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White Birch Wrigian - White Birch Brewing

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52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
White Birch Brewing visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with a complimentary blend of rye and hops to highlight the spicy nature of rye.

(Beer added by: barleywinebrewer on 03-17-2010)
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Photo of cosmicevan

New York

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

March 2011 batch 2

a - bottle geysered upon the pop. Filled my E snifter and took a while to tame the head and get a solid pour. Brew was amber plum with a thin foamy head after things settled.

s - nose is plum and apple.

t - like the nose, apple and plum with some grapes.

m - soft feel, not over carbed

o - surprised it geysered since the rest of the beer was in solid shape. Nothing too carzy or offensive. Not really memorable, just decent.

01-23-2014 04:49:21 | More by cosmicevan
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4/5  rDev +5%

07-17-2013 20:53:09 | More by gpblackgt
Photo of Kelp

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

04-23-2013 05:40:58 | More by Kelp
Photo of Perilousleigh


4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

01-26-2013 23:06:00 | More by Perilousleigh
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2/5  rDev -47.5%

04-24-2012 06:34:12 | More by ygtbsm94
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

04-15-2012 01:28:21 | More by mikeywtc
Photo of morebeergood


3.73/5  rDev -2.1%

Bottle is labeled as 2011. Poured into a stemmed glass. Brownish red body. Decent head and lacing, but nothing spectacular. Nice spicy aroma. The flavor of this beer was really the highlight. Reminds me of a hoppy Belgian dubbel. It has a nice bite to it, but has a great brown-sugar sweetness also. The negative here is the fact that this beer is unfiltered and sadly a huge chunk of sediment slid into the glass on the second pour, and really muddied the body. Should have only drank the first 15 oz, and left the rest. The first glass was pretty tasty though.

04-07-2012 04:43:49 | More by morebeergood
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Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

02-07-2012 00:40:08 | More by wizo
Photo of nickfl


4.22/5  rDev +10.8%

A - poured with two fingers of off-white foam on top of a clear, amber brown body. The head settles fairly quickly but leaves decent lace.

S - spicy yeast notes of plum, red apples, cinnamon, and clove.

T - red apple and plum up front with some bread and caramel. More fruity character in the middle with clove and cinnamon. Finishes with sugary, dark malt, plum and lingering caramel apple.

M - medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - very nicely done, this is one of the best, most authentic belgian dubbels that I've had from an american brewery. The malt character is spot on with a nice, fruity yeast profile. Considering that this bottle was the better part of two years old when reviewed, it obviously hold up well to aging.

02-03-2012 02:51:31 | More by nickfl
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4.18/5  rDev +9.7%

A: single finger head with some thin retention and lacing. Deep amber and garnet, hazy body.

S: cola, dark fruit and fig mostly, some caramel malt.

T: Dark fruit and fig with a slight burnt toast finish. Caramel malt throughout.

M: oily, medium to thick body. moderate to high carbonation.

Overall this one is very good. More of a Dubbel by my tastes.

02-03-2012 02:48:02 | More by kylehay2004
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

01-02-2012 01:05:07 | More by InspectorBob
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4/5  rDev +5%

12-24-2011 18:55:22 | More by claaark13
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New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

12-24-2011 00:17:23 | More by jski
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3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

A: Warm ambery copper with a good size, slightly golden, off-white head. Settles slowly to a nice skim of foam. Second pour from 22oz bomber is far more hazy. Very minimal lace.

S: Very fruity – pears & plums mostly, but also hints of apples, dates, figs and more. Candied sweetness underlies the fruity esters. Good amount of rye spice in the background bready malts. Hint of Belgian yeast notes that grows as it warms, and is far more yeasty in the second pour from the bomber.

T: Spicy rye is foremost here. It adds a really nice kick to the bready & caramelly malts. Belgian yeast funk is even more present than the nose. The mélange of fruit esters is also here, but more focused on plum. Though balanced to malts, this is backed by a reasonably firm bitterness with strongly woody and slightly herbal hop character.

M: Medium plus body with carbonation to match. Quite a fair amount of tacky sugar sweetness up front, but it ends slightly drying.

D: A nice, very Belgian, pale ale. A regular pale – not a strong one – my bottle says abv 6.3%. Solid base pale with rich Belgian character & an interesting rye twist. Full of flavor and very drinkable.

12-18-2011 18:11:14 | More by SickGnar
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +5%

11-25-2011 21:12:52 | More by Rochefort10nh
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4/5  rDev +5%

11-24-2011 01:37:41 | More by PEIhop
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New York

5/5  rDev +31.2%

11-21-2011 05:27:13 | More by CharlieMurphy
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4.05/5  rDev +6.3%

Shared by jlindros and poured into a tulip.

A - Poured into the tulip a hazy garnet with a white blanket that fades to leave light clouding and haloing.

S - Nice belgian yeast notes along with lots of apples and good funk. Nice spicey rye too.

T - Super funky belgian notes. Some good rye spice as well as, as someone else mentioned, some nice almost bark like quality on the tongue. Interesting...

M - A bit light on the carbonation for me. Its a nice crisp finish but would benefit from more carbonation.

O - Overall this beer was alright. White birch tends to be hit or miss and this one just barely, barely hit for me.

11-10-2011 21:29:14 | More by rudzud
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4/5  rDev +5%

Batch 2, March 2011, 6.3% ABV

Very large, slowly fading head. LOTS of chunky lace on the glass. Orange-amber color with a moderate amount of cloudiness.

My initial impression is Root Beer, but completely dry. On second smell, I detect what reminds me of freshly peeled bark--something I've never smelled before in a beer. It's appealing and unusual.

The first notable taste is the classic taste of Belgian yeast. Very smooth, rich body with a good amount of carbonation. While the beer is in the mouth, it's completely malty (and yeasty). The swallow brings out the bittering hop. More of a balancing touch than a kick in the throat.

Batch 3 from May 2011 (7.0% abv)

This batch smells of deep, sweet caramel. The taste is similar with warming alcohol in the background. Based on my previous notes, this seems to be quite different.

09-30-2011 23:43:33 | More by smcolw
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3.05/5  rDev -19.9%

Thanks to d0b for sharing this one from the depths of the cellar. Served in a Bell's tulip. Batch 1, Bottle #113 of 288. Bottled March 3rd, 2010.

A - A half-finger of white foam settles to a thin ring and some spotty haze on top, leaving minimal lacework. The body is a lightly hazed dark orange color.

S - Smell is not what I expected. Initially there's a heft dose of rye and mild citrus, but then some sour apple, Pez, light acetone, and lactic notes emerge. Reminds me a little of infected Matilda, or the surprisingly decent White Birch BA Rye Four. In any case, it's a pleasant aroma, just not what I expected.

T - Taste is less good - apples, hint of garbage, alcohol heat, and harsh astringency as it warms up. Rye is present, but seems overwhelmed by off flavors.

M - Lower carbonation, slightly gritty and slimy at the same time?! Medium-full body, and reasonably well hidden alcohol for the listed ABV.

D - It's in the top 20% of White Birch beers I've had, but it's still not very good. Started off promising, but sort of went of the rails a bit.

09-01-2011 15:46:26 | More by MasterSki
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +5%

Bottled: mar 2011
Batch: Two
Bottle # 1170

A spot-on amber in color, light delicate head, fluffy and fizzy.

Dry, very subtle nose, earthy and natural. Pleasant rye and wheat, pepper and herbs, dry hard wood.

A righteously crispy feel and flavor of rye, wheat and peppery yeast, subtle yeast though. Pretty complex, amber malt, slightly tangy aftertaste. the house yeast has pretty good complexity overall.

Bring it! NH brewers!

07-30-2011 22:54:37 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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3.83/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours a mucky mahagony with a thin head.

Aroma is really intreuging. I really like the complexity of dates and cocoa. Dried fruits meld well with spicy yeast character.

Flavor is good as well. Cocoa and a hint of toffee roll into a spicy peppery dry finish.

The mouthfeel is full upfront but finishes thin and dry.

I like this beer and am very impressed with it coming from a nano!

07-13-2011 17:27:07 | More by LukeD23
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3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

22oz bottle purchased at Table & Vine, West Springfield, MA. Batch Four, Bottled December 10, 2010, Bottle Count 768.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the cloudy red brew. Head fades slowly, with leggy, but fleeting lacing. Aroma is fruity, with rich depth of spicing.

Taste starts lightly sweet, middle finds a mouthful of spicing, from probably both rye and yeast. Close is citrus and lightly bitter. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is good as well. Could use a bit more depth/chewiness, but flavors are interesting and enjoyable.

06-16-2011 23:54:51 | More by ppoitras
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3.38/5  rDev -11.3%

Pours a beautiful amber color with hints of gold and a nice, fluffy head into my glass.

Spicy rye mingles with the yeast in the nose. A hint of plum is also there.

Lots of alcohol heat upfront followed by spicy rye, plum and a slight amount of apple/cherry from the yeast. Again, the heat makes it hard to find the flavors.

Lingering alcohol heat, rye and plum in the mouthfeel. Again, very disappointing.

I'm not sure what went wrong here but drinkability is just not there. Very hard to enjoy as it is. Might need some aging.

06-14-2011 00:42:24 | More by Brad007
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4.47/5  rDev +17.3%

22 oz. bomber (bottled 12/10/10, batch 4, 7.0% ABV) poured into a flute.

A: Mahogany with a cherry inlay; hazy, neatly opaque; medium, off-white head dissipates somewhat quickly, and leaves little to no lacing. The color is very nice, though, and lends an air of anticipation during the pour.

S: Wonderful, slightly tart nose overall; big whiff of figs, maybe plum in the background; nice malt balance; I don't get much in the way of yeast in the nose. This smell is intoxicating, though, and reminds me quite a bit of a gruit... it's a scent I've smelled often in CBC beers, actually, but few times elsewhere until now.

T: Mostly true to the nose, though the rye malts are much more present; the fig is there for sure, but it's darting in and out; dry yeast follows; and the sip rounds out with a pleasant, but mild sweetness.

M: The mouthfeel is ever so slightly weak; with all the breadiness I expect something a bit chewier, but this is quite light. It does not approach watery by any means, but it is lighter than expected. That does, however, lend the beer a certain drinkability, which I appreciate.

O: An excellent beer; I love the smell and the taste, and would gladly have a second if I had one. This is probably up there with Hooksett Ale as my favorite White Birch offerings. The lower (for WB) 7.0% ABV is nice, and the beer is a joy to drink. The light body is the weakest aspect, but I don't mind it in the least given how much I enjoy the taste and smell. I'll be looking for a few of these next time it's out.

04-11-2011 01:11:20 | More by FrankLloydMike
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White Birch Wrigian from White Birch Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.