Grateful White | Rivertowne Brewing

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Grateful WhiteGrateful White

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Rivertowne Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Andrew has spent years creating this perfect Wit. He combines crisp coriander, sweet orange, and grains of paradise to enhance an aromatic malt character that will have your taste buds dancing into the promised land. Try our tribute beer that is as eclectic as our grateful friends.

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Photo of asuburbanman
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a murky yellow with white head

Smell is malty with some fruit hints

Taste is typical wit beer..good fruit flavor with a wheat base

Feel is somewhat more dry than other wits

Overall a good beer that was part of a variety pack. Definitely drinkable which is surprising given the 6+ ABV

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rivertowne Grateful White has a thick, cream, off-white head, a murky, orange-gold appearance, which becomes murkier, after the "swish & pour", and lots of lacing, left behind, on the glass. The aroma is of sweet white wheat bread, some spice, and a touch of banana, and a touch of bubble gum. Taste is of yeasty, zingy, sweet, fruity white wheat bread, some mild, light crust, and white pepper. Mouthfeel is low-heavy, and Grateful White finishes medium white.


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Photo of TX-Badger
3.24/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy/hazy yellow gold with white head. Belgian yeast notes, spice, coriander and citrus, with cereal grains on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a little sweet bread like note.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Cloudy golden wheat color. Two fingers of frothy/creamy off-white head. Retention is about average and a solid finger of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Big hefty wheat, coriander. Interesting mix of lemon and bubblegum. Hints of spicy clove and pepper. Simple, yet sophisticated. Very nice.

4.0 T: Like the nose, this tastes great. Strong neutral wheat. Moderate coriander with peppery yeastiness. Clove underneath. Subtle bubblegum and lemon notes.

4.5 M: Medium, velvety body. Good moderate carbonation. Super creamy. Just what I want here.

4.25 D: A very well brewed witbier.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

This one pours a hazy yellow, with one inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells pretty strongly orange juicy, with some spicing and grain.

This feels like more a fruity wheat beer than an actual witbier, because I don't really pick up any Belgian wit yeast character in this. I do get some wit spicing, with a very sweet orange flavor, and some slight wheat bitterness. Definitely not a traditional take on the style.

This is light bodied, with a juicy and crisp mouthfeel, and a moderate to high level of carbonation.

Definitely far from the best wit I've ever had.

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Photo of BWED
2.71/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

12 oz can poured into chalice

A- Hazy pale gold. White head fizzles out pretty fast. No lacing. Quite effervescent, however.

S- This smells almost exactly like grapefruit for some reason, even though I know it's not in the beer. Orange and coriander is picked up as well.

T- The orange is very up front here. So sweet. There is no spice, and the malt character is a little grainy.

M- There isn't much feel to this. It looks effervescent, but there really isn't much carbonation. Not really a fan.

O- Like their pineapple beer, this one has way too much fruit or juice in it. This isn't really close to the Wit style at all. Did they even use a Belgian yeast strain?

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Photo of schoolboy
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%

Why two nearly identical Rivertownes? I guess if you've seen one you've seen them all. Remember Three Rivers and Riverfront stadiums? Identical.

Anyway, it's a decent wit. It pours with nice head and color. The can has obviously done a great job of preserving an often skunked style - this one has not a hint of that, and as a result tastes sweeter than expected. The malt dominates the fruity yeasty taste I prefer. The hops profile is appropriately very low

The aftertaste is also pretty sweet, but very clean too. Overall it is a nice example of the style, though far from the best.

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Photo of Brenden
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This wit is the typical pale yellow color, and it's got a bit of a gleam to it. It is heavily hazed, to the point of opacity. The head, which reaches one finger and dwindles down slowly, is as pure and bright a white as I've ever seen, and it puts down sturdy patching with the beer's recession.
There's some nice spicing along with a wheat and lemon twang. It gets the earthy must down well, too. Emphasis leans very much on the clove and coriander smell, while the flavor pulls out a little more of the lemon zest on the front, then moves to must, then a little leaf and sour/tang combination at the end. While a light note of fruits can be derived from the yeast in the nose, some subtlety is lost in flavor that's more heavy on hops than most. Still, it's a good Americanization without losing tradition, and a good beer.
The motuhfeel works well, though the body has slightly more heft and slightly less depth than the great ones. Still, it's just barely medium-bodied, with a nice crispness, smoothness, and brightness.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a different sort of take on the witbier, very americanized, with a much more robust hop profile than the traditional ones, and with a bit more of an alcohol kick too. sturdy brew this one, well carbonated and more blonde than white in color with a prominent but short lived white head. the nose hints at orange peel and coriander, but the belgian yeast part never comes, and it sort of falls a bit flat in that regard in smell. the flavor has only a hint of fruity belgian yeast, and is instead fueled mostly by the orange peel and the hops, which are in much higher proportion than i am used to in the style. its bitter and slightly vegetal, but without ever sacrificing refreshment. not as wheaty as i am used to either, this one is obviously balanced out by some very pale or even pils malts, which lends to drinkability in this instance. fruity citrusy hoppy finish and prickly tickley bubbles that dry it up. not my favorite example of the style, but i like how it goes in its own direction. my first beer from rivertowne has me curious for more of their stuff.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass
A: Very hazy white with just a hint of yellow and a lingering one-finger head
S: Lots of malt, wheat, some coriander and orange as mentioned on the label
T: Matches the nose; very wheat-driven, a touch sweet
M: Fairly soft from all the wheat, light-bodied
O: Very refreshing, could be even better with just a bit more complexity

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Photo of Josh24
5/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The artwork on this can is amazing!

A beer that gets better with each sip.

It will creep up on you being 6.1% because it is really good and easy to just keep drinking.

It's a real Belgian wit w some orange fruit flavor and a little bite to it.

Another top beer from Rivertowne Brewing

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a very bready and yeasty witbier. Frankly, comes off as more of a belgian ale, or at best a belgian ale and witbier hybrid. Lots of orange and dark/aged fruits on the flavor. Smooth enough feel. Nice drinker. Like I said, this seems more of a belgian ale and witbier hybrid, but for what you get, it works pretty well. Thicker, yet still quite quaffable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rivertowne Grateful White
12. oz can, no apparent freshness dating
$1.83 @ Whole Foods, Plymouth Meeting, PA

Appearance: Slightly dark for a typical witbier, but this isn't a typical witbier, it's more of an Americanized version. The cloudy yellow-orange body displays tiny bubbles beneath a bright white head of froth. It initially fizzes like soda-pop. Unfortunately the head drops quickly and the lacing is just average.

Smell: Enticing. Spice, but not overdone. It's not bright, neither is it dull. Lots of yeasty fruitiness, and orange peel as well. Wheaty malt is present as well. Very nicely balanced.

Taste: As suggested by the aroma, it offers a nice balance of fruitiness, spice and malt. The bitterness is kept to a minimum as it should be. The coriander comes through clearly without being sharp or dusty/woody/dull; and the malt is at just the right level so that it doesn't seem thin or overly "full" in flavor or body, riding over the spices roughshod. It's very nicely balanced but I should point out that it's fuller than you'd expect of a witbier, at least a European version.

Mouthfeel: A touch high in carbonation, but still OK for the style. It bristles the tongue.

Overall: Really quite nice. The only drawback was the lack of head retention, which could be an isolated batch, or perhaps a dirty glass. Certainly worth trying.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, lemon citrus, coriander, and the standard spices. In the taste, lemon citrus and a some muted spices. A small spice bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry spice and note of citrus in the aftertaste. Nice lemon citrus and basic spices, just above average.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.14/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

On my last trip to Da Burgh, I met up with a couple of my buddies at Rivertowne Pour House and the staff was kind enough to assemble a mixed case of four (4) six-packs of each of their six (6) CANned beers in support of The CANQuest (TM)! If that is not customer service, then I do not know what is!

From the CAN: "Malt Beverage with Spices Added"; The Malty/Hoppy Meter pegs this one somewhere between Pineapple and Scottish, toward the Malty end of the spectrum; "Andrew has spent years creating this perfect Wit. He combines crisp coriander, sweet orange peel, and grains of paradise to enhance an aromatic malt character that will have you dancing into the promised land. Try our tribute beer that is as eclectic as our grateful friends."; "Cheers and thanks, [undersigned] Andrew T. [?] Maxwell Brew Master".

Both Mr. Maxwell's verbiage and the groovy label art are meant to be evocative of The Grateful Dead and I totally dig it, man. I keep saying that we are witnessing the return of the late-1960's/early-1970's and this is more proof.

The Crack was not as explosive as some have been, but it was still another brimful CAN. The inverted Glug was marvy, unleashing two fingers of dense, bone-white head with decent retention. The beer beneath it was a cloudy lemon-yellow and the visual effect was once more of looking at a lemon meringue pie. Whee! Nose had a far out spiciness underlain by the sweet orange peel. Sweet mother of beer! Mouthfeel struck me as being kind of on the thin side, but I would be shocked to get a chewy Wit in my mouth. The flavors seemed somehow muted, especially as compared to the intensity of the nose. Certainly, the peppery spiciness was there, but it just lacked an Ooomph to make it memorable. It was on the finish that the orange peel really came into play. I could taste it long after the swallow. It was a decent interpretation of the style, but the style is not really my bag and I have had better CANned beers from these guys. I would tell you to make like a hippie, man, and try anything and everything once and beyond that is up to you. For me, it was a once and done.

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Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a yellowish/white color with a 1/2 inch head. Taste is tart, lemons, wheat, refreshing but mild. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Mounty4Life
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can into pint glass. Nice hazy yellowish ale with a thin head that sticks around the edges and laced nice. Smells of bananas and coriander with a hint of orange. Taste and mouthfeel are this beers best attributes. Taste is crisp with hop pop that most wheats lack but with drinkability that could get dangerous at 6.1% Medium carbonation is desirable in a wit style like this. I do not drink wheat ales often but this is a worthy beer that will be revisited!

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Grateful White from Rivertowne Brewing
3.61 out of 5 based on 93 ratings.
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