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St. Cloud Belgian White | World Brews

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
World Brews
California, United States
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Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by largadeer on 06-14-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,146
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
71
pDev:
25.84%
Bros Score:
2.75
 
 
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Photo of metter98
2.04/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are very light aromas of citrus and wheat in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, there are muted flavors of citrus and wheat in the taste. There are some hints of spices and yeast towards the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied and watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The yeast and spices adds a little bit of dryness to the finish, which seems unusual for the style.
O: The beer isn’t difficult to drink and has some hints of refreshing properties, but there’s nothing interesting about the taste that would make me want to try it again.

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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 largadeer
1.95/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks for this one, Will. Maybe.

Muddy straw gold with a quickly fading head, looks pretty standard. Smells decent, very citrusy with strong lemon notes, backed by orange peel, rising bread and raw grain. The palate is surprisingly awful, exhibiting a strong fruity sweetness followed by brash astringency, like over-steeped tea rather than hop bite. The astringency fades into a bland, thin wheaty finish that's oddly slick. Pretty bad stuff, one of the worst wits I can remember having.

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Photo of mactrail
3.5/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is actually not at all bad. Big handsome foam in the Mort Subite globe and nice sudsy carbonation in the mouth. Color is closer to amber than to the paler hue of most Witbiers.

Faint bubblegum aroma and overall there is a little of the Hefeweizen flavor. A touch of hops in the finish along with some scratchy bitterish yeasty taste. Some pencil shavings at the end seems to be the main contribution of the coriander or whatever spice they brewed with. This is not a standout but it's perfectly drinkable as a lager alternative.

From the 16 oz can bought at Whole Foods because it was the cheapest thing in the store.

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2/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev +31.1%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.58/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a hazed, orange-golden body with a thin, trifling, white head.

Smell: A phoned in, meager scent of wheat malt, spice, and citrus, but it's just a bit uninspired, maybe even a notch below an aged bottle of Blue Moon.

Taste: Sweetish malted wheat layered with some basic table sugar, small hints of bitter orange and spice. Drying, crisp finish. A beer that's simply weak flavored throughout its entirety and gone from the palate in a flash.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-plus carbonation providing ample tingle across the tongue like club soda.

Overall: Woefully bland, I was expecting a bit more from Whole Foods. Like the cloud in its name, it's just a fluffy, forgettable nothing.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.08/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A guy walks into Whole Foods in the Dupont Circle area of Washington, D.C. and he walks out with some new CANs for the furtherance of The CANQuest (TM). There has to be the basis for a joke in there somewhere, right? Perhaps Jesskidden is right - this whole CAN thing has morphed from an obsession to a vice and now to a fetish. I CAN't help myself any longer. If I see a new CAN, I just feel CANpelled to bring it home for a review.

From the CAN: "Soar with St. Cloud[,]Take flavor to new heights"; "Ale brewed with spices"; "Crafted with the freshest of ingredients". I gotta say, the town that the biplane is flying over looks like something out of M.C. Escher or Breughel.

The Crack & Glug was most welcome, providing auditory input as well as revealing a brimful CAN. I got a lot of foam initially, but it quickly cascaded upwards, resulting in two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, eggshell-white head with good retention. Color was a St. Cloudy lemon-yellow and I hope that first-time readers of my reviews will forgive my digressions and transgressions as I simply CANnot help myself. Nose was quite sweet and reminded me somehow of blueberries. Is that supposed to happen? No kidding, it had a very fruity nose. So be it. Mouthfeel was medium and it really had a taste like blueberry muffin on the tongue. Where were these spices that they crafted this beer with? Finish was semi-sweet so maybe the spices helped to take some of the edge off of the inherent sweetness, but it seemed somehow lacking in totality. Still, for the price point, I CANnot complain too loudly.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
2.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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 tdm168
2.58/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - copper-yellow with a thin lacing of loose, white head

S - citrus and grains

T - lemon, citrus, grains, faint hops and sweetness in the finish

M - light to medium bodied, crisp

This is nothing near a Witbier. There is nothing that separates this from a poor pale ale. I have a hard time finding anything that separates this from the Tap Room 21 Pale Ale that they sell for Kroger. I would avoid this at all costs.

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Photo of Billolick
3.41/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, no freshness info, purchased for $5.99/sixpack @ Whole Foods

Suprised by the crushingly low scores for this one. Maybe this years batch is a major up grade from what people sampled last year.

Has the look of a typical wit beer, with decent retention on the off white tiny bubble head.

Some light spice in the nose, nothing remarkable.

Moderate spice, pepper most notable, quite dry in the finish. Ehh, this is a near the middle of the road wit, nothing too exciting, but it work fine on a warm summers day as a refreshing quaffer, which is not that bad of a thing to be relagated to. Bring on some salads, bread and cheese and this a low cost addition to a decent summer's meal.

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Photo of malfunxion
2.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of tone77
3.19/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This beer comes from the creator of the can quest, woodychandler. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of wheat, some mild spices. Taste is mild, some wheat, lihtly spiced, nothing offensive, but a bit bland. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

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Photo of Latarnik
2.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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 lacqueredmouse
2.69/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up from the bargain singles lot at Whole Foods in Los Altos, CA.

Pours a bright golden colour, with a suitable haze and pleasant chunks of sediment. Head is firm and creamy, with a nice lace sheeting to it. Body is light, and there's minimal carbonation, but both those things are pretty good examples of the style. Looks good.

Hahaha. Sorry, can't help but laugh, because the nose reeks almost exactly of toilet sanitiser, the pink and blue blocks you get in a men's urinal. It's fresh and cleansing in a way, but also harsh and chemical. And it reminds you just perfectly of the aroma of urine that's never quite covered up by the smell of the cakes. Very little else to it. I don't know how to rate that.

Taste is, unfortunately, just bland and empty. Smooth entry, with a touch of wheatiness to it, but no spice, no bite, no crispness; almost no flavour. It just comes across and smooth, and extremely light, with very little to offer. Feel is not bad, and would be good if the beer were more flavoursome.

It's a shame in some ways. It's not a good witbier by any stretch of the imagination, but they have managed to get some characters right that are hard to do—the feel is light but quite creamy, the head is full but fine while the body reamins light and drinkable. But it's like they forgot to put any flavour in—it's more disappointing because I feel like they could have brewed a good witbier if they wanted to.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.09/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear yellow pour. Fail. Almost nothing makes up the aroma. Coriander and faint grain.

Taste, not supposed to be this bitter. No delicate flowery touch, no good yeast esters, no banana, no fruit strip gum, whatthedillio? Did they just replace some genny light or something with this label? Tastes like if shocktop made a light beer.

I dunno who talked Whole Foods into this deal, its reminiscient of the Indian Wells contract. Avoid.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.54/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is not strong but does have good fruity and yeasty components. It pours a slightly hazy golden with a thick and fluffy white head that leaves some good lacing. Fruity flavor has apple and banana components and a yeasty, malty undertone. Fizz and body are about average. Overall, not too shabby.

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Photo of khargro2
3.25/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of popery
1.86/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Decent looking wit. Nice yellow-orange body, good haze. Head dissipates too quickly. The aroma is musty grains, weak spices/wheat and simple sugariness. It lacks the complexity and rich, fresh grain flavors necessary to the style. Taste starts sweet, picks up a touch of spice and finishes with that terrible macro sweetness. Some yeast flavor tries to dry things out in the finish, but it’s overwhelmed. Mouthfeel is fine. I’d compare it to Blue Moon, but it’s been a very long time since I drank one. On the other hand, this beer compares quite unfavorably to something like StB Wit. The cloying finish is unfortunate. I’m not a big fan of witbier, but I can appreciate a good one. This is very skippable.

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Photo of ROGUE16
2.75/5  rDev +3%

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%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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

Photo of buckyp
2.25/5  rDev -15.7%

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St. Cloud Belgian White from World Brews
Beer rating: 2.67 out of 5 with 71 ratings
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