Grateful White | Rivertowne Brewing

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Grateful WhiteGrateful White

Brewed by:
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.

Added by Mounty4Life on 02-22-2013

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 92
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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4.12/5  rDev +14.1%

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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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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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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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3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of arc71
5/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

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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3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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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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