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White Sun Wit - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

White Sun WitWhite Sun Wit

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Ratings: 371
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.8%


Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: UnionMade on 06-01-2002)
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pburland23

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It was a beautiful Friday night here in Philadelphia. I was planning in grilling and I wanted a beer to go with my meal so I stopped at Whole Foods looking for a growler.

Poured from said growler into a standard goblet.

Appearance: Pours a bright, hazy yellow. Pour produced three fingers of slightly off-white head which was very quick to recede. Pretty standard looking witbier.

Smell: Sweet fruity notes - pear, apple, some lemon. The Belgian yeast aroma is also quite prevalent.

Taste: Bubblegum, banana and cloves upfront. Tastes are noticeable but fairly mild. Yeasty with a touch of spice.

Mouthfeel: Light bodies and very drinkable. Perhaps a touch under carbonated but only slightly. This paired very well with my grilled chicken and rice pilaf.

Overall: A pretty basic, by the book witbier. What it lacks in boldness and big flavors it makes up in drinkability. Not a beer I'd seek out but still a decent witbier.

Serving type: growler

04-22-2012 14:00:17 | More by pburland23
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plaid75

New York

3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured featured light esters and a touch of sweetness.

The taste was likewise mildly estuary with some citrus note and a wheat spice.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall a serviceable wit.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 00:39:36 | More by plaid75
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EBeckett3

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - cloudy yellow, small white head, ok laces
S - citrusy, coriander
T - light fizz, slight lemon, not tart, smooth
M - light body but balanced, thinner than I expected
O - refreshing, cleansing even

Served in a 16 oz pint glass at McMichael's Pub, Gloucester City, NJ

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2013 02:15:13 | More by EBeckett3
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BethanyB

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Slightly hazy, and pale straw in terms of color. The tightly beaded head is white, with a creamy top, and about two fingers deep. Leaves some soft, spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell: Lemon zest and coriander give way to a light yeasty, fresh-baked bread aroma. A very typical witbier bouquet.

Taste: More tart, and less sweet than other versions of the style, with the spicy citrus character hanging on tight to the tongue. A light mineral taste brings out some extra acidity. Reminds me of a stronger version of seltzer with lemon. A pretty thin flavor profile, overall.

Mouthfeel: Absolutely effervescent. Crisp and refreshing, and on its own, very appropriate for a witbier. The high carbonation, however, makes this already acidic beer even more dry.

Overall: I could see this appealing to some folks on a summer day, but I personally wished for more sweetness and less tartness, considering the style. This beer reminded me of both seltzer water with lemon and dry champagne, and I wonder if this was really what Weyerbacher was going for.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 10:21:48 | More by BethanyB
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tipofthetongue

New York

3.96/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is deff. a go to beer to keep in the fridge. It has a very smooth refreshing feel. Very crisp and light, great with food.

I was surprised that the smell of this beer was stronger than the actual taste.

I paired it with blue cheese, pita chips and green olives.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 05:04:09 | More by tipofthetongue
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JeffBrenner

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Bright golden yellow color with minimal head and average carbonation. Smells of lemon and other citrusy things. Average light penetration. Not overly sweet for a wheat, but refreshing. No real lacing. Not bitter, but has that citrus zing to it. A refreshing taste, but nothing spectacular. While I have nothing really bad to say about this beer, it is at the end of the day average. Nothing amazing or poor about it. What can I say, it is basically Hoegarden from Weyerbacher.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 13:21:31 | More by JeffBrenner
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metter98

New York

3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is relatively clear very light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of orange peels are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste starts out with flavors of orange peels and is followed by notes of wheat and hints of spices (although not of the peppery variety).
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is both easy to drink and refreshing—it makes for a good selection on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 01:21:08 | More by metter98
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Snebbu

Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a glass.

Aroma: Citrus with a little bit of spice – almost a floral scent.

Appearance: Light Amber with a bit of a haze.

Taste: Starts with a sweet fruit flavor (maybe banana and orange) with smooth start with typical characteristics of a wheat beer (orange, some spice flavors). Taste a little bit of the hops (“spice-like” and a little earthy) with again, a citrusy hint to it. The banana continues to come through and some pear comes through in the end.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, carbonated well, almost a creamy/buttery mouthfeel.

Overall: So far, this is my favorite of the light “summer brews” I’ve tried this year. Really is a combination of a blanche and wheat beer. Would have again – especially out on the deck on a summer night. Crisp and refreshing with a nice aftertaste of banana and a little bit of pineapple.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 22:52:18 | More by Snebbu
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-hazy golden yellow color with a smallish white head and minimal lacing

S-lemon, coriander, light malt, orange

T-grains, orange, lemon, coriander, slight sweetness, minimal bitterness

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and light

O-a decent summer beer, refreshing and day drinkability

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 01:54:52 | More by MDDMD
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours from a bottle into a pint glass. Mix a six pick up.

Pours hazy dirty blonde with some white foam, mostly burns off. Wheaty nose, some orange. Wit beer taste with some orange/coriander notes. Grains of paradise taste. Lemon too. Good mixture, not great.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 13:15:30 | More by KTCamm
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy lemon yellow. Rising bubbles are sparse, but still visible in the light. Has a really nice glow to it. The head didn't stick around for long. I have here just a ring with surface glaze.

Lots of coriander and orange peel in the nose. I can pick up mild wheatiness and hints of star anise spice. Not particularly peppery. More orange than lemon. Vibrant yeast characters. Bountiful spice notes. A loud nose for a witbier.

Spicy, but not overly so. In other words, it doesn't reach an offensive magnitude. Star anise, grains of paradise, dried citrus peel, and coriander. Wheaty and tangy with some finishing sweetness. A little too much to finish off with. Lingering, not clean. Some non-citrus fruitiness is present (apricot, white cherry). Spiced like a Christmas beer, drinkable like a summer ale.

Nice and filling for a wit. Big mouthful of soppy medium-bodied liquid. Has that girth that you might not expect. The spiciness adds to the feel, giving it flight. Carbonation is almost medium. Still nice and airy.

A decent wit. Not sure that I recall seeing this before. I may not seek it out again, but, you never know. Maybe I will.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 02:19:37 | More by thecheapies
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Krakistophales

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a cloudy light straw color with a fluffy white head

S: Some spice, some citrus, some floral qualities, but nothing mindblowing

T: Some spice up front, followed by a mild sweetness and crisp bite of a little citrus, and a slightly jasmine-like finish. Nothing special, but not bad either

O: A nice, easy drinking thirst quencher. Though nothing special, it's an enjoyable brew, and at only 4.5%, you could pound these all day long

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 01:29:50 | More by Krakistophales
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sjones5045

New Jersey

3.26/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours light yellow, with a decent amount of head. It actually looks like lemonade with foam. The smell isn't all that impressive either. Smells of spices almost like the merry monk but with a bit of a funk to it. At least the taste is better than the smell but still not all that great. Kind of like a Merry Monk Light. I'm noticing that many of the Weyerbacher Ales taste very similar just different amount of spice in each. Not all that impressed with this and I would not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 23:07:34 | More by sjones5045
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thlayli87

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into wheat glass.

A - Cloudy pale gold with three fingers of head that fades to a thin cap. No lacing.

S - Biscuit and grassy hop aromas.

T - Fruity tartness, banana, orange peel. Smooth finish.

M - Fizzy, pleasant mouthfeel.

O - Enjoyable warm weather beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 15:53:16 | More by thlayli87
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours a hazy golden yellow but with no head. Well maybe a small collar.
The aroma is very assertive with spices and corrinder and orange peel. A bit too much for me. Same as in the taste the spices used are way over the top to the point that that is the only thing one tastes.Brewed with wheat malt, you don't even taste that.
A halfway desent beer thoug I probably wouldn't buy it again. Not very balanced.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 11:09:25 | More by micromaniac129
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JimKal

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: I've poured this into both a tulip and a shaker pint. In both cases it resulted in a thin head that dissipated rather quickly with little to no lacing. It was a pale hazy gold color, meeting my expectations for a Belgian Wit.

S: A nice clean aroma with light hop and malt.

T: I had almost two different taste sensations. My second taste of this beer on a hot day really changed my perception of this beer. The first late night tasting after having some other beers was rather meh but it was just perfect the second time outside on the deck on a hot day.

M: really quite nice with a medium mouthfeel. Went quite well with a turkey sandwich with artichoke spread.

O: Definitely a repeat summer purchase.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 16:50:19 | More by JimKal
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smooth_aleing

New York

3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From a 12 oz bottle poured into an over-sized wine glass.

Nice American Wit, enjoyed on a beautiful Spring day. Nice citrus notes, good light honey color. Slight, one-finger head that fizzles out quickly while leaving nice lacing. Murky, which I like a lot, and is a mark of a well-brewed wit. Smells of citrus, banana. Overall very nice American Wit, comparable to some Belgium or Dutch varieties that I've had.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 23:01:59 | More by smooth_aleing
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good starting head that leaves some spotty lace. The liquid has some haziness. Straw to gold color.

The smell is a bit sweet with a touch of the wheat. There's a bit of sweeter spice like grains of paradise and lavender.

More sweet than sour, but it's a good blend of the two. I detect blueberry and strawberry notes. I'd say this has a bit of a "Kool Aid" taste. Very little wheat flavor. Refreshing. No hop. The body is a bit richer than one would expect. The carbonation is also elevated.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 20:42:02 | More by smcolw
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BEERMILER12

Maine

3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Smudged bottled date, but this is definitely from the 2012 batch.

A: Pours a clear yellow color with a fingers worth of head that fades quickly. Surprised how clear this is for a wit, although there is quite a bit of sediment/yeast at the bottom of the bottle

S: A good bit of lemon and other citrusy notes, along with some light spiciness and wheat qualities

T: Follows the nose. Very lemony with a very light spice note. Wheat comes through as well. Did someone put a lemon wedge in my beer? Cuz that's all I'm really getting aside from the very light spicing...

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Maybe a good summer beer, but far from the beers I have been known to call wit's. Fresh and refreshing, but again, nothing like any wit I've had before. I do enjoy it. This is just closer to a shandy or radler than a wit IMO... don't get what they were trying to do here with all the lemon flavor though

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 18:27:40 | More by BEERMILER12
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glad I let my son help me pick beers out, he is kind of a randomizer and picks beers I would normally skip over, like this.

Pours a pasty white fizzy looking 1/2 finger head that fades at a med pace with bits of lacing, over mostly clear slight chill hazed golden pilsner yellow color.

Nose typical wit but more wheat heavy, with lots of wheat aromas, plenty of banana, just a bit of clove, coriander, and orange peel with a bit of citrus, and a light creaminess.

Taste starts with a bit citrus coriander wit flavor, lots of herbal aromatic spices, creamy malts, orange peel and citrus, spices like coriander and clove, as well as a bit of cardamom and nutmeg like. Wheat is big, lots of wheat flavors, light hay, and banana. Finish is dry and slightly tingly, lots more spices lingering, some creamy orange flavors, and a bit of creamsicle like flavors lingering.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb but a bit light for the style.

Overall interesting, not what i expected from Weyerbacher which I figured over sweet, over spiced, almost undrinkable, but instead nice wheat flavors, citrus, spices are done fairly well strong but not overboard, and nice overall profile. Drinkable for a summer style beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 01:03:57 | More by jlindros
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Analog_kid

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I haven't had anything from Weyerbacher in about six years. The last time I did it was Merry Monks, and it almost laid my flat on my posterior. But I remember Merry Monks being pretty good stuff, so after visiting the bottle shop at my local Wegman's, I got a "Craft Your Own" carton, with wheat beers plus one Guinness. I thought I'd toss in a Weyerbacher Blanche to give it a whirl.

Appearance: First, is the appearance. After pouring it into a glass I notice that it is a a lovely golden hue with just under a finger of head. The head quickly disappeared within a minute. Lots of carbonation, which makes me happy. No lacing.

Smell: Yeast and the slightest hint of banana.

Taste: I'm surprised! I thought I would taste nothing but yeast, but I was wrong. I let the beer roll on my tongue and it's definitely not a bad beer. Citrus is very faint after the second tasting, with heavy malt overtones.

Mouthfeel: The heavy carbonation makes this beer crisp, but it smooths out very quickly after every mouthful.

Overall: After finishing my beer, I'm happy to report that Weyerbacher's craft is firmly intact. That said, I'd still reach for a Yuengling before I would a Weyerbacher Blanche on a hot summer day. Not a great beer, but definitely worth drinking.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 03:50:59 | More by Analog_kid
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - bright yellow with a short-lived, bubbly, white head

S - very faint lemon and orange zest, maybe some faint spice

T - lemon, orange zest, a bit tart

M - very crisp, a bit over carbonated, light to medium bodied

This is a very easy to drink, refreshing beer. It's simplistic and lack any spices, but it has a citrusy, drinkable flavor nonetheless. This isn't my favorite Wit but it is better than a few others. I wouldn't turn this down in the future.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 17:21:17 | More by tdm168
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Half finger head on a hazy straw body. Aroma is very mild with mostly wheat and little else. The body is creamy with moderate carbonation. Flavor is also bland with wheat and very light malts. Non descript sweetness. Overall highly drinkable but so is water. Not exciting but definitely refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2012 21:06:56 | More by kylehay2004
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy golden color with a thin white head. The head fades over a moderate amount of time to leave a great level of lacing.

Smell – Fruit aromas of citrus orange and lemon as well as hints of banana are strongest. These are mixed with lighter notes of yeast, wheat and a coriander spice, which overall create a very classic wit aroma.

Taste – The taste begins a bit on the wheaty side with notes of lemon and coriander spice mixed within. As the taste advances the lemon gives way to a more orange citrus taste. Toward the end the now sweeter (but not really sweet) flavor mixes with a bready flavor, leaving a very lightly sweetened wheaty flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The mouthfeel is on the thin side with the carbonation level being above average. Both are rather fitting for making for a very refreshing style beer - Light and flavorful.

Overall – While nothing to go out of your way for, it is easy drinking and refreshing and good for a nice summer day.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2012 23:50:17 | More by Darkmagus82
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Teleweizen2

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a slightly hazey marigold color. Bubbly white foam is thick after a rigorous pour but quickly dissipates leaving just a bit of lacing in the glass.

S - interesting aroma. It's thick reminiscent of white flour. Spicy notes of coriander, cardamon and just a hint of herbs. Lots of citrus character; bitter orange peel, lemons and lime zest.

T - flavor profile is interesting as well. Malt profile is off-dry and lays somewhere between crackers and dough. Spices enter mid palate adding depth along with some yeasty character. Refreshing citrus notes round out the flavor for a quick finish.

M - light bodied. Slick, slightly watery texture. Medium carb with tight bubbles.

O - an excellent summer ale. Not quite up to traditional wit beer standards but quaffable and refeshing. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 03:10:10 | More by Teleweizen2
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White Sun Wit from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 371 ratings.