Orchard White | The Bruery

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316 Reviews
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 beagle75
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Hazy, medium golden color with over one finger of persistent white foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Very mild, with airy lemon and lime citrus and just a trace of wheaty grain. Yeast notes are conspicuously absent.

T: Begins barely off-dry, with delicate light malts that are interesting in the way that they simultaneously present refined and rustic aspects. Lavender and bitter orange peel are detected after a few beats, although the former comes on most strong later in the finish. Acidity is restrained, yet adds welcomed brightness, while the middle features increased breadiness. Yeast is a restrained flavor component, yet it adds a savory contrast that lends interest. The finish is soft and lacks real bitterness, but is redolent of lavender.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, simultaneously wet, soft, and creamy on the palate, with carbonation that effervesces early but diminishes, leaving the beer smooth and only slightly bubbly in the latter half of the glass.

D/O: An interesting wit that is elevated by its experimental nature, but pales in comparison to some of the best American-brewed wits, such as Allagash White or Lost Abbey Witches Wit. Still, it is unapologetically obtuse in ways, making it stand apart from the mediocre middle. Perhaps most intriguing is a phantom savoriness that this beer shows in varying intensity from batch to batch, reminding of chicken bouillon at its most assertive (referring to a growler fill purchased back in May of 2010.)

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4.94/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle served in a Chalice (Westmalle).Enjoyed on jun´11

Pours pale yellow with a hazy -yeast in suspension- body. White, rocky, medium bubble crown. Head dissipates fairly quick. On nose coriander, orange peel, sesame seeds, cut grass & mint hints. Subtle minty notes at the beginning with buttery flavors. Funny peppers & dill hues in the middle. Notes of sour-sweet & dry spicy flavor too. Medium body & a very well balanced carbonation mouthfeel. Gentle dry bitter finished. Malty
& bready aftertaste. Very easy & refreshing drinkability.
Excelent balanced flavors & aromas. A complex & mandatory
beer for Wit hunters & beginners.

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Photo of Stretch270
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is golden with a nice cloudy look. The head poured anise cloudy white.

Smell is nice and spicy and a tinge floral on the head. I certainly think the wheat is also coming across well jn the aroma.

The taste that came across was a substantial amount of wheat, hints of oat and certainly the was a decent spiciness. I don't think I know enough about spices to be to definitive as to which ones in particular but it does add to the overall presentation of orchard white.

Mouthfeel is nice and medium for a Belgian style ale. You definitely get the sense that it was necessary in order for the flavors to come across. It is also heavily carbonated in the feel.

Overall, I think the Bruery did a solid job with it's orchard white. It certainly is not my favorite of their beers but I like how the spice and wheat came across but were not excessively dominate. Safe to say it will be a go to due to my location near the Bruery when u am in the mood for a belgian sytle ale.

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

This is the first beer I've had from this brewery and there was one bottle of a single style left on the shelf. I grabbed it without hesitation, strictly based on the brewery's reputation.

Ample amounts of carbonation that leaves a pristine white and overflowing head. The beer appears a light honey that has a desirable haze. The beer's head stays strong for a good amount of time but eventually falls into a dense white head of approximately 1cm. Towards the end of the bottle there is tremendous sediment!

Smells like a yeast beast with a pungent fruit and spice. Fairly mild flavors that meld well to demonstrate an obvious witbier. There is little indication that this is an herbal blend. However, there is a little of noticeable bitterness.

Light and clean tasting beer with very subtle flavors. A spicy beginning followed by a slightly bitter, dry finish. There is a gourmet spiciness associated with this beer that hits my palate hard, but is moderated by the beer's sweetness. I detect a little sourness that follows the beer's sweetness for a semi-dry finish, and a hint of mint.

This beer is definitely mild bodied, but could be considered a mild-medium. Highly carbonated, I originally thought I was drinking a seltzer given the beer's mild flavors and intense bubbles. Also, I was surprised by how this beer presented very mildly and finished with a sour dryness which left me puzzled, but still wanting more.

Very mild, but good quality beer that was quite appropriate given the extreme summer heat and this beer's inherent drinkability. I would have liked a little more pronounced lingering from the spices, and the beer's yeast attributes dominated the middle.

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

Appearance - champagne head. crisp in appearance somehow. white with a touch of yellow

Smell - citrus, white grapes

Taste - big time grapes. champagne. citrus comes in. minor wheat

Mouthfeel - very light body. leaves the mouth dry. very wine esque for me without the big alcohol number and a little more grainy naturally.

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Photo of teromous
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It pours a nearly white (looked a bit pink in hue) and becomes a light golden semi-transparent color in the glass. There is a lot of visible free-floating carbonation bubbles. The head is very large and shows no signs of backing down. The head looks a bit like soap foam.

S: I get some buttery scent, along with a peppery smell. There's some citrus smell, and a little earthiness.

T: It tastes spicy, a little bit like ginger and I get fruit flavors. I don't get any wheat characteristics.

M: The mouthfeel is medium bodied, and surprisingly warming...like an alcohol warming sensation. I'm surprised because it's only 5.7%

O: Overall it tastes pretty good...it tastes a lot like an old-world Gruit Beer which is nice, but not really what I expected from a witbier. I can't say that it's average because it definitely is above average.

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Photo of drpimento
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a huge, fizzy, off white head that quickly subsides to just a little, no lace, and some bubble trails. Color is a somewhat hazy, pale amber. Aroma is excellent with spice, yeast, herbs, a bit of caramel, and fruit. Flavor is sweet up front with the afore mentioned nose characteristics and is immediately cut by the tartness of the aggresive carbonation. Excellent body and carbonation too. Finish is on the short side and similar to the flavor. Very drinkable.

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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 csiewert
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear golden color with a finger of foamy white head that retains well. The aroma is very floral and spicy. The taste is sweet and floral with a spicy finish. Finishes clean but somewhat empty. Overall unique and worth a try, but I probably won't have again.

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Photo of CHickman
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours hazy piss yellow with a 1 finger creamy white head that fades slowly, leaving very good lacing.

Smells of spices up front, followed by yeast, lemon, clove, coriander, orange peel, pepper and exotic spices like potpourri and bags of Indian spices which I can’t distinguish; very floral and spicy nose that is hard to pin down and very interesting to say the least.

Tastes very spicy as well, with yeast, lemon, clove, coriander, orange peel, pepper, sweet malt, floral hops, cinnamon, bubblegum, brown sugar, cumin, sour apple, citrus hops, flowers, grass, hay, spices like potpourri, allspice, ginger and some fruit or spice that I can’t make out. Very complex and complicated flavor, in fact it could be the spiciest beer that I've ever had. This beer borders on sensory overload, and was a tad bit too over the top for me.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, as this is light, crisp and airy, with high and light bubbly carbonation; this has a crisp, clean finish with a nice ginger snap at the end (pun intended).

This was different and interesting, but I'm glad I had it on tap and didn't need to finish a whole bomber by myself as it would have been a struggle. My least favorite Bruery product to date and not one I'd seek out again. It felt good, and smelled exciting, but the taste just didn't do it for me.

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Photo of suspect
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. Enjoyed on a 72 degree day in upstate NY.

A: Cloudy pale yellow in color and when poured semi-aggressively, it leads to a huge fluffy white head that dissipates in a few minutes leaving a little ring around the outside as well as a small layer in the middle. Lacing clings to the glass like glue.

S: Lemon, orange, malt and other spices fill up the nose pretty well. Very nice smell to this one.

T: Citrus flavor leads it to be slightly bitter on the tongue but then POW the wheat flavor takes over and really amps up the taste. This is a pretty straight-forward wit without too much over the topness to it. Really nice flavor with really nice subtle spice tones to it.

M: Light body - slight over-carbonation that backs down as the beer warms. Sticky slightly bitter aftertaste dries out my mouth leaving me wanting more...much more.

O: This is a really good, no-nonsense witbier that is enjoyable from start to finish and at 5.7% I can handle the 750 on my own. This is also my first go-round with The Bruery and I'm impressed. At 9.99 per bottle, I'm not sure it's entirely worth seeking out but it's on the low end of the price range of 750s so I'd gladly pay it again.

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Photo of schmoopsbeer
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into bruery tulip

Color: cloudy white. Very pale with pale white head.

Nose: plenty of citrus here. orange,tangerine and maybe some light grape fruit. Hints of lavender patrol the background of this beer. Somewhere on the nose you get some bread like flavors.

Palate. Even though you get lots of citrus on the nose on the beer does not have a tart or sour flavor. Its a light bodied beer with plenty of character.

Finish: The lavender is very evident on the finish and the citrus is in the back end. the finish is short but quite crisp.

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Photo of Marty30
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml poured into A Duvel tulip,at fridge temp.

A. Pours a clear bright golden color,with a three finger fluffy pure white head.Good lacing.Tons carbonation streaming off the bottom of the glass.

S. Lemon and some grapefruit upfront with some sweet grapes.Has a good bit of grains and spicy notes.

T. Nice citrus fruit taste not over powering at all. Lemon being dominant among the grapes and bready yeast.I'm getting some off taste in here tho maybe its the lavender.

M. Extremely light mouth its like its fluffy.Kind of creamy,lots of carbonation.

Overall just an overall refreshing beer for sure.I would of rated this higher if it wasnt for the off notes.

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Photo of MrKennedy
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle purchased from Platinum Liquor, North Strathfield and poured into a Redoak goblet.

Off-golden colour, hazy appearance and with a fluffy white head of foam.

Nice smelling beer, huge orange peel aromas, lavender and coriander notes.

Nice taste of citrus, tangy wheat, with some yeast spiciness late on.

Mouthfeel finishes with some sharpness from the coriander.

Overall a complex Belgian wit, refreshing enough to drink in summer, complex enough to satisfy for the rest of the year.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

so filtered i was worried that it would just have a grain husk. Looks like white wine. Smells like grain tannins with a ginger over tone. A tad floral. Palate has absolute no husk adjunct quality. The wheat is nice and subtle. White grape down to the mineral notes. A sweet that contracts like german champagne

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

750ml Bottle.

Real nice hiss when popping the cap off of this one. A vigorous pour into a tulip reveals a hazy pale gold with a giant three finger pillowy bright white head. Active cascading bubbles last and last.

Wow, love the smell of this beer. First thing I think is that amazingly it smells like the pepperoni and mushroom pizza I had last night (with floral notes on top). So I guess that breaks down to bready wheat, earthy mushroom-like yeast, and white pepper from the spices. Lavender sits nicely on top of those smells.

Taste is more lemony with the pepper notes stronger than the nose. Earthiness remains. Somewhat tart in the middle with a very crisp and dry finish.

Great carbonation and light in the mouth with a medium velvety body.

I don't have a ton of experience reviewing this style, but this is probably my favorite Wit to date.

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Photo of dirtyskunk
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a snifter, light clear golden, some visible carbonation, big fluffy head but it disappears quick. Absolutely no lacing or cap left on top or on the sides.

Complex spicy and fruity aroma. Cloves and bananas and grapes and very little hop or malt or alcohol. Delicate and quite nice.

Wow, shockingly good. All the fruit and spice in the nose manifests very nicely on the pallet. I get the bananas, apples, grapes, plums, cloves and some other spices and a dry, crisp, lightly malty finish.

Above average wheat-beer mouthfeel, more full-bodied than you expect. A little sharp with the carbonation, but with a solid enough body that it's easy drinking and very refreshing.

Overall a great witbier. Good, complex flavor profile, interesting and smooth and not overpriced. Most importantly, it strikes a nice balance between being fruity, flavorful and light, and being surprisingly dry, malty, full bodied, and overall very solid.

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Photo of drtth
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a clear bright yellow color with lots of very fine streams of bubbles. The ¼” head quickly recedes to a small ring of foam around the glass, leaving a few scattered speckles of lacing. Sipping leaves lots of small speckles of lacing that mostly slide back down to the liquid. But by the end of the beer there is neither foam nor lacing.

Smell: The aromas include fruity orange zest, some coriander and hints of the promised lavender. Altogether this gives the aroma a nice floral/herbal character.

Taste: The flavors are clean, fresh and crisp. As predicted from the nose there is some orange zest, a good bit of coriander and a quite floral contribution from the lavender.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied and silky smooth with very fine persistent carbonation. The finish is relatively long, some tartness and bitterness does emerge about mid-way through but the dry ending is definitely floral and tart during the final tapering off.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I have mixed feelings about this beer in that while I enjoyed drinking it, mostly, I thought the lavender part of the flavor a bit overdone. So I’d be happy to have another glass, someday, but its not the type of beer I’d want to have 2 or more in a row. That said, however, I could also see having this beer with certain kinds of food, especially salads dressed with vinaigrette, certain egg dishes and soft, lightly flavored cheeses. So my overall impression is that this beer should be paired with foods rather than consumed by itself alone. In that context I think it would truly shine.

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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 Buggies
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange color. Big booming fluffy white head. This is one of the more interesting smelling beers I have had I think. Aromas of spice and citrus. Just a slight bready smell too. But I think the biggest surprise was the lavender.

Tastes great. Nice crisp carbonation. Citrus mostly. Lavender is still there too... just barely. It has a dry finish for the most part. Interesting though, it has a spiciness or bitterness that lingers on the tongue and throat. The wheat and oats make for an interesting mouth feel as well.

Overall, I could drink this all day. This is the first beer I have had from The Bruery. I'm excited to try more.

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

App - Straw/gold coloring. Excellent head retention.
Nose - Slightly spicy and very floral
Taste - Bottle Description - "Flavors of fresh citrus, bready wheat and a hint of lavender"
Personal - High citrus notes for dominate with a a backing of malt and slight hop presence.
Aftertaste - This is where the, "hint of lavender", comes in. Slightly sour almost tart taste linger ever so briefly.
Mouth Feel - Very carbonated, less than a champaine, but more than a normal beer. Slightly dry, but not mouth puckering.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, orange citrus, dry wheat, bready, and hints of lavender. In the taste, orange citrus, earthy and bready, quite floral, and hints of spices. A spice bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry orange citrus in the aftertaste. Big citrus, nice spices, and really enjoyable.

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Photo of Geuzedad
2.66/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured this into a tulip. Poured a hazy yellow with a billowy white 3 finger head.

First thing I noticed was the smell of lavender. It was really hard to pick out the other smells as the lavender was right there.

Taste was....lavender...as in an old ladies perfume lavender. Again it was hard for me to pick out any other taste as I felt I was inside a perfume bottle.

Mouthfeel was sharp with heavy carbonation but again I could not get past all the lavender.

If you did not figure it out yet I am no fan of lavender. To me this beer was very overpowering and not enjoyable in the least. Thinking it was just me I shared a glass with Galengeueze who had pretty much the same reaction. I am a big fan of The Bruery but this one really missed the mark with me.

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Photo of AronVietti
4.97/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into an over sized wineglass at 48F, bottle not dated

A - Poured with a billow white head that died pretty quickly with no lacing. Hazy pale straw color with lots of carbonation.

S - Bread and spices, coriander specifically with a slight hint of lemon peel and lavender. Spot on for the style.

T - The lavender really comes out in the taste, great wheat flavors and more orange than lemon on the palate.

M - Light, but not thin, with plenty of carbonation. The lavender and other floral flavors really stick around, leaving a dry finish after about 2 minutes.

O - This is a great spring beer, cook some pork and serve it with stone fruit and a glass of this, perfect. I will be drinking this when I can get it.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very nice light golden honey color. Pours a fluffy white head that settles fairly quickly. Low lace.

S - Great smell, but man it's hard to pin down. Sweet and mildly earthy. Cinnamon, clove, green papaya.

T - Candied hibiscus. Fresh green papaya, green apple, lychee. Sour, almost woody note mid profile. Huge floral character on the backend.

M - Medium/light body. Bright carbonation. Great refreshment.

O - Beautiful, clean flavors.

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Orchard White from The Bruery
3.89 out of 5 based on 455 ratings.
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