Coronado Orange Avenue - Coronado Brewing Company

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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coronado Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-04-2008)
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Photo of doktorhops
2.28/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Spied this Orange Avenue Wit in the clearance bin at the local DM, and in true to myself fashion I had to both get it and make a silly pun referencing the name in the review: let's hope it's a full Wit and not a half Wit... yes I'm bad.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Looks the part, very Wit-like cloudy orange body and a frothy white 1cm head, neato.

S: Wrong, wrong, wrong. Don't know if this has been light-struck or if it's supposed to smell like this but there is a funky cross between coriander and coconut going on that is just plain off-setting. The aroma is more like women's coconut hand moisturiser from bodyshop than a beer.

T: Even worse is the flavour - I'm convinced this is a light-struck beer, no one would want a Wit that tastes like this; funky coriander, bitter orange, slight yeast sour note with a smattering of spices that jar (cardamom, five spice) this brew and make it taste neither refreshing or moreish.

M: Flat and mid to light bodied.

D: Not sure if I had damaged goods but I hope for the sake of the brewer it was. I have rated this accordingly and will ne'er touch this beer with a 10 foot barge pole... helps that I don't own a barge pole, or a barge for that matter.

Food match: Don't drink this beer unless you are eating food with ghost chillies and need cold liquid handy and this is the only thing that is available in a 50 mile vicinity.

Photo of mattkoon
2.63/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm confused by this one. It pours a cloudy light straw colored. I was excited to try this one. I love wheat beers, but this was one of the blandest I've tried. No sweetness no nothing, not very flavorful at all. If you're gonna drink this you might as well have a generic light beer.

Photo of heygeebee
2.63/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

BB Feb 13

Pours a half-finger head - pale gold (or dark straw) body.

Yeast driven driven aromas - with some old socks thrown in. Orange in the mix.

Taste is very yeast driven, some orange, wheat, bready malts.

Mouthfeel OK and crsip. Nicely carbonated.

All in all - one wonders why Dannos chose this beer to bring in to Aus? Not bad, but not not great.

Photo of dansmcd
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a cloudy orange colour with one finger of creamy white head and decent lacing.

S - Citrus, mouldy hay with some spice.

T - A subdued yeast flavour wraps around tastes of orange, wheat and coriander.

M - Moderate to high carbonation. Light body.

O - Fairly ho hum.

Photo of dmsohyea
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of yergermeister
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of JasonB
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of hmmmbeer10
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of kimbo33
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of jwps214
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of WOLFGANG
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of anon
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My bottle calls this "Orange Avenue Wit". Same beer? Feel free to correct me. On to the beer:

This beer has a glow of yellow sunshine when shined under a light. The color is a bit washed out, the head now a finger's thick after pouring 2-3 finger's in my weizen glass. The aroma is straightforward though refreshing. It's fresh coriandor, nothing more. There might be a hint of orange, but maybe the name is fooling me.

This tastes like a Blue Moon to me. That's not always a bad thing to be, though it's not substantially unique from the faux-craft brand. A touch of butter hits with the coriandor, leaving a slick buttery feel in the mouth. A light touch of alcohol is felt. Uncomplex.

At first, you think this beer will refresh you, but once 8 ounces are finished, you're ready to get this beer out of the way. Just coriandor isn't going to fly here. More fruity flavor would level the field, this creating a better beer.

Photo of froghop
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

on tap at CBC, named orange ave wit (belgian wheat)

pours a semi-clear orange with a medium size white head, and good lacing.

smell of orange peel, tangerine, spice, and wheat.

taste is thick, wheat, orange peel, some spice, and coriander, ends a little dry with some bitterness.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber. This one is actually labelled "Orange Avenue Wit" with an abv of 5.2%. Poured into a pint glass.

Frothy white head that collapses quickly. Pale, slightly cloudy yellow color with some spotty lacing. A bit lacking.

Some very mild orange aromas.

Opens sweet. Orange zest, sugar, and wheat beer flavors do come through. Sweet tarts without the tartness. Finish is filmy and spicy. Not much going on here. Clean though.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Watery and bubbly in the mouth and quenching going down. Mellow finish with a slightly lingering aftertaste. Pretty drinkable.

A decent beer though not one that really sets itself apart in any way. Worth trying, especially on a hot summer day.

Photo of TeachChefs
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of quadhog
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of scottoale
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz. brown bomber that's named after a street in Coronado. On the label it's cleverly called an OPA, rather than an IPA, which stands for Orange Pale Ale. It is also recommended that you try it with a slice of orange for the ultimate Orange Pale Ale expirience. It pours a 24ct.GOLD, bright yellow with a small 1/4" white head of low retention. The head turns to surface patch while leaving some sticky white lace clinging to the glass.

The nose is wheaty and pilsner malt like, with very little sweetness and metallic notes. That's all that's coming to my nose. The smell reminds me more of a Czech Pilsener, than an APA.

The taste is a bit better (not as faint) with notes of light Pilsner malt, wheat, citrus, coriander and honey. Lemony citrus aftertaste. Pretty subtle flavor wise, but it's got some zippy, refreshing qualities and is fairly well balanced.

Light to medium bodied with a carbonated prickliness on the tongue. The alcohol isn't noticed in the smell, taste, m-feel or effect. It's very mild and sessionable. I personally don't think a slice of orange is going to make this ale an ultimate expirience I've ever had, but hey, probably wouldn't hurt.

Photo of tdm168
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Sawmill Tap Room on 4/28/12.

A - pale gold; thin lacing of white head; good retention

S - citrusy, coriander, orange, lemon

T - yeast, lemon, straw

M - light bodied, smooth, little carbonation

This was a rather mediocre offering. The flavor was rather mild and simple. Ultimately, it's forgettable.

Photo of HopHead84
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass, the beer is completely transparent and quite effervescent golden. A creamy, one inch, white head sits atop the liquid, slow in its recession. As I wait for the beer to warm, I watch the bubble ascension drastically slow, until only a few dare to rise. A little lacing clings to the glass.

The aroma is dominated by notes of orange peel and coriander. The malt is light and wheaty. Beneath the strong fruit aroma there's some yeastiness, and some honey.

It tastes like a lightly hopped pale ale with 4 or 5 oranges slices squeezed into it. Other flavors are of sweet honey, a touch of coriander, and wheaty malt. The finish is fruity.

The beer is light bodied with low - medium carbonation. An interesting beer. It's not overly complex but it might be refreshing on a hot day, perhaps a hot day on Coronado. The mouthfeel is smooth, almost mead-like. I bought this at Whole Foods after speaking with a Coronado Rep. As you might have guessed, OPA stands for Orange Pale Ale.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright lemon rind with a shaken snow globe's worth of swirling yeast. Several fingers of bone colored froth looks good sitting atop the beer. It's still early, but the pint glass is beginning to be coated with some pretty outstanding looking sea foam lace.

Given the ingredients list, the aroma is something of a letdown. Couldn't the brewers have at least given us a big blast of orange zest? The coriander is nowhere to be found, nor is the honey. Only the wheat is appreciated, which doesn't result in a nose that is the least bit interesting or impressive.

CBC calls Orange Avenue an 'orange pale ale', the ingredients suggest that it's a witbier, and it tastes like an American pale wheat ale. That's too bad, because I like the first two styles more than the third. The flavors are a little better than the aromas (not by much) and they arrange themselves differently as well.

The beginning and middle portions of the flavor arc are fairly bland and pale wheaty. The finish is where the California orange zest and the honey make their mark. Coriander is still at a low ebb. The mild sweetness of the malt and the honey clashes with the moderate bitterness of the hops, rather than working with it.

All things considered, the body/mouthfeel is right where it should be for the ABV. It's light without being watery and has acceptable carbonation that doesn't impress in either a positive or a negative direction.

This stylistically confused ale doesn't have the flavor focus that it needs to have in order to be considered good beer. More orange zest, more coriander and less bitterness would be good places to start if Coronado wants to patch the potholes on Orange Avenue.

Photo of Jree261
3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark orange and lemon peel yellow with an off white foam.

S-Orange. Not much coming out of the glass on this one.

T-Orange and light citrus.

M-Nice creamy mouthfeel but the finish doesn't last very long.

O-It's fine I suppose. I preferred the rest of their beers. Just not too much going on with th

Photo of StoutHunter
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Coronado Brewing Compan'y Orange Avenue last week for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. I had this a couple weeks ago at a local beer festival and I liked so I thought I would pick up a bottle, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I think it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Weizen glass.

A- The bottle looks pretty nice, it's got a good design and a little bit of information about the beer. It poured a orangish gold color that took on more of an orange color when held to the light with almost a fingers worth of white head that quickly died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left some spotty lacing behind. This was a nice looking beer, I liked the color, but I wish the head and retention were a little better.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by the malts being the first to show up and they impart some light sweet malt, bready and wheat like aromas with a little bit of doughy yeast showing up in the background. Up next comes a nice orange aroma that has a natural orange oil like aroma to and it's followed by a slight higher amount of medium spices with some coriander seeming to stick out the most. This beer had a pretty nice aroma and it lived up to it's name.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with neither aspect seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes some oranges which impart the same orange rind oil like aspect that it did in the aroma and followed by the spices which seem to show up a little more than they did in the aroma and the coriander still sticks out the most. On the finish there's no bitterness with a slight wheat and a perfume like mixture of orange rind oil and spices showing up in the aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer, but i thought the combination of oranges and spices got a little perfume like for me.

M- Fairly smooth, a little crisp, slightly refreshing, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a pretty nice mouthfeel, but the perfumey aspect didn't make it as smooth as I would like.

overall I thought this was a decent beer and I thought it was pretty close to average example of a orange infused wheat beer but the different orange aspect it had made it a little unique, but i tend to like this style to have more of a typical orange rind like aspect. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it was fairly smooth, a little crisp, slightly refreshing, not filling, but the taste didn't do the best job at holding my attention and the perfume aspect started to wear on me by the end of the bottle so one would be my limit. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma, it had just the right amount of balance and I wish the taste had the same balance. What I liked the least about this beer was the how the combination of the oranges and the spices made for a perfume like flavor, it really held the taste and drinkability back. I don't think I would get this beer again, I would rather have an Oberon. I don't think I would recommend this beer, but other people may not find it as perfume like as me. All in all I didn't think was a bad beer, but I didn't really enjoy it to much, I don't remember it being as perfume like when i had it at the beer fest. I appreciate the effort guys, but I think with a little work this could be a pretty nice beer.

Photo of Northtexan
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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Coronado Orange Avenue from Coronado Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.