Wit Whale
Carton Brewing Company

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Belgian Witbier
Ranked #82
Ranked #23,234
3.84 | pDev: 7.81%
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Sitting on a deck over water and eating fresh seafood is a special privilege of being from the Jersey Shore. Doing exactly that at Moby's in Highlands one sunny day, The Wit Whale occurred to us. Having grown up alongside schnitzel, we knew that the esters of classic wit yeast would associate well with the crunch of fisherman's platters while a drinkable malt bill of 50% wheat and 50% Pilsner would accompany the sweetness of fish themselves. We relied on the mineral profile of our water dressed up with lemony Sorachi Ace and grassy Summer hops to play with the richness of shellfish. Drink The Wit Whale because you have a basket of fish in front of you and you can see the water where it was caught.

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3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at brewery:
Full pour didn’t leave room for much head, but the thin yet complete surface coverage yields a full sheet of lace early on.

Nose and taste are a nice mix of the wheat and Sorachi Ace. The grassy aromas of the hops join the grains to give an open farm meadow impression. The lemon and herbal dill notes in the taste evoke a dinner bread.

I’m a bit of a sucker for Sorachi Ace done well, and this beer fits that description to me. That said, it also strays from a traditional Belgian wit a bit more than others might like.

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cjgiant from District of Columbia, Aug 18, 2019
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4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Freshly canned. Poured into Carton teku glass. It pours a hazy golden-orange color with a full finger of frothy, bright white head and lacing. It smells of orange peel, clove, banana, and yeast. It smells a lot like a Saison. The initial taste is a sweet cracker, followed by subtle orange, lemon peel, and dry, crisp wheat and pilsner malt, and grass. It finishes with moderate hoppy bitterness. This is as crisp and refreshing a beer as you'll find. It's light, pleasantly carbonated, and very easy to drink with a modest 5.9% ABV. I agree with the narrative on the can that this beer would pair extremely well with seafood. It's nicely conceived and well-crafted, as you would expect from Carton.

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MacMalt from New Jersey, May 21, 2017
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4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

taster at brewery 5/20/16. these are the notes I emailed to myself at the time.

L: little head, some lacing, pale straw color
S: wheat, orange and lemon peel, coriander
T: taste follows nose, good dryness, orange really shines through, almost an Orangina taste
F: light body, light to medium carbonation good balance and construction
O: very nice example of the style

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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia, May 22, 2016
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My friend picked up a 1/2 growler at the brewery. Not a typical wit. Big fan of this beer. It really grew on me as it warmed up. Wish this was available in VA.

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2dogbrew from Virginia, Sep 23, 2015
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3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Moby's & Bahr's are two restaurants that are important in the narrative of Carton, a brewery that is very much a part of the community they grew up in. This is a summer beer, a beach beer, a beer made for some good seafood! With a hazy yellow straw hue, and a nose that is a bit spicy, it seems like a standard Witbier. However, it's got a sweet start to the flavor, and a nice bitter finish from the Sorachi Ace hops used in the brewing. I am detecting some herbal variety of flavor in there as well. It is neither an American take on a Hefeweizen, a 'shandy,' or a Belgian White. I would pit this beer against most summer seasonals on the market who are vying for your attention in the heat.

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Neorebel from New Jersey, Sep 08, 2015
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4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this one. The lemony sourachi ace hips really fit well with the Belgian yeast and wheat/pilsener mix of malts. Super refreshing and I think Carton achieved an amazing fish fry beer, which was there intention, so well done.

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Dustin_Sallitt from New Jersey, Aug 02, 2015
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3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lemony 50-50% blend of wit and pilsner - perfect for summer seafood.

A: Tasted at the brewery on draft, first of the summer 14 season.
Pours a hazy, pale yellow color with two inches of white head and moderate retention and lots of lace.

S: Smells like a laid back American shore belgian. Not as intense spice, coriander, but a true cousin. Yeast and esters are well married to the pilsner. Reminds me of great pilsners as much as great Wits - as billed.

T: Follows the nose but it's both more powerful, with more body and back bone, so it will be matched well with clams, oysters, flounder, fish fry.

MF: Medium body, low carbonation, creamy. Compares very well with Bells Oberon.

O: Close second to Bells Oberon, and Alagash as America's best Wit that I have reviewed so far, tied with Southampton Publick House, Double Wit.

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Act25 from New Jersey, May 05, 2014
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3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Witbier brewed with 50% wheat and 50% pilsner malts, and lemony Sorachi Ace hops.

From 08/07/13 notes. Had this on tap at Stag's Head in NYC.

a - Pours a hazy, pale yellow color with two inches of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bananas, cloves, spices, wheat, bread , Belgian style yeast, light coriander, light lemon and citrus hops. Nice nose, love the bananas but a little more spice than I would have liked.

t - Tastes of bananas, lemon, citrus hops, fruity malts, wheat, grains, spice, pepper, cloves, yeast, pale malts, earthy malts, and coriander. Nice taste, better than the nose, with more fruit and less spice.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Body is super creamy and smooth, and very easy to drink. Great mouthfeel.

o - Overall a really nice witbier; I like the addition of the Sorachi Ace hops to a witbier. Taste is great, as is the mouthfeel, hoping they make this one more often.

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mdfb79 from New York, Aug 20, 2013
Wit Whale from Carton Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 65 ratings