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Coronado Orange Avenue - Coronado Brewing Company

Coronado Orange AvenueCoronado Orange Avenue

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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 12.64%

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 thecheapies


4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale gold color with a sudsy top, held short from an overpour. 3.5

Wheat malts, big coriander notes, sliced orange, and grassy hops. 4.0

Lovely hoppy pale whaet with big coriander and peppercorn notes. Very floral and spicy. Wheat malts flow beneath orange peel sweetness with some delightful smacks of tartness. Bitter finish. Great overall profile; imbalanced in the best possible way. 4.0

Velvety smooth with a fierce carb crunch. Biting on the palate, yet silky on the tongue. This wheat beer has unreal body. Kickass feel. 4.5

Coronado, with the slam dunk! Top 5 APW for me. Great summer brewski. 4.0

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2012 00:57:08 | More by thecheapies
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2012 21:56:54 | More by tdm168
Photo of mactrail


3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Warm and tasty light beer. Pale amber in the tall glass. They like to call it a Wit but it's clearly the American wheat with a little flavoring. Hoppier than a lot of examples of the style. It would be a great alternative to a pale ale. Still, it's a slightly sweet and rather malty wheat beer. Quite a nice toasted flavor with a little scorched toast flavor. Bitter orange peel in the long aftertaste. Nose of orange blossom honey.

On tap at El Take it Easy on 30th St. in San Diego. Great with the crispy rabbit liver tacos.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2012 05:49:48 | More by mactrail
Photo of johnmichaelsen


3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today. The beer menu lists it as a wit, but I think pale wheat ale is more accurate.

The beer pours a pale gold color with so-so head retention and OK lacing (probably fine for the style, but not a whole lot there). The nose is very light and very "wheaty," with maybe a hint of underlying spice and bitterness. The beer is a bit better on the palate, but not a lot better. In addition to the wheat, there is a hint of orange citrus and light honey. Mouthfeel is light, and the beer shows a touch of bitterness on the finish. The beer has a surprisingly decent amount of flavor (even if what's there is fairly simple and one dimensional), and so drinkability is actually pretty decent.

Mehhh... I've had worse, but this is nothing to get excited about. Just another american style wheat beer that shows a bit of hoppy bitterness on the finish.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2010 20:07:55 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of froghop


3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2010 23:52:47 | More by froghop
Photo of Jree261


3.49/5  rDev +0.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 00:24:14 | More by Jree261
Photo of doktorhops


2.28/5  rDev -34.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 12:16:39 | More by doktorhops
Photo of heygeebee


2.63/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 07:31:52 | More by heygeebee
Photo of dansmcd


2.98/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 10:56:13 | More by dansmcd
Photo of SpeedwayJim

New York

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 23:42:16 | More by SpeedwayJim
Photo of mattkoon

South Carolina

2.63/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 22:26:01 | More by mattkoon
Photo of crvcac


3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light gold, cloudy, nice head, nice carb
Smell: Prominent zesty odors, smells fresh and clean
Taste: Nice orange taste upfront and through the finish
Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated, clean and refreshing with slight lingering of zest
Drinkability: Too light to be a wit more like an unfiltered lager. Overall a nice beer

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 16:54:14 | More by crvcac
Photo of arizcards


3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber at Total Wine and More back in late September for $3.99.

Beer poured pale gold with a decent head at the start. Nose is classic wit, hints of orange peel and coriander greet you. Taste is slighty bitter from the coriander and orange peel. Mouthfeel is lively on the palate and refreshing. Drinkability is pretty good. This is a nice beer that is perfect to accomodate working outside on a hot August day.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 01:27:22 | More by arizcards
Photo of Dukeofearl


3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first review in a while. Let's see if I can remember how!

22 oz. bomber purchased from LaBodega in Riverside, CA., in November 2009 for $4.49. Poured into a Fuller's Imperial Pint Galss.

Huge massive white foamy head- more than half the glass. After about 5 minutes, it settles to something reasonable. Beer is a pale straw yellow, moderately hazy, almost like a witte or a hefe. Not at all what I expected until I read that it's wheat-based. OK, now I get it.

Aroma- corainder. And more coriander. Maybe this is a witte! I am looking for orange, and don't find it, at least not at first.

Flavor follows the coriander-wheat profile. Orange? Maybe a bit, a nice hint, there is, but I would expect something more pronounced for the advertising. A bit of sweetness that may be the citrus. No hop bitterness at all; it probably just keeps this from being one-dimensional. Actually tastes nice and refreshing, quite enjoyable, but not much orange.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 23:47:56 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of BARFLYB


3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a regular kitchen glass, nice looking bottle art.

A- Orange avenue is not orange, it's a hazy yellow urine color with some even lighter spots when up towards light. A nice finger sized white foam sprung up and left a cap. Loose spider web lacing.

S- Smells like a wit to me, a nice blast of wheat along with the usual spices and some orange peel to go with it. As this warms it really comes into it's own and blossoms.

T- A good tasting wit, they are kind of all the same to me, but i know what i like, and i like this. Coriander comes up along with some faint wheat and a orange squeeze, under that a nice sweet malt base. The orange is very much used well and it shows.

M- No sense of bitterness here, OA is a smooth ride with a malt driven and lightly spiced aftertaste. Light bodied, pleasant carb and refreshing as hell. Overall a well balanced beer that leaves you wanting more.

D- Can I get another?

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 05:48:59 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of DoubleJ


3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 06:16:31 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 11:59:15 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of SallyMonster

United Kingdom (England)

3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First tried this beer on tap at the Coronado Brewery in San Diego and was instantly impressed. Sitting at home on a late summer evening in the UK seemed like a good time to crack open a bottle and savour this good summer beer.

A: Pale honey gold with short white head. Left some lacing on the glass after the head disappeared.

S: Smells like summer and San Diego. A hint of orange and some malt aroma.

T: Not too bitter, definitely not too sweet. The orange blossom/zest definitely comes through and makes this a great summer beer. Hoppy enough to appeal to me but not too hoppy to deter my boyfriend.

M: Good amount of carbonation but not too much. Very smooth yet refreshing.

D: Very easy to drink. Great for sitting outside in the warm summer sun. Wish I had a pitcher or two to share this evening.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 15:39:25 | More by SallyMonster
Photo of srandycarter


3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear honey, stark white cotton head. Reduces to hardly a ring.

S - Bitter hops and mild orange.

T - Light backdrop of malt, orange peel and bittering hops. Finish has a not altogether pleasant twang.

M - Tries to be richer at first, but the bottom drops out. Good carbonation, a little unbalanced.

D - Easy enough to drink for sure!

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 04:30:01 | More by srandycarter
Photo of riored4v


3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 5/17/09

Poured in a pint glass. Thin, white head. Clear, golden colored body.

Smell had a mild maltiness and a nice hint of sweet orange. No real hop presence unless hops were of a sublte orange-y type.

Taste had a good orange presence that was a bit on the sweet side. Very faint bitterness in the finish. Slightly caramely. Nice balance of flavors although the flavors are very mild. Hints of honey, wheat and coriander.

Mouthfeel had a light body, good carbonation and a clean finish.

Drinkability was good. Nice and light, mellow flavors with a good balance.

Overall it was a fairly tasty brew. All flavors were mild making it an easy to drink beer that could be nice on a warm summer day.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 19:50:39 | More by riored4v
Photo of mjl21


3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired as part of a trade...thanks Dan! 22 ounce bottle poured into the new SA glass. It is dated 032809 and comes in at 5.2%.

A-A very clear light amber with a one finger white head that does a fairly good job of remaining around the edge of the glass. Lots of bubbles coming from the middle of the glass.

S-Not a huge nose. Definitely pick up on orange blossoms, some honey, and some wheat.

T-The orange is very noticeable upfront, but it is not so overpowering as to turn this into a fruity tasting beer. The honey and wheat are also very evident and coriander comes in at the end to give this one a little spicy kick. Hops are not highly noticeable.

M-It is lighter bodied and the lingering head gives it a smooth feel. It has a dry finish.

D-This one is light and goes down easily. A good thirst quencher.

This is a really nice session beer. The fruit is not overpowering and it does a good job of being somewhat in between a pale ale and a wit beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 04:15:50 | More by mjl21
Photo of HopHead84


3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 05:25:27 | More by HopHead84
Photo of scottoale


3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 08:48:26 | More by scottoale
Coronado Orange Avenue from Coronado Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.