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White Sun Wit - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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White Sun Wit
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460 Ratings
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Ratings: 460
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.56%
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 randomdanger
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of PatrickSullivan
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of axeman9182
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at the Rattle n Hum.

Weyerbacher Blance pours a hazy lemon yellow, with a finger of persistent white foam. Lacing is nonexistent though, which is very disappointing. The nose has a very present orange smell, but at the expense of just about any other smell that might show itself. There's a little bit of wheat too, but that's about it. The flavor displays a similar disregard for balance. There's a little bit of wheaty sweetness up front, and a sprinkling of light pepper, but it's almost all orange. There's none of the subtlety or delicate balance that are found in my favorite versions of the style. The mouthfeel at least is very good. Perfectly light and spritzy, it's impossibly lively on my palate. Weyerbacher Blanche is an absolute orange bomb, and unless one's in a particular mood for that, I can't really recommend it over some of the other readily available wits.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of jifigz
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: The beer pours a very pale and clear yellow. The head disappeared rapidly and left no lacing.

S: The smell is of banana and spice. It is very sweet smelling to the nose.

T: The taste is sweet and spiced. It has a mild clove-cigarette like feel to it and is certainly not bold. It is mellow, but not great.

M: The mouthfeel seems pretty light bodied and watery. The carbonation seems a little high as well. Not bad though.

O: A pretty tasty beer, but certainly nothing to rave over. It is okay though and it would taste good just about anytime of the year.

Photo of HopsYeast
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

had this at a weyerbacher pairing dinner. beer went very nicely with the food which was two different cheese dishes.

a- very lite yellow to white body. def looks exactly like a white ale.
s-smell was dominated by citrus notes along with additional floral notes.
t-like the smell this beer has a lot of citrus flavor running through it but its not overpowering at all. the spiciness helps balance out the sweetness so you arent overwhelmed by either.
m-has a nice feel. very drinkable in warmer weathers.
o-like this beer. it is a good one to have around but would not be my first choice in regards to the summer seasonals.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
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,

Photo of ToddT
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy yellow with a fluffy off white head. Heads falls quickly to a ring but leaves some spotty lace on the glass.

S- Slight orange and lemon notes along with coriander and spices.

T- Notes of citrus and coriander are dominate but not overpowering, a little wheat balances things out and leads to a dry and crisp finish.

M- Medium in body and well carbonated, crisp, clean, and dry at the finish.

O- Nicely done classic styled witbeir. It is interesting enough and at 5.0% ABV it makes a good session beer.

Photo of Morey
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale yellow color with a two finger white head that has settled to a thin lace relatively fast. Mild to moderate head retention.

Nice mix of fruity and yeast filled aromas.

Good combination of fruit flavor and bubbly carbonation up front. Yeast comes through in the middle and adds a touch of tartness. Finish is pretty clean.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium with lively carbonation.

Not a bad Wit overall.

Morey's Bottom Line: This isn't my favorite style, but I enjoy them now and again during the summertime. This one is pretty good. I'd say that it's above average. Not something that I would seek out, but I'm glad that I picked up a bottle.

Photo of ummswimmin
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am a big fan of the WB, and this was one of the few beers by them that I had not yet tried.

It looks like a Blanche, but it was pretty light on the smell and taste.

I picked up some minimal spicing. I got a little coriander, but not much more. I expected more spice, but it wasn't there.

It was light enough to drink many of these without getting overwhelmed... too bad the flavors ran thin.

Photo of plfahey
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of gatornation
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
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

Photo of treehugger02010
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of bsp77
3.68/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of claspada
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of liamt07
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of FickleBeast
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of Thads324
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of Jesse13713
1.2/5  rDev -66.1%
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.

Photo of rebel1771
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of BigMike
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

White Sun Wit from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 460 ratings.