Orchard White | The Bruery

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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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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 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 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 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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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 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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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 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 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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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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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 BuckeyeNation
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fuzzy lemon peel with a Champagnesque amount of carbonation... that makes up for the almost complete absence of bubbles in my last The Bruery beer. The ivory colored cap is both airy and rocky, but a lack of stickiness leaves the glass spotlessly clean. Beer good, head not so good.

Orchard White smells like a well-brewed witbier that contains all the usual ingredients in just the right proportions. It's bright and clean and citrusy and spicy. I can't say that lavender is appreciated, however. Maybe better noses than mine can pick it out.

Waiting until the bubbles calm down is only way the flavor score is going to get a fair shake. There's simply too much harsh fizziness to get a good handle on things. It's concerning that neither of my bottles from these guys have delivered anywhere near properly carbonated beer. First, a borderline flat Autumn Maple and now a riotously bubbled Orchard White.

Ten long minutes later... this wit is boldly flavored, although I still can't say for certain that lavender makes an impact. Coriander (and probably yeast) lends a zesty spiciness to the proceedings, while 'citrus peel' adds a tart fruitiness. I wonder if lemon peel was used in addition to orange.

Maybe the abundant carbonation is partly to blame, but OW is too bitter for the style. A few more malt sugars would have given the bottom end proper support and would have allowed the top notes to flourish. I don't like beer that is reminiscent of tonic water.

The mouthfeel score is probably too generous. As far as I'm concerned, too few bubbles are better than too many. Although things begin to ease up in the bottom half of the bottle, the beer is still way too frantic.

Autumn Maple was able to overcome its carbonation issues (to some extent). Orchard White isn't. It tastes like there's a pretty good witbier in here somewhere, which is why my final beer of the year is a disappointing one. Here's hoping that 2009 is the best beer year yet.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.13/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy, highly effervescent, pale gold body with a swelling, white head.

Smell: Subtle notes of lightly bready malts, citrus, and spice with a fine, delicate note of flowery perfume. I suspect I'm missing a fair bit thanks to these unruly bubbles. Pity. Where's a spoon when I need one?

Taste: A bit bready, a bit grainy is the upfront maltiness. Light, restrained sweetness. Flavors of tart, citrusy lemon and a heavy-handed dose of coriander. Seemingly spicy hops with a mild bitterness. Finishes dry and with a fizziness that would outdo a mouthful of Pop Rocks.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Shamefully overcarbonated.

Drinkability: Whew!! It took much diligence to see my way to the end of this beer, and, were it not for the runaway carbonation, it could've been far better. One to revisit, provided they clear up the carbonation issue.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle acquired from Joey at South bay. Consumed on 07/22/2008.

I was thrilled to get to try these new beers from this brewery as I have had nothing but good things coming out of here. I grabbed this one out of the fridge to enjoy with dinner last night as I was in the mood for something light, yet flavorful. The pour was very nice with a rich and very hazy golden yellow. Lots of carbonation rippling up to the surface of this one. A nice three inch head of white foam came up and capped the top of this one, but settled down very slowly, leaving behind copious amounts of side glass lace.

The aroma started out very light. Nice touches of light malts, grains, with a touch of light fruit mixed in. Very floral with a light earthy tone to it and a really nice touch of coriander or orange peel way in the back. The flavor was more of the same, very light, with a very well carbonated and airy feel to it. Started out with a good bit of light grain, and started to mix in some light fruit and touches of orange and lemon as you go. Nice light earthy flavor in the middle, like flower petals, or light heather almost. Clean taste, with a quick finish that really just gets started before it dries out enough that that you are going back in for another one. Very drinkable, in fact I had no issue at all in polishing this whole thing off during dinner with ease.

Overall for my first impression from the Bruery I have to say I am quite impressed. There is some seriously good things going on over here, much more then I thought there would be. Here we have yet another high quality ale from San Diego...

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Photo of womencantsail
3.16/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is the second time that I have had this beer. The first time was at the Blue Palms and I hated it. It was completely medicinal. I figured I would give it another try since I was "at the source".

A: A cloudy pale gold/yellow color with a large white foam.

S: The floral/herbal character is very strong, especially the lavender. I get some coriander, very slight orange on the finish.

T: Pretty much identical to the nose, but intensified. I have had plenty of wits, and this one is just too much for me. I believe it is the lavender and that it is overpowering in this beer.

M: Good body and carbonation. Besides the taste, it's pleasant on the tongue.

D: I do not "hate" this beer anymore, but I certainly am not a fan. I think if the herbal and floral aspects of this beer were toned down, it would be much better.

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Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An over-the-rim, near pure white head. Plentiful lace that sticks forever on the glass. The liquid is near straw (a touch of gold). Has some chill haze.

Very spicy aroma: lots of clove, all spice and lavender. Low level of malt.

Very light body with an extraordinary level of carbonation--spritzy. Quite thin given the label mentions oats. This seems closer to a thin mead than a beer. The flavor is slightly sour with no hop bitterness. I do like the citrus elements of this beer. No aftertaste.

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Photo of billab914
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into my Southern tier tulip. It poured a pale, golden yellow color with an active white head filling the top inch of the glass. Very nice head retention to it with just a bit of lacing.

I get a lot of the lavender to the aroma right off the bat. The Belgian yeast adds some more spice to it with some notes of clove and nutmeg. The sweeter, bready wheat is there as well with some citrusy coriander and orange peel like flavors. Definitely a lot going on, but it all comes together pretty nicely.

The lavender is a little more reserved in the taste, but it's definitely noticeable. I get a little more of the citrusy, orange peel like flavors to it throughout the flavor. The Belgian yeast adds some more spice notes to it, especially in the finish. Again, there is a lot going on but everything works pretty well together.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side, with a little bit of a silky feel to it that I assume is in part due to the oats. carbonation is on the higher side. Overall it's a very flavorful and interesting beer and they did a pretty good job at bringing everything together. Lavender definitely isn't my favorite flavor and always reminds me of potpourri, but they did a decent job of complimenting surrounding it wit ha nice supporting cast of flavors. Easy drinking, flavorful and a pretty good beer overall.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Super pale white ale pours from my 750ml bottle with a bright white egg shell white head forms fine speckled lacing as it slowly dwindles. Aroma has strong layers of citrus peel, sharp wheat presence, and an interesting layer of lingering lavender. Flavor is sharp with wheat a nice citric laced breadiness and heavy lavender additions throughout each sip. Perfume herbal notes for sure seem phenolic/plast/medicinal all in one on the palate. I can get past it after a few sips, it adds some uniqueness to an overchurned style but these Bruery beers seem pretty special thus far. Mouthfeel is uber carbonated with a cloying herbal spice mix clouding the palate, medium bodied moderate alcohol with the lavender sticking around. Overall this beer would be better as a straight up white, versus an lavender infused witbier...I have liked most of the Bruery's offerings thus far. I'm not sold on this one, sadly.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I slowwwwly and caaarefully pull the bottle out of my fridge. I focus and do a 1, 2, 3 before I pop the cap. Then I stare intently at the neck of the bottle for a sign. You gonna gush on me buddy? It turns out not so much. Just a slow gush out the top.

Pours a clouded yellow gold with a sizeable white head. Nose is spicy funky. Dough is there as well. Flavor is a wit alright. Earthy with citrus tones. Minor spices. I'm not really sure how to describe this one. All I can say is yes; this is a witbier. Full carbonation on a smooth liquid feel. Overall perhaps a bit too deep and earthy, but no matter. Pretty tasty stuff.

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Photo of jwc215
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mfielden for this 750 ml bottle!

Pours clouded lemon-drop yellow with white head that fizzles to a thin, lasting cap.

The smell is bready with orange/lemon and a hint of lavender. The hint of lavender gives it a (unexpected) pleasant, unique aroma that doesn't interfere with the spiciness - I like it!

The taste is floral/perfumy, bready with orange/lemon tartness. There's a slight, acceptable mustiness with black pepper in the refreshingly dry, spicy finish.

There is a champagne-like effervescence that is almost too strong at first, but settles to a lively, cleansing carbonation, making this a nice candidate for food (esp. cheese) pairing.

This is a nice, refreshing, spicy brew. The addition of oat, a tradition that is not always followed, gives it a rounding smoothness. It is tradition, but also goes in a new/creative direction. A great wit with year-round enjoyability!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting around to The Bruery's flagship brew, the Orchard White witbier.

The Bruery Orchard whie, Belgian-style Ale, Brewed with spices, where & oats, " our unparalleled California White Ale offers flavors of fresh citrus, bready wheat, and a hint of lavender. Enjoy!" Orange county, CA.
Alc. 5.7 % by vol.

Clouded whitish color,golden, big white head, long-lasting, lace-leavng. Very lovely.

Aroma: gorgeous, utterly, superlative loveliness, sweet and flowery, soft and fruity, plentiful orange and coriander….sweetness and purity. Ahhh….

Taste: pretty note perfect for the style. Big time orange and lemon, plenty of coriander, lots of citrus and spice. Tons of Belgian yeast yumminess. Vibrant and refreshing, consummately consumable. Little wonder this is such a hit.

This one, no surprise, was a non-stop joyful experience. The shock would be to find a Bruery beer that didn't deliver in every way, or hit my lips with some new delight. The quest continues.

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Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle, w/o freshness info. Pours cloudy lemony light amber, off white head initially quite excited and rocky, then goes soft, ringed and tiny bubble. Nose I get is full of zesty citrus, yeast and the typical wit waff of coriander. Carbonation is spot on, a tiny prickly, but mostly soft and smooth over the tongue. More lemon citrus, yeast and floral flavor sensations. Nice wit, another quality and worthwhile offering from NY state new comer The Bruery...yeasty, chunky, nutty final pour add to the feel of quality going on here.

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

Served on draft at Brasserie Beck during the dinner with Patrick Rue in a Bruery tulip. Beer is yellow and straw like with high haze. Forms a big white head of medium bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate to light and made up of small bubbles. Looks like a wit, looks good.

Aroma is really complex on this. I guess that's the lavendar in there, corriander, lemon zest, orange peel, pretty strong aroma for a wit but its really nice. Sweet gruitish aroma.

Beer is medium to light in body, smooth on the palate and finishes cleanly. Its mildly sweet at first and slightly bitter and dry at the back end. Drinkability high, its a really nice beer.

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Orchard White from The Bruery
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