Plum Island Belgian White
Newburyport Brewing Company

Plum Island Belgian WhitePlum Island Belgian White
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Wheat Beer - Witbier
Ranked #201
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3.7 | pDev: 11.62%
Newburyport Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Plum Island Belgian WhitePlum Island Belgian White
Notes: 2016 World Beer Cup Bronze Medal Winner

An unfiltered witbier with hints of citrus & coriander. This "partly cloudy" ale features slight citrus and spicy aromas complemented by mild sweet pilsner and wheat malt tastes. Our friends in Belgium would be proud of us.
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a clear mug, the appearance was a semi-dark glossy yellow to amber color with a cap of a little white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Some slight lace ran with the sips.
The aroma had some sweet citrus pulp and crushed coriander up front flowing into some semi-sweet wheat malts and a delicate little bit of biscuit-like sweetness.
The flavor was moderately sweet flowing on into the spices quaintly. Biscuit to coriander and citrus pulpy aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it Carbonation felt somewhat low, but I accepted it. ABV felt on par. Mostly sweet and light malty sort of finish.
Overall, not bad as an Americanized witbier, I'd have again preferably in the Summer.

Nov 16, 2017
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11-52_4hops from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottom line - on draft, this is a very nice version of this style. Drinks like a slightly more fruity hefe weissen. Little clove, little orange. Maybe all the reviews below are from cans? Maybe I just got a killer batch.

Sep 01, 2017
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Billolick from New York

3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz canning date that i could find...

Pours hazy way lighter amber, long lasting near white gauzy head...leaving loads of thicker froth and lacing..

Sniff reveals notes of coriander, lime and some yeasty goodness

Tasty enough wit, more coriander, more yeastyness. smei sweet/semi tart...decent complexity for a wit...easy drinking and well worth a try....better then decent wit beer in a can..what else can ya ask for?

Mar 08, 2017
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cbutova from Massachusetts

3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- Pours with a crystal clear golden yellow body from the can to my glass. Rising on top of the beer is a white cap that peaks to about one finger high. The frothy head descends to a small ring and lacing is rare while being spotty.

S- Mostly Belgian yeast influence with some rustic whole grains in the backdrop. Coriander, citrus zest, clove, pepper, pear, yeast bread, Belgian yeast spice and a hint of vanilla sweets comes to mind.

T- Mostly about the yeast spices but the grains provide a wheaty bread aspect and there are light hops to balance. Notes of orange zest, coriander, cardamom, slight earthy cinnamon bark, pear, vanilla sweets, lemongrass and earthy hops in harmony. Fairly sweet for the style.

MF- Light bodied with a crisp and very slightly foamy texture; just a bit on the thin watery side. Carbonation is on the high side and it ends bittersweet.

A fairly solid Witbier with a wealth of aroma but a somewhat subdued flavor. The taste gets a bit muddled by a sweetness that masks some of the delicate spicy flavors and seems out of place in this style.

Dec 30, 2016
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Boto from Connecticut

3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draught: This one pours a cloudy, opaque straw yellow color. There was no head or lacing. It has a lighter nose. Wheat, coriander and citrus. The taste is decent. Same notes as the nose. A decent enough wit.

Sep 21, 2016
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irrevjim from Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

from a can to a beer tulip
look; cloudy, bubbly golden yellow with orange hue, 3/4" white head that doesn't stay, leaves a covering and some lacing
smell; banana, funk, coriander, a little pepper, a little circus peanut, a little biscuit
taste; all those flavors come together nicely, banana and barnyard toned down, biscuit up a little, spices compliment everything
feel; smooth for as carbonated as it looks, spicy, medium light body
overall; nice, full flavored summer belgian white, nose was a little too funky, not quite perfectly right

May 16, 2016
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Jusdolive09 from Connecticut

3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy with little head. Aroma is subtle, reminds me of a dulled down Allagash White. Not super carbonated, relatively light feel. Would have preferred a little stronger smell/taste but all around, definitely something I would have again. Pairs very nicely with a heavy meal.

Oct 29, 2015
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 10/4/2015 at Battleship Brewhouse, in Fall River, MA served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light cloudy yellow color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, wheat, spice, citrus and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat and Belgian yeast that are quickly followed by some tart flavors of citrus and spice. The malt character is thin and the hops presence is mild but there’s a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly tart.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

Oct 05, 2015
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horshack7 from England

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden and cloudy with a thin white head that thins out quick.

Aroma: Lemon zest, coriander, clove, faint notes of nutmeg. It carries a yeasty dryness in the nose.

Taste: Heavy spice notes in the front with lots of crispness on the palate. Coriander, clove, pear, cinnamon. Wisps of green apple and a nice dry finish.

Notes: This one is quite solid top to bottom and a good summer beer. Cheers.

Aug 24, 2015
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, orange-gold color. Rocky head. Leaves a bit of blanketing lace on the glass.

Very strong wheat malt nose.

Milder wheat base on the initial taste than I expected. Lots of banana flavor in the swallow. Spritzy, but also full bodied. Very short aftertaste.

May 30, 2015
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a pint glass

A- pours a hazy pale yellow color with a two-finger fizzy white head that reduces to a thin film on top, leaving just a ring around the glass

S- toasted wheat, lemon peel & coriander, yeasty & musty with a hint of dried hay

T- crisp and wheaty up front with light lemon peel mixing with spicy coriander, earthy must leads to a dry yeasty finish

M- medium-light body with moderate fizzy carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- nice, flavorful & easy drinking wit

Apr 16, 2015
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gonzo000 from Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Belgian White + Orange slice squeezed into beer. Cloudy light yellow in color. Coriander on the nose, seemed spicy. Smooth to drink. Tasted very, very good with the orange added. Very good beer. Not as spicy as it was on the nose.

Mar 14, 2015
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the can. No dating. Sampled on February 15, 2015.

It pours pale yellow with a fizzy white head. Active carbonation.

The aroma smells like a White should with the toasty biscuit malts, yeast, and maybe a little citrus...or more specifically...lemon zing.

Light, refreshing body.

The taste has a nice toasted malt character that one would expect with the style. Citrus notes. Mild bitter finish. Spicy.

Feb 15, 2015
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JebBeerFish from New Hampshire

2.7/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Ran across a can given to me last year in a mixed six, and popped it in the fridge, without really paying attention to the label. Grabbed it tonight to drink, and had to read label as I thought I was drinking hard cider. Very light, little carbonation and too sweet for me. Reminds me of those wine coolers from the late 80's.

Feb 07, 2015
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Duhast500 from Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Poured from a 12oz. can into Shock Top wit glass.

The color is a hazy yellow with some deep orange highlights and two fingers of foamy white head and some slight lacing left on the glass.

The smell has bananas but there is also a touch of mango way back in the background that came as a surprise. There is a definite wheat aroma here with a hint of barley grains that reminds me if cereal.

The taste had a bubblegum flavor that was a surprise. Some juicy fruit gum flavor is there with a dash of fig and maybe even plantain as well as banana come out to make this beer does wonders on my tongue.

The feel of this beer is light bodied and goes down real easy. It is a highly drinkable beer that has a fantastic flavor profile that is abundant but not pushy.

Nov 25, 2014
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy goldenstraw; the head could be better and it does fade quickly; just a few dots of lace linger

Smell: Very fragrant with a Juicy Fruit gum aspect, the coriander is very strong and there is also a citrusy lime element; bready, as well, with a slightly tart tone

Taste: Bready, up front, and then the strong coriander tones dominate; in the mid-palate, the citrus arrives, bringing a touch of lime tartness; after the swallow, the beer develops a slightly tart character, as well; the finish brings out the Juicy Fruit sweetness I noted in the aroma

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A surprising beer, as I wasn't expecting the coriander overload; a creatively different take on a wit but just a bit too sweet in the finish for me

Thanks, Ljudsignal, for the opportunity

Oct 18, 2014
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TimZebGir from Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev 0%

A: Very hazy (unfiltered), very light yellow, quite bubbly, well retained foamy head (3/3)
S: Wheaty spice, phenolic with citrus notes (9/12)
T: Healthy wheat middle with citrusy aftertaste that has an unpleasant sour salsa-like flash for a half-second, leaves the palate rather clean after a few seconds (14/20)
F: Well-carbonated, thick-bodied for a witbier, with a tingly finish, not quite dry (4/5)
O: Very drinkable and refreshing, would have liked more on the nose, but for a light witbier, it does the job nicely (7/10)

Sep 05, 2014
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mr_navarrete from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good, refreshing summer beer. Initial taste of citrus followed by a good, clean finish. No heavy aftertaste. Appearance is golden yellow and cloudy.

I drank my first of these beers at a cookout with typical summer food. The beer went down easy but was tasty and did not over power the food. It's like a poor man's Allagash White but overall, the beer gives good taste and value. I liked it so ended up buying a second six-pack.

Jun 08, 2014
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mpedara429 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured out a little from the can. Very cloudy golden color with white head.

S: Straw, mild maltiness and spice.

T: Similar to the nose. Flavor is pretty robust and there is just enough earthy hop to keep it interesting.

M: Medium body and carb. Body is a bit sticky.

O: Big fan of this probably because it is fairly light on the spice. Some might take that as a negative. Nonetheless, a six pack of cans equals a great session.

Apr 08, 2014
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SLeffler27 from New York

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fills a hand-blown pilsner glass with a clear, pale straw (SRM 2). The head is barely present.

The aroma is tilted toward tangerine and apricot, with a background of coriander.

The flavor profile is reminiscent of wheat, with light flavors of tangerine, followed by a very fruity, but faint, finish.

The body is light with no alcohol, a watery texture and fizzy carbonation.

This is a very refreshing and easy drinking summer beer, if not very interesting. One expects more, given the interesting reference of its name.

Mar 16, 2014
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: moderate carbonation, minimal head, hazy, orange-yellow in color

Smell: orange, banana, and light Belgian spices

Taste: orange, banana, and Belgian spices--cardamom, clove, coriander

Mouthfeel: sweet, medium body, medium-low carbonation

Overall: Very tasty. May be the best local witbier that I have had. Drinks a lot like a hefeweizen. I found myself going back for several pints of this. A great surprise.

Jan 31, 2014
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neophilus from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a soft golden straw color, fluffy white head and cloudy body.

Spicy belgian yeast esters up front on the nose, peppery with some rustic earthy scent. Rather like a saison when smelling it.

Smooth hop bitterenss starts off the first sip and quickly slips into a malty, spicy flavor. Good dose of semi-sour wheal flavor. The coriander and citrus peel make their presence known as well. Smooth body with mild carbonation make this a very easy drinker and compliment the complexity of flavor coming from the belgian yeast, spices and malt.

This is a refreshing and flavorful beer with a lot of complexity but surprisingly easy to drink. It quickly invites another round after the first. This also makes a great compliment to food as I've found, especially seafood. Excellent American example of this style.

Nov 23, 2013
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jujigatame from Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Newburyport Brewing Co. - Plum Island Belgian White

Consumed 11/19/13

12 oz. can to standard pint, 5.4%

Pale yellow with a little bit of orange. Slightly hazy. Almost no head and what was initially there quickly faded out to a very thin ring.

Smell is coriander, spice, musty grass, yeast, clove.

The spice note is a more peppery in this one than Allagash White, which is my standard bearer wit. Clove, coriander and banana are the main flavors so far. A small taste of sweet sugary bubblegum. Still getting that pepper note and it’s nice but not overly strong. Lemon and a little but of orange peel are what I get for citrus flavors.

Mouthfeel is appropriate for the style. Carbonation plays on the tongue. Finish is slightly astringent and lip smacking. It’s taking no time at all to drink this. Easy and refreshing to sip, or almost gulp in some instances. Kind of wish I’d found it 3 or 4 months ago in the dog days of summer.

This is my first beer from Newburyport and I think it’s a good one. Not sure about the lack of head on it… perhaps it was my glass. In any case, a solid wit with nice flavor. Would have again without hesitation.

Nov 20, 2013
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, hazy, straw-yellow coloring with a tall, frothy, big bubbled, white head that quickly settles into a filmy surface coating. Aromas of lemon zest, orange, and subtle coriander spicing with a roasty/toasty backbone. Flavors are smooth and balanced, with a lemony citrus overlay on a toasty, light, bready backbone. Tastes like a sweet, slightly tart lemon square. Tasty and smooth. The body has a slight effervescence, keeping it light throughout. Lemony and spicy aftertaste, with an effervesced, crisp finish. Easy drinker.

Sep 22, 2013
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tkelley from Massachusetts

3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a tulip glass

A -- Pale amber/straw color. White head with okay lacing. Retains the head a little bit.

N -- Yeasty and wheaty. Hints of spice and citrus.

T -- Wheaty and yeasty. Little bit of orange peel and coriander. Nice spice notes. Nice aftertaste.

M -- Little spicy/bubbly on the front end. Not bad. Pleasant tingly throughout.

O -- Probably my favorite of the NBC year round line up (although the one-off Irish Stout was truly outstanding). Really enjoying this from the end of summer to the beginning of fall. Hits all the right notes for me.


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