lemon zest, clove, & honey. Hops are mostly mute, but play a nice undertone flavor adding some citrus notes. Finishes dry and slightly bitter. The high ABV is not noticeable at all.

M: Very crisp and dry; high carbonation; medium to light body.

O: Truly enjoyed this beer. Great for the summer time. Would definitely get this again if I had access to it. Can easily drink quite of few of these without noticing. Thanks Dave for the trade!

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 19:17:35 | More by BrewCrew2010
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DrinkingDrake

Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An extreme amount of carbonation from the conditioning. I gently poured some into my glass and had 10x the amount of head as beer. Out of the nose I'm getting a lot of the hops and almost no Belgian yeast notes. The Columbus really cuts through with a resinous pine smell. The taste is dominated by the hop combinations which have a piney somewhat citrus flavor .A very light malt body barely shines through. I think the citrus is present because of the sourness imparted from the yeast. The body is light and with the combination of flavor and body I would not guess this to be a 9.5% beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 03:14:45 | More by DrinkingDrake
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Gmann

New York

3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jan '11 Batch One 8.2%ABV

Pours a slightly hazy pale straw color with some golden hightlights. There was a pure white head, that was dense and settled into a chunky ring.

The aroma has floral and perfumey sweetness. There is some light clove and a hint of coriander. Overripe apple pops through towards the end. The aroma isn't very strong.

The taste is quite apple-y. Again, some overripen apples. Some floral sweetness and honey. In the end you get a dry grassy hay like flavor from what I imagine is the hops. It doesn't really add much bitterness but drys out the beer quite rapidly.

The feel is light with fizzy carbonation. Sweet on the palate but then finishes quite dry.

This BSPA was a let down for me after trying their Hooksett Ale. The flavor was quite fruity but the yeast didn't really bring in any of the authentic belgian flavors. The beer is also very dry which seems to suck up all the flavor from the beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 03:25:47 | More by Gmann
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ewatsonhess

Massachusetts

4.85/5  rDev +37%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great beer.

Light in color and a little cloudy (which I like).

Nice smooth taste. A little nutty.

Medium to high carbonation. Just the right amount of hops. Slight bitterness, but finishes nicely.

At $11/bottle the price (to me at least) is a little high. That said, it's definitely worth buying again.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 00:12:05 | More by ewatsonhess
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White Birch Belgian Style Pale Ale from White Birch Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.