Orange Avenue Wit - Coronado Brewing Company

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Ratings: 411
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.86%
Wants: 8
Gots: 77 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 411 | Reviews: 98
Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of smcolw
2.55/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

Photo of Nugganooch
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

Photo of Flounder57
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of DrJay
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of cbutova
2.52/5  rDev -28%
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.

Photo of FLima
3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of Brenden
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.39/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of plaid75
3.74/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of socon67
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of Rastabama
4.26/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
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).

Photo of Zorro
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of bambam2517
3.57/5  rDev +2%
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

Photo of wvsabbath
3.12/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Photo of SmashPants
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of impending
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

C+

TapRoom Pacific Beach

Served a hazed yellow gold, pure white head, nice lacing.

Aroma is wheaty with orange zest forefront and center, yeasty and minor spice.

The taste too is wheaty with an orange accent but not much else. Zero bitter. The orange gives a nice sweetness as if a grazing lick on a candied orange slice. Thin mouthfeel. The nondescript aftertaste vanishes abruptly.
add some complexity, particularly in the aftertaste and this could be special

Photo of PolarBear3
1.88/5  rDev -46.3%
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.

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.15/5  rDev -10%
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

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.95/5  rDev -15.7%
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...

Orange Avenue Wit from Coronado Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 411 ratings.