White Lightning | Full Pint Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Full Pint Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
fullpintbrewing.com

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by goblue3509 on 06-11-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
60
Ratings:
267
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
13.37%
 
 
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Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
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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Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a modest head that still manages to leave a considerable amount of lacing behind

Smell: Fragrantly fruity with a perfume of grains of paradise and to a slightly lesser extent, orange peel and coriander

Taste: On top of the wheat bread base, all of the flavor that I detected in the aroma literally blasts the tastebuds; by mid-palate, there is some tang and spicy yeast character that develops as well; the finish is well balanced and very fresh tasting

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: One of the best wits I have tasted, domestic or Belgian; consider me impressed

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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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Photo of Rifugium
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
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 Slatetank
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this one on tap so I figured I'd give it another go in the bottle -poured chilled from the brown 12oz into a tumbler similar in shape to the Hoegaarden glass

The color is golden and clear at first in the light with a thick white collar that collapses fast. the clarity becomes hazed as some yeast or spice particulate clouds the beer. The bead is tiny and lacing is minimal. The smell is good with plenty of wheat and slight banana esters from the yeast. The spices are moderate in the aroma and slight toasted cereal effect is noted. The feel is good with moderate carbonation and semi sweet slightly creamy texture with mild spice felt at first and increases as it warms. The finish is clean and dry.

The taste of this Wit is pleasant with a moderate amount of wheat creaminess in the flavor with slight tanginess of the yeast and slight spiced note. The spice flavor comes through more in the finish with a pepper-like quality and the subtle floral effect comes through with mild bitterness after the swallow. This is a refreshing beer all the way, the mild lemony edge with a good amount of yeast flavor and the spice creates a nice balance. I consider this a good example of the style and recommend trying this if you like witbiers or just want to have a quality sessionable wheat.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
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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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
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 RblWthACoz
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great nose on this one. I mean, real good. Perfectly balanced yeast tones with some perfectly appropriate citrus tones. Heh. I stuck this beer in the refrigerator to avoid/delay trying it. Lol. I am genuinely laughing at myself for trying to scheme at avoiding trying this beer. Oops. Well...I suppose moments of regret are just part of life.

This flavor profile is well above par. Smooth yeasty funk with lemony citrus tones and spice edges as an accent. I'm just going to go ahead and be ballsy and put this witbier up there with Hitachino White Ale. From my point of view, it's bringing all the right characteristics for the style. I'm impressed; which I never expect for this style when it's from an American brewer. From my understanding, this is a real pain in the ass style to produce. But for some people, it seems like it's a cake walk.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Boulevard's in J'Town, PA had another decent offering of the Full Pint version of Blue Moon...White Lighning Wit. The beear poured a hazy yellow color with decent carbonation, white thin head that dissipates quickly, some lacing. Smell light wheat malt, slight biscuit, hints of spice and lemon, slightly bitter. Taste is basically a dead ringer for Blue Moon....with some spice hints of lemon/citrus. Adding an orange peel...really made this a good beer. Mouthfeel is was good....nice lighter drinkable beer. Overall, nicely done witbier.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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 Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Full Pint White Lightning

Appears to be a hazed light yellow. Aroma of wheat malt, citrus and bubblegum. Tastes citrusy, reminiscent of lemon candies. Some clove and bubblegum flavor. Subtle bitterness. Medium bodied feel worm ample carbonation. Really impressive the way this beer has come along, this is a great wit.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Piper's pub in Pittsburgh the other day.

The beer pours a somewhat hazy golden amber color with good head retention and decent lacing. The nose is prototypical wit, showcasing light honey, clove, coriander, nutmeg and light lemon. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, although there's some bitterness in the finish that helps to balance perfectly the modest sweetness in this beer. The wheat used in the recipe for this beer is very noticeable, especially on the palate (not a bad thing IMHO). Mouthfeel is light to medium, though the beer delivers plenty of flavor, especially for a 5.5% abv. beer. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile; I get no sense of heat on the finish at all.

While nothing spetacular, I thought this a very enjoyable, solidly made wit. It's a beer I'd definitely order again, especially as the weather warms up a bit more.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clearish yellow gold with fizzy head on top of a laid back orangey, citric and lemon zest along with peppery spice aroma. REal easy to drink, the citric and spices hit their spots and beer goes down smooth and then finishes real crisp and clean. Nothing to write home about but a touch of sweetness and an overall decent beer (above the watery line) make it a good drink on a hot summer day.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.44/5  rDev -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 akorsak
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a weizen glass at Al's of Hampden. No garnishes.

A: The witbier is a golden yellow brew, hazy throughout. A small head, no more than a thin band, sets gently atop the wit.

S: The nose has plenty of orange peel, a sweet citrusy aroma. Wheat and pale malts generate a bready aroma with a tart finish. The crisp tartness in the finish sets the stage nicely.

T: The addition of nitrogen reduces the impact of the carbonation, allowing flavors to linger. That aids the curacao and wheat flavors, giving them legs. There is much more pale barley than wheat, creating a bready flavor that saves the wheat tartness for the very end of each sip. The witbier is very refreshing, better even than I was expecting.

M: The nitrogen-CO2 mix helps the mouthfeel, allowing the tart and fruit flavors to linger. I'd love to see a little more in the way of tart wheat.

D: Another solid beer from Full Pint. This one is light and very refreshing. A good ale for a warm September day.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the regular Full Pint offerings I haven't had yet.

A - Pours a bright hazy yellow with a half inch of head that quickly turns to a slight ring of lace. No sticking whatsoever but carbonation is festive in my glass.

S - Smells of orange, touch of lemon, and spices of clove.

T - Very spiced and not very bitter as expected from the yeasts. The spice does come off sweet and constant with a peppery bite at first then a tart bit of lemon that rounds to an orange zest kind of hops.

M - Taste isn't overbearing and the body is pretty light. Very session able.

Overall I am glad I tried this and would get it again for summer drinking. I could see at least throwing a couple in my mixed sixer since my local place has this too. A very solid, flavorful beer.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
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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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
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 cpetrone84
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler from Fathead's on a freshly tapped keg.

A-pours a hazy pale straw golden color with a pure white head.

S-the nose brings lots of bread, slightly doughy, a light yeast lingers in the middle as a spicy phenol steps in. there are some fruity esters in the back of banana and a touch of lemon.

T-the taste is more balanced with the wheat properties of the beer. hints of dry bread, nice yeast profile, the spice sets in at the middle, peppery phenols, almost latin spice, the fruity banana ester comes in behind with notes of tangy lemon.

M-soft and smooth of the tongue with a nice grainy backing, lively carbonation, would like a tad bit more but nothing to complain about. clean crisp finish.

D-solid wit, good balance of flavors. the finish is a little seltzer waterish and a hint more carb might have helped that. yeast strand could have added a bit more complexity but still tasty.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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 DavoleBomb
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
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 BeerAdvocate
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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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Photo of Tucquan
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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 Boto
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
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 Florida9
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
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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