Bianca
Birrificio Brùton

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From:
Birrificio Brùton
 
Italy
Style:
Wheat Beer - Witbier
ABV:
5%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.79 | pDev: 14.25%
Ratings:
37
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Mar 02, 2018
Added:
Jun 02, 2008
Wants:
  3
Gots:
  4
SCORE
86
Very Good
BiancaBianca
Notes: Light, pallid and opalescent, produced using raw spelt and wheat. It is slightly acid and lightly spiced. Perfect with fresh goat’s cheese, burrata, Mediterranean whitebait and fish crudités, pinzimoni or simply as an aperitif.

IBU: 10; EBC: 6

The name: Bianca is the name given to traditional Italian beers brewed in the Blanche style, but mainly it is in homage to Nanni Moretti’s film “Bianca”, one of Apo’s favourite films of all time.
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3 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on Mar 02, 2018
 
4.25 by GrantBrennan from Pennsylvania on Sep 04, 2017
 
3.64 by bb-magic from Florida on Nov 20, 2016
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3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by biegaman from Canada (ON)

Bianca isn't actually white but it's about as close as beer gets; pallid straw in colour, its highlights are actually whitish and, once the sediment is introduced, literally look milky. There's enough bubbles to make even vintage Champagne jealous and the beading created is ornate enough to wear as jewelry.

The aroma is well perfumed and smells legitimately spicy (as opposed to playfully zestful). Although nothing out of the ordinary is listed in the ingredients - just the conventional coriander and orange peel - I could be convinced those crafty Italians sneaked something else in there.

That air of complexity, however, doesn't pass the taste test. The flavour is agreeable, if a little lackluster. The presence of anything tropical or citrusy is extremely faded and the coriander could easily go unnoticed. Apart from a delicate rose-like floral note, it mostly tastes like doughy bread.

Not sure if spelt is to blame, but the mouthfeel is also lacking; there isn't the style's characteristic creaminess (typically imparted by wheat and oats). Bubbles that sting like bees don't help. High-octane carbonation makes it difficult to appreciate the malts and wipes tartness and spice clean from the finish.

Italy should be given credit for some of the best food and wine in the world - and soon we'll add beer to that list. Brùton Bianca, however, probably won't make the catalogue. Although a perfectly serviceable Witbier, it lacks the vivid zest, tangy citrus, and wheat-y creaminess found in the style's best examples.

Mar 30, 2016
 
3.56 by Syracuse12 from New Jersey on Jul 22, 2015
 
3.7 by Tim725 from New Jersey on Jun 20, 2015
 
3.81 by papat444 from Canada (QC) on Jun 11, 2015
 
3.5 by Socialiste from Canada (QC) on Oct 25, 2014
 
5 by Dozer018 from Canada (ON) on Oct 18, 2014
 
2.75 by GeorgeCarroll from Pennsylvania on Aug 27, 2014
 
3.75 by DannyBaldoni from Canada (QC) on Jul 21, 2014
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3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by spinrsx from Canada (ON)

750ml Bottle from the Hull QC SAQ for $12.20

Appearance - Gold colour with an average size fizzy/frothy white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Cloves, lemons, breads/grains, oranges

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains, cloves and lemon/orange juice/zest. There is also some honey and light banana.

Overall - A very solid and refreshing brew, the downside being the inflated price. If this was priced around $7 or so, I'd grab it again for a summer refresher.

Apr 15, 2014
 
3 by northbayrugger from Maryland on Feb 16, 2014
 
4.5 by MrMister from New York on Jan 25, 2014
 
4.5 by Vyronian from Canada (ON) on Oct 08, 2013
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4.54/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Michelesargenti from Italy

it's a clear beer at hight fermentation. it's produced with spelt, and wheat. it'a fresh sour give from the bitter orange peel and white pepper. I think that in the bottle it's much better than in the keg, because the foam has a better yield and not having a great final sediment, the opalescence if perfect.

Sep 26, 2013
 
3.75 by liamt07 from Canada (ON) on Aug 26, 2013
 
3.75 by Sammy from Canada (ON) on Aug 25, 2013
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3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by metter98 from New York

A: The beer is very hazy pale yellow in color and has particles visible near the bottom of the glass. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died down, leaving only a few bubbles around the collar of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sour wheat are present in the nose along with notes of lemon and orange citrus. The smell becomes a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of wheat with a bit of sourness and notes of orange peels and hints of spices and yeast.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation.
O: I found this beer to be easy to drink and interesting when compared to other beers in the style since it had a little bit of sourness.

Aug 11, 2013
 
3.75 by smithj4 from New York on Aug 11, 2013
 
3.25 by Ivanhoes_Backpack from Canada (NB) on Jun 25, 2013
 
3.75 by ste5venla from California on Jun 20, 2013
 
3.5 by jbaker67 from Pennsylvania on Jun 16, 2013
 
3.5 by xnicknj from Pennsylvania on Jun 04, 2013
 
3.5 by Noyt from Canada (QC) on Apr 14, 2013
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4.54/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Haydn-Juby from Vermont

Served from a 750ml bottle

A: Fairly clear and then cloudiness developed as the yeast from the bottom of the bottle dripped into the glass. Nice one thin one finger head that left some lacing. The head retained decently seeing as most whitbiers i've had had a very quick dying head.

S: Coriander, a little bit of cloves, and some lemon peel in the background. Smells very refreshing.

T: Like the smell. Spices like coriander and cloves are made pretty prominent. Citrus is also available but leans more towards a lemon type flavor then an orange in my opinion. Reminiscent of Unibroues La Fin du Monde but in a more easy drinking fashion, meaning the alcohol is lower but also a bit more watery. Maybe a bit strange but when I really searched near the finish i could find a very faint nutiness.

M: Smooth and light with decent carbonation.

O: I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and would definitely buy it again. Maybe a bit pricey but It'd be nice to have couple in my fridge for the summer. I could see it pairing nicely with fish and salads in the summer. A good refreshing beer for the summer. Not overwhelmingly complex or strong.

Feb 08, 2013
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3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by flipper2gv from Canada (QC)

A: Cloying light amber color with a pure white, fluffy head. Retention is decent as well as lacing.

S: Very Unibroue like in the smell. Very strong cloves and coriander smells upfront. Candi sugar is there as expected, as well as some candied orange peel. There are brazillian nuts like notes in there, as well as some buttery esters.

T: Nicer than expected. Lots of herbal notes cutting the candi sugar. Strong cloves and coriander as expected, but the orange peel comes off much drier than what the smell made me think. Still a small nut and buttery taste.

M: Very very light with a nice stingy carbonation. Not sticky at all, but not as fluffy as what you expect with a witbier.

O: This is a solid beer, but not very worth the high price asked for it. Nothing out of the ordinary that you cannot get for a cheaper price. So, avoid, unless you're looking for a review to add under your belt.

Nov 11, 2012
 
4.25 by Yoonisaykul from Canada (QC) on Oct 05, 2012
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3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by UCLABrewN84 from California

Bottle pour for the 4th Annual LA Beer Week Beer Festival at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and slight spice aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and refreshing.

Oct 03, 2012
 
4.25 by NightINgale from Russian Federation on Jul 19, 2012
 
3.25 by oldp0rt from Canada (QC) on Jul 14, 2012
 
4.75 by bonbini26 from New Jersey on May 14, 2012
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4.34/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by BlakeDaSnake

Bottled in a 750ML bottle

A - Love the appearence of this beer. So pure you can't see through this Italian blonde!!

S -The nose of this beer has white pepper and orange peel to it!!

T - Smooth not burnt tasting like Belgium blondes

M - Light and refreshing

O - This is an excellent selection and it is pretty unique. Not too sweet...The brewer is very interesting as well I meet him recently!!!

Serving type: bottle

Apr 20, 2012
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3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

330ml inverted chalice shaped bottle, capped and sealed, wine-bottle style.

This beer pours a cloudy, sediment-strewn, medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, and bubbly white head, which leaves a pittance of specked lace around the glass in its brief wake.

It smells of white pepper, yeast, citrus rind, edgy wheat grain, and a bit of muddled savoury spice. The taste is zingy, somewhat sweet wheat malt, lessened black and white pepper, steadily holding yeast, mild coriander, banana chips, and fleshy citrus notes.

The carbonation is on the low side, just a wan frothiness abounding, the body medium-light in weight, and quite agreeably smooth. It finishes off-dry, and clean, the wheat, spice, and fruit all playing nice and friendly-like.

An enjoyable enough witbier, the expected Belgian style-proscribed flavours all there, if rendered a bit tamely overall. I can see this as being much more open and refreshing, when the environs actually call for it - my bad right now, not the brewer's.

Nov 27, 2011
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3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

This beer poured out as a cloudy yellow color. The head had settled by the time it was given to me. The smell was very inviting. I liked the aroma, lots of floral aromas going on in there. The taste had some nice floral notes with some light wheat flavors. The mouthfeel is very light and smooth. Overall this beer was very nice and taste very refreshing.

Jun 21, 2011
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2.53/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by stcules from Italy

Opalescent white appearance. White foam, two fingers, quite compact.
In the smell wheat, yeast, and citric. A bitt too on the sour side.
Even in the taste, it tends to a little sourness, almost lactic.
Very fresh, still, with some spicy notes. Too tart, and too lemony.
Very light in body.
Drinkable, with a finish again sour.

Jun 02, 2008
Bianca from Birrificio Brùton
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 37 ratings