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White Aphro | Empire Brewing Company - Brewpub

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Brewed by:
Empire Brewing Company - Brewpub
New York, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
White Aphrodisiac, or White "Aphro" is a Belgian-Style unfiltered Wit Ale. Featuring the perfect balance of Pilsner and Wheat Malt this beer incorporates Hallertauer Hops, lavender, ginger and lemon peel.

Added by Sammy on 10-27-2009

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Photo of mikeg67
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brew pub. Pours hazy golden with, fluffy white head, nice lacing and lively carbonation. Aroma is of yeast, wheat malt, spices and citrus fruit. Body is medium and crisp. Wheat malt, yeast, spices and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and spicy. Good brew.

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Photo of farrago
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bleached white foam, thin coating across the surface with weak retention, the lacing starts out thick but this too barely lasts. Dark yellow gold colored liquid, loose beads of quite large bubbles, great activity below the surface which does not translate into the head. The nose is a stunner, the ginger very pure and lavender a well chosen accompaniment, the lemon more subtle, grainy with wheat notes, apple, pear to apricot fruit skirts around the perimeter, very pungent, no doubt one has to be a ginger fan to get behind this. Medium-bodied, the carbonation does a slow churn so it tends to be bottom heavy. Still, lots of pucker factor from quinine, mineral water to lemon citrus. Here more yeasty, doughy than unprocessed grains. Floral with lavender, violet notes, very good lift and inner mouth perfume. The sourness restrains the spicy bite of the ginger some as well as length through the finish, now and then you get cloves too. Again, mainly white pit fruit such as apple or pear, not the most distinct element. Strong finisher, chooses power over crispness. No doubt this can be a polarizing brew given its clear uniqueness. But finished it as quickly as any beer in recent memory.

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Photo of TheOakKing
4.16/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Empire Brewing Co. "White Aphro"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON 05/11/17..." and sampled on 08/23/17
$2 @ Weis, Conshohocken, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: A light pour brings up a massive head of bright white froth. The hazy golden body beneath displays visible particulate in suspension. It appears to have pretty good head retention but only time will tell. The aroma is unusual. It's floral and spicy. Ahhh, I see, the label states that it includes lavender, ginger, and lemon peel. Interesting, that's a nice change of pace. The flavor follows, quite unusual as well. There's some tartness to it. The lavender is really nice. I don't find too much ginger, there's some, a bit of flavor, and a touch of spiciness, but it doesn't come on strong. Mildly bitter. It's sweetish with wheaty malt upfront and then the acidity steps in, followed by a a dry finish with the ginger and lavender lingering, and just a touch of lemon. Wow! I'm really impressed. Not only is it quite different from what you'd normally expect, it's also really well done. The ingredients are all clear, and they all work together, nothing steps all over something else; and it's really well balanced. Looking back, although the head retention was good, there's very little lacing left behind. Medium-light in body and gently effervescent. I'm surprised this isn't rated higher.

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Photo of nickropewalk
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It's a take on a Belgian white. Unfiltered and very cloudy with a decent head. Little to no lacing. Smell is very floral and lemony, the lavender stands out. Beautiful golden color. Flavor wise the lavender is a little overpowering. Very floral with a nice lemon peel undertone. Feel it would be better balanced with a little less lavender. Overall it is a refreshing beer easily paired with summer time meals.

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Photo of acurtis
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 322wingedfoot
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of The_Beer_Guru
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Antc2382
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

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3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of AnyaS
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of raylpendleton
4.11/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sharp315
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FrancisM12
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ClavisAurea
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jsalz21
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ShepardCommander
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Traded for this a while back up in Totowa and just got around to it tonight. Witbiers used to be one of my favorite styles and though I tend to prefer more complex and stronger types of brews, there will always be a soft spot in my heart for something like this. As light and cloudy as it was, I can't quite say that I've ever had anything like this, as this was something relatively unique but still easy to enjoy and drink at the same time!

As was expected, the pour to this was blonde, cloudy, and fizzy. A moderate head rose up in my pint glass and quickly settled down as it was somewhat boisterous and full. Not a lot of lacing was left behind but there were a few soapy rings that held their own as I worked my way through this. Banana, clove, ginger, and lemongrass were in the nose with much more of the latter two to be found in the taste. This was almost "liquid perfume" as the beer was quite grassy and floral and had I had a Thai dish on hand, this would have been a perfect beer to pair it with. The Pilsener Malt gave this good body and a sour undertone while the wheat faintly came through all of this and held it's own.

The alcohol was quite light as it would have been easy to quaff another once this went down. While not a bad beer, this pushed the edge of what a Witbier could be and might not be everyone's cup of tea since the floral and sour aspects of it were just a bit strong. As a change, I welcomed this and would love to have one of these on a nice, warm afternoon. Worth a go once just to have something new that stood out from it's peers!

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Photo of breardon1776
4.44/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Doesn''t get much better than this. A solid witbier with plenty of cloudiness and carbonation and character. a real 3C. smooth and refreshing. can drink on a hot summer day or a cold winter night.

goes well with large soft pretzel and beer cheese, bratwurst, roasted chicken.....

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3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of rfgetz
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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