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Wit Ale - Rivertown Brewing Co.

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47 Ratings

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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 20.12%
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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Photo of BEERchitect


3.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Borrowing influences from the Belgians, this witbier from Cincinnati infuses the taste of lemons to oranges and caramel to wheat for an enjoyable tart summertime ale that strays from the mainstream when needed.

Burnish gold in color, the darker-than-usual witbier carries the classic haze that's expected of the style. A formidable eggshell white head caps the beer with a dense sheet of foam and intermittent pockets of foam. Solid retention is regained with each swirl of the glass.

The light must of dried straw, wheat, and dried citrus fruit swirl in the nose just as a softer bread and caramel note rises to support. Lightly spiced with notions of coriander and white pepper, much of this is subtle enough to be expected exclusively from yeast. Orange juice, and a touch of marmalade reads a much richer scent than the style normally provides.

Strong sweetness of malt and fruit manifests in a taste of honey and caramel soaked oranges and lemons. Even estery flavors of mango, apricot, apple, and papaya rise as the beer warms and as the palate becomes acclimated to its taste. Moderate acidity, light bitterness, and the subtle spices close the beer with a semi-sweet taste and a minerally bite to close.

A fuller-than-expected body is exacerbated by a tact of unresolved sugars that linger on the palate and omits the pleasant powdery dryness of classic versions. Any turn to dryness, lightness, and refreshment is labored and insufficient. Finishing grainy-sweet with slight alcohol warmth, the beer never closes properly.

Fruit flavors and malt support are satisfying enough if the beer were considered through the goggles of American pale wheat ales, but from the witbier specificity, the beer misses some marks.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 04:32:07 | More by BEERchitect
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3.08/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is labeled as Wit Ale, so I assume it's the same thing.

This is an easy drinker. Very orange-sicle, somewhat. Lots of candy. Overall too sweet. I guess for what it is, it's okay. Probably a bit too hearty and dark and robust for the style. The verdict is that this is one you could pass on and wouldn't be missing anything.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 03:13:27 | More by RblWthACoz
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3.71/5  rDev +13.1%
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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West Virginia

1.65/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Looks like a new label showed up in Steubenville at the Kroger, figured I would try a bottle since they just started a mix and match program. Appears very clouded unable to ee through, alot of yeast sediment was in the bottom of the bottle. Bright white head still shining it almost looks like a banana smoothie. Aroma has a strong citrus zest note with hints of coriander spice additions, very summery flow to it. Beer is terrible flavor wise I'm getting lemon juice, like sour lemons with a bit of dishwasher fluid presence with a stale dough flavor coming around the back end. After a few sips I'm set on pouring this one down the drain. Mouthfeel is dry actually because it's so damn sour, what the hell are these folks doing make a standard witbier it's like a training wheels beer style. Well I won't be buying this one again, and their pale ale is next on deck.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 12:24:12 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.65/5  rDev +11.3%
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
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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
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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3.2/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one pours a bright orange in color with light turbidity. It finished with a one finger head that quickly turned into a white lacing around the glass. It definitely isn't as cloudy as it could be. It has a nice nose, very heavy on the oranges and coriander with a moderate sweetness with little yeast. I detect some slight butter on the very end. It could probably feature most yeast to be on the traditional side but the nose is appealing nonetheless. The flavors consist of oranges, light apple, slight fresh pear, and some butter. Uh oh! The diacetyl creeps in. The finish is dry and quick and pretty light. Overall this is a pretty average wit. It didn't stay true to the style and I'm sure the butter aspect was an accident.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 23:09:09 | More by aasher
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4/5  rDev +22%

06-28-2013 22:11:29 | More by Lukass
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3.9/5  rDev +18.9%
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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3.75/5  rDev +14.3%
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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3/5  rDev -8.5%

10-11-2012 03:06:23 | More by LJWalker
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District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

05-08-2013 22:07:42 | More by apasternak
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2/5  rDev -39%

04-12-2014 13:22:30 | More by Nunya
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2.2/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

New label calling it "Wit Ale." Assumption is same beer.

A - slightly clouded yellow/amber body with a white head of huge bubbles that disappears real fast. Not a good look for the foam.

S - spice of lemon zest and orange, slight medicinal, syrupy orange sweetness. Not quite what you'd expect, but it's not too bad.

T - Orange cough syrup? With a hint of wheat malt. This is downright bad. Come on, Rivertown!

M - flat, and therefore smooth. Fairly thick and syrupy.

O - well, this might be the worst of the lot. This beer will be tough to finish. It's just so syrupy and medicinal and sweet. Almost undrinkable

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 18:07:31 | More by ColdPoncho
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3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
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
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

10-29-2012 00:31:24 | More by ItsBeer4Me
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3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

04-24-2014 01:13:56 | More by psmith161
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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

05-16-2013 03:19:03 | More by davemathews68
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3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

09-15-2012 02:53:12 | More by Dapperticus
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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

04-13-2014 01:09:46 | More by drdiesel9483
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3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

06-13-2012 01:05:12 | More by 4Socialanxiety
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3.33/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a beautiful hazy golden color with a very strong fluffy white head that lasts throughout the beer. The only thing stopping this from a 4.0 (or higher) is that the head was so heavy I had to pour it in shifts.

S - Very wheaty with some lemony citrus and a bit of spice and a slight sweetness.

T - Taste is relatively simple with only a bit of wheat and a good amount of spice and a slight lemon zest at the end. The aftertaste leaves a slight alcohol note which isn't particularly pleasant but it fades quickly.

M/D - Mouthfeel is very thin with very little yeastyness to it and it disappears from the mouth quickly. This is a reasonably drinkable wit that I'm enjoying on a hot summer evening and at least worth the taste for a fan of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 01:10:55 | More by mwa423
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

07-08-2013 04:07:42 | More by Pillowburn
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3.61/5  rDev +10.1%
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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3.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A. Pours a very hazy yellow/orange with a fluffy white head (more foamy than creamy). Pours with a heck of a lot of yeast.

S. Lemon, wheat, a bit of coriander spiciness, and a hint of orange. There is also a somewhat unpleasant alcohol smell that I can't quite put my finger on.

T. The coriander spiciness really comes through here. Wheat and bread/yeast on the tongue. Oranges come through biggest in the aftertaste. The alcohol smell that comes out in the smell is also present in the taste - it's some kind of adjunct flavor/smell that I can only recall tasting in a macro lager.

M. Thin with quick foaminess. Again with the billowing foam - I guess you could say it increases drinkability - it's like the beer is asking you not to keep it in your mouth too long.

D. The flavors in this one don't meld quite well enough. The coriander is too heavy and the fruit is a bit too light.

I'll continue to support this brewery, but I don't plan to pick up another one of these.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 23:50:32 | More by BeerAndBourbon
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Wit Ale from Rivertown Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.