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Winter White - Legend Brewing Co.

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83
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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Legend Brewing Co. visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beer2day on 12-12-2011

Get ready for a winterized version of a classic Belgian Witbier (white beer). Legend Winter White starts with a blend of Belgian malts and wheat in the mash for a rich, sweet body and tangy crispness. Spicy hops blend in the boil with coriander and orange peel. During fermentation these flavors combine harmonically with a Belgian Trappist yeast strain (banana, pear bubblegum). The creamy mouthfeel of this unique unfiltered winter warmer pairs well with salads, seafood, poultry and pork dishes.
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Ratings: 64 | Reviews: 12
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - murky, dark orange with a big, thick, dense, foamy, pure white head that has decent retention

S - some peppery spice, coriander, some Belgian yeast funk

T - Belgian yeast, typical Belgian esters, some faint spice

M - medium bodied, crisp, well carbonated

This is not what I expected as a Witbier, but it's not a bad beer. I will judge this beer to style so it will receive a lower rating than if I reviewed it on its flavor and overall merits as a beer. As a witbier, it's lacking in traditional flavor. The spice is present but that is all I could find to resemble a true Witbier. The flavor more resembles a BPA due to the big esters and fuller than expected body. Overall, this is a decent beer, but a lackluster Witbier. It's probably worth a try for BPA fans looking for something local in VA or north NC.

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3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Hoegaarden glass.

A deep pale amber and quite brown chestnut body. Slightly cloudy, but with lots of visible carbonation making it's way up to a creamy head. Simple two finger head, solid white with a creamy appearance if a little small. This is a real dark witbier I must say.

Nice aromatic hints of corriander and cardamom like spices. Sweet notes and quite a big estery brew going on here. Sensing classic like candi sugar but with not much else going on. A real impressive aroma, but a bit big on the sweet side.

The sweet spice notes of clove, cardamom and sugars really come forth on the palate on first sip. Big booming almost dry hot brown spice all over, large and inviting. Has a big sensing feel of a winter warmer, but with less boozy character. Some controlled sweetness but not too large, but grabbing into minty and large menthol aftertaste.

Looses some classic witbier character in the mix but comes off as quite a unique beer, with a huge candy cane like aroma. Probably a solid Christmas beer ironically for the time, but doesn't really remind me of a witbier so much.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Shaker pint. No freshness date. Single received as part of a beer exchange with friends.

A: Dusky golden with 1-2 fingers of foamy light-beige head with decent retention and a few scraps of lace around the top of the glass.

S: Banana, orange peel, grainy pilsner malt, honey, and bubble gum

T: A really flavorful winter white ale that challenges Bells' version in terms of quality. Lightly sweet grainy, bready malt with wheaty tanginess up front with bubble gum and banana esters with just the slightest hint of alcohol presence. Hops are herbal and floral, very light in comparison to the yeast esters. The bitterness is low. There is a fair amount of orange citrus bite in the finish, but only get a slight amount of spice, which I am glad about, mainly coriander and clove.

M: Thick witbier feel, not as light as some wits but this has a bit more body and bite for the winter.

O: A well-executed beer by Legend. THis is really one of the best quality brews I have had from them in a while. Look for this and their Imperial IPA.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly still yellow gold with forced 1-finger head. Not much retention and zero lace. Looks good for a wit, though.

Nose is a combination of bananas and pears. A little candy sugar and bubblegum under that.

Taste is crisp up front, but gets sticky sweet fast. More banana than pear, and you feel a mashed banana thickness in the feel. Touch of pear in the finish. Good, but really sweet.

Not bad for the style, but the sweetness really got to me.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.92/5  rDev +6.8%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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2.47/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Hazy golden color. Very modest carbonation visible in the beer, with very little head on top. The few bubbles of head are white, and leave no lacing.

S: Some clove-like scents come through, along with some very very faint flower scent. Pretty unimpressive.

T: Some clove in the taste as well, along with a cardboard-like taste, very faint but present grain character. Some banana in the aftertaste.

M: The mouthfeel is rather smooth and creamy, but could use a lot more carbonation.

O: Overall I wasn't impressed with the beer at all. It's below average for a wit, and seemed very one dimensional. It's very likely that I'm drinking this beer a bit to late in the season. I wouldn't buy it again, but I will have to pick it up and try it again next year to compare. Still, I was disheartened by the severe lack of carbonation. I would get one bubble here, another there...

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Winter White from Legend Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.