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Wit Ale | Rivertown Brewery & Barrel House

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Brewed by:
Rivertown Brewery & Barrel House
Ohio, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
With its complex herbal aroma, golden cloudy color, orange-citrusy fruitiness, and spicy flavor, our Belgian style wit beer is sure to satisfy. Contains wheat malt, spicy hops, orange peels, fresh coriander, and lemon zest. best served at 42ºf in a tall pilsner glass with a slice of orange.

Added by ltjska04 on 04-21-2010

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Photo of muttonchops13
4.74/5  rDev +40.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It has a nice Belgian feel with a great sweet finish.

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4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

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4.24/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of mjstanton
4.17/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of the better Belgian White's I've tasted.

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Photo of ltjska04
4.12/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured slowly into my Sam Adams glass this beer is a very hazy/murky deep orange. There's no chance of seeing through this one. There's an inch and a half of loose, rocky head that lasts about 5 minutes. The smell is of orange, coriander, and slight lemon and wheat. So far about what I expected from a witbier. The taste is clean and citrusy but a bit sweeter than expected. The spices come through in the end to give some depth to the flavor. The mouthfeel is pretty dead-on for this style. It's light and decently carbonated and invites one drink after another. This is a great summer beer; not overwhelming on any front but a smooth and clean drinker. Refreshing and great for the coming warm weather, this is something I could recommend to my BMC-drinking friends and beer geeks alike.

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Photo of sansho
4/5  rDev +18.3%

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4/5  rDev +18.3%

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4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of richkrull
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy golden color with a bit of off-white head.

Smell is faint. Malty with some wheat comic through.

Taste is malty with some spice to it. It's got a little bit of bite in the finish. Almost tastes a little cherry-like. I may be crazy though.

Mouthfeel is light and bubbly. Nice summer beer though.

Overall a pretty decent beer. I enjoyed it. Wouldn't mind drinking it again on a hot day in the sun.

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Photo of Kelly88
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Cock and Bull. Served in an imperial pint glass.

A- hazy and murky. Dark honey with sunflower yellow at the very bottom. Initial large white fluffy head That retreats to a frothy ring around the glass. Good looking beer. I liked the head just wish it stuck around longer.

S- orange zest with some spice almost nutmeg ish. Some yeast fights through the fruit.

T- very crisp flavors. Tight orange that is complemented by a zesty lemon twang. Yeast is very strong on the finish which dries out the mouth.

M- crisp tingling but a little heavy. Maybe this heaviness I'm getting is from all of the yeast but it just seems heavy. Other than the heavy its sort of puckering dry and makes you want to take more sips.

Overall a nice wit. Tight flavors that are good but the mouthfeel makes it seem heavier than it is. One of the drier beers I've had but I liked it

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.87/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wit Ale brewed by Rivertown Brewing Co with an ABV of 5.1%. This brew pours out cloudy amber color with a nice white head. It is an unfiltered brew you can not see thought it. The smell is rich with some grain and bitterness. There is nothing overpowering in the the smell of this brew. The taste is sweet and smooth. There is nothing bad about the taste of this brew.The mouthfeel is nice and clean. There is no bad aftertaste. Wit Ale is a nice, clean drinking brew. Overall, I'm giving this this brew a 4.25 out of 5. I would get this brew again.

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Photo of phiberoptik
3.86/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice Belgian style Wit brewed here locally in Cincinnati from a fairly brand new brewery. It pours hazy orange with a frothy milk white head.

The smell hints of orange peel, wheat, some spice, and a bit of wet feet. I thought it may have been the glass but after the fifth beer (on different occasions and different glasses) its still there.

Fortunately the taste doesnt bring out that negative smell and it tastes very much like a beer I want to drink in the middle of a summer day. Orange, wheat, a little maybe allspice or corriander.

Its extremely drinkable and mouthfeel is quite smooth and refreshing.

Definitely a Wit worth trying and I have to support anyone local trying to make a good beer!

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Photo of jeffyboy65
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of Jason
3.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle, no freshness date.

Cloudy peach color, towering head dissipates to a healthy looking lace.

Aromas of citrus peel, coriander, grassy, peppery, nutty yeast, and fresh baked crackers.

Smooth, big crispness with a creamy backdrop. Lemon zest, peppercorn, coriander, dried grass, nutty grain, orange peel and a faint plummy alcohol show off its complexities.

A little bit more body and dark than the typical Witbier but nothing that deviated from the style's path. A good Witbier to be had here.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Cloudy orange in color, witha big, billowy head of white foam.
Aroma-Citrus peel, spices
Taste-Coriander, citrus zest. Tasty, well-balanced and refreshing. A nice, decently priced witbier. Worth a try.

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ugly and burnt orange, smells of spice and bananas. Not what I was expecting but in a good way and pleasant. I could drink more of this.

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Photo of raznug
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a clear darker orange color and is topped with ¾” of white head that dissipate very quickly.
Smell: This is a nice blend of wheat malt and (citrus peel)? The coriander aroma isn’t there like most wits but I am really not a coriander fan anyway.
Taste: There is a nice base of wheat malt and a very tasty citrus peel slight bitterness to it but once again the coriander flavor that most wits of hefe have isn’t there and that I kind of miss when I don’t taste that one flavor.
Mouthfeel: It is thin but I kind of expect that out of what I expect out of a summer beer easy drinking and a nice smooth flavor.

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3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wingman14
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy orange with a frothy white head. Smell is mostly orange peel, lemon zest, coriander, and some yeast notes. The taste has a good amount of spice, the citrus comes through as well, along with a yeast kick. A medium mouthfeel, the spice gives some harshness to the tongue. Overall a tasty beer, if it was a bit smoother I think I would have enjoyed it more.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single 12 ounce bottle of this in the cooler at the Party Source. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both average. The brew smells like orange peel, coriander, wheat and a bit of tart apple and vinegar which was a surprise. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, and the tart/vinegar flavor is still a bit noticable. I don't think this beer is supposed to have that tartness in both the flavor and aroma, but I think it actually works with this beer well. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it seems a bit thicker than most wits I've tried in the past. I liked this bottle, and I want to try this again soon.

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