Renaissance Wit
Harlem Brewing Company

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Style:
Belgian Witbier
Ranked #290
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
82
Ranked #32,478
Avg:
3.7 | pDev: 11.35%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
26
From:
Harlem Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  0
Gots
  3
SCORE
82
Good
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Notes: During the Renaissance, Harlem was a catalyst for artistic freedom and one of the most popular cultural destinations on the planet! Today, people visit from all over the world to discover why its community, history and ideals remain a global treasure. Enjoy Harlem style!
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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 26
Photo of mikeg67
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can. Pours golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head, nice lacing and lively carbonation. Aroma is of wheat malt, spices and citrus fruit. Body is full and smooth. Wheat malt, ripe fruit, and spices fill the mouth. Finish is long and spicy. OK brew.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a very slightly hazy pale to medium golden apricot in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and moderate pale golden yellow + amber colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense fluffy foamy white head that slowly reduces to a large patch of medium thick film covering a little more than 80% of the surface oft he beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of orange rind citrus over the top of light to moderate aromas of spices (coriander + clove stand out) and a hint of wheat + pale malts with a hint of grainy sweetness.

T: Upfront there are light flavors of wheat + pale malts with a hint of grainy sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of spices (coriander + clove stand out) and moderate flavors of orange rind citrus. No perceptible hop presence but there is a very light amount of bitterness in the finish which lingers slightly.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol. Enjoyable but a little bit too orangey for my tastes - I like a more traditional take on the style with a little more wheat presence.

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Photo of scootny
4.81/5  rDev +30%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A slightly cloudy light caramel color with an off white head.Decent lace and a light covering. Gentle carbonation rising up. A good healthy wheat twang in the nose as well as a caramel and light malt based dinner roll sweetness. A touch of alcohol that offers up a sweet peppery spiciness. Mild orange and coriander. Maybe a hint of banana. Definitely apples and pears. Pepper and wheat present a lemon tinged cinnamon. Taste is a bullseye. Light, sweet twangy wheat and what seems to be light Belgian or Pilsner malt. A bit more caramel than I'm used to but it's boldly within style and I like it very much. It gives the character of the beer the ability to be satisfying in the winter when a wit is generally too light for me while keeping the refreshing quality of the style. Great spice blend that melds the orange to the caramel and coriander to a toasted biscuity maltiness. Some gentle, pleasant soap. Finish is very mellow with low hop bitterness. Some cinnamon toast and just a touch of vaporous alcohol flow into pepper and light lemon/honey dipped biscuits. Dry and clean with a hint of alcoholic 'Wha". Feel is exceptional. A light creaminess that fades to a gentle pleasant prickliness as it warms. Refreshing and quaffable this a a beer that is easy to session or sip depending on your mood. The abv is just enough to elevate the presence while maintaining the drinkable character essential to the style. Superb. One of the best if not the best I've had period. Reminds me of the Hoegaarden Grand Cru's taste and complexity with a lower abv.

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Photo of metter98
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is hazy dark yellow in color. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving wispy lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of orange peels are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has lots of orangey flavors along with notes of coriander spices towards the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't have a very good balance and is dominated by orange and spices—you don't get any of the wheat.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Gajo74
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice fruity aroma. Pours a nice copper but little foam. Crisp, refreshing and light bodied. Nice hop finish. A nice local witbier. I would like to try again.

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Renaissance Wit from Harlem Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 26 ratings