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Orange Avenue Wit | Coronado Brewing Company

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Orange Avenue WitOrange Avenue Wit

Brewed by:
Coronado Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by armock on 04-18-2010

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Photo of basaywhat
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Floral orange, coriander, and wheat malt aroma. Hazy golden yellow with moderate head and effervescence. Lightly sweet lemon/orange peel, strong coriander, and wheat malt flavor.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, bottled on date is smeared and hard to read but appears to say 02/12/15. Acquired a single bottle at the local bottle shop. We'll see how this goes.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Pours a beautiful bright golden body, hazed with some sediment, and one finger of frothy white head that lingers, leaving some good fluffy lacing behind. Adequate light streaming carbonation. Looks very nice.

S - A pleasant bready / honey aroma. Only a hint of remaining orange zest and coriander.

T - Taste follows the nose: tons of honeyed bready malts; sweetness from the orange blossom honey is more than apparent. Not pulling much orange or citrus zest from this, and not much coriander either. Some yeast presence, hints of caramel. Very wheaty & bready, with apparent honey sweetness.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, sweet, & clean. Residual bready / honey sweetness. Light-bodied, easy-drinking, with good carbonation.

Overall, an interesting wheat beer from Coronado; not entirely sure if that was an old bottle or what, but either way it was pretty delicious. Would be a nice summer drinking beer. Recommended.

Coronado Brewing Orange Avenue Wit -----4/5.

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Photo of teromous
3.07/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I don't see any bottle date.

Appearance: Hazy orange gold with a short fluffy white head. Good retention but not much lacing. Even with good retention the head doesn't stand very tall even on a vigorous pour.

Aroma: There is the sweet scent of coriander. I'm not getting any orange aroma but the scent is very nice.

Taste: It's very light on flavor. I'm getting some coriander flavor but the wheat doesn't show through at all. No orange flavor. The aftertaste gives a touch of a citrus tang and some herbal hop character.

Mouthfeel: Very thin and light bodied. It's easy to drink but it doesn't have a palate presence.

Overall: It's not a wit that I would recommend. It floats in the realm of average to sub-average and it isn't a beer I would drink again. The beer says it is a "wheat beer brewed with honey and spices." The wheat flavor doesn't come through in any aspect of the beer and the same goes for the honey. The beer also mentions being brewed with orange zest and while there is a bit of that in the aftertaste it isn't present while drinking the beer. The coriander is there which really saves the beer and keeps it on the average level.

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Photo of Tone
3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, orange color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of wheat, slight citrus, pale malt, Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Fits the style of a Witbier. Tastes of wheat, citrus, slight pale malt, and a hint of hops. Overall, well balanced, very subtle, muted aroma, and weak appearance.

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Photo of horshack7
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy golden with a one finger head that thins out quick.

Aroma: Orange zest, light yeasty notes that carries a light dryness in the nose. Bits of lemon peel, coriander.

Taste: Light bodied, a fairly smooth mouthfeel, lemon orange zest, light cinnamon and coriander.

Notes: Not too bad of a Witbier and decently drinkable. Cheers.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy pale orange, lively streams of carbonation, pure white but fizzy head. I'm floored by the nose, in a good way- succulent juicy tropical fruit like mango, apricot, orange, some white pepper and cardamom, a fair bit of vanilla. It's a little sugary cloying, but I'm nearly drooling for it at the same time. The flavor becomes a bit muddier with some chalky, peppery yeast muffling those juicy notes, but remains tasty. Despite the honey, perhaps because of the yeast flavor, this is pretty dry. Overly carbonated, it almost burns, but if that had been toned down it would be very refreshing.
I'm both disappointed that the nose didn't take its indulgence to the flavor as well; it would have been delicious, but possibly considered a malternative. Belgian in audacity with ingredients and highlighting the yeast, but it didn't quite have the Belgian nuance. This was still a great pleasure.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy peach color with a small, white head. Aroma is floral with coriander and grains. Taste starts with coriander, chamomile, orange and grains. Body is medium, smooth but well carbonated. Really refreshing but also tasty with nice floral and fruity notes.

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Photo of ordybill
4.02/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a semi-clear light orange color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is made up of citrus, spices and coriander. The flavor is packed with orange citrus and malt. A very nice beer.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
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 -21.7%
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 -2%
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 +3.4%
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 +0.9%
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 JerzDevl2000
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
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 +1.1%
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 -2%
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 +35.6%
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 +37.9%
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 +21.4%
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 +6.8%

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%
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%

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 +0.3%
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 +8.8%
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 +2.6%
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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