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White Sun Wit - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 451
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.52%
Wants: 3
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UnionMade on 06-01-2002)
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Photo of plfahey
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Pale straw yellow with a slight cast of haze. Moderate whitish foam has decent retention.

Aroma-Soft, perfumy coriander is in the forefront, with a slight note of vegetal celery. There is a secondary note of light wheaty grain, and an even fainter hint of indiscernable citrus. Upon warming a bit, the coriander takes on a low vegetable soup note but it is fortunately not too strong.

Flavor-Flavors are very light, and is thankfully less vegetal than the aroma. A bit of lemony citrus shows in the forefront, along with a moderately strong, longer lasting, perfumy coriander flavor. Wheat malt shows briefly in the mid-palate, but even then just barely, before fading into a soft, soapy coriander aftertaste with a touch of tart acid, making the finish rather crisp and refreshing. As the aftertaste carries forward, a slight vegetal note does develop.

Mouthfeel-Medium light body with moderately high carbonation. Light and refreshing.

Not bad, but it seems a little heavy handed on the coriander, as with most witbiers I've tasted recently, to the point that it develops some amount of vegetal character. I also feel like it could use a touch more orange. Still, it is light and refreshing, and rather drinkable, and I do find myself enjoying the flavor more as I drink it. Still, I've had much better examples of the style.

plfahey, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of gatornation
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

from 12 oz bottle

A- it poured a cloudy light yellow/orange color with a nice 2 finger head that settled to a fresh collar..it looks good

S- was slight banana and clove with spice and a tart lemon..it was faint

T- was the same as nose with wheat and clove a little pepper and lemon with malt

M- was crisp with a fruit tart and malt..a little watery

O- a nice easy drinking witbier but on the bland side

gatornation, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of treehugger02010
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this at the Grilled cheese and craft beer presented by world cafe live.
A: The body is a cloudy straw color. The head is not quite a finger tall, bright white, tiny bubbles, poor lacing.
S: The aroma are sparge, yeast, and tartness.
T: The flavors are yeast, tart peaches, and wheaty.
M: The body is thin with a crsip finish.
D: This beer is pretty good.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of bundy462
4.28/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy orange, thick creamy white head.

S: Wheat body, slight hop, citrus...very natural citrus tones. Certainly not a forced artificial citrus.

T: Grainy wheat base with a slight bittering hop in the finish. The citrus is what makes this a very good brew. It's very natural and unforced, it's very refreshing and is a perfect Summer brew.

M: Smooth and crisp with perfect carbonation.

O: This is a good one, one of the best wheats you will find.

bundy462, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of bsp77
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Very cloudy light yellow with nice stark white head and bubbly lacing.

Smell: Coriander, orange peel and wheat. Not surprising and a little mild, but nicely dry and tart.

Taste: Very similar to the aroma. Very wheat like with strong coriander and orange peel. Somewhat tart.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, light body, very dry finish.

Overall: A surprisingly basic and mild Wit from a brewery that is usually anything but basic and mild. Very refreshing.

bsp77, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of claspada
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aromas of light wheat, coriander, a pinch of pepper, lemon flesh, oatmeal, and a light yeastiness.
The taste begins with notes of lemon, coriander, wheat, cardamom, orange peel, and a much lesser amount of Belgian yeast flavor. The body is rather light, with an active carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, a pretty straight forward farmhouse/witbier. Much less of Belgian yeast character than most of the style. Definitely not necessarily the best I've had but definitely not the worst. A solid and tasty, drinkable beer; more American than most which I actually prefer.

claspada, May 21, 2011
Photo of ianjsullivan
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ST: 12 oz poured into a pint glass.

A: Pale, cloudy yellow (almost white) with a thick white head. Strings of sediment, like clouds, can be seen in the glass.

S: Mostly citrus fruity with a bit of bread, coriander and a touch of vanilla.

T: Starts out with slight bread (a little watery) and moves into mostly orange fruit. The beer is tart and sweet at this point. The finish is on the drier side with a little of the hops coming to life in the finish. There is also a slight vanilla as well.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied and mostly dry.

O: This is a solid wheat beer offering from Weyerbacher. It has a nice body, decent flavor, and it a perfect warm weather beer. However, it can be slightly watery and is not very complex. Also, for the the price, there are many other delicious wheat beers, both wit and hefe, that blow this out of the water.

ianjsullivan, May 21, 2011
Photo of liamt07
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Weyerbacher feature night at Rattle N Hum. Pint glass.

Pours an unfiltered rusty orange, with a finger of bright white head that fades to a collar and leaves some spotty lace. Nose of some banana (in a wit, right?), some peach and lemon citrus. Taste has even more of this banana, and some light spicing. More of the lemony citrus notes, and some wheat. Mouthfeel was a bit watery, but relatively refreshing. Overall a nice wit, if resemblant of a thin hefe in my eyes. Nice and refreshing, and good for a hotter day.

liamt07, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of FickleBeast
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the George Street Ale House in New Brunswick, NJ. Reviewed from notes.

Very cloudy yellow color. Aroma is primarily banana along with some... gritty funkiness is the only way I can describe it.

Flavor is seriously lacking... it is very plain. Nothing really stands out, not yeasty, not bready, no banana or clove flavors really shine, it just needs... something. On the other hand, it tastes very clean, no off flavors or anything. Overall, just a little to ABC for me.

FickleBeast, Apr 16, 2011
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.

Knapp85, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of Thads324
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A : Agressive pour into a tulip yields a hazy and vibrant yellow with barely any head. The carbonation that remains quickly disappears. My beer now resembles unfiltered lemonade (a dark lemonade).

S : whoa, super light citrus. Grapefruit and passionfruit. There is a tiny bit of vanilla mixed in with a hint of coconut. No hop aroma that I can detect. All aromas are mellow and quite nice.

T : A water and slightly wheat flavored beginning gives way to a pina colada tasting brew that finishes clean and with the slightest of hop, yet not enough to round out the mildly tart and fruity taste.

M : well carbed for the style allows the fruit to shine.

Really not into this one at all. Maybe with a better yeast that added some nice esters and belgian qualities are needed. The beer really tastes like 70% light wheat ale and 30% watered down pina colada. Not what I was expecting at all, and while it isn't bad, it just does nothing for me. If i was on the beach or at my buddies lake house then I may like it much more on a hot sunny day. The smell is damn good though.

Thads324, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of TheFightfan1
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pilsner glass. Pours a cloudy bright yellow with a decent white heading at first. Dies down after a few minutes.

Smell is mostly lemon, a touch of earthiness and some clove in their as well.

Taste is good. Not a spectacular witbier but good. Soft touches of grain,the citrusy lemony taste lingers for a little while. Very earthy,and spicey taste all around.Seltzer-like finish.

Mouth is light bodied,very crisp,clean,and a touch watery in the feel.

An all around good summer time beer. Not a tremendous witbier but not bad.

TheFightfan1, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of Jesse13713
1.2/5  rDev -66.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Appearance - The most plain looking beer I've ever seen. This looks extraordinarily flat, bland and tasteless. Whatever head appeared dissipated before I could even measure it. No film is left on top and no lacing is visible. The beer is a murky, cloudy off-white yellow which appears to have low carbonation. Yes I realize this is what a witbier is supposed to look like. But this was bad.

Smell - This smells rancid. Huge hints of some kind of dead grass. Alfalfa and squash are present in the nose as well. Slightly spicy but overall unpleasant.

Taste - Filled with ginger and mixed poorly with grass notes and light berries. A slightly sweet note is due to the heavy amount of ginger. This is pretty awful. It's kind of like I took a fistful out of the ground; dirt, grass and all, and am trying to see what I can find in the earth. A slight metallic taste that reminds me of chewing on aluminum.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - This beer really made me gag. I love Weyerbacher brews; but this one was just a complete miss for me. Entirely too earthy and natural. Unpleasant in many ways. The sickening sweet metal aftertaste really got to me. One of the very few Weyerbacher's I'd never buy again.

Jesse13713, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of rebel1771
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pale yellow with minimal head.

S: Aromas of both lemon and orange zest up front with smack of coriander joining in.

T: Lemon and Orange come through right away followed up by the coriander, just like the smell.

D: This seem like a good solid Witbier and at 5% ABV very sessionable.

rebel1771, Feb 19, 2011
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle to pilsner glass.

A: Small 1 finger white foamy/fizzy head with medium retention. The everlasting collar of small bubbles is aided by active streamers along the glass. The body has a soft, glowing pale golden yellow hue and is cloudy. Minimal sediment. The color of this brew is attractive but all other appearance attributes are merely average or below. No lacing at all.

S: Above average toasted malts of hay, straw and grains. Light earthy hops of grass and flowers with the faintest hint of lemon, possibly some orange as well. Heavily yeasty with aromas of barnyard, must and sweaty feet.

T: Indiscernible spices, a small hand of banana, a cross between paper and cardboard plus a chalkiness towards the back end of the palate. Light to moderate sweetness. Decent flavor duration.

M: The highlight of this brew. Medium body with a thick and creamy yet mineralic texture. Perfect combination of lively and fizzy effervescence. Finish is dry and tart with just enough lactic sourness.

D: Perfect on a summer and easy for many types of beer drinkers to enjoy. Weyerbacher does a nice job with Belgian-style brews. The homer in me thinks that they deserve a little more credit for their offerings in general, but particularly their Belgian-style brews.

FeDUBBELFIST, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of BigMike
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Extremely pale yellow. Very thin head of about 1 finger. Almost pure white.

Tons of spice in the nose. Corriander, clove, pepper even a touch of nutmeg. Some lemon citrus, grass, and breadiness also. Nice nose.

All of the nose spices come throughon the tongue. Tons of cloves and corriander. Black peppercorns and nutmeg. Lemon zest and a light sweetness.

Light, crisp clean moutfeel. Spice lingers long after each sip. Refreshing.

A nice delicate beer. A verygood and tasty witbier. I'm thnking with all the spice that this thing would pair up great with a nice steak.

BigMike, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of SamuelJackson45
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Light yellow gold unfiltered look.

S- Fruity notes and spice.

T- Spices and fruity notes like orange zest.

M- Semi dry. Spices and fruit through out the sip.

D- This is a good everyday drinking beer. Light easy to go down. No worries.


SamuelJackson45, Aug 31, 2010
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.

TMoney2591, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of schoolboy
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Maybe I really am overexposed to witbiers. I guess I am glad I bought a few of these so I wouldn't get so wasted, but I don't lust after this style. It's just refreshing.

So here comes another of my favorite brewers, and like the Flying Dog version I just drank, this is a very drinkable witbier. It is almost undistinguishable from the dog version. It is even cleaner (that is not a compliment), but I think non-quality beer drinkers might find it less offensive.

To me it is way too simple. All these need is more yeast, but I think the style should be clean, so this is a good brew, done treu to the style.

schoolboy, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of Stigs
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, served in a SA perfect pint glass

A - pours with a very thin layer of loose bubbly white foam. the beer is very light, straw colored and crystal clear with a few floating specks of sediment.

S - very fruity: green apples, pears, some banana and lemon. light sweet wheat and grains.

T - lemon rinds and banana, a little soapy. lacking some spice and character. wheat adds a bit of sweetness but mostly dominated by (bland) grains.

M - one of the thinnest beers i've ever had, rivaling that of an adjunct lager. carbonation is a little tingly but not forced.

D - not my style, not my beer. falls flat in a few areas.

Stigs, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of adamette
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle that I bought as a single at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage last week for $1.66 into my Brewery Ommegang Witte tumbler. No observed "best by" date but I like the image of what looks like a Belgian town or city on the label.

A Straw yellow body with shadows of sediment floating about under a brief but white, whipped head. Kind of basic but I like that sediment floating around. 3.5

S Basic Witbier smell of light citrus, wheat grains and a bit of sweetness. 3.0

T Taste is more prominent than the smell would suggest with the lightly sweet citrus, wheat grains working together to produce the familiar Witbier goodness. 3.5

M Appropriately light feel. Some hint of syrupy stickiness exists but mostly this is a light drinking beer. Of course, that is appropriate to the style too. 3.0

D Very good as the style suggests that it would be. 4.0

Notes: A solid, if not entirely inspiring Witbier from Weyerbacher.

adamette, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of Slatetank
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Thirsty's in East York, Pa. Poured chilled from the 12oz w/out freshness date into a chalice.

A - a very clear straw golden color w/ plenty of quick moving carbonation visible. There is 1/2 inch of foamy white capping. The clarity is good until yeast from the bottle is added as expected.

S - A spritzy citrus and light sulphur smell from the wheat w/ subtle spice and yeast esters w/ hints of creamy vanilla and toasted wheat

M - The feel has spritz and high effervescent yet smooth yeast effect on the palate. The fruit tinged feel w/ light dry finish is pleasant w/ mild spice throughout and subtle earthy texture

T - The flavor of herb and citrus peel w/ some mildly toasty grain up front and the yeast brings a bit of creamy yet slight spiced taste to the toasted notes of wheat in the middle w/ notes of golden pear and apple. The taste has a light almond like sweet nutty full flavor that is present w/ a light pepper and accent of orange peel in the last sips

D - I enjoyed this - one of the better wits I have had the chance to sample. A refreshing and light wheat taste - I could see this as a good beer for relaxing in the summer on the deck

Slatetank, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of dedrinker
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light turbid cloudy straw color with a thin soft head.

Aromas and flavors of citrus and coriander with a little Noxema note on both, followed by a mildly tart wheat malt presence.

Nice light-medium body with fine, soft, but sufficient carbonation (which admittedly might be a result of the CO2 line and have nothing to do with the actual beer).

Finishes with tart wheat and citric bitterness, but enough chalky alkalinity to keep things relatively balanced.

Good to go for warm weather.

dedrinker, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of capra12
4.45/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a shipyard pint glass,

Appearance: Poured a cloudy wheat yellow with 2 fingers of head that dissipates quickly leaving a film.

Smell: Definitely a Belgian wit, with the classic Belgian yeast. and a hint of lemon

Taste: Opens with wheat and Belgian yeast as the a lemon zest and wheat profile take over. The Belgian yeast returns and finishes this brew leaving a wheaty and yeasty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, with lots of carbonation. Crisp and leaves a pleasant aftertaste.

Drinkability: I would definitely have this again and I'm sad that I only have one bottle. I recommend this to newbie craft drinkers, light malt, yeast, and wheat profile and highly non offnsive flavor profiles.

capra12, May 26, 2010
Photo of MikeBrandman
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours into a hefeweizen glass with a light straw color. Next to no head on this, not even a cap. Really disappointing for a wheat beer. Translucent and with very little visible carbonation or haze. Overall, it looks great besides the lack of head.

S - Great strong smell on this beer. Citric and banana with just a slight floral hop smell. No alcohol in the nose at all. Strong banana smell that holds up well throughout the drink, even without a head.

T - The banana and lemony smell translates well into the taste. Great sweetness to the drink, just enough to not be cloying. Slight hop bitterness and spiciness rounds this out very well. Balanced yet flavorful. One of the better witbiers I've ever tasted. No alcohol taste.

MF - A little on the carbonated side. A little bit too carbonated if you ask me. Thick, but not syrupy or chewy.

D - Great drinkability aside from the overcarbonation. Great complex taste without being cloying.

MikeBrandman, May 25, 2010
White Sun Wit from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 451 ratings.