White Ale | The LAB (Lexington Avenue Brewery)

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Brewed by:
The LAB (Lexington Avenue Brewery)
North Carolina, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by mikesgroove on 01-14-2010

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 10
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3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at LAB in Asheville. Pours very cloudy and is pale yellow with a small quickly vanishing head. Smell is light, lemony and yeasty. Taste is slightly sour, with citrus and a spicy tang. Feel is soft and smooth with minimal carbonation. Solid and refreshing.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Mississipping
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Arrived cloudy and resembling lemon aid.  A small white head rested on top but didn't last very long.  Moderate lacing left behind on the edges of the glass. 

S: Citrusy up front with some lemon and orange.  Belgian yeast makes its presence known, too.  Coriander and chamomile are pretty subdued, but are there, which is excellent in my opinion.  They provide a really nice complexity without being overwhelming. 

T: Just like the smell, the citrus fruits come out first.  Wheat and Belgian yeast are ample, creating a nice biscuity taste to carry the other characteristics well.  Again, the chamomile and coriander are easy to pick out, but are not overwhelming.  Really and excellent example of the style. 

M: Lighter side of medium bodied with a pretty high level of carbonation.  The description of the beer compared it to a champagne, in terms of carbonation, but I wouldn't say it was quite that spritzy.  Great feel that let the flavors pop and really satisfied the palate. 

D: Amazingly drinkable.  Low alcohol, nice aroma, great taste, good balance, and excellent feel.  This is not a style of beer that I typically enjoy, but this one is pretty darn good. 

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.67/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap at Brewery:

A: Poured hazy and very straw like with a nice 1 inch head and good Belgian lacing.

S: Perfect aroma for style. Belgian yeast gives off clove phenols and citrus tones which blend with the coriander and other citrus spice additions. AND do I smell...YES! Chamomile! (Ben the brewer confirmed my suspicions that Chamomile was added)

T: Weak wheat malt flavor is trumped by the strong coriander and chamomile flavors blending very nicely with the citrus spices and Belgian yeast character. All flavors are very discernable, prominent, but not dominant leaving a very well balanced beer.

M: Medium mouth feel with slightly higher than normal carbonation, perfect for the style.

O: A great beer to have as their flagship. Many breweries attempt the Belgian Wit style and come up short. This beer is everything it's supposed to be and very easy to drink. Cheers!

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4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the first of several of LAB's beers that the wife and I sampled. Served in a half pour shaker. Cloudy yellow with a half inch white head. Pleasant aroma of citrus and spice. Taste lightly sweet and zesty citrus with hints of chamomile at the end. It was my wife's favorite, we really enjoyed this beer.

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3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap in a shaker pint at the LAB. Pours a cloudy straw color with a clingy sheet of white lace. Smell: wheat, orange, sweet and flowery, a little coriander. Taste: coriander, slightly corny (?), a little lemony citrus, wheat. Active carbonation. Not a fan of the style, but this was certainly a decent offering.

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3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served at the brewpub from tap into a sampler shaker. Poured a hazy pale yellow with a one finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount fairly quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, and bananas. The flavor was of sweet malt, orange zest, and wheat. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a very refreshing and nicely balanced brew. It had a good flavor going on here and a nice aroma as well. I would not hesitate to recommend this to get people off macros or as a good substitute for Hoegaarden.

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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Served a clouded, light yellow body (at least under the late-night lighting scheme here at LAD) with a wispy, white head.

Smell: Simple yet inviting aroma of malted wheat with notes of the zesty orange, sleep-inducing chamomile, and earthy, spicy coriander.

Taste: Starts with a lightly sweet taste of soft, supple wheat. Then, some spicy additions of coriander, orange peel, and soul-soothing chamomile. Dries nearing the relatively crisp finish. Lingering chamomile in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Of all the LAB beers I tried over the course of a long weekend in Asheville, their White Ale was the winner for me. Refreshing, low in alcohol, yet amply flavorful.

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3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this one more than I expected, probably because what I expected was a Blue Moon knock-off. While it has the orange aroma and coriander spice flavor, it is leaps and bounds above it commercial counterpart in terms of body and texture. It sticks with you and really leaves the palette feeling cleansed and refreshed. It has given me a new appreciation for this style of witbier and I look forward to trying more.

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Photo of KingEdward
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a witbier beer brewed with orange peel, coriander, and chamomile. The head of this beer is white with lots of lacing. The aroma is of citrus and slight yeast. The flavor is of citrus and is sour with a slight taste of chamomile. The beer is cloudy and has a yellow/orange color. This beer has a carbonation resembling a sparkling wine and is unfilterd. This beer is refreshing and would be a great session beer or would be good on a hot summer day.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first of what I was able to try. I am typical not a fan of the style, well I take that back, its not a bad style per se, just find it to lack what I am really looking for as far as depth and complexity, that said I am far from opposed to trying it by any means. The pour was about what I would have expected given the style. Light golden in color with a medium level of haze and cloudiness to it that obscured a bit of the sunlight poking through. Nice head of white capped the top and settled down smoothly and evenly, creating a decent broken crown that ringed the side of the glass and kept some nice lacing. Aroma was light, and this would be a trend throughout the day. Light notes of peach and light grain are really all that is coming through right now. Warming brought a smidge of citrus to it, but nothing really standing out here for me at all. Crisp, clean flavor though with light hints of clove and heather that sat on top of a base that resembled mostly light fruits and hints of grain. Smooth, light body was not overly carbonated but rather a bit silky and left just the right amount of dryness on the tongue as it worked itself through.
Overall this was not bad at all. Very light, but that is the M.O. on the style, crisp, clean and refreshing with a decent amount of depth to keep the palate from getting bored, I could see this one on a hot summer day.

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White Ale from The LAB (Lexington Avenue Brewery)
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 15 ratings