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Wit Ale - Rivertown Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 19.7%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rivertown Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
With its complex herbal aroma, golden cloudy color, orange-citrusy fruitiness, and spicy flavor, our Belgian style wit beer is sure to satisfy. Contains wheat malt, spicy hops, orange peels, fresh coriander, and lemon zest. best served at 42ºf in a tall pilsner glass with a slice of orange.

(Beer added by: ltjska04 on 04-21-2010)
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4.25/5  rDev +28.8%

06-15-2013 00:21:06 | More by b1515152004
Photo of ltjska04


4.13/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured slowly into my Sam Adams glass this beer is a very hazy/murky deep orange. There's no chance of seeing through this one. There's an inch and a half of loose, rocky head that lasts about 5 minutes. The smell is of orange, coriander, and slight lemon and wheat. So far about what I expected from a witbier. The taste is clean and citrusy but a bit sweeter than expected. The spices come through in the end to give some depth to the flavor. The mouthfeel is pretty dead-on for this style. It's light and decently carbonated and invites one drink after another. This is a great summer beer; not overwhelming on any front but a smooth and clean drinker. Refreshing and great for the coming warm weather, this is something I could recommend to my BMC-drinking friends and beer geeks alike.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 00:19:40 | More by ltjska04
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4/5  rDev +21.2%

04-23-2013 15:16:23 | More by cmoses
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4/5  rDev +21.2%

07-22-2014 19:26:01 | More by Trashville
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4/5  rDev +21.2%

06-28-2013 22:11:29 | More by Lukass
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3.9/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy golden color with a bit of off-white head.

Smell is faint. Malty with some wheat comic through.

Taste is malty with some spice to it. It's got a little bit of bite in the finish. Almost tastes a little cherry-like. I may be crazy though.

Mouthfeel is light and bubbly. Nice summer beer though.

Overall a pretty decent beer. I enjoyed it. Wouldn't mind drinking it again on a hot day in the sun.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 00:16:42 | More by richkrull
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3.9/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wit Ale brewed by Rivertown Brewing Co with an ABV of 5.1%. This brew pours out cloudy amber color with a nice white head. It is an unfiltered brew you can not see thought it. The smell is rich with some grain and bitterness. There is nothing overpowering in the the smell of this brew. The taste is sweet and smooth. There is nothing bad about the taste of this brew.The mouthfeel is nice and clean. There is no bad aftertaste. Wit Ale is a nice, clean drinking brew. Overall, I'm giving this this brew a 4.25 out of 5. I would get this brew again.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2014 04:44:58 | More by nicholas2121
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3.9/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice Belgian style Wit brewed here locally in Cincinnati from a fairly brand new brewery. It pours hazy orange with a frothy milk white head.

The smell hints of orange peel, wheat, some spice, and a bit of wet feet. I thought it may have been the glass but after the fifth beer (on different occasions and different glasses) its still there.

Fortunately the taste doesnt bring out that negative smell and it tastes very much like a beer I want to drink in the middle of a summer day. Orange, wheat, a little maybe allspice or corriander.

Its extremely drinkable and mouthfeel is quite smooth and refreshing.

Definitely a Wit worth trying and I have to support anyone local trying to make a good beer!

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 13:00:21 | More by phiberoptik
Photo of Kelly88


3.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Cock and Bull. Served in an imperial pint glass.

A- hazy and murky. Dark honey with sunflower yellow at the very bottom. Initial large white fluffy head That retreats to a frothy ring around the glass. Good looking beer. I liked the head just wish it stuck around longer.

S- orange zest with some spice almost nutmeg ish. Some yeast fights through the fruit.

T- very crisp flavors. Tight orange that is complemented by a zesty lemon twang. Yeast is very strong on the finish which dries out the mouth.

M- crisp tingling but a little heavy. Maybe this heaviness I'm getting is from all of the yeast but it just seems heavy. Other than the heavy its sort of puckering dry and makes you want to take more sips.

Overall a nice wit. Tight flavors that are good but the mouthfeel makes it seem heavier than it is. One of the drier beers I've had but I liked it

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2011 22:06:03 | More by Kelly88
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District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

05-08-2013 22:07:42 | More by apasternak
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

06-13-2012 01:05:12 | More by 4Socialanxiety
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

09-15-2012 02:53:12 | More by Dapperticus
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Cloudy orange in color, witha big, billowy head of white foam.
Aroma-Citrus peel, spices
Taste-Coriander, citrus zest. Tasty, well-balanced and refreshing. A nice, decently priced witbier. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 17:03:05 | More by hosehead83
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

07-12-2014 23:33:43 | More by Illini5596
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

04-24-2014 01:13:56 | More by psmith161
Photo of Jason


3.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle, no freshness date.

Cloudy peach color, towering head dissipates to a healthy looking lace.

Aromas of citrus peel, coriander, grassy, peppery, nutty yeast, and fresh baked crackers.

Smooth, big crispness with a creamy backdrop. Lemon zest, peppercorn, coriander, dried grass, nutty grain, orange peel and a faint plummy alcohol show off its complexities.

A little bit more body and dark than the typical Witbier but nothing that deviated from the style's path. A good Witbier to be had here.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 00:41:52 | More by Jason
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3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a clear darker orange color and is topped with ¾” of white head that dissipate very quickly.
Smell: This is a nice blend of wheat malt and (citrus peel)? The coriander aroma isn’t there like most wits but I am really not a coriander fan anyway.
Taste: There is a nice base of wheat malt and a very tasty citrus peel slight bitterness to it but once again the coriander flavor that most wits of hefe have isn’t there and that I kind of miss when I don’t taste that one flavor.
Mouthfeel: It is thin but I kind of expect that out of what I expect out of a summer beer easy drinking and a nice smooth flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 13:55:52 | More by raznug
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3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single 12 ounce bottle of this in the cooler at the Party Source. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both average. The brew smells like orange peel, coriander, wheat and a bit of tart apple and vinegar which was a surprise. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, and the tart/vinegar flavor is still a bit noticable. I don't think this beer is supposed to have that tartness in both the flavor and aroma, but I think it actually works with this beer well. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it seems a bit thicker than most wits I've tried in the past. I liked this bottle, and I want to try this again soon.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 22:28:02 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of wingman14


3.61/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy orange with a frothy white head. Smell is mostly orange peel, lemon zest, coriander, and some yeast notes. The taste has a good amount of spice, the citrus comes through as well, along with a yeast kick. A medium mouthfeel, the spice gives some harshness to the tongue. Overall a tasty beer, if it was a bit smoother I think I would have enjoyed it more.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 01:25:25 | More by wingman14
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3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle (no date) served in a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Very hazy to cloudy yellow-orange amber. Off white persistent thin foam across the top the whole way down the glass. Occasional thick sheets of lacing that slowly slid back down and joined the original foam.

Smell: Grainy and yeasty, mostly yeasty.

Taste: Wheat tang, spiciness, part American wheat ale, part Wit, part Hefeweizen. The latter I got every now and then in the malt with a hint of clove and hefe type malt sweetness. I couldn't pull out the lemon zest from the other flavors, and at times it seemed like the beers dominant flavors changed with each sip. Certainly interesting if not consistent in flavor.

Mouthfeel: Spicy on the tongue, otherwise nothing special and just a hair above water in thickness.

Overall / Drinkability: Went well with a chef's salad, and I would probably take another if offered. An interesting take on a Wit ale - much darker than I was expecting, and not as light and airy in mouthfeel, but good. I've had better Wits, and I've had worse.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 22:12:38 | More by damndirtyape
Photo of rlshep


3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma:Floral, nice coriander. Doughy wheat in background.

Appearance: Super cloudy. Has a milky orangeish tang color. Small white head, dissipates quickly.

Flavor: Big wheat, lots of coriander. Orange flavor in background and aftertaste. Some sweetness. Expecting more belgian spiciness. Low bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium silky mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Would like to see it a touch dryer.

Overall: A good beer, a nice example of the style but falls short of world class.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 01:50:25 | More by rlshep
Photo of Brenden


3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A newer label than the one shown in the picture has the RTB logo in the top left, "Wit Ale" in what resembles a steamboat paddle center, and to the right a little blurb about the beer.

This wit is spot on with the color: a deep, thick gold with a heavy haze clouding it. The white head that forms lasts for a short time than and there's a lot of soda-like activity that dies quickly. No head whatsoever remains and there's no trace of lacing. One the soda bubbles die, this beer is completely flat. The color and style-appropriate haze are fantastic; the head and anything related to it is miserable. Given the screw cap, it could be flattened due to oxygenation; when quality suffers due to a brewery's practice, I call what i see.
The aroma is pretty spot-on: an herbal quality is straight off with plenty of wheat and a dusty yeast note. Orange and spicing make a statement without being overdone.
The taste follows closely, with a little bit of a sour flavor coming out in the finish. A nice touch of spiciness peppers the flavor gently.
This beer is as light as it should be with some depth to it, but it's flattened out along with the head, probably due to oxygenation. Because it's probably the screw cap, it's the brewery's own fault here. Granted, it doesn't completely flatten out, and there's a bit of activity lending some smoothness and crispness when I work with it, but otherwise it didn't have to suffer.
This isn't a bad little wit, but no serious brewer should use a screw cap.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 14:49:06 | More by Brenden
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

06-20-2014 01:12:04 | More by coopdog1000
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

04-13-2014 01:09:46 | More by drdiesel9483
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

05-13-2014 01:51:24 | More by CincySpectre
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Wit Ale from Rivertown Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.