White Ale
Saint Archer Brewing Co.

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Belgian Witbier
Ranked #298
Ranked #38,873
3.65 | pDev: 13.42%
Saint Archer Brewing Co.
California, United States
White AleWhite Ale
Notes: Brewed with high quality Pilsner and Wheat malts, generously spiced with coriander and whole navel oranges. Belgian yeast provides the traditional refreshingly tart, spicy, and fruity flavor profile.

2014 GABF Gold Medal- Belgian -Style Witbier
Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 174 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of BeerBobber
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy golden color with a very active crackling white head. Lots of visible streaming carbonation bubbles.

Smells of lemony citrus with a hint of spice in the background. Definitely some clove in here.

Definitely a spiced ale. There is some hints of Hefe in here as well . Along with all of that citrus you get lots of clove and a hint of banana in the background.

Mouth feel is lively with the carbonation. Seems very light and a bit sparkly. Just a faint lingering citrus aftertaste.

Overall I cannot find much fault here. This beer just is a very nice crushable ale with some Hefe characteristics. I got two six packs on sale at only $5 a piece so I am set for a while with this tasty treat. While not an outstanding beer in any way this beer definitely can have its place in the fridge.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pint at Tsunami Taproom in Salem Oregon.
Pours a slightly hazy yellow colour, very slight head..lace.
Nice fruity ,peppery and yeast aromas.
Taste similar.. quite traditional wit
Mouth feel is ok but could be a touch dryer.
OK spring beer

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Photo of krser
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

There is a heavy spicy smell, with a coriander opening, and slightly fruity scent hidden underneath. Upon tasting, the coriander and spicy taste dominates until a sweet/tart fruity aftertaste, but I cannot put a name on the fruity taste after.

Overall, pours with a small head, but dissipates relatively quickly, with a spicy pilsner taste and sweet aftertones.

Good pilsner! Enjoyed it!

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Photo of Stunt54
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

was pleasantly surprised with this beer based on the avg rating here. It always caught my eye at the stores and i finally tried it. may be a goto in the future.

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Photo of penguinsgoboom
3.16/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Pours a soapy head that disappeared before the pour even finished. Color is a murky apricot.

S: A fruity taste is immediately apparent, but I can't tell if it's artificial or not. Could be lemon, lime, apricot, mango, or orange. There's oily hops and yeast.

T: First thing you notice is the carbonation, it's quite fizzy. There are some spices, coriander and cloves, bubblegum. Ends with a peppery note. A bit of a mess.

O: Not a very solid beer. Over carbonated, mess of flavors. Would not get again.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy and yellow gold with a fingernail of bright white. The aroma is of coriander, pale wheat, and orange peel. I'm tasting a healthy dose of pale wheat, and orange peel. The mouth is crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 6-pack cans $8.49 Times Supermarket
Hazy yellow-orange color
Light mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Taste kind of like juice, some banana notes, slight spice taste
Overall nothing spectacular. Just ok, Not worth buying again.

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Photo of Harrumph
1.8/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Cutting to the chase, it tastes like one of these: https://www.jacklinks.com/snacks/steaks-strips/peppered-beef-steak

12oz can, from the can and poured into a straight-sided glass. At first it seems like quite a modest and standard beer of its type. After a while I began trying to identify what it reminded me of. Gas station jerky peppered sticks is almost exactly a like-for-like experience. Very poor. I was excited about the "craft beer renaissance" in america but so far the craft beer available in California has been a staggering disappointment of clumsy and overstated novelty brews saturated with gaudy USPs like some contrived inclusion of fruit or the usual appeal to Cascade hops.

Saint Archer White Ale was tasted alongside Anchor Summer Wheat, which whilst not the best example I've tasted itself knocks SA's White into a cocked hat. Every mouthful brings notes of nitrates and artificial preservatives. I will not buy this beer again.

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Photo of gotzilla
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In a can.

Smells like pine and orange peel.

Almost no head, which disappears.

It's both watery and "easily drinkable".

I get a little pepper somewhere in there, and definitely some fruit (orange peel) and spice. Easy/weak finish. Goes flat quickly.

It's got a mimosa feel, and in a bad way reminds me of the coors light mimosas we used to make.

But in a good way it's a crisper, better, more complex blue moon. Somebody said "blue moon for hipsters" -- nice.

Melissa was unimpressed.

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Photo of tjmiller718
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L. Cloudy, murky yellow, almost looks like pineapple juice. Zero head and carbonation.
N. Coriander, orange peel, wheat, oats, Belgian yeast.
T. Nicely balanced sweetness of orange peel and coriander, soft oats and wheat, underlying pepper notes. Yeasty finish.
B. Medium body, tickling carbonation notes, medium carbonation.
Overall. Would probably loved this beer with a clean palet but a day after IPAs and my tongue is numb. Still enjoyable, nice flavors, looks great.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
4.59/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a hazy straw color, with a thin interrupted head with poor retention and fast rising bubbles. I got a very mild alcohol aroma, smells of citrus and tropical fruits, a little peppery smell along with a slight sour aroma. The beer is very balanced, I do not notice any strong hop or malt flavors. I get a nice orange peel taste and a little tropical, there is a very slight bitterness in the after taste. There is also a nice sweetness to the beer. I still get a minor taste of pepper and spice. It is a little watery but had a descent finish.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy bright yellow color with a small white head that fizzes away quickly. Aroma has the traditional wheat, banana and curacao notes. Taste follows with orange, wheat and a bit of lemony tartness. Light, fizzy mouthfeel. Overall it's a well made, traditional witbier.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a can poured into a snifter at Anchor Hope in San Fran.

Almost saison like, refreshing, IMO not your typical white ale/witbier. 4

A - Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a white short lived head. 4

S – A hefe like quality without the clove or banana, wheat and malty, ever so slight sweetness, but not a big aroma on this beer. 3.25

T – Citrusy, clove, coriander with a dominating pepperiness, 4.25

MF – Medium light body with a dry finish 4

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Photo of jsoneff
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice medium golden color, initial taste of lemon and coriander but with a heavily spiced finish, medium carbonation, and a medium body. Overall more spiced than most Belgian style wheat beer but very good as far as domestically produced wheat beer goes. Similar to mother earths honcho and Allagash white

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Photo of JFrank78
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A fruity, very tasty white ale. Not your typical witbier, a bit less malty and a tad more citrus notes. Pour out of the can (that's what I have in my crisper at the moment) and into a tulip. You won't be mad on a hot summer night sipping this in your backyard.

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Photo of CaliforniaJohnson
4.64/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I work at trader Joes, and this one was just made available to us at my store, and I'm pretty happy with it. There are some hecklers who reviewed this beer as aweful. IGNORE THEM. It's incredibly crisp, bright, full bodied, grassy, citrusy, yeasty, and looks gorgeous in my tulip glass. St Archer accomplished the white style very well.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Brief write-up. The aroma is typical witbier - slight coriander and wheat backed by some slight orange peel, along side general sweetness. Taste-wise, it's very similar. In other words, it's just like many other witbiers out there (perhaps skewing slightly toward orange peel some). I will say, the finish is rather insipid and flabby, which harms the drinkability some. Nothing special here, but it is better than something like Blue Moon.

3.11/5: Just another average witbier I've had millions of times

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger of head on a hazy light straw body.
The aroma is pine, floral and mandarin.
The taste is mild pine and orange bitterness.
The texture is softer.
It's nice, more of a bitter white ale.

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Photo of Brolo75
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber poured into a Belgian tulip

A: Bright orange yellow, white head that dissipated quickly, no carbonation, no lacing, looks very thirst quenching, very cloudy.

A: Yeast, spices, slight orange peel aroma, no alcohol, lots of wheat aroma coming off this beer, very pungent.

T: Big kick of wheat and yeast up front, spices, orange peel bitter, tart, not getting any sweet fruit flavors, no alcohol.

M: Lots of carbonation on the mouthfeel, dry, light.

O: This is a very complex and balanced beer, it's good, it's my first Witbier so I may have to try some others for comparison. Probably won't buy again but would not refuse if offered. This is beer I would need to be in the mood to drink.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much of a witbier fan, but this one is well done enough, with both the coriander and, especially, the navel oranges easily noticeable. Nice, fluffy carb on this one too.

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Photo of goldendenizen
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

They need to work on this big time. A stretch from anything I would like to call witbier or white ale. First off zero lacing and carbonation. Tastes like candied grapefruit tried meth for the first time. I like St Archer so I hope they re examine this one bc the style is under represented.

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Photo of Jsteez
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No specific critique about the beer, just a few comments and personal observations.

Had this beer on an Alaskan Airlines flight to Seattle. It tasted pretty good for this style, perfect for warm spring weather; coriander and light spice, nice balance between malt and hops; zesty lemon and a touch of orange peel. Perhaps it could have been better on the ground rather than at 35,000 ft.? I am sure the beer's quality could have been affected by the temperature and altitude change. Overall, pretty good beer.

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Photo of aquazr1
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass on tap at Moo. Pours golden with a shirt white head. Nose picks up the orange peel. First sip is the coriander, which works well in this beer. A very refreshing beer, perfect for a hot day.

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Photo of bfred805
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

I had high expectations for this beer after having finished a pint of Allagash Wit. Maybe that is why I am saddened.

I'm growing find of this style, but not this beer. Definitely not at it's price point of $10 per 6er.

The beer pours a yellow to semi gold haze that smells strongly of Orange from the moment you open the can. The appearance of the beer is fine. Nothing offensive. The taste gets me. It's very sharp from the moment lips touch the beer. Beyond tart, and hard for me to get past that when assessing the flavor. In addition to an unexpected and unwelcomed bitterness, I also get stale cracker. Possibly due to shelf life?

I'm hoping this was a bad experience resulting from high standards set by Allagash. I will give this one a try at the brewery.

All in all, better than bud... But not for the price

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Photo of Celtics17
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Like most wit beer. It has a slight haze, and the aroma is an orange like smell. You get your basic wheat, orange, and slight citrus fruit taste. Not picking up much other than that. Drinkable, and easy to drink, with a refreshing quality.

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