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 acurtis
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle picked up at Philadelphia Brewing Co. 4.2% abv, 20 IBU's
Poured beautiful hazy orangey straw color with large puffy white head that rose above the glass. Wheat and yeast aroma. Taste is more citrus that usual, i get some orange and grapefruit. Light mouth feel. Above average drinkability for this style of beer. All in all a very strong unfiltered wit.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a decent looking opaque yellow color. The head was a little fizzy but had a light stickiness to it which kept some subs on the glass. The smell of the beer was citrusy and had some fresh wheat aromas. The addition of spice comes out on the nose as it warms. The taste of the beer has a floral and citrusy flavor to it. The spices come on strong in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light and carbonated enough that it stay interesting. Overall it's an average Wit. I like the name they gave it, I found that to be pretty creative. It's worthy of trying I think.

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Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Porterhouse Restaurant & Brew Pub, Lahaska, PA

A: The beer is very hazy pale yellow in color. It poured with a short white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat are present in the nose along with some notes of baker's yeast.
T: The taste has flavors of what with notes of lemons and grainy malts.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and would be refreshing on a hot summer day.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of brentk56
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a really ugly cloudy, pale blonde color with a rocky head that fizzes away without leaving much lace behind

Smell: The grapefruit pith comes through, distinctly, but its combination with the chamomile doesn't fare so well; a bit of floral perfume and tea

Taste: What I disliked in the aroma works better on the tongue with a bready start and a growing grapefruit pith flavor arriving by mid-palate; after the swallow, the chamomile flavors add an herb tea element

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate, but not nearly enough, carbonation

Drinkability: I think this is a fairly creative take in the style, but I would like to see a bolder spice profile as the flavors are muted

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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 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 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 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 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 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 tone77
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus and grains. Taste is of grapefruit, a bit tart, some grains and spices. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this makes for a decent brew.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.27/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazed light straw color. Just a bit of sediment. White soapy collar forms and has good staying power. Aroma a dry wheat, clove, and hay. Some may find this wit fairly musty, even for the style. In the flavor, wheat bread, snap of lemon pepper and orange peel. Bitterness is quite mild and par for the course, but Walt Wit finishes anything but sweet. Big wheat, bread and cracker notes; being very musty of course, as the nose indicated. A light bodied, easy drinking ale that has a chalky yeast driven finish. Overall, a worthy example of a wit here. It tastes closer to its Belgian brethren than an American rendition of the style, however not tart enough to really get the Brussels flair.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Buck Hotel in a Philadelphia Eagles pint glass.

A- Bright yellow with just a tad of haze when held up to light. A small 2cm white cap was on the surface and when it left just a few swirls would bring it back for a short period. No lacing.

S- Smells like a decent wit with a bunch of citrus appeal with some orange peel in the back. Very slight clove and a nice amount of yeast.

T- This is not to shabby. I was not expecting much after having this in a bottle but the tap version makes this worthy. Again the focus is on citrus flavors underlined with yeastiness. Very minimal on the spice but some clove presents itself. Toasted malts giving of some bread.

M- Light bodied with some carbonation. The flavors all come together at once and leave together as well. A very slight bitterness/sour twang on the back hand side.

D- Not knowing the abv on this I can only guess that it's 5% or less making it sessionable and in the summertime I can see this one being a winner if it's off a tap, the bottled version is just not there yet IMO.

I am rooting for PBC and wish them well in all future endevors.

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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 yourefragile
3.52/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Mediocre. Pale straw golden color. Not quite cloudy, not quite clear with a white head and little retention. Some sticky lacing.
S: Fairly strong, wheat, some banana, pepper, not too complex, but pleasant.
T: Refreshing, dry and flavorful. Very strong on the pepper and spice with a background of citrus and floral flavors. Hard to pick up on any sweetness. Pepper actually ends up being a little too overpowering.
M: A little watery and thin but compensates with crisp carbonation.
D: Very drinkable and refreshing, but nowhere near the best of this style. Flavors aren't quite balanced and mouthfeel is lacking. I probably wouldn't buy this beer again specifically but am happy with a it as a part of a mix case.

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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 beerthulhu
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a semi-hazy lemon color which was capped off by a bright white creamy head that was thin and quick to dissipate. Visible carbonation was very soft.

S: a nice yeasty aroma to it with some bananas, oranges and lemons most noticeable against soft wheat scents.

T: a nice spiciness of oranges, citrus and a strong wheaty character. Some coriander was detected but was light and subdued with a light lemon tartness found on the finish.

M: crisp, with a nice carbonation presence providing a slight tingle on the tongue. The texture was light and oily while while the beer left a dry tart lemon coating on the tongue.

D: Overall a fairly good example and one that should draw little complaint. An easy drinking summer time drink for that lazy afternoon.

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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 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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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 DrDemento456
3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - So so. The color is kind of brownish rather than hazy yellow. No head to speak of and carbonation is kind of low.

S - Smells pretty nice with mild wheat and grain but really no lemon or citrus which I like from the style.

T - Pretty nice I even get a bit of hops which is foreign to me for the style. Wheat background, with a slight bit of lemon, yeast and clove. Pretty nice.

M - Light to medium, seems to have more body than the typical offering.

Overall I kind of like the taste but could use more carbonation made this beer heavy rather than successionable and the not so in your face lemon or zest.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy pale straw color, nice creamy head but little retention. Smell is a pleasent mix of belgian yeast, hay, slight spice and mild citrus. Taste is a nice yeasty bread, hay with a decent spice and citrus flavor. Thinner and overly carbonated for the style. Decent tasting beer, would revisit.

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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 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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