White Lightning Wit | Full Pint Brewing Company

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White Lightning WitWhite Lightning Wit

Brewed by:
Full Pint Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Buggabeer
2.83/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A In the glass it is what it should be a hazy golden color. This beer has NO head what so ever and mostly resembles a cheap chardoney. Not very appealing at all. On the bottle it shows a nice glass full of beer with a 2 finger head on it. False advertising!!!

S Awesome smell of spices that leaves you wanting to drink immediatly. I also pick up a slight citrus smell and a slight bread sent as well

T This is where I wish smell was the taste. The smell was awesome and the taste was a little to spicey on the back side

M The beer leaves a bad spice taste on my tongue that I wish I could scrap off. I wish it would go away.

D I think it would be nice on a hot summer day however I would choose something else. As far a a white ale i think it is a nice job but you will find much better out there.

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Photo of hersh500
3.06/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Odd very pale yellow color...definately want to roll in some yeast sediment when pouring to give adequate haze

Typical wit aroma...spice, but lemoncitrus notes dominate

Appealing Lemon candy taste...refreshing

Thin light mouthfeel...weak legs

Light, easy, refreshing summersession drinker, not a stand alone beer

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Photo of Rifugium
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First had: Philly Beer Scene Tasting panel with Matt Falco at Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, PA

I was privileged enough to be on the tasting panel for PBS Magazine, along with Bill Covaleski of Victory and Greg Ramirez of Exton Beverage. This was one of 21 beers we sampled during the session.

Poured a hazy golden-yellow with a thin, wispy, white head that left a bit of spotty lacing on the glass. Wheaty aroma, notes of citrus and light spice; pretty standard stuff. Light flavors of wheaty bread, spicy yeast, a touch of citrus zest. Very smooth taste for the style. Not too flavorful but crisp and refreshing surely, and pretty easily drinkable. Not something I'd go for again though.

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Photo of burnstar
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours pale clear straw with a medium sized head that dissipates quickly. Lots of visible carbonation. Smell is yeasty and a little phenolic- kind of cider-like. Taste is sweet. Some wheat character- a little spicy cloves. Not as sharp as I would like. A little too much rounded malt sweetness. Light bodied and moderately carbonated. Overall not a bad beer but I don't think this is very good for the style.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
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 OneDropSoup
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Hazy, light orange/apricot body with pretty much no head, just a thin, thin ring. Nice color, if a little dark for a wit; disappointing build, no lacing.

Nice soft fruity smell: banana, Juicy Fruit, a little lemon curd, all very subdued & "cool". Nothing bad here, but nothing super either.

Fruitiness is there in the taste as well, but a little sharper, & followed by a kind of white bread doughiness. A combination of fruit, gum, & a solid tartness & bitterness in the finish. Pleasantly sweet, mildly spicy aftertaste.

Wasn't expecting the sharp carbonation, a little over the top.

Overall, decent enough, an easy drinker.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
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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Photo of soulfly1492
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Bready upfont. Cornbread. Banana, clove, a bit of orange citrus. Pepper.

Appearance: Straw in color. Cloudy as per normal. Very little white head. Spotty lacing.

Flavor: Bready. Banana, clove, some citrus. Cannot detect the Northern Brewer hops at all. Finishes dry/tart.

Mouthfeel: Heavily carbonated, tingles on the tongue. Light/medium body. Powdery texture. On the dry side.

Overall: Nice flavor. Light, but it's got the bready, estery, and spice. The pepper is pretty strong in this one, must have been a heavy dose of the grains of paradise. It stays present through the aftertaste. If I have one complaint it's that it could have been more creamy.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
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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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.47/5  rDev -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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Photo of Boto
3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
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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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought from the Beer Store in Moon, pours a slightly hazed golden hue with a bright white head fine lacing followed around the sides of my pint glass. Aroma has sharp coriander citrus wheat notes and evident spicy grains of pardise forming in my nares. Flavors drink well actually with a refreshing tart white ale presence...sharp wheat brings on some citrus qualities maybe a bit of citrus peels. Mouthfeel is medium bodied efffervescent light and spritzy carbonation, goes down easiliy. Another well made Full Pint brew, how many brewers does it take to screw in a light bulb, I'm kidding this is just solid good brewing I'm glad this was a collaboration white ale.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light yellow and hazy. Soapy topper with some glossy sheen. 3.5

Lemon curd, coriander, and orange. Yogurt-y aroma with some backseat wheat. 3.5

Sweet lemon yogurt flavor, mild coriander, clove, and some wheat grain. Finishes with mild hop bitterness, quite bold for the style. 3.5

Medium body and an open floodgate of carbonation. Burpy. 3.5

The hoppiness is nice, the sweetness isn't my cup of tea in a wit. Average brew. 3.5

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Photo of dacrza1
3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
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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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a whiteish/golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, slightly sour aroma. Taste is crisp, wheat and spices, some citrus, refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow color with orange-ish hints and a white head. In the aroma, wheat notes and quite spicy and dry. In the taste, wheat notes, a small orange/ coriander citrus, and small spiciness. A spice like bit and a light bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry orange peel aftertaste. A bit drier than a standard wit, just about average.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2011-09-09 in Pittsburgh, PA at Fat Head's (from notes)

A - Very hazy straw with a 2-finger white head and good lacing. Looks like a Ferman wheat beer.

S - Bread, yeast, lemon, coriander and clove.

T - Bread, yeast, clove, coriander, mild banana, pepper and lemon citrus. Finishes fairly clean with a lingering spicy flavor.

M - Light-medium body and high carbonation give a light, dry feel.

O - Not the first wheat beer I'd go to but well-done.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color, thin and bubbly white head that fades fast. Little visible carbonation.

There is a nice coriander and citrus aroma, and maybe a touch of spice from hops. A bit of an earthy graininess is behind this.

nice spice in the taste as well, bitter/sweet citrus and not coriander comes back in the finish. Well balanced with some malt depth as well.

Light bodied, easy to drink. A good example of this style in my opinion.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy lemony yellow color, white head is small and retains as a bit of lacing.

Smells of lemongrass, coriander, citrus and mild citrus zest. Some wheaty malts come through.

Tastes of light grassy wheaty malts, followed by notable citrus tartness and sweetness and hints of coriander. There is the tiniest hint of zest bitterness.

Light body with light tingles of carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Overall a very easy going drinkable beer, but a bit boring. The flavor department is where it's lacking. Everything else is good, but there's unrealized potential in the flavor profile. The citrus and wit spices are good, there just needs to be a bit more malt. There are other wits I would drink before this.

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Photo of Analog_kid
3.58/5  rDev -4%
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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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass, color is straw to gold, decent carbonation, white thin head that dissipates quickly, no lacing.

Smell light wheat malt, slight biscuit, hints of spice and lemon, slightly bitter.

Taste is somewhat muted wheat malt with an odd spicy finish, with notes of lemon/citrus zest throughout.

Mouthfeel is somewhat harsh on the finish sticking to the tongue, but still lingers flatly.

Overall, nicely done witbier, wish the taste had a little more to offer.

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Photo of dtivp
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden straw with a finger and a half white head, good retention and very little lacing.

Aroma of grain, yeast, citrus and clove.

Taste wheat, malt, strong spicy clove and notes of lemon zest.

Mouth Feel is light leaning medium body, moderate carbonation, dry, crisp and a slight tingle of spice.

Overall a nice wheat beer, I would like it better if the spice was toned down a notch.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.0 A: Hazed golden wheat color. One and a half fingers of frothy white head. Retention is a touch below average and very little lacing is left.

4.0 S: Big corriander, grains of paradise, and some orange peel. Good wheatiness with a light peppery spiciness. Clean and pleasant.

3.5 T: Taste is like the nose with a little less intensity. Corriander and orange peel stick out among the neutral wheat. A touch of pepper. Again, super cleann.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Very nice creaminess. Good here.

3.5 D: Good quality wit from a local brewery that I'm happy to have.

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Photo of Florida9
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
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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Photo of wvsabbath
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Cloudy light pear juice color, light orange. 1 inch fizzy white head and minor lacing.

Smell - Standard smell of lemon, corridaner, orange, added spices and wheat. A little pale malt and some pepper also.

Taste - Light malts mixed with spices and pale wheat at first sip. Everything is very light flavorwise, orange and corriander add some sweetness along with some peppery flavor. Lemon is the main flavor, really makes this beer have such a big saison feel, very grassy. No alcohol present, and very minor hops.

MOuthfeel - Really light and easy to drink. Tounge gets malts, spices and lemon, palette gets more of the same and a little hop ting. Aftertaste is dry, wheat and lemon.

Overall - Decent, a little too much lemon which overpowers it and adds a little too much sour flavor. Its a good spring/summer beer, very easy to enjoy, theres better wits out there but this is worth a drink for sure. A little more fruit flavor would really make this good.

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White Lightning Wit from Full Pint Brewing Company
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