White Birch Belgian Style Pale Ale | White Birch Brewing

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White Birch Belgian Style Pale AleWhite Birch Belgian Style Pale Ale

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White Birch Brewing
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This straw colored beer greets with an aroma of noble hops, pears and Belgian esters. The flavor follows nicely with a moderately spicy hop and Belgian yeast effect buoyed by a soft malt body. The finish is crisp and dry. We enjoy this beer with spicy foods, grilled steaks, grilled chicken and mandarin salad. Where you take it is only limited by your imagination. For those interested in styles, the name of this beer comes from the color over trying to meet any particular style.

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Reviews: 93 | Ratings: 189
Photo of theandyday
4.89/5  rDev +37%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My last experience with this was on cask - and it was outstanding. The natural carbonation played extremely well with the style... rich creamy head with a smooth mouth feel. Belgian esters and fruit up front with a balanced hop bitterness made it extremely drinkable.

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Photo of parris
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Bready banana-ish malt up front, unexpectedly well balanced with spicy bitter hops. Hops are a tad harsh or medicinal, but well played with respect with respect to the malt.

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Photo of fourstringer
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber or a 750 mL bottle (I can't remember) into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Bottled April 2013.

A: Hazy, golden-orange body. 1 finger off-white head. Ok retention. Scant lacing.

S: Bready malts. Floral hops. Grape. Apple. Honey. Candi sugar. Indistinct, yeasty spice.

T: Belgian yeast spiciness opens with a slight tanginess. Earthy, fruity malt presence dominates a gentle swell of bittering hops. Semi-dry finish. Light alcohol presence, consistent with 6.5% ABV. Lingering fruit and floral hop notes in the aftertaste.

M: Moderate carbonation with a light/medium body. A bit thinner on the palate than I expected.

O: Respectable. The hop and fruit notes are the strong point, but the overall delivery and impression feel a bit anemic.


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Photo of VALIS666
3.21/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Faint smell of malt, candy fruit. Sweet malty taste, not like many Belgian Ales I've had but it's not bad. Goes down easily, but gassy aftertaste. Decent food/session beer. Had it twice now, slightly disappointed both times. Wouldn't try it again.

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Photo of risendragon
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Microbrewery from Londonderry, NH that has a fine selection of unique brews. Having tried the Tavern Ale, Berliner Weisse, and Farmhouse Red, I decided to give this one a try.

Appearance: Caramel/toffee color, good carbonation, no head. Somewhat on the cloudy side.

Smell: Apples and pears hit you right off the bat. Some hop notes, but it is very subtle compared to the orchard fruits listed above.

Taste: Despite the floral nose, the hops take center stage with this one. The fruits are subtle in the initial taste and towards the very end I got a hint of cider/pear and that's about it. Bitter hops and caramel dominate the finish. The beer does have a nice mouth feel to it though, very crisp. Somewhat disappointing given the nice nose.

Overall: Not bad but I enjoyed the brews I listed above over this one. I enjoy beers that challenge my palate and this beer simply did not deliver what the nose promised. It is a decent brew, but certainly not a "Beer of the Month" candidate.

Slainte, cheers, hope you enjoy my first review!

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip, bottled in 2/2014. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, bread, biscuit, herbal, grass, pepper, clove, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, a earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, bread, biscuit, herbal, grass, pepper, clove, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy bitterness/yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, bread, biscuit, pepper, clove, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good Belgian pale ale. Good balance, robustness, and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of chinchill
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Feb. 2014 dated 22 ounce bottle. My first beer from this brewery.

Appearance: Copper with a very durable, creamy bone-colored head. A large amount of visible carbonation. Sheets of lacing coat the glass.

Aroma: A faint “soapy” character; earthy hops; bready malts; mildly funky Belgian yeast.

Taste: Aged apples; wood chips; light bitterness; herbal and earthy.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium+ soft carbonation.

Overall: decent

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Photo of mhaugo
4.31/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber decanted into an oversized snifter. 6.7% ABV.
Appearance: Brilliant copper with an amazing eggshell head. I have not had a beer in this style that retains its foam cap as well as this one (5/5).
Aroma: Freshly cut apples, maple syrup, brown sugar, and a faint “soapy” character (not unpleasant or out of place). Very nicely layered (4.5/5).
Taste: Pressed apples and pears. Beautiful product of the right malt and yeast combination. No bitterness to report whatsoever (4/5).
Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation. Lively (4.25/5).
Overall: Of the Belgian Pale Ales I’ve enjoyed lately, most of my favorites have taken the style and spun it into something unique and personalized (unconventional hop additions, Brettanomyces, etc.) But this beer has the balls to just be traditional. Mild noble hop aroma, strong apple and pear smell and flavor, low ABV. I’m impressed (4.5/5).

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Photo of ktblue22
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer, I am starting to put Belgian IPAs as one of my new favorite styles. The beer poured a hazy, coated dark nut-brown. Very light around the edges. My first whiff of this beer is pure, in your face apple brown sugar, which threw me off but it was still pleasant. I loved the flavor of this beer, a nutty hop base with a slight citrus finish. Toffee and caramel coating with a musky, nutty finish. The mouthfeel was lightly carbonated and a little oily with a smooth finish. Overall a really good beer from this brewery.

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Photo of JuliusCaesar
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy golden appearance

S: Belgian yeast, grapefruit and a hint of caramel

T: Light spice upfront followed by caramel and finished with mild bitterness. Left a wet hay aftertaste

M: Smooth and dry

Overall: I think my favorite part of this beer was the smell of Belgian yeast and spices. The flavors were enjoyable as well until you are left with a fairly strong grassy after taste. Not a bad beer but could have been better.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A light amber with a light haze. The persistant cream, white head leaves lacing on the glass.

S: moderate clove and pear aromas with some floral hops. There is a slight bit of malt sweetness, faint caramel and pils malt aroma. The alcohol aroma is light, soft and floral.

T: The flavors is mostly moderate pepper, clove, orange peel, spicy hops and light pear. The moderate hops bitterness brings the balance to the bitter side against a light malt sweetness. The finish is dry and the aftertaste is of a hops bitterness and orange peel.

M: Light bodied with a moderately-high carbonation and a slightly cream mouth feel. There is a slight astringency on the front of the tongue.

O: A very nice BPA with just a touch to much clove.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a hazed coppery amber with a finger and a half of off white head. Ok head retention with some spidery lacing.

S- sweet honey like malt up front. Estery fruity yeast with pear and spice notes. Banana and bubble gum notes come out as well. Very faint floral hop note on the finish.

T- bready cake like malt hits the palate at first. Spicy floral hop in the middle with fruity yeast character and subtle spice. Bubble gum and a dusty yeast on the finish with a dry grain flavor that lingers in the aftertaste.

MF- bready round mouthfeel with a medium body. Slightly higher than average carbonation.

D- decent drinkability

Overall a solid BPA

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Photo of heatherishoppin
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really admire this brewery. They do a lot of great and interesting good quality beers.

This was a really nice Belgian style pale ale. ALMOST tasted like a triple. It wasn't anything too crazy and complex but definitely a good beer I will frequent!

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled May 2011, Batch Six, 6.7% ABV

A: slightly cloudy, amber color, great incredibly creamy, dense, big head
S: yeasty, spicy, esters, mild nose, some oxidation but it is 14 months old
T: muted malt with spicy finish, reminded me a lot of a maltier saison, not a ton of pale ale qualities but hops are probably muted after sitting for 14 months
M: creamy, thicker feel in mouth

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Photo of rlee1390
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy yellow, two finger head, some carbonation and some lacing is left behind.

S-Grass, lemon, slightly skunked

T-Some lemon, manly grassy notes, no bitterness with some spice.

M-Light in body, well carbonated.

O-A boring beer not much is brought to the table with this one.

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Photo of PhillyDrinker1
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer on tap after dinner last night and was satisfied. Pours with a thick white head, golden in color. Smell is of wheat and a slight sweet, honey scent. Very refreshing taste. I would recommend it if you are looking for your standard belgian.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, Color is straw gold, with a nice white head.

Smell is yeasty, spicy, feint malt; something off in the flavor, can't describe.

Taste is somewhat yeasty, some mild spice and light bread, a little too sweet for this strength, fruity undertone.

Mouthfeel is pretty Belgian standard, strong carbonation, strong flavors on tongue.

Overall, best of the white birch bunch, but could be the off flavors present. A little too sweet for BPA.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.02/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 9 Bottled July 2011 6.7%abv
I've tried this beer many times, many different batches, I'm kind of surprised I hadn't rated this until now. Huge amount of carbonation makes pouring this a long arduous task. Ends up a slightly hazy light golden color with a monstrous white head that at time reminds me of meringue. Smells of lemon zest, green apples, honey and citrus with a fair amount of pepper, spice and yeasty esters. Light aromas of bready cereal grains find their way out of the glass as well. Taste is slightly sweet up front with hints of honey and sugary syrup. Spicy and yeasty flavors take over next to remind you this is a Belgian inspired brew. Finish is fairly dry but does leave a bit of sugary sweetness in the finish. Medium to thin body with a spirited level of carbonation and a lightly sweet sugary mouthfeel. Pretty damn tasty. Every batch of this beer seems to be just a wee bit different from the last, but I think this has been my favorite so far.

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Photo of tkelley
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brewed in may 2011, batch seven bottle 1320. 22 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Really powerful foamy head. Kind of a dark goldenrod colored body that is quite hazy.

Smells yeasty with a little bit of cloves and lemon.

Tastes of cloves and yeast. Lemon and malt on the finish.

Pretty tasty beer. I appreciate the localness and the subdued flavor. I would drink this again for the right price.


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Photo of SickGnar
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rich & warm golden, bright and clear with a fair number of bubbles rising to the large head of bright white foam that turns rocky as it settles. Good retention and nice lace. A good looking beer.

S: Distinctly pear fruity esters with softly floral noble hops. Very candy sweet pils malt backbone. Spicy note from hops and/or perhaps from alcohol. Spicy note grows as it warms and takes on more of an alcohol nature. But overall it stays mostly fruity and sweet.

T: Noble hops – floral & herbal up front, quite firm spicy notes through the middle and end, and the finish is grassy, herbal, perfumey resin, and more spice. Lots of flavor and pretty firm bitterness. Some of the spice could well be from yeast and alcohol contributions. Also more Belgian yeast character than the nose – slightly earthy and some phenol hints. Fruit esters are softer – just dancing around the edges. Malt backbone is quite candy sweet pils up front with an underlying bready and doughy base.

M: Medium body, but it seems a tad bigger with softly, yet firmly, expansive carbonation and some chey dextrins & mildy sticky residual sugars. Still it was quite attenuated, and this along with the hops (and perhaps alcohol) push it drying. Barest hint of warming way in the back of the throat.

D: Nice mix of fruity, spicy, sweet, hoppy, and some yeast notes. A pleasant hing of alcohol. Clearly Belgian in style. Good strength at 7.3 % abv (at least on my bottle). Straddles the BPA & BGS styles. Loads of flavor and plenty drinkable.

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Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is very hazy deep golden yellow in color. It poured with a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and left some lacing running down the sides.
S: There are faint aromas of floral hops in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of grainy malts along with some sweetness of candi sugars. There are hints of bitterness towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a light amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is relatively easy to drink and is a good representation of the style.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Eulogy, Philly, PA

Poured a cloudy straw-yellow with a foamy white head that fizzled away and left a little ringlet behind. Aroma of yeast, lemon zest and light, indistinct spice. Taste of bready yeast, lemon zest, peppery spice, finished off with some drying, grassy hops. Pretty cut and dry. Medium body and fairly drinkable, but nothing overly special.

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Photo of bruachan
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

hazy, muted peach color. some fizz but no head. collar

apricot, peach aromas with barley sweetness. lovely hop bouquet: sage, lemon, tarragon

bitterness is strong, though hop flavor is not high. cloves. sweetness is balanced. minty hops. mouthfeel is sufficiently coating to allow a full experience of the liquid but no so much as to be chokesome

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Photo of StaEva
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice clear orange/gold/copper. 1 finger head that didn't linger for long.

Intense bubble-gum aroma to it, along with yeast, green apple/pear, and candied pineapple/papaya. Not much hops.

Taste followed smell almost exactly, except for the nice crisp hop bitterness on the finish. Very nice surprise when it smells this candied.

A bit too much carbonation, I think. Very prickly on the tongue, which actually distracted from the flavor. Medium syrup mouthfeel, but crisp enough to not be sticky.

Overall a good beer, worth trying, but probably not worth running out of your way to track down.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a hazy yellow color, the head is creamy and white in color. The lacing doesn't really stick too much. The smell of the beer has a light citrus and grain aroma to it. The taste is smooth and had a light floral essence to it. There is also a touch of lemon in there. The mouthfeel is smooth, very little carbonation here, still has a good feel to it. Overall this beer is refreshing and pretty enjoyable. Would drink it again if I come across it.

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White Birch Belgian Style Pale Ale from White Birch Brewing
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