Walt Wit
Philadelphia Brewing Company

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Belgian Witbier
Ranked #678
Ranked #45,640
3.42 | pDev: 14.91%
Philadelphia Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
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Notes: The American poet, Walt Whitman, once portrayed a sunset over Philadelphia as “…a broad tumble of clouds, with much golden haze and profusion of beaming shaft and dazzle”. Pour yourself a bottle of Walt Wit Belgian-Style White Ale and see what he was talking about. A pinch of spice and a whisper of citrus lend complexity to this fragrant and satisfying ale.
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Reviews by pburland23:
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3.52/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler into a chalice.

Appearance: Beer pours a hazy light apple cidery color. Very little carbonation and thin wispy white bits of head. Not the most appealing looking witbier.

Smell: Very traditional witbier aroma...cloves, spices, bananas and a little touch of bubblegum. Good for the style.

Taste: Wheat and coriander at the forefront. It's more grainy than I anticipated. Additionally, some bananas, cloves and yeast notes. Pretty middle of the road in terms of taste.

Mouthfeel: Light in body and very light in carbonation. Very refreshing on a warm night and at 4.2% it's easy to knock a few back.

Overall: A decent but not great witbier. It's light and refreshing but the flavor is just a little lacking.

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Photo of kennyo
2.97/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

color is strawlike, not clear but not cloudy as the style should be, very little head

aroma has some wheat malt, grain, a little bubblegum?

taste is pretty mild for the style. kind of lawn mower like, very light, carbonation is fine fr the style.

Beer goes good with pizza tho,

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Photo of Jame515
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of weeare138
3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a hazy gold with a small, white cap that fades into a mild collar. Steady streams of CO2 rise to the top.
Smell is of heavy pils malt, sugary dough, mild notes of white pepper and coriander.
Taste is of the aromas with notes of hibiscus flowers and chamomile standing out.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, fizzy, slightly malty with bitterness lingering in the swallow.
This is pretty tame for a wit. I'm not sure what yeast strain they used but for being so clean, I would guess it's an American strain. Unfortunately, this one will have trouble stacking up against other area wits from Victory, Sly Fox, and even Legacy. Not a bad try though.

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Photo of SDL1911
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Gavage
3.06/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: hazy pale yellow in color with a 1" head that lingers a while.

Smell: soft spiciness and a hint of yeast is all that is detectable.

Taste: coriander and pepper seems to be up front, with some softer lemon zest and yeast tones in the background. Very little bitterness and the malt level seems a bit lighter than some others in the style to me. There is a bit of chaulkiness at the finish.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout and a touch of dryness at the finish. The pepper spice seems to last a bit long on the tongue. Lighter bodied beer.

Drinkability: not as refreshing as I like to see in the style. The dry and chauky finish knocks down the drinkability for me.

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3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Boto
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle: This one pours a cloudy, golden yellow color. There was a huge white head on it that makes it difficult to pour into a glass. Lighter aroma. Mainly notes of wheat and spices. Lighter body also. Some wheat, citrus and spices. A touch tart in the finish. Not bad, but a bit thin. A good lawnmower beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +38.9%

Photo of Rootdog316
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a foamy white head and hazy yellow color. Aroma is wheat/grain, perfumy spice, musty. Has some farmhouse traits. Taste is cardboard/burnt toast dominates the herbal/tannins. Not exactly the greatest witbier in the world, but certainly not the worst. I felt the need to try it because I was staying in Philadelphia.

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Photo of philaduffia
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of indiapaleale
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

O Captain, My Captain, Walt Whitman, not just the name of a bridge in Philly. He was a real, honest-to-god human being too! I swear to you. Also, the Walt Whitman House is in Camden, New Jersey and is open to the public in case you're interested in crossing the bridge that bears his name.

The beer, pours a light peachy color with big thick head. Very clean and clear.

Smells spicy, as it should. That is the first thing that comes to my mind as I suspend my nose over the glass. There is also some sulfuric, sort of lager-esque aroma with this beer. It almost has a skunky (Grolsch, Becks, Heineken) sort of smell to it. Interesting...

Big sip and...well, its not half bad. Its got a good amount of spice going on along with some decent malty sweetness. The lager-esque sulfuric quality is there as well but it doesn't really stand in the way. A bit of citrus and a nice yeasty flavor make this a nice example of a style that isn't so easy to reproduce. Easy to drink and refreshing. Not a bad witbier, but not amazing by any means.

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Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

On-tap at Cavanaugh's.

A: The witbier has a meatier, thicker look, orange and brown swirling together with an inordinate darkness. Not black, just darker than a white ale should be. Nonexistent head.

S: The nose has orange, but the coriander stands out with a peppery flourish. Wheat is tangy but that pepper is the big aspect.

T: Peppery coriander, freshly ground and intense. The rest of the spices all fall into place behind it. Wheat adds tanginess, especially when paired with the orange of the wit. Even some star anise and additional spices seem to add depth. Despite that, the pepper flavors tend to dominate, leading to a one dimensional ale.

M: Spicier, the ale brings quite a bit to the table. Good but not a stand out witbier.

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3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer with some salmon, since wheat beers and seafood are usually a good pairing.

I didn't get much of a head, but some lacing lasted for a while. Something in the taste was off-putting to me. It turns out to be the grapefruit peel. I'm not a huge grapefruit fan, but the taste up front is interesting.

I'm getting the citrus in the beginning and either hops or grapefruit bitterness at the end of the taste.

So I'm not sure if this is for me, but I think it is worth a taste. Not a strong stance, but those are my honest feelings.

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Photo of ThePaintedGrey
3.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Philadelphia Brewing- Walt Wit

A- Light yellow with a moderate soapy head, some lacing as well.
S- Lemons and wheat are dominate, slight peppery spices appear.
T- Lemon and grainy malt are the backbone with touches of wheat, yeast, and pepper.
M- NIce sweetened lemony sourness with a dry finish.

Overall- Moderately pleasing. Easy to chug on a hot afternoon.

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Photo of error9900
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of Fish113d
3.17/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured chilled into a pint glass, it pours a hazy golden straw color with a very thin eggshell head on the surface. Nothing really special, but true to form.

Grapefruit obviously hits me on the nose first along with a maltiness. Some grain comes through as well in the form of straw.

Flavor is quite weak, but it is a wit beer after all. Slight grapefruit flavor along with some what I think is a smoky flavor, and that flavor lasts through the swallow.

Thin body brew with very little to offer in terms feel. Watery.

Overall, this is an easy-to-drink brew for the simple fact that I could probably drink a case throughout a day and not feel a thing. It's not bad tasting, but it's just a standard wit that leaves nothing to be desired.

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3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of tgbljb
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy light yellow colow ith massive white creamy head. Great retention with some attractive sticky lacing.

Smell has a modest amount of spice and yeast, with a hint of lemon.

Taste has a nice sweet-tart quality, with a nice spice-lemon flavor, But the endinh is a bit too dry.

More dryness at the end limits its drinkability.

A good beer. It does improve as it warms, but nothing great.

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Photo of Jeremy_Zim
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of woodychandler
4.26/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Same visit. I consider it an honor and a privilege to hang out here and sample and review beers while doing so.

My fave Walt Whitman poem is "Mannahatta", which reads like a release from the NYC Bureau of Travel and Tourism and which I use as a couterpoint to Carl Sandburg's "Chicago", which is a warts-'n'-all homage to the Windy City. Go poets!

Well, the head was like a puffy, white cloud sitting on top of the beer. The color looked like freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice, giving the whole thing an inverted-egg quality. Nose was very spicy, actually peppery, almost inducing a sneeze. Zounds! Mouthfeel was medium with a good admixture of grapefruit bitterness, black pepper, yeasty mustiness, and orange zest on the tongue. I really need to revisit my aversion to this style, it seems. Finish was really dry, approaching Zephyr winds across the Sahara dry. My my.

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Photo of scottDC
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Walt Wit from Philadelphia Brewing Company
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 340 ratings