Blood Orange Wit
Refuge Brewery

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Belgian Witbier
Ranked #71
Ranked #23,737
3.82 | pDev: 10.99%
Refuge Brewery
California, United States
Very Good
Blood Orange WitBlood Orange Wit
Notes: This beer is the freshest to taste and the easiest to drink among others we offer, and it has also happened to be the best selling one. By using over 200lbs of fresh blood oranges in every batch, we came up with a beer that explodes with flavor yet balances its sweetness with just a pinch of tartness. It is this balance combined with an extraordinarily light wheat body that makes this brew perfect for any occasion, any time of the year!
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Photo of Beginner2
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interesting and reflects well on San Diego patrons that this is Refuge's bestseller.

Poured from a can, I get a pretty wit. Smells are mostly orange. Tastes start there and add a nice complexity with an effective yeast working the wheat. Sits fine in the mouth, though not as well as the body of this brew.

Went fine with lunch (sandwich) at the SD airport after 3 days of intense research on the local industry.

My first, I went on Refuge's website and they seem to have it together for a brewery just over five years. Distributed in three states, packaged in stand-out, attractive cans and what looks like a great taproom that I will have to save for next research trip.

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Photo of GarrettB
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

May 27th, 2015 - The Refuge Blood Orange Wit looks like an intense kaffir lime soda, practically green in its shade of yellow, with a haziness to rival the haziest New England IPAs. And the aroma shocks too. The cut of a twangy shandy slices at the nostrils. The flavor is much milder with a light palate and a light flavor, with some orange juice citrus notes that skate on the lighter mouthfeel. Refreshing but strong on the nose, I am glad the taste isn't as strong as the olfactory would suggest.

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Photo of atomicbeer
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pint at Sheraton hotel bar on San Diego Bay. Cloudy yellow-gold with small white head. Medium carbonation is a good compliment. Light powdered orange aroma. Taste similar but orange flavor stronger than the aroma over a grassy wheat backbone with just enough zing from the blood orange. Refreshing on a delightful brilliant blue sky San Diego day.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a slightly hazy, almost lemonade like yellow with a small white head and no lacing.

S: Strong note of blood orange, some wheat, and notes of a stronger Belgian yeast, some pepper, and lemon.

T: Strong notes of blood orange, some wheat, nice notes of some spicy Belgian yeast, a little pepper of coriander.

F: Creamy and easy drinking, medium body.

O: This is a fairly solid wit, it just is very orangey.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.83/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

16 oz can. Pours clear straw gold with a small creamy white head that retains fairly well and leaves little lacing.

The aroma is sweet fruity orange creamsicle and wheat malts with a little bit of Belgian funk.

The flavor is sweet wheat malt with some Belgian funk and some fruit with a bit of an odd chemical finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, an OK wit.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a hazy white gold in color. Lightly spiced aroma with a whisp of coriander. There's a nuanced squeeze of blood orange that compliments the base beer. I enjoyed this tremendously.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by 7/18. Hazy blonde color with a rapidly descending stark white head.

Aromas of grapefruit soda, soft white wheat, and hints of melon.

Flavor is a bit thinned out compared to the aroma. Blood orange rinds hit first, followed by some polite peppery yeast, seltzer, some white pepper, juice of a blood orange, and tropical fruit/seltzer water finish.

Feel is very carbonated, appropriate for style, with a slight semi-dryness and a slight spiciness from the pepper.

Overall, could have gone with another 4 pack of Lomaland instead, but it was nice to try a new brewery. It's not a flop - just not as clean as say, Modern Times stuff.

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Photo of Myrmo1
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.25

This beer looks like an unfiltered hef, with a nice head forming when poured from the 16 oz can. It smells good, however is nearly unpalatable on the first sip. Very sour when tasted right away from a pint glass, I tasted it while the head was still settling. It was so bad that I thought to go online and message the brewery to ask if it should taste sour like old orange juice. I tasted it again and again, right away, to no avail the same taste.

After the beer settled for about 5 minutes, I tried it again. Thank goodness because I almost poured it out in favor of the Pacifico tall-can in my fridge. The second tasting was good. Not very good, but average good. It was very mellow on the tongue, tasty and somehow not sour anymore. I never tasted the "blood orange," just didn't happen. Towards the end of the beer, it becomes even smoother and tastier. It is slightly sweet, yet a touch sour at the same time.

With the second pint (rested in fridge for 30+ min after delivering cold from the store), I saw the directions to "swirl the last 10% of the can before pouring into a glass." I got the same vibe on the first sip, then it calmed down after and tasted good, yet sour. About halfway though, it started to again taste better. It seems this beer needs to breathe, like wine, before you drink it.

I am going to drink the rest of my $7.79 4-pack of these pints (after letting them breathe), however I would not buy this beer again or offer it to a guest (well maybe my drunk neighbor who drinks anything that is free). I prefer European beers in this category, specifically from Belgium and France, which I think are some of the best beers in the world.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Acquired via trade from Wasatch so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 16oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

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

S: The aroma contains blood oranges, wheat, lemon, Belgian yeast, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat, Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some tart and sweet flavors of blood orange, lemon and other citrus fruits come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly tart.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of thebeers
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy pale yellow-orange with almost a pink tint to it. Over two fingers of airy, bright-white head that leave modest lacing.

Big Belgian aroma of yeast, wheat and clove, along with some very distant citrus. Similar tasting with a flash of orange juice sweetness to it. There's a relatively clean finish, interrupted by some chemical solvent in the aftertaste (which shows even more in belches).

Light-bodied with just enough carbonation.

Pretty refreshing as you drink it, but the cleaning-solvent aftertaste definitely isn't my jam. I did sort of get used to it after a while though. Love the can art from these guys. No canned on date, though.

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Photo of TwoThreeBrews
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian Style Wheat Beer 5.0% ABV | 16 IBU

This beer pours a hazy, gold with some light 1-2 inches of foamy head that vanished almost instantly.

This beer really lacks a profile scent for me. Usually, as a beer warms the profile really opens for me but with this beer I took on some light citrus that reminded me of limes.

This beer follows the nose for me. I don't catch much blood orange to be quiet honest. It is a light, refreshing beer that finishes with some citrus. No lasting taste and a malty profile for sure.

On the mouth this beer is very light and refreshing with medium carbonation. It goes down super easy but doesn't really leave anything making you want more.

Overall, this beer is a refreshing summer beer. I feel as if this is a beer you could easily drink 4 or 5 of without even noticing. It doesn't bring a ton of smell to the table but it does give you a nice citrusy almost floral finish. This is a good beer for any occasion and isn't really going to disappoint. Sang one for a day by the pool or relaxing in the sun.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. Can

Poured into a Tired Hands glass a pretty nice hazy yellowing color, with some very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger white head, which also leaves some pretty nice creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, kinda yeasty, with some citrus, wheat, banana, slight cloves, slight spice. The taste is malty, slight yeast, some citrus, wheat/grassy, with some slight banana/cloves, spice. Medium body, ABV hidden very nicely. Overall, a pretty tasty brew. Kinda addictive, easy drinking.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.19/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Refuge's Blood Orange Wit. 5% ABV.

A: About a finger and a half of white head. Opaque, hazy yellow in the glass. Hazy white in the dimple. Nice, solid, barely multi-tiered lacing. Solid sheeting.

S: Actually smells like blood orange flesh, with a bit of peel. Just a hint of hops.

T/MF: Hops are more noticeable in the mouth. Mostly grapefruit-y, which is a fitting choice. A bit ashy. Not much blood orange. Maybe a touch of pith and a hint of zest bitterness.

Not bad, but not great. Fairly average, really.

Poured from a 1 pt can, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of MFMB
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hmmm, fresh clean citrus nose and taste. Classic wit spices and Belgian yeast profile to taste. Light mouthfeel. Excellent summer/mower beer. Would have again.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer is a very light straw cloudy haze. There is a lot of visible carbonation and a thin white head. The aroma is a nice mixture of orange peel and floral hops. No noticeable alcohol or malt aromas but there is some spicy elements. The taste is similar though I get a little more citrus with a hint of floral and the taste ends with a spice. The beer is a little dry with medium carbonation.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 16-oz. can
Glass: Hawai‘i Bowl shaker pint glass
From: Barons Market in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $8.49 for a 4-pack
Purchased: July 15, 2016
Consumed: July 15, 2016
Reviewed as: Witbier
Misc.: Best by Sept. 7, 2016

Had my eye on this for a while but never pulled the trigger. Recently had Latitude 33’s Blood Orange IPA and absolutely loved it. Also recently had Refuge’s Grapefruit IPA and thought it was pretty good (only got that because I wanted this Refuge Blood Orange Wit). Have high hopes for this beer, which is perfect for this weather in Alpine (86 degrees at 8:15 p.m. PT.

Poured a light yellow straw, hazy-to-semi-clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of white, fizzy head, which dissipated rather quickly. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Bad foamy lacing. Very bad retention. (Sight - 3.00)

Smelled more of a mix than I thought, mostly getting Witbier notes and not as much blood orange. Specifically getting orange peel, coriander, wheat, grass, hay, apricot, citrus zest, cloves and a slight hint of lactose. (Smell - 3.25)

Tasted better than the smell, just not as potent as I would have thought/liked. Got blood orange (which I hardly got on the nose), orange zest, coriander peel, faint apricot, citrus zest, grass, hay, light grain, hints of cloves and diet orange semi-flat soda. (Taste - 3.75)

Light body. Thin texture. Lively carbonation. Abrupt, citrusy, watery finish. (Feel - 3.50)

This was just an OK Wit really. Had much higher hopes and it didn’t deliver. (Overall - 3.50)

3.51 | 80 | B

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Photo of illy44
2.34/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

I had this mix beer just out of a can. It pours a white head which disappears after a while. The first sip left a tangy rather tart taste in my mouth. I usually like wit beer or Hefeweiss, not this one. Further drinking was still overwhelmed by the tart blood orange flavor, It also felt weak/thin. If I want to mix a wit beer with a fruit soda - I could do this myself. The wit beer itself might be good if they would brew it without the blood orange.
4 cans for $7.98 -> too expensive - I won't buy it again

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Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Can at Enterprise Fish Co., Santa Barbara, CA

A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that upon settling down, left a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat are present in the nose along with notes of blood oranges.
T: The taste follows the smell and has a bit more prominent flavors of blood oranges, but these aren't too strong and you can still taste the underlying wheat beneath the citrus.
M: It feels light- to medium- bodied on the palate and has a high amount of carbonation.
O: This is a good summer beer and has some refreshing properties. I liked how it still tasted like a witbier and the flavors of blood oranges where kept in check.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Ri0
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured 16oz can into snifter. Instructions on can stated to swirl last 10% before pouring into glass, so I did. A very hazy dark yellow color with a 2 finger white head. Great retention and spotty lacing. A pleasant aroma of orange, light clove, banana bread, and some light citrus on a wheat ale. Flavor is very similar to the nose, but the citrus and orange are not as intense as the aroma. Very smooth with a medium feel. This would sure taste great in the summer!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sester stange. Pours a hazy straw with orange notes and a half finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of wheat, coriander, orange citrus, clove. Flavor is mild wheat, coriander, orange and orange rind; finishes with light orange rind bitterness, coriander. Light bodied with great peppery carbonation. Although fairly light for a witbier, the orange flavors are deftly handled and fit with the light wheat in the start, and are more pronounced, but still pleasant in the finish, revealing more fresh fruit and some residual spicing notes. Very nice looking, refreshing and a great orange take on a classic witbier. Enjoyable.

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Photo of N1120A
4.69/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My wife calls it the "mimosa of beers," for good reason. Had it on draught in San Diego, where it is available all year. A really top notch breakfast beer that is very refreshing, but not at all short on flavor.

Color looks like one mixed Allagash White and Kona Brewing Wailua Wheat, with a touch of cloud. Flavor notes are complex and layered. First blush is traditional wit - on the lighter side. Then you get hit with a distinct orange flavor and a very clean finish. The carbonation really mimics the mouth feel of a properly made mimosa.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From 09/24/15 notes. 16oz. can into a tulip.

Pours a hazy bright orange color with two inches of white head and high carbonation evident. Spices wheat, bready malts, citrus, oranges, and coriander. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth but a little less carbonation would be perfect.

Overall a nice witbier. I prefer the local NY Blood Orange beer from South Bay, but a good beer none the less. Would be a good summer or beach beer too.

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Photo of jckdaniels03
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Definitely a wit beer. Light bodied with a decent citrus bite. A good summer beer straight from the can. For the price, would probably pick up again.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a pint glass. Judging form the warped top that looks like its about to explode, I'm guessing that this is over carbonated.

A- as expected, the beer pours almost all foam initially, eventually settling down to a 3-finger head on top. Hazy and cloudy straw colored body. It sounds like a bowl of rice crispies

S- strong aroma of citrus rind mixes with some floral hop notes, spicy and earthy yeast, toasted wheat & a hint of coriander, very nice aroma

T- juicy blood orange up front is slightly sweet-yet-tart eventually giving way to a crisp wheaty backbone with hints of coriander, floral hop and earthy yeast, dry finish with more orange on the linger

M- medium body with biting-yet-low carbonation follows through to the finish, leaviing a dry linger

O- there was obviously some carbonation issues with this batch, which is a shame because this is a crushable summer beer, perfect for outdoors

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Photo of gruntparty
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Simply put, the can is one of the most beautiful I've ever seen and the beer itself is a cloudy yellow. The smell is extremely citrusy and pleasant but leaves something to be wanted in the complexity department. Taste-wise, the beer has a typical witbier start with a blood orange middle and end. It is refreshingly dry and as such is a very good beer for cooling off in the summer months.

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Blood Orange Wit from Refuge Brewery
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 130 ratings