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Orange Avenue Wit | Coronado Brewing Company

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Orange Avenue WitOrange Avenue Wit

Brewed by:
Coronado Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 107 | Ratings: 528
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 horshamguy
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A--A nice golden peach. Tannish head that dissipates quickly, leaving no real lacing.

S--Light citrus, orange with mild wheat.

T--Sweet with citrus. Malts follow a bit of orange.

M--Quenching. Medium feel with nice carbonation

O--A nice wit. Very well balanced. I can see having a few on a warm, summer night.

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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 joe12pk
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A - Cloudy peach. Zero head. Spotty lacing.

S - Oranges and orange zest with a little wheat.

T - Oranges and zest, some wheat. Finishes quite nicely with a peppering of hops.

M - Medium/light

O - This is just begging to be a great wit. Perhaps it needs some lemon? Still a pleasant brew.

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Photo of BREWS4LA
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into glass nice hazy color typical for the class, average head.

Very nice aroma typical citrus and some yest/bready scents .

Taste was good well balanced maybe just a tad sweet on the back end but pleasant and refreshing would prefer just a bit more bold. Goes very good with a meal but probably not just for drinking without food.

I would probably drink again but would not go out and specifically seek this out all in all above average but no WOW factor.


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Photo of thomda11
3.39/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I was anxious to try this as a fan of the style and a recent resident of San Diego County. It pours a nice orange, but the head is not impressive and quickly dissipates. The aroma is a bit weak with mostly honey and faint hints of citrus. The taste follows the aroma, but I think the honey sweetness is a bit overpowering. Overall the beer is not bad, but not great; however, I would drink it again. Despite an underwhelming taste, it was quite refreshing.

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Photo of HamdenHector
2.78/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: hazy; a deeper yellow that I would expect from a wit - likely due to the honey; 1 finger head that receded very quickly; almost no lacing;

S: like a wit, but the sweetness of the honey comes through as well;

T: the honey sweetness is predominant; any wit characteristics are buried in the background; no bitterness at all;

M: light bodied; light carbonation;

O:I like that brewers are experimenting with styles and I like trying those experiments, but the honey really doesn't work for me;

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Photo of TheIcemanCometh
2/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

As an "Wit" I was expect a light color and a citrus crispness. What I got was a hoppy amber beer. The hop feel sat on my tongue like an IPA. There was zero citrus crispness. As such, it was not to style in the least bit. Instead I would judge this beer as an amber ale. In which case I would rate it slightly higher but it would still be "unremarkable"

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Photo of Brew_42
2.93/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours cloudy yellow with a faint head.

Smells orange-y but in an artificial sense. Like orange soda almost.

Taste follows the smell. A hint of vanilla honey but the taste is dominated by a fake orange taste.

Mouthfeel- watery

A let down. The description sounded great but the beer just wasn't that great.

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Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass; no bottle dating but was recently released in the state. Pours very hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of orange peel, lemon zest, pear, light banana, wheat, biscuit, honey, coriander, light clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of bready/honey malt, spice, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of orange peel, lemon zest, pear, light banana, wheat, biscuit, honey, coriander, light clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of orange peel, lemon zest, pear, light banana, wheat, biscuit, honey, coriander, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good balance and robustness of spice, yeast ester, and bready/honey malt sweetness; with decent complexity and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with smooth, moderately creamy, and slightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a good witbier. Good robustness and balance of yeast ester, spices, and bready/honey malt sweetness; and very smooth to drink. A pleasant and enjoyable offering.

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Photo of smcolw
2.55/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Nearly no initial head and from there, it loses nearly all of the bubbles rapidly. Exactly three small spots for lace. Straw color with plenty of haze.

Soured pale malt mash aroma. A bit grainy as well. After a bit of waiting, I smell sweetness that reminds me of orange ribbon candy.

First impression is that this another macro beer--thin body and lightly flavored. I note some wheat and hop in the swallow. Very short aftertaste. Easy to drink but void of any interest.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into an Angel City Flute style glass
Notes taken from 04/06/14

A: Sunburst yellowish-orange with considerable wheat haze obscuring visibility across the body. Thin lip of fizzy white foam settles up quickly to a mere halo. Some very mellow lace and dots of stick noted.

S: Smells predominantly of wheat malt with that grainy husk like quality. There is a nice honeysuckle sweetness to the nose and some light orange zest coming through. Dash of spicy pepper there. Mostly wheat malt up in here though which is not all that appealing to me.

T: Tastes much the same with a heavy influence of grainy wheat malt and some modest dried orange peel. Has a light sourdough bread likeness to it with a touch of orange blossom honey. Dash of faint spice but not a very developed yeast character here. There is a moderately low amount of bitterness perceived and the alcohol is well disguised throughout. Slight herbal note in the back. All in all this comes off very bland and pedestrian with not much going on in flavor town.

M: Moderate filling from the bready malts but stays on the lighter side. Still seems heavier than most Wits. Even carb could be higher but gives a smooth consistency. Touch watered down with a light drying in the finish. Fairly clean end result.

D: I am a Coronado fan as most of the offerings that they put out are solid but this one is a big miss for me. I can appreciate the need for a nice refreshing light Belgian Wit in your lineup but at least make it something special. This is just plain drab. Shock Top says hello.

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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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Photo of Flounder57
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy yellow with no clarity or vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Bready, pale malts, honey sweetness, citrus, orange, spices, and vanilla.

Taste: Orange citrusy, bready malts, sweetness from malts and honey, vanilla, spices, and a little tart.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, refreshing, light bodied, medium to high carbonation, a little dry, and a little tart.

Overall: a good witbier. It is good to see these newbies here in Boston as I look forward to trying out more of their styles of beers. Good stiff so far.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a Hoegaarden witbier tumbler.

A simple cloudy and opaque dull apricot body, with barely half a finger of white head off the pour. Settles though to a thin puck and a nice creamy white collar, with a little bit of clarity towards the head.

Bouquet is orange, but also something a little unpleasant. A hint of bile strangely it seems. The orange is quite nice and doesn't come off to artificial.

Nice first impression the sip. Good dense orange fruit at first, followed with a nice creamy palate and solid chewy wheat backbone. Dense. Controlled finish and a bit of toasty and bready aromas surprisingly on the swallow too. Glad that not much of that slightly off aroma is coming out in the taste.

Overall a fairly solid and pleasant witbier.

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Photo of DrJay
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fizzy, quickly dissipating cap. Very hazy, amber/orange color. Aromas of wheat grain and earthy citrus rind, oranges, a bit spicy. Medium bodied with lowish carbonation, felt a little dull. Low bitterness with more wheat, orange, and spicy character. Decent overall. I liked the orange aroma, but it didn't carry through as well into the flavour.

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Photo of cbutova
2.52/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Coronado makes it to MA which means more 12oz bottles for me to review.

A- Poured into a tumbler with a hazy, yeast clouded golden light orange body. A small white cap forms that has a fizzy, somewhat creamy texture. Head retention is decent as the foam dies down to a small ring fairly quickly. Several patches of lace and a few small rings.

S- Not a whole lot of strength here, I find myself searching for the aroma in a style that usually smacks you in the face. Moderate amounts of citrus and orange peel come to mind with a bit of yeast spiciness beyond that.

T- Spiciness comes to life here as it didn't really hit me that much in the aroma. White peppercorn, coriander and even a bit of cardamom hit the palate with the aforementioned orange citrus zest feel. Rustic wheat bread, medium sweetness, herbal qualities, honey and earthiness all come to mind beyond the spice and citrus.

MF- Light bodied with a crisp, high-end carbonation; refreshing feel. Texture is fizzy with a slight silky creaminess. It all finishes off with a zesty bitterness lingering on the palate.

Something about the whole experience feels thin to me. The flavor doesn't round it to be all that satisfying to me and is a bit underwhelming. The added spices also throw the balance a little too far in that direction. Has that flavored soda feel for some reason.

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Photo of FLima
3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with a thin head.
Predominant aroma of American Ale yeast, honey, biscuit and grainy malt and subdue pine.
Flavor of oranges and mandarins, grass, wheat, licorice, American Ale yeast, honey, white grapes, spices but mild on coriander and cloves. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Medium body with medium carbonation.
On the positive side, it brought a different blend of flavors, though something was missing, probably this would have worked better on a hoppier wheat beer.

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Photo of Brenden
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The color is a very pale sort of orange. It's thickly hazed and has a moderate translucence to it. The head is fluffy and white, almost one finger tall with good retention and a modicum of spotting and patching intermingled.
It smells like orange peel, zest and juice with a bit of yeast under a dry pale malt. A hint of kitchen spices with a touch of sweetness also lingers a little.
Orange is the primary focus in this beer under almost thick malts with a tangy/dry wheat presence. Gentle spiciness sits through underneath, and there's an earthy overtone to it. Orange peel bitterness is light and constant.
This beer is unusually thick, its medium body quite big for a Wit. It still has a certain softness, though. It's brightly crisp all the way through. I want to score it higher but for slightly too much of a syrupy/sticky thing going on and only a moderate smoothness.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - very cloudy, pineapple juice yellow. A thin finger of head holds for several minutes and maintains a thin partial cover.

Aroma - orange blossoms, Creamsicle, light crackery malts.

Taste - nice wheaty base, the orange is flavorful without being sugary. A mild tartness on the swallow. some mild bittering on the aftertaste. Finishes dry, clean, and refreshing.

Mouthfeel - smooth, crisp, average weight.

Overall - easy session beer for summer/fall. Good one for the crossover crowd as well.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.39/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a relatively clear medium honey yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some brassy highlights. The beer has a half finger tall creamy off-white head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Overall a very light aroma to this beer, it starts out with light aromas of citrus/orange zest followed by light aromas of peppery yeast and just a hint of coriander.

T: Upfront there are light flavors of wheat with slightly stronger flavors of orange + orange zest that has a light amount of sweetness. There is a light amount of peppery yeast (white pepper) and just a hint of coriander. Very light amounts of herbal hops which impart a light amount of bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Relatively smooth, almost creamy.

O: I like all of the aspects of this beer with the exception of the herbal hop/medicinal flavor that lingers a bit in the finish. Otherwise a middle of the road witbier, pretty easy to drink with well hidden alcohol but not really interesting enough for me to get again.

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Photo of plaid75
3.74/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a dark hazy straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured sweet orange, esters and coriander.

The taste offered an upfront estery wave with orange and spice to follow. Pleasant round malts noted as well.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty wit.

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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 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 biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle. Sexy schooner-purveying mermaid depicted on the typically well-rendered label for this brewer.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden straw hue, with two fingers of moderately puffy and bubbly dirty white heady, which leaves a somewhat low berm of pockmarked landfall lace around the glass as it rather quickly abates.

It smells of semi-sweet, fruity orange, savoury coriander, grainy wheat and pale malt, very mild lemon, yeast, and traditional banana-like wit notes. The taste is sweet mandarin orange and lemon citrus zest, middling earthy yeast, grainy, mostly dry wheat malt, banana chips, a touch of neutered clove spiciness, and an earthy, and somewhat weedy drying hoppiness. Nothing really honey-like presents itself at any point in this whole affair.

The carbonation is a tad frothy, but generally just acting as a supportive undergarment, the body a sturdy middleweight for the style, but lacking anything resembling a serious smoothness quotient. It finishes off-dry, the fruity citrus really the star, as the yeast, wheat, and spice blend into a generic swirl of umami which does well by its innocuousness.

A sort of mid-range witbier, one tempered by a straight-up citrus fruit and sweetness, but lacking the edgy yeast and grain characters necessary to provide the expected balance. Of course, this offering somehow finds its way around that particular dichotomy, one which I'm still trying to figure out. So, if you take one thing from all of this, it should be: orange, and all the things that rhyme with it (man, I just can't get away from the 90's alt-rock references tonight. Oh well).

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