Whittier White | The Tap Brewing Company

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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
Reviews by jboucher:
Photo of jboucher
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of tigg924
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: minimal head, cloudy, dark gold in color

Smell: cardamom, lemon, and wheat

Taste: cardamom, lemon, and wheat

Mouthfeel: low carbonation, slightly sweet, and light bodied

Drinkability: This one is a fairly average witbier. Nice and light and perfectly drinkable, but nothing overly exciting. I would not pass it by, but also would not rush to get it.

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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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Photo of WSB
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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Photo of beveritt
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 GregPearson33
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Really light straw color with a great thick head of small fluffy bubbles. Smells like your quintessential Belgian; that particular citrusy-spice sour aroma that sort of defines the style.

The taste was much lighter than the smell. Really light mouthfeel, almost watery - what my friend described as "a weak Blue Moon". More specifically, I can definitely taste some orange peel and spice. Great drinkability with mid-low level of carbonation and almost no aftertaste. I would count this almost on the level of light beer in terms of drinking ease.

Solid, but not the most interesting flavor. Still, I would absolutely recommend it if your ultimate goal is to crush brews.

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Photo of Franchise
4.55/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This offering from The Tap was my favorite of the night I visited. It pours a foggy dark lemon that leaves a sticky white head. The aroma is lemon, wheat, honey, with some spicy hops. The taste starts malty and sweet, the mouthfeel is creamy and delicious. The sweet lemon spiciness of coriander, orange zest, is so nice. This wit is thenbalanced with a nice hop kick that falls back on that wheat bready twang. This is a great wit one that I'm glad I had the pleasure of tasting.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with no expiration date or lot code listed. One of the few Tap brews I have had from the bottle rather than at the pub. Sampled on July 11, 2009. The pour is a cloudy pale yellow with a fizzy white head with virtually no upward carbonation. It looks almost stangnant in this regard. The aroma was typical of Belgian inspired witbeiers with a good balance of wheat, yeast, coriander, and many other spices. Medium to heavy mouthfeel The taste is quite true to the style with a good variety of coriander, spices, yeast, and malts. Likeable.

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Photo of Plissken
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of rjp217
4/5  rDev +12.7%

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

Pours a typical looking slightly hazed golden colour with a quick to form quick to subside white head that leaves no residue on the glass.

The aroma is seemingly equal parts coriander and citrus/orange, wit ha bit of pepper thrown into the mix. Not bad, but something was off here that didn't thrill me.

The flavour is an overabundance of tart citrus flavour mixed with a bit of wheat flavour and a healthy dose of the earlier mentioned spices as well. Balance is way off here Mouthfeel is biting and a bit over carbonated. Average at best.

I was surely disappointed by this one. After really enjoying the Leatherlips IPA from The Tap, I was hoping for much more from this beer. Instead I got an overly citrus, way too tart brew. Pass on this one.

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Photo of largadeer
3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Cloudy straw-yellow with a solid 2 inch head that takes a few minutes to dissipate. There's a bit of sediment floating around as well.

Smell: Oranges. Actually, more like an orange-flavored vitamin C tablet. There's a bit of coriander in there as well, though pretty much anything else is masked by the smell of orange.

Taste & mouthfeel: Starts out with some funky medicinal orange flavor, which is followed up by a kick of coriander and pepper. This is pretty tangy shit. Dry and light-bodied, pretty spot-on for the style as far as texture is concerned. The orange flavor persists through the finish, leaving a lingering vitamin c taste on the palate. It's hard to actually taste anything beyond the orange and spices. I guess this might be enjoyable if you're a fan of Flintstones vitamins.

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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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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.71/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I thought I would like this because I like the picture on the bottle.

Pours a light, peachy color with a big, opaque cloud. Whittier looks bad-ass. Thin white head the dissapears quickly.

On first pour Whittier smelled like a crisp champagne but then faded to a wheaty spice.

Considering how great this beer looks it tastes really watered down. Good taste of wheat with some orange, spice, and botanicals but it's so watery it's a complete waste. Thin mouth and body.

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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 TheManiacalOne
4.32/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

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

S: The aroma is very spicy containing coriander and other spices along with orange, Belgian yeast, very light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with flavors of Belgian yeast, coriander spice, orange and wheat all coming forth at once. The malt character is thin but very still makes its presence known with out making the beer heavy. There’s a very mild but complimentary hops profile as well. The after-taste is sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, excellent representation of style, this is one of the better Witbiers that I’ve had. I could certainly stick with this beer for an entire evening.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12ozer bought as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA. No date, but it must be pretty recent, first I've seen it.

Heavy PFFT upon opening. Poured into an imperial pint glass, it's a foamer, 5 1/2" bright white head over the cloudy light golden brew. Head fades oh-so-slowly, leaving plenty of meringuey froth lace in it's wake. Aroma is wheat and tart. Taste follows along in the same tracks, nice lemony character. Mouthfeel is clean but thin, more than I would expect, possibly due to excessive foam-out Drinkability is ok, but annoying to wait so long to be able to enjoy. Will revisit this one again to see if my experience was out of ordinary.

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Photo of dickieb
4.02/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I have fallen in love with this style in the past year or so. Pours a clear straw in color with a 2 finger fizzy soda like head. Smells of yeast coriander oranges and wheat malts, quite typical of the style. The taste mimics the smell with some added mild British style hop flavoring and a lingering wheat aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a tad thin but not bad, and I find this to be an excellent drinkable summer session brew.

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Photo of jdhilt
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a white, four-finger head that goes quickly to a ring and leaving a little lace. Light-medium carbonation and light bodied. Cloudy amber color. Nose is lemon. Flavor is sour lemon almost a lambic. Squeaky clean finish. Not a winter beer. $1.75 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

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Photo of Estarrio
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Wow, this sure looks like a Witbier! An aggressive pour produces a hazy, honey colored brew with a full, cumulous cloud head. Carbonation and sediment are visible and active.

The nose is a bit surprising. The best analogy that I can provide is the Sweet Tart candies that I would get as a child on Halloween. Sweet, wheat, funky barnyard yeast, spices and Sweet Tarts...Hmmm...this may be interesting...

This is far more tart than I would have imagined. So tart that it makes my mouth pucker...unexpected but not necessarily bad. Upon getting over the initial tart bomb, I taste funky barnyard yeast, wheat, and a big spice profile as highlighted on the bottle, "white pepper, ajowan seeds, coriander and bitter orange peel". Nice flavors but really not enough malt backbone to balance out the aggressive spices and underlying tartness.

The mouthfeel is appropriate for the style but the lack of balance hinders the drinkability.

Overall, this is an interesting take on the style. With a little tweaking, this could be a solid recipe. Unfortunately, this brew doesn't hold it's own in comparison to some of the great Witbiers available.

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Photo of smcolw
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a traditional pint glass with a lemon and an orange on the rim. Absolutely no head nor lace. Extremely cloudy (expected, unfiltered) with a color of yellow straw.

On the aroma, I should take a pass. This was my wife's beer and before I had a chance to whiff, she squeezes the lemon into it. Bad Pam, bad. Anyway, the aroma is strong lemon. I can find the wheat....

Fortunately, the wheat characteristics come out nicely in the taste. The body has ale-like features (more round than crisp). The aftertaste draws out the wheat bite. Still, lots o' lemon, except now it complimenting the beer. The carbonation is on the high side (like most of the Tap beers). Given this combination, I'm surprised at the lack of head.

Next time I go, I'll try it without the lemon and submit a new review. Until then, this is a solid entry into this category.

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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 Gavage
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: hazy yellow in color with a 1/2" head that falls slowly to a surface bubble or two. Light lacing develops.

Smell: mild wheat tones and a hint of lemon are detectable.

Taste: lemon zest, grainy wheat, and some off-tasting spiciness make up a very average tasting brew. Barely any bitterenss detectable here. Not refreshing at all.

Mouthfeel: crisp at the start, and the finish is mildly crisp and a bit dry. Medium bodied. Short citric burst on the tongue after swallowing.

Drinkability: very average. I like my witbiers refrshing and light, but this was a bit too malty and the lemon was too up front. Not my cup of tea.


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Photo of SocalKicks
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +12.7%

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