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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.

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Reviews: 131 | Ratings: 335
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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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 edskirk3
3.57/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Twelve ounces, brown glass with a great-looking label. This beer hasn't been available in bottles until recently so I know this is fresh, even though there's no kind of code stamped on it.

Pours straw gold with only a touch of haze. Pretty clear for a Wit. Initially a thick white froth, but this does not keep together so well. Little to no lacing.

Soft aroma of yeast and grain, and a touch of herb (most likely the chamomile mentioned on the label). Also, a little bit of funk.

Very dry and grainy. A whisper of sweetness but it's mostly tangy with citrus and yeast. Aftertaste reminiscent of sourdough bread.

Not very cloudy but I'd try it again.

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Photo of brantadid
3.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Really witty name.

Unfiltered? Poured a crystal clear straw color with a thin white head. Head diminished very quickly leaving behind little lacing.

Smelled of the usual suspects. Yeasty and grainy. Some faint funklike aromas. Some citrus notes.

Flavor is mild. The yeasty and grainy qualities in the nose are definately present in the taste. Some herbal qualities and a slight souring mid to back palate.

Very light mouthfeel and very heavily carbonated.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single, 12 oz bottle just purchased today from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield for $1.99... From what I understand, this "new" brewery broke away from Yards Brewing Co... A relatively new beer and brewery that I was eager to sample...
"Ale brewed with grapefruit and chamomile" on the front logo sticker... interesting...
Clearly states "5.0% ALC/VOL"...
A hefty pour yielded a straw-colored hue with a modest-sized foamy head that quickly receded and left a minimal amount of lacing around the serving glass...
Grainy, earthy smell with a hint of coriander, wheat, and citrus...
Taste was bittersweet, with notes of citrus, lemon, sweet grapefruit, coriander, wheat, fresh florals, and whatever chamomile may taste like... Not very heavy on flavor, but a refreshing, pleasing depiction of the style nonetheless...
Slick, slightly creamy mouthfeel with a pretty good level of drinkability due to the modest ABV and lack of cloying flavors...
Nothing above and beyond, but worth a go...

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Photo of sheathead
3.31/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. (Very cool logo, by the way.)

Yellowish in color. Definitely unfiltered. You could say the beer almost looks murky. It's a nice looking Wit. Not much head retention.

Smells of citrus with some spices. Not sure what spices, but there is something else there with the citrus.

There is some citrus in the taste. Not as much as in the smell, but it's there. It's mostly yeast with some clove? in the background. The flavor is good, but it's kind of subtle. I was expecting more.

The beer is very light with little to no carbonation.

This drinkabilty is pretty good. The ABV is low (5.0%). This would be a good session beer. But comparing it to other wits, it's average.

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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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Walt Wit from Philadelphia Brewing Company
3.42 out of 5 based on 335 ratings.
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