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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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Reviews: 42 | Hads: 91
Photo of eat
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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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 CAMRAhardliner
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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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Photo of zachariaIPA
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale gold with an inch of pearl-white head. Nice, thicker lacing. Estery and yeasty nose..but a little bit of sulfur when I swirl it in the glass. Coriander, wheat and some orange..lots of yeast, kind of like a hefe/saison to me. Average mouthfeel, something is a little off about the beer, maybe just brewed in haste. But overall not a bad beer and I'd give it a try again next year if it's still around.

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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 kwjd
3.33/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of karait95
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice cloudy body as expected, yellow pale color and a good head on top that leaves a layer of little bubbles, color withe with some retention.

S: Full wheat aroma, very vague citric smell in the back but almost all of it fulls your nose with the wheat.

T: Original wheat flavor, with a little citrus faint orange tasting at the end.

M: Nice tasting, a little bitterness with a long ending with a rare complexity.

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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 JohnnyBarman
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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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 cyrenaica
2.92/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

16oz draught
5.0% ABV
I tried this beer on tap on July 9, 2009 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a hazy golden yellow with a thin white head that quickly disappeared. The aroma was sweet fruit, wheat, and a generous dose of citrus. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, with mild carbonation. The flavour was malty with hints of citrus.

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Photo of pootz
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of Viggo
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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