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White Lightning - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 15.45%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RixBeer on 05-25-2008)
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Reviews by rossthefireman:
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3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For a supposed wit beer, its only mediocre, but this is a great sit back on the beach beer.

A- Clear blonde color like most American adjunct lagers look

S_ Good smell, hint of citrus and wheat

T- Wheat citrusy taste, but very mild, not what normal wit taste like

M- good mouthfeel, good carbonation

D- Again a mediocre wit but very drinkable. This is a beer you can kick back with on the beach or working in the back yard on a hot summer day, ice cold and goes down smooth. Also would be a good beer for backyard BBQ's when the people there arent really 'beer people' but you wouldnt want them to drink swill.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 17:31:06 | More by rossthefireman
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2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly murky light yellow with a 1 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, slight yeast, spice, and some fruity perfume aromas. Taste is much the same but the overall flavor is pretty light. There is a mild spice-like bitterness after each sip that quickly fades. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer all around and not something I would go for again.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 07:59:44 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What should I do? Do nothing, or drink a beer? Ok, drink a beer. And on to the beer:

The color is more resemblant to an American wheat than to a witbier. It's a darker shade of blonde, with little cloudiness from the yeast, and a head that's ½ inch thick. The retention is fine, and it leaves a few strokes of lace. Its nose consits of sweet malted wheat, a creamy orange aroma, and a vague spice.

Pale wheat, witbier, or a combination of the two? The flavor is fine. It has some good orange peel notes and some spice, but it lacks the fruitiness from the yeast. And it definately has a little more flavor than the usual American Wheat. It also helps that the base malt provides sufficent flavor. The body is light, and the carbonation sizzles.

Some spiced-up AmWheats take the spice too far. White Lightning respects the balance, and ends up as a servicable option.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 23:06:36 | More by DoubleJ
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

03-11-2012 05:04:16 | More by SpunMonkey
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4/5  rDev +21.2%

03-09-2012 23:10:33 | More by creez
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New York

2.58/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a very light yellow hay color that is clear and has a nice amount of carbonation bubbles, pours with a two finger head that is frothy and pure white, lingers nicely and leaves a small amount of lacing
S: grasses, lemon and a very slight wheat scent
T: tastes kind of odd, not really what i had been expecting, begins grassy, then slight lemon, then finishes with more grass like notes, no wheat character what so ever, drinks crisp but not all that tasty, just not where it should be
M: pretty intense carbonation, oddly thick, leaves the mouth feeling bright but also oddly dirty
O: eh, not too good, not what i wanted for the style and not all that tastey regardless

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 02:49:10 | More by BigPlay1824
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

01-24-2012 04:35:09 | More by DeezGunz14
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2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

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2.88/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on-draught into a plastic cup at Speakeasy's decrepit warehouse - I mean - brewpub. Reviewed from notes.

Presentation: I couldn't be any more turned off to the beer; why are the brewers allowing it to be served into plastic cups?

A: No head at all. A clear yellow colour.

Sm: Fresh barley and orange esters. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Simple barley, slight pleasant malt, and very light cream hints. Simple and a bit bland, but okay. It's balanced in that there's not many notes there. Built badly.

Mf: Smooth and wet; generic. Not at all tailored to the flavours.

Dr: Drinkable, but simple and a bit boring. I won't have it again. It's okay.


I reviewed this again at the Yardhouse in Downtown Los Angeles, also on-draught. Reviewed from notes:

A: Pours a one finger head of fair cream, fair thickness, and decent retention. Colour is a quasitransparent somewhat cloudy yellow. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Cream, clean malts, hints of subtle nuts, and mild fruit esters. A mild strength aroma.

T: Some cream, full barley - lending it a full body, clean malts, and very slight hints of citrusy notes. Some orange - very tame. Decently balanced and built.

Mf: Smooth, wet, too thick, and adequately carbonated. Mildly complementary of the flavours.

Dr: Drinkable. Boring but pleasant. I wouldn't get it again. Too simple and lacking subtlety. Pleasant I guess.


[The score given reflects the average of both reviews]

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2011 21:22:42 | More by kojevergas
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3.93/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a bright, cloudy orange/yellow color with a half-inch fluffy white head that dissipates quickly. Has nice lacing.

Smell - Orange peel, lemon zest, citrus, and coriander.

Taste - Citrus, orange zest, coriander, and honey..

Mouthfeel - Sizzles on the tongue instantly, I like it lol.. Has a medium body with high carbonation.

Overall - It's a good beer but the coriander is a little too strong. Also quite spicy.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 05:12:19 | More by jsisko01
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

11-16-2011 03:13:46 | More by MemphisKev
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2/5  rDev -39.4%

11-15-2011 02:21:12 | More by avaldivia
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3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Speakeasy plays it safe with this beer. Moderate straw color wth nominal head. Malt is well handled, with no raw grain notes. Moderately crisp with vague lemon in the background - more lemongrass than lemon. Finish is clean but unmemorable. On a hot day, this would be a fine quencher, but otherwise not a lot to keep the palate engaged.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2011 14:35:09 | More by Brent
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3.08/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From my beer journal. Originally reviewed on May 31, 2011.

A: Pale yellow. Maybe closer to a light gold. Small fizzy head that quickly turned into nothing.

S: Citrus and orange zest. Sweet and wheat

T: Sweet malty taste. Very big on honey and orange zest. Lemony as well. I did not enjoy something in the aftertaste though.

M: Very light mouthfeel

O: Not terrible, but it was a little too sweet and had something unpleasant in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 07:07:01 | More by tony223366
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3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out in typical fashion, the color was a cloudy golden yellow. The head was pretty big and foamy. The lacing was pretty good on it. The smell of the beer has some nice citrusy yeast aromas along with some spicy clove in there too. The taste of the beer has a light citrusy flavor with a stronger banana flavor to balance things out. The mouthfeel here is pretty nice, it's soft and smooth, very drinkable. Overall it's a pretty decent brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 06:55:56 | More by Knapp85
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New York

3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin head that faded away very quickly and left some lacy patterns of bubbles in the center of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of coriander and orange in the nose.
T: The taste shares similarities with the smell and also has some flavors of wheat.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer goes down rather easily but nothing in it stands out to make me want to have another.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 04:12:21 | More by metter98
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3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Pizza Port Ocean Beach

A: This one pours a slightly clouded golden orange color with a big white head.

S: Typical aroma for the style: tart citrus and a bit of wheat and bread. There's an emphasis on lemon and orange zest here along with quite a bit of grass. There is a bit of a honey note, which is actually pretty nice.

T: Starts off with sweet bread/malt flavor and a decent amount of wheat. There is honey here again, which is nice. However, the beer is otherwise very heavy on the lemony and is almost sour.

M: The body and carbonation are both solid mediums.

D: This style needs to stop being brewed.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2011 00:13:23 | More by womencantsail
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White Lightning from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
77 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.