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New South White Ale - New South Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 34
Hads: 91
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 0
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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New South Brewing Co. visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Loki on 04-29-2003

An American interpretation of a classic Belgian wheat ale. A hazy light golden color gives this beer its name. This light and refreshing ale is brewed with just a hint of coriander and orange zest giving way to a citrus finish.
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Photo of ordybill
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the tap at Pearlz Oyster Bar in Charleston, SC into a shaker glass.
Aroma- Citrus, coriander and some floral notes.
Appearance- A light murky yellow color with a medium sized white head.
Taste- Lightly flavored with citrus and maybe some coriander
Palate- A light bodied beer with moderate carbonation.
Overall- A beach beer, and for what it is made for it ain't bad. (379 characters)

Photo of Cozuma
2.79/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

With some of the other beers offered here this one being a flagship makes me sad. It isn't a bad beer but when you realize what this beer is and why they made it you understand why it's kinda lack luster. The color is hazy light golden, the kind of color you get with a wort using pale DME for a yeast starter. Smell is ok but kinda has a funk to it that reminds me of other beers that use large amounts of adjuncts like corn despite them swearing they don't use it. Flavor is a bland boring kinda of beer that appeals to the "mainstream" beer drinke. I didn't find much in the ways of complexity in this one, they state they use coriander and orange zest but it's either in the mash or only a tiny amount I didn't notice it at all. Thin beer that is all too drinkable, which is what they were shooting for a light beer that can be pounded on the beach with little damage to your gut. (884 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This citrusy-spiced wheat beer has got to be a hit at the beach! Where temps are high and the sun is strong- its these conditions that beg for these highly refreshing Witbiers. But does their own locally made brand hold up?

As the ale pours, its exuberant turbulence builds into a lathery and sprite separation of foam from ale. With a murky golden body underneath, its head is loosely knit but also looking like structural sea foam. Eggshell white in its stain, the beer's head falters sooner than preferred and leads to minimal lace.

Musty wheat aromas are deeply earthen with tones of grain and sod. A quick reprieve of citrus and spice wash over the wheat and barley for a refreshing orange and coriander brightness to save the day. Lemons, sulfury apples, and wet hay give final impressions as I take the first sip.

Its grainy-sweet taste is partly of dried barley but also of bready wheat. These malts allow for a fruity and spicy balance to play out overtop with all the citrusy flavor that the nose suggests but leading with dried bitter orange peels. That's all counter to soft coriander, white pepper, and a tinge of clove. The taste closes with spicy bitterness of grapefruit pith, straw and a smack of cast iron-type minerals.

Light on the palate, the ale has a zingy white wine character from its lifting carbonation and its Belgian-esque acidity. Becoming playfully fruit, the ale weakens considerably in the middle and leads to a somewhat watery finish that exposes just enough grain-derived astringency as it does hop bitterness or yeast spice. Its understated warmth is lightly minty while coriander provides echoes in aftertaste.

I rather enjoyed this "fun-in-the-sun" type of beer, even though a few glaring weaknesses play out. But outside of "critique mode", this ale would really hit the spot on those hot summer days by the sand! (1,857 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
3.34/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Light honey or lemonade colour, slightly clouded, 2 finger white fluffy head, little carbonation.

S: Chalk, coriander seed, honey, lemon, slight floral.

T: Watery, slight coriander, chalk, lemon rind.

M: Medium body is watery and only a slight carbonation.

O: Would imagine this refreshing on a hot day in the South, or anywhere. Watery, reminding me of melted ice with the remains of an old lemon or gingerale soda. Like the can, love its from the south, refreshing and would go well with salads, light foods like cold meats etc. (537 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, gold color. 134 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, slight floral hops, slight pale malt, slight coriander, sweet malt, and a hint of lemon. Fits the style of a Witbier. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, hint of lemon, slight pale malt, slight floral, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of coriander. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma, blend, and body. (459 characters)

Photo of nukem5
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up some local brews on a beer run while on vacation at Myrtle Beach. This was one of them had never heard of them and guy at counter said they were new.(Maybe to the store dont know)

A: Upon pour this looked just p[lain whole lot of foamy top but by the larger bubbles knew it would not last long.

S: Aroma is of wheat and as the can states just a hint wasall you get.

T: Taste is about what I expected with the thinner pour and light aromas, very light wheaty and not a whole bunch of flavor but I found out they taste better icey cold on a hot beach than sitting and relaxing at home.

M: Mouthfeel is on the thin watery side with no lacing and very little carbonation, I did like this aspect reminded me of a true ale as tasted over in Wales in various Pubs.

O: Overall an ok beer with at least a drinkable quality not a drain pour. (846 characters)

Photo of nimrod979
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pale and hazy straw color. Not even a fingers worth of white head. Fades to nothing quickly.

Aroma: Typical of the style. Mostly dominated by wheat. Somewhat faint citrus and coriander aromas.

Taste: A tad under-flavored. Wheaty. Can says "brewed with just a hint of coriander and orange zest". I'd agree with that statement, "just a hint".

Mouthfeel: A little on the thin side with soft carbonation. Finishes with a dry wheat. Very plain, rather unremarkable, and boring. Just a standard wit. (539 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.76/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours out a hazy, faint, pale yellow body with a small-sized, sudsy white head.

Smell: A light maltiness hinting a faint sweetness in the nose and just a touch of a honeyish quality.

Taste: Particularly pale maltiness with a trifling wheat character and a hint of honeyish sweetness. Low coriander and, here we are, waiting for some citrus that never really presents itself. Still, a light maltiness, a light pinch of coriander on the sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: It's light, lacking and it's only real fault is it's friggin' boring, BUT, it's a beer from Myrtle Beach sold in Myrtle Beach -- it's hot, it's sunny, and, damn, these people need refreshment, so that's probably what it's going for and I won't begrudge it for that. (793 characters)

Photo of tvv375ia
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from can into pilsner glass

A-traditional BMC gold color with about a 1/2" head that faded away rapidly

S-slight orange citrus followed by even fainter malt

T-not a lot going on here either a little of the orange and spices it says that it is brewed with but not much in the way of malts or hops

M-carbonation ok but it is pretty thin and watery

O-better than most BMC offerings but not much in the way of anything resembling complexity, but if I were in SC I would probably pick this every time over BMC (516 characters)

Photo of wampahoofus
3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer served in a can.

Nice corn-yellow color. Some head and lacing.

Aroma of citris and a bit of wheat.

Flavor is unremarkable but drinkable. I can taste the citrus in the background however I seem to be reminded of a typical macrobrew. Spices are enhanced as it warms.

This is good beach beer when there are a mix of craft brew drinkers and non-craft drinkers. Pick it up when you visit Myrtle Beach with your friends. (423 characters)

Photo of nickthetick
4.17/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from notes taken at the brewery:

A: pours a hazy gold orange into a clear plastic cup with a finger of white froathy head.

S: sweet malt, caramel, biscuits, orange/citrus and spices.

T: the orange presents itself first and is followed in by light malt and sweet biscuits. its brought full circle with more citrus and spices, corriander and even some clove.

MF: Crisp and refreshing. Medium body and not too sweet or spicy.

O: Good beach beer in a can, strong witbier, I wish I chould find this around me. (511 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a can to pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a slightly hazy texture. There was a half inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. No lacing to speak of.

S: A very mild, almost undetectable aroma of malt, and citrus.

T: Tasted of malt, with some lemon and a just a hint of coriander. Like the smell, the taste was very mild and thin. Did not have the vibrancy of other witbiers.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Light-bodied.

O: This is a decidedly average and forgettable beer. Not offensively bad, but not something I'd drink twice. (586 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A big shout out to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some notes of citrus. Taste is also mild, some citrus and wheat, a tad sour, kind of lacking in spice. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, while not a bad beer, it seems to be lacking in flavor and drinkability. (372 characters)

Photo of DWilliams76
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap. It's a local beer so I thought since its getting warmer why not? I'll give it a try. Nice white ale -- or I guess a witbier. Straw colored gold with a white head. Not much in the way of smell other than the orange hints. It's not an IPA so its not overpowering in that way. It had a very drinkable taste. You could have several of these. Overall, this a very drinkable local beer. I like it. (408 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a gift from Beav42 and it took me a while to get a picture approved. Now that it has been, I am ready for another CANQuest (TM) beer. Thanks, Dave!

From the CAN: "Ale Brewed with Spices"; "Refreshing Ale Brewed with Just a Hint of Coriander and Orange Zest"; "Always Fresh and Satisfying".

The Crack revealed yet another craft CAN filled near to the brim! The Glug produced a thick, dense finger of bone-white head with good retention. Color was an extremely cloudy golden-yellow, very much like fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice. Nose was both spicy and orange citrusy. Mouthfeel was slightly thin with a light presence of the spice and zest noted on the label. It seemed a bit muted and could use tweaking. Finish was pleasant and certainly refreshing, but I still feel like its flavors were somewhat muted for the style. It would be worth CANsidering for the cooler on a hot, humid summer's day. (907 characters)

Photo of ChristianBlack
3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a can of this after having their IPA. Looks good: orange with lacing of white. It had an okay head. There was a little orange smell there. Not much. The taste of this seems kind of average. Not terrible by any stretch. It tastes like a white beer. It just doesn't have that, "This is really refreshing... give me another" taste. Good carbonation. I would give this a little better than average rating. (413 characters)

Photo of drowninginhops
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Portofinos On The Wharf in Georgetown SC for my birthday. Served in a standard pint glass. If you go request Todd, he was a fantastic waiter.

A: Standard wit. Cloudy straw with white head 2 finger that receded quickly

S: Orange and coriander.

T: Refreshing orange. Slight spice from the coriander.

M: Very nice.

D: High. Not the kind to drink a lot of because of how sweet it is, but I would not think it out of the ordinary to put a couple away with a meal with no difficulty.

Sorry for the brisk review. It was at a party so I could not take the best notes. (578 characters)

Photo of daliandragon
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up today on a whim at the Beer Dispensary in Apex. Pours a pale straw color and the head never really develops and instead just caps right away. Nose is grainy with a hint of orange.

The pieces all seem to be present in this one but it just doesn't pop. I get the wheat, the orange peel, the coriander, the yeast but they just don't mesh quite right. Mouthfeel is missing that Wit delicateness. It's not bad, just pedestrian. Carbonation is there initially then totally deserts the brew.

Not terrible but not something to take a road trip to Myrtle Beach for. (570 characters)

Photo of cdizinno
4.03/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz. can.

A: Hazy golden yellow, almost lemon colored with a thin white film of bubbles.

S: Grainy, citrus and mild malty sweetness.

T&M: Mild sweetness with a nice crispness. Mild orange and coriander give this brew a nice taste. Light bodied and smooth.

Very nice brew. (324 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - a slight haze to this golden lemony beer. A standard white cap hangs around for a minute before evaporating down and holding at a thin cover.

Aroma - dusty, powdery grain. A slight whiff of sweetness. Whether that is due to the grain, hops, or something else, I can't tell.

Taste - refreshing, clean malts. Complementary flavors of orange and coriander provide some character without getting very sweet or heavy. Clean on the swallow and finish, carbonation cleansing the palate somewhat.

Mouthfeel - light but with a note of smoothness. Good crispness, well done.

Drinkability - an easy session beer found locally on my trip to Myrtle this summer. (665 characters)

Photo of goblue3509
2.68/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light slightly hazy yeloow color with a thick head which disappates to nothing with no lacing. The aroma is faint hints of wheat and orange present but not overly inviting. The taste is light wheat for a backbone with hints of orange but nothing over whelming. The taste was typical of a wit but without the complexity of a very good wit. The mothfeel is moderately carbonated and slightly creamy. The drinkability is okay, its a very easy drink but not something you would want over and over. You could do a sixer but it wouldn't be your first choice. (560 characters)

Photo of rlshep
3.21/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Citrusy. Light spice. Wheat malt.

Appearance: Thick white head. Dissipates quickly. Light golden color. Very cloudy. No lacing.

Flavor: I notice raw wheat flavor immediately. Slight orange with hints of lemon. Low levels of coriander.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation. Thin mouthfeel. Alcohol not noticeable.

Overall: Light and refreshing. Lower level of spiciness and Belgian character than expected. Would drink several of these on a hot summer day, but doesn't exemplify style. (490 characters)

Photo of jamiesessions
2.99/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

beer pours a golden colour with some haze and very little head. Definite citrus smell that gets me excited, but not too much. Wheat and citrus are the overwhelming tastes, but it's nothing to write home about. Feels pretty average to drink, but it does go down relatively smooth, and while i won't be having another one, it is easily drinkable (343 characters)

Photo of Nickls
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(From notes)

A - Very light yellow color that's only slightly hazy; poured with absolutely no head whatsoever

S - Lightly yeasty and citrusy, but a struggle to really pick anything out

T - Yeasty and a bit grainy only a faint hint of fruitiness/citrus; pretty bland

M - Watery, thin, and really muted carbonation

D - Not great drinking, and I'm not sure that this even qualifies for the style

Overall, wouldn't bother with this again if given the opportunity. (465 characters)

Photo of Ragingbull
4.64/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perhaps one of the best white ales that I have ever had if not THE best. Cloudy straw color with an average head. Some pungency of fruit in the nose. The flavor is smooth and feels nice in the mouth. Almost a syrupy quality to the mouthfeel. The finish emits a flavor that both my wife and I agree makes you think you are drinking a wine. I think its great, but will admit that its a unique enough beer I could see some folks not liking it. I gave it an A. (456 characters)

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New South White Ale from New South Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.