Fat Tire Belgian White
New Belgium Brewing Company

Fat Tire Belgian WhiteFat Tire Belgian White
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Style:
Belgian Witbier
Ranked #149
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
84
Ranked #35,200
Avg:
3.72 | pDev: 10.22%
Reviews:
116
Ratings:
409
From:
New Belgium Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  135
SCORE
84
Good
Fat Tire Belgian WhiteFat Tire Belgian White
Notes: 25 years ago we started brewing Fat Tire Belgian Style Ale. It became an iconic beer, and a symbol synonymous with craft. Now, for the first time, we’re adding a new beer to the Fat Tire family: Fat Tire Belgian White. Taking inspiration from our decades of experience brewing Belgian beers, Fat Tire Belgian White is made with Seville oranges and Indian coriander, both freshly ground less than a mile from our Fort Collins brewery. It’s a fresh, perfectly sweet, natural tasting Belgian White.
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Photo of dunkel_weizen
3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Unknown age out of a bottle into a pint glass. On the nose I get mild orange and a bread wheat character, but it is rather muted.⁸ Gorgeous Belgian white color, good head and nice lacing. Moderate carbonation with a smooth pour, moderate silky body that is quite pleasant. The taste to me is a typical Belgian white, nothing remarkable: bread, orange, grain, low floral notes and a tinge of citrus peel. The finish is unremarkable.

This is a great year round beer. Very drinkable and accessible to most people.

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Photo of Markpalmer
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lighter Belgian ale that is very easy to drink and enjoy. Similar to Hoegaarden in taste but not as heavy, not thick in body and less bitterness than Blue Moon or Shock Top. Very good, I was impressed and happy drinking this.

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Photo of RedbirdRona
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This Belgian wit is a bit lighter in color and has no haze unlike most. I can taste orange and coriander. Not too sweet and very little carbonation makes this very smooth and drinkable. This is a good well rounded beer but there’s nothing exceptional about it. I don’t really understand the fat tire branding as it has no similarities. Overall this is a good beer but nothing over the top. I would drink this again but I wish it was unfiltered and had a touch more coriander.

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Photo of ThreatLevel5
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Nice hazy orange/yellow
Smell: light faint pleasant
Taste: great taste, to me it’s better than Blue Moon and on par if not even better than UFO White
Feel: just the right amount of carbonation
Overall: this is now my favorite Belgian White beer

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Photo of hopsputin
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: murky orange, yellow, light brown color with a large 2-3 finger frothy white head

s: orange peel, wheat, coriander, clove, pepper spice. crackers and dough. cardamom, and spicy Belgian yeast

t: follows the nose closely. citrusy orange and clove with the spicy Belgian yeast upfront. coriander and pepper behind that. a touch of green apple and cardamom close it out

m: lighter side of medium with moderate carbonation

o: a pretty decent Wit right here. it's uncomplicated yet flavorful. easy to drink

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pours a light hued, vaguely translucent but still cloudy, faded yellow with a one finger off white head of rocky foam that quickly dissipates, revealing no lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Sweet. Lightly toasted grains, waxy orange oil, some pleasant raw pastry dough, soapy orange blossom, herbal/peppery cilantro/coriander.

Taste: Interesting . . . Very sharp and tangy for a witbier. The flavor isn't necessarily that complex though, it's fairly straightforward. I'm actually getting more of a sour lemon taste upfront than orange (although there is an orange flavor to it).

There is a gently toasted, soft and buttery wheat flavor to it almost like porridge, but it is brief. It quickly transitions into that slightly tart lemon peel flavor I was talking about earlier, before going floral with soapy notes of orange blossoms and potpourri . Ends on notes of coriander.

Feel: Body is light weight, but the coriander spice makes the beer feel heavier on the tongue than it really is going down. I'd like to see this have a little bit more body to it, it's somewhat watery were it not for the addition of spices and citrus peel.

Overall: Very light with really bright citrus flavors - otherwise unremarkable flavor wise albeit clean and thirst quenching. Did I enjoy it? Yes. Would I recommend? Perhaps. I'd like to see this brewed using more wheat to make it creamier.

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Photo of DrOfGolf
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with BB of 29Mar2020.

Pours out as a nice and cloudy light Amber color. The head is white with no retention.

You get some grains, yeast, and a hint of orange. Lightly aromatic.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation.

I like this beer, especially because of that lightness in carbonation.

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Photo of Billolick
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, BB dating of 2Feb20

Hazed up pour, supporting a long lasting and looser bubble cap. Leaves a load of fine sheeting/lacing all the way up the glass.

Coriander and yeast on the sniff.

Fruity and fresh, mildly spicy with again coriander and light pepper coming to mind.

Love the style and this is a highly enjoyable and pleasing example....great stuff with cheese, peppery salads and all sorts of cuisines...

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Photo of jwc215
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle - Enjoy by 24 Nov 2019 - Poured into a Belgian tumbler glass:

Pours hazed yellow with a thin white lasting head. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of wheat tang, orange peel and coriander.

The taste is of wheat tang, sweetened orange peel with coriander giving a balancing spicy dryness to the sweet character.

Appropriately light-bodied, it is very smooth, somewhat creamy. Nice carbonation level. Refreshing.

A nice interpretation of a basic, pleasant witbier.

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Photo of Urtravel
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: pale yellow color foamy head and mild carbonation
S: barny hay smell with touch of fruitiness
T: Surprising milder than expected I. Taste which was really nice touch
F: thick and creamy for what I was expecting
O: a very nice drinkable beer; pleasantly surprisingly good

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Photo of defunksta
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a pale, cloudy, light lemon color with a moderate white head. SRM of 6 (3.75)

Aroma: Aromas of lemon, spice, wheat, and even some dank floral & herbal notes, like they threw some American hops in the mash. (3.50)

Flavor: Flavor follows the nose with more lemon, spice and wheat upfront. Then it is followed by a dank floral and fruity flavor. Some dank flower and earth with some bruised pear and grape. Definitely some American hops in here. As I looked it up, yep. Nugget and Cascade hops. Finishes with some dank bitterness and spice. (3.50)

Feel: Medium-bodied. Good carbonation. Leaves a mild dank and spice astringency on the tongue. (4.00)

Compared side-by-side to Blue Moon: It pours a similar, but slightly lighter color. Cloudy with a much stronger head. It has a much more lemon, spice, herbal, and orchard-fruit profile. Much less orange obviously. Much better carbonation and finishes sweet, but still dryer than Blue Moon. It leans more toward a more authentic wit.

Overall: A good beer, but definitely leans American. Wouldn't really call it a Belgian Wit. It's more like an American pale ale with dank floral and fruity flavors, but with a Belgian spice component. Interesting and unique though. It's at least more of a Wit than Coor's Blue Moon. (Final Rating: 3.57)

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Photo of lwillitz
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12-oz bottle into Belgian ale glass

A - cloudy body of straw yellow under 4 fingers of pure white suds; high visible carbonation; laces the glass nicely

S - citrus peel, wheat, coriander, pepper

T - light wheat bread, citrus (notes of lemon and orange), light sweetness, coriander, pepper

M - smooth medium body, medium carbonation

O - easy to drink and refreshing

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Photo of RyanK252
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a New Belgium Brewing globe glass

A: Pours slightly hazy golden amber with a frothy off white head that hangs around slowly settling to a firm layer and leaving some thick lacing.

S: Twangy wheat, citrus zest, coriander, peppery spice, a little yeasty funk, and bready malt.

T: Nice wheat twang up front, plenty of orange, a little spice, coriander, a bit peppery, floral notes, and some bready malt, and a little sweetness.

M: Medium body, somewhat soft carbonation, slightly creamy.

O: Not a bad wit, but I feel like it could use just a bit more carbonation to brighten it up. Does the job on a hot afternoon.

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Photo of Grounder
3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks and pours like you typical wit. Taste and smell are decidedly average, with no distinctive spice flavor or aroma that I enjoy so much in better representatives of this type. Ok to try, but I see no reason to return.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fat Tire Belgian White pours a hazy golden color, with no head. Spicy and grainy aroma, with hints of orange. Flavor is bright and sweet, nice spicy bill, nice generous orange flavors. Good body and feel. Overall, very refreshing, heavy on the fruit.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

A: cloudy; pale gold in color; with a fairly aggressive pour, a 2+ finger white head thart receded to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: soapy with clove in the background;

T: soapy up front; from the middle through the finish, floral with lemon; mild bitterness;

M: light bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: the soapiness just doesn't work;

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Photo of jdhilt
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Ugly hazy straw color. Good carbonation and light bodied. Belgian yeast and citrus nose and flavor is almost tart orange, with yeast in the background. Best by Apr 2019 12 oz bottle part of $9.99 6-pak from Shaws Supermarket Concord, NH.

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Photo of good_to_sea
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Hazy, carbonated yellow/orange with a rocky white head. Lots of lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell: Pleasantly warm and mild, citrus, orange, pepper, some banana.
Taste: Prickly orange up front. A sweet, creamy, buttered-toast malt finish. A hint of peppery spice throughout. Extremely smooth and drinkable.
Feel: Medium-bodied with a bit of carbonation on the tongue.
Overall: This is an extremely drinkable beer -- it's hard to imagine someone hating this. The flavors are simple and mild with just enough depth to keep things interesting.

I'll need to try more witbiers to see how this stacks up, but I really like this one.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, enjoy by 28APR19. Hazy golden color with a frothy white head. Fruity and spicy aroma with wheat in the background. Spicy Belgian yeast is bold in flavor; wheat, fruity citrus, and peppery coriander balance out the flavors nicely. Light-to-medium body, moderate carbonation, balanced finish. This is a straight forward and easy to drink witbier.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours golden, with a medium, white head. Aroma is malt and caramel, orange, some flowers. Taste is medium bitter. Body is medium, carbonation average.

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Photo of singletary
3.19/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It pours a pale straw yellow with a rich white foamy head that fades. The smell is a weak orange with some wheat to it. The taste is a mild orange sweetness that is ok nothing overwhelming. The feel is light, not watery just thin. Overall not. bad just kind of under whelming.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

About what you would expect - could have used more Belgian yeast to add a little more depth, it is pretty thin and has minimal flavor, just some faint clove / yeast

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Photo of SB2017
3.27/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tastes and feels like overly sweet, cheap, flat blue moon. A very disappointing belgian white, with nothing to keep it afloat besides a decent orange flavor.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

ENJOY BY: 03FEB19.

Appearance: Pours a soft, lightly hazed, yellow body with a small, thinning, white head.

Smell: Juicy, sweet-smelling orange component with goodly fragrant coriander and paradise grains. Light, extant, pliable wheat to tie things together.

Taste: Sweetish, citrusy, lightly tangy and juicy with the orange element landing quite quickly. Soft yet airy wheat, oat cushion underneathe. You get a nice, fresh pop of the floral, citrusy, zesty accents from the grains of paradise and coriander. Dries out gently for the crispish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Likely crafted to peel off some of the Blue Moon crowd, and, while I have no idea if it's succeeding in that endeavor, I gotta say, it's pretty darn good. A solid rendition of a style you, for better or worse, don't really see breweries churning out these days, having moved onto styles and gimmicks they deem more sexier, more profitable.

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Photo of sjdevel
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

LOOK: Hazy with 1 finger head pour. Quite flat for the style
SMELL: Not very aromatic - some spice - some fruit - some Belgian yeast
TASTE: Decent tart bite upfront - gets a bit malty and dry. Some spice comes through.
FEEL: A bit flat - tiny bit of carbonation - quite thin.
OVERALL: Decent brew - doesn't quite hit the marks for a Belgian Wit for me but still a decent drinking beer. Needs more Belgiany yeast and spice - needs to be a bit fuller / medium bodied. It's a good beer though.

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Fat Tire Belgian White from New Belgium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 409 ratings