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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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Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

light amber in color with a good amount of cloudiness to it as well. A nice sized head of around two inches in height rose up immediatly but then settled down to about a half an inch and stayed that way until the very end. Some light side glass lacing on this one as well.

The aroma was full of grain and slight spices. Some small fruit notes, pears mainly, with a touch of apple. But this hay like spice kept everything going. Rich notes of grass and hay opened it up, and melded seemlessly into a pear driven fruity yeast body. Very intresting and quite complex, but then the smack of the spice hit you and it was all over. Really intense here as the almost pepper like notes bounced all over the tongue and really just put on a great show. Smooth as silk,

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 06:13:13 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale golden color with a bounteous head; nice persistence and some lacing

Smell: Massive coriander notes in the aroma; hints of clove and even less orange

Taste: The coriander dominates the early phase of this beer, with orange and clove flavors building along with the bready wheat, by mid-palate; after the swallow, the orange comes into its own; so good so far, but the finish gets overly sweet in an nutrasweet kind of way

Mouthfeel: Light bodied but subdued carbonation

Drinkability: This started out well, but didn't hold up

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 02:52:23 | More by brentk56
Photo of BEERchitect


3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweeter than Hoegaarden, but still with a clean and characterful yeast contribution that could pass for authentically brewed Belgian Witbiers.

The pour delivers a creamy froath that's more airy than dense and with a cottony white coloration. Strong straw in color, the beer carries a mild and consisted wheaty haze. Persistent head retention with interspersed pockets of lace left on the glass. A very solid looking Belgian Wheat that doesn't strike me with the allure of that of Hoegaarden.

Raw wheat, musty spice, light breads or bread dough, yeasty brine, clove, and a fruity coctail of oranges, lemons, appricots, and apples all shape the aromas in an evenly shared way. Soft spice of corriander also prevails in true Witbier fashion to create a hugely perfumy nose.

Balanced toward the sweeter and maltier side of the style, the beer doesn't overdo the sweetness rather allowing the soft powdered sugar, sweet breads, and yeast flavor to dictate the overall taste. Low on bitterness, the beer offers only a soft tea-like flavor and just enough hop character to complement the yeasty spice of white pepper and clove naturally present in the beer along with additions of soft corriander and sweet orange peel. Fruity esters of apples, appricots, and pineapple bridge the gap between malt sweetness and spicy dryness.

Very soft creaminess seem nearly powdery from the textures of soft wheat, lightly sugary feel, and pilsner-like breadiness. Drying fairly early, theres a vanilla-like flavor that turns minty-cooling in finish just before the powdery-dry finish closes the session. Lighly acidic, this characteristic could be more powerful to aid in balance in absence of higher hop bitterness. A very feminine feel from top to bottom.

A clean finish of fruit and corriander leaves very little to linger into the next sip, creating a very drinkable thirst quencher that allows for multiple consumption, and in perhaps large quantity.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 03:31:51 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of 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
Photo of ChainGangGuy


2.83/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apperance: Poured a hazy, light yellow body with a foamy white head.

Smell: Light aroma of wet hay, bananas, and cloves.

Taste: Tame even for a witbier. Soft wheat flavor, with some banana and tart lemon notes. Finish is brief and quite watery.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Spritzy carbonation.

Drinkability: Unfortunately, this isn't one of Weyerbacher's better beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2007 02:01:39 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of TMoney2591


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

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

And the Leaving Falls Church uber-bender continues to plow forth. This entry pours a partly cloudy pale straw topped by an active finger of white foam. The nose comprises corn, wheat, light coriander, a pinch of pepper, lemon flesh, oatmeal, and sunflower seeds. The taste holds notes of lemon, coriander, wheat, cardamom, orange peel, and a small conglomeration of peppercorns. The body is rather light, with an active carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, a solid wit, not necessarily the best I've had, but tasty and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 02:51:26 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of NeroFiddled


4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's very hazy yellow body is topped by a creamy bright-white head that holds fairly well before dropping to a decent collar and leaves some thin, splashy lace about the glass. The aroma is delicately sweet and citrusy (orange and lemon rind), slightly earthy, and gently cloveish. The body is light, but with a fine, natural carbonation that leaves just a mild effervescence on the tongue before it warms to become smooth across the palate. The flavor offers very lightly tangy notes of orange peel and malt along with a sprinkling of delicate, clove-like spiciness and a wash of yeastiness. The finish is short and lightly sweet, balanced by its lingering, drying cloves. Exquisitely balanced, refreshing, and enjoyable through several servings.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2004 01:35:10 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.8/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of Belgian yeast, along with wheat, spices, some lemon and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is bready and has the typical Witbier flavors of Belgian yeast, wheat and citrus, but there’s a weird spice flavor (not coriander) that throws everything off. The malt character is decently hearty and there’s a good hops presence, but again the spice content offsets its good qualities. The after-taste is spicy and slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp but not much smoothness, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: It’s flavorful but not t very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good representation of style, mild kick, if you like the spice content this is a good beer to drink for a while, but personally I could not get past it.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2007 06:28:22 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of WesWes

New York

4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a crisp wheat malt scent with a bit of coriander and orange peel. It's fruity with a dry spiciness. The taste is good. It has a smooth and refreshing wheat malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and spicy. It has hints of clove and a nice yeast fruitiness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a very drinkable wit. I like the aroma and the flavor. It's true to style, but nothing over the top.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2005 01:21:54 | More by WesWes
Photo of jlindros


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
Photo of Knapp85


3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Blanche pours out as a traditional Wit, the color is an opaque yellow color. The head isn't as strong as some that are actually from Belgium. The aromas are almost all citrus. This beer smells like sliced lemons and oranges. It's not as pronounced as that but for a beer it's quite floral with these fruits. The flavors are a little bitey and slightly tart. The overall flavors are that this beer is pretty refreshing. I like the mouthfeel of this beer being on the medium side because it's not watery at the point. This is a solid Witbier. Not too bad.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 00:48:16 | More by Knapp85
Photo of jwc215


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

Pours clouded/hazy golden with a white head that vanshines pretty quickly.

The smell is herbal/medicinal. Clove is pretty powerful. Not as corander/orange as is typical for style. There is something citric, though.

The taste is doughy, clove-ish and grainy. Orange takes a back seat, though there is a citric note. The first few sips were dry-ish, but it becomes sweeter as it progresses.

Light-bodied, but not too thin or watery. Ample carbonation. Not quite as creamy as it could be, though there's a certain creaminess and smoothness to it.

A pretty refreshing brew. Not one of the best examples of the style, though, IMO. Not bad, but wouldn't particularly pick out this over others of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 00:38:51 | More by jwc215
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow straw. No head. I took a whiff of this one right after pouring and I got peanut butter. Now that is a first. Even after waiting a bit, I still get peanut butter. Really. Is it me? Flavor is light. Typical wheat characters. Lemon presence is fairly strong. I am not sure if this is a Belgian style wheat beer as it is an American one. I don't get so much yeast infusion on this one. Feel is what you would expect. Overall very drinkable. A pretty good brew, just doesn't have that yeasty funk that it's Belgian cousins do.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 17:18:48 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of WVbeergeek


3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears hazed golden yellow with a vibrant highly carbonated white head, leaving nice even patches of lacing even though the head was so short stayed. Aroma contains a banana bread tone to it with some vanilla highlights working their magic here and a mild butterscotch tone to it. Flavor is deeply acidic with a citrus/wheat shap tone slicing across my palate, not as smooth as a typical witbier but the flavor mellows and rolls into a spiced up banana flavor, altogether not the best selling point of the bier. Mouthfeel great texture slightly syrupy but high carbonation makes for a bubbly mouthfeel and medium body great sensations across the board here. Drinkability is solid not on the high end but a decent witbier more flavorful but he bready characteristic that the yeast sports turns me off and is a bit cloying on the overall drinkability level.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2003 21:45:17 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of smcolw


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
Photo of mactrail


3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale off-golden color in the glass with a frosty haze. Nice blanket of foam and a genial sudsiness.

Having just had a Williamsburg White Ale, I was interested to compare with another Wit from the fridg. Not quite twins, but both are lemon and suds. The Weyerbacher starts out a little more dry, a little more watery. But it develops into a quite likeable maltier and wheatier beer.

A light beer with a flavor just robust enough to make it standout in the style. More lemon than orange. A light touch of the banana and clove give it a spicy note that is very pleasant. From the 12 oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 04:17:12 | More by mactrail
Photo of tempest


3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle at Liberty St. Tavern for $3.50. Wow, this beer sure has a lot of blueberry flavor, both in the aroma and flavor. There's a little vanilla and lavender spice behind the blueberry, but this beer tastes like the yeast has run amuck with it and there's almost no malt to be found. Still, the body is light and the beer is easy drinking (assuming you like blueberries).

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 13:55:05 | More by tempest
Photo of akorsak


3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle purchased at the brewery during their open house.

A: The witbier is pale and yellow, a color that reminds me of a macro lager. A slight haziness throughout the glass presents total translucence but there is no sediment. The head is a thin white patch atop the ale.

S: The aroma is full of wheat, light and airy with an oh-so-slight tart note. Accompanying the wheat is a curacao sweetness.

T: The flavor is more spice-oriented than the nose. The curacao orange creates a citrusy taste that supports touches of pepper. As the first wave passes, the wheat comes out swinging. The light grainy flavor has a solid tartness that excites the tastebuds without causing a pucker-up. A good beer that seems to below with a hot day.

M: The spices and wheat are nicely paired, an enjoyable American take on a witbier.

D: Very drinkable with a low alcohol level that makes for many hours of easy sipping.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 18:56:37 | More by akorsak
Photo of Wasatch


4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to NJpadreFan for this brew.

Pours a very nice cloudy pale yellow color, very nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, very little sticky lacing to speak of. The nose is malty, yeasty, some corinader, bananna, slight caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, yeasty, bananna, cinammon, corinader. Medium body. Drinkable, I like this one, slight twist on a Witbier, recommend.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 02:22:20 | More by Wasatch
Photo of ppoitras


2.53/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12ozer bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" white head above an oh-so-light yellow (can you say Countrytime Lemonade?) hued brew. Head is gone in a blink of the eye, and lacing is minimal, to be generous. Aroma is of wheat and some light spices, and something sort of funky that I can't identify. Taste is upfront sour citrus, with a slight rounding out of wheat flavors that falls short of any balancing effect. Mouthfeel is just not working for me, goes down hard. Drinkability, for all of the above observations, is not so great, in my book. It takes some doing, but I won't pour this one out. Not one of their better offerings, to be nice.

Edit - tried another bottle swiped from a sixer to be sure that's not an oldie (since they don't date their bottles), and am sticking to my original review.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2004 17:54:22 | More by ppoitras
Photo of 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
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow/gold, small white head forms, settles to a thin layer, some spots of lace. Smell is sweet, orange peels and citrus, spice, yeast, some vanilla, little bit of banana. Taste has a nice malty sweetness, citrus, spices and vanilla, acidity in the finish, kind of sour, not sure if intended or just not a fresh bottle, but I found the acidity made it pretty refreshing. Light bodied with medium carbonation, pleasant to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2006 17:13:20 | More by Viggo
Photo of Bighuge


4.45/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale light golden/white appearance. Thin white head recedes to just a light rimming rather quickly. Fresh scent of hay, ginger, dew and sweet orange pulp. The taste of this wit really has some snap to it. Lemon shavings and bitter orange. Crisp maltiness. Nutmeg. The acidity is snappy, but not overly sour. A dry finish leaves me begging for more. Nicely carbonated mouthfeel with a body checking in around medium, approaching medium-full. Nice little wit.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2004 06:11:57 | More by Bighuge
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a cloudy, pale yellow with a medium size white head.

S: some light faint spiciness but nothing spectacular worth noting. Some citrus and sournes are also detected.

T: The flavor was crisp, with citrus tones, sour oranges, coriander and a wheat malt lacing. There were some credible yeasty attributes providing slight musky hints of sour fruits but nothing terribly exciting otherwise.

M: some fizziness from the carbonation which brought out some of the spicing but disappeared rather quickly. The body was a tad thin as well.

D: Overall decent but doesn't stand out, drinkability would satisfy on a hot summer day if nothing else.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2008 23:07:25 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of Stinkypuss


4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a glass. Appears like an unfiltered wheat beer. A white head, a bit of lace.

S. Wheat, some spice (coriander?)

T. Belgian yeast. Crystal malt. Tea like hop characteristics. A bit of clove and honey. A good summer beer.

M/D. Pretty smooth and easy to get down. Highly carbonated. Reminiscent of a Hoegarden, but this beats the hoe. Not that I codone spousal violence.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 01:23:03 | More by Stinkypuss
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White Sun Wit from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 371 ratings.