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White - Real Ale Brewing Company

Not Rated.

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very good

105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 3
Gots: 23 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Real Ale Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JDV on 06-12-2014

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Photo of kojevergas
2.89/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

CAN: Aluminum. 12 fl oz. White label art. Standard pull-tab.

Reviewed live as a Belgian witbier per the label. Expectations are average given the brewery. Served cold into a pilsner glass at low altitude in Austin, TX.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 5 fingers wide. White colour. Not as frothy as would be ideal, but aptly (i.e. mildly) creamy. It's a biteen weak and thin. Retention is good - about 6-7 minutes. Leaves light inconsistent lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Cloudy yellow of average vibrance. Littered with ample yeast particles held in suspension suggestive that this beer is alive and well. No hop sediment is visible.

I dig that it's not the clean clinical appearance of many witbier. It's not mind-blowing, but it does make me curious to try it.

AROMA: Heavier on the clove spice than probably any witbier aroma I've ever chanced across. It also hits the coriander hard. Lemon zest, starch, Belgian pale malts, flaked wheat, and huskiness. It doesn't quite hit sour apple, but it has a note that comes close. The grassy hop profile works well for it.

I like that it's a bit rough around the edges. This isn't the clinical macroproduction witbier you might expect after growing up around beers like Hoegaarden, but I'm not sure if the taste will be better as a result.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE: Lemon zest, wheat, grassy hops, Belgian pale malts, and faint starchiness & huskiness from the wheat. Admittedly, this is painfully simple, and - contrary to what the aroma suggested - the clove and coriander are barely hinted at, let alone fully evoked. The wheat should be fresher and more interesting, and the lemon zest should be better integrated. This is strangely muted and bland, with no depth of flavour at all. I find no complexity/intricacy or subtlety whatsoever. Blue Moon might be a more engaging witbier.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, unrefreshing (which is something of a crime in a witbier), nicely carbonated, light to medium-bodied, and crisp. The thickness is meh. It's not syrupy or viscous or anything, but it's just so...empty? Just as there's nothing really going on in the taste, there's nothing really going on with the mouthfeel. Should be soft, light-bodied, and approachable. But it's just a shrug.

OVERALL: Not sure what they were after with this one. In spite of its yeasty appearance, it has no yeasty flavour. It doesn't check the basic boxes for the style, missing adequate spice and lemon zest, and even the wheat backbone is dull. Sure, it's drinkable, but I'd honestly prefer a Hoegaarden (even without factoring in price). In a world in which Allagash White is readily available in a fair amount of states (though to be fair, not Texas), I can't see how this can stay market-competitive. It's not the worst beer I've had from Real Ale Brewing, but at least their other offerings try for something. This might be the most muted reticent witbier I've ever had. That said, I'll try to reserve judgment until I try it fresh on-draught.


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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

Very disappointed with this offering from a brewery I expect a lot from. Over carbonated, harsh bitter aftertaste, not enjoyable. Shocktop is even better. Community Wit/UFO (in the can) blows this away.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

From a can. Thanks to @xicanobeerrun for the trade.
Pours a hazy white gold with a light silver cloud if foam
The aroma has a slightly tangy clove hint along with a pleasing floral character. The flavor is spicy with some clove and coriander mellow and smooth. It's a tangy wheat beer and I thought it hit the spot.

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White from Real Ale Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.