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Orange Avenue Wit - Coronado Brewing Company

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Reviews: 96
Hads: 446
Avg: 3.49
pDev: 31.81%
Wants: 9
Gots: 97 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coronado Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: armock on 04-18-2010

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a clear bright yellow color with a half finger of fizz that dissipates quickly. Aroma is wheaty, coriander, spice. Smells nice. First sip is a pleasing rush of wheat malt sweetness. Finishes with some body, which showcases orange and spices.

This is an all around solid American style wit. Nice sweetness and pleasing mouthfeel make this an easy drinker.

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Photo of hoppity
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Might have gotten a bad bottle, but the smell was rather vegetal with orange just barely sneaking through. Taste was also rather dull and not as refreshing as I had hoped on a 90 F day. Subdued mouthfeel, small bubbles, perhaps flat-ish. Again, maybe I got a bad bottle. I would give it another shot just to be sure.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.44/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had at Margarita's in Branford on 8/1. Pours a little clearer than your typical wit, decent head though. Very light aroma here, spices barely detectable. Faint flavor of sweet citrus and a delicate malt background. Subdued. Light body makes it refreshing and easy to drink. Not really true to style but nothing offensive. An OK beer.

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Photo of Tearsonthegrave
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Overall, I enjoyed this beer. It's very light and refreshing and it has a good aftertaste. I would say this is more of a "take" on a Belgium style wit beer. I feel like they take a few liberties with this type of beer. It's not exactly true to form.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.54/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden-orange color with a two-finger head that quickly fades. Looks pretty bubbly.
The aroma is primarily orange and coriander and a bit of white bread.
Tastes a bit like a sweetened orange juice with a hint of lingering orange pith bittering.
Mouthfeel is fairly thin and bubbly.
A decent summer beer.

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Photo of mrjez
3.31/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at TNT Taisho opening party.
L: pours a cloudy faint orange with a short-lasting head.
S: a nice orange character in the nose.
T: just not enough witbier qualities coming through, the wheat, spice, and banana I usually seek were barely there, mostly a honey-sweetened orange.
F: easy to drink, but left little impression on the palate. Needed more carbonation.
O: tasty, but in a way that a juice mixed up in a blender can be, not in the way a witbier can.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up recently in Totowa, having never had anything from Coronado before. I was hoping that this would be on the level of a German Hefe but it turned out to be closer to Blue Moon or a summer Shandy. While light on the alcohol, that thinness carried over to the flavor and I was amazed how fast this went down, even for a beer of this style.

The pour was the best aspect of this beer as it came out golden, unfiltered, and with a full head that quickly faded to a ring of foam around the top of the liquid. Not a strong aroma to this and not a lot of lacing either as there were only a few streaks that ran down the side of my pint glass as I worked my way through this. More honey than anything else in the taste, along with wheat, light bread, and a hint of orange waaaaay underneath all of that. This was light, somewhat tangy, and carbonated enough to scrub anything away before the next sip. The body was here but the taste wasn't and the was unmemorable despite being one of my favorite styles of beer to enjoy.

The booze was light enough in this that this could fall under the "lawnmower beer" category should you wish to down a pile of these on a hot afternoon. While not the worst example of a Witbier to be found, this could have been so much better. A brighter flavor profile and some tangerine pith or rind would have made this more complex without overdoing it. As it was, it's a welcome beer for the season that's not quite like anything else currently on the shelf...but not for the right reasons.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a pokal glass

It is amber in color with golden highlights. It was topped with less than an inch of off-white head the disappears quickly. Chunks and specks of yeast were visible.

Aromas of orange blossoms waft across my nostrils.

It has a pretty strong orange taste but not overpowering. The honey mellows it out.

I stole this from my girlfriend to try. It's decent. I don't think I'll be buying it unless it is for her.

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Photo of emerge077
3.44/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden orange, hazy with visible carbonation streaming upwards. A finger of foam or less, dwindles down quickly. No lace, just a thin ring around the glass.

Aroma isn't its strong suit, wheat and vague coriander, no noticeable citrus.

Tastes fairly bland, citrus is absent in the taste as well. Astringent and thin bodied, supple at the end. Wheaty, simple, sort of quenching but not very exciting. With a name like citrus avenue, it's a crime to have this little citrus flavor.

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Photo of barfootbandit
4.76/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle and loved this beer. As a Witbier style it was well executed with a fair amount of alcohol. Somewhat creamy notes of coriander and spice are tasted but most prevalent was the orange flavor. When drinking this beer with a friend we joked of it tasting like orange juice. And that's not a bad thing in my opinion. I don't recall the age of the beer but it was certainly delicious. Bold flavor paired with an excellent execution makes a very good beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.84/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

$1.99 for a 12oz bottle @ BevCo. Brewed with 2-row, wheat, cara, orange zest, orange blossom honey and coriander. Hopped with Northern Brewer and fermented with Cali Ale yeast.
19 IBU's and 5.20% ABV.

Pours out to a slightly hazy peach, with little flittering particulate. Thin layer of sediment on the bottom of the bottle. Forms a soapy off white head with very good retention and solid sheets of lace. Carbonation is brisk, ~3.0 carbs. The nose is pungent with coriander and orange zest, and even though this is not the freshest bottle (probably about 3-4 months old), it still smells very fresh and delicious. A very clean ferment and just a hint of dust. An absolutely beautiful nose, one of the best I've ever had in a wit. The taste is wonderful...there is a bready malty crackery malt base with enough body to give it a smooth mouthfeel and still remain crisp and clean. Bitterness is perfectly balanced and doesn't interfere with the orange and coriander, but adds to it's drinkability. The finish is again, very crisp and clean. No off-flavors or aromas.

I think this is probably one of the very best Wit's I've had, and I've had a lot of them. This is a textbook perfect example of the style and I would be proud if I were to have brewed this. A delicious beer. Highly highly recommended. Exceptional.

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Photo of Aussie_girl1979
4.26/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Tastes just like it sounds...orange wheat. For a local San Diego brew, you can't go wrong. It's crisp and refreshing with a definite orange flavour. Worth a try!

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Photo of rorjets
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Bought a six pack that was on sale, and was glad I did. Poured from a bottle, this beer was light in color but quite cloudy. Small head, which diminished almost immediately. On the first sip the spicy - citrusy flavors come thru in a mild way. The finish has a strong lime taste that is clean and refreshing. A easy drinking beer with some complexity.

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Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy orange yellow in color and has particulates floating in suspension along with a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a collar around the edge of the glass and a thin layer of bubbles on the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of orange blossoms are present in the nose.
T: Just like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of orange blossoms and also has some notes of orange zest and hints of coriander.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has some refreshing properties. It's not a bad selection if you really enjoy orange blossom flavors.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of 3PuttPar
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Wit fans won't like this one. I hate wits. More like a light hef, with some mild citrus notes. This is a spring or summer by the pool beer. Softer than an IPA, but brighter than a Hef. Very enjoyable, but not strong example of the style. A great alternative to an IPA or Cerveca after surfing.

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Photo of horshamguy
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A--A nice golden peach. Tannish head that dissipates quickly, leaving no real lacing.

S--Light citrus, orange with mild wheat.

T--Sweet with citrus. Malts follow a bit of orange.

M--Quenching. Medium feel with nice carbonation

O--A nice wit. Very well balanced. I can see having a few on a warm, summer night.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
3.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy yellow with a short-lived head.

Smell: Lemon and wheat.

Taste: Crisp citrus and wheat, faint soybean-like yeast flavor, balanced herbal finish (lavender).

Mouthfeel: Crisp, thin, well carbonated

Overall: There are a lot of beers that are refreshing on a hot day. This does that, and also has some complexity in the taste.

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Photo of joe12pk
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A - Cloudy peach. Zero head. Spotty lacing.

S - Oranges and orange zest with a little wheat.

T - Oranges and zest, some wheat. Finishes quite nicely with a peppering of hops.

M - Medium/light

O - This is just begging to be a great wit. Perhaps it needs some lemon? Still a pleasant brew.

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Photo of BREWS4LA
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into glass nice hazy color typical for the class, average head.

Very nice aroma typical citrus and some yest/bready scents .

Taste was good well balanced maybe just a tad sweet on the back end but pleasant and refreshing would prefer just a bit more bold. Goes very good with a meal but probably not just for drinking without food.

I would probably drink again but would not go out and specifically seek this out all in all above average but no WOW factor.


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Photo of thomda11
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I was anxious to try this as a fan of the style and a recent resident of San Diego County. It pours a nice orange, but the head is not impressive and quickly dissipates. The aroma is a bit weak with mostly honey and faint hints of citrus. The taste follows the aroma, but I think the honey sweetness is a bit overpowering. Overall the beer is not bad, but not great; however, I would drink it again. Despite an underwhelming taste, it was quite refreshing.

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Photo of HamdenHector
2.78/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: hazy; a deeper yellow that I would expect from a wit - likely due to the honey; 1 finger head that receded very quickly; almost no lacing;

S: like a wit, but the sweetness of the honey comes through as well;

T: the honey sweetness is predominant; any wit characteristics are buried in the background; no bitterness at all;

M: light bodied; light carbonation;

O:I like that brewers are experimenting with styles and I like trying those experiments, but the honey really doesn't work for me;

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Photo of TheIcemanCometh
2/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

As an "Wit" I was expect a light color and a citrus crispness. What I got was a hoppy amber beer. The hop feel sat on my tongue like an IPA. There was zero citrus crispness. As such, it was not to style in the least bit. Instead I would judge this beer as an amber ale. In which case I would rate it slightly higher but it would still be "unremarkable"

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Photo of Brew_42
2.93/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours cloudy yellow with a faint head.

Smells orange-y but in an artificial sense. Like orange soda almost.

Taste follows the smell. A hint of vanilla honey but the taste is dominated by a fake orange taste.

Mouthfeel- watery

A let down. The description sounded great but the beer just wasn't that great.

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Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass; no bottle dating but was recently released in the state. Pours very hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of orange peel, lemon zest, pear, light banana, wheat, biscuit, honey, coriander, light clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of bready/honey malt, spice, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of orange peel, lemon zest, pear, light banana, wheat, biscuit, honey, coriander, light clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of orange peel, lemon zest, pear, light banana, wheat, biscuit, honey, coriander, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good balance and robustness of spice, yeast ester, and bready/honey malt sweetness; with decent complexity and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with smooth, moderately creamy, and slightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a good witbier. Good robustness and balance of yeast ester, spices, and bready/honey malt sweetness; and very smooth to drink. A pleasant and enjoyable offering.

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Photo of smcolw
2.55/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Nearly no initial head and from there, it loses nearly all of the bubbles rapidly. Exactly three small spots for lace. Straw color with plenty of haze.

Soured pale malt mash aroma. A bit grainy as well. After a bit of waiting, I smell sweetness that reminds me of orange ribbon candy.

First impression is that this another macro beer--thin body and lightly flavored. I note some wheat and hop in the swallow. Very short aftertaste. Easy to drink but void of any interest.

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