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Amsterdam Oranje Weisse - Amsterdam Brewing Company

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69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2009 19:41:11 | More by Sammy
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 19:51:45 | More by Phyl21ca
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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 pulls things in the opposite direction.

An adequate wit, 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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 03:57:43 | More by biboergosum
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 00:07:16 | More by biegaman
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at C'est What?.

Pours a very cloudy orange/amber, like juice, thick white head forms, settles down to a thick ring and layer, tons of lacing, this looks real good. Smell is nice, biscuit, lemony tart, oranges, wheat, yeasty, a bit of grainy sourness, lots of fruit, bit of spice, not too bad. Taste is nice too, lots of orange, wheat, lemons, toast, biscuit, some fruitiness, a bit sour in the finish, lightly yeasty. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. A pretty solid witbier.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2009 14:19:08 | More by Viggo
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.6/5  rDev +27.1%
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).

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 01:59:48 | More by Derek
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 15:17:17 | More by spinrsx
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 01:26:52 | More by tbeckett
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2009 22:20:47 | More by bobsy
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

09-09-2012 23:05:30 | More by Molson2000
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at C'est What's 2010 Fall Festival of Craft Breweries. Pours a pale yellow with white head. Nice lacing down the glass. Tons of orange in the smell, with some of the typical aroma of a wheat beer. Flavour isn't as nice as the smell, more muted. Ok carbonation level.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2010 15:29:41 | More by kwjd
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 01:49:26 | More by peensteen
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

07-02-2014 03:30:14 | More by DaPan
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -17.1%

11-06-2012 15:30:54 | More by cfalovo97
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle:

Pours a clouded pale straw ale in the glass. Puffy cap reduces but laces well. Lots of sediment in bottle to be agitated before pour is done.

Aromas of citrus coriander, grassiness and wet grain.

Prickly mouth feel and sharpness from the hops. Nice biscuit dough from the wheat, spicy, citrusy, dry in the finish.

Light sparkling and refreshing. Good effort at a Belgian wit. Perhaps a tad on the sweet side but serviceable.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 00:47:20 | More by pootz
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 23:56:59 | More by allergictomacros
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augustgarage

California

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 00:33:55 | More by augustgarage
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 02:25:14 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 21:11:14 | More by hopsolutely
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 18:03:15 | More by SebD
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

06-13-2014 22:58:55 | More by kjyost
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2010 20:14:40 | More by JohnnyBarman
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

07-24-2013 01:08:56 | More by mick303
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

09-05-2013 03:12:53 | More by irishkyle21
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 06:08:05 | More by thehyperduck
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Amsterdam Oranje Weisse from Amsterdam Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.