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Orange Avenue Wit - Coronado Brewing Company

Orange Avenue WitOrange Avenue Wit

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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.9%

Brewed by:
Coronado Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: armock on 04-18-2010)
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Photo of smcolw


2.51/5  rDev -27.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 00:37:45 | More by smcolw
Photo of Nugganooch


3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into an Angel City Flute style glass
Notes taken from 04/06/14

A: Sunburst yellowish-orange with considerable wheat haze obscuring visibility across the body. Thin lip of fizzy white foam settles up quickly to a mere halo. Some very mellow lace and dots of stick noted.

S: Smells predominantly of wheat malt with that grainy husk like quality. There is a nice honeysuckle sweetness to the nose and some light orange zest coming through. Dash of spicy pepper there. Mostly wheat malt up in here though which is not all that appealing to me.

T: Tastes much the same with a heavy influence of grainy wheat malt and some modest dried orange peel. Has a light sourdough bread likeness to it with a touch of orange blossom honey. Dash of faint spice but not a very developed yeast character here. There is a moderately low amount of bitterness perceived and the alcohol is well disguised throughout. Slight herbal note in the back. All in all this comes off very bland and pedestrian with not much going on in flavor town.

M: Moderate filling from the bready malts but stays on the lighter side. Still seems heavier than most Wits. Even carb could be higher but gives a smooth consistency. Touch watered down with a light drying in the finish. Fairly clean end result.

D: I am a Coronado fan as most of the offerings that they put out are solid but this one is a big miss for me. I can appreciate the need for a nice refreshing light Belgian Wit in your lineup but at least make it something special. This is just plain drab. Shock Top says hello.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 22:09:14 | More by Nugganooch
Photo of Flounder57


3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy yellow with no clarity or vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Bready, pale malts, honey sweetness, citrus, orange, spices, and vanilla.

Taste: Orange citrusy, bready malts, sweetness from malts and honey, vanilla, spices, and a little tart.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, refreshing, light bodied, medium to high carbonation, a little dry, and a little tart.

Overall: a good witbier. It is good to see these newbies here in Boston as I look forward to trying out more of their styles of beers. Good stiff so far.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 04:39:10 | More by Flounder57
Photo of smakawhat


3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a Hoegaarden witbier tumbler.

A simple cloudy and opaque dull apricot body, with barely half a finger of white head off the pour. Settles though to a thin puck and a nice creamy white collar, with a little bit of clarity towards the head.

Bouquet is orange, but also something a little unpleasant. A hint of bile strangely it seems. The orange is quite nice and doesn't come off to artificial.

Nice first impression the sip. Good dense orange fruit at first, followed with a nice creamy palate and solid chewy wheat backbone. Dense. Controlled finish and a bit of toasty and bready aromas surprisingly on the swallow too. Glad that not much of that slightly off aroma is coming out in the taste.

Overall a fairly solid and pleasant witbier.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 00:31:07 | More by smakawhat
Photo of DrJay


3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fizzy, quickly dissipating cap. Very hazy, amber/orange color. Aromas of wheat grain and earthy citrus rind, oranges, a bit spicy. Medium bodied with lowish carbonation, felt a little dull. Low bitterness with more wheat, orange, and spicy character. Decent overall. I liked the orange aroma, but it didn't carry through as well into the flavour.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 23:46:20 | More by DrJay
Photo of cbutova


2.53/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Coronado makes it to MA which means more 12oz bottles for me to review.

A- Poured into a tumbler with a hazy, yeast clouded golden light orange body. A small white cap forms that has a fizzy, somewhat creamy texture. Head retention is decent as the foam dies down to a small ring fairly quickly. Several patches of lace and a few small rings.

S- Not a whole lot of strength here, I find myself searching for the aroma in a style that usually smacks you in the face. Moderate amounts of citrus and orange peel come to mind with a bit of yeast spiciness beyond that.

T- Spiciness comes to life here as it didn't really hit me that much in the aroma. White peppercorn, coriander and even a bit of cardamom hit the palate with the aforementioned orange citrus zest feel. Rustic wheat bread, medium sweetness, herbal qualities, honey and earthiness all come to mind beyond the spice and citrus.

MF- Light bodied with a crisp, high-end carbonation; refreshing feel. Texture is fizzy with a slight silky creaminess. It all finishes off with a zesty bitterness lingering on the palate.

Something about the whole experience feels thin to me. The flavor doesn't round it to be all that satisfying to me and is a bit underwhelming. The added spices also throw the balance a little too far in that direction. Has that flavored soda feel for some reason.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 04:10:06 | More by cbutova
Photo of FLima


3.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with a thin head.
Predominant aroma of American Ale yeast, honey, biscuit and grainy malt and subdue pine.
Flavor of oranges and mandarins, grass, wheat, licorice, American Ale yeast, honey, white grapes, spices but mild on coriander and cloves. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Medium body with medium carbonation.
On the positive side, it brought a different blend of flavors, though something was missing, probably this would have worked better on a hoppier wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 02:00:16 | More by FLima
Photo of Brenden


3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The color is a very pale sort of orange. It's thickly hazed and has a moderate translucence to it. The head is fluffy and white, almost one finger tall with good retention and a modicum of spotting and patching intermingled.
It smells like orange peel, zest and juice with a bit of yeast under a dry pale malt. A hint of kitchen spices with a touch of sweetness also lingers a little.
Orange is the primary focus in this beer under almost thick malts with a tangy/dry wheat presence. Gentle spiciness sits through underneath, and there's an earthy overtone to it. Orange peel bitterness is light and constant.
This beer is unusually thick, its medium body quite big for a Wit. It still has a certain softness, though. It's brightly crisp all the way through. I want to score it higher but for slightly too much of a syrupy/sticky thing going on and only a moderate smoothness.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 12:10:51 | More by Brenden
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - very cloudy, pineapple juice yellow. A thin finger of head holds for several minutes and maintains a thin partial cover.

Aroma - orange blossoms, Creamsicle, light crackery malts.

Taste - nice wheaty base, the orange is flavorful without being sugary. A mild tartness on the swallow. some mild bittering on the aftertaste. Finishes dry, clean, and refreshing.

Mouthfeel - smooth, crisp, average weight.

Overall - easy session beer for summer/fall. Good one for the crossover crowd as well.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 02:45:21 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a relatively clear medium honey yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some brassy highlights. The beer has a half finger tall creamy off-white head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Overall a very light aroma to this beer, it starts out with light aromas of citrus/orange zest followed by light aromas of peppery yeast and just a hint of coriander.

T: Upfront there are light flavors of wheat with slightly stronger flavors of orange + orange zest that has a light amount of sweetness. There is a light amount of peppery yeast (white pepper) and just a hint of coriander. Very light amounts of herbal hops which impart a light amount of bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Relatively smooth, almost creamy.

O: I like all of the aspects of this beer with the exception of the herbal hop/medicinal flavor that lingers a bit in the finish. Otherwise a middle of the road witbier, pretty easy to drink with well hidden alcohol but not really interesting enough for me to get again.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 22:01:51 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of socon67

New York

3.81/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Cloudy orange pour with a bubbly white foam head. Slight lacing.

S - Strong citrus smell with a bit of yeast and zest. Some coriander spice lingers.

T - Decent flavor of light grains and tart orange flavor. Finish is mildly spiced.

M - Easy drinking witbier with good drinkability. Good BBQ beer pairing.

O - Just a solid wheat beer with some strong citrus notes. Better to have orange in your beer this way than what Blue Moon does.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 01:06:47 | More by socon67
Photo of Rastabama


4.25/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma of honey and sweet orange followed by slight belgian yeast character

Appearance yellow and hazy, white head , medium-low carbonation.

Tastes like it smells, slighlty creamy mouthfeel, easy pint to drink.

A good witbier, a bit pronounced on the orange note but very good.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 23:22:18 | More by Rastabama
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle. Sexy mermaiden schooner-purveyor depicted on the typically well-rendered label for this brewer.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden straw hue, with two fingers of moderately puffy, bubbly dirty white heady, which leaves a somewhat low berm of pockmarked landfall lace around the glass as rather quickly abates.

It smells of semi-sweet fruity orange, savoury coriander, grainy wheat and pale malt, very mild lemon, yeast, and traditional banana wit notes. The taste is sweet mandarin orange and lemon citrus zest, middling earthy yeast, grainy, mostly dry wheat malt, banana chips, a touch of neutered clove spiciness, and an earthy, somewhat weedy drying hoppiness. Nothing really honey-like presents itself at any point in this whole affair.

The carbonation is a tad frothy, but generally just a supportive understatement, the body actually a sturdy medium weight for the style, but lacking anything resembling a serious smoothness quotient. It finishes off-dry, the fruity citrus really the star, as the yeast, wheat, and spice blend into a generic swirl of umami which does well by its innocuousness.

A sort of middle-range witbier, one tempered by a straight-up citrus fruit and sweetness, but lacking the edgy yeast and grain characters necessary to provide the expected balance. Of course, this offering somehow finds its way around that particular dichotomy, one which I'm still trying to figure out. So, if you take one thing from all of this, it should be: orange, and all the things that rhyme with it (man, I just can't get away from the 90's alt-rock references tonight. Oh well).

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 09:13:03 | More by biboergosum
Photo of Zorro


3.34/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy yellow colored beer with a good sized white head.

Smells strongly of toasted grain and grass with a mild orange aroma. Strong biscuit malt aroma. Smells like marmalade on shredded wheat cereal.

Starts out mildly sweet with a strong wheat flavor. Strong biscuit malt taste. Faint orange flavor, taste is close to a freshly baked biscuit. Orange doesn't do much here but it is a pretty solid wheat beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall good wheat beer, not much orange taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 04:19:31 | More by Zorro
Photo of bambam2517


3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber poured into tulip glasses and shared with the wife, poured at 40F.

A - Very similar in appearance to lemon juice, same color and consistency. Slight carbonation, but no real head or ring develops. Meh...

S - Really fragrant. Strong sweet (natural) orange, mandarin orange IMO. Wheat, coriander and fresh grass in the background. Actually smells really appealing.

T - I wish it were a lot bolder in its taste, and the complexity is low. What taste there is though is nice and in keeping with the wit style. There is a lot of orange on the mouth as well, similar to adding a slice of orange or two to a beer. Thats a practice I'm not fond of (why not just drink better beer?), but its the best way to describe this.

M - Really watery, unremarkable but inoffensive. Makes for a very drinkable but not very memorable beer.

O - I'd like to say I enjoyed it more, but it was just alright for me. I wouldn't like to have it very often, but if it was paired up with dinner at someones house I wouldn't be disappointed. Just OK

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 04:56:31 | More by bambam2517
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

3.11/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Cloudy orange with a 1/2 inch fizzy head, and minor lacing.

Smell - Strong wheat, some orange, corridaner, apple, grape, alittle grainy, yeasty. A little lemon and banana in the finish.

Taste - Wheat up front with some orange peel, corriander, lemon and banana. Rather mellow and bland, Other then the wheat every other flavor are mild and lacking. Nothing stands out really, just the wheat. No alcohol is present.

Mouthfeel - Wheat coats tounge with its grainy flavor. Spices and fruits hit the palate very mildy and add minor flavor. Aftertaste is grainy, bland and dry.

Overall - Nothing special here, very bland and forgetable. Lacks flavor, balance and overal fruity flavors that most of this wits have. Nothing worth drinking again.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 04:13:03 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of SmashPants


3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: standard 355mL brown bottle, interesting label.

Appearance: pours a hazy orange colour with a fluffy head that drops fairly quickly to a one-finger off-white.

Aroma: almost an overabundance of wheat, with plenty of citric backing, obviously. The orange smells more of natural orange peel rather than the usually more artificial orange syrup that one sees in many of these types of beers.

Taste: a combination of those strong wheat and orange peel flavours with some lighter spice and bread malt backing. Not unpleasant at all.

Aftertaste: lingers nicely, a hint of citric hop bitterness comes through also. A good, refreshing wit.

Mouth feel: light in body with plenty of carbonation - a very easy drinking beer. The carbonation carries the flavour well without being 'lumpy' like some lagers, for instance.

Overall: this is a pretty good witbier. The addition of the orange doesn't detract from the wheat, as the wheat seems to have been 'turned up' to compensate. Also the non-artificial nature of the orange really impresses.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 03:39:28 | More by SmashPants
Photo of PolarBear3


1.9/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Pours a golden almost amber colour with a one fingered fizzy head that disappears rather quickly.

S - Burnt orange peel, a little metallic with a faint hint of banana and clove. But not much there really.

T - Orange, some apricots and spice but pretty ordinary nonetheless which leaves a horrible bitter and dry taste in your mouth on the finish.

M - light bodied and very little carbonation

O - A very disappointing effort for a wheat beer and pretty much tasteless. Never again.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 09:38:44 | More by PolarBear3
Photo of BeerDawgs


3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A 12 oz bottle picked up at Total Wine in Columbia, SC on the way home from Ocean Isle Beach, July 2012

A - A yellow golden clear brew, with no head and no lace left on the glass

S - Coriander, wheat, banana. Light malts, not much hop

T - Very light. Fairly sweet. Light malty wheat flavor, with mild citrus flavor and even light coriander taste.

M - Light bodied, not well carbonated.

O - An average brew. I like beers with more flavor however. I could see this being refreshing on a hot summer day on the beach however

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 02:39:20 | More by BeerDawgs
Photo of CrazyDavros


2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours amber with a small white head.
Nose shows bready malt, soft orange and faint honey. Very soft.
Similar flavours of sweet light malt, honey with accompanying grainy notes and orange peel. No wheat showing.
Seems watery.
Doesn't exactly hit the mark for a witbier...

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 13:18:13 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of ocelot2500


3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy goldenrod color with a frothy white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of faint wheat with some really light spice notes.

Tastes of light wheat notes with some background notes. Wheat hits first with some twang that is rounded out by some sweetness giving an orangelike feel. Some very faint spice notes come in the end.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a mediocre wit and could definitely be improved on.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 00:40:24 | More by ocelot2500
Photo of tone77


3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of oranges, some wheat. Taste is orange peel, wheat, a bit on the tart side. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing and easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 21:51:57 | More by tone77
Photo of duceswild


3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Vigorous pour yielded a very large head which took a while to go down. Beer was a golden wheat in color. Smell was of orange, citrus and wheat. Taste was or orange and some bread/yeast flavors.

Mouthfeel was of carbonation, orange, and crisp.

Overall I felt this beer was somewhat over carbonated, but it was refreshing for a nice summers day.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 05:19:17 | More by duceswild
Photo of B967ierhunter177


2.48/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear yellow with a thin head and no lace. It's aroma is of fresh baked bread and mild citrus. The flavor leads with bread with honey and mild malt sweetness with very faint orange in the finish. The mouthfeel is light. Coronado Orange Wit is a refreshing, decent beer, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 02:54:28 | More by B967ierhunter177
Photo of Murrhey


1.7/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Pilsner glass. Reviewed live.

A- Finger width white head. Tiny, frothy bubbles. Partially cloudy orange-gold color. Some thin lacing.

S- Overcooked malts, some punchy citrus smells. Some strange dogfood like notes. They really did a number on this one. Awful smell.

T- Very yeasty, overpowers everything else. Some light citrus and malt in the first sip, but it tastes like moldy bread.

M- Smooth and wet.

O- I was not expecting a beer this bad. This is unfortunate.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 23:30:30 | More by Murrhey
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Orange Avenue Wit from Coronado Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.