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White Ale | Saint Archer Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Saint Archer Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Smarty_Pints on 02-11-2014

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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 141
Reviews by DoubleJ:
Photo of DoubleJ
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Silver 12 ounce can with black labeling and printing. Filled on 4/4/14...the quads are wild! On to the beer:

The yellow looks as though some of it has been washed out, while the cloudiness level is on the mark per style. Topping it is a short head with drops to a soapy white lace. It has a pleasing aroma, quick off its feet and refreshing. Orange peel, coriander, a light creamy sweetness of oats....it's all here.

A refreshing taste while holding some intensity, Saint Archer delivers. The orange zest hints, and the spicy aspect comes out stronger. I can sense a dose of hops working into the profile, bringing a grassy and earthy aspect. The end is a just a wee more sharp than I'd like; sand it a little and this could be San Diegan Hoegaarden (not in an insulting way).

San Diego could use more witbier options. Why not Saint Archer?

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Photo of JFrank78
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
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 +25.4%
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 aquazr1
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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 acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of dertyd
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
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 Fatehunter
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
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 trocketsauced
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beernoobie
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of desteph
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of breadwinner
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
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 frakina
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of bfred805
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

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 HalfFull
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. single silver can from Trader Joe's poured into a globe glass. This white ale pours a light pale wheat with a thin cap of foam. Light haze shows an odd greenish hue to it.

Smell of light wheat and a hint of spice yet light and reaching. A good spin offers up a five second window of rich aroma components before falling back to a steady but subtle yeast character. Slight sweetness on the finish accompanies a steady flavor and feel.

Nice wit without the confusion of too much added spice. Simple yet straightforword with a good wheat/yeast balance. Yet touch thin at times but worth a visit.

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Photo of wolvercote
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of CasbahRock
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of PawG
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dvmin98
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of kmoen
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of Catracho5
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
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 mrcraft
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Genx
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of metter98
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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White Ale from Saint Archer Brewing Co.
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