Orange Avenue Wit
Coronado Brewing Company

Orange Avenue WitOrange Avenue Wit
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Style:
Belgian Witbier
Ranked #540
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
81
Ranked #44,293
Avg:
3.56 | pDev: 13.76%
Reviews:
123
Ratings:
596
From:
Coronado Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
81
Good
Orange Avenue WitOrange Avenue Wit
Notes: This So-Cal take on a traditional witbier honors Coronado’s main street, which is home to our brewpub and was once lined with orange trees. Bolstered by orange zest, coriander and orange blossom honey, it’s Belgium by way of Coronado. Expect a refreshing, light-bodied brew rife with citrus zing and a hint of earthy spice.
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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.16/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Orange is ubiquitous here. Orange appearance, aroma, taste and mouth feel. And perhaps this beer would be better if that is all it was.

Orange pour, mega cloudy body, the top: off white hint of orange in the head, 2/3". Aroma of orange, coriander and the rest of the spice rack.

Taste is a heftier Blue Moon, maltier, even brings a slight caramel aspect to the taste and mouth feel. No additional alcohol presence. Light bitterness, like its not just orange rind, but also grapefruit rind in a smaller proportion. More clove and coriander on firm footing. I get what they are going for here. No my jam, but we all know plenty for whom it is. Its not a beer I would buy another 6 pack of absent special circumstances where I'm being a beer DJ on the river or softball. Would be interested to try a non spice rack version of this, the coriander and clove are my least favorite aspects of the beer. While I'm here, the appearance looks like a hybrid hazy ipa and 100ibu ipa.

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Photo of HaoleBoy
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy golden orange with a thick creamy head.
Quite delicious and very drinkable. Nicely balanced citrus and spice.
I think I'd enjoy this more on a warm summer evening rather than the cold winter night I'm drinking it on ... but still really good.

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HaoleBoy from California, Dec 02, 2019
Photo of GuyFawkes
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Unknown vintage; drank 5/2/16 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy yellow/orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice, noisy bright white head; nice lace.

Coriander, orange peel, mild peanut butter & faint clove notes in the nose. Interesting!

Medium mouthfeel.

Peanut butter, coriander & mild caramel flavors up front; grapefruit bite on the finish.

Extremely unique yet easy to quaff; I'm not sure what to make of this, but I'm excited to try another!

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Jun 26, 2019
Photo of TPHuth
4.59/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Extremely smooth, easy drinking and light, but flavorful, with a slightly sweet aroma and just a hint of orange. Doesn't leave you feeling bloated if you have more than one. Great anytime.

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TPHuth from Ohio, Feb 20, 2019
Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz can into glass. Stamped on can bottom is 'CANNED : 06/14/2017'.
Cloudy, pale gold colored body. One finger of white fizzy head dissipates to scattered islands and ring. No lacing.
Rather an earthy aroma with orange.
Kind of a flat taste with wheat, orange, and mild spices.
Medium mouth feel. Medium carbonation. Rather dry finish.
Okay wheat beer with an orange accent.

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Photo of LocalBeerGuy
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

with smell of tea and earthy notes with orange and fruit with good amount of head great look and nice aroma with little IUB's good fine drink to enjoy cold on summer day or any day of the week.

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LocalBeerGuy from Saskatchewan (Canada), May 09, 2018
Photo of pat61
3.39/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L: brilliant gold under a 1/2" foam cap with fair to poor retention

S: moderate to moderately low levels of orange, coriander, wheat and honey

T: Wheat, honey and spice lead the flavors with a very mild sweetness.

F: The body is medium light and the carbonation is medium.

O: lacks the Belgian yeast character, the light tartness on the finish and the smoothness and light creaminess of a Belgian wit

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pat61 from Minnesota, Nov 14, 2017
Photo of Czequershuus
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a bright gold with a better than average head. The aroma features lots of lemon and orange peel, nutmeg, peppermint candy, clove, coriander and tomato. The flavor features orange peel first, almost clementine orange, then a decent dose of coriander and nutmeg, followed by lemon, and then flattening out into biscuity, rough malts, oats, and more clove. The mouthfeel is soft and full with luscious carbonation. Overall this is a nice wit with a fuller mouthfeel and a good flavor progression throughout, though I am not crazy about the finish.

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Czequershuus from Minnesota, Aug 24, 2017
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3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pale, golden amber, thin head of tiny bubbles, vanishing fast. Beautiful bubble streams rising slow. Wee bit of lacing.

Smells faintly of malty-dry honey-wheat.

Crisp, light with a honey- floral tinted bubble crush of hops.
Citrus, like the floral notes, is understated. The honey-wheat taste lingers.

Mellow. I find it goes quite well with a healthy bowl of cereal.

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Stoutmaster9 from California, Aug 13, 2017
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Canned on date of 05/18/17

Appearance - Pours hazy and golden orange in color with a white, near finger width head. Sub-par retention results in a mostly barren surface with a fair ring of suds around the edge of the glass. Decent lacing, with a few broken lines and some spotting.

Smell - Smells of wheat, orange, light honey, faint milkiness, and a fair amount of coriander spice.

Taste - Follows the nose; wheat, some milkiness, orange character and subtle honey. Light spice bites near the finish, leading to a sweet, slightly spicy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with low-to-moderate carbonation. Slick on the tongue with a relatively flat finish.

Overall - Barely a step up from Blue Moon, but it's passable.

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TheSixthRing from California, Jul 26, 2017
Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This was poured into a mug. The appearance was a hazy burnt orange color with a slim finger’s worth of white foamy head that dissipated within less than thirty seconds leaving a glazing of lace roaming around the glass. The smell had a nice sweet sticky orange and blended citrus rind. A light spice around the coriander helps to balance. The taste took the orange and citrus to combine with the spice to develop a nice refreshing lead into the aftertaste and leave a wet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a fairly decent crisp sessionability about it. The carbonation was there but seemed to smooth out a light citrus rind bitterness over my tongue delicately. Overall, this one was good, Americanized, but yes, good.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow with nice foam and minimal lacing. Smells of citrus, to be honest the smell is very muted, I cannot get much out of it. The taste is very good, good orange notes with wheat/honey and mild carbonation. Overall a very enjoyable beer, excellent for summer months and out by the lake fishing, very nice. Wish it had a little more depth of flavor but as a whole a nice beer.

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Photo of nick_perry
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden-orange color. Minimal head. Aromas of orange and wheat, with a taste profile that matches. I really like how the orange is just a hint, though. Bit of a bite to it, quite a bit of carbonation. Finish that lingers for quite a while.

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nick_perry from North Carolina, Mar 11, 2017
Photo of hophugger
3.04/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Nice semi-cloudy gold in color with very minimal head and no lacing. Aroma is extremely light with just a touch of orange peel. Taste is cool with some watery orange flavor and the feel is reminiscent of a wheat. Finish s clean with a touch of a creamsicle at the end

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hophugger from Virginia, Feb 22, 2017
Photo of andrewh995
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Good very light witbier with a ton of orange citrusy flavors on the nose and palate. Delicious and refreshing with some southern Mexican food but as a standalone beer it's nothing too outstanding.

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andrewh995 from Arizona, Dec 19, 2016
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pound for pound i reckon this is one of the better beers these guys make on a regular basis. its different as the wit style goes, and they have jazzed it up just right. hazy but less pale in color than others, more golden than yellow, with a short lived airy white head. the aroma here is awesome, orange blossom honey, the orange is there for sure, but its sweet, floral, and in front of the belgian yeast, but works well in concert with it. fruity and sweet at the same time, grounded only barely by the sturdy wheat malt. the flavor is awesome and a lot like the aroma, really floral citrus and honey notes, completely herbaceous, springy, polleny, fresh, zesty, living. its great. a little surprised to see this rated so low here, maybe its because to style its pretty out there, but you have to appreciate the complexity in the flavor. the orange i awesome, the blossom element is great, honey all the way through it, there has to be honey in here right?! carbonation sags just a little, and its not so light as to be an all day crusher, but i like it having a little substance to support all the flavor. this is great beer, tastes like no other wit out there, but yet is not at all overdone. i was real pleased with this, and think its far better than its current ratings...

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Photo of BB1313
2.87/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy and cloudy burnt yellow with an eggshell white head that fades leaving solid retention and okay lacing. The aromas are subtle. Malts are present. Lots of bread with hints of corn. Subtle citrus notes. It doesn't really smell like a witbier. The flavors are clean and refreshing. Lots of fresh grass. Hints of orange and lemon. Not much of a yeast presence. Solid malt backbone. Alcohol goes completely unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's light with active carbonation. It's very fluffy and smooth. Extremely quaffable.

This might not be what I personally look for in the style, but it's very refreshing. It just doesn't have much going on at all.

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BB1313 from Ohio, Aug 03, 2016
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3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured into a wine glass. This Wit pours a hazed golden with a light cap of foam.

Aroma of wheat and yeast and a touch of cutrus. Breaks down to neutral and sweet fruit with warming. A delicate style in the end. Alas charachter building is not a strong suit here. In the end an easy quaff but one without much defining character

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HalfFull from California, Aug 02, 2016
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3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

L: Bright orange, moderately hazy, head dissipates almost immediately after pouring.

S: Musty grapes, honey, spices (smells like DFH's Midas Touch). Maybe a hint of citrus. Does not smell anything like what I was expecting.

T: Beginning of the sip tastes kinda like a bad version of DFH's Midas Touch. Then near the end of the sip one gets more of a malty orange. Not particularly great.

F: Moderately full-bodied, and moderately syrupy. Overall, much thicker than I expected. I was hoping for something light and refreshing, but this is not.

O: I wouldn't call this a "bad" beer, but I certainly would not call it a "good" beer (maybe not even mediocre).

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michiganmatt from California, Jul 14, 2016
Photo of basaywhat
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Floral orange, coriander, and wheat malt aroma. Hazy golden yellow with moderate head and effervescence. Lightly sweet lemon/orange peel, strong coriander, and wheat malt flavor.

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basaywhat from Illinois, May 08, 2016
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3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, bottled on date is smeared and hard to read but appears to say 02/12/15. Acquired a single bottle at the local bottle shop. We'll see how this goes.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Pours a beautiful bright golden body, hazed with some sediment, and one finger of frothy white head that lingers, leaving some good fluffy lacing behind. Adequate light streaming carbonation. Looks very nice.

S - A pleasant bready / honey aroma. Only a hint of remaining orange zest and coriander.

T - Taste follows the nose: tons of honeyed bready malts; sweetness from the orange blossom honey is more than apparent. Not pulling much orange or citrus zest from this, and not much coriander either. Some yeast presence, hints of caramel. Very wheaty & bready, with apparent honey sweetness.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, sweet, & clean. Residual bready / honey sweetness. Light-bodied, easy-drinking, with good carbonation.

Overall, an interesting wheat beer from Coronado; not entirely sure if that was an old bottle or what, but either way it was pretty delicious. Would be a nice summer drinking beer. Recommended.

Coronado Brewing Orange Avenue Wit -----4/5.

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mfnmbvp from Illinois, Apr 13, 2016
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3.07/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I don't see any bottle date.

Appearance: Hazy orange gold with a short fluffy white head. Good retention but not much lacing. Even with good retention the head doesn't stand very tall even on a vigorous pour.

Aroma: There is the sweet scent of coriander. I'm not getting any orange aroma but the scent is very nice.

Taste: It's very light on flavor. I'm getting some coriander flavor but the wheat doesn't show through at all. No orange flavor. The aftertaste gives a touch of a citrus tang and some herbal hop character.

Mouthfeel: Very thin and light bodied. It's easy to drink but it doesn't have a palate presence.

Overall: It's not a wit that I would recommend. It floats in the realm of average to sub-average and it isn't a beer I would drink again. The beer says it is a "wheat beer brewed with honey and spices." The wheat flavor doesn't come through in any aspect of the beer and the same goes for the honey. The beer also mentions being brewed with orange zest and while there is a bit of that in the aftertaste it isn't present while drinking the beer. The coriander is there which really saves the beer and keeps it on the average level.

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teromous from Virginia, Apr 02, 2016
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3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, orange color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of wheat, slight citrus, pale malt, Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Fits the style of a Witbier. Tastes of wheat, citrus, slight pale malt, and a hint of hops. Overall, well balanced, very subtle, muted aroma, and weak appearance.

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Tone from Missouri, Mar 09, 2016
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3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy golden with a one finger head that thins out quick.

Aroma: Orange zest, light yeasty notes that carries a light dryness in the nose. Bits of lemon peel, coriander.

Taste: Light bodied, a fairly smooth mouthfeel, lemon orange zest, light cinnamon and coriander.

Notes: Not too bad of a Witbier and decently drinkable. Cheers.

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horshack7 from England, Jan 31, 2016
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3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy pale orange, lively streams of carbonation, pure white but fizzy head. I'm floored by the nose, in a good way- succulent juicy tropical fruit like mango, apricot, orange, some white pepper and cardamom, a fair bit of vanilla. It's a little sugary cloying, but I'm nearly drooling for it at the same time. The flavor becomes a bit muddier with some chalky, peppery yeast muffling those juicy notes, but remains tasty. Despite the honey, perhaps because of the yeast flavor, this is pretty dry. Overly carbonated, it almost burns, but if that had been toned down it would be very refreshing.
I'm both disappointed that the nose didn't take its indulgence to the flavor as well; it would have been delicious, but possibly considered a malternative. Belgian in audacity with ingredients and highlighting the yeast, but it didn't quite have the Belgian nuance. This was still a great pleasure.

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Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 596 ratings