Whittier White | The Tap Brewing Company

Whittier WhiteWhittier White
61 Ratings
Whittier WhiteWhittier White

Brewed by:
The Tap Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

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Added by smcolw on 05-21-2006

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Ratings: 61 |  Reviews: 49
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.86/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap at The Tap, the beer was served in a nonic pint. The beer is a pale, opaque, orange-yellow coloring with a filmy, sparse, clingy, white head. Nose of coriander and citrus, with subtle hints of clove. Flavors of clove, subtle citrus, and roasted notes. Very balanced. Smooth, light bodied with a perfect spice balance into the aftertaste of bread, citrus, and clove. Clean, spice-lingering finish. Tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of Brew_42
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drink this beer quite a bit because it is brewed at a local bar.The best that Haverhill Brewery has to offer in my opinion.

Pours hazy orange color with a white head similar to Blue Moon

Smells spicy and citrusy

Tastes citrusy and spicy. Orange peel and clove.

MF- Very crisp refreshing beer.

Really decent beer that is good year round.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of BruinsFan71
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - a very cloudy orange/amber. Yeast afterpour was extremely heavier than most of the variety. A full finger head washed down to a thin lacing.

S -Bananas, various spices and a hint of bubblegum

T - The smell carries over well in the taste, with a banana/spice and a hint of citrus rising well with a slight bubblegum aftertaste.

M - Medium body - definitely not a lighter American Hefeweizen.

O - Another of my favorite takes on the Hefeweizen. I grab a fresh sixpack directly from the brewer whenever I am in their area. Great year round.

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of srandycarter
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Murky as all get out. Wheaty. Small white head leaves fast to ring. Some small spot lace.

S - Straw, light barn, fresh and light.

T - Pretty close to smell, with small core of caramel malt present as well.

M - Light bodied, good carb and balance.

D - Kicking good drinkability!

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2.4/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Duvel chalice. Thanks to my wife for bringing this back from a recent trip to New England. Label is non gloss paper (I like that) and depicts a decidedly non-Belgian blonde standing in a white dress with her dog. Behind her appears to be old European style buildings. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours very clear at first, only after swirling the last bit do I get some decent cloudiness. 1/2 inch of white head; falls quickly to a ring around the glass and a small island of foam in the center. The beer itself is pale yellow and cloudy. Some sediment remains in the bottom.

Smell: Strong aroma of orange and clove with hints of Granny Smith apple.

Taste: Slight citrus tang upfront, but fades quickly into a bland and mildly soapy body. Lingering mild sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Much lower than average carbonation; almost flat. Body is okay.

Drinkability: Nothing much going on here, too many flaws to make it worthy of seeking out again. Not too certain that I will even finish this one.

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Photo of mltobin
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a six pack of this while passing through Mass.

A yellow color to it, with some cloudiness and a good sized bright white head. It has the smell of orange peel. coriander, some cloves. Taking a sip and wheat hits the palate, along with more orange and lemon too. Yeast is there along with more of the lighter spices in this wit. MF is well balanced and crisp, goes down easy. This is a pretty good wit and works well for this hot summer weather in New England. Another solid beer from the good people at Haverhill.

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2.82/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a nice hazy/cloudy deep yellow/orange, with a thin head that quickly vanishes.

Nose is all Belgian- Fruity, cloves, banana, and wheat.

Mouthfeel is very light, which you expect from a wheat. Its crisp and bubbly.

Taste is ....interesting. Spicy from the white pepper, ajowan seeds and coriander seeds, and I very distinctly get wheat (from the raw wheat added to the kettle and yeast in suspension) and cloves and a nutty taste as well. There is a lot going on here.

(Malts used were 2-Row, Wheat, Acidulated Malt; Hops: Centennial)

Finish is slightly sour, with an unpleasant pepper aftertaste that is very light, but perceptible.

Overall this beer is exactly what it says it is, which seems to be the melding of wheat, white, and Belgian styles. I'm not so sure it worked.

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3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium gold with a white foamy head. Limited retention, no lace.

Coriander and white pepper, as well as wheat husk, in the nose. Nice.

Bitter husk and a little pepper up front. Some sweet wheat and straw, yeast and must, some rind bitterness. My drawback with this brew is that the flavors are mild -- just too thin. Right idea, but missed in the intensity.

Light bodied, right carbonation.

Decent brew that holds up well to food. Some flaws, but I still dug it.

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3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: 12oz bottle poured into a standard pint. Colour is a pale, cloudy yellowish-white; think the colour of pineapple gummi bears. 1/2 inch head fades quickly into a mere puff on the surface. Very slight visible carbonation.

Smell: Citrus, wheat, pepper, and coriander are all present in this one.

Taste: A surprising kick of white pepper starts this brew off. As quick as the taste is there it is gone fading into a faint taste of orange-wheat. Crisp.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with mild carbonation. Healthy amount of bite.

Drinkability: A nice refreshing beer. I would prefer more of a stronger taste, though. The bit of white pepper in the beginning was an interesting treat.

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3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Cloudy light amber hue with a thin, head and light foamy lacing.

Smell: Spiced citrus notes. Heavy on the coriander. Wheaty.

Taste: Orange and coriander notes with a slight pepper note. Wheaty finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, soft mouthfeel. High carbonation initially, but this disappears before you take the second sip.

Drinkability: This beer is super easy to drink. Definitely a session brew.

Ending notes: Overall, this is a decent brew. Nothing special about it, but it is really refreshing. I've had better in the style. I probably won't get this again.

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Photo of cbutova
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Slightly hazy pale straw yellow with a creamy white head that builds to several fingers in size. Head falls pretty quickly leaving a nice pillow behind that doesnt leave any lace.

S- Lemony citrus hops and floral notes come up front. A bit of yeast spice and clove/bubble gum presence in the background. Some bread and biscuit feel as well. Metallic hints.

T- Heavy on yeast elements like spice, raisin, clove, bread and bubble gum. A bit of lemon citrus and floral notes. Some biscuit and caramel malt. Straw.

MF- Creamy light body with high carbonation that goes down smoothly.

DB- Drinks easily and has a nice flavor. Pretty much what I look for in a middle of the line Witbier.

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Photo of SirSketch
3.14/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Very thin white head that looks like soap bubbles. Cloudy yellow color with sediment floating throughout, despite a careful pour.

S - Orange peel definitely comes through well, along with coriander. Wheaty character smells similar to cereal. Earthy, musky hops.

T - Coriander/cilantro, orange zest, spice towards the back of my mouth. Much of the flavor is dull because the beer is basically flat! The lack of carbonation keeps the flavors from being pronounced, or 'bright.'

M/D - Again, the beer was flat, as I was afraid of after seeing the weak head. This ruins the whole mouthfeel. Otherwise, I feel this beer had a chance at being pretty good

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of jleblanc, thanks Jeff! Pours a very hazed, yellowish-orange color with a fast fading white head. Not a whole lot of lacing.

Nose is soft coriander and bright tangerine flesh. Goes light on the wheat and I really do not notice the white pepper and ajowan additions in the smell.

Mmmm, a tasty witbier here, light and airy feeling. Has a unique spicing on the taste with the white pepper being the most notable, although I must admit my ajowan ignorance apart from I hear it imparts a thyme-like flavor. Everything else melds together real well and makes for a smooth drinking experience. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but I would be more than happy to have this as my local summer witbier. Good stuff.

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Whittier White from The Tap Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 61 ratings
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