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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 UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap for the 4th Annual LA Beer Week Beer Festival at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and some citrus-like aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but not all that exciting.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Straw and murky. Quarter finger head.

S: Typical bread, wheat and light lemon.

T: The orange shows up immediately with bread and wheat finishing crisply. The finish is sweet without that bready aftertaste that some wits have.

M: Moderate carbonation and light body.

Overall: for what it is, it is very good. The orange is subtle but present enough to have a nice sweet finish which makes this one of the better tasting wits I have had.

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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 brentk56
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a two finger head that fades a little faster than I would have liked but leaves plenty of lacing behind

Smell: Smells like an orange, with the white pepper and coriander peeking through

Taste: Wheat bread, up front, with orange and honey flavors bursting forth; by mid-palate, the white pepper and coriander adds an herbal character that shoots in a medicinal direction, unfortunately; after the swallow, the oranges and honey dominate, though the medicinal aspect still lingers underneath

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with high carbonation

Drinkability: Overall, a very nice wit that would be even better if it weren't for that medicinal tang

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Photo of Knapp85
2.78/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer poured out as a lightly hazed yellowish gold color with a thin white head on top that didn't do too much besides disappear. The smell of the beer is sweet with orange aromas, sadly the orange aromas are more like orange soda. It's a little too sweet I think on the nose. The taste kind of jumps in the same direction which hinders my thoughts. I felt that the mouthfeel was also a little too thin as well. It seemed flat to me, very little if any carbonation here. Overall I wasn't impressed too much and I probably wouldn't have this one again.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
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).

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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 nickfl
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - The beer pours into my glass with half a finger of white head, set atop a slightly hazy, golden body. The head settles pretty quickly and leaves only light lace.

S - Earthy malt with a bit of biscuit character. Some coriander and honey in the background.

T - Spicy wheat up front with thick, bready malt sweetness. There is some coriander in the middle and a hint of honey. Things finish up with more doughy malt and some coriander, clove, and just a hint of ginger.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - Not bad, it is well balanced and moderately flavorful, which puts it firmly in the better than average category for witbier. The orange is there somewhere in the background, but not as prominent as I might have expected from the description on the bottle, though a more powerful orange character would have probably done the beer more harm than good.

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Photo of jlindros
3.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this as an extra from imperialbeachbrw.

A: A white fluffy 1 finger head fades at a medium pace over golden wheat banana color with some orange clumps and hazy, with tooons of bubbles rising from the etch at teh bottom.

N: Lots of wheat, creamy malts, orange peel, citrus, coriander, somewhat clean and crisp. Lots of wheat though.

T: Wheat flavors, lots of orange peel and tangerine, toasty breaddy flavors of Munich malts or biscuit malt, strange, doesn't fit well with the beer. Some spices, coriander, some bitterness from the orange peel, a little creamy malts.

M: Light body with tons of carbonation.

F: Some bitterness, mostly orange peel and spices for the bitterness, with lingering, yep, orange peel and spices. Some wheat flavors, tangy orange lingering, coriander and spices lingering too. Weird bitterness just lingers, like I just bit on an orange peel.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%

On-tap 3/23/2014 at British Beer Company, in Walpole, MA served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy gold color, with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains orange and other citrus fruits, wheat, light caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of orange (as the name implies) and other citrus fruits. Then some bready flavors of wheat, Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while. It’s very similar to Blue Moon but done WAY better.

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Photo of duceswild
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale filtered wheat, bright fluffy white head. Aroma has orange peel hints of honey and spices with coriander and chammomile. Flavor semi sweet spicy flavor with honey and orange peel in the background of this witbier. Mouthfeel is dry semi sweet with a light to medium bodied spices really coat the palate, drinkable for sure especially in warmer weather.

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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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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 mdfb79
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 11/13/10 notes. Had on tap at Fireworks in Arlington, Virginia.

a - Pours a murky medium orange color with one inch of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of orange and citrus hops msotly. Seom light fruity malts, bready malts, and maybe even spice as well. Pretty good.

t - Taste follows the nose; lots of orange and citrus hops. Also some wheat and bready malts.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation.

d - A pretty good witbier. While not my favorite style, it had a lot or orange and citrus hops which were enjoyable. It kind of reminded me of a better Blue Moon. My girlfriend loved the beer. I probably wouldn't look to order it again but my girlfriend certainly would. If you like witbiers worth checking out.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.39/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled on tap at 1702; March 2011
The beer arrives with a frothy, pale head that has a creamy texture to it. The beer is a lightly hazed, gold color. The nose smells of orange zest, a sort of musty malt character, an earthy base spiciness (coriander) and perhaps even a touch of soapy character.

The soap-like note is in the flavor just a bit as well. This has a light tartness to it up front, which in combination with the orange zest contribution reminds me of watered down orange-juice. There is an earthy spiciness to the finish that seems contributed from coriander. The orange flavor is more washed out than it was in the aroma (where it was quite bright). This is light bodied and refreshing, and it is not so thin as to be watery.

My glass of this beer disappears really fast, but it really wasn’t all that memorable. This is not the most complex Wit, but it is easy

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

Coronado Orange Avenue Wit

Pours like a standard wit, yellow and hazy. Aroma is full of orange citrus and wheat malt. In the taste, semi sweet wheat and orange flavors playing off each other, and a restrained hoppy bitterness with dry orange peel. A nice mix of flavors, wheat, orange, and finishes mildly bitter. Medium bodied and crisp. Overall, a pretty decent wit, went well with curry.

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Photo of Zorro
3.35/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
3.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a dark hazy straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured sweet orange, esters and coriander.

The taste offered an upfront estery wave with orange and spice to follow. Pleasant round malts noted as well.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty wit.

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Photo of tone77
3.63/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of DrJay
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.26/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a hazy golden yellow color with an off-white head with good retention and lacing. 

S- The aroma is pale wheat, spices, honey and hints of citrus zest along with some yeast.

T- The taste like the aroma is wheat along with some spices, some nice citrusy flavors, and some hops and yeast in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this is a decent Wit but nothing I would purchase again.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.32/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at D's Six pack's for 2.50 take out.

A - Pours a nice amber orange color with slight head that fizzes out quickly leaving a ring of lace.

S - Pretty nice. Slight wheat body with orange zest and mild hop aroma. Overall pretty nice.

T - As expected starts off with bitter orange zest, sort of turns sweet with a wheat backbone and finishes wet with a nice bit of hops.

M - Pretty light to medium bodied. More bitter than expected.

D - Overall I didn't fall in love with the beer but was glad to try something new. It had the flavor and even seemed to balance the higher ABV since most Witbier's I had are around 4.4 - 4.9 it worked rather well. I may just try more from this brewery very good brew.

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Orange Avenue Wit from Coronado Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.