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Amsterdam Oranje Weisse - Amsterdam Brewing Company

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82
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84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Amsterdam Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MeisterBurger on 06-28-2009

An ode to our Dutch heritage, Oranje Weisse is a premium, unfiltered white beer. Predominantly brewed with un-malted wheat which gives it a hazy appearance we've also added two types of orange peel, some coriander, and a touch of anise. The result is a unique flavour combination of citrus and light spice. Our signature yeast reveals a complex aroma and slight tartness on the palate. We recommend serving with a slice of orange on the side of the glass to enhance this refreshing seasonal brew.

12 IBU
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Ratings: 84 | Reviews: 39
Photo of PorterPro125
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 500 mL Bottle

A- Pours a hazy light straw colour with a 1 1/2 finger white head. Fairly lackluster when compared to other witbiers.

S- Obviously lots of orange in the nose (hence the name) but it's more of a lingering background note. Nice spiciness as well as some Belgian yeast action.

T- Follows the nose well with the exception of a bubblegum note on the finish. Nice.

M- Light body with a lively medium carbonation. Refreshing brew.

O- Not a top notch Witbier but a pretty good one at that. Light and refreshing.

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy straw, almost golden color. Weak 2 finger head lasting around 2 minutes with average legs but strong bubble activity.

Aromas and flavors of sweet citrus, a bit orangey, smoky grains and herbal spices. Great authentic subtle orange taste that is not too intense but faintly vinous.

Light body with prickly carbonation. Short and but well intensified and balanced finish, leaving a pleasant slightly spicy mouth coat at the end.

Overall : Good craft being very flavorful with some good freshness and intensity.

Photo of patre_tim
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Honey yellow cloudy, some carbonation, huge off white yellowish head.

S: Offal, bubble gum, coriander, dry naval orange, Belgian yeast, light smokiness.

T: Light and refreshing light citrus orange again it’s a dry naval orange type, some bubble gum, plastic or wax paper, coriander, light smokiness, not getting the same Belgian yeast I got on the nose.

M: Light body, medium low carbonation, dry finish.

O: The bottle is bright orange and impressive, the taste is mediocre, certainly not this brewery's best brew but light and summery and refreshing.

Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, painted the same bright orange hue as that of the Dutch national team supporters. First appearance for this brewery in Alberta, I believe.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and even a bit creamy bone-white head, which leaves a decent swath of swollen rain cloud lace around the glass as it very slowly fades away.

It smells of neutered orange peel, somewhat astringent coriander, zippy wheat grain, earthy yeast, and some rather understated leafy, musty hops. The taste is more malt-forward, with the pale and wheaty graininess leading off, followed closely by the peppy, spicy coriander, middling orange pith, vegetal yeast, and faint earthy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is fairly laid back, and just mostly frothy, the body medium-light in weight, and kind of hollow in its generic smoothness. It finishes barely off-dry, the graininess shedding the majority of its already limited sweetness, while the spice and yeast pull things in the opposite direction.

An adequate witbier, the standard extra ingredients definitely making themselves known. However, the hovering edginess kind of takes a fair bit of the air out of it all. Enjoyable to a point, but after the one, I'm kind of done.

Photo of IdeaSpeeder
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - 500ml cool lookin' orange bottle poured into a weizen glass

Appearance - Pours a cloudy straw colour, shines golden when help up to the light. On top sits a great big head, about 2-3 fingers. It dissipates quickly. A moderate degree of lacing is left behind.

Smell - Wheat and orange citrus with some spicy undertones. Not as much orange as I was hoping. Pretty average.

Taste - Really not as much orange as I was expecting. There's definitely some orange there, with come coriander as well. There are some light spices again, and some wheat as expected.

Mouthfeel - Very to medium carbonation, pretty crisp finish.

Photo of Electros
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer super cold, quite refreshing. Taste very much represents the style, malted/torrified wheat, cloves, coriander, orange peel. Unfiltered, hazy gold in appearance. Has a lovely citrus smell. This is a beer you could kill and after on a patio one after the other and not grow tired of it.

Photo of BGDrock
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: very active carbonation; hazy, straw colour; white head with couple minutes length

Aroma: tart, acidic, spice - typical wheat beer; some orange peel

Taste & Mouthfeel: sweeter than typical; not much in flavour, actually bringing to mind good water! there is some orange, but fairly subtle and overall the taste isn't lasting; it is clean and refreshing however, and the lack of strong flavour makes it very drinkable

Overall: simple, subtle, and refreshing make this a great beer for summer and those that don't necessarily like the taste of beer

Photo of hopsolutely
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a style of beer I choose often, but I think this is a well brewed North American example of it. Pours a hazy orange white with a large, fluffy, white head that lingers.

Yeasty and bready aroma typical of a "wit" with mild orange undertones - both the fruit and the coriander are more subtle than I expected. Taste is mild, predominantly a sweet malted wheat breadiness that lingers into the finish. There is a dry bittering hop undertone and some orange notes, but they are not at the forefront.

Not my own personal cup of tea, but this would be an excellently refreshing summer ale for many an Ontario patio patron, and I'd recommend it to any fan of this style.

Photo of SebD
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice yellow/orange cloudy colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down moderately and has some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of wheat malts, some orange and coriander with a slight spiciness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice wheat feel to it with some nice citrusy orange, some coriander with a bit of banana and some lemony spices.

Mouthfeel: It has a high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours and aromas. Good refreshing Wit!

Photo of thehyperduck
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; no date. Pours a very cloudy, murky yellowish-brown colour topped with a puffy two-inch white head. It dies down over a period of minutes, leaving a nice cap and plenty of lacing on the sides. The aroma is certainly witbier-y, with plenty of wheat, yeast, citrus and some coriander spiciness. Nice, but nothing interesting.

Plenty of wheat malt and yeast in the taste, coriander is also very prominent with a bit of orange citrus. More subtle is the banana and anise... maybe more noticeable toward the end of the sip. The citrus is pretty low-key. Yeast and coriander linger briefly in the finish. Highly carbonated, with medium-light body. Crisp and refreshing, this would be more suited to a patio in the summer than indoors at Thanksgiving.

Final Grade: 3.63, a B+. Definitely to style - basically all of the notes I'd expect are there - but still leaves me a little wanting. A little heavy on the spice, and pretty light on everything else. There's nothing here that will blow your mind, and it's a bit pricy, but it does the job. Worth a try I suppose, but certainly not the best wit I've ever had and probably not something I'd go out of my way for.

[Updated Nov. 20 2013]
Picked up another bottle, still no date but I don't think this is particularly fresh, and it was served with very little chilling beforehand. I've altered the score slightly - this is still a serviceable wit, but it's a lot less spicy and a lot more drinkable than I recall. Since this is the sort of style that I rarely want more than one or two bottles of at a time anyway, I could see myself going for this again next summer. A decent summer seasonal from Amsterdam - a little pricy (usually - this bottle was marked down by over a dollar because it's getting a little old, which frankly is a more justifiable price point), but if you're a fan of stuff like Rickard's White, this can be considered a serious upgrade that isn't likely to frighten off the uninitiated.

Photo of MattyV
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy deep lemon colour. Airy white head disappears quickly and just a small ring remains.

Aroma is grassy, with definite citrus and coriander notes.

Nice citrus notes, some wheat/yeasty flavours, a tad spicy. Aftertaste is sharp and crisp with just the slightest residual sweetness, very pleasant. Perhaps a bit overcarbed (which can be a challenge with this style!).

A decent example of the style. Approachable and perhaps a great local gateway craft beer.

Photo of aletale
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours just as you would expect it to...a very cloudy orange pale colour with a few bits of sediment scattered around [important to do the 'weisse roll' prior to opening to disperse the solids]. Maybe a finger of fizzy head formed and quickly diminished to a ring. Not much lacing to speak of.

It smells like a wit beer...that should tell you enough. This is perhaps one of the more purely orange smelling beers I've encountered, but not neccesarily the sweetest. Very nice.

The taste does not disappoint. Compared to a Hoegaarden (a good basis for comparison), this one has more of a tart, fruity burst and also a little more of a hop bite on the finish, albeit not much.

While I do enjoy wit beers, they are nothing that i'd be able to drink more than one of. However, they hit the spot when the sweat starts to pour and I plan on returning to this one. If you enjoy Hoegaarden but are looking for something with a bit more of a bite, give it a shot!

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy light yellow color ale with a nice size purer white foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of coriander and light orange peel notes is quite nice. Taste is also a nice mix between light coriander notes with some notes of wheat and light refreshing notes of orange peel. Body is quite full for style with good carbonation. Well brewed with more spices then I was expecting; maybe missing a fuller body.

Photo of Swedes21
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Cloudy, white head, good lacing, hard to see carbonation

Smell - Coriander, clove, Orange, banana, wheat

Taste - blah, not much banana, there truly was not a lot of punch to this beer. almost tasted like an ale style beer.

Mouthfeel - Added carbonation, better taste, not much overall added.

Overall - not what i was expecting after smell, there was a lot more promise than this delivered. thanks for SpinRSX for the sharing of this.

4, 4, 3.5, 3.5, 3.5

Photo of tbeckett
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a good cloudy straw colour with a two finger white head gone to a thick film pretty quick. Strong carbonation. Good filmy retention and some OK rings of lacing.

S - Banana is obvious, light sweet spice, and lemon. Standard.

T - Wheaty and yeasty. The wheat really smooths and lightens out the body. Banana, sweet spice is tame, and lemon comes through strong. More citrusy than the aroma.

M - Heavy carbonation and a light body with a slightly sweet finish. Carbonation might be a tad too strong.

O/D - Fairly standard for a wit I guess. Nothing really stands out. It's to style but not overly impressive. Refreshing and drinkable.

Photo of Stocean1
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured a half finger head, cloudy with no light passing through, patchy lacing

S - orange, bananas, and bready fruit

T - wheat, an unusual orange flavor, cloves, coriander, bananas - one I could not figure out - must be the anise - very unbalanced could be much better

M - decent carbonation and bitterness and pretty smooth

O - it went off base on the taste but with some tweaking this really could be a good brew - will try again in a couple of years

Photo of allergictomacros
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy yellow with a solid head.

S - Nose is wheaty, orangey and spicy.

T - Somewhat dry with a mild bitterness in the back end. Husky grain, bitter orange and coriander come through. Solid wheaty twang and yeast.

M - A bit sharp on carbonation. Light, crisp body.

D - Pretty drinkable but nothing special here.

Photo of Roke87
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle, chilled and poured into a pilsner glass

Appearance- Pours a hazy golden yellow colour with two fingers of thick white head that takes a little while to dissipate to an average ring around the glass leaving minimal to no lacing throghout till finish.

Smell- I get a huge spice presence right off the bat on the nose of this one, some citrusy fruity orange aromas in there as well, paired with a mild hint of yeast in there as well as some wheat. It’s really hard to pick out the other aromas in this one because the coriander spice really takes over and dominates the aromas.

Taste- Again just like the smells, there is a huge coriander spice presence that takes over right away and doesn’t really ever let go, next I get some bready wheat malts with that usual wit beer yeast. The orange does come through in there but only very mild, like I said before the coriander spiciness really dominates almost every aspect of those one, a little too much so.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied, this wit beer is smooth and silky, although it does finish a little dry on the palate, below average carbonation to this one as well.

Overall- To be honest I am a little disappointed with this one, I was just expecting more from Amsterdam after such a solid bock beer seasonal that was released earlier this spring. There is far too much spice flavours going on that never really go away, I mean if you like that kind of beer than this will be right up your alley, but for the others like me who like a nice balance in a beer between all the flavours this one was really nothing but a one dimensional mess, for an oranje weisse the orange never really shines through as you would expect it to. Might pick this one up again but doubting it, nothing spectacular in anyway, very average wit beer.

Photo of spinrsx
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle

Appearance - Hazy amber/orange with an average size frothy white coloured head. Hard to make out the carbonation level due to the haziness and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 4 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell – Grains, oranges, coriander, bananas

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation. I can taste banana, orange, and coriander. There is also some lemon flavour and some wheat. It finishes with an orange and banana fruity slightly tart aftertaste.

Overall – The taste is a little unbalanced but the beer is still above average. With a few small adjustments this beer could be really great. Still happy I tried it.

Photo of peensteen
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy pale golden colour, one finger of white head, dissipates quickly leaving light lace on the glass. Smell is yeasty with citrus, orange, spice, coriander, banana is there also sort of reminds me of belgian style crossed with german in the nose. Taste is yeasty with orange and spices, spice dominates this a little, dry with orange peel and floral notes in the finish. High carbonation, thin at points but still good, carbonation a little too prickly. Not a bad brew, this brewery has stepped up in the last little while, would revisit next summer gladly.

Photo of bryehn
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Labelled Amsterdam Oranje Weisse. Fresh 2011 bottle, no BB information at all. Included tag has instructions to roll the beer before opening.

Poured a uniformly hazy orange juice-like yellow colour with a medium-large white head that dissipated quickly, but left a decent lace and collar.

Aroma is pretty heavy on the coriander spiciness, combining with orange citrus to create a certain sharpness, but with honey and banana softness that balances nicely.

Taste is also very coriander-forward, maybe too much so. There is a decent, malty sweetness to it and the anise gives it a certain piney flavour, but the coriander really dominates and creates a distinct dryness.

The mouthfeel is relatively thin, but has a real creamy quality to it as well. Very easy to drink, has a prickly carbonation as it passes the tongue and an earthy (mushroom), almost peppery finish.

It's not the best witbier by any means, but at least it tastes somewhat unique. At $4 a bottle I'm not sure how often I'll buy it though. There are better, cheaper options readily available.

Photo of mintjellie
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Turbid pale yellow. Voluminous white head is fluffy and retentive. Patchy lace. Lemon and coriander aroma with floral notes in the background. Juicy orange and coriander flavour brightened and uplifted by tangy acidity. Subtle liquorice-like flavour is interesting and different for a witbier, yet also very dutch at the same time. What grows together goes together, as one of my chef instructors at the college likes to tell us.

Sometimes, liquorice (or anise, or fennel) is a flavour I don't much appreciate. But when one note amongst many other flavours, it can be quite pleasant. Like the fennel note in bouillabaisse, or the liqourice character in many imperial stouts. The liquorice in this witbier works. Think tiger tail ice cream, which I normally don't like because it tastes too much like liquorice for me. Though the liquorice is still combined with orange, it is much more subtle and less overpowering for me in this case.

Light bodied ale with ample and fine carbonation and mousse-like texture. Crisp and refreshing. Easy drinking and approachable. Would make a real crowd pleaser at a barbecue. Might go well with the food too, especially pulled pork or ribs.

Photo of eat
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Great big rocky head with great lacing. Hazy and opaque straw-coloured body. Beautiful-looking stuff.

Tons of coriander on the nose; too much coriander. Bitter orange pith, wheat, astringent, earthy hops and a touch of sweet candy malt.

Coriander overpowers in the mouth as well, with not nearly enough malt to serve as its base. The flavour is on the weak side other than that, with bits of bitter orange pith, wheat and a hint of anise. Definitely needs some more malt sweetness. The aftertaste is of powdery, drying coriander.

Thin, silky body with a medium carbonation. Nothing special.

Drinkable I guess but it seems as if someone spilled a giant bag of ground coriander into the brew tank.

Photo of Mit
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a-nice orange colour, cloudy, nice head on beer.

s-def citrus odour complimented by the usual wheat odours(yeast, coriander...etc)

t- def citrus presense, slight bitterness. Very much a wheat beer. Nice finish.

m-Prob a little thin, but still not bad...

o-solid offering IMO. I would get this again.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light peach color. The head is pretty shortlived and unimpressive, mustering up just a smattering of lace on the glass. The aroma is spicy and doughy with a little bit of citrus in there. Pretty straightforward. The taste malty with a herbal phenolic edge and the slightest whisper of band-aids. Pear and banana esters show with some warmth. The mouthfeel is thin and under-carbonated for the style. The finish is un-notable, a bit watery.

This is a decent Wit, but a little bit bland. I wouldnt seek it out again.

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Amsterdam Oranje Weisse from Amsterdam Brewing Company
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