Wit Ale | Rivertown Brewing Co.

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Wit AleWit Ale

Brewed by:
Rivertown Brewing Co.
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.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Hazy/muddy light brown with a one-finger head that slowly settles
S: Straight-forward but distinct wheat & citrus
T: Matches the nose but more bland. Wheat/orange
M: Light-medium bodied, a bit smooth but plain
O: Give me this over Blue Moon but it lacks complexity

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Photo of Weisenbeer
3.59/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

"Belgian" in the name does not automatically translate into "awesomeness." This is a nice "Belgian white," not one I will tell all my friends and family about. I understand there are some changes coming to this brewer...I'm curious to see how it changes their brews...I love to support local brewers and will continue to support these folks...I just think they can do a bit better

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.19/5  rDev -6.2%
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 nicholas2121
3.87/5  rDev +13.8%
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 wingman14
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
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 damndirtyape
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle (no date) served in a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Very hazy to cloudy yellow-orange amber. Off white persistent thin foam across the top the whole way down the glass. Occasional thick sheets of lacing that slowly slid back down and joined the original foam.

Smell: Grainy and yeasty, mostly yeasty.

Taste: Wheat tang, spiciness, part American wheat ale, part Wit, part Hefeweizen. The latter I got every now and then in the malt with a hint of clove and hefe type malt sweetness. I couldn't pull out the lemon zest from the other flavors, and at times it seemed like the beers dominant flavors changed with each sip. Certainly interesting if not consistent in flavor.

Mouthfeel: Spicy on the tongue, otherwise nothing special and just a hair above water in thickness.

Overall / Drinkability: Went well with a chef's salad, and I would probably take another if offered. An interesting take on a Wit ale - much darker than I was expecting, and not as light and airy in mouthfeel, but good. I've had better Wits, and I've had worse.

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Photo of Jason
3.74/5  rDev +10%
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 RblWthACoz
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
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 -7.4%
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 raznug
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
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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Photo of WVbeergeek
1.78/5  rDev -47.6%
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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Photo of rlshep
3.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma:Floral, nice coriander. Doughy wheat in background.

Appearance: Super cloudy. Has a milky orangeish tang color. Small white head, dissipates quickly.

Flavor: Big wheat, lots of coriander. Orange flavor in background and aftertaste. Some sweetness. Expecting more belgian spiciness. Low bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium silky mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Would like to see it a touch dryer.

Overall: A good beer, a nice example of the style but falls short of world class.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
2.3/5  rDev -32.4%
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 aasher
3.24/5  rDev -4.7%
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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Photo of richkrull
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
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 Brenden
3.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A newer label than the one shown in the picture has the RTB logo in the top left, "Wit Ale" in what resembles a steamboat paddle center, and to the right a little blurb about the beer.

This wit is spot on with the color: a deep, thick gold with a heavy haze clouding it. The white head that forms lasts for a short time than and there's a lot of soda-like activity that dies quickly. No head whatsoever remains and there's no trace of lacing. One the soda bubbles die, this beer is completely flat. The color and style-appropriate haze are fantastic; the head and anything related to it is miserable. Given the screw cap, it could be flattened due to oxygenation; when quality suffers due to a brewery's practice, I call what i see.
The aroma is pretty spot-on: an herbal quality is straight off with plenty of wheat and a dusty yeast note. Orange and spicing make a statement without being overdone.
The taste follows closely, with a little bit of a sour flavor coming out in the finish. A nice touch of spiciness peppers the flavor gently.
This beer is as light as it should be with some depth to it, but it's flattened out along with the head, probably due to oxygenation. Because it's probably the screw cap, it's the brewery's own fault here. Granted, it doesn't completely flatten out, and there's a bit of activity lending some smoothness and crispness when I work with it, but otherwise it didn't have to suffer.
This isn't a bad little wit, but no serious brewer should use a screw cap.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
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 bluejacket74
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
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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Photo of Kelly88
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
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 mwa423
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a beautiful hazy golden color with a very strong fluffy white head that lasts throughout the beer. The only thing stopping this from a 4.0 (or higher) is that the head was so heavy I had to pour it in shifts.

S - Very wheaty with some lemony citrus and a bit of spice and a slight sweetness.

T - Taste is relatively simple with only a bit of wheat and a good amount of spice and a slight lemon zest at the end. The aftertaste leaves a slight alcohol note which isn't particularly pleasant but it fades quickly.

M/D - Mouthfeel is very thin with very little yeastyness to it and it disappears from the mouth quickly. This is a reasonably drinkable wit that I'm enjoying on a hot summer evening and at least worth the taste for a fan of the style.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
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 degerbah
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
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 phiberoptik
3.86/5  rDev +13.5%
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 ltjska04
4.12/5  rDev +21.2%
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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Wit Ale from Rivertown Brewing Co.
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