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White Lightning Wit - Full Pint Brewing Company

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85
very good

55 Reviews
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Reviews: 55
Hads: 239
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 6
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Full Pint Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of gebbie
4.68/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

this beer is amazing... i poured three quarters of the beer into my glass. laid the bottle on its side and rolled it around to get all of the unfiltered yeast off of the bottom. added it in on the final pour to go from bright and clear to creamy and thick. the smell was also amazing. sweet cirus notes. the taste was also outstanding sweet start sour middle todry finish just what i like. the mouthfeel was a little off putting kinda soft carbonation. could be better . over all one of my favorite local brews (510 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a modest head that still manages to leave a considerable amount of lacing behind

Smell: Fragrantly fruity with a perfume of grains of paradise and to a slightly lesser extent, orange peel and coriander

Taste: On top of the wheat bread base, all of the flavor that I detected in the aroma literally blasts the tastebuds; by mid-palate, there is some tang and spicy yeast character that develops as well; the finish is well balanced and very fresh tasting

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: One of the best wits I have tasted, domestic or Belgian; consider me impressed (649 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great nose on this one. I mean, real good. Perfectly balanced yeast tones with some perfectly appropriate citrus tones. Heh. I stuck this beer in the refrigerator to avoid/delay trying it. Lol. I am genuinely laughing at myself for trying to scheme at avoiding trying this beer. Oops. Well...I suppose moments of regret are just part of life.

This flavor profile is well above par. Smooth yeasty funk with lemony citrus tones and spice edges as an accent. I'm just going to go ahead and be ballsy and put this witbier up there with Hitachino White Ale. From my point of view, it's bringing all the right characteristics for the style. I'm impressed; which I never expect for this style when it's from an American brewer. From my understanding, this is a real pain in the ass style to produce. But for some people, it seems like it's a cake walk. (847 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Fantastic. Foggy straw yellow body and 2 finger or so soapy white head. The ehad fades to 1/2 finger or so and plenty of lacing is left behind in the glass. The cloudiness is very dynamic as you can see thick clouds swirl about in the glass and some bubbles rising to the top.

S- Nose is pretty typical for a wit. Bready yeast, a touch of citrus and coriander, and a hint of soapiness as well.

T- Flavor upfront somewhat dry and the highlight is coriander with a mild bready backbone. The peppery spice aspects intensify for the finish and a touch of citrus comes through and the yeast backbone becomes slightly more prominent-but the finish overall is pretty clean with only a touch of spice lingering.

M- High carbonation and a lightweight-but full slightly bready, dry body.

D- I like this beer a lot. Its light, drinkable, and full of flavor. This is my first brew from this new brewing company out of Pittsburgh and I look forward to trying other offerings from them. One of the better American wits that is out there. (1,030 characters)

Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky golden color with an off white head. Strong scents of citrus zest and biscuits. The taste also had hints of lemon and orange, yeast. Some spices such as clove and a hint of black pepper are evident in the flavor, but not over powering. Very well balanced and easy to drink. The mouthfeel is smooth. Normally I am not a huge witbier fan but I was very impressed with this one. (389 characters)

Photo of nhindian
4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very light gold, deeper straw color with only about a finger's worth, if that, of creamy white head. Body is cloudy and well carbonated. Retention is fairly poor and there's a decent amount of lacing.

S - Smell is definitely spiced up with a wonderful bouquet of coriander, orange peel, citrus and lemon notes. Peppery, but complemented well with the citrus zest.

T - Taste has a nice combination of bready yeast, fruit, and spices. The front and mid palate are full of refreshing citurs, while the finish is nice and dry and spicy. Almost no hint of alcohol at all in this one.

M - Mouthfeel is light and popping with carbonation. Finish is crisp and dry which really helps the flavors pop as well.

D - Drinkability is high. The flavor profile is spot-on, and with almost no hint of alcohol, I could see this being a day-long beer during a sweltering summer day. (879 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hey, my Full Pint is empty! It was pretty pleasurable too. But not extraordinary or a good value.

This seems to be a very competent wit - the right color, aroma, and a nice slightly sour taste. Similarly, the aftertaste sticks with you a little sour.

Wit Lightning is pretty just OK. I might buy it again, but there is so much beer and so little time. Ta ta. (361 characters)

Photo of microbrewlover
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This brew pours a cloudy orange with a minimal head which does not last long and light lacing on the glass. A little bit of the broken head floats on the top of the brew until the end.

The smell is great with strong orange, wheat, bubble gum, coriander, lemongrass, grains of paradise and sweet malts.

Sadly the taste does not follow the perfect nose of this beer. There is definitely a lot of wheat, sweet malts and grains of paradise then peppery hops in the background. Not at all bad but after that wonderful smell I was expecting more from the taste.

The mouthfeel is thin and bubbly due to the carbonation. The beer leaves a somewhat dry taste in the mouth after swallowing.

Overall this would be a great session beer for a hot summer day. It goes down very easily. If "Full Pint" could get the taste to match that wonderful smell this brew would be perfect. (869 characters)

Photo of Deuane
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Hazy golden yellow with a small white head that reduces to a thin cap and leaves spotty lace.

S-Nice notes of lemon zest, orange peel, a touch of hop spiciness and an underlying sweet bread aroma.

T-A nice combination of light spiciness, citrus and mildly tart torified wheat. This one packs a lot of flavour into a such a light package.

M-Medium-light bodied with plenty of lingering tartness and citrus zip. Sharp and fairly crisp even with themitro mix delivery.

D-Absolutely! This one packs a nice punch and delivers a flavour profile that really hits home with me. Light and refreshing with enough flavour to keep things interesting from start to finish. (665 characters)

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy yellow orange color with a nice two finger foam head that dissipates to a film. Has a moderate amount of lacing.

S: A good scent of orange, coriander, wheat and cloves.

T: The spice hits up front but is quickly balanced out by the wheat and citrus. Nicely balanced.

M: Very light crisp and clean taste on the palate. Nicely carbonated.

D: Easy to drink Witbier, perfect for hot summer days. (413 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this one on tap so I figured I'd give it another go in the bottle -poured chilled from the brown 12oz into a tumbler similar in shape to the Hoegaarden glass

The color is golden and clear at first in the light with a thick white collar that collapses fast. the clarity becomes hazed as some yeast or spice particulate clouds the beer. The bead is tiny and lacing is minimal. The smell is good with plenty of wheat and slight banana esters from the yeast. The spices are moderate in the aroma and slight toasted cereal effect is noted. The feel is good with moderate carbonation and semi sweet slightly creamy texture with mild spice felt at first and increases as it warms. The finish is clean and dry.

The taste of this Wit is pleasant with a moderate amount of wheat creaminess in the flavor with slight tanginess of the yeast and slight spiced note. The spice flavor comes through more in the finish with a pepper-like quality and the subtle floral effect comes through with mild bitterness after the swallow. This is a refreshing beer all the way, the mild lemony edge with a good amount of yeast flavor and the spice creates a nice balance. I consider this a good example of the style and recommend trying this if you like witbiers or just want to have a quality sessionable wheat. (1,300 characters)

Photo of goblue3509
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a two finger head which stays around for a little bit and leaves good lacing. The aroma has a caramel malt backbone with hints of spice as well as a strong lemon scent and hints of orange. The taste was of a sweet malt backbone with a nice lemon and orange flavor to it. There is also hints of yeast and spice present. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall there is a nice refreshing and sweet taste to this beer that makes it very drinkable. A very good summer beer, enough aroma and taste to keep you interested in it. (563 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a weizen glass at Al's of Hampden. No garnishes.

A: The witbier is a golden yellow brew, hazy throughout. A small head, no more than a thin band, sets gently atop the wit.

S: The nose has plenty of orange peel, a sweet citrusy aroma. Wheat and pale malts generate a bready aroma with a tart finish. The crisp tartness in the finish sets the stage nicely.

T: The addition of nitrogen reduces the impact of the carbonation, allowing flavors to linger. That aids the curacao and wheat flavors, giving them legs. There is much more pale barley than wheat, creating a bready flavor that saves the wheat tartness for the very end of each sip. The witbier is very refreshing, better even than I was expecting.

M: The nitrogen-CO2 mix helps the mouthfeel, allowing the tart and fruit flavors to linger. I'd love to see a little more in the way of tart wheat.

D: Another solid beer from Full Pint. This one is light and very refreshing. A good ale for a warm September day. (979 characters)

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Piper's pub in Pittsburgh the other day.

The beer pours a somewhat hazy golden amber color with good head retention and decent lacing. The nose is prototypical wit, showcasing light honey, clove, coriander, nutmeg and light lemon. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, although there's some bitterness in the finish that helps to balance perfectly the modest sweetness in this beer. The wheat used in the recipe for this beer is very noticeable, especially on the palate (not a bad thing IMHO). Mouthfeel is light to medium, though the beer delivers plenty of flavor, especially for a 5.5% abv. beer. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile; I get no sense of heat on the finish at all.

While nothing spetacular, I thought this a very enjoyable, solidly made wit. It's a beer I'd definitely order again, especially as the weather warms up a bit more. (895 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Full Pint White Lightning

Appears to be a hazed light yellow. Aroma of wheat malt, citrus and bubblegum. Tastes citrusy, reminiscent of lemon candies. Some clove and bubblegum flavor. Subtle bitterness. Medium bodied feel worm ample carbonation. Really impressive the way this beer has come along, this is a great wit. (319 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #76 (May 2013):

A gem in hiding. Having had numerous Witbiers in our travels, this one had a leg up on most with its sheer balance alone. Nails all of the characteristics you look for in this style and a bit bigger than usual at 6% ABV, but still drinkable nonetheless.

STYLE: Witbier
ABV: 6.0%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Hazy straw, lots of lace

SMELL: Orange peel, pithy, yeasty, bready, mildly spicy, coriander

TASTE: Incredibly smooth, slightly creamy, very bready, spicy, hint of alcohol, orange peel, zest, coriander, nutty, ripe plums, semidry finish (596 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the regular Full Pint offerings I haven't had yet.

A - Pours a bright hazy yellow with a half inch of head that quickly turns to a slight ring of lace. No sticking whatsoever but carbonation is festive in my glass.

S - Smells of orange, touch of lemon, and spices of clove.

T - Very spiced and not very bitter as expected from the yeasts. The spice does come off sweet and constant with a peppery bite at first then a tart bit of lemon that rounds to an orange zest kind of hops.

M - Taste isn't overbearing and the body is pretty light. Very session able.

Overall I am glad I tried this and would get it again for summer drinking. I could see at least throwing a couple in my mixed sixer since my local place has this too. A very solid, flavorful beer. (766 characters)

Photo of uspbacchus
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass - swirled some in bottle to get yeast out

A. Nice straw colored beer, poured clear with decent head, clouded once added yeast from bottom of bottle. Decent lacing
S. Nice fruity smell. Right on for style
T. Excellent flavor with spice profile coming through. Well balanced between the fruity esters.
M. Nice mouthfeel, average carbonation
O. Very good beer in the wit class. Thoroughly enjoyed it and would definitely have another. (473 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(LOT 444 - best by July 2014 - poured into a British pint)

A: yellow like the first rays of the morning sun... pretty dang clear for a Wit - still a slight haze... very little head - wonder why that is - doesn't look right... btw - the bottle label (as are the rest of their labels) is right out of the ol' Weyerbacher portfolio, not quite as wonderfully cheezy though

S: the smell is pretty textbook, very appealing... nice balance of doughy wheat, toasted cereal malt, mild coriander, and light citrus overtones

T: once again, pretty good up front... the brightness of the outer skin of the citrus peel seems to come out more... bit of a penny-metallic twang at the back... coriander sits calmly in the middle with a moderate biscuity pale malt flavor underneath... mild bitterness, seeming to wear a shade of coriander husk... pretty dry, lacking a bit of depth, but still surprisingly flavorful

M: at first, a tad thin... still feels a tad thin and flat by the end - wonderfully crush-able though

O: i gotta admit - actually pretty well done... was growing on me by the end (1,082 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Boulevard's in J'Town, PA had another decent offering of the Full Pint version of Blue Moon...White Lighning Wit. The beear poured a hazy yellow color with decent carbonation, white thin head that dissipates quickly, some lacing. Smell light wheat malt, slight biscuit, hints of spice and lemon, slightly bitter. Taste is basically a dead ringer for Blue Moon....with some spice hints of lemon/citrus. Adding an orange peel...really made this a good beer. Mouthfeel is was good....nice lighter drinkable beer. Overall, nicely done witbier. (539 characters)

Photo of jeremy13586
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, poured in to a pint glass.

Nice hazy straw yellow color. Left two fingers of bone-white head that stuck around for a bit. Left minimal lacing.

Banana, lemon, cloves, and other spices. Faint smell of stale buttered popcorn and yeast near the end.

The taste is very similar to the nose. Lemon and some grassiness comes out more. Very clean finish.

Medium bodied. Pretty bubbly, but very smooth and clean.

A favorite of mine to drink during the summer. Clean and simple. (480 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Full Pint Brewing "White Lightning Wit"
12 oz. bottle, no apparent freshness dating
$1.99 @ Wegmans, Collegeville, PA

Notes: Quite cloudy, even in the bottle. Same in glass. Odd, lack of head retention. No lacing. Doesn't appear to have a lot of carbonation. Aroma is nice. Coriander, yeast, wheat, some citrus rind and juice. Flavor is better, adding some lemon and apple to round it out. Not over-spiced. Nicely balanced. Moderate bitterness leads into a dry finish accentuated by coriander spiciness. Carbonation is there, delicately bristling on the tongue; very fine-bubbled. Light-medium in body. Some acidity. Spot-on for the style with the exception of the clarity, which is still OK; and maybe it could use a touch more carbonation, but again OK. Charming. Remarkably drinkable. Need to find more from these guys. (823 characters)

Photo of IronLover
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow in color with a slight haze. Poured with a bubbly white foam that quickly disappeared. Light belgian yeast aroma with hints of wheat malt, biscuit, lemon and spice. Medium bodied with lively, refreshing carbonation and crisp finish. Wheat and yeast flavors up front with tangy carbonation and a hint of orange in the middle. Biscuity and spicy flavors thru the end to finish. Finishes crisp and semi-dry with a touch of bready, spicy aftertaste. Despite the medium body and ABV this has was a light, refreshing ale. Very nice. (538 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a hefeweizen glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy golden straw yellow with some vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Vanilla, bready wheat, citrus, orange peel, vanilla, and yeasty esters.

Taste: Tastes just like it smells. A little bitterness In there too.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, refreshing, a little chewy, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty nice witbier. Enjoyable and tasty. I could have more of these. (531 characters)

Photo of PCampbell
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Pours a hazy gold with a thin layer/ring of white foam.

Has that great citrus, lemon smell to it. A little bit of spice and clove to it as well. The taste picks up the spicy/ peppery flavor and some coriander and clove as well. Little bit of tang from the yeast and finishes nice and dry. A nice light mouthfeel with some good carbonation to back it up.

A good refreshing wit that is especially tasty on the warm summer days. (476 characters)

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White Lightning Wit from Full Pint Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.