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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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Photo of Phillyduke
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an Imperial Pint glass. Beer is a very pale yellow with extremely active carbonation and a slight haze brought on by the suspended yeast. A one-finger head quickly fades to a find layer that leaves a slight lace on the sides of the glass. Smell is a spicy and yeasty wheat smell with hints of banana and citrus fruit. Taste is initially crisp and slightly bitter for a Wit, which makes it refreshing and thirst quenching, but I'm missing the majority of the banana, citrus and wheat-ey sweetness I usually associate with the style. A bit of honey sweetness comes out as the beer warms. I give it points for the extra bitterness, but I was hoping for more. Beer is lively and active on the palate, and leaves a dry finish with a bit of lingering bitterness and spice, which would make this perfect to enjoy with a pot of crabs or a spicy salsa on a warm summer's evening.

An interesting interpretation with good drinkability. Relatively enjoyable, just not what I was expecting for the style.

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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 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 DavidSeanNJ
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Neon and vibrant golden yellow color. Decent little head here. Got some nice lacing going on here. Cool lookin witbier.

S- Spicy and clean with some floral notes. Grassy and herbally.

T- Super citrusy. Most notable lemon. I enjoyed how this beer did not have a lot of sour notes, very sweet but tasty. Corriander and some pineapple. Wheaty but lacked a lot of zest that I enjoy in witbiers.

M- Paper thin beer here which made it incredibly easy to drink, almost too easy. This one went down pretty fast, but it lacked a lot of taste and complexity.

D- Not bad but I expected more. Worth a try. With some tweaking this beer could be decent in the future.

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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 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 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 Biscuit033
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Hazy straw with very little head and moderate lacing.

S: Ample floral and honey notes and what I am guessing is the chamomile. There is also some grain and wheat notes.

T: Bitter grapefruit pith, a bit of dark green vegetables, and a bit of flowery flavors.

M: Godd carbonation and very dry but not very crisp or clean.

D: The grapefruit pith flavor makes this much less refreshing than it could be. It is still good to see a wit with something other than coriandor and lemon.

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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 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 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 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 LunaChick
3.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lucky to live in Philly. I am not a fan of this style. However I must say I was suprised by this. It pours very light gold--lighter than others I've tried. Head disapates quickly, a fair amount of lacing remains. Smells crisp, slight hints of fresh grapefruit and spice. Very crisp start with hints of corriander and orange peel. Finsih is dry.
Definately a good brew to enjoy several of over a big pot of muscles and fresh bread outside or on the beach at sunset.

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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 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 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 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 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 Deuane
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My last of the four new offerings from PBC.

A-Pale straw gold, with a thin white head, almost whispy.

N-Decent aroma of light banana, lemon zest and bready yeast.

T-Wheat malt and lemony zest. A small bit of bite from peppery hops in the finish. All in all though everything is VERY light.

M-Light body with a decent crsipness. IMHO though it is too light...almost watery or macro-lager like. I would prefer a bit more body.

D: Extremely light and refreshing. This is not a bad beer but not one I would crave. It has decent flavour but lacks some body to carry it through. I appreciate the effort but will stick with the other 3 offerings ahead of this one.

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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 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 garcia2a
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow, cloudy, moderate carbonation with a reasonable head that held for about 15 minutes.

The bouquet has lite bready yeasts and malts with a hint of fruits. The backend has a bit of alcohol on it.

The first sips have an ascerbic bite that mellows out as time goes on. Lots of the bready yeast on the palate with a bit of citrus on the aftertaste.

The body is rather light and airy, making this a very drinkable beer with decent mouthfeel.

I had high hopes for this one and I am not done yet. A collegue at Radenberger claims there could be a bottle shock and that the beer needs a bit more time to settle in the bottle. I just might try this in my Kaiser's glass with an orange slice (ugh) and treat it more like a german wit and not a blanche.

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