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

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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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Photo of Zorro
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy yellow colored beer with a good sized white head.

Smells strongly of toasted grain and grass with a mild orange aroma. Strong biscuit malt aroma. Smells like marmalade on shredded wheat cereal.

Starts out mildly sweet with a strong wheat flavor. Strong biscuit malt taste. Faint orange flavor, taste is close to a freshly baked biscuit. Orange doesn't do much here but it is a pretty solid wheat beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall good wheat beer, not much orange taste.

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Photo of bambam2517
3.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber poured into tulip glasses and shared with the wife, poured at 40F.

A - Very similar in appearance to lemon juice, same color and consistency. Slight carbonation, but no real head or ring develops. Meh...

S - Really fragrant. Strong sweet (natural) orange, mandarin orange IMO. Wheat, coriander and fresh grass in the background. Actually smells really appealing.

T - I wish it were a lot bolder in its taste, and the complexity is low. What taste there is though is nice and in keeping with the wit style. There is a lot of orange on the mouth as well, similar to adding a slice of orange or two to a beer. Thats a practice I'm not fond of (why not just drink better beer?), but its the best way to describe this.

M - Really watery, unremarkable but inoffensive. Makes for a very drinkable but not very memorable beer.

O - I'd like to say I enjoyed it more, but it was just alright for me. I wouldn't like to have it very often, but if it was paired up with dinner at someones house I wouldn't be disappointed. Just OK

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.12/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Cloudy orange with a 1/2 inch fizzy head, and minor lacing.

Smell - Strong wheat, some orange, corridaner, apple, grape, alittle grainy, yeasty. A little lemon and banana in the finish.

Taste - Wheat up front with some orange peel, corriander, lemon and banana. Rather mellow and bland, Other then the wheat every other flavor are mild and lacking. Nothing stands out really, just the wheat. No alcohol is present.

Mouthfeel - Wheat coats tounge with its grainy flavor. Spices and fruits hit the palate very mildy and add minor flavor. Aftertaste is grainy, bland and dry.

Overall - Nothing special here, very bland and forgetable. Lacks flavor, balance and overal fruity flavors that most of this wits have. Nothing worth drinking again.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: standard 355mL brown bottle, interesting label.

Appearance: pours a hazy orange colour with a fluffy head that drops fairly quickly to a one-finger off-white.

Aroma: almost an overabundance of wheat, with plenty of citric backing, obviously. The orange smells more of natural orange peel rather than the usually more artificial orange syrup that one sees in many of these types of beers.

Taste: a combination of those strong wheat and orange peel flavours with some lighter spice and bread malt backing. Not unpleasant at all.

Aftertaste: lingers nicely, a hint of citric hop bitterness comes through also. A good, refreshing wit.

Mouth feel: light in body with plenty of carbonation - a very easy drinking beer. The carbonation carries the flavour well without being 'lumpy' like some lagers, for instance.

Overall: this is a pretty good witbier. The addition of the orange doesn't detract from the wheat, as the wheat seems to have been 'turned up' to compensate. Also the non-artificial nature of the orange really impresses.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap for the 4th Annual LA Beer Week Beer Festival at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and some citrus-like aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but not all that exciting.

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Photo of impending
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


TapRoom Pacific Beach

Served a hazed yellow gold, pure white head, nice lacing.

Aroma is wheaty with orange zest forefront and center, yeasty and minor spice.

The taste too is wheaty with an orange accent but not much else. Zero bitter. The orange gives a nice sweetness as if a grazing lick on a candied orange slice. Thin mouthfeel. The nondescript aftertaste vanishes abruptly.
add some complexity, particularly in the aftertaste and this could be special

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Photo of PolarBear3
1.88/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Pours a golden almost amber colour with a one fingered fizzy head that disappears rather quickly.

S - Burnt orange peel, a little metallic with a faint hint of banana and clove. But not much there really.

T - Orange, some apricots and spice but pretty ordinary nonetheless which leaves a horrible bitter and dry taste in your mouth on the finish.

M - light bodied and very little carbonation

O - A very disappointing effort for a wheat beer and pretty much tasteless. Never again.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A 12 oz bottle picked up at Total Wine in Columbia, SC on the way home from Ocean Isle Beach, July 2012

A - A yellow golden clear brew, with no head and no lace left on the glass

S - Coriander, wheat, banana. Light malts, not much hop

T - Very light. Fairly sweet. Light malty wheat flavor, with mild citrus flavor and even light coriander taste.

M - Light bodied, not well carbonated.

O - An average brew. I like beers with more flavor however. I could see this being refreshing on a hot summer day on the beach however

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.95/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours amber with a small white head.
Nose shows bready malt, soft orange and faint honey. Very soft.
Similar flavours of sweet light malt, honey with accompanying grainy notes and orange peel. No wheat showing.
Seems watery.
Doesn't exactly hit the mark for a witbier...

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy goldenrod color with a frothy white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of faint wheat with some really light spice notes.

Tastes of light wheat notes with some background notes. Wheat hits first with some twang that is rounded out by some sweetness giving an orangelike feel. Some very faint spice notes come in the end.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a mediocre wit and could definitely be improved on.

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Photo of tone77
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of oranges, some wheat. Taste is orange peel, wheat, a bit on the tart side. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing and easy drinking beer.

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Photo of duceswild
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Vigorous pour yielded a very large head which took a while to go down. Beer was a golden wheat in color. Smell was of orange, citrus and wheat. Taste was or orange and some bread/yeast flavors.

Mouthfeel was of carbonation, orange, and crisp.

Overall I felt this beer was somewhat over carbonated, but it was refreshing for a nice summers day.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.48/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear yellow with a thin head and no lace. It's aroma is of fresh baked bread and mild citrus. The flavor leads with bread with honey and mild malt sweetness with very faint orange in the finish. The mouthfeel is light. Coronado Orange Wit is a refreshing, decent beer, recommended.

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Photo of Murrhey
1.69/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Pilsner glass. Reviewed live.

A- Finger width white head. Tiny, frothy bubbles. Partially cloudy orange-gold color. Some thin lacing.

S- Overcooked malts, some punchy citrus smells. Some strange dogfood like notes. They really did a number on this one. Awful smell.

T- Very yeasty, overpowers everything else. Some light citrus and malt in the first sip, but it tastes like moldy bread.

M- Smooth and wet.

O- I was not expecting a beer this bad. This is unfortunate.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.21/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into an Evolution Brewing pint glass. Label says 07/5/11

A- Pours a hazy yellow with a 1/2 inch head that's life is very brief before leaving and becoming a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass. Some lacing and thin surface foam.

S- Smells boozy. Hope it hasn't been sitting too long. Some citrus and wheat come in but are faint.

T- Woah. That's a lot of citrus. It's like biting into a grapefruit. Tons of orange notes too. There's an artificiality in the aftertaste, though. The spices used don't seem to compliment the beer but just add to the cough-syrup-like fakeness.

M- Light yet has a spice bite. Medium-low carbonation.

O- Interesting how they got it to taste so fruity, but it misses the mark. Ends up tasting similar to Leinie's Sunset Wheat.

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

Bomber into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy gold body with a solid finger of creamy off-white head. Decent retention and lacing. Nice looking Wit.

S: Dry and spicy, with coriander and orange peel standing out more than anything. Some dry breadiness is also present, but there isn't much in the way of wheat character. It's pleasant, but just short of being anything special.

T: Pretty similar to the aroma, with spiciness and oily citrus peel being the main players up front. A little bit of breadiness creeps in toward the finish, and it ends with a cleanly dry, spicy aftertaste. Enjoyable, but forgettable.

M: Medium body with a good amount of soft, creamy carbonation. Very nice.

O: This was a pretty nice little Witbier, but nothing I'd recommend seeking out and not one I'd try again. I appreciated how the spiciness was prominent without being overpowering, but in the end it just didn't have enough potency to be interesting.


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Photo of schoolboy
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one lived up to it's expectation and it is just what I needed - a glass of water that is a bit of a drink. After the crazy strong thing I just drank, this is flavored water - thin. In it's defense, though, it is a well made, more "subtle" beer.

Being a light, wit this would be suitable for a nice summery day. Since it is snowing outside, it's pretty wrong for today. The orange taste is buried. Based on this beer, I will avoid this brewery.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.78/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer poured out as a lightly hazed yellowish gold color with a thin white head on top that didn't do too much besides disappear. The smell of the beer is sweet with orange aromas, sadly the orange aromas are more like orange soda. It's a little too sweet I think on the nose. The taste kind of jumps in the same direction which hinders my thoughts. I felt that the mouthfeel was also a little too thin as well. It seemed flat to me, very little if any carbonation here. Overall I wasn't impressed too much and I probably wouldn't have this one again.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Coronado Orange Avenue Wit

Pours like a standard wit, yellow and hazy. Aroma is full of orange citrus and wheat malt. In the taste, semi sweet wheat and orange flavors playing off each other, and a restrained hoppy bitterness with dry orange peel. A nice mix of flavors, wheat, orange, and finishes mildly bitter. Medium bodied and crisp. Overall, a pretty decent wit, went well with curry.

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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 WVbeergeek
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale filtered wheat, bright fluffy white head. Aroma has orange peel hints of honey and spices with coriander and chammomile. Flavor semi sweet spicy flavor with honey and orange peel in the background of this witbier. Mouthfeel is dry semi sweet with a light to medium bodied spices really coat the palate, drinkable for sure especially in warmer weather.

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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 Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled on tap at 1702; March 2011
The beer arrives with a frothy, pale head that has a creamy texture to it. The beer is a lightly hazed, gold color. The nose smells of orange zest, a sort of musty malt character, an earthy base spiciness (coriander) and perhaps even a touch of soapy character.

The soap-like note is in the flavor just a bit as well. This has a light tartness to it up front, which in combination with the orange zest contribution reminds me of watered down orange-juice. There is an earthy spiciness to the finish that seems contributed from coriander. The orange flavor is more washed out than it was in the aroma (where it was quite bright). This is light bodied and refreshing, and it is not so thin as to be watery.

My glass of this beer disappears really fast, but it really wasn’t all that memorable. This is not the most complex Wit, but it is easy

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Orange Avenue Wit from Coronado Brewing Company
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