Wit Ale | Rivertown Brewery & Barrel House

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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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Ratings: 69 |  Reviews: 24
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1/5  rDev -70.4%

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1.78/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Looks like a new label showed up in Steubenville at the Kroger, figured I would try a bottle since they just started a mix and match program. Appears very clouded unable to ee through, alot of yeast sediment was in the bottom of the bottle. Bright white head still shining it almost looks like a banana smoothie. Aroma has a strong citrus zest note with hints of coriander spice additions, very summery flow to it. Beer is terrible flavor wise I'm getting lemon juice, like sour lemons with a bit of dishwasher fluid presence with a stale dough flavor coming around the back end. After a few sips I'm set on pouring this one down the drain. Mouthfeel is dry actually because it's so damn sour, what the hell are these folks doing make a standard witbier it's like a training wheels beer style. Well I won't be buying this one again, and their pale ale is next on deck.

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2/5  rDev -40.8%

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2/5  rDev -40.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -33.4%

Photo of ColdPoncho
2.3/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

New label calling it "Wit Ale." Assumption is same beer.

A - slightly clouded yellow/amber body with a white head of huge bubbles that disappears real fast. Not a good look for the foam.

S - spice of lemon zest and orange, slight medicinal, syrupy orange sweetness. Not quite what you'd expect, but it's not too bad.

T - Orange cough syrup? With a hint of wheat malt. This is downright bad. Come on, Rivertown!

M - flat, and therefore smooth. Fairly thick and syrupy.

O - well, this might be the worst of the lot. This beer will be tough to finish. It's just so syrupy and medicinal and sweet. Almost undrinkable

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Photo of IrishGreen
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of kaiyote
2.96/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Hayley_86
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of degerbah
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy yelloe-orange with a ton of head. The head settle down pretty quickly, leaving virtually no residue. The aroma is yeasty with a hint of citrus. The beer tastes pretty similar to most other wits I've had. it's probably closest to a blue moon. It comes out way to watery for my taste. Very under-carbonated makes it not nearly as pleasant to drink as it otherwise would be. For my money, I'd probably get one of the Sam Adams fruit beers.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A. Pours a very hazy yellow/orange with a fluffy white head (more foamy than creamy). Pours with a heck of a lot of yeast.

S. Lemon, wheat, a bit of coriander spiciness, and a hint of orange. There is also a somewhat unpleasant alcohol smell that I can't quite put my finger on.

T. The coriander spiciness really comes through here. Wheat and bread/yeast on the tongue. Oranges come through biggest in the aftertaste. The alcohol smell that comes out in the smell is also present in the taste - it's some kind of adjunct flavor/smell that I can only recall tasting in a macro lager.

M. Thin with quick foaminess. Again with the billowing foam - I guess you could say it increases drinkability - it's like the beer is asking you not to keep it in your mouth too long.

D. The flavors in this one don't meld quite well enough. The coriander is too heavy and the fruit is a bit too light.

I'll continue to support this brewery, but I don't plan to pick up another one of these.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is labeled as Wit Ale, so I assume it's the same thing.

This is an easy drinker. Very orange-sicle, somewhat. Lots of candy. Overall too sweet. I guess for what it is, it's okay. Probably a bit too hearty and dark and robust for the style. The verdict is that this is one you could pass on and wouldn't be missing anything.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Borrowing influences from the Belgians, this witbier from Cincinnati infuses the taste of lemons to oranges and caramel to wheat for an enjoyable tart summertime ale that strays from the mainstream when needed.

Burnish gold in color, the darker-than-usual witbier carries the classic haze that's expected of the style. A formidable eggshell white head caps the beer with a dense sheet of foam and intermittent pockets of foam. Solid retention is regained with each swirl of the glass.

The light must of dried straw, wheat, and dried citrus fruit swirl in the nose just as a softer bread and caramel note rises to support. Lightly spiced with notions of coriander and white pepper, much of this is subtle enough to be expected exclusively from yeast. Orange juice, and a touch of marmalade reads a much richer scent than the style normally provides.

Strong sweetness of malt and fruit manifests in a taste of honey and caramel soaked oranges and lemons. Even estery flavors of mango, apricot, apple, and papaya rise as the beer warms and as the palate becomes acclimated to its taste. Moderate acidity, light bitterness, and the subtle spices close the beer with a semi-sweet taste and a minerally bite to close.

A fuller-than-expected body is exacerbated by a tact of unresolved sugars that linger on the palate and omits the pleasant powdery dryness of classic versions. Any turn to dryness, lightness, and refreshment is labored and insufficient. Finishing grainy-sweet with slight alcohol warmth, the beer never closes properly.

Fruit flavors and malt support are satisfying enough if the beer were considered through the goggles of American pale wheat ales, but from the witbier specificity, the beer misses some marks.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.19/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a perfect pint. Bottle. Presumably I have a new bottle design that just says "WIT" on it.

3.25 A: Murky orange brown color. Two fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is a touch below average and a short ring of lacing is left. This is easily the darkest witbier I've come across to date.

3.5 S: Corriander and bubblegum are easily the strongest aromas along with a stout bready yeastiness. Orange peel, banana, and wheat beneath with caramel and toastiness. Based on the description I wrote, it seems like it should be pretty standard, but it has the quality of not being as "bright" as most wits I've had. Still, it's not bad.

3.0 T: Taste is more muddled than the nose. Again there's a hefty yeastiness, which is more than I prefer. It interfered with the tasting of the coriander and yeast products like bubblegum and banana. Caramel and a light toastiness.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Light-moderate creaminess with some chewiness to it.

3.0 D: It's not bad, but it's different from the typical witbier. This is unfortunate because when I bought this, I was looking for a typical witbier. Give it a try I suppose.

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Photo of aasher
3.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one pours a bright orange in color with light turbidity. It finished with a one finger head that quickly turned into a white lacing around the glass. It definitely isn't as cloudy as it could be. It has a nice nose, very heavy on the oranges and coriander with a moderate sweetness with little yeast. I detect some slight butter on the very end. It could probably feature most yeast to be on the traditional side but the nose is appealing nonetheless. The flavors consist of oranges, light apple, slight fresh pear, and some butter. Uh oh! The diacetyl creeps in. The finish is dry and quick and pretty light. Overall this is a pretty average wit. It didn't stay true to the style and I'm sure the butter aspect was an accident.

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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