Orchard White
The Bruery

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Belgian Witbier
3.93 | pDev: 13.49%
The Bruery
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Orchard WhiteOrchard White
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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.39/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden pour, lots of haze, looks similar to Allagash white. Massive soft, pillowy white head over an inch. Aroma hit with spice rack, pepper, coriander, citrus rind and flower shop.

Taste popped with all the spice rack stuff, plenty of wheat grist. Sometimes a less fresh (now that it is retired especially) bottle seems to be the better play for me because the spice rack isn't so prominent, allows the soft wheat to netflix and chill in my mouth. Plenty bready that way, like a wheat and rye blend of bread.

A well made beer, but I can see why they discontinued it, its just not a sexy seller in the land of sours and -bals.

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Photo of ckollias
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this bottled brew out a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a clearish golden hue with a frothy white head that doesn’t quit – leaving a great trail.

S: Crisp orange peel and banana clove aroma.

T: Complex flavor – slight sweet and malty.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Solid brew – too bad it is discontinued.

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ckollias from Maryland, Sep 03, 2013
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4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my new teku, woo hoo. Have been waiting to open it, thought it would be a nice christening beer. The second I opened it, it fizzed out the top. Poured pretty clear golden with a huge white foamy head. Smell is a lot of wheat, some lavender, some spices i can't figure out.Taste is mild, wheat, bready, oats are defiantly present, lavender, some mild clementine. Texture is a bit thicker than anticipated but enjoyable. Overall this beer is unique but you really have to drink it slow to try to pick out all the flavors. I really can't put my finger on most of the flavors but I know I really liked it, very complex but light.

Side note: after the review I saw the label, where it says bready and lavender, now I feel dumb. Or I guess it's good that I recognized the flavors

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I have been sitting on this bottle for god knows how long. Picked up locally ages ago. Enjoyed from a reserve society rocks glass. Beer opened with a pop and after the initial pour, became a slow gusher. Look is transparent yellow with a big fizzy top. Smell is lavendar and clove with some soft spicing. belgian yeast. taste is rather zesty and spicy. White peppet on belgian yeast with orange peel and clove. Fairly refreshing on this 90 degree plus day. That being said, it is a bit unique for a wit with the added spicing, but nothing too crazy.

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cosmicevan from New York, Jul 06, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 9.6.12.

A - Pours a very light, cloudy orange with lots of bubbles coming up. A big foamy, white head that fades down slowly.

S - Lots of spice, wow! Lavendar, orange zest, lemon, wheat.

T - Same spices, but toned down. More wheat and belgian yeast are present.

D - Lots of carbonation still, lighter body. Nice spices in the finish.

O - Glad to have found and tried this one. Still great.

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HuskyinPDX from Washington, Sep 25, 2012
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4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle:

The beer produced a light, semi hazy, yellow body and a huge, thick, dense white head. The head had good retention that settled into a nice rocky head. Loads of carbonation.

A very nice Belgian yeast/grain aroma, hints of alcohol, spices and perhaps a citrus fruit.

A solid Belgian malt taste with a nice sweetness to it.

The beer had a lighter body to it than expected, but it was very smooth and very easy to drink. Overall a really good beer and perhaps one they should think about brewing regularly.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly murky light yellow with a 3 inch foamy white head that settles to a thick craggy cap. Foamy swaths of lace cling to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, citrus fruit and its zest, and some herbal and flowery aromas. Taste is of slight grain that gets overshadowed by citrus zest, herbal, and flowery flavors. The label specifically mentions lavender and I definitely pick up on that in the flavor. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but the emphasis seems to be on herbal and floral aromas and flavors.

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UCLABrewN84 from California, Apr 18, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale yellow, somewhat murky because it's unfiltered. Very well carbonated, and with a modest, prickly white head made up of tiny bubbles.

S: Floral scents and some mild spiciness over a base of wheat.

T/M: Lemony citrus up front, mixed with floral/lavender, some yeasty and wheaty flavors. Mouthfeel is tingly from the heavy carbonation.

O: I randomly found a bottle of this now-retired beer and snapped it up. I'm glad I did, this is a really nice, crisp, refreshing wheat beer with some really flavorful accents. Now I'm sad I won't be able to get more.

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sevenarts from New York, Apr 12, 2012
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3.31/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml into a brandy snifter. The bottle is probably a bit old, as the beer was retired last year.

A: Pours a beautiful glowing golden yellow with a nice sticky head of white foam. Pretty beer.

S: Lavender dominates the aroma, with some soft wheat and citrus underneath.

T: Taste is mostly perfumy lavender up front. Some coriander and normal wit spiciness, a bit of orange peel and wheat, and snappy Belgian yeast and hop bitterness in the finish. Lavender returns and lingers after the swallow.

M: Highly carbonated and creamy, probably from the bottle conditioning and oats.

O: Too lavender-forward, giving the beer a taste like oregano. I want to say it's from the age of the beer, but I don't see how age would make it dominant.

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Etan from Wisconsin, Mar 24, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden-yellow color with a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down extremely slowly leaving behind some thick lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Aroma is full of wheat and lemon with some coriander and other spices, yeast, and a bit of orange zest.

T - Starts off with a mix of lemon zest and wheat with a touch of spice and yeast character. Through the middle, some stronger yeast and coriander and other spices come through with some more citrus. The finish is a mix of wheat, yeast, light spice, and lemon and other citrus zest that linger.

M - Medium-light with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, spicy, and yeasty finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nicely balanced Witbier with some great citrus flavors and the right amount of wheat.

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ngeunit1 from Massachusetts, Mar 21, 2012
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3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

semi hazy light golden body with heavy steady carbonation, ~ finger of snowy white head. smell reminiscent of applesauce, follows with honey and lavender along with spices. spice comes out more in the taste along with drying honey and light herbal notes. wheat feels light with the intense carbonation. incredibly crisp, too much so for me to enjoy it.

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Brittmb29 from Florida, Mar 13, 2012
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4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this at a first time visit to a liquor store I didn't know existed.

Pours a light straw golden yellow with some murkiness. A huge pure white head forms and forces me to pour at 5 times before my tulip is full. The beer leaves behind plenty of fine and chunky lacing.

Smell is yeasty and spicy. Coriander with a hint of citrus peel.

Taste is close to nose, with some more complexity. A light malt flavor and a peppery finish along with all the tastes of the smell.

First thing that I feel is the lemon pepper bite, yet smooth. Carbonation makes for good bubbly action as I drink.

I hadn't seen this before in all my other travels so I snapped it up and truly enjoyed. Just wish it was summer so I could enjoy it in the heat.


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Drinkerofales from California, Feb 14, 2012
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4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a GI chalice

A - First when I opened this beer you could tell it was really carbonated as the beer actually hissed similar to opening a soda can. Its a dark yellow similar to a dark champagne with a lot of carbonation of trailing upwards. It had a rocky, frothy head that went away in a few seconds.

S - Smells of pear, apple, orange peel and grass. Smells slightly tart with with a slight funk to it. Very fragrant and complex nose.

T - Taste is granny smith apple with hints of clove and lavender. Very light and floral flavor. There is a slight nutmeg that lasts on the finish that gives it a slight spicyness to it on the back end. Very light and refreshing.

MF - Good carbonation that helps to deliver the flavor and lends itself to a very full feeling to it. The beer has a wonderful feeling to it.

O - My first Bruery beer and I have to say I was very impressed. This is a delicious Belgian beer that paired perfectly with the seafood we had. It is slightly floral which adds an interesting twist that I didn't expect.

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jeonseh from Indiana, Feb 12, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy mustard yellow and golden body with a large frothy head and nice scattered lacing.

S: Lemon zest, sweet with a pineapple note. Not too much wheat aroma but its there, the way I like these.

T: Sour lemon throughout which mellows out as you drink. A little spicey and peppery. Again wheat is in the background but doesnt over ride the nice citrus flavors. Corn notes as well

M: High carbonation and light to medium body.

Overall: One of the best in the genre, you know its a witbier without the dominating wheat flavor which instead is in the background allowing the lemon and sweet corn notes to remain evident.

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kylehay2004 from Illinois, Jan 21, 2012
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4.83/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Capped 750ml Bottle (new checkered cap). Clear as a bell, very clear for a wheat beer. white head that is thin but dense and holding strong. Head retention probably from wheat content. Smells citrusy, lactic acid, and full of wheat. I think it smells more like a Berliner-Weizen than a Witbier. Good aroma. Also taste tart and more like a Berliner-W. than a white ale. I expected coriander and Seville orange. But this is quite lemony. That being said, what a wonderful exciting flavor. Highly refreshing. Thin body for a wheat, almost lager-like in mouthfeel. I plan to go back and buy the last one of these, this beer is outstanding.

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mlazzaro from Massachusetts, Jan 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle when I was told The Bruery would be pulling out of Ohio and am just cracking it open tonight. Retired now? Whoa.

Obviously unfiltered, this beer is a cloudy pale-medium yellow in color. The head is pure white and rises to three fingers high initially, sitting like a rock with substantial density. If the head stuck around looking like that the entire while while leaving phenomenal lacing, it would be a perfect 5. As it is, it leaves a pillow of foam thick enough that no holes form continuously strengthened by unceasing bubbling activity. Lacing is patchy and a good amount of it is left behind.
This beer offers what I expect in a witbier's aroma: dusty and lightly sweet Belgian yeast, coriander and clove, and some lemon under dry malts. Some lemongrass and hay mix in there, too. This does have something a bit more floral to it, though, and plenty of strength for a great style unappreciated by beer geeks into the huge ones.
This is a very good, complex beer with lots of layers to peel through. Most evident is Belgian yeast, particularly of a dusty/musty nature, and a lemony flavor. Underneath that is grass/hay, a floral note, something gently flowery, a wheats backbone that doesn't get "grainy," so to speak, and general citrus and citrus peel character. This is wonderful beer and a pleasure to discover in its depth.
This beer really flows, and it's no surprise after feeling the depth and velvet creaminess of this brew that it was brewed with oats. Crispness is there, even with this big smoothness that doesn't let go. Somehow this beer is light-bodied but richer and fuller than most of this style.

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3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gold pour, lots of haze, big fluffy white head to it, looks impressive. Aroma was big time spice notes, citrus, pepper, coriander. Almost too much. Also smells like a big floral arrangement.

Taste, definitely is not bland, but just so many of these flavors are not my thing, but I can acknowledge when something seems to be well made to style and full of flavor, which this is. Just because its not "my thing" doesn't mean it isn't a good beer, and this is a good beer. I've also noticed in the multiple bottles I've had, that despite the claims on the bottle, this is a decent beer when aged, at least for my tastes, because with over a year on it, I ended up liking it more as it has mellowed a little bit in its intensity.

Did I mention it is also very bready? Pretty complex beer when you think about it. Not for people who can only drink BMC, hops or -bals. And yeah, some of those I prefer more than this, but there's no knocking the beer for not being a good representation of style.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-cloudy dull, dark yellow with a nice thick cream colored head

S-candied sugars and cider. some spices. slightly tart. strong scent

T-comes in with floral and citrusy flavor with just a touch of cooked vegetables. its a very unique taste. not very strong though, but very smooth. after-taste of cooked corn with a bitterness. sounds gross but it works.

M-high carbonation with a real smooth but watery finish

O-this is one of the easiest drinking beers i've had in a long time. i shared this, but i wish i could've had the bottle to myself because it was so fun to drink. it was definitely the most unique witbier i have ever had.

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AdamBear from Pennsylvania, Dec 15, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 1 PINT 9.4 FL.OZ. - 750 ML bottle of this from Binny's Beverage Depot in Chicago, IL for $10.99. Poured from the Light Tan labeled bottle with The Bruery in Bright Green & states its a Belgian Style Ale Brewed With Spices, Wheat & Oats into my 12oz Schlafly Tulip Glass. Does not have a freshness date like almost everything from The Bruery.

Aroma- Great amount of spice and lavender that is very appropriate for the style! Has a light amount of wheat and herbal hop that hits the nose palate too. Nice Belgian character too. How does the Bruery do it?

Appearance- Pours a 4 finger, soft but bubbly head that lasts for great retention (like almost all beers from The Bruery). Has a light gold colored body with a bit of haze to it but not much. Leaves good lacing behind in random forms of suds but no rings.

Flavor- Lavender comes up again in the initial taste with a light yeast character. Has good fruit and spice character that blends in well at the end also. Good, interesting, but doesn't hit anything out of the ordinary.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, HIGHLY carbonated, Smooth, Effervescent, and bit of soapy flavor on the palate afterwards? This was interesting... Very well balanced nonetheless.

Overall Impression- A refreshing brew from these guys! Enjoyed all the qualities in it but wondered about that soapy attribute I found? Not sure where that came from but lavender was definitely present. Wouldn't mind finding one of these again if available! Whenever I see beers from The Bruery, I go out of my way to pick up 1 or 2 each time available. Love this brewery!

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DCon from Missouri, Dec 12, 2011
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3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear yellow gold with a lot of carbonation bubbles creating a towering white head.

S: Lemon and peppercorn with some yeast take the nose. Very zesty.

T: Tastes as zesty and spicey as it smells. A bite to it and leaves your mouth warm thanks to the spices.

M: Easy to go down despite the high carbonation, the lighter body helps.

O: I was expecting a more balanced beer, but this won't appeal to all. Very pepper and lemon tasting without much else.

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keanex from New Jersey, Nov 13, 2011
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4.8/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off I need to say I love the logos, labels, and bottle caps this company is using, Very well done. This beer smells great pouring a nice golden color into the tulip glass.. Bready wheat, Belgian yeast, sweetness all in the nose. One of the most well balanced white ales I've had. You get a nice bit of floral lavender, Belgian yeast, sweet oats, and a definite bready-ness with a Floral, bready after taste. Word is they're doing away with this one so do yourself a favor and pick it up before it's gone for good.

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JustinMatthew from Pennsylvania, Nov 10, 2011
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4.59/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first review of a beer that's been retired and I didn't even know it was! Poured into a Shiner Bock pint glass. Can't find a freshness date.

A- Pours a light gold color with a very thin layer of sediment haziness that's suspended in the body. Has a white, 1/2 inch head that retains well and goes down to a solid 1/8 inch covering the whole surface.

S- Smells of orange, flowers, rosemary, sage, thyme and lavender as the bottle indicates. Very lovely

T- All right! The floweriness continues with a bit of cinnamon thrown into the mix whether intentional or not. The aforementioned smells are all there in flavor form. Kinda reminds me of Saison du Buff only not overbearing. Light alcohol makes it easy to take multiple sips without hardly feeling the burn.

M- Very light, thin and smooth yet with a medium-high carbonation that lets you know you're drinking beer, not tea. Quite good.

O- This is the first beer I've had by these guys after hearing so much about how I need to try 'em out. Finally found a 750 for a reasonable price at Total Wine & More.

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Immortale25 from North Carolina, Oct 26, 2011
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3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy straw color with massive white head. Head has great retention and leaves a wall of lacing.

S - Nice bready malts, with a big floral presence, mostly lavender. Almost too big on the florals, in fact. Just a hint of citrus.

T - Again, quite floral, both up front and on the finish. A bit of spice I didn't get from the aroma. Nice amount of grain, though it is buried a bit too much by the lavender. Not bad, but a bit heavy on the herb/floral component for my liking.

M - Light and crisp, with a faint tartness.

O - Not my favorite witbier, but pretty good. Just wish the florals didn't dominate.

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warnerry from Michigan, Sep 30, 2011
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3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out with a light hazy yellow color to it. There was a big white head on top that looked a little soapy. The smell of the beer had a grainy aroma mixed with some citrus and banana. The taste of the beer gives off a really refreshing citrus flavor that settles into grainy wheat bread finish with some subtle notes of spice. The mouthfeel of the beer is a smooth and fairly clean feeling. Overall I thought this beer was pretty good.

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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania, Sep 24, 2011
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2.1/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

On-tap at Ale+Witch. The brew pours a translucent yellow-gold and is capped with a sparse white film atop. The nose smells very spicy, highly perfumed, and might even be considered nice, as long as it doesn't follow through to the taste: notes of lavender, jasmine, rose and chamomile are quite pungent and lend a huge flowery element to the brew. Uh-oh, 'pon my first sip: revulsion. This tastes like a beer aged on Glade air fresheners; no more need be said. I wonder, looking at the rating, just who exactly really thinks this brew is 'good'? The Bruery's reputation and pricepoints seem to be a factor here, as the beer is just not very good.

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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 456 ratings