White Magick Of The Sun | Voodoo Brewing Company

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White Magick Of The SunWhite Magick Of The Sun

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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 jwc215
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle -

POurs clean golden on first pour, so, knowing that it was a wit, and the cloudiness comes from the "finishing swirl", I poured it into different glasses. The last produced a cloudy golden orangey body. The bubbly white head towers than collapses. A rush of effervescent carbonation rises to the top. Foamy lacing sticks.

The smell of black pepper is very strong (almost too much). Orange peel zest and some cotton candy come through, but almost overwhelmed by black pepper.

The taste of black pepper is balanced by a bubblegum/cotton candy sweetness and an orange zest tang. It is perfumy/medicinal, but in an appropriate way for the style. It is one that grew on me, as the pepper settled in. It has a spicy, dry finish.

The feel is effervescent and light-bodied.

Black pepper is almost too much here, though as it settles, it develops more complexities. A bit too spicy for me to want to keep drinking, but a 22-ouncer set well with me. A spicier, "different" wit that still fits in with the general guidelines of the style.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at South Philly Tap Room on 3/6/09 during Philly Beer Week.

A - Slightly hazy golden/light orange body with half a finger of bubbly white head that transformed into a patchy veil and some spotty lace.

S - Spicy nose with an apparent pepper character, some clove, and plenty of Belgian yeast. I get a sense of some other more exotic spices such as ginger.

T - OK, I think the "white magic" part of the name refers to the copius amount of white pepper added into the mix. Fresh-a Pepp-a? In addition, there are lots of other spices mingling with the pepper, including clove, ginger and coriander.

M - Light to medium bodied with a slight syrupy texture and soft carbonation. Extremely spicy on the palate with some residual alcohol heat.

D - Thank you, Pepper Boy, that was the perfect amount of pepper. Bravo! I found this to be a very unique Belgian-inspired brew with an abundance of pepper and spices.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.85/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brewed with unmalted wheat, wheat malt, malted barley, raw oats, malted rye, coriander, bitter and sweet orange peel, juniper berries, 12 varieties of peppercorns, lemon grass, and caraway. About 6.75% ABV. Fermented with the Voodoo house Belgian Ale yeast. $6.99 for a 22oz bottle. The website specifically states this is "not a Wit Bier!"

Pours out to a cloudy burnt orange, forming a modest white head with average retention and lacing. Mild to moderate carbonation. The aroma is heavenly with a boatload of orange peel, a fair amount of coriander, and a subtle hint of pepper. The juniper and caraway don't stand out in the mix. Medium dense body with a pillow soft mouthfeel and very smooth as it goes down, with a dry finish. The taste is exceptional. I just love this beer. It starts out beautifully with this nice orange and wheat sweetness, then is followed by a brilliant blast of peppercorn. I just love this combo. There is some tropical fruit yeast esters like mango and pineapple in there as well. The carbonation and mouthfeel are perfect...not fizzy and lightbodied like a traditional wit. Bitterness is beautifully balanced, and there is a very subtle twist of juniper in there as well. No off flavors or smells. Impeccably brewed.

What can I say? This is an exceptional beer! Reminds me of Short's Nicie Spicie, which would be it's only competitor or style equivalent I can think of. Highly recommended, and I'll definitely buy it again if I can find it local. One of the best beers I've had in a long time.

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Photo of cpn920
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light orange coppery color with a quickly disappearing head. Smelled the pepper more than anything. Taste was not what I was expecting and lacking in the orange peel and heavy on the pepper. Mouthfeel was light with with average carbonation. Not my favorite Witbier although I love the brewery and the effort to make something distinctive.

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Photo of bonbini26
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright clear yellow, with decent carbonation. Light hints of cooridaner, oranage, and other spices. Easy on the palet a refreshing drinking beer. At 6% really can't fell any alcohol. A lot of funk/yeast in the bottom of this bottle. Overall a great beer to start out the night or to have in the summer.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Champane Wine.

Pours a clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate malt, citrus, spice and yeast aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium peppery sweet flavor with a medium bitter finish of moderate duration.

Good drinkable beer.

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Photo of Gavage
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear golden yellow color with a short 1/2" head that breaks apart quickly.

Smell: lemon citrus, fruits, and spices rise from the glass and are easy to detect.

Taste: lemon zest, green grapes, and pepper spice come through the most with some milder bitterness near the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp at the start, crisp and a touch dry at the finish. Aftertaste is very brief.

Drinkability: mildly refreshing and easy to consume. A bomber bottle is easy to finish in a short session.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Voodoo brewers were pouring their own brews for a tasting at Bocktown this past Wednesday. I sampled the 6 available and later got this one on-tap last night.

A- Body is a hazy golden yellow color that has about 1/2 finger white head that retains well. Cloudiness is thick and uniform.

S- whoa spiciness. This is loaded with coriander and peppercorns. Definitely the main characters here. Underneath this is floral hops and some yeast.

T- Taste is pretty similar to the smell. Lots of spices upfront with a touch of floral hop taste and a substantial yeast back bone and mild citrus buried somewhere deep within. The spices intensify for the finish as some floral hop bitterness arises. Coriander and peppercorn flavors linger.

M-Medium carbonation and a light drinkable body. I wish the yeast was more present here-but still good.

D- This is definitely not your typical witbier...but hey that's the point! Wouldn't life be boring if all witbiers tasted the same? This is a pretty good beer and one I will have again...besides it was pretty cool to talk to the brewers about all the work they put into making their beers. Easy to drink and a nice twist to the style.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a cloudy, orange with a monstrous 3 finger sudsy white head that displayed large cavernous air pockets along the sides of the glass. Retention was good, lasting for several minutes before leveling off to a thin, sudsy layering while leaving a spotchy and patchy lacing. Visible carbonation was moderate with a good showing of light beige suspend yeast particles.

S: simple with some sour musky oranges and light grain hints, pretty typical per style. Overall was fairly light and average.

T: The flavor made amends for a lackluster nose. A very spicy flavor hits you upfront with bright oranges, a zippy carbonation, spicy hoppiness and a noticeable black peppery spicing. Sharp citric tones really stood out while the overall flavor was spicy and really pronounced. A crisp showing of grains makes its presence know right before the finish of spicy oranges, soft floral hopping and black pepper.

M: nice and crisp with a zippy carbonation, upon warming dry oranges and black pepper were most notable. The texture was light and had an nice feel to it.

D: Drinkability was good and really enjoyed this. Spicy, peppery, and refreshing. Would definitely would buy this again.

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

A : Pours a clear orange golden with a thin white head that goes down quickly.

S : Apple juice and peppercorns

T : Get flavors of coriander, peppercorn, and juniper. No bitterness to it.

M : Light and refreshing

D : I really enjoyed it. Not quite what I was expecting for a witbeer but well worth drinking.

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Photo of hopsleeroy
3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Shared 22 oz bottle with a buddy

A-Cloudy, opaque orange color. Small head that disappearerd quickly.
S-Citrus orange, spices, slightly earthy yeast, sweet undercurrent
T-Pepper off the bat, not as much oriander or orange, but more belgian yeast flavor. This brew seemed a little confused on what it was supposed to taste like. The sweet malt didn't back up the yeast flavors very well.
M-medium body but still effervescent with the carbonation
D-I could drink more but would prefere to move on to something else

Interesting beer, but it lost the light feel of wit beer because of the earthy flavors of the belgian trippel yeast.

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Photo of dsa7783
2.74/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1 Pint, 6 fl oz bottle just copped recently from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield... They just got this new one in from a relatively modern brewery in Pennsylvania...
"Ale brewed with coriander, orange peel, juniper berries, and peppercorns" on the front logo sticker...
For a "Witbier", this one pours a rather darker, bright orange color than I was expecting... In most circumstances, your typical version of this style should yield a straw-colored hue, yet this was definitely more orange than anything... No head observable at all, and very minimal lacing to match... Appearance was not too impressive...
The orange peel and coriander were evident in the nose, yet not too assertive...
The taste was a little more backstream than I was anticipating... slightly tart with a rather bitter finish... the orange peel was again noticeable, yet it lacked the slightly sweet, wheat-filled characteristics usually depicted in classic Witbier styles...
A mediocore American knock-off version to say the least...
Not recommended

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Photo of number1bum
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy light amber color, with about two fingers of foamy near white head. Recedes to a thin lace and then vanishes almost completely, and doesn't leave any stick. On the plus side there is no sign of the horrible carbonation problem that plagued their 4 Seasons IPA I recently tried.

Smells of slightly sweet wheat and is very spicy. Definitely lots of pepper and some coriander. Whatever their mystery spice is it mingles nicely with the others. Also sort of a musty, slightly fruity aroma.

Taste is also quite spicy, with pepper especially being quite prominent. Once again the spices meld nicely and there is some coriander flavor, too. I don't get much orange peel going on here, although I do detect the juniper berries. There is a musty sort of flavor that lingers into the finish, which is interesting but maybe not all that pleasant. I would say this is overspiced, to be honest.

Mouthfeel is adversely affected by that lingering flavor, and has a medium body and appropriate carbonation.

This is an interesting, and very spicy wit. A little weird frankly, and as previously mentioned I think it's overspiced. Definitely worth a try, though, if you like wits.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange body with reddish tones. Fluffly white head, about 2 fingers worth. Leaves a very slight lacing.

The aroma is great. It has both pepper and a hint of orange, but the passionfruit is pretty noticeable also. The combination of the aromas is great.

All the trappings of a classic wit are there, a touch of orange peel and peppery coriander are backed up by a little bit of a wheat twang, and the flavor is well done. However, the passionfruit and a slight berry flavor comes through also, and these are great. I was skeptical about this one, but this is a tasty beer.

Body is slightly thicker than I would expect, but it is balanced by good carbonation.

Very drinkable, a great and interesting beer.

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Photo of brentk56
4.55/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy apricot color with a relatively modest head that leaves some lace

Smell: Orange, coriander, white pepper and a sweet dough character that carries a hint of honey

Taste: Opens with a honey sweet but primarily herbal fruity flavor, with juniper berries and coriander complementing the orange; the peppercorn spice and yeasty flavors build by mid-palate; after the swallow, the more mellow orange herbal and sweet flavors return and dominate until the very end, when the pepper make a biting reappearance that refuses to fade

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This one is producing a bar-bell of reviews - some love it and some hate; mark me up as a fan as in my view it is a well-crafted singular beer by a brewer who clearly has a flair

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.29/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours darker than expected but is a nice dark golden color. Zero head and zero carb. Smell is everything advertized on the bottle, coriander, orange peal and pepper. Taste shows all the spicyness but like the other voodoo beers i've had i get a distinct homebrew taste. Despite the low carb it has a real sodapop taste to it also. This one hits me as only a little above average at best.

I really want to like the voodoo beers but i've been disappointed so far. They are trying some really wild brews that could be interesting but they just haven't hit the mark yet in my opinion. I hope that it's just some problems with working out the kinks in the first few batches and that things will improve. There is some real potential here and i'll give them another chance but things will have to improve to make me a keep coming back.

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Photo of psinderson
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: Clear, dark golden color. Medium white head.

Smell: Spicy - Heavy on the coriander and orange with a hint of caramel. I like the extra spiciness.

Taste: Strong coriander, orange and caramel. Basically, a witbier on steroids. There is some alcohol presence, but not bad.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable and smooth.

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Photo of charlesw
2.93/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Well. That was interesting. I've never had a wit that tasted like, well, soda pop... Um. Some sort of lightly sweetened fizzy drink with hints of orange and spice. My wife, who loves the style, asked me to dump it out. Dang. So... Constructive... Pretty close in a lot of regards - just back off on the sweetness and the orange. Well, for a start... See how it goes from there.

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Photo of BWH3
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

White Magick of the Sun White Ale Voodoo Brewing Co

22 oz bottle in Goblet 45 to 50 degrees F

I picked up another two styles from this brewery at a tasting last night. So my fourth tasting from Voodoo is white ale (not a witbier per se) from malted wheat, 2-row Belgian, unmalted wheat, Spalter hops, coriander, juniper berries, a blend of 12 peppercorns, sweet orange peel, and house tripel yeast. Last night I did learn this house tripel yeast is the direct descendant of yeast that has been used in Belgium for over 100 years.

Appearance: Dark for white ale. It is somewhat hazy and dark champagne in color. The fine bubbly white head does not pour overly large and falls back into the beer fairly quickly but does leave a nice delicate ring. Pretty bubbly but not champagne like in this regard. Not sure how to judge in terms of style. I find it to be almost like a lighter version of American wheat beer (which I guess you could call white ale). I actually like that these Voodoo beers break out of a specific style and are true craft beers unique to the brewery. Enough said. (4.0)

Smell: Light sweet smell of orange peel and artificial cherry. Minimal banana note. Not much spiciness in the nose either. The coriander really gives off a very aromatic bouquet of orange peel. If you bury your nose in the glass, you can detect a bit of dough like quality to the smell. A lot of agitation brings up some floral hop aroma. (3.5)

Taste: Well this starts out very straight forward. The orange sweetness is very apparent. That artificial cherry scent is not in the palate. The wheat adds a sharp tart flavor to complement the sweet orange. The hops gently terminate the sour flavor leaving a mild bitterness on the tongue while the juniper berries and peppercorns make the lips buzz just a bit and throat sting some. I like this spicy effect in the aftertaste. It gives the beer a warming quality for a lighter ale. I think this beer has a versatile taste. I could enjoy this on a hot some day or cold fall evening (for different reasons, but enjoyable none the less). (4.0)

Mouthfeel: Deceptively light compared to the appearance which I think is appropriate for White Ale. The bubbly effervescence (which is just right) brings out the fruit aromas and charges up the spiciness on the palate. I gently agitated the beer at the end to resuspend the yeast. This obviously made the beer hazy and increased the body. To my surprise it added to the spiciness. This adds to my versatility argument. (4.0)

Drinkability: ABV 6.0% means you can easy finish this bomber without being bombed. I really enjoyed this one. It is very unique. As I said above, I think this beer is very versatile. On a hot summer day, I could enjoy the refreshing citrus flavors and tart wheat sour flavor, while on a rainy fall afternoon, the peppery spiciness of this beer warms the belly. Equally, this lighter beer has the boldness to stand up to big flavors from food. (4.5)

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Photo of yinzer
2.7/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

appearance: cloudy, thin head, light copper

smell: dough, hint of banana, yeast. I would think that the Belgian Triple yeast would of been more help here.

taste: not very complex - sweetness, orange, some spice – maybe clove, finishes short.

mouthfeel: medium, I think it needs more carbonation

drinkability: not sure if I’ll finish the bottle

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Photo of jasonm
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in a pint glass. According to the description on the bottle, the mystery spice appears to be peppercorns (12 varieties). 6.0%ABV according to the label.

A - Quite possibly the darkest witbier Ive ever seen. Pours a hazy copper color. Starts off with a 2 finger width white soapy head that dissipates somewhat rapidly leaving almost no lacing.

S - Starts off with a strong Belgian style yeast aroma that blends with the resiny aroma of the juniper berries and the bitterness of the orange peel, giving it an almost clean soapy quality. The aroma then builds, with the sweetness of the orange and coriander.

T - That's a spicy meatball! The wheat and peppercorns really kick in, giving it an almost mild burn. Bitter orange peel then gives it an almost citrus hoppy character. Finishes slightly bitter with an earthy spicy old world hop and that peppercorn spiciness.

M - Medium bodied with spritzy carbonation and a mild spicy burn throughout.

D - This is definitely a wit with attitude. The peppercorns add an interesting touch. It cuts down on the normal drinkability of a witbier a bit, but still interesting and worth the try. Cant wait to try more Voodoo!

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