Whitehorse Wit | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Belgian Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-21-2002

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by AlexCuse:
Photo of AlexCuse
4.52/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy yellow, darker than Hoegaarden but comparable to most American wits. You can definitely tell what it is when you look at it. The smell is again pretty standard, but I detect a little more hops than your average wit. The smell was definitely a bit stronger when I had a draft at the pub. Taste is phenomenal, this is probably my favorite American brewed wit. Like a lot of Sly Fox's beers, it has a touch more hops than you'd expect from the style. Its' not over the top or anything, but I certainly enjoy it (even if its' a slight deviation from the norm for this style). Mouthfeel is a bit heavier than most wits, but still very light. Drinkability is really where this beer shines - on a hot summer day this would be really hard to beat.

Judging by the number of reviews I'd say this is probably tough to get outside the area, but if you come across it its' definitely worth giving a try!

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Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy deep yellow with a nice big rocky head,smell was pretty spicey and sweet.I tasted a honey malt character to this beer with some spicey notes,light in body so this very easy to drink.The spiciness really hit the spot for me on this one.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite cloudy (I cannot see my fingers through the glass even when held to the light). The yellowish body is topped by a bright white rocky head that holds well, eventually dropping to a thin creamy collar and leaving some nice lace. The aroma is floral & perfumey; a combination of fruit and spice with a clear note of clove and some orange peel. The body is light (as expected) and nicely creamy from a very fine pinpoint carbonation. The flavor offers bold clove throughout, some fruity and honeyish malt in the middle and some distinct coriander and orange peel in the dry and spicy finish. Nicely done, although the spicing is a bit heavy handed and can become cloying beyond one glass.

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Photo of kellyej
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%

A: Yellowish-hay color, wispy head, hazy
S: Spicy (pepper, coriander), fruity
M: Crisp/fresh, light body, good carbonation
T: Notes of coriander/anise, fruit pulp

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

sampled at phoenixville.

A: Poured a cloudy pale lemony color with a soft creamy white head.

S: Curacco orange peels, and spicey hops notes from Saaz and styrian golding.

T: For flavor there was some dry oranges, light floral hopping and zesty lemons. Very spicey and clean. Smooth character from the dominate wheat bill with a very nice spiciness.

M: very slick on the tongue with a soft carbonation and quick clean finish.

D: The beer is spicy and sweet with a great balance and equal showing of malt and spices providing for a great wit experience and drinkability.

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Photo of rdrummer
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very cloudy light yellow color with a moderate pure white head with considerable lacing. The aroma is very grainy with hints floral hints, as well as some clove and other spices. A very nicely balanced Wit with lot of wheaty taste (almost bready), plenty of fruitiness, and some citrus finish that gives the beer a nice dryness almost a little bitter finish. The beer is light in the mouth but creamy. This goes down very well from start to finish and almost demands a second. It holds up very well in the growler, also.

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Photo of salthemonster
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of curlybird
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Biscuit033
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Murky straw golden with two fingers of white head and nice lacing.

S: Wheat and straw notes like and american pale wheat with a touch of orange.

T: Orange and spice flavors jump out and meld nicely with the slightly sour wheat notes.

M: Good carb and nice medium to full body with a clean finish.

D: Very refreshing and will make a great partner to the warm evening and the Sunday paper.

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Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of CharlesK
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PTEdelman
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of DrJay
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear gold topped by about a half inch of dense, white foam off a vigourous pour. Streaky lacing adhered to the glass for about the first half and remained throughout. Crackery malt aroma with a generous helping of orange zest - spice was fairly restrained as was yeastiness. Mild bitterness with plenty more of the wheaty, crackery malt base. Fruit character filled out the middle along with substantial sweetness - spice and floral hops moved forward at the finish. Light bodied, but with some residual sugar that makes it a bit sticky. Carbonation was on the creamy side and it had a bit of dryness. I grabbed a growler of this to get me through July 4th - perfect for the warm weather. I don't know if the recipe's different or the yeast has just settled out, but this was a lot more clear than I expected.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a lightly hazed yellowish amber color with a one finger head of fizzy looking white foam. The head fades very fast leaving a rather tiny bit of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell The aroma is heaviest of a citrus smell of tangerine and grapefruit as well as a strong showing of a wheaty and yeasty smell. Aromas of banana and a bit of a grassy and slightly funky smell are there as well, giving a rather nice sweeter and yeasty wit smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a nice sweeter citrus and wheat flavor with a good deal of tangerine and orange and some nice wheat bread tastes. Upfront there are also some nice notes of banana and candied sugar which add to the overall sweet flavor of the brew. As the taste advances some of the sweeter candied sugar tastes and fruitiness of banana and tangerine decrease a bit, but all the while are replaced by some more yeasty and slightly sour lemon flavors. The yeasty tastes bring with them some lighter spice flavors of coriander and clove and with a hint of a grassy and hay like taste, one is left with a rather present, moderately sweet lemonade like and very tasty wit taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner to average side with a carbonation level that is rather average. The average body is great for the mix of yeast, fruit and wheat, all while the average carbonation keeps it very easy drinking, but yet does not hide any of the wheat, yeasty, or spiced flavors of the brew. Overall, it is rather well done.

Overall – A quite tasty wit overall, with a great level of flavor and balance for a brew of only 5.3 %. A nice one to try if you get a chance.

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Photo of Gatordaddy
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of ark57
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It is a slight cloudy gold, but clearer than many others I have had. The aroma is hoppy, but I don't get any delicate citrus or spice in the nose. It is relatively light, though the body is a little syruppy for my taste. It finishes with a bit too much bitterness as well. Not a bad beer, just does not have the refreshing qualities that I like out of a wit.

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Photo of Mitchank
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Whitehorse Wit from Sly Fox Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 18 ratings