Whitewash Wheat | Pacific Beach Ale House

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Brewed by:
Pacific Beach Ale House
California, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by HalfFull on 09-01-2008

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by Irrationalist:
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3.5/5  rDev +14%

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured on-tap at the Pacific Beach Ale House. The beer was poured into a pint glass, with a cloudy, pale yellow coloring, and a thin, white airy head. The smell is muddled for an unfiltered wheat, and difficult to discern. Some spice. The flavors were over-spiced to cover an underwhelming taste to the beer. The beer is heavy on clove/coriander. The beer is light bodied, but the spice makes it sharp in mouth. There is a weak, spicy finish with an extremely bland aftertaste. You could easily drink a ton of this in one sitting, if the spice doesn't get to you, but there are much better ways to spend your time, I assure you...

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Photo of mactrail
3.85/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mellow amber wheat beer with lots of esters.

Pale amber in the chalice. Clean and malty with the classic clove and banana flavors of German wheats. Almost tastes like they tossed in a little cinnamon. Great mouth-filling carbonation that lasts and lasts, again like a German beer. Pleasing sharpness to balance the malt. Very fragrant in the nose.

I wouldn't call this a Witbier, I think it's more of a Hefeweizen or at least some kind of hybrid. Look at the lists of Witbier examples and they are all thinner, paler, and less malty than this one. Right before I tasted this I had a pint of the Allagash Wit, which PB Ale House also had on tap. That's a typical Wit to my taste, with pronounced coriander and vegetal flavors. So leave your expectations and see what you think.

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Photo of Marvicsin
2.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of HopHead84
3.18/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is brought to me in a Pilsner glass. Oh look, there's an orange slice floating in the glass. Cloudy yellow orange with a small white head that quickly disappears...and an orange slice.

Smells like an orange with a little bit of coriander. Not too spicy. Mostly sweet citrus. The taste is orange dominated citrus, maybe a little lemon. Some coriander is noticeable but not too much. No alcohol is noticeable.

Light bodied with a lot of carbonation.

It's 90 degrees at the beach today so this is refreshing. Now I'm going to walk down to the beach and fall asleep.

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Photo of timmy2b
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of TheDinger
3.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at PB Ale House. Served in a pilsner glass with an orange on the side. Removed the orange to enjoy the beer. A nice pale/golden color with a adequate 1+ finger head. A good looking beer in the glass. Smell is of a hefe with coriander, bread, banana and cloves. Nothing powerful. Taste was similar to the nose with a good bit of front end malts, fruit and breadiness. Quite refreshing. Again, fell more in line with a hefe. A nice hops closing. Feel was a bit thin and minimal carbonation IMO. Overall- A nice easy, refreshing beer. Again got more of a hefe feel than wit. Would have like to have more complexity with the hops and finish/feel. A bit watery. Sessionable and pretty good- but there are many more stellar options out there. Would hit another one if available-

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.4/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer I started with during my session. On to the beer:

The color of an orange wedge, perhaps a little paler than that. Cloudy as hoped, the head of the beer has some retenton. The nose feautres a mix of coriandor and orange, neither one really amazing, but enough to get me excited abiut my first sip. Malted wheat dominates the taste at the start. A little spice creeps in, then chewing gum notes follow. Slick in the mouth rather than crisp. Enjoyable.

What you're going to get here is a middle of the pack witbier. That's not always a bad thing, as others I've tasted can be too weak or too out of balance.

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Photo of armock
2.97/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a hazy yellow color with a white ring of head

S - Is of wheat citrus and spice

T - Follows the nose starts of wheaty then the citrus comes out and finishes with some spice

M - This beer has a light body with higher carbonation to it

D - This isn't a bad wheat beer its just barley average nothing sets it apart or makes me want to drink it again

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Photo of rewiredit
2.92/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +30.3%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Trappissed
1.79/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

A pretty horrid beer to be upfront and honest. Way too much spice and yeasty flavors and basically hard to drink. Unbalanced and not my kind of wheat beer at all. A strange hint of licorice as well. Some liquid cleaner hints also thrown in there. I tried three kinds of beer here and this one was obviously the worst.

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Whitewash Wheat from Pacific Beach Ale House
3.07 out of 5 based on 13 ratings.
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