White Ale - Saint Archer Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.06%
Wants: 1
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Saint Archer Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Smarty_Pints on 02-11-2014

Brewed with high quality Pilsner and Wheat malts, generously spiced with coriander and whole navel oranges. Belgian yeast provides the traditional refreshingly tart, spicy, and fruity flavor profile.

2014 GABF Gold Medal- Belgian -Style Witbier
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Ratings: 98 | Reviews: 15
Reviews by DoubleJ:
Photo of DoubleJ
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Silver 12 ounce can with black labeling and printing. Filled on 4/4/14...the quads are wild! On to the beer:

The yellow looks as though some of it has been washed out, while the cloudiness level is on the mark per style. Topping it is a short head with drops to a soapy white lace. It has a pleasing aroma, quick off its feet and refreshing. Orange peel, coriander, a light creamy sweetness of oats....it's all here.

A refreshing taste while holding some intensity, Saint Archer delivers. The orange zest hints, and the spicy aspect comes out stronger. I can sense a dose of hops working into the profile, bringing a grassy and earthy aspect. The end is a just a wee more sharp than I'd like; sand it a little and this could be San Diegan Hoegaarden (not in an insulting way).

San Diego could use more witbier options. Why not Saint Archer?

More User Reviews:
Photo of Fatehunter
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger of head on a hazy light straw body.
The aroma is pine, floral and mandarin.
The taste is mild pine and orange bitterness.
The texture is softer.
It's nice, more of a bitter white ale.

Photo of bfred805
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

I had high expectations for this beer after having finished a pint of Allagash Wit. Maybe that is why I am saddened.

I'm growing find of this style, but not this beer. Definitely not at it's price point of $10 per 6er.

The beer pours a yellow to semi gold haze that smells strongly of Orange from the moment you open the can. The appearance of the beer is fine. Nothing offensive. The taste gets me. It's very sharp from the moment lips touch the beer. Beyond tart, and hard for me to get past that when assessing the flavor. In addition to an unexpected and unwelcomed bitterness, I also get stale cracker. Possibly due to shelf life?

I'm hoping this was a bad experience resulting from high standards set by Allagash. I will give this one a try at the brewery.

All in all, better than bud... But not for the price

Photo of HalfFull
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. single silver can from Trader Joe's poured into a globe glass. This white ale pours a light pale wheat with a thin cap of foam. Light haze shows an odd greenish hue to it.

Smell of light wheat and a hint of spice yet light and reaching. A good spin offers up a five second window of rich aroma components before falling back to a steady but subtle yeast character. Slight sweetness on the finish accompanies a steady flavor and feel.

Nice wit without the confusion of too much added spice. Simple yet straightforword with a good wheat/yeast balance. Yet touch thin at times but worth a visit.

Photo of Catracho5
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber poured into a Belgian tulip

A: Bright orange yellow, white head that dissipated quickly, no carbonation, no lacing, looks very thirst quenching, very cloudy.

A: Yeast, spices, slight orange peel aroma, no alcohol, lots of wheat aroma coming off this beer, very pungent.

T: Big kick of wheat and yeast up front, spices, orange peel bitter, tart, not getting any sweet fruit flavors, no alcohol.

M: Lots of carbonation on the mouthfeel, dry, light.

O: This is a very complex and balanced beer, it's good, it's my first Witbier so I may have to try some others for comparison. Probably won't buy again but would not refuse if offered. This is beer I would need to be in the mood to drink.

Photo of TheRougeBastard
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had a pint of this at The Fish Market across from the Del Mar racetrack. The beverage was delivered in a standard pint glass and was a straw yellow with the distinct whitbeir haze. My first taste reminded me of a Erdinger Weiss Bier...a compliment for a SoCa brewer! Nice malty mouthfeel, but not overly heavy. It really complemented the swordfish tacos nicely. Overall a very good offering from Saint Archer.

Photo of Celtics17
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Like most wit beer. It has a slight haze, and the aroma is an orange like smell. You get your basic wheat, orange, and slight citrus fruit taste. Not picking up much other than that. Drinkable, and easy to drink, with a refreshing quality.

Photo of goldendenizen
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

They need to work on this big time. A stretch from anything I would like to call witbier or white ale. First off zero lacing and carbonation. Tastes like candied grapefruit tried meth for the first time. I like St Archer so I hope they re examine this one bc the style is under represented.

Photo of mactrail
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy pale yellowish color with a fine-grained foam in the big mug. Sudsy mouthfeel is quite pleasant. Light body. Crisp and tangy, but with a mellow malty base. There is a little coriander, but overall the spice is restrained and adds to the refreshing drinkability. A little bit of sweetness is also welcome, though it sticks to the Witbier side.

This is actually one of the better American-style Wits I've tasted. I have wondered if St. Archer had a reason to exist, but this proves there is life beyond the Blonde. On tap at Queenstown in San Diego.

Photo of thomda11
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured this beer out of a 12 oz can. The beer presents itself a nice, straw yellow with the characteristic yeasty haze. There isn’t much of a head on the beer. There is a strong orange aroma that melds well with a pleasant wheat malt note and just a touch of coriander. The taste is strong wheat malt with a more subdued orange flavor than the nose suggested. There is a strange bitterness in the aftertaste that I didn’t particularly care for. Overall, a decent take on the style.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky light yellow-orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus, spice, and herb aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour citrus and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of 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 refreshing and easy to drink.

Photo of Jsteez
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No specific critique about the beer, just a few comments and personal observations.

Had this beer on an Alaskan Airlines flight to Seattle. It tasted pretty good for this style, perfect for warm spring weather; coriander and light spice, nice balance between malt and hops; zesty lemon and a touch of orange peel. Perhaps it could have been better on the ground rather than at 35,000 ft.? I am sure the beer's quality could have been affected by the temperature and altitude change. Overall, pretty good beer.

Photo of rawfish
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is like a mimosa, bright orange juice with equal opacity. Huge suds, a large three finger white crown on this beer, sloppy lacing follows but the head retention is just awful.

Bright and very one dimensional, light pilsner and cracker thin malt. Spice note is singularly coriander with the yeast providing baby powder, car air freshener and a bit of off plastic and funky dust. Hops add some grass and orange.

Doughy malt is a bit more substantial here than the nose and adds a cereal taste to balance the coriander and orange peel which are equally balanced, drying at the finish brings in heavily the powder, car air freshener and yeast flavors. Balancing hay and dull citrus hops are all but an afterthought providing enough balance.

Drinkable with a low alcohol. Yeast makes this one settle in the stomach. Adequate carbonation but doesn't provide the beer with any boost in brightness or activity. Better cold.

Once again, beer for the everyman, St. Archer now does a witbeer in preparation for the warmer SoCal months. Decent execution that goes down the checklist for a satisfactory quaff. Blue Moon for the SoCal hipsters and beer geeks that refuse to acknowledge the existence of all things BMC. That nose is kinda funky though, in a "What if they did this beer with Brett?" good way.

Photo of JMoffatt
1.27/5  rDev -64.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Probably the most I've ever paid to dump beer down the drain.
The smell is something like an old grapefruit.
They put something in this that doesn't belong in any beer called ale.
I'm choking my way through one and then hoping my wife likes it before I throw the rest out.
They could call this an alcoholic beverage, but it's not beer.

Photo of GatorCoop
2.29/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

Had a 4oz taster. Didn't like the taste.

White Ale from Saint Archer Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.