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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: 108 | Ratings: 532
Photo of kflorence
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Coronado Brewing Company.

Pours a cloudy amber orange color, served with orange slice (that is not needed). Tastes like wheat, yeast and some fruit flavors (mostly orange and spice), but also some hop presence. Aftertaste is a tangy hoppy flavor, almost bitter. It’s definitely drinkable and tastes pretty good, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to get it.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.07/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out of a tap into a pint glass. Color was golden orange and there was just a light film of head. Smelled a hint of orange and sweet but not that much after. I actually sucked some of the beer into my nostils looking for a smell. Tasted like oranges, specifically orange peels. Mild carbonation. Good after taste, though. Great for a summer beer.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear straw color with an unremarkable white head that is neither full enough nor retained for any great length of time. A few minutes gives just a thin film and some scattered lace.
Smell is malt, citrus, vanilla and hops. Well balanced.
Taste is a bit hoppier with a a much milder malt note than in the nose. Vanilla and citrus are present but the balance is off somewhat. Spices, mainly pepper are here as well.
Medium-bodied with a tart effervescence up front. Aftertaste has a bit more malt presence with a faint warming on the palate. Overall, a decent brew but nothing special.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An interesting wit. Orange is in the nose. But there is also a strange baby aspiring smell as well. The appearance was a touch dark for a wit. More like a heffe. The taste is very good though. Mouthfeel is very lively. Overall, I like it more than most wits. The orange notes sweeten the taste a little and give it a tiny bit of fruityiness that makes the beer distinctive.

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Photo of nickfl
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - The beer pours into my glass with half a finger of white head, set atop a slightly hazy, golden body. The head settles pretty quickly and leaves only light lace.

S - Earthy malt with a bit of biscuit character. Some coriander and honey in the background.

T - Spicy wheat up front with thick, bready malt sweetness. There is some coriander in the middle and a hint of honey. Things finish up with more doughy malt and some coriander, clove, and just a hint of ginger.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - Not bad, it is well balanced and moderately flavorful, which puts it firmly in the better than average category for witbier. The orange is there somewhere in the background, but not as prominent as I might have expected from the description on the bottle, though a more powerful orange character would have probably done the beer more harm than good.

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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 farrago
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bleached white head of close to two fingers, delicate and close to wispy, dissolves rapidly down to the surface, forms a thin sheet along the glass walls, almost reminds you of chain mail armor, credible stickiness given its thinness. Dark yellow to a shade before orange in the glass, would likely be clearer were it not for the spice particulate floating around, plenty of bubbles, larger and with good vigor. The nose on the whole is quiet so it does not take much for the orange zest to take a leading position, there's a sweet spice presence as well as a pinch of pepper however both fade into the fabric, the wheat notes stick in your mind via power of suggestion, turns more floral as it warms, decent peach to apricot fruit as well, the malts likewise folded into the whole. Medium-bodied, the carbonation gives it good posture and increases overall mouth presence, Firmness tends to carry it beyond simple quaffing wit, this may be for the better or worse depending on your expectations. The orange infusion does well in not overplaying its hand, same for the coriander, anise seed type spices. The honey too brings needed sweetness but within a thought out framework. The malts tastes like malt as in malted milk balls. More quinine than wheat, grain or yeast flavors, not herbaceously bitter. Ultimately, not intellectually interesting, however, no problem throwing a few back if ice cold on a hot summery day.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.26/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a hazy golden yellow color with an off-white head with good retention and lacing. 

S- The aroma is pale wheat, spices, honey and hints of citrus zest along with some yeast.

T- The taste like the aroma is wheat along with some spices, some nice citrusy flavors, and some hops and yeast in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this is a decent Wit but nothing I would purchase again.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a schooner. No best before date.

A - yellow golden cloudy with a fluffy white head that resolves after a few minutes with a bunch of lacing all over the glass (looks like it's trying to climb up!)

S - hint of citrus (orange) and yeast.

T - tangy citrus with slight bitterness with very little malt. Subtle.

M - light carbonation and light body.

D - very drinkable - decent warm weather beer.

Decent, but not outstanding beer.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at Ale & Witch

A - Pours a pale straw yellow, quite clear, with a fizzy and short-lived white head. Looks like average swill.

S - The nose is quite nice, for what it is. The orange essence is quite prominent but does not cross the threshhold into annoying. The rest of the nose is pale maltiness, slight blossom-y hop notes and some minerality.

T - The taste is pretty solid too. The themes of the nose are continued, with a big clementine-tangerine flavor leading the way, but well-tempered by a minerality and pale maltiness.

M - Thin and fizzy. Not special.

O - This would make good beach beer, and probably would work well at the ballpark too. I am enjoying it for what it is: easy drinking beer for people with a soft (or no) palate.

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Photo of July2Nov
2.87/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Cloudy, hazy, murky yellow with a slight glimmer of orange. Very thin lacing.

Smell: Potent! Can smell it three feet away. Slight earthy wheat, with a bit of spice and orange thrown in.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Higher in carbonation than I'm used to for this style. Mild at first, but then you get a bit of the spice and heats up the palette. Dry with an off-putting wheat flavor. Taste as if I was chewing on orange peels....not a huge fan.

Overall: Just wasn't impressed in any one aspect of this beer except for the smell, but I can't live off of the smell alone. It's just too plain and uninspiring for me to try again. Tick this one off of the beer list....but that's about all it was good for.

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Photo of aepb1
2.88/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- bland straw, cloudy body, small white had

S- Some orange and spices, not a whole lot

T- Orange, citrusy, wit beer as it should be, bready, crisp finish

M- Light body, decent carbonation, crisp

D- Nothing above average here at all. But there's nothing offensive at all. It is quite easy to drink but I'm not going to go out of the way to seek this.

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Photo of ToddT
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pale straw topped with a fluffy off white head. Head fades quickly to a semicircle and leaves a little spotty lace on the glass.

S- Hints of orange, coriander, and some spice notes.

T- Taste follows the nose, with a dry crisp finish, classic whit beer.

M- Light in body and well carbonated, a little fizzy on the palate.

D- An easy summer drinker, and the low 5.2% ABV make this a session candidate.

Nice seasonal whit, nothing crazy but nothing to turn down either.

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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 LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 2/3/2010. Bottle thanks to daknole. Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a small white head. Aroma of skunk, citrus, orange, wheaty malt. Flavor of light citrus/orange fruit and grainy, pale malts (a touch of stale malt too). Kind of has an orange creamsicle quality to it. Took me a little bit, but ended up rather enjoying it!

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Photo of mdfb79
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 11/13/10 notes. Had on tap at Fireworks in Arlington, Virginia.

a - Pours a murky medium orange color with one inch of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of orange and citrus hops msotly. Seom light fruity malts, bready malts, and maybe even spice as well. Pretty good.

t - Taste follows the nose; lots of orange and citrus hops. Also some wheat and bready malts.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation.

d - A pretty good witbier. While not my favorite style, it had a lot or orange and citrus hops which were enjoyable. It kind of reminded me of a better Blue Moon. My girlfriend loved the beer. I probably wouldn't look to order it again but my girlfriend certainly would. If you like witbiers worth checking out.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.96/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, orange juice, with a wheat note note and spices. In the taste, dry wheat notes and a small spice, like pepper, with a orange juice like citrus flavor. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with dry wheat hints. OJ stands out, nice wheat notes and dry spice.

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Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a two finger head that fades a little faster than I would have liked but leaves plenty of lacing behind

Smell: Smells like an orange, with the white pepper and coriander peeking through

Taste: Wheat bread, up front, with orange and honey flavors bursting forth; by mid-palate, the white pepper and coriander adds an herbal character that shoots in a medicinal direction, unfortunately; after the swallow, the oranges and honey dominate, though the medicinal aspect still lingers underneath

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with high carbonation

Drinkability: Overall, a very nice wit that would be even better if it weren't for that medicinal tang

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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 Seanibus
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, but perhaps not as flavorful or assertive as I might have hoped.

Pours a hazy light orange with a small friendly white head, which falls away far too quickly. The aroma is tangy and spicy, with light clove, orange zest, and a hop zing. The flavor is orangy and spicy, with clove and allspice, and there is a good hop bitterness on the back end, but in between there is a watery thinness. This is the sweet spot that cries out for a little more something in this beer. The mouthfeel is a little prickly.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into weizen glass.

Hard pour yields minimal soapy, white head over a lightly clouded yellow body with some carbonation present.

Mostly spices in the aroma - pepper, with cracked wheat and faint hint of bitter hops.

Decent flavor mix which seemed to lean toward an orange-pepper-coriander mix which ends up strangely tasting like blueberry. Not a bad thing. Touch of honey sweetness is baked into the background.

Good Mouthfeel - lively carbonation cleanses everything at the end, leaving you ready for more.

While the aromas and flavors were about averagefor the style, this one comes through with good marks on drinkability, nonetheless.

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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 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 StevenBilodeau
3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was interesting.

Pours similar to the Coronado Orange Ave, but a little lighter in color, when put to the light. This is a very similar brew. Both are pale body, light and citrus backed. Both have the orange taste lingering in the body, however... this one has a sweetness that the regular Orange Ave doesn't have. Which makes this slightly different to the palate.

This is a good representation of the Witbier.

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Photo of silver0rlead
2.91/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy gold color with a thin eggshell head that retains OK. The aroma has some spices upfront (corriander, clove, orange peel) along with a little biscuit, bandaid, wax and some fruitiness. The flavor is similar to the aroma with spices upfront, along with a little hay, some orange and lemon, wax, bandaid and funk and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is light and drinkability is OK. This is a decent wit but it's astringent and has a weird bandaid flavor/aroma that is offputting.

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Orange Avenue Wit from Coronado Brewing Company
3.5 out of 5 based on 532 ratings.
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