Railway City The Witty Traveller | Railway City Brewing Company

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Railway City The Witty TravellerRailway City The Witty Traveller

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Railway City Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Spring

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Added by thehyperduck on 04-08-2014

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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by DaveBar:
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4.06/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for just under $3.00 for a 473ml can. Served at 4deg C in a challis.

A- Opens well and pours a high white head that dissipates to nothing within 1min. Unfiltered

S- Pretty good. Definitely smell the yeast and malt. Very little hops. Banana hints.

T- Nice Hoegaarden clone. Has a smoky hint to it. Less coriander then the aforementioned. Good gooseberry and lemon

M- Pretty good. Nice and light on the tongue.

O- Pretty good. Very nice white beer. Excellent for a Canadian effort that is for sure

Food Pairing

This nice little white beer went well with... BBQ hot dogs LOL


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More User Reviews:
Photo of ConnorG
3.66/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MJ63
3.72/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Courtman
5/5  rDev +47.9%

Photo of Sammy
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JahTurbo
2.62/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of al_al1357
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A cloudy yellow in colour. Not much on the nose other than some hints of Belgian yeast. Not much power in the taste and is definitely lighter than the average witbier with common notes of citrus and coriander blended together. Light bodied but good carbonation. Served in a can

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Photo of StormAles
3.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Phyl21ca
1.54/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Can: Poured a light yellow color ale with a medium size white foamy head with limited retention and no lacing. Aroma of light grainy wheat malt with strong lemony notes which is not that enticing. Taste is a mix of light unrefined grainy wheat malt with a strong dose of lemon notes. Body is light with medium carbonation. This one ended up the drain. I thought it was quite far from what I expect of the style.

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Photo of WillAndSarah
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ikidunot
3.87/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerBikeRepeat
4.23/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of papat444
3.27/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of headlessparrot
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

An interesting beer, and quite unique in terms of witbiers that I've sampled: what really sets it apart is a strong odour of depilatory cream (though, weirdly, not in a bad way) and a very strong, very spicy peppery note on the taste. It's a note that makes the Witty Traveller a more compelling beer than it seems at first glance, but also tires your taste-buds out rather quickly (in other words, it's not particularly sessionable).

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Photo of spinrsx
3.36/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Tall Can from the Ottawa LCBO for $3 or so. First time I've seen a shrink wrapped label on a can

Appearance - Gold colour with an average size fizzy/frothy white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes or so before it was gone.

Smell - Cloves, lemons, breads/grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste cloves and lemon juice/zest. There is also a honey sweetness and a bit of a yeastiness.

Overall - A decent brew. Perhaps a little heavy handed on the clove. The other flavours are nice though. Less clove and this would be a great summer refresher.

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Photo of RedAleMan
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of FRANKIE65
3.79/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Love the zip that the orange zest, white pepper, and, coriander give this witbier.
Will definitely purchase again.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

473 mL shrink-labelled can picked up at the LCBO; best before Oct. 18 2014. I had a sample of this at a beerfest last month and enjoyed it, but I figured a full serving was needed in order to give it a fair look. Served well-chilled.

Pours an opaque, foggy pale yellow colour, topped with one finger of dense, frothy head that fizzles away steadily over the next period of minutes. Some scattered lace remains suspended above the loose collar and film left behind at the surface. Zesty aroma; very appropriate for the style. Lots of orange citrus and wheaty malts, with some lemon juice and light coriander/pepper spice notes.

A nice, well-rounded wit. Pale malts with a mild, wheaty sweetness at first accompany the orange peel and lemony citrus notes that dominate much of the flavour profile. It becomes yeastier and spicier toward the finish, with spicy pepper and light coriander notes in the finish. The aftertaste has a nice, lingering peppery spice to it that helps distinguish this wit from the crowd. On the lighter side of medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation that causes the mouthfeel to come off a little slimy and less crisp than I'd prefer, particularly toward the end of the glass.

The Witty Traveller is a worthwhile wit to try this summer, with the addition of white peppercorns giving it a pleasantly spicy bite that is fairly unique within the style. I'll probably grab a few more cans this summer, assuming it remains in stock, and I'd certainly recommend this beer to others, as well. A passable wit from Railway City, though not without its flaws.

[Updated Mar 22 2016]

Another can, and I suspect it's a very fresh one (because the BB date is still 5 months out). Looks great - outstanding head retention, with a thick creamy cap remaining in place for more than 5 minutes. The white pepper really pops on the nose and on the back end of the flavour profile, contributing to this wit's unique character. Crisp, lively mouthfeel; very refreshing. I am more impressed this time around and in response I am bumping the score substantially. As far as Ontario-made wits go, fresh Witty Traveller is difficult to top.

Final Grade: 3.92, B+.

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Photo of Wintermute
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of SSS
2.65/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

A-Very light yellow, non existent head
S-The aroma is of standard commercial beer, cardboard
M-Very light mouthfeel
T-No real flavour or taste to speak of, very bland and commercial...tastes like adjuncts.
O-Not for me, nothing special.

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Photo of byronic
3.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a very light opaque yellow without any form of head. Smells quite nice with a definite presence of orange zest along with some lemon, wheat and spices. Unfortunately this is not backed by the taste in which the flavours blend together. There is a sweetness offset by the citrus, coriander and especially the pepper. Lively carbonation with a light body. Quite crisp to drink but coats the mouth in an unpleasant way. The finish is quite nice until the pepper takes over and lingers.

It smells much nicer than it tastes and the pepper lingers too long. Not something I would purchase again.

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Photo of RQuigley
2.78/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy
S: Spicy
T:Bit of a strong aftertaste
M:Carb good - after taste
Oall: Not my kind of beer.
Notes: The Guy I was drinking with loved it and had several more.

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Photo of Rukeli76
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jotora
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.54/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473 ml can served fairly cool into glassware. Advertised as 4.2% ABV.

Appearance - light hazy mostly vibrant lemon pie filling in color with two fingers of white head. The head lingers for a short while before dissipating into a a thin foam on top. Trace lacing up and down the sides of the glass.

Smell - some light lemon aromatics and some trace amounts of Belgian yeasts. A dabble of coriander and some other spices.

Taste - fairly bready base, but quite light and some fruity sweetness shines through quite nicely transitioning to some pepper on the tip of my tongue. Fairly complicated and surprising given the fairly average aromatics. The pepper becomes a bit too much after repeated sips, dropping this score a bit.

Mouthfeel - spritzy feel with a light feel and slightly hot finish from the pepper.

Overall - a pretty good and light wit that has a bit of surprising heat. If you like the heat then I think this May move up the list, but nevertheless this is a tasty and refreshing brew.

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Railway City The Witty Traveller from Railway City Brewing Company
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