Special Edition - White Ale | Mendocino Brewing Company

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Special Edition - White AleSpecial Edition - White Ale
Special Edition - White AleSpecial Edition - White Ale

Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company
United States

Style: Belgian Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 120 | Ratings: 149
Reviews by chinchill:
Photo of chinchill
3.32/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle

Clear golden body; lots of visible carbonation.

Feel: very crisp, lively carbonation. Medium body is surprisingly ful for style.

Spicy aroma.

Flavorful with a bit too much coriander; Some lime peel flavor; spicy; mildly bitter; fanitly tart.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of KI9A
2.57/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Poured very hazy, foggy yellow. Quick disappearing head. Some lace.

S: Citrusy, yeasty, very inviting.

T: Damned near spit it back into my glass at the first quaff. A horrible, strong, vinegary, sour lemonade taste, with maybe a bit too much spicey corrinder in the back. Not sure what happened here, but, it's bad.

M: Far and away too lemonade sour. Did a sip, and swirl around the tounge, and just puckered me up.

D: Drain pour. Horrible. never again. I'd drink Mich Ultras for a year, before I drank one of these again. Poor effort.

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Photo of colts9016
3.39/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass at 41 degrees.

Appearance: A nice white frothy creamy head that has a fair amount of retention. The body of the beer is a pale straw color. There is a lot of effervescence in the beer. A lot of yeast is floating and suspended in the beer. The clarity of the beer is slightly hazy.

Nose: A fragrant spice, wheat, a herbal note, zesty orange, and bouquet of flowers. There is a light honey note in the background of the beer.

Taste: A light wheat beer, there are herbal, spice, zesty orange, and floral notes.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is carbonated, astringent, and edgy. The body of the beer is light and the finish is crisp. This beer is descent there isn't a lot of flavor in the beer. I was expecting the beer to be more flavorful because of the pungent nose.

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Photo of floatingpancake
1.61/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I am going to quote "Aging Warrior" word for word for he nailed it. I am glad his review is posted first!

"Poured a very cloudy pale golden color with just a bit of white head. The head dissipated quickly and provided minimal lacing.

Smell is dominated by citrus, but it has something else with it that reminds me of liquid dish soap.

Taste is grainy with a lot of citrus flavor. The finish is tart.

Mouth feel is on the thin side, light body with medium carbonation.

I would not drink this again."

I second that!

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Photo of adamette
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from a bottle purchased at Heinen's in Willoughby Hills, Ohio as a single for $1.35 into my Brewery Ommegang Witte tumbler. I also saw this for sale as a single at the Mentor Cost Plus World Market earlier today as a single.

A Nice white creamy head over a straw yellow, slightly opague body with visible sediment lingering around in the body as well. Very nice look, better than I expected. 4.0

S Nice spice profile over the expected wheat, yeast grain smells. 4.0

T/M A bit harsh on the spices in my opinion but a very solid Witbier that I welcome with nice wheat notes and a good smoothness that you do not always get from a Witbier. 4.0

D Good with enough interest to keep you sipping until it is gone.

Notes: At this price point it is my favorite Witbier. I would go so far as to say that it rivals Ommegang Witte.

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Photo of AgingWarrior
2.28/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a very cloudy pale golden color with just a bit of white head. The head dissipated quickly and provided minimal lacing.

Smell is dominated by citrus, but it has something else with it that reminds me of liquid dish soap.

Taste is grainy with a lot of citrus flavor. The finish is tart.

Mouth feel is on the thin side, light body with medium carbonation.

I would not drink this again.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: pale golden body with bubbly white head and light lacing; slightly murky

s: citrus orange peel; coriander; spices

t: raw grain; light sweet citrus; some spice; a little underwhelming

m: bubbly and light; refreshing

d: a little bit under flavored in my opinion

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Photo of nickynick
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Mendocino white poured a nice cloudy light amber, with a nice white head, and good lacing. It had a classic white ale look. Smell was full of citrus, with a hint of yeast. The taste had hints of bread. A good amount of citrus flavors. I found the taste a bit on the sweet side, and lacking spice a little bit. Mouthfeel was ok, it lacked a little of the carbonation I am looking for in a white ale. Drinkability was good. Overall I found this a decent white ale. It was an ok version of the style. Nothing I would go out of my way for, but would not turn one down.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single, twelve-ounce bottle purchased from Gary's in Madison for $1.49...
"Limited Edition Belgian Style Ale Brewed With Spices" on the front logo sticker...
An aggressive pour yielded a hazy, cloudy, straw-colored hue with a decent-sized foamy head that retained impressive staying power before slowly dissipating...
Musty, earthy aroma replete with a few spices, possibly some coriander and lemon...
Taste was crisp, clean, and refreshing... your ideal Summer-Time brew... Traces of fresh pears, apples, ripe fruit, lemons, coriander and wheat abound...
Crisp mouthfeel and an overall good level of drinkability to match...
Good stuff...
Worth a try...

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark, cloudy orange body with no translucence and had a good head that receeded slowly. A good citric smell like orange mixed with some clove and other spices, plus some yeast/wheat in there. First thing that hit me was the smoothness of this medium-bodied beer, along with a good fruit taste like orange and lemon. Spices are complimentary but not overpowering and has a crisp and pleasant backbite. A great example of a witbier and a great beer to relax with on a hot July day.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Due for some good beer as well as some new ones to try, I snagged this from my ol' reliable, the Neil St. Piccadilly. After a brief chinwag with one of the managers about the travails of French cycling and the upcoming Tour de France, I exited and arrived home ready for some good sampling. Summer Seasonal got things off to a good start. Cloudy lemon body topped with a thin finger of white foam. Little lacing follows a quickly dissipating head.

The aroma is better, full of orange and lemon peel, pepper and coriander. While it incorporates the requisite Witbier components, it's a tad spicier in taste and more bitter than others I've had. That's far from a bad thing, for there is no shortage of citrus flavor, making this well balanced.

A solid Witbier, well worth grabbing and a good representative of the style. Great way to beat the heat.

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Photo of spointon
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A= This ale poured a very pale, somewhat hazy yellow color with lots of yeast particles in suspension. The snow white head poured a thin 1/4" and quickly dropped to a skim. Lots of active carbonation.

S= The aromas were made up of equal parts wheat malt sweetness and decent fruity tartness.

T= The taste of this wit was better than either the look or the smell. I found a bready maltiness up front followed by a hint of hops in the middle and a long, tart, fruity finish.

MF= Lots of crisp tiny bubbles cleaned my palate while still feeling "soft" on the tongue.

D= I was pleased with this beer. It is definitely more tart than the other Witbiers I am used to, but damn good all the same. Mendocino remains one of my favorites and definitely takes the prize for quality vs. price.

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Photo of enelson
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of secondtooth
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mmm. This cloudy, unfiltered Belgian-style spiced ale is
characteristically bold, rich, and complex. Hints of citrus,
coriander, and clove, and nicely zesty and strong, yet still
well-balanced. Mendocino's White Ale is not one to chug, but for a
sipper, this one's a treat. Forget the diets and try one of these.

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4.04/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

kinda whimpy head, decent pale color little bit o lacing
smells of barnyard funk, hay, sour/tart/sweet citrus
tastes more one dimensional than the smell, smooth grain with slightly sweet tart finish
mouthfeel has spritzy carbonation, medium-light thickness
I could drink a good deal of these but over time the somewhat sweet finish becomes a little cloying

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.11/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A hazy yellow body that has tons of yeast sediment that swirls around in clumps and specs. A finger and a half of white head that hardly sticks around at all.

A little bit sour with lemon and orange flavors. A little bit of coriander.

Up front comes mostly orange and lemon flavors. The little bit of sourness that was in the nose is magnified in the flavor. The sourness is a little bit more than just something coming from the lemon flavor, I think it might be a bit of wild or contaminated yeast. The fact that it isn't entirely unpleasant and kind of works with the beer makes me review this bottle instead of chalking it up to a dud. In the finish, the bite of the peppery coriander comes in, followed by a wheat bite.

Really high carbonation here, but enough body to stop it from being unpleasant.

Pretty drinkable beer. I can't say I like any sourness in my Wits though.

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Photo of Slynger
2.9/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pale and hazy creamed lemon color with a fizzy lid of white.

Sweetish smell of pale grains and wheat along with lemon and coriander.

Tastes a bit of sweet grains with lightly wheaty texture. Lightly lemon-lime sodaish with a touch of rind bitterness and some coriander spice. Lightish body with a tingly-fizzy carb.

Pretty mediocre. Won't need to have this one again.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky, particulate-choked milky orange color. The head is slightly off-white, moderately tall, and densely frothy. Retention is good, with some frothy lacing.

S: A medium dose of table sugar in the nose, along with a robust coriander aroma. A soft lemony hop character is also present, with some yeastiness in the background.

T: Sweet and wheaty up front. A perky tartness of lemon and orange is present. Definite notes of coriander and yeast. I get slight hints of allspice or perhaps cinnamon as well.

M: Medium-bodied. Carbonation is very lively and robust for the style, giving it a crisp, refreshing nature.

D: Pretty solid. An interesting subtle spiciness is present here giving a bit of complexity. The mouthfeel isn't bad, but it does seem a touch out of place for this style. A nice summer offering.

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Photo of FeloniousDrunk
4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this White Ale out of a 12 ounce bottle into a heffe glass.

The color is a very light yellow, yet is almost opaque with its unfiltered goodness. This beer has coriander and very slight citrus notes on the nose. It has a very crisp smell, and keeps the crispness up once it hits your mouth.

This beer's mouth feel is right in line with its appearance: Light, but full and thick, with an almost frothy presence. It finishes up smooth with a light, crisp, easy swallow that leaves a nice refreshing taste in your mouth.

This beer is a great summer seasonal, one of the best American-made witbiers I've ever come across. To describe it in alternative terms, this beer feels like...

...A summer breeze off a corn field that hits you on the dock of a lake.

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Photo of mcsquint
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.
A - Straw yellow in color, cloudy, with huge foamy white head that hangs on for quite a while.
S - Predominant natural lemon aroma with subtle spices.
T - Not as lemony as the smell would indicate. Light malt with coriander and orange.
M - Light mouthfeel. Good carbonation.
D - Overall, this is very drinkable. Very refreshing. One of the better American made wit biers I've tried. Would be great on a hot summer's day. Unfortunately, it's November and snowing outside; however, it did brighten up my day for a few minutes.

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Photo of brownbeer
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy orange-yellow with suspended sediment.

A lot of coriander on the nose(almost too much) with a pretty straight for orange and lemon citrus.

Zesty lemon, coriander, yeast, caramel maltiness as it warms. Banana, vanilla?

Well made beer that's easy to session and pretty true to the belgian style.

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Photo of wnh
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Pours a hazy, murky old-gold-tinted straw, full of yeasty sediment, with a large, fluffy, foamy, quick-rising white head hinting at a high level of carbonation.

Fresh and clean citrus aromas, big on the orange and lemon. There's a good bit of coriander spice to balance--considerably more than the "subtle hint" mentioned on the bottle label, but still pleasant--with a clean sort of yeastiness on top of a strong backbone of (unmalted?) wheat. Fresh and inviting. Fruity on the palate, dominated by orange peel. I don't know that I've tasted such strong orange zest/juice notes in a beer that was in fact so devoid of hops. Interesting. Quite strong on the coriander--a little too strong, really--but brightened by clean, semi-sweet lemon peel.

Highly carbonated, which could very well be the result of my timing in drinking this beer; brewed for the summer, and I'm drinking it in early November. Has the yeast in the bottle worked to make this beer more carbonated than the brewers intended? Whatever the case, some careful pouring is necessary to let the beer settle to make this more palatable. Easy drinking and quite sessionable.

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Photo of kshankar
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow/orange..foamy head which recedes to a creamy looking cap..which is still thick. Then it goes down finally to a layer of foam

Aroma is coriander, lemon and citrus.

Taste is similar. I think they overdid the spices here, I can get the kick of them near the end..it seems spiked with coriander, instead of a nice balance with the wheat and the citrus tones. Lemon also comes through fairly well, as does the citrus. But that coriander...

Mouthfeel is mostly creamy and goes down well

Drinkable. Its a solid wit..but I've had better. It would be much better if they toned down the spice level

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Photo of PerzentRizen
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer screams don't judge a book from its cover. The color is murky, nearly headless, and a dull extremely light yellow. The smell is a bit sour and even seems unappetizing. But, let me tell you that this beer is absolutely delicious.

I poured mine into a german tulip glass. The head dissapated immediately and never really returned. The pale white/yellow was right in line with a white ale.

The aroma is faintly of soured fruit or vegetables. The smell is my least favorite thing about this beer.

The taste springs through your mouth like a bullet. I taste peach, corriander, lemon, and white grapes. This almost mimicks a peche lambic or gueze in flavor. This is a must try at least once. I could drink five or six of these easily on a hot day. Very sessionable. Crack open one and enjoy!

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Photo of Thunderball
3.89/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my large Hefe-Weizenbier glass a pale yellow cloudy liquid, and left a one finger head with a quickly fading retention. Some particulate matter amongst the rising bubbles. Smell of wheat,bread,citrus spice. Taste of orange,lemon,spice,yeast. Good deal of sour bubbles to the tongue. Goes down easy, I could see how you could throw-back a few of these on a hot day.

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