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:
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Added by DoubleJ on 05-01-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received courtesy of Mauerhan. Served in a pilsener glass. Bottle opened with a pop; some smoky vapor slowly cascaded out of the bottle followed by a slow frothing bubble. Bright white head took up 75% of the glass and sizzled and popped as the head receded into an ever-changing honeycomb of foam. Liquid was translucent yellow with copious tiny bubbles effervescing in solution; some spots of lacing lingered during the tasting. Nose is lemony citrus, peppery spice and a sweet floral character with a little grassiness in the mix. Taste consistent with nose, but flavors were more subdued then initially indicated. Mouthfeel was light-bodied and lively with a slight citrus astringency up-front. Interesting take on the style, but some of the flavor characteristics slightly wear on the palate after a while.

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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 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 Brewsmith
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery during AHA rally. A light golden color, cloudy. Aroma is full of spice, coriander definitely in there. After it warmed up the malt balanced nicely with the fruitiness of the yeast and the spices. Clean, refreshing, and easy drinking. Great beer.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: snifter. pours an opaque pale yellow. huge massive white head. outstanding retention and great lacing.

S: nice light sour lemonade aroma, some wheat and oats. lots of coriander.

T: the oats really shine through the lemon flavors. some sour notes. tons of spices, mostly coriander.

M: medium bodied. too much carbonation. nice tart palate, a little dry.

D: very interesting wit, but the carbonation level was a little too rough.

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

Thanks to HopHead84 for this extra!

Pours a very very carbonated clear lagery yellow with a massive fluffy foamy bubble bathy white head that wont go away and leaves good lace.

Nose pretty tasty. White pepper, grain, wheat, soap, clove. Yeast out the ass. Some light fruit. More pepper.

Interesting taste that follows the nose pretty closely. Lots of mild pepper. A soapy quality im not sure I like. Light fruit, wheat, and hardcore yeast. Saison like carbonation. A bit of apple or pear. The lavender is in here for sure, and makes things interesting. This may be the soapiness i speak of. Would like some more wheat flavor in here, but there is some that is noticeable. The lavender is becoming more noticeable. Fairly dry finish with pepper and lavender hanging on in the finish.

Mouthfeel is good but sweet lord is this overcarbonated. Other than that I dont find issue with this.

Drinkability is ok, but the lavender makes it a bit tough, as it is a foreign and spiced flavor that makes this one a little tougher to session, but overall, drinkability is pretty solid.

Overall this seems more like some kind of lavender saison to me. Maybe just because of the carbonation and dryness, but the wheat flavors dont stick out as strong as i would like in a wit. Still a tasty and unique beverage. One worth picking up for the experience. Glad to have had the chance to try this one. Thanks Shane!

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Photo of WeeObese
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours with a huge head. It actually gushed a tiny bit as I poured into the glass. Slightly dark for a wit.

Great smell. Sweet and tart with some light spice at the end. Very refreshing and bright citrus smell.

The taste is nice and refreshing. Dry, light spice and citrus fruit all meld well together . Nice tartness due to wheat and yeast? Maybe a little hoppy for my taste in a wit, but well balanced. Can't really can't pick out lavender, except slightly on the late finish. I really like the late finish on this beer.

Mouthfeel is ok with a spritzy carbonation and a nice full body from wheat and oats. Maybe a little to carbonated for the style, almost more saison-like.

This beer is easy to drink and nice and refreshing. I would really like this beer on a warm summer evening.

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Photo of Zorro
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow colored beer with a very tall white head, careful pouring this one it forms a massive sized head.

Smell is neutral and fairly spicy with a sharp coriander aroma. Bitter orange is in there but quite faint.

The taste starts out neutral and very dry with a sharp spicy flavor think spice drops without any sugar. Intensely dry and spicy and I do mean spicy this is a beer with a bite to it. Strong coriander bite, this isn't a Hoegaarden clone by any means; this is strong Juju magic mon. Nice powdery yeast flavor and texture.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Pretty drinkable, but on the spicy end of the Witbier spectrum. A nice drinker IF you like them spicy.

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Photo of Offa
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is simply one of the best witbiers I've had, in my opinion.

Hazy straw-gold, it has a medium, fairly long- lasting white head.

The aroma is mostly grain and citrus, with other fruit and hitns of spice.

The taste is very juicy with citrus and other juiciness but without the unpleasant, almost-chemically, cloying or sharp citrus-oil character that I often encounter in wheat beers. The herbs are wonderfully handled, adding light hints and subtle complexity without being obviously present. It starts sweeter before a slightly drier, crisp, and lightly tart finish.

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

Had a glass at the brewery but this is reviewed from a bottle purchased and consumed the night before leaving Cali.

Pours a hazy yellow, thin white head forms, settles down to a decent layer, drops some lace spots on the way down. Smell is nice, wheat, honey, some spices, orange peel, vanilla, oats, very nice balance of spice and malt. Taste is similar, sweet honey and wheat, oats, coriander, pepper, vanilla, oranges, citrus and oat finish, some spicy bitterness. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. Very enjoyable. Wits are one of my least favourite styles but this one has a lot of flavour and I really enjoyed it. Thanks Patrick.

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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 chrisafari
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy golden/white with a very nice billowy head, retention isn't the greatest though. Aroma is sweet yeast and citrus (lemon/grapefruit). Flavor begins with sweet citrus and grapefruit and finishes with crisp herbs and subtle spice/pepper. Nice bready yeast aroma in the sinus as the beer slides down the throat. A great Witbier.

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Photo of srroos
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened up and got a HUGE gusher. When I finally got it into a glass, the carbonation was extreme. Huge, but short lived head. Cloudy golden straw in color. Smells very spicy and intense initially, but flattens out once the carbonation dies down. Tastes spicy and tart. Excellent mouthfeel while the prickly carbonation lasts, but very flat after. Easy drinking and tasty, especially with food.

If the carbonation didn't start so huge and then disappear, this would be much more enjoyable. As it is, just good.

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Photo of joe1510
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Received this earlier today from the most generous trader errantnight, thanks again Derek! Over the past couple weeks I've read some reviews on The Bruery's beers and have noticed a lot of people mentioned gushers. I was ready when I popped the top and sure enough I had a gusher on my hands, luckily it was slow and I didn't lose anything. This Belgian-style wit pours very pale golden and appears more straw golden when there's some light behind the glass. There is plenty of tiny carbonation bubbles rising streaming slowly to the surface. The clean white head grew to three fingers on a soft pour and faded very slowly. After about 5 minutes I'm left with a thin skim coat with a moderate ring around the glass. Little to no lacing left behind as I drink.

Before I even stick my nose in the glass I'm hit with big aromatic coriander. I thoroughly enjoy the smell of coriander whether it is in food or beer and this is no different. Bitter orange peel shows up as well. The bottle says to drink this at 45, which is about where I opened it, but when this beer is cold to that degree I get an aroma that reminds me of bologna. I've gotten this aroma out of a couple other wits when I've drank them too cold. I don't know if it's a certain spice used or the wheat. A nice layer of snappy wheat lies down in the back and shows it just long enough to let you know it's there.

The flavor comes together nicely. Tangy wheat lays down a solid foundation and is always right around the corner. Coriander is big again in the flavor just like the aroma and orange peel makes a solid showing as well. The basics of this beer are really well put together and the spicing is right on but there is something out of place. The finish brings very mild rubbing alcohol, which isn't bad at all, but also something that reminds me of rubber. This out of place flavor is faint but it is there and I'm not so fond of it. The good thing is I only get it occasionally.

The carbonation is on the higher side of the spectrum and keeps this beer cruising along. The body is on the light side of medium and finishes dry. The carbonation is snappy enough to leave a tingle on the tongue.

The drinkability is hurt a little bit by that strange rubber flavor on the backend, but like I said it is faint and besides that this is a good warm weather brew. The thirst quenching ability is there in full force.

This is my first sampling from The Bruery and it's a solid beer. Not my favorite of the style but good none the less. I would pick this up occasionally if it was available in my area. Thanks for the bottle Derek!

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

12 ounce glass at Hollingshead in Orange last week for $5.50, served in a Chimay goblet, reviewed from notes

A-Light golden pale yellow color, very clear body, big 1 1/4 inch somewhat creamy white head, stays around for a very long time, great retention, some nice lacing too
S-Orange peel, lemon juice, wheat, whole grains, yeast that is not quite Belgian but still on the sweeter side, milk, earthiness, honey, black pepper, flowers, and grassy accents
T-Started off with a peppery bite, then some sweet citrus in the middle, followed by a fruity finish that was also full of wheat, reminds me a little bit of Hoegarden, gets sweeter as it warmed, a little thin but balanced and full of flavor for the most part, just would have liked to see some dry texture to tighten it up a bit
M-Thin to medium bodied, lots of carbonation and I have heard this one gushes quite a bit out of a bottle, slightly sweet, crisp, and refreshing mouthfeel, taste does not last long
D-Goes down very easy, ABV is low and all alcohol is hidden, smooth, not heavy on the stomach, not too sweet

Third beer from this brewery and it was again just decent, have not been blown away by their stuff yet, but will keep trying them, I know a lot of people who enjoy this one so it could just be my preference, might drink again regardless, worth trying

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Better than I remember. A gusher from the 750 ml bottle, the bottled version showed more aroma, flavor, and carbonation than the draft. Lots of freshly picked fruit flavor to be shared by everyone, the spice and lavender kick in to create a second dimension to this beer. The spices gain in intensity as each mouthfull of beer draws to a close. Unlike the draft version, I couldn't feel any alcohol in this one. The carbonation is more abrasive, so you'll get your share of burping gas too. This beer did a great job washing down a toasted ham and swiss sandwich on wheat with a side of potato chips.

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Photo of gpcollen1
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from spacecoyote - thanks much man.

This one pours a hazy golden yellow into my Troubador tulip. I took it easy on the pour so I think I got a good jump on the foam - only about 2 inches of the white fluffy stuff and then slowly settles. Subsequent pour yield less and less and the head retention goes way down.

Aroma hits lightly sweet and spicy - unable to detect anything too distinct - peppery, floral - spicy. Hits the tongue with a blast of carbonation and peppery spice. Quickly moves to a sweet and floral blast that lingers and rolls through a lightly tart and dry finish.

Throughout this one, light flashes of this and that roll in and out of this beer. Flashes of sweet fresh orange zest...lavender aromas combine with an almost soapiness in flavor...sourdough...and assorted interesting others...

This one is very nice and I will be looking for the other beers from this bruery.

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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 paytoplay
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly yellow with a white haze. I'm not the biggest whit / white beer drinker. This one was really really good. Nose had floral, some citrus, white malt, chalk. Palate had crisp acidity, almost made it seem sour, the white'ness continued. Just as a whit beer is explained and made, tasted of dry wheat and malts. Can almost picture dry oatmeal in the tube.

Tons of sage and herb mixed in with the cloud of citrus and flowers. Very easy to drink. Mouthfeel is almost dry, and the taste is very complex thus the good rating. Will seak out way more Bruery beers after this positive experience.

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Photo of lapbplayr
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I tried this beer at The Bruery's first tasting at Hollingshead in Orange. They did have trouble in pouring pitchers from the Keg, because they primed the kegs instead of dissolving Co2 in the beer. The appearance is a bit cloudy, and golden. The smell was a mild bread-like aroma that was indicative of a wit. The taste was great. The lavender used in the beer was light in taste but was too much in the mouth feel. It felt like I ate those little soaps your mother used to put next to the sink that looked like candy. It would be a great drinkable beer it it was not so expensive. I can get a sixer of Sierra Nevada Pale for the same price of a 750 ml of the Orchard White. I have since had it on bottles and a second time from the tap and it is consistent in taste and mouth feel. It was a good beer to try a couple of times but it would not be the regular go to beer when I get home from work and b=for me that is a distraction.

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Photo of DIM
4.49/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a: We've got a foamer! The glass was full of foam and the bottle was still erupting. Once things settled down, this was a pale, muddy, straw color. Good head retention, obviously.

s: To it's credit, this is subtler than many wits. Perfumed bananas along with some cloves and other spices.

t: This is a welcome change, the last couple of wits I've tried have been subpar. There isn't anything cloying or artificial here. Spicy, wheaty, bananas and cloves give way to a dry flowery finish.

m: Spot-on for the style. The carbonation is moderately aggressive with some foamy qualities. The dry hoppy finish lingers for a while.

d: This was a perfect bottle to split with a buddy after a baseball game on a hot and humid afternoon. They need to tweak their bottling process, but this was still a stellar wit. Thanks to rallison for this one.

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

A gusher that I was completely ready for coming out of the bottle (not a drop lost), but then I only left five-fingers of space in my large Tripel Karmeliet glass, which was not nearly enough; so I lost some of the frothy, cream-colored, off-white foam to the sink. The beer is lightly hazy with lots a madly streaming carbonation bubbles and shows a light gold / straw color when held up to the light. The aroma of savory, slightly earthy coriander is noticeable as I visually inspect the beer, but a citrus note is the most noticeable note upon a closer inspection of the nose. Behind these two notes is a slight phenolic note that leans towards plastic, some woody pepper notes, ample wheat driven grain notes, a light tartness that mixes with the orange zest aromatics, some light clove, a light musty malt note and light floral notes (though not really indicative of lavender, which isn't noticeable as an individual component in this beer). Wait, the lavender is here in the nose, I seem to have to come back to the aroma after a short rest in order to get an up front, distinctive, yet fleeting smell of the spice. While the spice notes are the most dominant, they are not overwhelming and play quite nicely with the funky fermentation aromas.

Soft feeling and sweet tasting up front, much of the latter is boosted by orange zest flavors. This has a heft to it and a light viscosity to it that seems indicative of oats, but might just be a higher attenuation. Spicy phenolic notes distinctively pepper the middle of each sip and aren't quite plastic like as in the aroma. Citrus flavors are almost the most noticeable (definitely the most distinctive of the spice notes), and this is boosted a bit by a light tartness. The upfront sweetness that I had initially noticed seems to have completely evaporated, making me think that it was just the orange zest that was adding a perceived sweetness; this is actually quite dry. The coriander is not as noticeable as it was in the nose, but does add some herbal / earthy notes and boosts the citrus notes. Phenolics add a light, tongue numbing, turpene like character to the finish that is a bit like an over-dose of clove with out the sweet spiciness / flavor of cloves; though clove certainly plays a big role in the flavor profile as this warms up, it even starts to overtake the citrus as the most dominant note.

My second pour still produces a mass of foam and a very slight overflow that make me notice just how phenolic, bitter and astringent tasting the foam is. While the phenolics can be quite pronounced in this beer, I like that this is not a clean example of a Wit; I find that extra fermentation character is a necessity in this style for it to be at its best. A tasty beer from a brewery that I am excited to keep up on.

Purchased: South Bay Drugs Pharmacy, Imperial Beach CA

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

750mL bottle purchased at Vendome Fullerton. A Witbier brewed with lavender.

A- Poured into a Duvel tulip glass, this beer pours a very light gold color with a foamy, three-finger head that never completely dissipates. There are some sparce sheets of lacing on the glass after every sip.

S- Citrusy aromas of lemon and orange peel with an equal amount of musty, grainy wheat. As the beer warms, some spicy and yeasty notes emerge with a honey sweetness in the background. There's some pepper and fresh-cut grass in there too. The lavender adds a nice floral aspect to the whole thing.

T- The taste is very gritty and earthy at first, with a fairly dry and lemony finish. The lavender again adds a nice floral touch.

M- Very highly carbonated, which mellows a bit once the beer hits room temperature. Despite the sharp carbonation, the mouthfeel is lush and medium-bodied.

D- I had no problem polishing off an entire bottle of this beer on a hot summer's day.

A very nice interpretation of a Witbier. Highly recommended.

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Photo of vurt
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a beautiful 750 mL bottle purchased at Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA. Enjoyed in a tulip glass. This is one of the most carbonated beers I've run into in a while. After opening the bottle, large-bubbled foam pushed slowly but steadily out of the top. A gentle pour into a convenient Becker glass yielded 8 fingers of foam from an inch of liquid...

A hazy golden liquid is topped by a huge, pillowy head of foam that looks like the meringue on top of a lemon pie. The head eventually falls to a half-inch of dense, creamy white foam. It clings tenaciously to the glass, and leaves lacing which slowly drops back into the beer.

Refreshing citrus aromas (lemon, then orange peel) on top of plenty of wheat and some oat-y funk. There is also a bit of pepper to tickle the nose. Lavender notes are subtle but very welcome. A nice touch.

Follows the nose perfectly. The first flavor is citrus- fresh orange and lemon, bright and tart. The middle is grainy and mildly sweet with a peppery note. Citrus returns in the finish as an orange peel bitterness, which leads into a bold lavender note and a suggestion of ginger. The lavender is more prominent in the flavor than the nose, but it doesn't last long enough to be a distraction.

Light and crisp with carbonation that starts much too strong but gradually gets smoother. Mouthfeel actually has some soft roundness by the end of the glass.

I have really started enjoying witbiers this year. The big citrus character and gorgeous lavender notes of Orchard White seem to make it a particularly Californian take on the style. Wonderfully refreshing. I can't wait to try some of the other beers from The Bruery.

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Photo of gford217
4.57/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750mL bottle courtesy of a very generous trader.

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow with a massive head that overflows the pint glass. The head dissipates to a thin bubble layer which linger a while leaving no lacing.

S: Smell is dominated by the sweet wheat and spices, especially coriander. Lemon zest are prevalent in the nose as well.

T: Taste is also big on lemon zest up front which gives way to the sweet wheat and coriander. The finish has some of the citrus as well as more spices, almost like white pepper.

M: Mouthfeel is fairly light and very crisp with massive carbonation that lingers throughout just tickling the taste buds.

D: Drinkability is off the charts on this one and I won't mention how fast I got through this bottle. This carbonation is a bit high, but that's really nitpicking as this is an excellent wit.

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Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 455 ratings