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Plum Island Belgian White | Newburyport Brewing Company

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Plum Island Belgian WhitePlum Island Belgian White

Brewed by:
Newburyport Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by johnnnniee on 04-29-2013

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Ratings: 189 |  Reviews: 31
Reviews by Maxwell:
Photo of Maxwell
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a cloudy lemon yellow with no defined chunks, but no site of the other side of the glass. The beer pours with a massive creamy white head of tiny bubbles that leaves sticky rings of lacing with thin fluffy bubbles. On the nose, the beer smells of sweet coriander, citrus lemon, and orange peel with nuances of light wheat bread malt. Citrus lemon bread comes through very strongly in the nose. From the can the beer smells breadier and the prickliness of the citrus is lighter. On the tongue, from the glass, the beer tastes lightly tart with beautifully bready sweet notes and a touch of herbal spicy bitterness. In flavor the beer tastes of lemon bread with beautiful coriander spice and a touch of light orange juice and very slight wheat flake flavors. From the can, there is a slight metallic snap that bumps up the citric lemon flavors in the mouth and makes the beer cooler in the mouth, but other than that it is actually quite similar to in the glass. In the mouth the beer feels fluffy and smooth with just enough bite from the carbonation to make the beer feel refreshing in the mouth and provide a light snap with a body on the light side of medium. The mouth is left clean with a light spicy tingle and a refreshed feeling. There is some slight saliva from the citric acid in the beer, but that is just heavy enough for you to need another drink to wash it away. Overall, this beer is an amazing summer beer that I could knock back like nothing else. It is great from a can and its great from a glass and it is my current favorite of the summer beers. There is fantastic complexity in flavor while still not being too overpowering in flavor. This beer would also pair beautifully with light foods like white fish, salads, etc… This beer is phenomenal, and is a great start for a new brewery. I chatted with one of the owners at a recent tasting and he mentioned that they are struggling just to keep up with the demand of the three beers they brew, which is great because all three are fantastic (Green Head IPA review will be along shortly). He did, however, mention that their head brewer has a badass oatmeal stout recipe that they might throw in a can for the winter, which I am totally down for. In the end this beer is an excellent beer for summer, and an excellent beer overall, and I am excited about this brewery. Try them!

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Photo of irrevjim
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
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

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can...no 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?

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Photo of tigg924
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of Janeinma
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of lambpasty
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of wroywel
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of mjstacker
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of tkelley
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
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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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Denzo
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of kickplate
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a US Tumbler. Cloudy straw color with lingering head and lace that sticks to the side of the glass.

Floral aromas with a hint of hops that hit the back of the palate alongside the ample carbonation on the way down.

Flavors reminds me a lot of Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, but less sweet. Lemon citrusy notes dominate.

Love the can. I pour everything into a glass anyway and I am starting to believe that the can is just a miniature keg that is easier to recycle than glass.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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

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Photo of trevorpost
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of puboflyons
3.79/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of TWStandley
2.69/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Tarps68
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of HookerBrews
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of WhitmansNiece
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of ChipChaight
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of 11-52_4hops
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of edthehead
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Abaz
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of KeithThompson
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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Plum Island Belgian White from Newburyport Brewing Company
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