Amsterdam Oranje Weisse - Amsterdam Brewing Company

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78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 10.06%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Amsterdam Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: MeisterBurger on 06-28-2009)
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Photo of beerhunter13
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at "The Ship" in Hamilton.

Poured an opaque medium-golden, decent-sized head and good lacing.

Nose is flowers, orange peel, yeast and honey, perhaps a bit of yeast as well.

A nice, easy-drinking wit. All the usual notes are there, finishes slightly dry and grainy. Good orange peel presence.

Haven't had much luck with Amsterdam, but this one definitely came as a surpise. Quite drinkable and refreshing on a hot summer evening.

Photo of Swedes21
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
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 BGDrock
3.65/5  rDev +2%
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 biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
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 mintjellie
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
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 Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at C'est What. Lacey after a good head poured. Aroma of both the wheat and the orange peal. Found it somewhat acidity, like an orange juice can be. The beer is significant in its orange Thinner than expected, drying finish, but overall a fine wheat beer, one of the better ones from this brewery.

Photo of augustgarage
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of northyorksammy - 500mL bottle poured into my Hoegaarden tumbler.

Very cloudy titanium yellow body, nearly opaque, with a whispy ivory head that recedes to a delicate film. Fast running uniform lacing.

Pleasing citrus, hearty yeast, light wheat notes, and a faint touch of spice in the nose.

The palate is basically a more potent expression of the aroma - the citrus is clarified as orange zest, while the wheat adds a distinct low-level tartness of its own. Very slight coriander in the finish...

Medium-light, pillowy, effervescent mouthfeel. Clean, refreshing, and somewhat fruity overall. A bit simplistic maybe, but no off notes...very drinkable.

Photo of traumaqueen
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Aaronvanderleek
2.58/5  rDev -27.9%

Photo of eat
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
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 Stocean1
3.4/5  rDev -5%
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 Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
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 WillAndSarah
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of DamageCase76
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of patre_tim
3.43/5  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 Roke87
3.58/5  rDev 0%
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
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
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 RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of mattsander
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of SebD
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
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 +1.4%
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.

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Amsterdam Oranje Weisse from Amsterdam Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.