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White Rabbit White AleWhite Rabbit White Ale

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White Rabbit

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From bottle brought from coolwines, Very pale, lightly cloudy, straw colour. citrus ,honey and some yeast. Light sweetness and only a hint of bitterness.

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Photo of Mosant
3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had 330ml bottle. A wheat beer in Belgian style white beer. Brewer's site lists the use of coriander, juniper berry and bitter orange with low bitterness 15 IBU.
Appearance: pours light colour with white cloudiness as anticipated. White head settles to average lacing.
Aroma: wheaty straw aromas with yeast and some bannana esters although quite faint.
Flavour: mild and light mouthfeel leaves a cool finish in the mouth with low hop bitterness. Not much evidence to me of the spices brewer seemed to be aiming to deliver. Little bit of the banana otherwise it finishes a bit like "disprin" for those that remember (cloudy flat bitter aspro clear for those who don't!).
Overall: I expected more of this beer. I was hoping to get much more aroma and flavour. It fell a bit short in all areas. Still quite a drinkable beer but not one I'd have a few of at a time or head out to buy a case of for home. I'd be over it by a few bottles.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.77/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Format: standard 330mL brown bottle, stylish and cute label per the White Rabbit norm.

Appearance: pours out a light pale straw yellow with a good cloud. A great explosion of white head up to an inch before slowly dropping to a creamy finger. Decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma: smells of orange citrus with sweet wheats and something else quite sweet - perhaps honey?

Taste: and yes it was definitely honey accompanying the orange citrus and wheat. Pretty much a carbon copy in the mouth.

Aftertaste: a touch of bitterness with a lingering sweetness from the citrus and wheat.

Mouth feel: medium in feel with a moderate to higher carbonation. Pretty good.

Overall: quite a nice take on the witbier style - probably worth it overall at AU$73 a case.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.34/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

White Rabbit White Ale, I surprised myself when I noticed after getting a cheap 6 pack of this that I haven't yet reviewed this and its brother even though I have had both on several occasions. As I recall the Dark Ale is a better brew, but hey my memory's become fuzzy after years of drinking beers... Cheers!

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: An excellent cloudy pale straw body with a pure white half centimetre head greets me. This is exactly what one would expect from a Witbier, spot on.

S: Big chunky cider apples, coriander and orange zest. White Ale has a real love affair with apple Esters. That being said the aroma as a whole is a bit muted and light, though detectable, hopefully it can throw up some heady Wit flavours.

T: As noted above that apple Ester is the biggest feature of this light Wit, almost like I'm drinking a cider. There are notes of coriander and orange zest as well. Mid-palate there's grainy note as well. Finishes on a light orange bitterness.

M: Mouthfeel is good, mid to light bodied, with a creamy (but slightly excessive, i.e. burpy) carbonation.

D: Interesting enough to make it a decent summer beer, though it could use a smidge more flavour intensity, this is nonetheless a good effort for an Aussie Wit. Plus it's bottle-conditioned, with yeast floating around having a great time in my glass, as it should be. Would I get it again? At $15 a 6 pack, heck yes, in summer though... I would have preferred to have gotten my mittens on the Dark Ale as I remember it being bolder and tastier, next time Dark Ale, next time.

Food match: This is a salad brew through-and-through. I recommend the salad Niçoise or a classic Caesar salad.

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Photo of Citadel82
2.87/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Okay, so I am in Sydney and trying to absorb as much of the local culture as I can in my time here. I bought this at Fine Wines in George Street by the Four Seasons.

Pours a cloudy, pale yellow with slight head and minimal lacing. The aroma is slightly vegetal but not all that appealing like some Belgian whites. No new mown hay scent. Taste is slightly tart, slightly grassy with a bitter middle and a short dry finish. Mouthfeel is generally thin and overall not the best of style.

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Photo of machalel
2.85/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light hazy yellow with a fluffy white head. Minimal lacing.

Aroma: Mild bready, grainy aroma with a little bit of apricot.

Taste: Pretty bland wheat-malt taste, with minimal citrus aspects. Slightly sharp bitterness

Mouthfeel: Thin body, with medium carbonation. Not sure how they managed to get a wibier this watery!

Overall: A pretty poor effort, only marginally more interesting than a macro-lager.

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Photo of magpieken
2.87/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle. Very pale, lightly cloudy, straw colour. Thin, dull, head disappeared very quickly. No lacing. Gentle aroma of a sweet white wine, moscato? Noticeable honey and some yeast. Light sweetness and only a hint of bitterness. Spritzy, light bodied. Drinkable and inoffensive but not interesting enough to bring me back.

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Photo of drtth
3.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours out a hazy yellow-amber color with a 1/2" white head that leaves some lacing on the sides and it recedes to thin cover on the liquid.

The aromas include the orange rind and a bit of coriander mingled with the grainy wheat.

The flavors show a good bit of sweetnes to blend with the citrus, coriander and wheat.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly crisp with the active carbonation.

Overall a good, but not great, example of a witbier. One I'd be willing to have again but wouldn't go out of my way to find.

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Photo of soju6
3.04/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap.

A: Served a hazy light golden color with a decent head that fades to bits of lacing.

S: Fairly mild aroma, sort of fruity and a bit herbal.

T: Taste is fairly mild, bit of fruit with a mild malt sweetness and a bit of grain. Mild bitterness and a fairly clean finish.

F: Fairly light body, smooth but a bit bland.

O: Pretty ordinary for the style.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.34/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

White Rabbit White Ale is a fairly flavourless witbier.

A: Cloudy pale yellow colour and and a 5 mm head that dies hard and fast. 3

S: Spicy with a hint of pears and some yeast. 4

T: Sharp clove and citric flavour with noticeable hard-water salts. I don't love it. 3

M: Foamy with reasonably-large bubbles. 4

O: 3

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Photo of dansmcd
3.01/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - 3 fingers of perfectly clean white meringue-like head. Pale and clear in the body.

S - Fresh spongecake, vanilla.

T - Follows the nose, lacks the spice and coriander that you want in a wit. Lemon and lime resonate.

M - Watery, thin. Moderate carbonation.

O - Attractive to the eye, but too light on the palate, and just come up short in most areas.

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Photo of Stew41
2.62/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not much happening here. Clean and dry but not particularly flavoursome. Faint traces of lemon both in aroma and palate, and some bitterness / aniseed in the latter. But, ultimately just doesn’t offer much at all, like most local examples of the genre.

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Photo of Morningstorm
3.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bit cloudy pale yellow beer. A bit of carbonation and head is 1 finger but disappears quickly.

S: Smell of lemon, a wee bit of honey. No smell present of hops. Light smell of yeast.

T: Full taste of carbo in the beginning, bubbly. Surprisingly weak taste, not what I expected. Light beer with a faint taste of citrus and honey.

M: Mouthfeel is pretty sharp, lots of carbo but then softens.

Overall: Read a good article about this beer in a food magazine in Melbourne but it’s not quite what they wrote about it. Taste is weaker then expected. It’s a nice beer to drink in the summer but it ain’t material for beertastings.

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Photo of heygeebee
2.91/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An interesting one - will it hang together like it's much hyped twin the Dark Ale?

Not always as keen on Witbiers, either, lets see...

Pours a weak straw colour, moderately cloudy, bubbles away. Two finger head that recedes, then leaves lacing.

Aromas of lemon zest, maybe a little honey in there - no malts or hops.

Hm, taste is ok, but just. it doesn't really hang together that well, un-integrated, and seems a bit sharp, not helped by the carbonation that goes on 'n' on.

Won't be buying another 6-er of these.

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Photo of brewymcgee
3.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy Yellow with a foamy head

Aroma: A very light aroma of honey and yeast.

Taste: Light again, with orange and citrus notes and a hint of honey on the finish

Mouthfeel: Very dry on the mouth, almost thin. Very tight carbonation.

Drinkability: It's okay.. Very refreshing for sure but my personal taste is for something with more body and flavour.

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Photo of burnheartsMKE
3.1/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Imagine ginger ale without the ginger; a sweet, bubbly soda-pop. Honey is about all I taste, making me think that this would be a great beer to offer your friend's wife who hates beer.

Think Bud-Lite Lime, but replace the lime with honey. A good summer beer for non-beer drinkers or for drinkers who are just too thirsty to give a shit about what they are drinking.

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Photo of foles
2.91/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours nicely - crisp looking yellow colour, slightly cloudy, bright, fresh looking. Nice looking beer. Faint smell of lemon, spices and phenols. Phenolic mouthfeel, slight spice. Fairly thin. Slightly "mass market" harsh in the bitter finish, which is contributed to by some phenolics.

Never been a fan of beers with honey and spices added. reminds me of a bees nees.

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Photo of jarmby1711
4.08/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Suitably pale , suitably cloudy with a frequent small bubble.The head as white , laces well and persists.
A sweet citrus aroma , perhaps of orange albeit faint.
I get a hint of cardoman blended with some coriander seed , but again all of this is pretty mild. It is close to having a memorable taste but doesnt quite punch hard enough
The mouthfel is pretty sharp (good0 as the first sensation then just smooths down like a wave carved in marble
This is a warm weather ,drinking beer for me , but jeez it would be quaffable after a game of golf on a hot day

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Photo of eric5bellies
2.86/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank from my Weihenstephaner Weizen Glass

A - Pours a hazey lemon straw colour with a white head that is tight and reatians well.

S - Aromas of grain and malts.

T - Not much other than citrus and some wheat. Quite refreshing.

M - Light body and medium carbonation.

D - Will quench a thirst but not my cup of tea.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale straw colour, very light haze but otherwise clear. Hypnotic flow of bubbles up the glass towards a head that was overblown when first poured, but sinking quite steadily and unevenly. Leaves a few clumps of snowy lace around. Would like more haze, less head, but otherwise decent.

Nose is intriguingly fruity. Quite tart it seems at first, but there's a fair amount of juicy aroma to it. I'm getting apple, pear, and some white grape notes coupled with the more predictable candied orange aroma. Still a touch of tartness makes it seem refreshing, and an underlying whiff of smooth honey adds sweetness. Pretty nice.

Taste is a bit simple for the most part. Starts out sweet, with a slight grainy note and that underlying honey sweetness again. Doesn't evolve much towards the mid-palate, although maybe a touch or two of that apple/pear fruity flavour but not a lot. Finish is where it 'all' happens, with slight spicy piquancy, a hint of white peppercorn and some coriander around the edge, a slight woody taste to boot. Leans very slightly too much towards savoury on the back, leading this a bit off the drinkable path. The honey undertone carries through but is too subtle to affect the finishing balance.

Mouthfeel has a great texture though. Surprisingly full body for the ABV, and a gentle bubbly texture with slight prickly finish. Suits the piquant finish and sweet start both very well.

Not a terrible beer by any stretch of the imagination, but it's uninspiringly mild.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 4.5
A vigorous pour yields two fingers of creamy white head over a cloudy body the same colour as lemon barley cordial. Good lacing and head retention.

Smell - 3.0
Rather soapy to be quite honest. Lemon and citrus peel, a little sweetness, just the merest suggestion of spice and honey and the aforementioned soap.

Taste - 3.5
Thankfully doesn't taste as soapy as it smells (though still a little). Less spicy that most wits, though more citric - the palate is dominated with lemon and orange rind, a little honey, no hop character, it's more tart than bitter. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
Light bodied, moderate to lively carbonation, feels a little coarse over the tongue.

Drinkability - 3.5
Not a beer I would choose for session drinking, but certainly something I would drink again.

A worthy second beer from White Rabbit, and a good, if not quite traditional witbier.

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Photo of leastsquares
2.82/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy pale amber with very little carbonation. A thin white head, most of which disappears quickly, but a thin layer which persists until the drink's almost gone.

S: Mild fruity esters with vanilla tones.

T: An underwhelming taste - a cross between a vanilla milkshake and watered-down orange juice with malt highlights.

M: Full creamy body. Very easy to swallow. Fizziness is just about right - not too heavy, not too light.

D: Ideal for casual drinkers who don't like strong hoppy bitterness and are able to ignore the cloudiness. It might be a little too easy drinking and light on the palate for more experienced beer drinkers though.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.81/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a swirl half-way, Hoegaarden style -- still, the yeast cake seems resolutely stuck to the bottom of the bottle. Fortunately, it's still a cloudy pleasant body; very pale straw yellow coloured, just deepening to a hint of orange in the thicker portion of the glass. Head is a magnificent frothy meringe of white. Lacing is sudsy. Looks every bit the good witbier.

Nose is sweet, citric and candy like. Big hints of orange rind and lemon sherbet, with a little acidity which renders it a little like oaked chardonnay. Not a huge nose, and it lacks the spicy and herbal coriander notes of the best examples, but it's not bad.

Taste is muted, but still it has that pleasant sweet citrus character throughout. Extremely clear and clean and fresh, giving everything up for a smooth, drinkable palate. True, it's missing some big, cranky and fragrant characters of the best wits, but it sure puts together something clean and refreshing.

I think this beer captures the philosophy of a wit rather well, if not its full spectrum. The style is meant to be refreshing, drinkable, slightly acidic and extremely clean. This does a good job there. If it lacks a little something I think it can be forgiven. I prefer my wits to err on the side of refreshing drinkability than on the side of robust experimentation.

This is a very pleasant beer, well made and with purpose. I can definitely see it becoming part of my regular rotation.

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Photo of dgilks
3.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy straw colour with a small, fluffy white head. Decent head retention.

Light yeasty aroma with a note of honey. Hints of spice. Fair.

Dull malt palate with a light spicy and herbal note. A hint of honey comes through as well. This could be a perfectly respectable summer beer but it does lack a bit of flavour.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Too gassy.

A fair attempt at a witbier from White Rabbit but their Dark Ale is much, much better.

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Photo of ADZA
3.6/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a cloudy,dirty pale,pale yellow hue with decent carbonation that leaves a behind a frothy two finger head and nice sporadic lacing,the smell is a mix of aromas of apricot,honey and yeasty bread,it has a nice above average sessionable mouthfeel which is lively carbonatoned and i find the taste is pretty much like the smell with apricot,honey,yeasty bread and also some citrus notes on the palette aswell,overall its a nice drop that is no worldbeater but is very sessionable.

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