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

12 oz. bottle: This one pours a cloudy, golden yellow color. There was a huge white head on it that makes it difficult to pour into a glass. Lighter aroma. Mainly notes of wheat and spices. Lighter body also. Some wheat, citrus and spices. A touch tart in the finish. Not bad, but a bit thin. A good lawnmower beer.

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Photo of rawthar
3.16/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle from a PBC variety case into a Petrus chalice.

A- Looks like a bright, sunny day, which incidentally, today is. Fluffy white head recedes quickly for what I guess is an unfiltered offering, but leaves a big-bubbled collar, judging by the sentiment at the bottom of the bottle. Body is opaque and a dull citrus tone.

S- Clean sour wheat with a lot of citrus. The grapefruit peel comes through in pink, with a hint of cloves or allspice. Pleasant, but a little more subtle than it seems it should be.

T- Tasted like I put a lemon wedge in it, even though I didn't, followed quickly by some chewy wheat grains that hit the same spots as the rye in PBC's Rowhouse Red. A little on the watery side, with a dry throaty aftertaste. Refreshing and clean.

M- Sharp carbonation that is immediately taken over by the frothiness of the bottle conditioning. Thin and fresh.

D- Throw a couple back on a hot summer afternoon. Goes down like a light beer.

Wit is definitely not my favorite style, but I won't kick it out of my bed for eating crackers. Still, this beer seems to be missing something that would take it from the average category to the good.

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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 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 scottbrew4u
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a golden yellow with some haze and a tall two-finger white head. The head lingers a while and there is some great lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Smell of banana bread, cloves, coriander, honey, wheat and fresh apricots. Hops are floral, jasmine and honeysuckle.

T: Sweet meets tart with a mix of honey, wheat, coriander, apricot and grapefruit. Touch of banana and vanilla with tartness of some citrus peel and chamomile. Hops add bitterness and some spice to the flavor.

M: Smooth medium body with crisp carbonation.

D: One of PBC best beers! Well balanced and full of flavor. It is easy to drink with low alcohol and not filling.

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Photo of MikeRa
4.01/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer has a Unfiltered Hazy Golden look with a little bit of head.

S and T: You can smell and taste the wheat, along with coriander and lemon

M: A well balanced medium body with really nice carbonization.

D: This beer is a excelent one to drink, even with the Orange that I place in this beer.

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Photo of TommyW
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Hazy, golden body with a white head.

S- Sour wheat with notes of coriander and lemon.

T- Sour wheat up front with notes of coriander and yeasty spice coming in later; clean, semi-dry finish.

M- Medium body with a nice carbonation level.

D- Another nice beer, close to the style from this brewery.

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Photo of u2carew
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. long neck. Consumed on 11/09/09.

A) Pours with a two finger head then settles - no head or very minimal lacing. Slightly hazy but still a clear body. Gold in color.
S) Banana. Some fruity tones. Sweet grain aroma.
T) Sweet up front but a quick transition to a grainy and mellow sourness - lemon.
M) Light bodied. Fizzy. Slightly dry. Grainy.
D) An alright wit. Great name.

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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 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 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 Clydesdale
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden-yellow color. The white head is moderately tall, creamy, and foamy, with decent retention. Lacing is solid.

S: Yeasty and a bit spicy. Definite notes of citrus - lemon and orange peel perhaps. A pleasant wheaty aroma is also detectable.

T: A nice wheaty flavor along with a tangy yeastiness. Citric notes of orange and lemon. Bitterness is low. Some spice - coriander mostly, perhaps with some pepper.

M: Medium-light body. A bit tingly and creamy.

D: A decent, drinkable American witbier. Thoroughly pleasant, but there's little in the way of style points or wow factor for this beer. Solid, but there are better options.

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

Belgian-style white ale. Poured into tulip glass. Small head, doesn't retain very long. Nice and cloudy. Aromas imediately of citrus, grapefruit, and spice.
As far as taste...it's pretty good. Definately tastes like it smells. Full of citrus/grapefruit flavors. Had at about 40 degrees. Have to give a thumbs up to a small brewery...pretty decent.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass

A- amber yellow that is almost opaque due to haziness from yeast. Nice, but quickly dissipating head of creamy white foam

S - Very citrusy from the grapefruit peel used in brewing. Faint breadiness from the wheat. The chamomile is also very present in the nose, combining with the natural floral aroma produced by the yeast. Must be my penchant for citrusy hops in IPAs, but grapefruit is my favorite aroma in a beer and although it is out of its style to have such an intense citrus bouquet, I like it

T- A little bit acidic at first followed by the flavor of lemon that lingers through the finish. Wheat and a hint of clove is present in the aftertaste by when the fruit subsides. Not as much complexity or juicy fruit or banana as I like in a Belgian witbier. The citrus flavor dominates

M- Lightly carbonated, would've liked a little more. Clean on the tongue.

D- A good beer for the summertime due to the refreshing color, smell, citrusy taste and low alcohol of hits beer.

Would be a nice match to grilled chicken or shrimp, pasta in white sauce, artichokes or any food that has bright flavors and good use of acidity.

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

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my shaker glass. The witbier appears a cloudy pale straw yellow color with about an inch of quickly fading bone white head. The head leaves no lacing to speak of. Nose and flavor are of lightly toasted wheat, mildly spicy yeast, hints of citrus, mainly lemon and orange, sweet, tart, mild sourness, some acidity. A tad thin bodied, but amply carbonated. I'll pass next time I see this one unless it gets re-tooled.

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

Pours a slightly hazy yellow straw color. White head last quite a while. Aroma is sort of typical wit traits with some sort of flowery notes to it. Flavor also is citrusy, corriander and a bit of spicyness. The citrus is fairly strong. Grapefruit and some orange. Moderate bodyfeel and mouth. The drinkability is fairly good depending on your feelings on witbeers and such.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

O Captain, My Captain, Walt Whitman, not just the name of a bridge in Philly. He was a real, honest-to-god human being too! I swear to you. Also, the Walt Whitman House is in Camden, New Jersey and is open to the public in case you're interested in crossing the bridge that bears his name.

The beer, pours a light peachy color with big thick head. Very clean and clear.

Smells spicy, as it should. That is the first thing that comes to my mind as I suspend my nose over the glass. There is also some sulfuric, sort of lager-esque aroma with this beer. It almost has a skunky (Grolsch, Becks, Heineken) sort of smell to it. Interesting...

Big sip and...well, its not half bad. Its got a good amount of spice going on along with some decent malty sweetness. The lager-esque sulfuric quality is there as well but it doesn't really stand in the way. A bit of citrus and a nice yeasty flavor make this a nice example of a style that isn't so easy to reproduce. Easy to drink and refreshing. Not a bad witbier, but not amazing by any means.

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

Walt Whit...

Appearance-pale golden yellow with a large white head, decent lacing around the glass. Carbonation is evident.

Smell-fruity and sugary. Grapefruit aroma.

Taste/Mouthfeel-sweet up front, good body, I thought the taste was a tad sweet at first but it balanced out ok.

Drinkability-light enough to quench often, little too sweet to be refreshing but it's fine.

Overall-it's a fine brew, nothing outstanding though, I've had much better.

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

Had this beer with some salmon, since wheat beers and seafood are usually a good pairing.

I didn't get much of a head, but some lacing lasted for a while. Something in the taste was off-putting to me. It turns out to be the grapefruit peel. I'm not a huge grapefruit fan, but the taste up front is interesting.

I'm getting the citrus in the beginning and either hops or grapefruit bitterness at the end of the taste.

So I'm not sure if this is for me, but I think it is worth a taste. Not a strong stance, but those are my honest feelings.

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

pale yellow...cloudy body...thick white with plenty of lacing on the glass

citrus and banana in the nose

chamomile and peppery spices in the finish

a little watery and light bodied with minimal carbonation

i could drink a bunch of these in one session but the peppery finish tends to make me look for another option if available

better attempts at the style out there but i was happy to try it

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Photo of MusicaleMike
3.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of this local favorite today. Walt Wit is a Belgian-style white ale brewed with grapefruit peel and chamomile. No freshness date, but it is probably fine. I poured it into a pint glass.

Walt Wit pours out a hazy yellow topped by a decent white head. This is darker than true Belgian whites, but the head sits firmly and stays put for a good long while. Tight head and active carbonation.

There is a beautiful and delicate bouquet. Smells just like grapefruit and chamomile. Notes of lemon drops. No hop aroma.

I have mixed feelings about the taste. Up front, it is pretty similar to the aroma. Grapefruit citrus and subtle spices mix with eachother in a wonderful way, but towards the swallow, the beer loses this delicate nature and becomes a bready, malt-forward beer that doesn't have as much finesse. The flavor is light and subtly spiced. The soft chamomile flavor in the aftertaste is quite pleasant. Still, this remains too malty at the end.

Medium bodied, fat carbonation. I think it could use finer carbonation, or more spritzy. The body of the beer is alright, but it might not be yeasty/grainy enough for my taste. A little too clean in the mouthfeel here.

The drinkability is quite good here, since the ABV is low at 4.2%, and the beer is interesting enough to no get bored with it quickly. I'm not sure that I would buy a case, but I know that I like it a lot more than some of the other American interpretations of the Belgian witbier.

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

Looks like a good wit..cloudy orange with a thick white head with good retention. Goes down to a layer of foam and bubbles

Aroma: Some spices, citrus, lemon and banana. Not overly strong. Mild aroma

Taste: Not spectacular but its good. Has the typical notes of a wit..spices and some orange peel..there is also some good bitterness in the finish. Its good, and is worth a try, but its not incredible

Mouthfeel: On the lighter side and not as creamy. I prefer the creamy feeling of wits..and this one doesn't deliver that

Drinkability: Still..it tastes good and is lighter so its refreshing. Give it a try.

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Photo of Philabeerphia
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounces, poured from cellar temp into the xl tulip. Aggressive pour yields an insane 3 finger head that rests and breathes for a bit, then settles and pops, leaving some unique bountiful lacing. Light golden yellow with plenty of yeasty haze, and we're off to a good start.

smells like overripe bananas, a touch of bready yeast, ending with quite a bit of raw mud.

A range of light citrus tastes start us out of the gates - primarily lemon and grapefruit, this refreshing combo holds in the middle, combining with a fair amount of the spicy bready yeast that previously made their appearance on the nose. Hops come alive as the taste comes to an end. Poppy and refreshing, crisp and just enough bitterness to make an impact. Overall I'd like to see more bright flavors that jump, but I do find this supremely refreshing...

mouthfeel: just too light. watery through and through. luckily the carbonation is just above average for the style - definitely adds to the the drinkability. This beer is so easy to quaff.

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