Imperial White Orchid | The Bruery

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Imperial White OrchidImperial White Orchid

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Retsinis on 02-23-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 78 |  Reviews: 42
Reviews by notchucknorris:
Photo of notchucknorris
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of Callmecoon
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow and orange pour, small amount of head and lace to it. Big on the coriander and other spice aroma, some sweetness.

Taste, wow, a huge witbier for sure, again, big wallop of spices and sweetness. Hopping is nudged just enough to follow as an imperial style, while still keeping the ibus in the 20 range I would guess. Bready, nutmeggy. Orange peel and coriander deliver as stated on the label, all the spice flavor seems to obscure the 9% alcohol nicely.

Plenty of carbonation throughout, yeast is Belgianesque, bring some friends to share this one with, it becomes a little much to drink most of the 750 yourself if this is not your cup of tea style wise.

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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle today at Bruery Provisions. Poured into my La Fin Du Monde glass (tulip) since I feel that is a more appropriate glass as opposed to the Bruery Snifter.

Pours a golden honey color. Nice white head. Dissipated to a film. Nice lacing.

Aroma is not strong. But some orange peel and citrus with some Belgian yeast.

Taste is great. Another Bruery beer that hides it's ABV well. Tastes much like a regular wit beer. Citrucy and Belgian-ie. Not really tastin the nutmeg though.

Mouthfeel is the only indicator of the ABV. It just feels a bit heavier than aregular wit. Good carb.

Overall it's a tasty beer. Get some if you can. It's gunna be best fresh.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
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 GRG1313
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium light orange amber with yellow/gold tones and a firm pure white head.

Nose was an inviting orange, coriander and sweet "Belgian like" character. Some sweet lemon mousse/citrus assertive character.

Mouthfeel is a medium plus body with a rich bold and mouthfilling character with nice balance. Alcohol is well hidden and the mouth is big, bold and rich but smooth.

Flavors follow the nose with a big assertive semi-sweet/sweet orange peel and lots of layered spices. Alcohol is not hot but there is a hint of the alcoholic sweetness in the flavor profile - not a bad thing. There is a rich lemon peel bitter sweet in the med to end palate.

A nice big assertive and flavorful brew from Patrick, Tyler and crew.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
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 jsanford
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into my Bruery Tulip.

A - Pours a hazy light gold with a creamy white head that recedes to a slight haze and thin ring.
S - Belgian bubblegum yeast, crisp wheat malt, and a whole bunch of spices like orange peel, coriander, and nutmeg. Smells like a big Witbier, which makes perfect sense.
T - Very similar to the nose, lots of crisp wheat malt and Belgian yeast. The nutmeg really shows up in the finish, reminding me of a Holiday-spiced beer of some sort.
M - Slick mouth-feel with a medium body and fairly crisp carbonation.
O - Very nice "big" Witbier, the 9% ABV is very well hidden. Really glad I got to try this, it's always nice to try a Bruery rarity!

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
2.75/5  rDev -28%

Photo of WeisGuy
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of JoshVandy
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shout out to Smarcoly for throwing this in a trade. Thanks man.

750mL bottle into a Bruery snifter.

A- Pours a nice and clear golden hay color with a 1.5 finger brilliant white head. A beautiful looking beer.

S- Very clean scent of oranges and coriander come through immediately, along with some nice Belgian yeast in there as well. A fantastic and welcome smell.

T- Starts out with a nice and sweet malt bill, then comes in with oranges, coriander, and that glorious Belgian yeast. I really like the taste of this, as it's refreshing and light.

M- Clean, refreshing and light on the palette, considering it's 9% ABV. The Bruery really know how to mask the ABV of their beers incredibly well.

O- A great wit beer and a fine example of the scope that The Bruery's offerings have. A perfect beer for a summer evening with your significant other.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of deniserat
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Skuter
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Alex L. for picking this up for me and getting it out to VIrginia. Served in a Jackie O's snifter.

Pours a light straw yellow color with a bit of haze. Small white head forms and sticks around for just a bit. There is a touch of lacing on the sides of the glass. The nose has a strong scent of coriander, followed by orange peel and, to a lesser degree, nutmeg. There is a bit of light wheat and bread in the background as well. The flavor starts out with quite a bit of malt sweetness and is followed up by some spice. The coriander stood out to me, but others In the room got more of the nutmeg. Mouthfeel was medium and a bit cloying. No alcohol presence. Overall, a good beer, but not something I would be terribly excited about trying again.

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Photo of treehouse
3.59/5  rDev -6%
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 MisterKilderkin
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AgentZero
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Golden colored beer with a decent sized white head that left some solid lacing on the sides.

S - Very sweet with malts and some wheat characteristics. Has a decent amount of spices and some lemony citrus.

T - A lot of malt sweetness in this with some phenolic belgian notes. The spice is pretty present, particularly nutmeg and coriander. I'm not a huge fan as it's overly sweet, but it's not like it's a horrible beer.

M - High carbonation, lighter side of medium bodied.

O - It's not a bad beer, but if I never drink this again I won't care. Too sweet for my liking.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
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 tjfinkle
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Bruery

A: The beer pours a hazy orange color with a nice finger or so of white head and some mild lacing.

S: Immediately the sweetness of the beer is apparent. Sweet malt and wheat, with a touch of sugar to go with it. The lack of lavender in this beefed up version is most appreciated and allows the other spice notes, esters, and phenols to really come through.

T: Sweet malt and wheat bread characterize the flavor as well. The nutmeg provides a really excellent flavor and works quite well with the traditional coriander flavors. The orange peel flavor is there, but perhaps not as strong as in other witbiers. Despite being 9% alcohol, there is really no booziness.

M: The body is medium, but probably on the fuller side for a witbier, with a moderate carbonation.

D: So much better than regular Orchard White, especially without that medicinal lavender flavor. One of the few Provisions Series beers that's actually worth getting a bottle or two of.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
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 nmann08
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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Imperial White Orchid from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 78 ratings