White Aphro | Empire Brewing Company - Brewpub

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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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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 145
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
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 +22.3%
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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Photo of Act25
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Love the brewer, this one rates higher with me because it bends into new territory.


A: Fresh bottle pours a very hazy orange body with dull apricot notes. The beer sports a one finger fluffy white head that reduces to slowly to patches, a medium thick ring at the edges, and moderate lace.

S: Ample floral aromas of lavender, ginger, then wheat, citrus rind, and spices - lemongrass, coriander and ginger.

T: Upfront there is a big flowery lavender pitch, that's tempered by the wheat malt flavor, almost farina like, and underneath stronger flavors of lemon citrus, ginger, and lavender.There's some honey sweetness along with hay, grass, yeast, orange peel and coriander.

M: Light bodied with light carbonation. Chalky, clean, smooth. Aspirin like. Dry in the end.

O: Easy to drink, bigger than expected, the lavender and ginger made this one stand out from all others in the style, making it original.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy golden orange with a one finger bright white head that recedes quickly into a quarter inch ring around the edge. There are many hanging chunks of lacing. Smell is not good. Smells like perfume and dryer sheets. The lavender is so unnecessary. Also citrus and corriander make an appearance. Taste is better, more subdued than the smell, but the lavender is again not needed. Taste like it was aged on dryer sheets. Feel is light and crisp. Overall not so great. I'm all for the drink local movement, but unfortunately I am striking out with all of these new Empire bottles.

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Photo of Kevuas
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

White Aphro pours a clear to slightly cloudy white, with noticeable yeast sediment present. The aroma of White Aphro is bready, citrus, and spicy, with notes of lemon, coriander, and ginger. The taste of White Aphro is actually lighter than the aroma at first, with wheat malt and cereal flavors predominating the palate. The lemon, coriander, lavender, and honey follow soon after. The mouthfeel of White Aphro is moderate and smooth.

White Aphro is a craft-beer crossover, designed in witbier style. But what sets apart White Aphro from other beers in the style is the presence of unique spice and citrus blends.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a wit with lavender, interesting. the pour is a pale cloudy yellow color, real washed out looking and a little thick from all the sediment. good inch and a half of white foam on top that lasts. smells like perfume and springtime, probably overdone on the lavender, but pleasing to my senses nevertheless. I smell coriander too, which works. the flavor is dominated by the flowers, and it feels a little funny as a result. the wheat malt is also a little strong in this, it drinks heavy for an intended light beer. herbal notes in the finish, and a lasting blast of lavender on the tongue. not as well balanced as it could be, but it also tastes pretty good. I think a lot of empire beers could use a lesson in balance and subtlety, but this still works as it is. soften the edges here and its a winner.

edit: these guys are bottling now, and this seems cleaner and brighter than i remember it fro draft at the brewery. maybe a little extra filtration and drying out, its better than it used to be, or maybe just better suited to the bottles. still lots of lavender, but a cool beer around holiday time.

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: A hazy golden yellow in color, a nice finger of off white head at the top that left some nice lacing around the glass.

S: Lots of tropical fruit on the nose for this beer, some slight hints of a spice I could not put my finger on.

T: The taste follows the nose on this brew, some nice notes of spice as well, but lots of tropical fruit throughout.

M: Light to medium bodied and a good amount of carbonation.

O: Not a bad beer at all, had this one on a craft beer cruise around Manhattan, this was a very refreshing beer.

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

Served on-tap at The GIngerman in New York, NY

A: Pours a very lightly hazy orange in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some apricot highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fluffy white head that reduces to a couple of small to medium sized thin patches, some very thin film covering about 50% of the remaining surface of the beer, and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat, citrus - lemon and orange rind, and spices - coriander and ginger stand out.

T: Upfront there is a moderate wheat malt flavor underneath stronger flavors of lemon citrus, ginger, and lavender. Underneath there is a light amount of honey sweetness along with the traditional flavors of orange peel and coriander.

M: Light bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Easy to drink and refreshing on a hot day - I enjoyed the addition of the ginger for spiciness. The ginger made this one stand out from many of others in the style, making it a bit unique.

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Photo of Kooz
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clearer than I expected. Light orange color, some head.

Strong wheaty smell. Slightly sweet and inviting. It makes me want to drink it which, i believe, is the idea.

Sweetness from the first sip, but not overpowering. Tastes wheaty with some sourness in the finish. It's good.

Full-bodied and foamy to creamy. Excellent mouthfeel for this style.

Very good beer and a nice alternative to the usual Belgian style whites.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Growler from Beer Universe, Saugerties, NY.

Hazy champagne with bone white head.
Banana Belgian nose.
Tart yellow apple, coriander bite, preserved lemon peel and grassy hops finish.
Crisp, light, slight chew.

Good, bright, easy if not complicated wit. Spicing is well judged and the yeast doesn't overwhelm, though I don't get ginger or lavender (or the ABV, which some report as 6.3%) Way summery.

How have I missed this brewery before now?

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was served from the tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY. It arrived in an Anchor pint glass glowing a pale wheaty yellow coloring. It held a half finger head of creamy white bubbles, showing lower retention. Sheets of wet and dripping lacing were left once the head was gone. There was a thick haze to it, with no sediment, and active carbonation. The aroma gave fresh lemon, eucalyptus, wheaty malts, pale toasty malts, light piney and grassy hops, dirty yeastiness, mineral, and stony grit. Our first impression was that there was surprising freshness, with a big lemony cleanse to the palate. As we sipped, bittering wheaty bite, eucalyptus freshness, and resiny hops from the nose hit first, with a quick following wash of sweeter lemon flesh and gritty honey sugars. The peak came with the smoothness and saltiness of cashews, more honey sweetness, and the bite and dryness of an herbal tea. We finished with more cleansing lemon, chalky wheat, and the green prickle of fresh plant sap. The aftertaste breathed of lemon, plastic phenols, big spice of pepper, dirty and pale wheatiness, and black tea tannins. The body was light to medium with a creamy feel, while carbonation was lighter and foamy. There was a wet coating to the mouth, with dripping cleanliness and coolness. There was no real coating, or much dryness. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, what we liked best about this beer was the uniqueness throughout. There was big plant quality of eucalyptus through the nose and flavoring. This afforded both a cleansing and inviting air from the start. This also mixed well with the lemon and wheat inherent to the style, giving a clean and classic, yet interesting, twang.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 10/06/12 notes.

a - Pours a yellow-golden color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of a of spices, coriander, citrus, lemon, honey, Belgian style yeast, wheat, pepper, fruity malts, earthy notes, and some floral hops. Very nice nose with a ton going on.

t - Tastes of spice, pepper, coriander, citrus, biscuit and bready malts, floral notes, earthy malts. Spice is even heavier here and more pepper than the nose; a step down for me.

m - Light body and light to moderate carbonation. Easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty nice witbier that is heavy on the spices. Nose is really nice and complex with a lot of different smells coming through, though that gets a bit muddled in the taste. Easy to drink, could be a good summer beer; worth checking out.

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Photo of tempest
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a couple pints at DBA in Brooklyn. The hazy, pale yellow beer was crisp and very drinkable on the hot summer. The wheat was soft and subtle, like a good wit, but the spicing was bigger and crisp, giving the beer an American edge. So yeah, it's a departure from a Hoegaarden or Allagash White, but it's a tasty beer worth checking out.

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Photo of CHickman
2.42/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Beer review from 8/17/2012: on tap at Old Field Inn - pours hazy piss yellow color with a creamy 1 finger white head, fading slowly and leaving good spotty lacing.

Smells of clove, ginger, yeast, lemon, wheat, grass, hay and spices and herbs; the clove and ginger dominate the aroma, which smells like a cross between a hefe and a Belgian. Very odd nose that's too strong with those 2 smells.

Tastes like it smells, with clove, ginger, yeast, lemon, wheat, floral hops, grass, hay, spices like pepper and herbs like tea leaf or potpourri; not too good taste-wise, and almost borders on too herbal.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with very light carbonation, a light body and a tart aftertaste that has way too much of the clove and ginger. Great picture on the tap handle, but that was the best part of this beer.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is a great summer wheat beer. I remember going to Empire more excited about the beer than the food, so my expectations were high. I wanted my beer to pair well and be light and refreshing after a hard day working.

I believe the 3 additions to this wheat beer were ginger, honey, and lavender. The honey and lavender are what really seemed to stand out when I was deeply inhaling aromatic particles for my olfactory nerves to indulge upon. There is just something so interesting and floral about this beer, a last glimpse of summer contained in a wheaty-herbal complex. The beer went well with my seafood-rice-blue cornbread dish.

Unfortunately I prefer my witbiers to have a bit more of a protein haze, so it is definitely going to lose some points on appearance. Otherwise I was quite fond of this beer and will order it again next summer when it becomes available.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Off tap at the brewery this beer was a hazy, ripe-corn gold color. The retention was as a thin layer that left decent lacing. The aroma was downright sexy, like a woman you've always wanted to go to sleep with. Lordy! Lavender, floral hops and hints of citrus peel. Tell me more, sweet thang! The flavors were not as impressive but still enjoyable. I tasted citrus peel, Belgian yeast, ginger and hints of lavender. The mouthfeel was good, the body medium and the carbonation a bit foamy.

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Photo of Sammy
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub with the brewer Tim Butler. The Aphrodiasac gruit ale with a big dose of yeast, that now overpowers it in smell, in taste,and also bulks up the mouthfeel. Unfiltered, more head on a light brown body. This is the more popular version, but it is way too yeasty for me, and the sourness has all but disapeared.

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White Aphro from Empire Brewing Company - Brewpub
3.63 out of 5 based on 145 ratings.
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