White Magick Of The Sun | Voodoo Brewing Company

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White Magick Of The SunWhite Magick Of The Sun

Brewed by:
Voodoo Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.75%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This White ale is made with a little Voodoo Twist. We use our house Tripel yeast and add the average unmalted wheat, wheat, barley and just add more of each. Hopped evenly and spiced with coriander, bitter orange peel, juniper and Jeremys' favorite spice to remain a mystery. This beer is to be the answer to those hot summer days. Blows away carbonated water!!!!!

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1 inch head and a few floaties. Smell is of wheat, light fruits. Taste is orange peels, wheat, a touch of spice. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is refreshing, as I expect from this style, but it doesn't stand out from the crowd.

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Photo of Every1sgrudge
1.91/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

A - Unfiltered murky yellow orange color
S - Nothing, no notes for the nose
T - Disgusting; floral, peppery, no real wheat notes, no alcohol, nothing appealing at all
F - Thin, little head, no lacing, like contaminated water
O - Glad I got a single otherwise 5 beers would be in the trash

Terrible beer, wouldn't give this to my arch enemy.

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Photo of LAp
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A bolder, higher ABV version of the wit that relies heavily on a spicy, bold clove and cracked profile. Served in a tulip poured from a 12oz bottle. Nose from the bottle is heavy belgian spice, with a delicious yeasty profile. Pours a profoundly hazy honey with a minimal white head that dissipates immediately leaving no lacing (macroscopic floaters are visible too settling into the bottom of the glass - reiterating that this is indeed a new-to-the game microbrewery). The nose from the glass remains beautifully dominated by belgian yeast. The palate is clove and pepper dominated, but not as much so at the one I tried on tap. Cardamom, coriander, and hints of citrus rind (even a touch of lemon) are evident as well.. The palate is almost more akin to a dubbel or tripel than a witbier - there's an excellent medium body that accompanies this beer and really adds to its robustness (their label of "Imperial Wheat Ale with Spices" is certainly apt. Overall, this is an exceptional Belgian that feels dramatically underrated. Part of this may be due to the protean nature of Voodoo's brews - they're constantly tweaking and modifying even their oldest recipes. For example, the version of WMotS I'm drinking currently is 7.9%, a fair bit stronger than the 6.75% that was initially logged on this site. This is a robust "Imperial Wit" of great depth. A truly excellent beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazed, dingy golden body with a small, white head.

Smell: A top note of wheat, juniper berries and tangy orange rinds with some supporting spices.

Taste: A fore taste of wheat given a dusting of confectioners sugar. A touch of added citrus, a little coriander, juniper and a growing earthy peppercorn flavor. Slight touch of the somewhat heightened alcohol. Sweetish, tangy finish with some lingering peppercorns.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A little disappointing, a bit more alcohol than needed and a lackluster appearance.

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Photo of classixIII
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this wheat ale. Peppercorn is definetly prominent but overall spicing is not overpowering, very drinkable. This edition was a 7.3 ABV but you wouldn't know it. Refreshing, a definite contender for the deck this summer.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
2.93/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On draft
Aroma weak – spice and yeast
Head small (<2 cm), white, creamy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring and layer
Lacing poor – a few small islands of small bubbles
Body medium yellow, hazy
Flavor very weak of coriander and yeast phenolics; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

Not good – basically a watered down witte.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Hoegaarden glass.

A lifeless head that barely makes a pencil thin puck off the pour, leaving a very faint soapy collar that isn't even. Body color is peach amber, dull, and full of lots of sediment even when pouring slowly, with lots of floaties.

Nose though is quite charming. Hints of white wine, and nice peach like sweetness. Some lemon and citrus character but a real nice peach juicy quality, and this wine like yeast character. Real interesing, and very unexpected for a witbier. Really digging it.

Palate comes nicely. A good malt coating, that hints and accentuates the peach sweetness. Some hints of smooth Belgian sugars but with some powdery clove and hot pepper flavors. Nice quenching juicy finish full and lush with citrus and fruit. Spicy aftertaste that lingers with an interesting heat.

This is a real unique witbier and very enjoyable. Quite memorable I'll have to look out for this again.

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Photo of Sanke_Panky
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I've had this beer several times now and each time it's a little bit different. The appearance is golden yellow with a good amount of haze. The smell this time around is heavy of white peppercorn and hints of coriander and honey. The taste is very similar with a lot of pepper on the front finishing crisp and sweet. The mouthfeel was nothing special but ample for its style. My wife and I love voodoo and this is her go to. I enjoy it as well. The spice blend pairs extremely well with steak and salty foods.

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy dark pale yellow in color and has lots of particles visible floating in suspension. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of juniper berries are present in the nose along with spicy notes of coriander.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and also has hints of wheat and ginger; the coriander and juniper flavors persist through the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really liked this beer as it had the intensity of flavors you would expect from an Herbed/Spiced Beer, but was really easy to drink because of the use of the wheat malts.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

(3.25) A: Copper coloured with mysteriously no foam head and quite a flat appearance (even with vigorous pouring).

(4.0) S: Floral qualities, mix of vibrant spices, tree sap, grasses, orange, and some orchard pear. A bold aroma with wonderful creativity.

(3.5) T: Lots of spices, citrus orange, grainy, floral qualities, and grasses. Spices are the centre of attention with the peppercorns providing a bit of heat in the finish. Full disclosure: I have no idea what juniper berries taste like.

(3.0) M: Lighter bodied with minimal carbonation. Clean and crisp but perhaps a bit too much with not enough body or texture.

(3.25) D: A bit disappointed with this, and a bit surprised considering how much I enjoyed Voodoo’s offerings at the brewpub and in the bottles I’ve tasted to-date. The potential and creativity is there but many qualities were off unfortunately.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

At a recent bottle share, this brew was the surprising winner. Poured into the sampler glass, the beer was a nice golden color with a bubbly head. There was something spectacular yet unidentifiable about the nose on this beer. As best I can determine, the aroma was like overripe pineapple, being a very sweet version of pineapple. On the initial taste one immediately notices the high level of carbonation. With the citric notes, it reminded me somewhat of lemon-lime soda. As the carbonation settles a bit, one notices the juniper berries, lime, and the hints of the promised yeast. As the beer finishes, lime stands out in the aftertaste, lingering on the sides of the tongue. I enjoyed this one a great deal.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a wiezen glass

Appearance – The beer pours from the bottle as a lightly hazed orange-amber color with a one-half finger white head composed of lots of fizzy bubbles. The head fades very fast leaving very little lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heavy of a grainy wheat smell mixed with citrus of orange and light lemon smell. Some other aromas of clove and coriander are mixed in there as well along with a light grassy and haylike aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a smoother wheat flavor upfront, but grows more and more grainy in taste as the flavor advances. Upfront there is also a citrus flavor of orange which grows stronger to the middle of the taste only to fade at the end and be replaced by a more lemon citrus flavor. All the while a yeasty taste grows stronger in flavor from the beginning, bringing with it some spice of coriander and clove. The coriander gets rather strong at the end with it being joined by some pepper and a hay flavor, leaving a slightly dry, grainy and gritty taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is quite thin with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. Both the thinner body and the higher carbonation are good for the style and make for a more refreshing feel.

Overall – This is a decent wit, but the flavor left on the tongue is a little bit off at the end. If you like a wit that is a little more grainy then this you may like, otherwise if looking for something with more smoothness then you may want to pass it up.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rather dark for a witbier. Light orange in color with slight haziness. Perhaps, chill haze. One or two specks of dark precipitate.A few rushing carb streams. Head is meager, but I wasn't expecting a tower of bubbles. Looks okay.

Smells wheaty and mildy spicy. A few peppery notes here, some musty maltiness there. A little banana, maybe some coriander. Light straw. Not really as I remembered.

Has banana, wheat, and cracked pepper in the mouth, but not with the intensity that I swear by. I recall a lot of black pepper and other spice rack additions comprising a bright and sandy flavor. Finishes with delicious pepper and some coriander, timed out well. Every sip is a little bit better with warmth. Background lemon twang with some tea-like hops that identify this one as even more fascinating than the first swig let on. The pepper fades in and out, however. Starting to wonder if the dark speck I saw in the beer was a flake of black pepper that's gone and swallowed.

Drinks with some softness. Hardness contributed by a wily carbonation that's a little over-the-edge. Not off-putting. I can tell it's to try to accentuate the spices added. I'll now swear by this beer in bomber of draft format. This 12oz bottle seems like a slight injustice.

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Photo of mscudder
2.41/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served in a chalice.

A - Murky, far from transparent, deep-orange hue with little head to critique.

S - Sweet spices, caramel, fresh dough, honey, orange and a dash of coriander.

T - Lots of spices with little balance. Orange,pepper and coriander are coming through in an awkward fashion, resulting in a blend that simply does not work for me.

M - Flat, no carbonation to speak of whatsoever. Body is overly viscous, like honey, while withholding any beneficial flavors.

O - Perhaps this is just a bad bottle, but I could not finish my glass. Disappointing showing for my first Voodoo brew.

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Photo of adamette
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured by me into a clean, clear glass from the growler that I had filled September 8th, 2012 at the brewpub. Cost I am not sure of but I am going to guess $11.99.

A Satisfying "psst" released from the growler when i loosened the rather tight cap. Hazy yellow translucent body under a one inch creamy off white head that dissipated down to a single layer of bubbles within 2 minutes. Good look for the style. 4.0

S Nice solid witbier smell with significant pepper scent as well. Interesting. 4.0

T Directly from the smell....a nice solid witbier taste with the interesting inclusion of a peppery taste. There is some sweetness in the middle of the taste lingering about but mostly it is a nice, gentle wheat grain goodness with the pepper. 4.0

M Rather average feel to a Witbier with a slight bight of wheat grains enhanced by the sassy pepper taste gives the feel of this beer an edge. Really interesting feel. It is the opposite of "flat" or "boring" feel. 4.5

D/O Drinkability is quite good. Overall this is a fine example of the style. 4.0

Notes: The growler version loses nothing to the bottle and on tap versions of the beer and that is satisfying given that I bought this growler nearly two months ago.

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Photo of Chaney
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up right outside of Pittsburg this morning on my way back to DC.

Served in a Schlafly tulip.

A: Poured a saturatedly dark cloudy orange color, with only a whispy 1/2 finger head that died down much quicker than I expected.

S: Spicy, but not too potent, with white and black pepper leading the way along with a slight nudge of coriander and all-spice.

T: Lots of black peppercorns in this for sure. Seriously, if you're not a pepper fan, this might not be your thing. I really liked the flavors here. Along with the pepper, I got some coriander, but overall this was kinda one-dimensional with the whole pepper thing.

M: While I like the slight burn on the tongue from the heat, I thought this could have used a bit more spritz. The lacing was non-existent.

O: The fact that the flavor was my favorite part about this brew is a very good thing. I'd have it again.

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Photo of brystmar
3.27/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Mild gusher after a loud POP from the cap. Hazy and golden, pours way too much head. Thin bubbles recent quickly, however. Spicy aroma with plenty of orange peel and yeast.

Strong wheat base imparts sweetness, lots of spice and orange to back things up. Excessive carbonation distracts me from the beverage in hand. Way, way too much. An ok beer, not something I'd seek out though.

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Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lovely hazy orange amber color with very nice lacing. Spicy and starts to get hot. The pepper is not understated. Smells like peppercorns and moldy bread. I say the mystery spice is ginger. Or else pepper plus juniper berry equals a ginger taste. Some sediment that will get into the last pour.

Malt is rather rich and overall this is sweeter than most Wits. I'd be inclined to call it a spiced ale. Appley, fruity taste along with the residual heat. A very interesting beer, yeasty and rich like a cousin of Hefeweizen. Spices are distinct but not overdone. A little hot in the aftertaste.

From the 12 oz bottle bought at Food and Friends in Philadelphia.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a watery looking golden yellow with no head. The nose is a slightly herbal sweetness that reminds me of cellardoor to an extent, but nothing reminiscent of fresh cut pepper. The taste is slightly peppery, but also very sweet and yeasty. The mouthfeel is weak and the peppercorn needs a lot of time warming before it starts to hit the palate. I'm certainly not sneezing and this beer is a bit of a let down overall.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into tulip. no bottled on date.

A: an orangey yellow hued brew. hazy. head is bubbly and white. retention isnt great nor is the lacing.

S: crystalized ginger is strong. coriander. orange peel. a lot of different, intense spice aromas makes for a very inviting nose on this wit.

T: i say freshly cracked black pepper a lot, but this is the real deal. crystalized ginger. star anise. enough malt to provide a canvas, but certainly not enough of a player over these spice flavors. finish is straight black pepper but then turns relatively clean and dry.

M: average carbonation on a medium body.

D: i appreciate the additions of peppercorns, coriander, juniper berries, and sweet orange peel as they add welcomed complexities to the nose and palate. definitely on the bigger side of wits, this one is worth a shot.

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Photo of yamar68
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy honey gold with shades of orange. Neat single finger of white head. Beading is slow and steady.

The spices dominate the nose - it's hard to pin down just one, quite a blend. Heavy coriander, vanilla, citrus peel, gingerbread... smells like there's something in the oven.

The taste takes a similar direction. I don't think I've ever had a beer so heavily spiced. It doesn't attempt to disguise anything beneath, it just seems to take the lead role.

Overall, this is a very interesting one. I could even see my girlfriend diggin' this one. Good stuff.

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Photo of quirkzoo
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ericdixon for throwing in this extra.

Pours a slightly opaque, dark gold, with 1 finger of white head that recedes to a thin cap. Strong belgian yeast smell up front, lots of cloves, then a hit of peppercorns, a really complex fresh peppercorn smell, not like ground dried peppercorns, fresh pink, green, white, black peppercorns all around. Behind the spice is a touch of pine (not sure if this is hops or the juniper that the bottle reports). The taste is also very spicy but in a slightly different way, the belgian clove yeast gives way to coriander on the palate, but the peppercorns are still there with spicy, tingly mouthfeel. This is full bodied for a wit and is extremely drinkable. Each sip cleanses the palate and gets me ready for another one. Overall this is a really good wit, the flavors are not going to blow your mind but they are interesting, definitely worth trying if you like the style.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- Thanks to Ray in Pittsburgh

A- light orange peel color that is unfiltered. Minimal head and no lacing.

S- strong aroma of orange and coriander. alcohol and juniper berries round out the smell. Very nicely done. I also get hints of pepper that make this smell really aromatic.

T- corainder and peppercorn come out to dominate the tongue. Very heavy on the alcohol/grain as well.

M- medium bodied beer that lets you know there is some ABV there. The peppery lingers around.

O- very nice brew and i would love a case of this for the summer.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a translucent honey color with about a half finger of pure white head. The foam settles incredibly fast, but leaves a nice frothy ring along the edges of the glass. There is a little lacing as it drinks.

S: I’m picking up huge pepper, some orange, roses, and clove. The pre-dominate scent is pepper. There is no doubt about it. It’s actually a bit overpowering.

T: The initial hit is mild citrus and a bit of malty sweetness. But right after, the peppercorns come on strong. Really strong! The spice is incredibly noticeable, but the nice thing is that it’s not a lasting spice. It sits well on the palate and moves off with the other flavors. If you’re not a fan of peppercorns in beer, this isn’t a beer for you. Luckily I love these types of beers.

M: Light bodied beer. The carbonation is just right and the flavors are solid. There is nothing too exciting or terrible about it.

O: If you’re not ready for a peppercorn explosion… stay away from this beer. It reminds me of CBC’s Sgt. Pepper, but on steroids. Good thing I love peppercorn beers. I thought this beer was really solid. But it’s definitely a love it or hate it type of brew. I’m somewhere in the middle but leaning towards the good side.

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Photo of burnstar
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky light straw/gold. Medium sized persistent head. Smell is wheat. Cloves and bananas. Taste is spicy and wheaty again- cloves, bananas. Tangy and zesty with a clean finish. Quite tasty overall. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, highly carbonated- slightly effervescent in fact. Very very drinkable. This is a pretty solid American version of a witbier. True to style and stronger and a little over the top. Cool. One note- this review was very out of season- Christmas Eve actually! I would love to have a few pints of this on tap in the middle of summer- it would be great. Awesome name for this beer too by the way.

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