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Walt Wit | Philadelphia Brewing Company

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Walt WitWalt Wit

Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 131 | Ratings: 333
Photo of kb199
1.48/5  rDev -56.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Not at all what I expected. I am normally a fan of Philly-area brews, but this was truly outside the pale. Pours a cloudy yellow color, minimum head and retention. The taste was way too sour, and had none of the banana and clove softness normally associated with witbiers. Overall, a terrible brew that does the brewery a disservice.

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Photo of Mojoman8561
1.58/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

-L- Very Pale yellow. Little cloudy. Light head that disipated very quickly.

-S- Like the scent of a thousand Grapefruits. So strong my wife could not get it by her nose to even drink this.

-T- There is that grapefruit again. No after taste what-so-ever. Sour.

-F- So light it felt like seltzar water in my mouth.

-D- Not impressed. The grapefruit is not my taste and by far not the best White Ale I have ever had. I don't think I will be going down the Walt Wit road again.

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Photo of corby112
2.36/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden yellow color with a foamy white head that quickly fades into a slight lacing. Citrus aroma with not much else of notice. Very bland and unimpressive take on this style. Nothing about the flavor stands out or is very refreshing. Anoither dissapointing offering from a brewery that I had high expectations for.

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Photo of Ricochet
2.4/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

L: Cloudy yellow. No head or lace.
S: Slight banana and clove
F: Foamy with mild bitter. Slight cereal after taste.
T: I just wish I could come up with some flowery description. It has a bit of citrus and clove and a bit of bitter, but other than that, there isn't much else.

O: Another beer that was mildly enjoyable from the bottle, but from the glass, it tells the tale.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
2.63/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This looked very good poured into a pilsner glass.Cloudy pale yellow with a thick white heading. Lacing all down the glass.

Smell is very much of Chamomile and very citrusy smell of oranges. A nice kick in the mouth of spice to top it off.

Taste is about same very high in Chamomile and spices. Slight sting of citrus hops on the backend.

Mouth is very watery and week extremly light bodied with no carbonation.

Drink is high but after a while you would get sick of the spicey taste.

A decent drink but I probably wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of Chinon01
2.67/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - The appearance is attractive hazy wheaty semi opaque. Decent lacing.

S - Smell is solid Wit herbs phenolics nice.

T - The taste however is weak and mostly grainy tasting. That graininess obscures any real Wit flavor suggested by the nose. Some tartness come through in the finish.

M - There is little layeredness in the mouthfeel that you would expect from a Wit.

D - The drinkability is good because, well there isn't much there. A very simple beer.

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Photo of gciccarelli
2.69/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Pours a straw yellow, very clear. 1 finger white head that quickly dissipates and is not very visually appealing - not fluffy or creamy at all.

S - Smells of yeast, citrus. Not overly pungent.

T - Very bland. Slight sweetness, but quickly fades to sour. Not really much going on - disappointing.

M - Light body, very large amount of carbonation. Too much carbonation IMO.

D - An unoffensive beer, but the carbonation is not very pleasant. An average score.

A disappointing beer from an otherwise decent brewery. Not really much worth checking out. One of the rare times I actually would prefer the slice of lemon or orange in the beer to at least give it some flavor...

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Photo of marcpal
2.74/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into pilsner glass. The last of the four new Philly beers for me to try.

A: Pale gold, thin off white head. Pretty light.

N: Pretty good aroma of banana peels. Yeasty.

T: Dough and sweet citrus. Perhaps a little biting on the spice, a little too much in the recipe I would think. 1st beer Ive ever had they tasted like they cracked fresh pepper into. Odd.

M: The spiciness is out of character here and not as crisp as you would like. The lime taste and spice flavors just dont meld well.

D: Extremely light, somewhat refreshing. Many other better wheats out there to be had. Clearly my least favorite of the four of the new offerings from this brewery.

Not offensive but surely not a staple.

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Photo of biophiliadude
2.74/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle to pint.

A: Orange, cloudy, 3/4 inch head. Layers of lacing.

S: Orange and "beer"/ traditoinal lager. Vegetables.

T: Orange, orange spice, water, lager, bread.

F: smooth

D: Fruit smell overpowers everything. Hard to drink, unlike more witbiers I've had that are overall refreshing. A lot of missed smells and tastes here, too much going on.

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Photo of jmdrpi
2.82/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

poured into tall pilsner glass

A - super cloudy straw color. whispy head. carbonation bubbles totally coat the inside of glass

S - sour dough bread. the bottle says grapefruit peel, i can pick that up too

T - wheat, citrus, herbal flavors

M - very light. watery

D - not my favorite style, but was part of the variety case. i'll certainly drink the 5 others, but probably wouldn't buy again

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Photo of callmeclemens
2.84/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Drank Cold from Bottle in APhiladelphia Brewing Company Sampler Pack.

Drank Cold around 45 Degrees.

Its got a strong Citrusy-orange peely taste with hints of other citrus and hops. The first one went down smooth at first, then became bitter towards the end. I found it harder to drink the second it just seemed to increasingly taste more bitter as I went along. The smell comes of as a nice citrus mix.

On the upside.
Best beer I've ever had named for a Deceased Poet.

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Photo of JunkYardJake
2.9/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.
Pours a very cloudy gold/yellow color with a full bone white head that vanishes quickly. The nose is quite unique. Grapefruit, orange peel, and some herbs and spices. Palate is also non-traditional. Floral herbs, citrus and a little spice. Not terrible but not great either. Mouthfeel is pretty fluid but still has a good presence on the tongue. Fairly drinkable wit but there are alot of better options out there.

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Photo of BWED
2.93/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I've been living outside of Philly for a few months now, near Downingtown and Victory, and I have been amazed at the variety of breweries there are out here. One I haven't gotten into yet, is PBC. Walt Wit is my first taste of the brewery:

A- Very cloudy yellow-brown. Almost looks like orange juice. White, creamy-thin head, which dies down to 1/4" before I'm finished. Thick lacing left behind.

S- Typical Wit smell: banana bread with a citrus undertone.

T- Sweet, slight hint of banana, less so than in the smell, bitter citrus bite lingers on the tongue; maybe from the grapefruit peel.

M- Kind of bland. Almost too light, some carbonation, but just rolls through the mouth and down the throat. If it wasn't wet, my mouth probably wouldn't have felt it.

O- This beer is okay. It ranks average on the wheat beer spectrum for me. Nothing really stuck out except the grapefruit bitterness. Mouthfeel was not satisfying. It didn't leave an essence that some beers do. It looks tasty, but it just didn't live up to what I had hoped. Maybe I'll try it in the middle of the summer next time... and hopefully PBC has some better brews. I guess I'll find out.

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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 chefhatt
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this one into a pint glass, it has a hazy orange color body with a 1 finger white foamy head on it. The smell is of wheat and spices(orange peel and coriander). The taste is a little overpowering of coriander, it is the first taste i get. Then the orange comes on the back of the tongue. The mouth feel is ok and overall a average beer.

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Photo of DIM
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: This was a cloudy very pale yellow color. It poured with a thin, soapy, white head.

s: Mild floral banana aromas and some pepper.

t: Very mild banana wheat flavors. Some dry chalky spices on the finish.

m: Maybe a little under carbonated.

d: I was excited to try this one, so much so that I stole it from my sister's wedding stash. I thought overall that it was a bit bland. I loved Rowhouse Red though.

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Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.01/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow with a finger of soapy head.

Wheat and yeast are present on the nose, with some almost offensive fruity smells.

It's thin, but the wheat gives it some body. The carbonation is very fizzy. The flavors seem blended and muted. Wheat, pepper citrus, and other fruits. Not bad, but rather bland.

It's drinkable, but nothing special.

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Photo of jwc215
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazed/lightly clouded lemon-drop yellow with a thin, white small bubbled head that quickly settles to a large patch. Minimal lacing sticks.

The smell is bready with something like cooked pasta. It becomes perfumy and a bit mustyish with herbal/floral spicing (I'll take it that that is the chamomile). Not quite catching much of the citrus part - maybe a soft hint.

The taste is of wheat, in a cooked pasta sort of way. Something suggestive of flavored tea (I'll take that to be the chamomile, again.) The grapefruit peel gives a faux bitterness - suggestive of a bitter fruit, without being bitter. Not sweet either - maybe some grainy sweetness, but not much. The flavor weaves in and out. There is a dryish, peppery spicing in the finish.

The body is light.

Well - it's a different interpretation. Spiced with chamomile and grapefruit peel, according to the label. Interesting, but not the thirst-quencher that I would seek in this style.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(purchased cold; no freshness dates on bottle - poured, with some vigor, into a tulip pint)

A: hazy liquid, glow of amber in the center, while the outer edges are more a murky yellow-gold... hardly any foam, definitely no retention

S: doughy yeast and day-old bread with some floral flourishes... perhaps some signs of age?

T: startling dryness, butter cookie aftertaste... the grapefruit builds and lingers on the palate after the first couple sips; sits atop what tastes like oatmeal/cereal with a spritz of citrus in it... real deficit of dazzle in the aftertaste... you'd think you might get a hint of apple from the chamomile, but instead it comes across like an browning, oxidized slice of it that been sitting out for an hour

F: roughly the right amount of weight to the body, which is not a lot... disappointing lack of zip to the carbonation, leaves it feeling flat

O: I've had this on tap at the brewery, and it's not much more exciting than this... I'm not opposed to trying this again, via draft or a brewery-fresh bottle, but time and time again, this is a pass for me - something's missing: in the process, the ingredients, don't know...

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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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Photo of GimmeASchlitz
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pack brought back from Philadelphia as a gift. No freshness date found. Poured from bottle into a pilsner glass.

Pours a cloudy straw color with a decent foamy head. There is some sediment that can be seen.

There is not much of an aroma from this beer. What I can get is a bit of yeast, a bit of fruit notes but I can't distinguish which. I wish there was more but not getting it.

Tastes of slight yeast, some notes of wheat grain, citrus zest come through. The flavors are all subtle but they are balanced.

There is a little bit of carbonation to this beer. Good balanced body. Nothing special.

I feel like this beer is lacking slightly in aromas and taste. Not the best witbier I've had but not the worst. I don't see myself going after this beer specifically but I will take it when offered.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear gold with a really thin white head. Nose is lemon and grass (not lemongrass). Real acidic fragrance too. Flavor is acidic as well. A biting lemon tone over an earthy longlasting thing. Lacks balance. Feel is about typical I guess. Another waste of energy on a style most people should stop screwing around with.

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Photo of deereless
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Very pale yellow in color, the appearance reminds me of grapefruit juice, a finger thickness of tightly packed head, lots of activity in the beer - 3.50, S: A touch of tartness on the nose, noticeable wheat, a little bit of zest and citrus - 3.50, T: The palate on Walt Wit is somewhat meek, at the same time it has a bit of sharpness and acidity, I pick out the citrus and also get an herbal tea-like flavor - 2.75, M: Thin and light bodied - 2.50, D: An okay beer, I'd appreciate a little more zing or stronger flavors - 3.00

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Photo of jmalex
3.12/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was very excited to try the beers from the new Philadelphia Brewing Company, so I grabbed a mix case for a picnic. This is the first of the leftovers.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Allagash tulip a pale straw gold. It's only barely opaque with a hazy translucence. The head is white and starts at one finger high. It drops quickly to a strong collar and a nearly full cap of foam.

SMELL: The wheat is certainly there, but not as sweet and light as I'm used to with other wits. Much more of a musty, grainy smell. Spice and citrus are in low amounts and only come out as the beer warms. Belgian esters are low to zero.

TASTE: The sweetness is really held in check in the taste. An earthy bitterness makes a surprising appearance both at the start and especially on the finish (hops?, citrus pith?). Citrus is there across the palate, but this is hardly the refreshing, sweet, light beer that one would expect from a wit.

MOUTHFEEL: Nothing really wrong with the body or carbonation. It's dry enough with a slight effervescence.

DRINKABILITY: This is a decent lawnmower beer but doesn't quite do the trick when sitting down to enjoy it. I'll give it some credit for being a fairly refreshing thirst-quencher.

I really wanted to like this beer, but it seems to go in so many wrong directions. I'll be sticking to other, better examples of the style from now on.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.12/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very cloudy, murky, orangish color with almost no head whatsoever. Looks kind of gross. Aroma is typical wit, with coriander and some spicy phenols.

First sip is kinda harsh... a sharp wheaty bite strikes first, and maybe too much coriander? Kind of an overspiced flavor, not much sweetness, just a sharp kind of bitter (but not hop bitter) flavor.

Something just doesn't taste right about this beer. It is not really refreshing at all. Damn you clever punny names!!! Gets me every time! :)

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