Blood Orange Wit - Refuge Brewery

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Blood Orange WitBlood Orange Wit

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62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 7
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: DoubleJ on 07-31-2013

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Ratings: 62 | Reviews: 12
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Photo of TJWickham
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

I haven't had this beer on tap yet, only out of the can. But just by pouring it, I have a feeling it may be best experienced from the can, poured into a glass. The aroma from is heavily orange/orange zest. The taste is genuine blood orange and is far from heavy. This is the best orange wheat beer I've had since Hangar 24s original recipe.

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received 4 cans from CA 12/19 - cannot find canning date.

Poured into pint glass

A: Pale, straw, orange-tint. Foamy white head with some retention.

S: Orange, orange soda, citrus

T: Blood orange, orange soda, light malt.

M: Very light, very carbonated, dry finish. Very drinkable.

Very refreshing witbier. Probably best in summer, but worked great for me right now. A very pleasant surprise.

Photo of Nugganooch
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Refuge Brewery – Temecula, CA
Notes from 08/18/13 - 4oz taster

A: Super light watered down blonde color with an abundance of wheat haze that obstruct any visibility. Frothy bone white finger cap with ample stay power and some nice squiggly stick down the glass.

S: Smells of soft Belgian yeast spices with some nice orange citrus zesting. There is a bit of grainy wheat malt character present as well. Very nice and pleasant with the fresh orange zest coming through.

T: Tastes of some mild Belgian yeast spice, wheat malts, and nice orange citrus flesh flavors. Balanced and not overkill with the fruit. A dash of coriander with a light underlying herbal hoppiness noted as well. The beer has a moderate to low level of bitterness and the alcohol is completely masked throughout. Very light and dry. Quite refreshing with the citrus additions well balanced.

M: Very light body with a spritzy carbonation and a super drying crisp finish. Relatively clean overall.

D: This is a very good Wit beer which is not a favorite style of mine by any means. Very light and crisp with a refreshing citrus twist.
The perfect warm weather brew. Their best seller according to the tender.

Photo of Raziel313
4.67/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely one of the best witbier's that I have ever had. Amazing mouth feel, great citrus taste, look is beautiful. Must try in my book

Photo of garymuchow
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Blood orange does not describe the color as it appears very traditional in that area. Nice dense very white head and quite cloudy yellow.
The aroma, however, has a nice orange accent in addition to traditional wit qualities, wheat, fruit, spice (pepper esp.). Very solid.
This is a very solid wit. Holds all the characteristics of a good version with a little extra orange (that seems to come and go). Nice feel with an unexpected fullness and softness. For a smaller beer has a bitter feel.
Tartness really shows in the taste and then leads to a abrupt drying.
Good thirst quencher and satisfying after raising the body temperature (in whatever way you may).

Photo of mactrail
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in the Bacchus tumbler. Lots of white foam on what is the most opaque light brew I've ever seen. Pale yellowish cloud, which is actually nice to look at. Interesting that the usual blood orange pink doesn't come through at all here.

Aroma is splendid orange oil, maybe some grapefruit nose. Light, fizzy, fruity. Bitter finish that is more like citrus peel than hops. Great variation on the witbier theme, and certainly one of the best citrus brews I've had.

From the 16 oz can purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego. This is a very interesting brewery in what is getting to be a destination beer city. They even had snow at the end of December!

Photo of travolta
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Totally opaque honey color, sudsy white head with very nice retention and lacing.

Nose: Grapefruit, orange flesh, citrus zest, some coriander.

Taste: Crisp and refreshing. Very well balanced all the way around. Not too much of anything. There is a nice dry finish, which disappears into suds. Some citrus in the middle and right up front, lots of citrus flesh.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a murky whitish-orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of grain, blood orange, blood orange juice, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, blood orange, blood orange juice, and slight 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 good beer with a great fresh blood orange presence in terms of fruit and juice characterisitcs.

Serving type: can.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Let's start light. On-tap at the source, and on to the beer:

its body is cloudy and the color of a washed out sunfield. Glops of lace hang around the glass. The aroma hit the nose with a vibrant note of orange peel, orange peel, and more orange peel. The note of oats adds a soft sweetness to the aroma. There's something about this witbier which makes it great. Its vibrant, especially with the taste of orange, and plating along are soft hits of coriander and oats. I also sense a kiss of spearmint. I don't get a yeast note, though as it stands, this witbier already rocks and is very easy to drink.

Photo of MatthewWalters
2.99/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

I reached for hell or high watermelon and the guy in the store recommended this one. Probably shouldn't have listened.

Photo of gruntparty
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Simply put, the can is one of the most beautiful I've ever seen and the beer itself is a cloudy yellow. The smell is extremely citrusy and pleasant but leaves something to be wanted in the complexity department. Taste-wise, the beer has a typical witbier start with a blood orange middle and end. It is refreshingly dry and as such is a very good beer for cooling off in the summer months.

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love, love, love this beer.

It's an easy drinking wit with a good orange fruit flavor. Perfect for a hot day.

Blood Orange Wit from Refuge Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.