St. Cloud Belgian White | World Brews

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St. Cloud Belgian WhiteSt. Cloud Belgian White

Brewed by:
World Brews
California, United States

Style: Belgian Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by largadeer on 06-14-2011

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Photo of rodbeermunch
1.93/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Weird yellow pour that has lots of clarity, not to style at all. So much spice rack and coriander in the nose.

Taste was weirdly bitter, where is this coming from? Kind of weird in the style to have clarity, bitterness. This is out there. Frankenstein beer.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
2.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #84 (Jan 2014):

A failed attempt from “label beer” producer World Brews, this crafty Belgian-style brew does not even come close to hitting any of the bells and whistles of the Witbier style. Pass on this one even if the price looks inviting.

STYLE: Witbier
ABV: 5.4%

LOOK: Hazed dull straw hue, decent head retention

SMELL: Fresh-cut grass, earthy, orangesicle, peppery, coriander, grainy, faintly soapy

TASTE: Dry, moderate-sized body, grainy twang, wet, slightly botanical, earthy, modest hopping, walnut skin, mineral, watery orange flavor, bone-dry finish

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1.06/5  rDev -60.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Good God! What the hell is this? Tasted like dirty soap water.

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Photo of rwarde
4.25/5  rDev +59.2%

Has a nice complex aroma of citrus, malt and hops. This ale is dry and has a subtle sharpness to it. It pours nicely and is very refreshing. Its amazing you can get a 4 pack 16 oz, of this for $5.00. Its well worth price considering what you get. Its not as refined as some others but its a decent enough.

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2.75/5  rDev +3%

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2.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.25/5  rDev +21.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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1/5  rDev -62.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3/5  rDev +12.4%

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3/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +31.1%

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2.75/5  rDev +3%

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2.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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1/5  rDev -62.5%

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3/5  rDev +12.4%

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2.75/5  rDev +3%

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3/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.32/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Kona shaker pint glass at Whole Foods - Schaumburg.

When you're low on cash but still want a beer at the bar, you've gotta go for the bargain-priced offerings. This one pours a partly-hazy brass topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises cracked wheat, mild orange zest, black pepper, clove, and a dash of cardamom. I actually like the peppered wheat thing going on here. The taste holds notes of wheat, coriander, light orange peel, clove, a pinch of black pepper, and a twist of lemon. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, this could have been a solid wit, based on what the smell seemed to foretell. Instead, it turned out to be a slightly watered-down version of the style. Disappointment, indeed.

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Photo of Cyrano41
2.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Purchased a pint can at whole foods, poured into a chalice.

Bright straw color with an inch of head, persistant lacing as I drank.
Smell was almost non-existant, some very faint spice on second sniff than gone again.
Taste was not witbier like. However, it wasn't bad either. I enjoyed it, more ale/lager though.
Mouth feel was light, not as full bodied as I perfer, but OK around my grill.
Overall, not a good witbier, but I wouldn't pass up another one without the exectations of the style.

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3/5  rDev +12.4%

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2.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of kojevergas
2.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

"1 pint" aluminum can acquired at Whole Foods as part of a 4 pack which had a total cost of $4.99. I know what I'm getting into given it's a World Brews beer. Expectations are pretty low, but every beer gets a chance. Brewed by World Brews, Rochester, NY. "Ale brewed with spices." "Belgian-Style Wheat Ale." Reviewed as a witbier; the label (and name) identifies it as a Belgian white. The label doesn't corroborate the currently listed 5.4% ABV. Served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours almost entirely foam/head. Seven finger head width suggests dire overcarbonation and serious issues. Light creaminess. Okay thickness. Troublingly long (~8 minute) retention.

Body colour lacks the cloudy appearance typical of every beer (whether good or bad) in the style; there's something seriously off here. It's a lemon-yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Translucent and clear. Average vibrance.

The appearance concerns me. A proper witbier this is not.

Sm: Stale lemon peel and dirty wheat. A generic ester. Minimal mass-produced floral hop character. Light in strength. Not at all appealing or fresh. Bleh.

T: Generic wheat. Artificial lemon. Lightly syrupy. A generic lemon ester. Clean barley. Minimal floral hop character. Horridly built for a witbier. Simple, bland, and boring. A bit of froth up front. Not a fan of this. Lacks balance, complexity, and subtlety. No yeast or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Fairly clean. Not at all crisp. Overcarbonated. Lightly syrupy. Too thick The body is all off for the style. Too heavy on the palate for a witbier, even overbearing. Doesn't suit the flavour profile or style well at all. Luckily, it's not watery or oily. A biteen buttery - which is actually kind of nice here.

Dr: Definitely won't be getting this again. There are far better budget beers out there. Another dud from World Brews. Even for its modest ambitions as a budget brew, it's pretty subpar. Not recommended. Drinkable but crappy.

High D+

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Photo of crob3888
2.25/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

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