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Orange Avenue Wit | Coronado Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Coronado Brewing Company
California, United States
coronadobrewingcompany.com

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by armock on 04-18-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
108
Ratings:
532
Avg:
3.5
pDev:
31.43%
 
 
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16
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Reviews: 108 | Ratings: 532
Photo of Mitchster
4.84/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

$1.99 for a 12oz bottle @ BevCo. Brewed with 2-row, wheat, cara, orange zest, orange blossom honey and coriander. Hopped with Northern Brewer and fermented with Cali Ale yeast.
19 IBU's and 5.20% ABV.

Pours out to a slightly hazy peach, with little flittering particulate. Thin layer of sediment on the bottom of the bottle. Forms a soapy off white head with very good retention and solid sheets of lace. Carbonation is brisk, ~3.0 carbs. The nose is pungent with coriander and orange zest, and even though this is not the freshest bottle (probably about 3-4 months old), it still smells very fresh and delicious. A very clean ferment and just a hint of dust. An absolutely beautiful nose, one of the best I've ever had in a wit. The taste is wonderful...there is a bready malty crackery malt base with enough body to give it a smooth mouthfeel and still remain crisp and clean. Bitterness is perfectly balanced and doesn't interfere with the orange and coriander, but adds to it's drinkability. The finish is again, very crisp and clean. No off-flavors or aromas.

I think this is probably one of the very best Wit's I've had, and I've had a lot of them. This is a textbook perfect example of the style and I would be proud if I were to have brewed this. A delicious beer. Highly highly recommended. Exceptional.

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Photo of barfootbandit
4.76/5  rDev +36%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle and loved this beer. As a Witbier style it was well executed with a fair amount of alcohol. Somewhat creamy notes of coriander and spice are tasted but most prevalent was the orange flavor. When drinking this beer with a friend we joked of it tasting like orange juice. And that's not a bad thing in my opinion. I don't recall the age of the beer but it was certainly delicious. Bold flavor paired with an excellent execution makes a very good beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of avalon07
4.35/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a quarter inch of creamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A sweet aroma of citrus, spices, and malt.

T: Tasted of lemon, orange peel, coriander, malt and some hops. Nicely balanced.

M: A good amount of carbonation and a slick finish. Light-bodied. A good summer beer.

D: A well made, solidly drinkable beer.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.35/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a dainty little tulip glass. I'm guessing an 8 oz. serving.

Juicy in color (like the skin of a nectarine) and the look of its viscosity (if that makes sense). Summery and elegant. Loses points for the lack of head.

Spicy, herb aroma with hints of clementine.

Orange zest and fresh coriander flavors, balanced well with spectral grassy and peach nectar qualities.

The ingredients altogether taste natural and fresh, carried refreshingly, sip after sip, with a touch of sparkling carbonation.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.32/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at D's Six pack's for 2.50 take out.

A - Pours a nice amber orange color with slight head that fizzes out quickly leaving a ring of lace.

S - Pretty nice. Slight wheat body with orange zest and mild hop aroma. Overall pretty nice.

T - As expected starts off with bitter orange zest, sort of turns sweet with a wheat backbone and finishes wet with a nice bit of hops.

M - Pretty light to medium bodied. More bitter than expected.

D - Overall I didn't fall in love with the beer but was glad to try something new. It had the flavor and even seemed to balance the higher ABV since most Witbier's I had are around 4.4 - 4.9 it worked rather well. I may just try more from this brewery very good brew.

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Photo of Rastabama
4.26/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma of honey and sweet orange followed by slight belgian yeast character

Appearance yellow and hazy, white head , medium-low carbonation.

Tastes like it smells, slighlty creamy mouthfeel, easy pint to drink.

A good witbier, a bit pronounced on the orange note but very good.

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Photo of Aussie_girl1979
4.26/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Tastes just like it sounds...orange wheat. For a local San Diego brew, you can't go wrong. It's crisp and refreshing with a definite orange flavour. Worth a try!

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy peach color with a small, white head. Aroma is floral with coriander and grains. Taste starts with coriander, chamomile, orange and grains. Body is medium, smooth but well carbonated. Really refreshing but also tasty with nice floral and fruity notes.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.2/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a clear bright yellow color with a half finger of fizz that dissipates quickly. Aroma is wheaty, coriander, spice. Smells nice. First sip is a pleasing rush of wheat malt sweetness. Finishes with some body, which showcases orange and spices.

This is an all around solid American style wit. Nice sweetness and pleasing mouthfeel make this an easy drinker.

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Photo of mralphabet
4.12/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Poured 2/3 of the bottle... color is pale yellow with a hint of orange.. poured remaining 1/3... now we are hazy.. Good finger and a 1/2 of foamy white head that settles to a nice layer with good lacing... Good start.

S: I'm getting a nice wheaty malt, little yeasty and lots of orange peel. Still good

T: I'm getting the sweet tartness of the citrus upfront, coming into a nice light wheat malt, the end is very clean with a touch of peppery spice.. Little to no aftertaste. Still good

M: Good carbonation, crisp but smooth and very easy to drink.

D: A very nice Wit... it is a little strong on the citrus side with less spice and pepper than I'm used to having.. But with a great ABV like this you can have a few... Great on a hot day.

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Photo of Lucklys
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a plain old tumbler, it appeared mostly cloudy, and even somewhat murky, with a bright golden honey color and straw yellow highlights. There was a lot of suspended yeast and overall particulate floating around that refused to settle on the bottom throughout the drink, but without this feature, it wouldn't be called a witbier, would it? It produced a solid two-finger thick, fluffy eggshell-white head that was left over from a vigorous pour, which dissipated within a minute, leaving barely noticeable spots along the glass and a thin, patchy island in the middle.

Immediately upon opening the bottle I was inundated with fresh-squeezed juice from nectarines, navel oranges, mandarin oranges, and tangerines - all of which really emphasized the citrus hops. There was quite a bit of wheaty malt that gave the aroma much more body than if it hadn't been present at all, and I really enjoyed the hints of light coriander rolled in honey that peeked through from under the wheat and oranges. Overall, the nose was faintly spicy, but managed to maintain a mysterious softness that kept it very appealing to smell.

From the smell alone, I couldn't wait to get this beer in my mouth. It's been a while since I've had a good orange-flavored beer, some of them are just too medicinal or syrupy and it's hard to find any enjoyment in them. Right away with the Orange Avenue Wit, there was a faint lemon zest that tasted as if it had been sprinkled into a wheat bread base and dipped into grainy pale malts. There were plenty of oranges - both mandarin and navel - and tangerines bursting from the juicy liquid carrying a good amount of tartness along their waves. A dab of honey added the perfect amount of sweetness and kept the oranges from making the brew sour as well as maintaining that fine balance between medicinal and quaffable - which I think can be a big issue with some orange/fruit beers. It offered a light body and mouthfeel with a good amount of spicy carbonation that kept it alive and popping on my tongue, despite a slightly slick finish.

Overall, I found the Orange Avenue Wit very, very easy to drink and extremely refreshing (to the point where I'm probably going to be picking up a four- or six-pack sometime soon). It easily held onto that line between medicinal and quaffable that I mentioned before, being deliciously sweet and yet still managing to deliver a soft kick in the mouth thanks to all of the tangy citrus combined with the heavier wheat. This is very much a summer beer, though it is just as fantastic in the winter, helping bring back that warmth that everybody longs for during the coldest months of the year.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4.09/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Pale golden with a little frothy head and very nice lacing.

S: Amazing, candy orange with honey and notes of vanilla. Orange blossoms and wheat too.

T: Nice and crispy, refreshing, clean and citrusy. A fruity beer, but a good one.

D: I will be searching for a sixer, this is a heck of a lot better than most witbiers I have tried.

Value: Same price as Blue Moon??? Yes please.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, no date

A - Pours a hazy pale yellow with two inches of foamy white head, good retention and lacing

S - Nose is predominantly orange peel with a light yeast aroma, hints of some bready malt

T&M - Taste is crisp and full of citrus with a big smack of orange zest. Carbonation level is nice and provides some zip. The finish shows a bit of malt and a lightness (wheat?), and smooths out with a bit of a lemony tang and a bit of a peppery spice.

D - A nice wit, with more citrus and a bit less spice then most versions. I found this to be enjoyable with a very reasonable ABV

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Photo of ordybill
4.02/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a semi-clear light orange color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is made up of citrus, spices and coriander. The flavor is packed with orange citrus and malt. A very nice beer.

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Photo of bgildea
4.02/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice light color. Little bit of head, some lacing. Decent amount of carbonation.

S: Sweet initial aroma hits you, ends with some nice citrus.

T: Good for its style. You can taste a lot of the honey and citrus flavor. Nice balance of flavors, no real hoppy bight.

M: Decent amount of thickness for such a light beer. Good amount of chew.

D: It's definitely drinkable, I'd drink one again if I had it.

Overall: Overall, it was a good beer with a nice balance of citrus and sweetness. It's not really my type of beer, but for its style, it was enjoyable. A good change of pace, though.

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Photo of 3PuttPar
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Wit fans won't like this one. I hate wits. More like a light hef, with some mild citrus notes. This is a spring or summer by the pool beer. Softer than an IPA, but brighter than a Hef. Very enjoyable, but not strong example of the style. A great alternative to an IPA or Cerveca after surfing.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
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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Photo of kylehay2004
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Straw and murky. Quarter finger head.

S: Typical bread, wheat and light lemon.

T: The orange shows up immediately with bread and wheat finishing crisply. The finish is sweet without that bready aftertaste that some wits have.

M: Moderate carbonation and light body.

Overall: for what it is, it is very good. The orange is subtle but present enough to have a nice sweet finish which makes this one of the better tasting wits I have had.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.91/5  rDev +11.7%
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 dayswonder
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is a hazy blond, with a two finger head that dissipated fast, minimal to zero lacing, this may be because the bottle was six months old.

Not a strong smell but does have floral notes

This is a wheat beer that would compliment a meal becuase of the mellow spices.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.86/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- Al's of Hampden

A- a clear carbonated bright hay yellow color. A stciky lacing left on my pint with a one finger head.

S- orange and supple wheat are prominent but then there is coriander and honey on the back end.

T- Strong orange and wheat dominate. I then get some sweet honey and the hint of coriander.

M- dry and citrusly wheaty. Goes down easy and without a cringe.

D-Overall a good brew, unique and one of a kind. this would be a good summer beer.

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Photo of Bf-wsf
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass

L: orange / golden color. Good level of carbonation and a nice head (but it disappeared after a few minutes)
S: citrus aromas; not too strong but very nice
T: very nice tasting beer. orange and spice flavors at a good level.
F: smooth drinking beer

Overall : a good beer for drinking on a summer afternoon. good, taste and refreshing. I will be looking for this next time

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Photo of socon67
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Cloudy orange pour with a bubbly white foam head. Slight lacing.

S - Strong citrus smell with a bit of yeast and zest. Some coriander spice lingers.

T - Decent flavor of light grains and tart orange flavor. Finish is mildly spiced.

M - Easy drinking witbier with good drinkability. Good BBQ beer pairing.

O - Just a solid wheat beer with some strong citrus notes. Better to have orange in your beer this way than what Blue Moon does.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy yellow with a short-lived head.

Smell: Lemon and wheat.

Taste: Crisp citrus and wheat, faint soybean-like yeast flavor, balanced herbal finish (lavender).

Mouthfeel: Crisp, thin, well carbonated

Overall: There are a lot of beers that are refreshing on a hot day. This does that, and also has some complexity in the taste.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%

On-tap 3/23/2014 at British Beer Company, in Walpole, MA served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy gold color, with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains orange and other citrus fruits, wheat, light caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of orange (as the name implies) and other citrus fruits. Then some bready flavors of wheat, Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while. It’s very similar to Blue Moon but done WAY better.

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