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Plum Island Belgian White - Newburyport Brewing Company

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Reviews: 23
Hads: 146
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 32.28%
Wants: 6
Gots: 34 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Newburyport Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: johnnnniee on 04-29-2013

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Reviews: 23 | Hads: 146
Photo of horshack7
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden and cloudy with a thin white head that thins out quick.

Aroma: Lemon zest, coriander, clove, faint notes of nutmeg. It carries a yeasty dryness in the nose.

Taste: Heavy spice notes in the front with lots of crispness on the palate. Coriander, clove, pear, cinnamon. Wisps of green apple and a nice dry finish.

Notes: This one is quite solid top to bottom and a good summer beer. Cheers.

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Photo of smcolw
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, orange-gold color. Rocky head. Leaves a bit of blanketing lace on the glass.

Very strong wheat malt nose.

Milder wheat base on the initial taste than I expected. Lots of banana flavor in the swallow. Spritzy, but also full bodied. Very short aftertaste.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a pint glass

A- pours a hazy pale yellow color with a two-finger fizzy white head that reduces to a thin film on top, leaving just a ring around the glass

S- toasted wheat, lemon peel & coriander, yeasty & musty with a hint of dried hay

T- crisp and wheaty up front with light lemon peel mixing with spicy coriander, earthy must leads to a dry yeasty finish

M- medium-light body with moderate fizzy carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- nice, flavorful & easy drinking wit

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Photo of gonzo000
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Belgian White + Orange slice squeezed into beer. Cloudy light yellow in color. Coriander on the nose, seemed spicy. Smooth to drink. Tasted very, very good with the orange added. Very good beer. Not as spicy as it was on the nose.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the can. No dating. Sampled on February 15, 2015.

It pours pale yellow with a fizzy white head. Active carbonation.

The aroma smells like a White should with the toasty biscuit malts, yeast, and maybe a little citrus...or more specifically...lemon zing.

Light, refreshing body.

The taste has a nice toasted malt character that one would expect with the style. Citrus notes. Mild bitter finish. Spicy.

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Photo of JebBeerFish
2.7/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Ran across a can given to me last year in a mixed six, and popped it in the fridge, without really paying attention to the label. Grabbed it tonight to drink, and had to read label as I thought I was drinking hard cider. Very light, little carbonation and too sweet for me. Reminds me of those wine coolers from the late 80's.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Poured from a 12oz. can into Shock Top wit glass.

The color is a hazy yellow with some deep orange highlights and two fingers of foamy white head and some slight lacing left on the glass.

The smell has bananas but there is also a touch of mango way back in the background that came as a surprise. There is a definite wheat aroma here with a hint of barley grains that reminds me if cereal.

The taste had a bubblegum flavor that was a surprise. Some juicy fruit gum flavor is there with a dash of fig and maybe even plantain as well as banana come out to make this beer does wonders on my tongue.

The feel of this beer is light bodied and goes down real easy. It is a highly drinkable beer that has a fantastic flavor profile that is abundant but not pushy.

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Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy goldenstraw; the head could be better and it does fade quickly; just a few dots of lace linger

Smell: Very fragrant with a Juicy Fruit gum aspect, the coriander is very strong and there is also a citrusy lime element; bready, as well, with a slightly tart tone

Taste: Bready, up front, and then the strong coriander tones dominate; in the mid-palate, the citrus arrives, bringing a touch of lime tartness; after the swallow, the beer develops a slightly tart character, as well; the finish brings out the Juicy Fruit sweetness I noted in the aroma

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A surprising beer, as I wasn't expecting the coriander overload; a creatively different take on a wit but just a bit too sweet in the finish for me

Thanks, Ljudsignal, for the opportunity

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Photo of TimZebGir
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%

A: Very hazy (unfiltered), very light yellow, quite bubbly, well retained foamy head (3/3)
S: Wheaty spice, phenolic with citrus notes (9/12)
T: Healthy wheat middle with citrusy aftertaste that has an unpleasant sour salsa-like flash for a half-second, leaves the palate rather clean after a few seconds (14/20)
F: Well-carbonated, thick-bodied for a witbier, with a tingly finish, not quite dry (4/5)
O: Very drinkable and refreshing, would have liked more on the nose, but for a light witbier, it does the job nicely (7/10)

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Photo of mr_navarrete
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good, refreshing summer beer. Initial taste of citrus followed by a good, clean finish. No heavy aftertaste. Appearance is golden yellow and cloudy.

I drank my first of these beers at a cookout with typical summer food. The beer went down easy but was tasty and did not over power the food. It's like a poor man's Allagash White but overall, the beer gives good taste and value. I liked it so ended up buying a second six-pack.

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Photo of mpedara429
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured out a little from the can. Very cloudy golden color with white head.

S: Straw, mild maltiness and spice.

T: Similar to the nose. Flavor is pretty robust and there is just enough earthy hop to keep it interesting.

M: Medium body and carb. Body is a bit sticky.

O: Big fan of this probably because it is fairly light on the spice. Some might take that as a negative. Nonetheless, a six pack of cans equals a great session.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fills a hand-blown pilsner glass with a clear, pale straw (SRM 2). The head is barely present.

The aroma is tilted toward tangerine and apricot, with a background of coriander.

The flavor profile is reminiscent of wheat, with light flavors of tangerine, followed by a very fruity, but faint, finish.

The body is light with no alcohol, a watery texture and fizzy carbonation.

This is a very refreshing and easy drinking summer beer, if not very interesting.

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Photo of tigg924
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: moderate carbonation, minimal head, hazy, orange-yellow in color

Smell: orange, banana, and light Belgian spices

Taste: orange, banana, and Belgian spices--cardamom, clove, coriander

Mouthfeel: sweet, medium body, medium-low carbonation

Overall: Very tasty. May be the best local witbier that I have had. Drinks a lot like a hefeweizen. I found myself going back for several pints of this. A great surprise.

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Photo of neophilus
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a soft golden straw color, fluffy white head and cloudy body.

Spicy belgian yeast esters up front on the nose, peppery with some rustic earthy scent. Rather like a saison when smelling it.

Smooth hop bitterenss starts off the first sip and quickly slips into a malty, spicy flavor. Good dose of semi-sour wheal flavor. The coriander and citrus peel make their presence known as well. Smooth body with mild carbonation make this a very easy drinker and compliment the complexity of flavor coming from the belgian yeast, spices and malt.

This is a refreshing and flavorful beer with a lot of complexity but surprisingly easy to drink. It quickly invites another round after the first. This also makes a great compliment to food as I've found, especially seafood. Excellent American example of this style.

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Photo of jujigatame
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Newburyport Brewing Co. - Plum Island Belgian White

Consumed 11/19/13

12 oz. can to standard pint, 5.4%

Pale yellow with a little bit of orange. Slightly hazy. Almost no head and what was initially there quickly faded out to a very thin ring.

Smell is coriander, spice, musty grass, yeast, clove.

The spice note is a more peppery in this one than Allagash White, which is my standard bearer wit. Clove, coriander and banana are the main flavors so far. A small taste of sweet sugary bubblegum. Still getting that pepper note and it’s nice but not overly strong. Lemon and a little but of orange peel are what I get for citrus flavors.

Mouthfeel is appropriate for the style. Carbonation plays on the tongue. Finish is slightly astringent and lip smacking. It’s taking no time at all to drink this. Easy and refreshing to sip, or almost gulp in some instances. Kind of wish I’d found it 3 or 4 months ago in the dog days of summer.

This is my first beer from Newburyport and I think it’s a good one. Not sure about the lack of head on it… perhaps it was my glass. In any case, a solid wit with nice flavor. Would have again without hesitation.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, hazy, straw-yellow coloring with a tall, frothy, big bubbled, white head that quickly settles into a filmy surface coating. Aromas of lemon zest, orange, and subtle coriander spicing with a roasty/toasty backbone. Flavors are smooth and balanced, with a lemony citrus overlay on a toasty, light, bready backbone. Tastes like a sweet, slightly tart lemon square. Tasty and smooth. The body has a slight effervescence, keeping it light throughout. Lemony and spicy aftertaste, with an effervesced, crisp finish. Easy drinker.

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Photo of tkelley
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a tulip glass

A -- Pale amber/straw color. White head with okay lacing. Retains the head a little bit.

N -- Yeasty and wheaty. Hints of spice and citrus.

T -- Wheaty and yeasty. Little bit of orange peel and coriander. Nice spice notes. Nice aftertaste.

M -- Little spicy/bubbly on the front end. Not bad. Pleasant tingly throughout.

O -- Probably my favorite of the NBC year round line up (although the one-off Irish Stout was truly outstanding). Really enjoying this from the end of summer to the beginning of fall. Hits all the right notes for me.


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Photo of jlindros
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yay cans.

Pours a pasty white creamy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly with nice pillowy lacing, over a hazy tangerine orange wheat color.

Nose has plenty of wheat, cracked toasted wheat, little crackery and bread crumb like, into light citrus, a little orange zest, mild spices with coriander and hint of clove, faint peppery esters, and touch of phenols.

Taste starts with more of the wheat, cracker flavors with a little toasty character, again toasted wheat and light blond malt flavors. Then into the spices, mild coriander and hint of clove, faint hint of pepper, mild esters and touch phenols, with plenty more citrus and orange zest. Fiarly smooth and even a hint creamy, with a bit of sweetness and touch of bitterness. Finish is quite dry, little creamy still, mostly orange zest and bitterness lingering with touches of spices and cracker.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, but smooth and a bit creamy, decent carb.

Overall not bad, this isn't usually a style I'm huge about, but this one is done pretty well, and nice for a hot summer day.

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Photo of jimwilliammartin
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Straw colored and cloudy, as it should be. A very small head that quickly receded - could be my glassware? (poured into clean\dry pint glass...hmph)

All in all though, this beer gives Allagash white a run for its money, and I like that! I'm not huge on wheat beers, but if I had a choice, it would be this one. Well done.

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Photo of Brew_42
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours golden yellow with a thin white head that disappears quickly.

Smells fruity and with hints of spice.

This is a sweet and fruity beer with a hint of spices. lingering citrus taste and very drinkable.

Light and crisp mouthfeel that went down very smooth.

Not mind-blowing but worth a try if you see it.

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Photo of kickplate
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a US Tumbler. Cloudy straw color with lingering head and lace that sticks to the side of the glass.

Floral aromas with a hint of hops that hit the back of the palate alongside the ample carbonation on the way down.

Flavors reminds me a lot of Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, but less sweet. Lemon citrusy notes dominate.

Love the can. I pour everything into a glass anyway and I am starting to believe that the can is just a miniature keg that is easier to recycle than glass.

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Photo of Maxwell
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a cloudy lemon yellow with no defined chunks, but no site of the other side of the glass. The beer pours with a massive creamy white head of tiny bubbles that leaves sticky rings of lacing with thin fluffy bubbles. On the nose, the beer smells of sweet coriander, citrus lemon, and orange peel with nuances of light wheat bread malt. Citrus lemon bread comes through very strongly in the nose. From the can the beer smells breadier and the prickliness of the citrus is lighter. On the tongue, from the glass, the beer tastes lightly tart with beautifully bready sweet notes and a touch of herbal spicy bitterness. In flavor the beer tastes of lemon bread with beautiful coriander spice and a touch of light orange juice and very slight wheat flake flavors. From the can, there is a slight metallic snap that bumps up the citric lemon flavors in the mouth and makes the beer cooler in the mouth, but other than that it is actually quite similar to in the glass. In the mouth the beer feels fluffy and smooth with just enough bite from the carbonation to make the beer feel refreshing in the mouth and provide a light snap with a body on the light side of medium. The mouth is left clean with a light spicy tingle and a refreshed feeling. There is some slight saliva from the citric acid in the beer, but that is just heavy enough for you to need another drink to wash it away. Overall, this beer is an amazing summer beer that I could knock back like nothing else. It is great from a can and its great from a glass and it is my current favorite of the summer beers. There is fantastic complexity in flavor while still not being too overpowering in flavor. This beer would also pair beautifully with light foods like white fish, salads, etc… This beer is phenomenal, and is a great start for a new brewery. I chatted with one of the owners at a recent tasting and he mentioned that they are struggling just to keep up with the demand of the three beers they brew, which is great because all three are fantastic (Green Head IPA review will be along shortly). He did, however, mention that their head brewer has a badass oatmeal stout recipe that they might throw in a can for the winter, which I am totally down for. In the end this beer is an excellent beer for summer, and an excellent beer overall, and I am excited about this brewery. Try them!

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Witbier in a can, why the hell not?
Pours a murky pale yellow color with a huge white head that persists forever. The aroma is fantastic on this one. Raw grainy cereal like maltiness with some subtle spiciness with a lemony coriander light yeasty aroma. The flavor follows the aroma quite well. Light sweet maltiness with that cereal or raw grainy flavor to it. Light citrus fruits and yeasty flavors with a faint balancing hop bite. Light body with a moderate level of carbonation and a lightly sweet mouthfeel. Oh hell yeah I love this beer. Wit is far from my favorite style, but this one hit it out of the park for me. This beer may find some time in the cup holder of the lawnmower this year.

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Plum Island Belgian White from Newburyport Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.