Grateful White | Rivertowne Brewing

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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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Ratings: 103 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by ONUMello:
Photo of ONUMello
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
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 Vetbidder
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy gold with a slight orange tinge and a receeding white head. Nice look. Smells yeasty with slight spice. I'm not detecting the citric elements. This has an understated yeast and grassy flavor with some light spice on the finish. I like it but I'd like it better if it had more spice or bite. Sort of medium carbonation with medium mouthfeel. I bet this would be a good starter wit or Belgian for someone who doesn't like a lot of spice or bite to their beer.

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Photo of GameOfBeers
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of asuburbanman
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
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 Adkins1203
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of Brenden
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
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 brother_rebus
3.06/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

so sweet. get those yeast acting mor. just too sweet.

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Photo of BamfBacon
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of whatname
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of tdm168
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
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 Inglum515
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of arc71
5/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of timjim1327
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of Capronct
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of ckrupp11
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BishopJ
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -7%
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 Psg5062
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dcunicelli
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Griggsy
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
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 Stofko1992
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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Grateful White from Rivertowne Brewing
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