White Lightning
Full Pint Brewing Company

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Style:
Belgian Witbier
Ranked #333
ABV:
6%
Score:
82
Ranked #41,014
Avg:
3.64 | pDev: 13.74%
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
283
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Full Pint Brewing Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
82
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Notes: This Belgian-Style White Ale combines a complex malt character with sweet orange peel, coriander and grains of paradise. The end result is a shockingly refreshing wheat beer that can be enjoyed all year long.

Belgian-style Wheat Ale brewed with Spices

Malts: Pilsner, Wheat Vienna, Flaked Oats, Barley
Hops: Northern Brewer
O.G. 13.5
IBU 18
Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 283 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Date night with Leah while the kids are being cared for at Washington Alliance.

Great color here! Nice balance and a good choice for a local witbeir! Not my favorite style, but this is a good example.

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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania, Nov 03, 2018
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4.75/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a personal favorite. Not quite as bubbly as I prefer, but incredibly mellow taste. Obvious citrus taste, goes down very smooth. Great for drinking by itself or with a meal.

Smell is great. You pick up the citrus right away. Decent ABV, and generally priced low.

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Warrec from Pennsylvania, Feb 26, 2017
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3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Milky sunflower yellow with snowy fizz. 4
Rubber, flowers, and herb. 3.75
Cream of wheat, slight clove, some orange peel, and herbal end. 4
Creamy, round, almost medium. 4.25

On target, if underpowered. Silky wheat body, plus oats. Resists the temptation to do White IPA hopping; strictly traditional. Does the simple things right. 4

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StJamesGate from New York, Feb 02, 2017
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4.16/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am continuing a swath of total destruction & annihilation of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody! I only have a couple from Full Pint, but they are next up. Afterwards, it is on to Fish Tale Ales and the babes of Old Dominion.

From the bottle: "White Lightning [-] This Belgian-Style White Ale combines a complex malt character with sweet orange peel, coriander and grains of paradise. The end result is a shockingly refreshing wheat beer that can be enjoyed all year long."; "Belgian-style Wheat Ale brewed with Spices"; "Beer Nerd Stats: Malts: Pilsner, Wheat Vienna, Flaked Oats, Barley Hops: Northern Brewer O.G. 13.5 IBU 18 Alc. By Vol. 6.0%"

I Pop!ped the cap & got an aggro pour started to keep everything in suspension. This resulted in the formation of two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head that took its time in falling. Color was an absolutely cloudy Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) & looked like a Witbier should. Nose was heavy on the orange peel, but I was also getting a lot of pepperiness from both the adjunct spices as well as the yeast. Mouthfeel was medium with a lot of carbonation, giving it a tickling sensation on my tongue. Hee hee. It just seems appropriate to put on George Jones' version of "White Lightning" as the soundtrack. The taste was citrusy and spicy, but as Los Hermanos Alstrom said in their review: "... this one had a leg up on most with its sheer balance alone. Nails all of the characteristics you look for in this style ..." Amen to that! I am not a big fan of the style, generally, but this was really nice! More often than not, Witbiers taste like the spice rack fell into the boil, overwhelming everything else. Here, there was a breadiness from the malt, a nice orange citrusiness & just enough spice to be refreshing without being overpowering. I beg to differ, though, in that the finish struck me as dry, mostly because of the inclusion of spices. I agree that it is a very good beer & one that I would definitely want on a hot, humid summer's day. Now, could you maybe put it in CANs? Please?

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woodychandler from Pennsylvania, Jan 16, 2017
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4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It pours a very bright and hay yellow and with a very stereotypical witbier look. The nose has some surprising elements of clove, but otherwise this beer just tastes like how a very good witbier should.

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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania, Jul 27, 2016
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3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on draft at the House Cafe in Ohiopyle PA.
A - Hazed, lemon yellow. A quickly dissipating cap with strong carbonation.
S - Orange and coriander, nice wheat nose.
T - Bright flavors, tropical fruit, and a gently applied hop bitter.
M - Light in body, carbonation accentuates this, exceedingly fast exit off the palate.
O - A well crafted Wit, superb on the hot day I had it.
Cheers

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SABERG from Massachusetts, Jul 07, 2016
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5/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Full Pint Brewing White Lightning Belgian White Ale 18-IBU's, 6.0 ABV.
Look: Pale yellow, very hazey, thick with clouds.
2 inch white head that dissapates to a ring with with some lacing. The look reminds me of a lemon meringe pie.
Smell: Lemon, orange, spice, wheat.
Taste: Lemon, orange, coriander, spicey bite at the end(maybe because of the grains of paradise/and/or hops).
The spices gives it an earthy quality that adds to the complexity slightly.
Feel: Super light, fluffy like a cloud of citrus hitting your tongue, or lemon flavored cotton candy. It is sweet, but not too sweet.
Overall: This is really one of the most well balanced and consistently great tasting American craft wheat brews I have had. Beware, you'll want to drink this one very fast which could end up in overintoxication. Since it has the light and fluffy combination you won't even feel like you are drinking alot.

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Cnote_crafty_1 from Pennsylvania, Jun 05, 2016
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3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

DATE: April 23, 2016... OCCASION: seeking refreshment after a long day of charity car washing and baseball in the Meadows... GLASSWARE: Victory Rare Vos pint... APPEARANCE: sizzles as it pours a murky, bubbly yellow-blonde body with a rim of uneven of-white froth... AROMA: orange peel and lemon zest, with lightly toasted oats providing a pleasant, inviting aroma... apple and pear may come courtesy of the Northern Brewer hops, as does the wood pulp... PALATE: medium-bodied for a white ale; reasonably vibrant, with enough effervescence to refresh... leaves a slight aftertaste that is bitter and lemony... TASTE: Is the secret spice ginger? Grains of Paradise? Either way, the flavor is lemon, coriander, orange, apple and pear, and a sweetening pepper... the malts are not as pronounced as the label may suggest, but oats and toasted grains give the taste buds much to mull... OVERALL: not going to replace my favored wits, this is a serviceable, sessionable (although the label states 6% ABV) summer evocation... the sum is greater than the weight of its individual parts...

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dacrza1 from New Jersey, Apr 24, 2016
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3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #76 (May 2013):

A gem in hiding. Having had numerous Witbiers in our travels, this one had a leg up on most with its sheer balance alone. Nails all of the characteristics you look for in this style and a bit bigger than usual at 6% ABV, but still drinkable nonetheless.

STYLE: Witbier
ABV: 6.0%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Hazy straw, lots of lace

SMELL: Orange peel, pithy, yeasty, bready, mildly spicy, coriander

TASTE: Incredibly smooth, slightly creamy, very bready, spicy, hint of alcohol, orange peel, zest, coriander, nutty, ripe plums, semidry finish

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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts, Mar 08, 2015
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3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not one of my favorite styles because it seems to easy to go overboard on the spice mix.
And that's the case here. Way too much corrinder, it gives the beer a celery taste and smell.

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micromaniac129 from Pennsylvania, Feb 28, 2015
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3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a hefeweizen glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy golden straw yellow with some vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Vanilla, bready wheat, citrus, orange peel, vanilla, and yeasty esters.

Taste: Tastes just like it smells. A little bitterness In there too.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, refreshing, a little chewy, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty nice witbier. Enjoyable and tasty. I could have more of these.

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Flounder57 from Massachusetts, Jul 28, 2014
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3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(LOT 444 - best by July 2014 - poured into a British pint)

A: yellow like the first rays of the morning sun... pretty dang clear for a Wit - still a slight haze... very little head - wonder why that is - doesn't look right... btw - the bottle label (as are the rest of their labels) is right out of the ol' Weyerbacher portfolio, not quite as wonderfully cheezy though

S: the smell is pretty textbook, very appealing... nice balance of doughy wheat, toasted cereal malt, mild coriander, and light citrus overtones

T: once again, pretty good up front... the brightness of the outer skin of the citrus peel seems to come out more... bit of a penny-metallic twang at the back... coriander sits calmly in the middle with a moderate biscuity pale malt flavor underneath... mild bitterness, seeming to wear a shade of coriander husk... pretty dry, lacking a bit of depth, but still surprisingly flavorful

M: at first, a tad thin... still feels a tad thin and flat by the end - wonderfully crush-able though

O: i gotta admit - actually pretty well done... was growing on me by the end

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Bouleboubier from New Jersey, May 20, 2014
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3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass - swirled some in bottle to get yeast out

A. Nice straw colored beer, poured clear with decent head, clouded once added yeast from bottom of bottle. Decent lacing
S. Nice fruity smell. Right on for style
T. Excellent flavor with spice profile coming through. Well balanced between the fruity esters.
M. Nice mouthfeel, average carbonation
O. Very good beer in the wit class. Thoroughly enjoyed it and would definitely have another.

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uspbacchus from Pennsylvania, May 08, 2014
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4.68/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

this beer is amazing... i poured three quarters of the beer into my glass. laid the bottle on its side and rolled it around to get all of the unfiltered yeast off of the bottom. added it in on the final pour to go from bright and clear to creamy and thick. the smell was also amazing. sweet cirus notes. the taste was also outstanding sweet start sour middle todry finish just what i like. the mouthfeel was a little off putting kinda soft carbonation. could be better . over all one of my favorite local brews

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gebbie from Pennsylvania, Feb 18, 2014
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3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a bit of lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of lemony wheat are present in the nose. The smell becomes a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell, except that the lemon citrus flavors are a little stronger and there are some notes of spices towards the finish.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has some refreshing properties. It is a nice choice if you like lemony aromas and flavors.

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metter98 from New York, Dec 28, 2013
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3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Full Pint Brewing "White Lightning Wit"
12 oz. bottle, no apparent freshness dating
$1.99 @ Wegmans, Collegeville, PA

Notes: Quite cloudy, even in the bottle. Same in glass. Odd, lack of head retention. No lacing. Doesn't appear to have a lot of carbonation. Aroma is nice. Coriander, yeast, wheat, some citrus rind and juice. Flavor is better, adding some lemon and apple to round it out. Not over-spiced. Nicely balanced. Moderate bitterness leads into a dry finish accentuated by coriander spiciness. Carbonation is there, delicately bristling on the tongue; very fine-bubbled. Light-medium in body. Some acidity. Spot-on for the style with the exception of the clarity, which is still OK; and maybe it could use a touch more carbonation, but again OK. Charming. Remarkably drinkable. Need to find more from these guys.

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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania, Dec 16, 2013
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3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I haven't done a beer review in a while, but since this is from my beloved Pittsburgh, I felt that it was necessary to sit down and rate this beer. I've seen this beer for a few months now at the local Wegman's, so I decided to give it a shot, even though I'm rather leery of drinking another beer from Pittsburgh, given that Iron City is like drinking carbonated sewer water with yellow food coloring added. Let's face it, Pittsburgh is famous for sports, steel, and Primanti's; beer, not so much.

Apperance: Pouring White Lightning into a glass gives me reason to pause and become concerned already. It pours a hazy, yellow color. The head disappears rapidly, within fifteen seconds. Absolutely no lacing. My concern has become doubt.

Smell: Sitting here for three minutes smelling this beer before tasting. My doubt has deepened. I can't pin the smell down. The label says that it is brewed with coriander and grains of paradise, with orange peel, but I can't smell any of those ingredients. It just smells sour to me.

Taste: Pleasantly surprised! The spices and orange really begin to pop out as I roll the beer around my palate. Slightly malty, light hoppy flavor. I'm liking this beer now.

The mouthfeel is smooth, but not watery. There's a very light bite on your tongue with every sip. Refreshing.

Overall, this beer is pleasant. My trust in Pittsburgh beers has increased a few points. Definitely worth the buy if you're looking for a switch from your regular beer of choice.

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Analog_kid from Pennsylvania, Oct 29, 2013
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3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

- Best by 12/13. Enjoyed on 10/07/13. Lot#360.

A: The palest of straw like pour turns a brass tone in the glass with a dense hazy turbidity factor. A slim film, dirty white head is short on hold but has good signs of carbonation within. Weak spacious lacing does little to dercorate the glass.

S: Bright oranges, lemon with a bit of peppery flair on the nose. Dry pilsner like grains.

T: Flavor was lemony-orange, a bit of peppery spicing. The real charm here has to be the blend of pilsner and wheat, really like how it comes together, a bit more creamier, fuller then usual, but with a bright grainy and crisp awareness. Lemon citrus twang, gentle sourness, creamy orange wheat and oats with some spicy clove nature and cinnamon spicing. Sweet flashes of grains come about.

M: has a tight feel of carbonation at first, lets up a bit rather quickly, but the malting is smooth and creamy oats for base.

O: Overall bright and crisp, decent spicy twang, not over the top, but more subtle in nature, ideal for causual summer time sipping with no worries. Once again really like the creaminess of the malting.

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beerthulhu from New Jersey, Oct 15, 2013
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3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - cloudy lemon color, a thin but steady white head.

Aroma - grainy at first. Adding in the bottom sediment adds an orangey twist.

Taste - pleasant wheat and Belgian yeast, light orange flavor as well. Not overly complex, but tasty and with good balance.

Mouthfeel - very smooth, moderate carbonation and weight.

Overall - easy drinker. Thanks to my buddy Steve for bringing me this while on his travels.

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3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a very hazy golden yellow color with a small fizzy white head. The head fades very fast leaving on a light fizzy foam on the top of the brew and almost no lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma smells heaviest of candied sugar and lots of wheat. Mixed with these are some yeasty smell which bring with them some orange peel and a decent showing of some spice of clove and nutmeg. Rounding out the aromas is a nice Belgian malt aroma, producing a rather enjoyable smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with bready and wheaty taste upfront with a nice presence of yeastiness. The yeastiness gets more potent as the flavors advance, being joined by orange and candied sugar as the flavor advances. Along with these flavors come spice with a clove and grains of paradise flavor coming to the tongue. A sour lemon flavor as well as some very light grassy hop tastes comes to the tongue leaving a sweet, wheaty and lightly hopped and lemony flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium to lighter side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower to average side as well. A bit more carbonation may have been slightly better, but overall it was rather appropriate for the flavor profile.

Overall – A decent wit and one that is well worth a try, but don’t expect something super out of the ordinary.

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3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy, straw-colored, with a cap of quickly dissapating foam.
Aroma-Faint orange peel and wheat
Taste-Coriander, orange peel,pale malt, spices. Refreshing, tasty, laid-back and well-balanced. Nice summer time brew.

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Photo of Florida9
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Very cloudy light pastel yellow in color. Forms a very fizzy head that quickly fizzes away to just a thin ring around the edge. No lacing,

S: Aroma is full of yeast, yeasty esters and citrus peel. Some mild spices. A little coriander.

T: Taste is thin and mildly tart, but the sweetness is stronger than the tartness. Very noticeable wheat character. Citrus: mostly lemon, with a little orange zest mixes with the sweetness to give this one a flavor somewhat reminiscent of what I imagine fermented Lemon-Lime Gatorade would taste like. There are some very mild spices on the finish.

M: On the lighter side. Heavier carbonation. Mildly crisp. Virtually non-existant bitterness.

O: A very approachable witbier. Hell, this one is easier to drink than Full Pint's "sessionable" Pale Ale.

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Florida9 from Illinois, Jun 16, 2013
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4.11/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This brew pours a cloudy orange with a minimal head which does not last long and light lacing on the glass. A little bit of the broken head floats on the top of the brew until the end.

The smell is great with strong orange, wheat, bubble gum, coriander, lemongrass, grains of paradise and sweet malts.

Sadly the taste does not follow the perfect nose of this beer. There is definitely a lot of wheat, sweet malts and grains of paradise then peppery hops in the background. Not at all bad but after that wonderful smell I was expecting more from the taste.

The mouthfeel is thin and bubbly due to the carbonation. The beer leaves a somewhat dry taste in the mouth after swallowing.

Overall this would be a great session beer for a hot summer day. It goes down very easily. If "Full Pint" could get the taste to match that wonderful smell this brew would be perfect.

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microbrewlover from Pennsylvania, Jun 04, 2013
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3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle: This one pours a fairly clear, straw yellow color. Mine had almost no head on it, and left almost no lacing. Lighter but nice aroma. Mainly lemony citrus, with faint spice and wheat notes. Some grassiness too. The taste is good. Pretty typical of a wit. Lemon, wheat, a hint of spiciness. Perhaps a bit lighter in body, but still pretty good.

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Boto from Connecticut, May 18, 2013
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4.16/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hey, my Full Pint is empty! It was pretty pleasurable too. But not extraordinary or a good value.

This seems to be a very competent wit - the right color, aroma, and a nice slightly sour taste. Similarly, the aftertaste sticks with you a little sour.

Wit Lightning is pretty just OK. I might buy it again, but there is so much beer and so little time. Ta ta.

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Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 283 ratings