Wit Ale | Rivertown Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
80
good
69 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good
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Wit AleWit Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rivertown Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
rivertownbrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
69
Reviews:
24
Avg:
3.4
pDev:
17.94%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 69 |  Reviews: 24
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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2/5  rDev -41.2%

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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2.25/5  rDev -33.8%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Lukass
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +25%

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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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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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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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Wit Ale from Rivertown Brewing Co.
3.4 out of 5 based on 69 ratings.
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