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White Birch Apprentice Series Aloha AleWhite Birch Apprentice Series Aloha Ale

Brewed by:
White Birch Brewing
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Matt McComish is our first brewer apprentice. For Matt’s professional debut he choose to brew a Wit. Fruit notes and a hint of spice, with a satisfying balanced finish. Great for summer months in New England or just about anytime in Hawaii.

Aloha means hello and good bye in Hawaiian. So we say aloha to Matt as he moves on and hope you enjoy his beer as much as we do.

Added by barleywinebrewer on 05-12-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by jamie2dope:
Photo of jamie2dope
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I purchased this brew today at Bert's Better Beers in Hooksett NH. This bottle of Aloha is #52 out of 394. The heading on this beer starts off strong after pouring, but bubbles away pretty quickly. The color is hazy orange, and only became more hazed as I got to the bottom of the bottle, and particles of yeast started coming out. The nose is bright, with bread notes, wheat, and some citrus. The citrus becomes really apparent in the flavor. I get a lot of orange here, but mainly lemons, giving it a sweet and sour quality. Raw honey and a metallic finish also give this beer a great deal of depth. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, as a Wit should. I was surprised to see this was in the seven percent range for alcohol, as it does not come off boozy at all, and in general tastes just like a Wit with lesser alcohol. So far White Birch have not had a miss with any of their beers I have tried. This might not be my favorite from them, but this without a doubt stands out as one of the most interesting Wits I have had in a long time.

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Photo of glid02
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from a trade with sisuspeed - thanks!

Pours a mildly hazy lemon-yellow color with a 1.5-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of light amounts of lemon peel with larger amounts of light malt and wheat twang. Also present are large amounts of phenols and hints of fusel alcohol.

Tastes even more phenolic and muddled than it smells. Light malt and wheat flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by a combination of phenols and mildly tart lemon peel flavors. The alcohol really shows itself midway through the sip and the ending is muddled. The last pour with a lot of the yeast was better but I'm not sure if that's because the beer had a chance to warm up quite a bit or if it was actually due to the addition of the yeast.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's on the lighter side with active carbonation.

Drinkability is not that great. I didn't have the easiest time finishing my glass and I would turn down another.

Overall I got the sense that the fermentation temperature was too high on this beer - I've run into the same off-flavors in my homebrew and have narrowed it down to that cause. Not worth seeking out, but if you already have a bottle try and get the yeast broken up as it may help things a bit.

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Photo of CheckMate
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber from the first batch obtained at The Drinkery in Londonderry, NH split with BA member MrHurmateeowish!. pours an opaque yellow orange with a good inch to an inch and a half of foamy off white head and when it dissipated it left about a quarter inch of head on the beer. the scents of lemony citrus, clove, banana, and nut. tastes of lemon and clove immediately jump out on the tongue with banana and nut in the background. light to moderate carbonation and medium bodied. Leaves a citrus taste in the aftertaste. the sip invites another. very impressed by the beer. Looking forward to trying their other brews!


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Photo of mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thrilled to be able to try yet another in the white birch offering, I decided to crack this one open with the family last night. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 06/25/2010.

Very nice pour, bright golden amber and very cloudy. A nice two finger head of white foam then rises up over the top and caps it nearly perfectly after settling down with nice lacing up and down the glass.

Aroma of yeast, apricot, pears, peppery notes tickle the nose, lemons and coriander? something of a light citrus note peaking its head around for sure. Smooth, light body with great carbonation it rolls across the tongue with ease. Light bready notes mid palate, before clove, light banana an grassy notes roll in. Really quite nice. Light tart finish turns dry very quickly.

Overall a very drinkable, bright, summer offering. Went over quite well with everyone and would not mind this one again.

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Photo of Patrickbrusil
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a White Birch flute. Very special thanks to Vanillamike for the beer and the glass from out most recent trade!

Bottled May 5, 2010
Batch One
Bottle 252 of 394
ABV Alc. 7.3% by Vol.

A: Pours an increadibly hazy and unfiltered, orange-banana smoothie color. One finger of bright white foam clinged to the top for just a bit before receding to a thick ring and swirly skim.

S: Nice tangy citrus rind along with hints of honey, coriander, banana, and non-descript spices. Honey became more apparent the warmer it got as did a definite wheat smell.

T: Exactly as above.

M: Tangy and dry with some sweet fruit, white pepper spiciness, and pressed orange rind oil. Initially a bit thin, but thickens nicely as it comes up to temp.

D: Tangy, spicy, and refreshing. I liked how I kept noticing a honey smell/flavor that got a bit stronger as it warmed.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased at Table & Vine, West Springfield, MA. Batch Two, Bottled May 25, 2010, Bottle 343 of 408.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" bright white head over the clear golden brew. Large-bubbled head disappears before my eyes, with leggy, sporadic lacing. Aroma is sweet, citrus, and funk, not necessarily in that order.

Taste has a peek of sweet wheat upfront, twinge of citrus in the middle, and comes together earthy to the close. Mouthfeel is reasonably smooth, and drinkability is pretty good as well. This one falls somewhere in the middle, although for disclosure, wit is not my favorite style.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
2/5  rDev -44.3%

Photo of jlindros
4.19/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Pemmet for bring this to Central New England BA Meetup.

A: White fizzy light head, with a murky pale peach beige color.

N: Light Belgian malts with some pale hops, spicy and grassy hops, mild, light Belgian yeast with a slight sweet malt and effervescence, and light spices.

T: Slight sweet Belgian malts but still pretty dry, tons of Belgian wit spices with dumbed down spice flavor, slight grassy mild hops with a little bitterness and some astringency, light Belgian yeast and fruity flavors, with a hint of warming booze.

M: Lighter body with decent carbonation, slightly lower carbonation.

F: Dry, light malty flavors, effervescent, pale grassy hops with slightly earthy spices, Belgian yeast with some fruity lingering flavors.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Will pour a five+ finger white head that fades quickly leaving traces of lace. Hazy pale yellow/amber color, ton of yeast left in bottle. Fierce carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is Belgian yeast and flavor is tart Belgian yeast and fruit. Bottled 5/25/2010, $9.99 for a 22oz bottle (batch two, 347 of 498) from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of portia99
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle (Batch 1, May 5,2010, bottle 387 of 394) poured into a Portsmouth tulip.

A - Pours a translucent, almost glowing pale yellowy orange with a thick two fingers of loose white foam that fades slowly leaving behind a small trace of lacing on the glass.

S - No doubt about there being yeast in here. Yeasty aromas are very up front, with more doughy and bready malt aromas complementing. Very light citrus enters the game too but struggles to find a place beside the yeast. Expected to get more citrus and brighter fruity, spicy aromas than I'm finding here.

T - Flavor not at all what the aroma would lead me to believe. This is still quite yeasty but that is only a mid-level flavor component with a good base of doughy malt. This is actually quite tart...very citrusy - especially orangey with lemons and tangerines. A bit on the fringes of the witbier style, but thirst-quenching and refreshing.

M - Light and crisp with aggressive carbonation...just as a witbier should be. Tart and refreshing and very citrus fruity. Extremely yeasty.

D - Definitely liking this witbier. On the edge of the style with its 7.3% alcohol level and the extreme yeastiness (I know that White Birch is a small operation and guessing that they hand bottle - wondering if the high bottle number - 387 out of 394 means I got the "bottom of the barrel" so to speak causing the extra yeastiness because I don't find this mentioned in the few other reviews out there.) Still finding this to be very drinkable. Wishing I tried this at ACBF last night to compare the yeast levels there with the bottle.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of ms11781
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Gosox8787
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from the bottle directly into my Allagash glass. This bottle is a couple months old, it was the last one on the shelf at a store I frequent.

Appearance: Straw yellow in color with loads of yeast floating around the glass, even more so the second pour. One finger light, white head with almost no retention.

Aroma: Lemon, citrus, tart green apple, and a variety of spice. Really potent, almost more like a saison than a witbier. The variety of spices work nicelt together.

Taste: Much like the aroma, big fruit notes and a variety of spices. Lemon and tart apple provide a little sourness that counters with the sweet citrus notes. Some corainder and clove blend in nicely as well. This is almost too strong for a wit though. The big flavors sacrifice a little in terms of refreshment.

Mouthfeel: Pretty heavy bodied for the style. Some nice carbonation to keep it crisp though.

Drinkability: The ABV does have some effect on this beer. The flavor is big, but its not as refreshing as I would prefer. It doesn't suffer the big booze of Sam Adams Imperial White, but something could be improved here.

Overall, an enjoyable wit that suffers only in that it lacks a refreshing character. The flavors are nice (although more common for a saison in my opinion) and work well together. Definitely an interestingbrew and worth a try.

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Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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

My first white birch beer! Batch two, 306 of 408. Bottled may 25th.

A. The cap came off with no fizz at all. I was a bit worried that the beer would be entirely flat, but it came out alright plenty of big bubble. Head on a bright yellow orange body that is quite a bit more murky than anticipated.

S. Tons of citrus. Banana, clove, and zippy malt character.

T&m. This tastes like a fruity saison, but it works quite well. Plenty of tart lemon like crispness with a bit of banana. Enough carbonation to keep it light on the tongue, and a dry saison-like finish.

D. Very refreshing! If anything, maybe a bit too tart, but that is nitpicking. This would be great in the summer for sure.

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Photo of brentk56
2.18/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Batch One - 5/5/10

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a fizzy head that fades with speed

Smell: Cidery, with ginger and band aid tones

Taste: Band-aid tones dominate the front end, with a tart green apple finish; some spicing in the middle adds a sharp ginger tone

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with fizzy carbonation

Overall: I certainly cellared this beer for far too long but from reading the reviews it was not very good to begin with

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Photo of domtronzero
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky deep golden copper, a little darker than I prefer for this style. Standard fluffy white, long lasting head with a little lacing.

S - Sweet pilsner malts, with a light tart acidic aroma. Intriguing. A big fruity ester profile of apples and citrus and a little bit of banana.

F/M - Delicious tartness blends perfectly with the sweet candy-like pilsner and bready malts. Light lactic acidic bite. Light funky barnyardy character is also very well balanced. Low hop bitterness, clean and dry finish. Medium-light bodied with moderately high carbonation.

D - Dry, tart, refreshing, delicious, funky, and easy drinking. I could definitely put down at least another bottle.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy orange-yellow body. Puffy white head. Settled fairly quickly and left only the lightest traces of lace.

S: Bright citric notes of lemon and orange, as well as some wheat, banana, and clove.

T: The lemon and orange cut through upfront and are quite nice. The banana, clove and wheat come toward the middle and end. Fairly simple though and not richly layered.

M: Medium bodied with assertive carbonation. There is quite a bit of astringency in the finish that takes away from the flavor and also reduces the refreshing quality that should be here. As the beer warmed the astringency declined but didn't disappear.

D: A nice witbier... but not quite as refined and delicate as one should be. The rawness ultimately takes away from the refreshing quality that I was looking for on a 90 degree summer day.

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to beertrader for sending me this brew to sample in a trade from the summer of 2010. Labelled as bottled on 3/4/10, sampled/reviewed on 10/14/10.

Appearance was golden honey in color with 2 finger head, impressive retention.
Smells like a mix of Belgian Wit meets Saison aroma, followed by lights malt/wheat and a dash of tart aromas as well.
Tastes as it smells with a nice subtely sweet finish. A dahs of citurs and spice/coriander? sneaks in.
Mouthfell is medium/thin with medium+ carbonation.
Drinks nice as a subtley spiced wit, more mellow than a Hoegaarden but still to style in my opinion.
FYI: Amazingly similiar to my homebrew recipe with t58 yeast.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle #319 of 394.

Pours murky yellow with a gold tinge and a thick, whipped head of dense white. Plenty of clingy lacing for most of the glass as well as a partial surface coating.

Aromatics lead off with hints of orange pith, coriander, and lemon zest. A definate wheaty twang is present with other spicing well balanced. A trace of honey drizzeled husks follows through.

On the light side of medium bodied with a creamy, rich mouthfeel. A slight chew from unmalted wheat.

Bright citrus notes and lemony wheat malt start the palate. Overtones of orange pulp, honey, and biscuity malt run through. Light bitterness to balance with a trace of cut grass under and orange tree.

Finishes with lingering citrus oils, tart wheat, and honey-drizzeled biscuits.

Great beer. With Witbiers, freshness is the name of the game, and this one is screaming freshness. A bit more coriander in the nose and slightly less proteins in suspension would put this one up a notch.

Nice job Matt...Aloha.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 08/26/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a murky, pale yellow color with 1 inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of fruit malts, lactic, spices, lemon, and citrus.

t - Tastes of bananas, fruity malts, spices, and lemon.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - An ok witbier, but nothing really stood out about it to me. Would probably give another shot, but wouldn't seek out.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer served in a Bruery tulip, not a fan.

Beer is yellow with a mild haze, a big head that disappears quickly, no lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is bretty and sweet.

Beer is thin and oaky at the finish with a mild sourness and a harsh beginning. The overall beer does nothing for me but get me drunk, the more I drink the less I want to continue. Normal but my fear grows. Not a good introduction to this nanobrewery.

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.39/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber from the first batch obtained at The Drinkery in Londonderry, NH split with BA member Checkmate. Pours yellow-orange murky body with a good couple inches of white head and chunks of the yeast floating in suspension. Banana, nut, clove, lemongrass, orange peel, and pith characterize the aroma. Lemon, orange, nut, zest, pith, orange, spice all bombard the palate about in that order. Slightly sweet citrussy finish. Medium bodied with ample carbonation from the bottle-conditioning. Alcohol is well hidden on all counts. Very easy drinker, great for a hot day like today. Well-done - I can't wait to see what else this brewery does.

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