Imperial White Orchid
The Bruery

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Belgian Witbier
3.84 | pDev: 11.98%
The Bruery
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy golden-yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of grain, honey, spice, and cardboard aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, honey, dried citrus peel, and cardboard flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is definitely showing some oxidation that is slightly worse in the smell.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of treehouse
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

this bottle is a few years old, stored well. opened with no outward expression of carbonation. using a bruery chalice ...poured flat with no head...bubbles clinging to the side sparsely..cloudy in appearance. medium straw color...

nose - pineapple...mangoes...sweet wine must....peaches..

mouth - tropical fruits....yeasty...a bit dry...lots of small bubbles...but somehow....still tasting...peach juice...slight tannins...easy and quick on the palate...

moderately meow...would drink again....

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Photo of harrymel
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looking forward to this surprise.

Pours a light gold with near excellent clarity. Etched white central dome and rim of white foam. Smells of flowers - almost a lily character, some sweet wheat, some orange pith, a bit of seed of paradise - nice nose. Flavor is a nice wheaty, grainy, slightly sweet bready beer. Some bits of squash and a slight tartness on the edge. Medium bodied with soft, but well allocated carb, slightly dry. A nice beer.

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Photo of rudzud
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra in a trade poured into a dogfish head chalice.

A - Poured a nice hazy golden hue with a nice half a finger white head that faded to leave light wisping, halo, and thin lacing.

S - Aromas really caught me off guard here. Huge orange peel, coriander, light vanilla, and a touch of nutmeg. As it warms the nutmeg really pops out. Holy cow.

T - Taste is not quite as good as the nose but still tasty. Very fall like, with lots or orange peel, nice coriander, lots more nutmeg with some faint vanilla. I don't really get any typical wit notes though.

M - Mouthfeel is nice for the style with the firm carbonation helping to mask the ABV. This was a slow gusher though.

O - Overall I was really impressed with this Provision. Wish I has gotten to try it fresh but even now a year later this beer still works for me. Really like the orange with the more and more assertive nutmeg coming out. Awesome.

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Photo of larryi86
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you womencantsail for sending this!
750 mL bottle poured into a tulip
My bottle was a gusher

A- A hazy golden/yellow with a hint of orange and a huge white head.

S- Banana, oranges peels, nutmeg, coriander, vanilla.

T- Fruity and spicy, orange peels, light fruits, hint of lemon, banana, wheat, cloves, coriander, nutmeg, touch of vanilla, there is a lot going on and it works well together.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A good beer that I wish I could have tried fresh like the bottle recommends. I feel that it has held up well and I would gladly drink this again.

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Photo of Florida9
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Unsurprisingly cloudy pale yellow in color. Forms about an inch or so of white head that drops down to a ring around the glass and a faint surface coating. No lacing.

S: I've got to admit, the aroma is quite complex on this one. Starts off with a bit of pale malt, before turning to a blend of banana, orange, and vanilla. There is also a bit of yeasty esters in the mix along with some medicinal herbal qualities.

T: The taste is fairly sweet on the front end, with lots of citrus, orange, and banana, before becoming more herbal with notes of coriander and yeasty spice.

M: On the lighter side of medium with a carbonation approaching the heavy side of things. Heavy spiciness leaves a mild, chemical-like numbness in the mouth.

O: Overall, this beer was pretty good, being reminiscent of a standard wit beer with the volume turned up on it. Drinkability was still pretty good, but I'm admittedly not a huge fan of spiced beers, and this one showing a lot of it.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy golden-yellow color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of wheat, banana, clove, Belgian yeast esters, coriander and other spices, lemon zest, and a touch of nutmeg.

T - Starts off with a mix of lemon and orange zest and citrus flavors with some sweet wheat and some Belgian yeast spices. Through the middle, the banana and clove flavors come through with some more spices including coriander and nutmeg. The finish is a mix of wheat, yeast esters and spices, lemon zest, and some floral flavors.

M - Medium bodied with moderate-plus carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and lightly sweet and spicy finish.

D - Very drinkable. Remarkably smooth for a 9% abv beer. The flavors are fairly bold for the style but well balanced.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Sampled August 2011
A hearty pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass almost produces a two-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is a rich gold color that shows a clear, bright yellow-gold hue when held up to the light. The beer smells of sweet hay, citrusy coriander and vanilla orange cream. After some time a more herbal, earthy, spice character becomes quite noticeable from the coriander. Interesting, it almost seems like there is some diacetyl here in the aroma, though I think that this slight buttery note is from something else. A hint of nutmeg scents the nose after a bit & it seems to accentuate the earthy notes of the coriander more than anything.

The beer has a sweetness to it up front and through to the middle, but the coriander quickly adds a bitter, drying, earthy herbal note in the finish. The finish is actually somewhat sharp and biting, some of it is the prickly bite from the carbonation, some of it seems to be from some bitterness, but most of it seems to be from the coriander, perhaps the nutmeg, and the higher alcohols and phenolic spiciness from the yeast. Actually, now that I mentioned it, I think a lot of this is from the nutmeg; it is not overly noticeable, but seems to add to the palate presence in the finish, more than an actual flavor. The body of this beer is actually fairly light for a beer of this strength, it does have some fullness to it and even sticks to the palate for a bit. The palate is ultimately cleaned by some warming higher alcohols as well as from the nutmeg / coriander combination that provides a touch of harshness to the finish.

This was an interesting concept, meaning the nutmeg, but I don’t actually think it works. It seems to accentuate the harsher, dirtier notes from the coriander. Coriander in beer is often too earthy and dirty, I like it best when it contributes a clean, bright citrus character; this beer definitely is not that. It is really the finish in the flavor that is not all that great; hot, astringent, somewhat hard-herbal and just too coriander / nutmeg harsh.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ben for sharing! Poured into a pint glass. The color is hazy straw with a small off white head.

The aroma is full of spicy cloves with lots of wheaty malt in there. Some pear and apricot notes are also evident.

The taste is full of spicyness also! Cinnamon, cloves and other spices dominate and go well with the mildly sweet malt. This is kind of juicy and drinkable.

The body is medium and the carbonation decent.

Though this isn't my favorite style, I'm kind of digging this. Nice.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

got this as an extra fro jbtice0315. Thanks a lot for this! Poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy golden straw color with a cap of solid white head that settles.

Lots of fruit aromas going on. Juicy oranges with an apple cider type aroma with bananas. This is like a fruit basket with a syrupy aroma. Pretty nice smelling, but a little bit on the sweet side. More of the same on the pallet. Lots of fruit juices like pears with oranges and a bit of a cider flavor. Kind of reminds me of some flavored teas I've had in the past.

Medium body with good soft carbonation. Seems a little bit sticky though.

Overall glad to try this. I think the Imperial Wit is kind of lost on me. I guess I just prefer a lighter offering for this style.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - light yellow/hazy color with a big white head. Lots of carbonation

S - big lemon zest and slight banana aroma. Very spicy from the yeast. Very pleasing

T - very light for the style but still packed with flavor. Banana, lemon, light pepper, and yeast esters. Complex and pleasing

M- medium body with lots of carbonation. Nice aftertaste that stays with the palate.

O - for the style it's definitely an imperial. Awesome flavor combination from the malt and Lots of spices from the yeast. One of the best examples of the style I've had

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very hazy muted golden color with a half finger white head.

S: Lots of spices on the nose. Cinnamon, nutmeg and a bit of banana bread in there.

T: A bit of a peppery hop bite upfront followed by some smooth notes of banana, lemon curd and pale malt. The alcohol is pretty well hidden but there's a touch of warmness on the finish. Overall a really nice beer.

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Photo of phichifiji00
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Bruery tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy, golden straw color. Pours 2+ inches of thick white head that fades slowly over 3-5 minutes. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Lots of citrus, orange peel, coriander, subtle hint of nutmeg, floral, wheat.

Taste: Wheat, orange peel, coriander, citrus, nutmeg, floral notes, very subtle hops as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, crisp/zesty, it has a 7-up quality to it. The 9% ABV is very well hidden.

Overall: A very tasty wit beer. The description is right on. The orange peel and coriander add refreshing citrus notes and the nutmeg adds just a touch of spice. Very drinkable.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear straw, small near white head, leaves to disk. Some cling lace.

S - Light citrus, very lemony. Really, not much else.

T - Small light malt center, surrounded by citrus.

M - Light bodied, good mouth in general. Nice balance, good carb.

D - High abv well hidden. Can have lots of this.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy, orangish straw color with a small white head that disappears quickly. Scent is strong in the orange peel department. A lot of coriander and Belgian yeast as well. Taste is initially very orange-forward. Followed by some distinct wheat flavors with a lot of spiciness and coriander. The nutmeg definitely comes through as the beer warms. Very spicy finish with a bit of lemon and alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium body and a bit creamy. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is a very nice concept. Not my favorite in style, but The Bruery made it work.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yellow/tan and hazy, white head lasted a bit and left some decent lacing.

Smelled and tasted of lots of coriander, yeast, and spices. Somewhat sweet. Citrus qualities were really nice. A well done witbier, especially for an imperial strength one. You can't smell or taste the alcohol at all.

Feel was exceptional, slick and sweet with a great full body, remaining easy to drink the whole way.

Overall it's a very fine brew, right on par for what I expect from Bruery.

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Photo of dragonWhale
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amidst preparations for the coming of the great Irene, I have popped this bottle.
Cloudy and orange with the appearance of being a bit thin. Like one of these suntanned Shore ladies. Only is she as thin as she looks?
Coriander and citrus dominate the aroma and flavor. Nutmeg is evident but stays in the background. Light and refreshing, the alcohol gives it a little noticeable pop.
A very delicious beer for this warm and muggy indoors day.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into an RR -tion glass. Split with my wife because she loves wheat beers.

Appearance - Hazy and cloudy light orange, almost yellow body. Big white head that's gone in a flash. No retention or lace. After the head is gone, it looks flat as hell.

Smell - Wow, it's a nice smell. I really don't like witbiers, but this is nice. Yeasty and belgian-y aromas. Spicy background and some wheat. Smells like a big saison, really.

Taste - The taste is pretty good, too. I'm amazed. Yeasty and the slightest bit funky. It has a nice citrus flavor to it and a bit of spice in the background. I'm no good at identifying spices, but it has a strong presence, whatever it is.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation makes it feel heavy. It's 9%, so I can forgive the heaviness of it, but it's still a sluggish drink. It has the flavors of a nice, light Belgian ale, but it's got the drinkability of DFH 90. Not a nice combination.

Overall - Great flavors. I ended up finishing my wife's glass, as she fell asleep before she could finish it. I just wish it were easier to put away.

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Photo of Overlord
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Didn't expect to like, but enjoyed quite a bit.

Pours a pale, slightly yellow hazy with a thin film of white over it. Smells like spices (coriander? pepper?), a bit of flowery citrus, and a nice pleasant ... yeastiness.

Taste is primarily that spicy, yeasty, belgian-y citrus with a bit of zest to it, but the spices are nicely blended rather than distracted, and it has a pleasant orange rind aftertaste to it.

Taken this style about as far as it can be taken, methinks. A pleasant enough drink.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Bruery tulip. This is not currently on the top Witbier list on beeradvocate. I did not love but also did not hate this beer.

Beer is lightly carbonated, yellow, mildly hazy, small thin white head of tiny bubbles, some lacing, low carbonation, under carbonated for what it is.

Beer smells strongly of yeast and flowers.

This beer is medium in body, heavier than expected, sweet on the front end, sweeter than expected, and finishes a little bitter. This kind of tastes like a homebrew that was fermented too hot. I'm not a huge fan but I drank the whole bottle. I enjoyed it enough for that. Since I have another I'll likely drink it again but after that I'm done with it. Next!

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from my RS shipment. I hated Orchard White, and don't have very high expectations for this one.

The first pour is a clear orange with a dense, white head that recedes to a disk, leaving no real lacing. The nose is surprisingly nice With a blend of bright citrus, moderately floral orange peel and some spicy coriander to go with the malt backbone of honey, a little sugar and a moderate wheaty, bready character, this smells quite refreshing. Sweeter than a wit needs to be, but still solid. The yeast isn't super-expressive here, though it does offer a mild spice note.

The palate opens with a blend of honey, flowers, some orange peel and some sweetness. The spice is an accent to the citrus, and in that sense, the balance of flavors here is great. The yeast is most expressive up front, with some white pepper to go with the really toned-down coriander note (compared to the base beer) Honey and a melange of flowers (rose and jasmine, for the most part?) are most noticeable on the mid-palate. With a blend of fruity sweetness and some honey on the finish, this medium-bodied beer is moderately carbonated and is quite pleasant on the palate. Quite enjoyable, I do wish the ABV was dropped to a more sessionable range and then sold in 6-packs. Given its progenitor, this beer is an unabashed success.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanks to SwillinBrew for the bottle!

Pours slightly darker hazy orange than a normal Wit, which could be expected as "Imperial". Head was still stark white, maybe a finger due to an aggressive pour. Dissipates to a film fairly quickly, which again, could be expected with the ABV.

Aroma was slightly fruity and sweet, bready, crisp, with a slight bit of alcohol heat.

Taste has a nice bready bite, some citrus, light fruity tones, and noticeable alcohol.

Medium bodied, rather low in carbonation. A bit more cispness would have made it more refreshing.

Overall, it was a good brew, though I don't think the imperializing a Wit betters the style any. At least it wasn't as boozy as Sam Adams Imp. Wit.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bubbly pacifico yellow. Head quickly settles into a ring.

Pear, apple, belgian notes, brown sugar.

Apple cider, bits of sour apple, bits of caramel sweetness, banana, floral notes. Sweet for a wit, very nice - very appealing and pleasant taste.

Alcohol is present, probably a bit too much as it gets in the way of some sips. Moderate carbonation and a sticky sweet mouthfeel.

This is a nicely done wit. The abv is a tad high but can't say I'm not impressed. Yum, I can see myself gravitating back to this.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a remarkably clear light golden color with a huge four finger fluffy white head that leaves lots of sticky lace in its wake. Smells of sweet malt with that spicy wheat twang. Hints of lemon, orange, and nutmeg in there as well. I can't find the coriander in there, but then again I can't say I know what it smells like if I did encounter it. Taste is light and sweet. Orange lemon and apricot mixed with candy sugar with hints of nutmeg. Finishes kind of sweet with a touch of alcohol showing itself in the finish. Sweet sticky mouthfeel, medium body with and ample level of carbonation. Not exactly a style that I gravitate towards, but tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of Phelps
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle shared by ottovon and whiterascal. Into a tulip it goes.

Tarnished pale gold, mostly clear and effervescent. A frothy, large-bubbled white head about a finger tall pops away quickly, leaving behind a very thin, soapy ring.

The nose: booze-spiked apple juice, coriander, tangerine and hints of spicy nutmeg. A heavy, sugary blend.

Pear and apple cider appear again in the flavor, along with booze, some toasty biscuits, earthy hops, spicy coriander and bitterish tangerine peel. Smooth, with a lingering sweetness between sips.

Extremely low, massaging carbonation with tongue-numbing alcohol amid a syrupy medium body.

Well, this definitely tastes like a beefed-up version of White Orchard. Not bad, though definitely not as refreshing or drinkable as the original.

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