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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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Reviews: 96 | Hads: 446
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 B967ierhunter177
2.48/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

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Photo of Murrhey
1.69/5  rDev -51.6%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.21/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into an Evolution Brewing pint glass. Label says 07/5/11

A- Pours a hazy yellow with a 1/2 inch head that's life is very brief before leaving and becoming a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass. Some lacing and thin surface foam.

S- Smells boozy. Hope it hasn't been sitting too long. Some citrus and wheat come in but are faint.

T- Woah. That's a lot of citrus. It's like biting into a grapefruit. Tons of orange notes too. There's an artificiality in the aftertaste, though. The spices used don't seem to compliment the beer but just add to the cough-syrup-like fakeness.

M- Light yet has a spice bite. Medium-low carbonation.

O- Interesting how they got it to taste so fruity, but it misses the mark. Ends up tasting similar to Leinie's Sunset Wheat.

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

Bomber into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy gold body with a solid finger of creamy off-white head. Decent retention and lacing. Nice looking Wit.

S: Dry and spicy, with coriander and orange peel standing out more than anything. Some dry breadiness is also present, but there isn't much in the way of wheat character. It's pleasant, but just short of being anything special.

T: Pretty similar to the aroma, with spiciness and oily citrus peel being the main players up front. A little bit of breadiness creeps in toward the finish, and it ends with a cleanly dry, spicy aftertaste. Enjoyable, but forgettable.

M: Medium body with a good amount of soft, creamy carbonation. Very nice.

O: This was a pretty nice little Witbier, but nothing I'd recommend seeking out and not one I'd try again. I appreciated how the spiciness was prominent without being overpowering, but in the end it just didn't have enough potency to be interesting.


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Photo of schoolboy
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one lived up to it's expectation and it is just what I needed - a glass of water that is a bit of a drink. After the crazy strong thing I just drank, this is flavored water - thin. In it's defense, though, it is a well made, more "subtle" beer.

Being a light, wit this would be suitable for a nice summery day. Since it is snowing outside, it's pretty wrong for today. The orange taste is buried. Based on this beer, I will avoid this brewery.

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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 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 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 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 mralphabet
4.12/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Poured 2/3 of the bottle... color is pale yellow with a hint of orange.. poured remaining 1/3... now we are hazy.. Good finger and a 1/2 of foamy white head that settles to a nice layer with good lacing... Good start.

S: I'm getting a nice wheaty malt, little yeasty and lots of orange peel. Still good

T: I'm getting the sweet tartness of the citrus upfront, coming into a nice light wheat malt, the end is very clean with a touch of peppery spice.. Little to no aftertaste. Still good

M: Good carbonation, crisp but smooth and very easy to drink.

D: A very nice Wit... it is a little strong on the citrus side with less spice and pepper than I'm used to having.. But with a great ABV like this you can have a few... Great on a hot day.

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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 badboyrsl84
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark yellow/ light brown with a white head.

Smell- wheat is present but a beautiful hint of orange comes through as well as other spices.

Taste- follows the nose really well. The wheat, oranges, and summer spices play well togeter.

Overall- nice summer ale that will satisfy any craft beer drinker

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Photo of kflorence
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Coronado Brewing Company.

Pours a cloudy amber orange color, served with orange slice (that is not needed). Tastes like wheat, yeast and some fruit flavors (mostly orange and spice), but also some hop presence. Aftertaste is a tangy hoppy flavor, almost bitter. It’s definitely drinkable and tastes pretty good, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to get it.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.07/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out of a tap into a pint glass. Color was golden orange and there was just a light film of head. Smelled a hint of orange and sweet but not that much after. I actually sucked some of the beer into my nostils looking for a smell. Tasted like oranges, specifically orange peels. Mild carbonation. Good after taste, though. Great for a summer beer.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear straw color with an unremarkable white head that is neither full enough nor retained for any great length of time. A few minutes gives just a thin film and some scattered lace.
Smell is malt, citrus, vanilla and hops. Well balanced.
Taste is a bit hoppier with a a much milder malt note than in the nose. Vanilla and citrus are present but the balance is off somewhat. Spices, mainly pepper are here as well.
Medium-bodied with a tart effervescence up front. Aftertaste has a bit more malt presence with a faint warming on the palate. Overall, a decent brew but nothing special.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An interesting wit. Orange is in the nose. But there is also a strange baby aspiring smell as well. The appearance was a touch dark for a wit. More like a heffe. The taste is very good though. Mouthfeel is very lively. Overall, I like it more than most wits. The orange notes sweeten the taste a little and give it a tiny bit of fruityiness that makes the beer distinctive.

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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 WeezyBoPeep
4.09/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Pale golden with a little frothy head and very nice lacing.

S: Amazing, candy orange with honey and notes of vanilla. Orange blossoms and wheat too.

T: Nice and crispy, refreshing, clean and citrusy. A fruity beer, but a good one.

D: I will be searching for a sixer, this is a heck of a lot better than most witbiers I have tried.

Value: Same price as Blue Moon??? Yes please.

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Photo of farrago
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bleached white head of close to two fingers, delicate and close to wispy, dissolves rapidly down to the surface, forms a thin sheet along the glass walls, almost reminds you of chain mail armor, credible stickiness given its thinness. Dark yellow to a shade before orange in the glass, would likely be clearer were it not for the spice particulate floating around, plenty of bubbles, larger and with good vigor. The nose on the whole is quiet so it does not take much for the orange zest to take a leading position, there's a sweet spice presence as well as a pinch of pepper however both fade into the fabric, the wheat notes stick in your mind via power of suggestion, turns more floral as it warms, decent peach to apricot fruit as well, the malts likewise folded into the whole. Medium-bodied, the carbonation gives it good posture and increases overall mouth presence, Firmness tends to carry it beyond simple quaffing wit, this may be for the better or worse depending on your expectations. The orange infusion does well in not overplaying its hand, same for the coriander, anise seed type spices. The honey too brings needed sweetness but within a thought out framework. The malts tastes like malt as in malted milk balls. More quinine than wheat, grain or yeast flavors, not herbaceously bitter. Ultimately, not intellectually interesting, however, no problem throwing a few back if ice cold on a hot summery day.

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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 DoktorZee
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a schooner. No best before date.

A - yellow golden cloudy with a fluffy white head that resolves after a few minutes with a bunch of lacing all over the glass (looks like it's trying to climb up!)

S - hint of citrus (orange) and yeast.

T - tangy citrus with slight bitterness with very little malt. Subtle.

M - light carbonation and light body.

D - very drinkable - decent warm weather beer.

Decent, but not outstanding beer.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at Ale & Witch

A - Pours a pale straw yellow, quite clear, with a fizzy and short-lived white head. Looks like average swill.

S - The nose is quite nice, for what it is. The orange essence is quite prominent but does not cross the threshhold into annoying. The rest of the nose is pale maltiness, slight blossom-y hop notes and some minerality.

T - The taste is pretty solid too. The themes of the nose are continued, with a big clementine-tangerine flavor leading the way, but well-tempered by a minerality and pale maltiness.

M - Thin and fizzy. Not special.

O - This would make good beach beer, and probably would work well at the ballpark too. I am enjoying it for what it is: easy drinking beer for people with a soft (or no) palate.

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Photo of July2Nov
2.87/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Cloudy, hazy, murky yellow with a slight glimmer of orange. Very thin lacing.

Smell: Potent! Can smell it three feet away. Slight earthy wheat, with a bit of spice and orange thrown in.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Higher in carbonation than I'm used to for this style. Mild at first, but then you get a bit of the spice and heats up the palette. Dry with an off-putting wheat flavor. Taste as if I was chewing on orange peels....not a huge fan.

Overall: Just wasn't impressed in any one aspect of this beer except for the smell, but I can't live off of the smell alone. It's just too plain and uninspiring for me to try again. Tick this one off of the beer list....but that's about all it was good for.

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Photo of aepb1
2.88/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- bland straw, cloudy body, small white had

S- Some orange and spices, not a whole lot

T- Orange, citrusy, wit beer as it should be, bready, crisp finish

M- Light body, decent carbonation, crisp

D- Nothing above average here at all. But there's nothing offensive at all. It is quite easy to drink but I'm not going to go out of the way to seek this.

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