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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.

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Reviews: 131 | Ratings: 333
Photo of mikefuski17
3.52/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I enjoy Walt Wit because I enjoy Belgians. Very smooth beer.

A. Nice cloudy golden hue. Small white head with little lacing.

S. Smell is very nice. Citrusy but not too much that it smells fruity. The yeast plays a key role as well following the citrus.

T. Taste is awesome. Typical Belgian style with citrus blended with yeast. Neither are too over powering and compliment each other nicely in this beer.

M. Mouthfeel is not too thick but also not watery. There is a definite body to it. On e sipped, not much carbonation either.

O. Overall I like the beer and would easily drink it again. Also I would recommend this beer to others looking for an alternative in the Belgian style department.

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Photo of ghengisflan
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Pours a medium, cloudy straw color with little head.

Smell - Sweet grain and Belgian funk, with just a little citrus.

Taste - It tastes much as it smells, but the citrus (and herbs?) are a little more at the fore.

Mouthfeel - Thick enough to be full bodied, but light enough for the style.

Overall - A nice Witbier, great for summer.

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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 IronLover
3.52/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow in color on the edges and golden yellow down the middle with a deep haze. Poured with a short, dense white foam that slowly reduced to a thick cap that left sheets of sticky wet lacings on the glass. Lemon and orange zest aromas with wheat malt and a hint of melted butter in the background. Smooth, creamy, slightly watery feel with light, rich carbonation. Peppery spice flavors with wheat malt and beneath from beginning to end. Herbal and lemon zest flavors in the middle with a peppery bite to follow. Finishes with a peppery and wheat grain aftertaste.

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Photo of ColdWaffles
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: The beer itself has to look: A murky, hazy yellow beer. The issue here is the borderline non-existent head. There's a tiny bit of glass lacing.

Smell: You don't pick up much. Sweet citrus fruit, coriander.

Taste: This is a workman's wit for sure. Pretty standard, but there's nothing wrong with that for the price. The grapefruit adds a nice touch.

Mouthfeel: Refreshing and crisp. Ample carbonation and a wet taste. Doesn't leave much aftertaste and isn't too sticky.

This is a pretty standard wit, and I don't mind that. Ever so slightly above average, and I don't mean that as laudatory.

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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 nofalltoofar
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Belgian tulip glass

A: Cloudy gold with a quickly dissipating head

S: Very fruity, flower notes, berry and citrus

T: Tangy and very fruit-heavy. Instant citrus with berry notes and hints of grain. Very sweet, virtually no bitterness, small hop presence

M: A little tangy, not excessively carbonated, light and goes down easily. Very fitting for a white ale

This is a very enjoyable beer. It is smooth, drinkable, and interesting. It's also relatively cheap. If you don't feel like shelling out Duvel doe for the infamous Belgian champion, Walt Wit will do nicely.

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

Philadelphia Brewing Company is a favorite of mine in Philly -- they don't get as much press as other, more famous brewers in the area (such as Yards or Victory) but they consistently make good beers.

Except for this, the weakest beer in their line up. Even so it's not bad, just bog-standard. Pours a nice golden color (albeit with very little head). Has a pleasant, though routine nose of grapefruit peel and spice -- the nose is rather richer than the flavors themselves, though, which wash out to a mild hit of citrus/grapefruit before slipping away to a rather unsatisfactory dry finish. (A surprisingly thin body on this, despite the nose.)

If the beer tasted as good as it smelled I might judge it a little higher. As such, by no means bad, but nothing special or worth going out of your way for.

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

Poured a hazy pale orange color with very little head. Aroma had a bit of tropical fruit. Taste was weak but had some orange and grapefruit peel, lots of carbonation, finished clean. Overall I thought it to be very easy to drink but lacked depth to make me want to come back and purchase again.

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Photo of pburland23
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 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 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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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 WastingFreetime
3.41/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The label says that the beer is an unfiltered Belgian-style white beer brewed with chamomile and grapefruit peel.

It pours out nearly completely flat but for a scummy froth layer that fizzles out (the greatest disappointment that this beer offended me with) but has a dark-tinted straw color which is muddily opaque with clouds of yeasty sediment. Mmm mmm nutritious. Body is on the thicker edge of medium fullness.
Smell is indeed chamomile tea up front supported by some herbal grassy hopping and just a smidge of citrus peel character over a wheat malt. Taste is dominated at first by a chamomile tea just as in the nose, but the citrus peel aspect comes through much more cleanly (and strongly) in the bready wheat flavor. A good effort marred by a poor head.

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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 jwhancher
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy gold with nice white head that quickly fades away. Eventually no trace of any foam which makes it look like day old apple juice. Carbonation seems full on. The bottom of the bottle added some yeasty dregs to my pint glass taster.

Smells lemony with some coriander and some banana.

Tastes a little odd: lemon character but with a mouthfeel that seems utterly flat. Sweet citrus flavor throughout. Maybe some orange peel in there.

Nice & dry & refreshing but overall not too imaginative. A decent summer selection if other finer ones aren't readily available.

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Photo of MrOH
3.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very hazy orangish yellow, nice white head.

Coriander and bananas in the nose.

Slightly tart, orange, spice, coriander, banana, and a bready finish. A bit more bitter in the finish than I'm used to for the style, not that I'm complaining.

Light-bodied, mediumish carbonation, but fluffy feeling and refreshing.

A pretty decent wit.

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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 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 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 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 StaEva
3.57/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good well rounded, easy to drink refreshing beer, but missing something I can't really place.

Poured into a weizen glass; light cloudy straw/honey color with good, white head that dissipates by sip 2 or 3.

Classic wheaty, citrus flavors with minimal hop bitterness going on and a subtle spice note from the invariably present coriander.

Mouthfeel is a little weak, like under-carbonated seltzer or something; not bad but not great.

Not the best showing from Philadelphia Brewing Co. nor is it the best example of a Witbier, but it's fair enough to give a try and decide for yourself.

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Photo of mattgreger
3.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A brew given to me by my brother-in-law to try.

The pour on this particular brew is a very hazy pale gold color. I had a pretty small fluffy, white head that had hardly any retention, but it did have some decent lacing in the glass as I drank through the brew.

The aroma on this brew is very yeasty with some wonderful earthy tones. There is a great aroma of citrus, mainly grapefruit. Its a great smell from a pretty simple brew.

The taste on this brew is pretty good. Its very much like the aroma, with a nice, light earthy flavors at the front. As the brew warms ever so much it brings out more of the great wheat/yeasty flavors that are followed by a nice herbal/citrus notes that finish this wheaty brew off pretty good.

The mouthful on this brew is a very nice, light bodied brew, with a pretty good carbonation that help give this brew some life. Its a great crisp brew.

This is another great brew from Philadephia Brewing Company. I have still yet to have a brew I didn't like from them. Its a nice brew, with a decent price. I'll surely go for this brew again.

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Photo of sholland119
3.21/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a very hazy golden straw with a frothy white head and a bit of spotty lacing.

S-Bubble gum and pencil erasers. Half of that is appealing.

T-A bit of onion mixed with bubble gum and a bit of spicy hops in the finish.

M-Light bodied and rather crisp.

D-Not bad, and better than it was last time I had it a couple of years ago.


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Photo of donniecuffs
3.57/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At the Porter House in New Hope, PA. Poured a cloudy yellow, with a finger of white, average retention and average lacing. The nose was of standard banana and clove, with some juicyfruit in there. The flavor was more spicey than fruity, with cloves dominating until some subtle citrus/banana peeks through in the finish. Thin and smooth, with subtle carbonation and a surprisingly dry finish. Very refreshing, though I wish the spice/fruit dynamic was a little more balanced throughout. Second best offering of the three PBC beers I tried that day.

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Walt Wit from Philadelphia Brewing Company
3.42 out of 5 based on 333 ratings.
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