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

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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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 jeremy13586
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, poured in to a pint glass.

Nice hazy straw yellow color. Left two fingers of bone-white head that stuck around for a bit. Left minimal lacing.

Banana, lemon, cloves, and other spices. Faint smell of stale buttered popcorn and yeast near the end.

The taste is very similar to the nose. Lemon and some grassiness comes out more. Very clean finish.

Medium bodied. Pretty bubbly, but very smooth and clean.

A favorite of mine to drink during the summer. Clean and simple.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy, light golden color with about a finger of pure white head. Great retention and a sticky lacing.

S - Smells of lemon, clove, and a distinct musty, hot dog-like smell. Not atypical for a wit, but I don't really like it.

T - Much better than the smell. The citrus and wheat are very apparent with just a touch of dank grass on the back end. Clean without any of the off-putting flavors I find in many wits.

M - Carbonation is high, but very smooth. Light bodied and refreshing.

O - Not a style I drink often, but I enjoyed this one. A great summer beer. Very impressive mouthfeel and very good flavor.

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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 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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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 clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
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 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 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 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 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 IronLover
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow in color with a slight haze. Poured with a bubbly white foam that quickly disappeared. Light belgian yeast aroma with hints of wheat malt, biscuit, lemon and spice. Medium bodied with lively, refreshing carbonation and crisp finish. Wheat and yeast flavors up front with tangy carbonation and a hint of orange in the middle. Biscuity and spicy flavors thru the end to finish. Finishes crisp and semi-dry with a touch of bready, spicy aftertaste. Despite the medium body and ABV this has was a light, refreshing ale. Very nice.

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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 WoodBrew
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
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 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 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 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 PCampbell
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Pours a hazy gold with a thin layer/ring of white foam.

Has that great citrus, lemon smell to it. A little bit of spice and clove to it as well. The taste picks up the spicy/ peppery flavor and some coriander and clove as well. Little bit of tang from the yeast and finishes nice and dry. A nice light mouthfeel with some good carbonation to back it up.

A good refreshing wit that is especially tasty on the warm summer days.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
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 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 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 PittBeerGirl
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Fantastic. Foggy straw yellow body and 2 finger or so soapy white head. The ehad fades to 1/2 finger or so and plenty of lacing is left behind in the glass. The cloudiness is very dynamic as you can see thick clouds swirl about in the glass and some bubbles rising to the top.

S- Nose is pretty typical for a wit. Bready yeast, a touch of citrus and coriander, and a hint of soapiness as well.

T- Flavor upfront somewhat dry and the highlight is coriander with a mild bready backbone. The peppery spice aspects intensify for the finish and a touch of citrus comes through and the yeast backbone becomes slightly more prominent-but the finish overall is pretty clean with only a touch of spice lingering.

M- High carbonation and a lightweight-but full slightly bready, dry body.

D- I like this beer a lot. Its light, drinkable, and full of flavor. This is my first brew from this new brewing company out of Pittsburgh and I look forward to trying other offerings from them. One of the better American wits that is out there.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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 IronCitySteve
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy yellow orange color with a nice two finger foam head that dissipates to a film. Has a moderate amount of lacing.

S: A good scent of orange, coriander, wheat and cloves.

T: The spice hits up front but is quickly balanced out by the wheat and citrus. Nicely balanced.

M: Very light crisp and clean taste on the palate. Nicely carbonated.

D: Easy to drink Witbier, perfect for hot summer days.

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Photo of nhindian
4.19/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very light gold, deeper straw color with only about a finger's worth, if that, of creamy white head. Body is cloudy and well carbonated. Retention is fairly poor and there's a decent amount of lacing.

S - Smell is definitely spiced up with a wonderful bouquet of coriander, orange peel, citrus and lemon notes. Peppery, but complemented well with the citrus zest.

T - Taste has a nice combination of bready yeast, fruit, and spices. The front and mid palate are full of refreshing citurs, while the finish is nice and dry and spicy. Almost no hint of alcohol at all in this one.

M - Mouthfeel is light and popping with carbonation. Finish is crisp and dry which really helps the flavors pop as well.

D - Drinkability is high. The flavor profile is spot-on, and with almost no hint of alcohol, I could see this being a day-long beer during a sweltering summer day.

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White Lightning Wit from Full Pint Brewing Company
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