Walt Wit | Philadelphia Brewing Company

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Walt WitWalt Wit

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Philadelphia Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by ROMER79 on 03-30-2008

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Photo of Throckmorton
4.3/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- nice, hazy, light golden/yellow. good stable head, put lace on the glass

s - soft nose, slight bite

T - gosh, this was really a nice surprise. I wasn't expecting much, and I think they nail it. Nice subtle lactic tang.

M - light

D - very drinkable. Low alcohol, and the slight bitterness is very refreshing. Goes down easily, very pleasant, easy to drink many if you aren't careful.

We purchased a case and after working our way through it, began to appreciate it more and more. This beer was really a nice surprise.

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Photo of avalon07
4.3/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dull yellow color and a cloudy consistency. Lots of sediment. There was a half inch of fairly long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A sweet smell - even for a witbier - with hints of coriander, citrus, and malt.

T: Tasted of banana (an interesting and welcome addition), lemon, orange, malt, and coriander. A slightly unusual flavor for the style, but very vibrant and tasty.

M: Lots of carbonation with a crisp, sweet finish. Light-to medium bodied.

O: This is not your classic witbier, but it is highly enjoyable.

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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 WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my hop tulip glass from Sierra Nevada with a pale clouded grapefruit juice tone to it orange golden . Bright white head forms scattered fine speckled lacing as it dwindles. Aroma gives off a nice grapefruit and cloudy chamomile spiciness with a sharp wheat base. Flavor is quite bitter for a wit, I believe this is due to the grapefruit peel additions and the spicy chamomile that I describe as marshmallow tea. Mouthfeel is medium to lighter bodied with a nice sturdy carbonation base, cleans the palate well. Drinkability is awesome, a really unique on an overdone style another reason to support an awesome PA brewery.

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Photo of joezak5
4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel sniffter; a hazy pale gold muted carbonation, fluffy three finger finger pure white head with minimal retention and good lacing.

Smell: Earthy and yeasty, the grapefruit citrus and chamomile advertised on the label are subtlely and nicely present.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and lively with medium carbonation.

Taste: Nicely light and earthy and wheaty, lightly herbal with citrus notes, nice dusty wheat finish.

Drinkability: A winner from PBC, at about a buck a bottle, an excellent and economical alternative to Allagash White. I'll definitely pick this up again.

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Photo of dude
4.09/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow and cloudy into my pint glass. Aromas of lemon juice, coriander and fresh baked wheat bread fill my olfactory center. Taste is sweet with a doughy character, lemony and spicy as well, and light overall. Mouthfeel is light and zesty with crisp carbonation level. Finish is sweet and begets another sip or nine.

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Photo of sjohansen
4.08/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had to give this one a rough pour; shake some of the sediment off the bottom of the bottle, and it gives the Walt Wit a nice cloudy straw appearance. There's obvious sediment that settles to the bottom of the brew. A frothy, fluffy head, disappears pretty quickly, leaving some soft lace through the session.

Lots of spice in the nose, with slight hints of yeast. Can get some pear as it warms. Reminds me most of a Belgian Ale.

Lots of spice and citrus in the taste. The citrus is most similar to orange zest, with a hint of lemon. The spice like coriander and peppercorn. As it warms, it becomes more sweet fruit. Clean, dry finish.

Medium mouthfeel with lots of active carbonation.

This one is pretty good. Definitely would be a great addition to a hot summer day.

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Photo of ROMER79
4.07/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer a week ago at the Standard Tap in Philly. This beer is so new that they aren't bottling it yet.
P: Cloudy golden color with a thin with head with little retention.
S: Citrus and honey
T: Citrus, honey, and hops
M: Very Refreshing great beer for the summer.
D: Goes down like water.

I forgot the ABV. It can't be more than 5.

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Photo of mymrnngjckt
4.05/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice pale yellow. The smell contains corriander and a bit of citrus. The taste is soft and has wheaty tones. The small amount of carbination provides a nice and easy mouthfeel. This is a nice summer time brew which is easily drinkable. Very good offering from Philadelphia Brewing Company.

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Photo of MikeRa
4.01/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer has a Unfiltered Hazy Golden look with a little bit of head.

S and T: You can smell and taste the wheat, along with coriander and lemon

M: A well balanced medium body with really nice carbonization.

D: This beer is a excelent one to drink, even with the Orange that I place in this beer.

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Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was slow to warm to Philadelphia Brewing beer, but I am starting to have more regard for it. And this beer is leading the way. It is light, delicate, and tasty. Because of it's low ABV and robust flavor, it makes an excellent session beer, particularly in summer.

Pours a hazy orange-yellow with a slight white head. The aroma is slightly sour, with a pleasant fruity quality, like apricot with a whiff of jasmine. The flavor is sharp and sour, almost lemony, with apricot and pear bringing up the rear. There is a tight, dry bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is thin and dry, but leaves me wanting more.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was never a huge fan of Wit's in general however I have come around to them lately. I am beginning to really enjoy the mellow flavors and it's intention's to quench ones thirst on a sunny spring afternoon.
The Walt Wit is murky golden color with orange hues; the head is white and soapy; sticks around well. On the nose, faint banana, tangerine peels and small hint of lime.
The taste is more of the same...faint banana, tangerine peels, tiny hints of spice, bread dough, cloves and small hint of lime...well balanced.
Very clean and a beer that serves it's intentions. I like it very much!

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Photo of tempest
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from the Foodery in Northern Liberties.

This is an interesting wit, out of the ordinary. At first it seemed like a Widmer hefe version of a wit in that the yeast was very clean, leaving only a little spice with plain wheat and barley malt. However, as it warmed subtle aromas of perfumed fruit and vanilla began to develop while I also notice an increasingly complex aftertaste of bitter, dry, citrus rind. This is a beer offering a lot of subtle flavors. Definitely worth a try, it can't be easy to make something new in the wit category.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Still nice hazy and cloudy medium amber colored beer had some nice carbonation to it and a well rounded look.

The aroma was nice, hints of banana, cloves, and an almost bubble gum like aroma peeking in through the mammoth wheat smell. Same held true for the flavor, with massive amounts of wheat present right away that melded themselves into a nice banana and clove profile that seemed to continue to develop as it continued to warm. Nice balance here with a light to medium body and smooth carbonation, left with a slightly dry flavor in the mouth, I went in for a few more sips leaving a nice bubble gum flavor throughout.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to reviewing the PBC walt wit...

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass, color is translucent golden light copper, slightly orange, no head which i thought was odd cause i have seen it on this beer many times before.

Smell is not overpowering, but well done, feint malt hints with yeasty, wheaty, biscuity scents and hint of hops, fruit and spiciness.

Taste is a bit sour, but not fruity, probably the carbonation clingy the tongue followed by wheat, yeast and feint malt.

Mouthfeel is a bit sour, hitting the sides of the tongue, but balancing the flavors well throughout.

This is one my preferred belgian wits, it has grown on me as the style has as well. Another solid PBC brew.

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Photo of TommyW
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Hazy, golden body with a white head.

S- Sour wheat with notes of coriander and lemon.

T- Sour wheat up front with notes of coriander and yeasty spice coming in later; clean, semi-dry finish.

M- Medium body with a nice carbonation level.

D- Another nice beer, close to the style from this brewery.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Snifter. Pours a vibrant pale yellow. Nice white head, with a good retention rate and moderate lacing.

S: some aromas of sour lemon and tangy citrus from the wheat, not a ton of hops in the nose, but not expected. Some yeasty aromas as well.

T: a lot of grapefruit and lemon zest in the flavor, along with some spice. very nice flavors from the wheat. Very sour, which I am enjoying. very interesting wit.

M: carbonation was higher than normal. intriguing palate. very crisp.

D: my first Phily Brewing beer and it was really nice. I recommend it, and would drink it again.

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Photo of taigor
3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A - Poured cloudy pale yellow color with small head that dissipated quickly leaving almost no lacing around the glass.

S - Mostly wheat with hints of yeast, lemon and some spices.

T - Slight lemon sourness upfront followed by light spices and a nice yeasty finish.

M - Light bodied with high carbonation.

D - Very enjoyable and easy going witbier. Perfect for the summer and as a thirst quencher.

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Photo of ATPete
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, 5.0% ALC/VOL on label.

Walt Wit pours a very pale, very transparent, slightly hazy, off yellow color. It sports a cotton white head that sticks to the inside of the glass. This is obviously filtered. The nose is that of soft, semi sweet wheat with a nice cracker character and a touch of citrus, banana and spice. Its taste is much like the nose, very soft wheat profile, floral, extremely refreshing, bright citrus fruits and a nice creamy body. This one is a winner for me. I wasnt very fond of Yards in their day but it looks like Philadelphia Brewing Co are doing things right.

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Photo of gdfan47
3.84/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a cloudy orange with a good amount of white froathy head
S- orange, citrus in general , corrianger very inviting
T- pretty good witbier, alot of the basic tastes are there, a little flowier, a touch of hops, some citrus on the nose
M-smooth and easy to drink, it was very cold which works well for this style
D- very good, I would say the ABV is about 5, nothing crazy , a great session beer

is it St Bernardous? No but its a good session beer, its very reasonably priced (sometimes under $4 for draft and bottle), its also a great gateway beer for people wanting to branch out from Macros. Keep it up PBC!

often its the same price as bud or other macros. Hm, am I going to have a bud, or a local beer from a brewery which is only going to get better and better?. Easy question in my opinion, They also make an IPA, and a kolsh which are becoming pretty readily available

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Photo of MmmIPA
3.82/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical wit looking beer.

Straw colored body with a thick white head that falls fast to a white ring.No lacing is left.

Wheat,Coriander,and some spice in the nose.

Tangy,wheat and citrusy tasting

Light and refreshing.Easy on the carbonation and very easy to drink on a summer day.

Great for being local.Great for the summer and Great beer in general.

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Photo of 57md
3.81/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy golden straw with plenty of floaties. The nose is a pleasing combo of lemon and funk. The flavor follows the nose with a faint residual sweetness.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.81/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint

A straw colored body with a soapy, white head that left moderate lacing.

Has a grassy/earthy smell with coriander, grapefruit and wheat rounding out the nose.

Slightly bitter, delicately spiced with coriander, and a nice grapefruit sweetness to balance.

Slightly creamy mouthfeel and a pretty low ABV make this beer very refreshing.

A pleasant take on the style, very clean, fresh, and well-balanced.

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Photo of biegaman
3.79/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Far stretching streams of bubbles shoot out from the bottom at very fast pace. A vibrant banana peel yellow. Moldy looking patches of white fuzz with the occasion popping bubble. The level of haziness ranks somewhere in the low-to-middle range of what I know to be for the style.

Scents of sour lemon and tangy citrus are blade-knife sharp and stifle your sense of smell. My nose is only too happy to be greeted by these smells each time the glass is brought forth. I only wish they had a little more fortitude behind them, repetitive swirling seems only to be drying them out. You can sense an acidity and tartness just waiting to pounce onto the palate...

The flavour has that same mix of spice and zest. Lemon slice and a whole lot of grapefruit make for a flavour profile that is citric, light, and fair. Carbonation needs to be toned down a whole level or two. The mouthfeel is peppery; that 'pinch' of spice is noticeable. The acidity is cutting and the body has just a ounce of sourness that keeps bringing to mind the Berliner Weiss, a comparison which seems more and more suiting with every sip.

Indeed, this was a helplessly curious witbier, one that seemed more inspired by Berlin's weiss beers than any of Belgium's white beers. Strikingly high carbonation, sharp cutting acidity, underlying tartness, and light whispers of citrus make this one undeniably refreshing beer, albeit perhaps a slight bit unconventional for the style.

Both the two beers I've had from the Philadelphia Brewing Co. have had a little something eccentric to them, and in both cases it's really worked. There's no reason not to enjoy this one, and I hope to try more of their beers in the future, cheers to SkinnyElvis for the bottle!

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Photo of Philabeerphia
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounces, poured from cellar temp into the xl tulip. Aggressive pour yields an insane 3 finger head that rests and breathes for a bit, then settles and pops, leaving some unique bountiful lacing. Light golden yellow with plenty of yeasty haze, and we're off to a good start.

smells like overripe bananas, a touch of bready yeast, ending with quite a bit of raw mud.

A range of light citrus tastes start us out of the gates - primarily lemon and grapefruit, this refreshing combo holds in the middle, combining with a fair amount of the spicy bready yeast that previously made their appearance on the nose. Hops come alive as the taste comes to an end. Poppy and refreshing, crisp and just enough bitterness to make an impact. Overall I'd like to see more bright flavors that jump, but I do find this supremely refreshing...

mouthfeel: just too light. watery through and through. luckily the carbonation is just above average for the style - definitely adds to the the drinkability. This beer is so easy to quaff.

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