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Amsterdam Oranje Weisse - Amsterdam Brewing Company

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Reviews: 42
Hads: 91
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 15.03%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Amsterdam Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada | website

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.

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Photo of Derek
4.6/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Hazy, dirty straw with a nice white head, great retention & lacing.

S: Bitter orange rind and a mild, well-rounded spicing.

T: Taste echos the aroma, bitter orange, coriander and a subtle hint of anise. So subtle I wouldn't have known it was anise if I wasn't told. Light fruitiness & spicing from the yeast, healthy bread-dough yeast flavour, slightly biscuity, very light bitterness.

M: Light to moderate body is very smooth. Not as carbonated as some Belgians, but it allows the creamy proteins to shine & I like it.

D: Very drinkable.

I actually really like this style when it's done well (like this).

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Photo of akdo
4.37/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: I poured a can of this beer into a 16-ounces Cervoise glass. Expect a full-bodied straw-coloured beer. It is not transparent. Unfortunately, the two-finger head had quite a lot of bubbles and receded into a small coat somewhere between the third and fifth minute of my tasting. Other than that, the body is nice.

Smell: Nice nose of orange combined with a little bit of citrus.

Taste: The front end closely matches the taste of orange zests, which doesn't take a back seat to the notes of citrus. As the beer moves to the end, it shifts from slight hints of banana to those of both coriander and anise. The latter adds a subtle, but not harrassing, sweetness to the hops.

Feel: It has the slight acidity of a citrus. Moreover, because of its low ABV, it was breweed to feel like a refreshing beer for summer.

Overall: Amsterdam Brewery's Oranje Weiss is a great rendition of a Belgian-style wheat beer. It strikes the right balance between fruitiness and spiciness. I would gladly recommend this seasonal beer.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for around the $3.00 mark or so for a 473ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high white head the films out quick though. Nice light Hoegaarden color to it. Almost translucent. Light gold color and unfiltered to a degree.

S- Coriander, Light malt undertones.

T- Very similar to a Hoegaarden and great try guys!!

M- Good and dry.

O- I like this one. It's a local home brew good well. Suggest you buy up!

Food Pairing

This wonderful brew goes well with...... The beach, a pile of these, some hot dogs, hamburgers, salads galore and DDs.

Enjoy

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Photo of bobsy
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, first sweet beer of the weekend.

Pours a weird pastel yellow, super light honey colour, which I obviously can't describe adequately, but find really cool. Its an extremely hazy beer, and you wouldn't see through it however barrow you're glass was. This is probably due to all the wheat residue which cakes the bottom of the bottle. A huge white head instantly forms, and then dies down to cake-like islands, while leaving a couple rings of lace on the glass. As I drink, yet more lacing is laid down.

The aroma is clean - lemon, orange, husky grain and a touch of coriander. Likewise the flavour follows suit, and is actually excellently balanced. I don't usually like Amsterdam, but this is going very well. Candied orange peel of the bat, followed lemon, freshly cracked coriander and an extremely solid and clean graininess. Everything is exceptionally refreshing, right through to a lingering almost herbal finish. The body builds on this - its light (which suits the style well), but the carbonation builds a pillow in the mouth to cushion and emphasise the rounded character of the flavours.

This has caught me off guard. I expected a shitty wit but I found a winner.

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Photo of mintjellie
3.88/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of SebD
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

473 ml can served cold into I to a st. Pauli girl mug. Purchased for under $3 CDN from the LCBO.

Appearance. - pours a a hazy golden orange coloured beer with one finger of white head. Some sediment visible in the glass and minimal head retention. Decent amount of lacing left behind.

Smell - some orange, a hint of lemon and plenty of creamy wheat.

Taste - orange and plenty of wheat with a kiss of lemon zest to wrap it up. Nice wit beer.

Mouthfeel - very smooth and light bodied, creamy from all the wheat yet not heavy. Moderately high carbonation.

Overall - very solid wit beer that is quite enjoyable, full of flavor and has a great weight to it.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy honey color, with a tinge of orange, topped off by a nice, pillowy white head and nice, sloppy lacing.

Has a nice, funky Belgian yeast in the nose, with some nice clean wheat, lemon zest and coriander.

The wheat is predominant at first, with a nice lemony citrus and a slight tinge of orange, mild metallic bitterness, and some spice and anise in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is little thin, but crisp and it's nicely refreshing.

It's a really nice summer drinker and should be a real crowd pleaser.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I finally cracked open that bottle biegaman gave me some time ago. Bright, pale yellow, this wit beer looks like it would glow in the dark! At the same time, it's murky and hazy with some yeast chunks falling to the bottom. I blinked and missed any head that might have appeared, no visible ring either. There was a slight effervescence on the surface and slow, even carbonation redeemed the beer's seeming lack of presence.

Smell was delightful citrus rind, perfumy lilac, a bit spicy ... a good representation of the style. Taste was coriander big time, some orange rind, very much a wit beer with a malty finish and a cleansing, snappy mouthfeel. A bit thin but oerall a decent example of the style, I'd gladly buy a few more of these for those times when only a wit beer will do!

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Photo of biegaman
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Although it's technically still yellow, Amsterdam Orange Wit can rightfully call itself a 'white' beer; the complexion is ghastly pale and has a kind of incandescent glow about it (all this despite the fact that clarity is strictly disallowed, even the shadows on the other side appear distorted). Its head, a thin but strongly embedded blanket of white, is gluey.

Witbiers have a very distinctive smell - something reminiscent of wildflower honey infused with grainy, spicy wheat aromatics and a perfumy herbal note that includes hints of coriander and citrus zest - and this smells every bit the part. There's no mistaking it. This smell takes me instantly to a countryside in Flanders... and I don't want to leave.

The taste is equally to style and, to be honest, it having been some time since having my last witbier, I forgot just how distinct and delicious this portfolio of flavours can be. A crisp, dry (almost reminiscent of celery) wheat maltiness combines with dried herbs (thyme, coriander, anise, other spices) and citrus zest fruitiness for a very toothsome combo.

There's also an oat-like thickness to the malty flavour, a kind of oatmeal-y texture and flavour, as well as a faint tartness and refreshing effervescence. The zest and spice fade quickly on the finish, leaving behind little flavour but a desirably quenching gratification. Despite the more than adequate flavour, the body is light and could use more sensation.

Oranje Weisse (it should read 'wit') makes a fitting tribute to the brewery's Dutch heritage as it is arguably one of the better North American representations of the witbier style I've come across and, if only it had a little more self-confidence, could easily be confused with an authentic, European-born offering. Heck, I'll be buying some more!

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | 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.

Oranje Weisse is definitely brewed to style - basically all of the notes I'd expect are there - but still leaves me a little wanting. 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 Jun 4 2015]

Finally available in tallboy cans, at a much more reasonable $2.75 per serving. This can was dated May 7 2015, and is drinking very nicely. This wit lacks the crisp feel and spicy finish of beers like Hoegaarden, but it is still quite well-made and highly refreshing. If you're a fan of stuff like Rickard's White, this can be considered a legitimate upgrade that isn't terribly likely to frighten off the uninitiated. I'm not a huge wit drinker, but I do get cravings for them randomly during the summer, and I expect to return to this one in the near future.

Final Grade: 3.73, a B grade.

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Photo of Electros
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of peensteen
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of aletale
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

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Photo of Mit
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Swedes21
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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

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Photo of BGDrock
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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

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Photo of spinrsx
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Amsterdam Oranje Weisse from Amsterdam Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.