Orchard White | The Bruery

very good
455 Ratings
Orchard WhiteOrchard White

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by DoubleJ on 05-01-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 455 |  Reviews: 316
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours whitish on citrus orange. Beautiful aroma of wheat and citrus,ad spiciness, as in pepper and cinammon, and this was in the taste,along wit spice well integrated. Lovely drinkable. Only criticism:Powerful aggressive carbonation, would it ease if I left it a while - just too fresh?

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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
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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Photo of jaydoc
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
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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2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Loaded with character, this Belgian white ale packs in full aromatics and peppery character of citrus, perfume, and spice- much bolder than your everyday Hoegaarden.

The Orchard pours with a vibrantly carbonated champagne demeanor. Medium straw in color, the beer forms a froathy, airy head of white foam that retains and laces exceptionally well. A typical wheaty haze allows for a diffused glow of light but remaining very appealing.

Flowery, perfumy, and of nectar; the beer's aroma varies from soft spice to sharp citrus to white pepper. Lightly bready, almost doughy, and with a soft scent of white wines and pear. The lavender descriptioin on the bottle is very fitting and distinctly obvious.

Flavors also vary- but with more boldness than expected. A honey-like sweetness mixes with a yeasty/doughy taste just before the clean sharpness of lemon (lemon zest or lemon grass) dominates the mid palate and ushers in a herbal/grassy bitterness that closes the beer in a most drinkable fashion.

Very spritzy and with a soft prickle and numbing on the tongue only amplifies the peppery notion. Creamy early but fading into a soft/bready bit before drying in the finish, just as the bitterness sets in. The beer seemingly lifts from the mouth just before the finish for a closure of bitter and citrus in aftertaste. More robust and challenging in the mouthfeel than witbiers intend.

While the witbier status hold true, the beer borrows a lot of character from saison farmhouse ales and other Belgian golden ales. This beer is a delight to drink.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.54/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a four finger head of slight cream, decent thickness, and okay retention. Colour is a transparent lemon yellow. It's a bit bland looking for a witbier.

Sm: Dirty lemon peel, water, and barley. A moderately strong aroma.

T: Dirty lemon with some strange off-esters. It's a bit floral as well. I don't like the build, but it balances what it has. It's a bit simple, but luckily it avoids being watery. Foundation appears to be grassy straw. Lavender notes intrude where they oughtn't to.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours of the body.

Dr: Low ABV, decent quality, and sold at a fair price for the volume. I didn't find it particularly appealing (especially for the style), but I could certainly see how fans of the style might enjoy this one.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a huge head; both the retention and lacing were good

Smell: Yeasty aroma, with floral apple, citrus peel, coriander elements and a vague hint of lavendar

Taste: A tart opening, with lemony citrus peel, green apples and lavendar flavors assaulting the tastebuds; by mid-palate, the coriander flavors start to kick in; there is a lot of mineral character to this and the finish is rather tart

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body and a bit creamy; moderately high carbonation

Drinkability: Glad to re-visit this as the first time I tried it the beer was way overcarbonated; now have a chance to appreciate the flavor

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy beige/orangey color ale with a super large pure white foamy head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma of coriander and orange peel is quite dominant with loads of wheat also easily noticeable. Taste is also dominated by some coriander and orange peel with light bubblegum ester and a strong wheat malt body. Body is full with lower then usual filtration and perfect carbonation. Very well done and one of the best wit I had the chance to try.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of zeff80
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, straw yellow color with a very bubbly, white head of foam. It left nice lacing on the glass.

S - It smelled of lemon, wheat, yeastiness and some lavender came through, too.

T - Good spicy flavor with lemon and wheat as the lead flavors. There was a bready caramel taste, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and finished very dry. A light bodied ale.

D - This is a great American version of a wit. Really delicious.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip. Pours hazy golden amber color with a huge 3 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lacing cap. Not much lacing is left on the glass. Aromas of pepper, wheat, clove, oregano, basil, and a bit of oats; with some lemon zest as well. Very unique aromas for a wit, very nice stuff. Taste of lemon, spice, clove, pepper, wheat, herbs, and a bit of oat. A small bit of a tart tang in the back, with a ton of spices that linger for a decent amount of time. Fairly dry finish aside from the lingering spices and citrus notes. High carbonation with a light-medium body. The feel is fairly prickly, but is also very drinkable despite the high carbonation. No alcohol in the taste or finish noticed. Overall, just an outstanding Wit, this is definitely the best one I have had.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a hazy light golden color with a nice white head. Nose brings forward lemon, orange, slight honey sweetness, and some floral notes.

The taste is a bit sweet with some nice orange peel characteristics coming through. A bit of lemon and honey, and also some floral characteristics, which I assume is from the lavender. Nice light mouthfeel and overall the beer drinks quite well.

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Photo of nickfl
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - There is loud hiss of carbonation as I pry the cap off and the beer pours with a huge, four finger head of fluffy white foam on top of a very clear, golden-yellow body. The rocky head settles slowly and leaves a thick film of lace on the glass.

S - A musty, saison like aroma of tart wheat and spices. Notes of apricot, coriander, lavender, and a spicy, floral aroma that I can't put a name to.

T - Tart wheat up front with some apricot notes. The tartness mellows in the middle, but the apricot remains as the beer transitions to a slightly musty/funky finish with notes of stone fruit, black pepper, and hibiscus. The light mustiness and wheat flavor linger on the palate in the aftertaste with a light vanilla note.

M - Smooth, moderately thick body, high carbonation, and a well balanced finish.

D - This is quite a beer; if it wasn't labeled on the bottle as a White Ale, I would be tempted to think it was a saison. It combines an excellent level of spicy complexity with soothing wheat thickness and just a hint of musty funk. This makes for a very satisfying, well balanced beer, and it is effortless to finish off an entire 750. Highly recommended; this is what I was hoping for after all the talk I have heard about this brewery.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Orchard White pours a just slightly hazy golden body with a brass cast. The head rises up quickly, but then settles readily into a short lid of foamy white. Very good retention. Good lacing.

The aroma is initially almost perfume-like, and quite floral. Yeast then steps in, along with peppery-spice, wheat, citrus (lemon zest, but also grapefruit) and chalk, apple, subtle pear, some grassiness, and a quick dollop of sugar. A slight bit of sulphur is present as well, but it's not unpleasant.

In the mouth it's light-to-medium in body and gently bristling on the tongue.

The flavor follows the aroma but it's not as bold. You need to really breathe it in as you taste it to get the full effect. Additional notes to those found in the aroma include cut green pepper and clove, cardamom, and perhaps a hint of almond and vanilla in the sugary note. It's not particularly bitter, yet it's balanced, and it finishes refreshingly crisp and dry with rotating notes of citrus, pepper, and spice.

In addition to its readily accessible nature, the Orchard White is actually quite complex, and that lends greatly to its drinkability. There are plenty of subtle nuances to be found, and it's not so big that you can't have more than one or two. Quite nice!!!

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3.85/5  rDev -1%

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