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White Christmas Belgian Style Wit - Moylan's Brewery

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White Christmas Belgian Style WitWhite Christmas Belgian Style Wit

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BA SCORE
80
good

67 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Moylan's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SethB2 on 11-14-2006)
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Reviews by TastyTaste:
Photo of TastyTaste
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%

Appearance: Hazy medium gold, not too wit, but has a big white head, fast fading.

Smell: Citrus fruit and a lot of yeast, bready malt, and a little more lemon round things out.

Taste: Funky and spicy, a little hard to comprehend at first. The pepper takes hold, the other spices sweeten and flavor. This beer has a whole lot going on, too much? Alos has a touch of the melted plastic flavor I have encountered time to time, but it is not too strong here. Not bad for a winter warmer wit, good spiciness for a cold January night. Interesting, but not one of my favorite in either the Wit or Warmer style. Jack of two trades, master of none.

Drinkability: Very sharp, bold flavor, but maybe a little too much going on. Thanks to Zorro for the bottle.

TastyTaste, Jan 18, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%

Appearance – This is a deep, bright orange in color with a decent head that showed little retention.

Smell – The nose starts off with some rather proud spices. The raw coriander, white pepper, and light sea salt work well together. Then comes the slightly-sour yeast with a malt base that is IMO a tad too weak. Otherwise it is a pleasant nose.

Taste – The malt is a bit bigger at the taste and the spices aren’t nearly as prominent as in the nose, so this gives the ale a two-dimensional character. I can also get some rind-based hops of all things making this a complete package.

Mouthfeel – This Wit is medium-bodied, and it’s only real fault is the lack of intense, fluffy carbonation.

Drinkability – This went down fell enough, but the lack of quality carbonation kept it from being a good experience.

RoyalT, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%

Beer review from BA Mag Nov 2007.

Witbiers or White Ales have been quite popular the past year or so. As most are marketed heavily during the summer, it is quite interesting to see the style as a winter seasonal. In a way it makes total sense being that the spices used are "holiday" in flair.

The heavy pour yields a thick chunky-bubbly head with good retention as it leaves rings of lace down the glass. Spiced sugar cookie-batter malt aroma, a hint of butter and a rounding of spices in the nose. More smoothness than crispness with a medium body. A bold spice character actually adds bitterness from the orange peel and coriander with a mild bite from the black pepper. Hops complement that and mesh well with the slightly warming alcohol that throws a light tart plum-fruitiness at the taste buds. Hint of butter with a big sweet biscuity malt flavor, a tad juicy in the middle. Quick spikes of cinnamon and mace hit when the finish just starts to dry out with a lingering bitterness.

This is not your light and fluffy Belgian Witbier here; a bit more body and alcohol with a generous spicing and hopping brings this beer up a couple of notches. Perhaps a bit too complex to drink on its own, a dessert pairing of pumpkin pie would work great.

BeerAdvocate, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of magictrokini
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%

Pours clear orange-gold with a big, bubbly head and good lacing. Pleasant aroma of orange peel, cloves, and wheat. The taste was sweet but astringent. The white pepper is strong, as is the orange peel. Some wood/pine flavors, with yeast and a metallic bite. Nice spiciness with the clove and cinnamon in the finish. The first time I tried this, I really liked it. It wasn't that good the second time around.

Side note, I don't know why BA classed this as a "retired" beer. You can find it in several BevMo's in San Diego.

magictrokini, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of IntriqKen
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%

Very interesting.
Sort of a dark pale ale color in the glass with a small head that melts too quickly to practically nothing.
Aroma is definitely Belgium yeasts and wheat spiciness.
Very dry mouthfeel with tiny carbonation.
Taste starts out like a belgium then quickly moves into the spicy wheat catagory with definite white pepper overtones.
Slowly you catch hints of the winter spices...cinnamon, coriander, again pepper...that have been added into this brew.
Aftertaste gets drying and a little funky with the combination of spices and belgium yeasts.
Interesting.

IntriqKen, Nov 18, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Moylan's xmas witbier pours a darker than usual, hazy orange-amber body beneath a frothy head of yellowed-white. The head drops shortly to a wide collar and partial surface covering, but some nice walls of thin lace are left behind. Spice is solid in the nose, with coriander and white pepper dominating, and then followed by mace (an interesting and unusual choice) and orange peel. The body is fuller than the witbier style dictates, and it's obvious at this point that it's a bigger holiday version. Spice appears upfront in the flavor, and in fact, carries all of the way through. It's followed by silky malt and a refreshing spritz of sharp citrus, and then a sprinkling of cinnamon and mace. Pepper rises, along with alcohol, and it finishes dry with a dusting of mace and cinnamon. Orange peel appears, and then some more pepper and dull spice as it lingers. Charming. The spices appear, disappear, reappear... coming and going as you progress through the glass and your tastebuds become accustomed. Certainly worth trying!

NeroFiddled, Dec 24, 2006
Photo of ElGordo
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a golden amber hue with a thin white head, belying the witbier description right off the bat. Aroma offers all the advertised spices - clove, coriander, orange peel, mace - with a slighlty sweet malty base underneath. Palate is initially assertively sweet malt, with the spices emerging towards the back of the mouth. A light citrusy flourish comes just before the swallow, leading to a muted spicy finish. Body is nice and crisp, but this beer is just a bit lacking in carbonation. An interesting change from the usual holiday offerings.

ElGordo, Dec 06, 2006
Photo of MASPuros
3/5  rDev -14.3%

MASPuros, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of russpowell
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%

Review from notes, sampled about 2 months ago...

Pours an effervescent honey color with one finger of ivory colored head. Minimal head retention

S: Grassy hops, wet grain & breadyness

T: Lemon & grassy hops, plus grainyness, plus honey malt & orange rind. Honey malt & pear once warm, slight astringeny, plus lemons. Finishes with white pepper, coriander & powdery dryness

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation & okay balance

Drinks alright, but not that good a take on the style...

russpowell, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

1-9-08 Review. A Holiday gift from a co-worker, with a huge beer mug to accompany it (Thanks Monique!). My only concern- have I shared too much about my hobby at work? :)

Pours a golden-orange, much darker than a standard wit, with a slight white head. A slow stream of carbonation keeps a small cap on top. Not at all like a traditional wit- this one goes to new territories.

Aroma has the expected bright grassy lemony wit character, but greatly muted over the traditional style. A richer, fuller malt base and some indistinct spicy notes.

Flavor- a wheaty, but caramel-like base, overlain by coriander, clove, and some other unidentifiable spices. Not as sweet and tripel-like as my review stated last year. Not sure if that's me or the beer.

Fairly tasty and drinkable, but it does not remind me much of a wit. I've boosted the scores a bit from last year, not because of conformance to style, but because it tastes pretty good! But having said that, it's still a once-in-a-while beer.

12-28-2006 review. This is a different one. Wit- think Hoegaarden. Christmas ale- think lots of spices, rich, full and heavy body. This tries to cross the two like I have never seen before. And I have to give them credit for trying, even though this one doesn't really do much for me.

Another review that I just read said this one wavers into tripel territory, and I think that is an excellent observation. Rich full body, pineapple sweetness, and over the top spices. If it were pepper spice, I'd say this was a tripel. But it doesn't- heavy coriander and other wit-related spices keep it away. Too much of an overspiced beer for me, but it is pretty interesting.

Dukeofearl, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of fostwal
2.93/5  rDev -16.3%

This beer has a different taste than I was expecting. I expected more of a Hoegaarden type of beer. This one is fairly different. Starting with appearance. It has a dark golden color. The smell is nice. You can really smell the spices of which this has many. (Orange peel, cinnamon, coriander, and white pepper are listed on the lable). The taste is ok. Low/no hoppy bitterness. The low carbonation makes for a mellow introduction and extensive spices makes for a long lingering taste. I could drink this again if it was given to me but, would not buy it.

fostwal, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of StoutHunter
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

Its a cold winter night in mid michigan and my first review of the new year, so I decided to go with a bomber of white christmas from moylan's brewery, so lets see how it goes. Poured from a brown 24 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A- This beer pours a pale hazy golden orange color with 2 fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed the rest of the time.

S- The only things I am picking up in the aroma are wheat and yeast with a little bit of orange peel on the finish.

T- The wheat comes out the most in the taste but other then that it is pretty bland. The only thing I can taste that was advertised on the bottle was the orange peel. I don't taste any cinnamon, coriander or white pepper. All in all not a lot going on here, the taste reminds me of a popcorn kernel.

M- Medium bodied and well carbonated.

D- The flavors are very mild and the alcohol is hidden well, but there aren't enough good flavors to make me grab another one, glad I am splitting this bomber with my brother.

Overall I was unimpressed by this beer, I was expecting a nicely spiced lager but all I got was a dull typical wheat beer with orange peel. I don't think I will ever revisit this beer. This was my first brew by moylans and it left a bad first impression.

StoutHunter, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of 1000Bottles
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%

Reviewed on June 17, 2008.
Shimmering gold color with a thin off-white ivory head. Aroma is light, yeasty, slight honey and a bit floral. Flavor is a touch grainy, lightly sweet, a touch spiced (though nice and not over done) and some floral notes. Very well made and well balanced - might have suffered a bit from 6-8 months in storage (root cellar) but still very nice flavors, if a little under carbonated.

1000Bottles, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of Murchmac
2.48/5  rDev -29.1%

I keep giving this brewery a chance and keep getting burned. Althought somewhat drinkable ( like tang is) I would not buy this beer again. The best part about it is the smell. If this beer only tasted like it smelled.

Cross between fat tire and budweisers pumpkin ale.

The only good beer they make is the double ipa and the hopsickle. although i will try the kilt lifter.

Stay away unless you like throwing your money away.

Murchmac, Dec 14, 2007
Photo of shroompod
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%

Pours a slightly cloudy golden color. Not much head or lacing.

I can smell coriander , some sweet maltiness.

The coriander come through nicely on tasting and somewhat dominates any underlining sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium , slightly under-carbonated,.

Overall a smooth brew with an interesting character.

shroompod, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of DrDemento456
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%

Must have been old but for 6.00 I figured it would be a nice winter beer.

A - Nice hazy yellow with an inch of head that turns to a moderate lace. Very bubbly carbonation, this beer still has life!

S - Nothing really stands out on the nose. Mild yeast tones, maybe a bit of orange and coriander with a slight peppery zest.

T - Tastes like a good Wit. Got a bit of orange zest and a nice spice bit from the white pepper. The pepper spice was something I was not used to and kind of rounded the yeasty like malt with the spice twang. Enjoyable. ABV non existent but the orange turns more of a lemon with hop bitterness. Complex indeed.

M - Light to medium. Found it pretty easy to sip and enjoying all the flavors.

D - Man what a nice beer. I don't know if I would go back for a second but surly would expect another bottle next winter. Still the beer even months old, delivered a nice splash of spice orange and hoppy flavors. Better than expected for a "winter lager" (hint hint Samuel Adams)

DrDemento456, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of Zorro
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%

This beer is a hazy amber colored beer with a white head in the glass. It is most definitely too dark for the beer style.

Smell is very strongly spicy with sweet and coriander being the strongest aromas. Lemon and black pepper make up the bulk of the remaining scent. Bergamot comes through as a faint Earl Grey tea aroma. This is a very spiced beer, no clove though and that is good.

Taste begins sweet and bitter with a strong flavor of coriander. Intensely flavored with coriander they went a bit too far with this one. Fairly high bitterness level to counter the malt level, but I suspect that some of that is from coriander and not hops. Subtle flavors are mostly sacrificed here in favor of the coriander but they do exist. Tea and bitter orange make an appearance.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability suffers from too much fresh coriander. This would be gangbuster spicy in a Belgian Ale that was aged a few months in a hot farmhouse to cut it down a bit. In this case its power is a lot like too much garlic in a dish. This is however an example of what happens when you take that one spice too far.

Zorro, Dec 30, 2006
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%

Acquired via trade from t0rin0, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very spicy with coriander, cinnamon, white pepper, wheat, Belgian yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste hits with a strong burst of sweet spiciness containing flavors of cinnamon, white pepper, coriander and citrus. There are background flavors of wheat and Belgian yeast, with a thin malt character and a mild hops presence. The after-taste is spicy and slightly sweet. To me this particular combination of spices just doesn't seem to taste right.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Flavorful but I just wasn't a fan of the cinnamon sweetness in a Witbier, goes down quite ok, not too filling, nice kick, good representation of style while adding a twist, it's a good beer if you're able to get into the unique flavor, but it really didn't work well for me.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of guitarmage
4.2/5  rDev +20%

Appearance: Poured into a 24oz weizen glass, the head rises over the edge of the glass. It's foamy and sticky. The beer is a vibrant orange, cloudy, clear and yellow near the bottom.

Smell: Cinnamon and cloves, some lemony citrus, the beer smells great.

Taste: A pungent dose of spices, cloves and cinnamon, some yeastiness makes the beer "stinky", a light hoppiness fades in towards the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Nice smooth medium body, the carbonation is light with small bubbles, fizzy and easy to drink.

Drinkability: This beer is tasty and gently spicy, a solid witbier in my opinion. Looks great in the big weizen glass and is easy to throw back.

guitarmage, Feb 20, 2007
Photo of grub
2.28/5  rDev -34.9%

christmas tasting hosted by biegaman on dec 15/07. he contributed this one. thanks jan!

22oz bottle.

pours orangey amber with a small dense white head. the head drops fast and leaves spotty lace behind.

aroma is ok. big floral blast - dandelions? overcooked broccoli. bit of peppery spice.

taste is not great. the dandelion returns along with some fresh cut grass - like cutting your dandelion-filled lawn on a spring day. a weird mash of over powering spices and flowers. grain. bit of alcohol. touch of caramel.

mouthfeel is ok. medium-low carbonation level. light body.

drinkability is not good. we split the bottle three ways and all dumped about 3/4 of our glasses. way too much spice and weirdness going on here.

grub, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of flexabull
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%

Poured this bomber into a Duvel glass. It is a bright amber color, with a nice white bubbly head.

The aromas are mostly corriander, wheat, and a hint of spicy hops. Not bad.

Taste is kind of spicy, but still pleasant. The corriander is apparent, as is a bit of white pepper. This beer is round in the mouthfeel, but also quite dry, tart, and crisp.

This one has a bit more of a kick than most Witbiers I have tried. But it's drinkable, and interesting... just not sure that I'd reach for this one again in the beer store. Still worth a try though.

flexabull, Nov 22, 2006
Photo of kimcgolf
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%

Poured from the bottle to a light copper color with medium white head that lingered thru mid-glass. Aroma is a very pleasant mix of cookie dough and warming winter spices (clove, nutmeg, coriander, cinnamon). The mouthfeel is medium bodied, and the flavor is a good contiunation of the spices found in the nose, with a hint of fruit creeping in at mid-glass. Finish is long and a bit warming.

Another fine effort by Moylan

kimcgolf, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%

Well after Christmas, I know, but there were so many beers and so few holidays, lol. Besides, aren't we to have the spirit of Christmas *every* day?? :-) Onward then...

Appearance - pours a hazy golden orange into an oversized Christian Moerlein pils glass. Very active bead helps maintain a creamy, cake-like head. A solid wall of lace around the edge as the head subsides ever so slowly.

Aroma - muted, but very spicy sniff. The pepper and mace pair up with the doughy yeast and make a very herbal, foody smell.

Taste - lots of character here. Grainy malts show off a restrained sweetness. Just a touch of candi sugar on the swallow. The hop balance is equal to the malt plus a little more. The spices mix in and form a vaguely corny along with a generally unidientifiable spice flavor. Even some alcohol warming in there. The finish is mostly hops, drying the palate pleasantly. This has a faint background of Belgian funkiness, very tame, which doesn't knock my socks off but the absolute palette of flavors is worth recognizing. Gets a little too corny as it warms though, starting to go a little malt liquor on me there. By the time I'm down to the last six ounces, it's pretty much a chore and a duty to finish.

Mouthfeel - smoother than expected, has a good glide to it. About what I expected carbonation wise but not over the top.

Drinkability - I'd have it again but likely won't. It's a unique beer that's definitely worth trying just to appreciate the artful mix of ingredients. This is one I'd prefer to share as the corniness and funkiness start to wear on me a little towards the end.

brewdlyhooked13, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of Stoneman78
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%

750ml poured into a Duvel tulip glass
A- Pours a murky dark golden hue, head is 1-finger of off-white, creamy smoothness that dissipates to a ring, minimal lacing
S- Nose is dominated by huge spices like coriander and cinnamon, subtle citrus-lemon, bread/biscuit malts in the background, and tea leaves
T- Initial taste is coriander and sweet bread malts reminiscent of holiday spice cake, midway comes subtle orange and lemon tones, finishes with a touch of pepper and more spices
M- Light/medium-bodied beer, slight oily slick texture, biting carbonation
D- This is one spice-heavy witbier that seems quite a bit off-style, too sweet and spicey for much more than one pint at a time, just not what I consider to be a balanced beer with that much spice in the picture
Buy again? No
Personal score- 58/100

Stoneman78, Nov 16, 2007
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3.63/5  rDev +3.7%

22 oz. bottle- color of bright yellow , with a thick white head - nose of dough , mild hopps , and citrus – taste of orange peels , hopps , tar , piney , crisp , and slightly peppery in the mid palate - body is dry , and clean – aftertaste of cannabis , earthy , and orange

stephendr, Dec 27, 2006
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White Christmas Belgian Style Wit from Moylan's Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.