White Ale
Sugar Creek Brewing Company

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From:
Sugar Creek Brewing Company
 
North Carolina, United States
Style:
Witbier
ABV:
4.6%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.82 | pDev: 7.33%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
19
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 27, 2019
Added:
Sep 21, 2014
Wants:
  0
Gots:
  9
SCORE
86
Very Good
Notes: Also known as Wit and McColl's Wit

With a recipe that dates back to the 14th Century, this is one of our most traditional craft beers. Our interpretation was inspired directly by Pierre Celis and his original efforts to resurrect this beloved style. This beer is an unfiltered Witbier or “White Beer” to the Flemish-speaking Belgians because of its opaque, white appearance. It measures 4.9% ABV and is a wonderfully refreshing, easy drinking beer enjoyed throughout the year. Its grain bill includes nearly 50% unmalted wheat and oats while it is very lightly spiced with Coriander, Orange Peel, and a touch of other unique flavors. The yeast in this recipe was cultured from the original strain near the town of Hoegaarden in Belgium and adds a pleasant fruitiness during fermentation. Enjoy this beer with or without an orange slice. Although the beer connoisseur might frown at you, we won’t judge you if you ask for one.
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Rated: 3.75 by JMScowcroft from Vermont

Apr 27, 2019
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
On tap as part of a Taste of Carolina sampler at the airport (Just outside of Gate B6, highly recommended for passer-throughs such as me.)

So recommended is this White Ale. It Looks, Smells and Tastes the part of a good wit. White Ale replicates well a subtle style. The traditional coriander and orange is light. The Tastes are enriched by yeast sourced originally from the style's traditional region near Hoegaarden. And all this comes together nicely in the mouth where White's soft, soft finish is created by a grain bill that is half wheat and oats.

I give big boost to Overall points for Sugar Creek focussing its energies and talents on the most difficult tradition; despite the temptation to produce hoppy ales. American tastes are being refined everywhere and Sugar Creek has staked out its share of the fast-expanding craft market in Charlotte. I wish I could try more without having to transfer in the airport.
Oct 24, 2018
 
Rated: 3.73 by Berknerj from Illinois

Oct 18, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by PaleAleWalt from New York

Sep 01, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by jwclt from North Carolina

Jul 11, 2018
 
Rated: 3.5 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Jun 14, 2018
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Rated by nick_perry from North Carolina

3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Hazy yellow color. Rather similar to the Bière de Garde, minus the fruity esters.
May 28, 2018
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Reviewed by avalon07 from South Carolina

3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was a quarter inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Above average lacing.

S: A pretty good, but not great, aroma of hops, malt, citrus, coriander, and some other spices.

T: Tasted of a good shot of citrus fruit (orange, in particular), a little bit of malt (mostly in the finish), light hops, a decent amount of coriander, and a tinge of wheat. Like the aroma, the taste is fairly good, but not outstanding. Still, it has a nice amount of citrus and spices. Fairly tasty.

F: A solid amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Light-bodied.

O: Not a perfect example of a witbier, but nonetheless tasty. Worth a try.
May 19, 2018
 
Rated: 3.47 by socon67 from New York

Jan 12, 2018
 
Rated: 3.5 by Fettpopps from Massachusetts

Jan 03, 2017
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
A: The beer is very hazy pale light yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that consistently covered the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of wheat and orange peel are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, but has stronger flavors of orange peel. No spices are perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This witbier is easy to drink but isn't spicy compared to other beers in the style.

Serving type: bottle
Dec 27, 2016
 
Rated: 3.98 by Jason_cs from Florida

Jul 16, 2016
 
Rated: 3.53 by WesHowl from North Carolina

Jun 05, 2016
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Reviewed by nvrstck from North Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Draft at brewery. Opaque as you would expect with a witbier. Hint of orange peel aroma. Slightly sweet, citrus, orange peel, nice mouthfeel from oat and wheat. Easy drinking, nice thirst quencher.
Aug 10, 2015
 
Rated: 3.5 by UltimateLivewire from South Carolina

Jul 26, 2015
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Reviewed by GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured on-tap at the brewery and served in a shaker pint, the beer is an opaque, bright yellow coloring, with a filmy, sparse, white head. Nose of subtle clove, banana, and toasted grains. Flavors are herbal and toast forward, with lemon, banana, grass, and nutmeg spice. Very balanced. Smooth, light bodied, with an herbal and fruity aftertaste. Smooth, light finish. Refreshing beer.
Jun 19, 2015
 
Rated: 3.83 by dbrauneis from North Carolina

May 12, 2015
 
Rated: 4.15 by Nidhoggr241 from North Carolina

Apr 23, 2015
 
Rated: 3.5 by Mantooth from North Carolina

Apr 20, 2015
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Reviewed by CBlack85 from South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
had on tap at the brewery

This beer pours a hazy light golden, almost white color with a frothy white head that lingers throughout the session

The flavor and aroma go hand in hand; light and peppery, moderately spicy, with a lemony component. low bitterness and light on the palate.

medium/light bodied and easy to drink. definitely a winner for this new brewery
Apr 19, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by Ik_hou_van_bier from South Carolina

Mar 22, 2015
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Reviewed by Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Tap at the brewery

Pours a hazy light lemon gold with a white pillowy head.

Aroma of light citrus, coriander, and grassy malts.

Flavor is of lemon citrus, coriander, a very light honey sweetness, and a grassy malt finish.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Very nice light wit with good drinkability. Pours very nicely. Definitely a great showing in this style.
Feb 15, 2015
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Rated by DVMin98 from North Carolina

3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Loooooooots of clove on this one. Good belgian yeast component
Jan 28, 2015
 
Rated: 4.24 by brauseboof from South Carolina

Jan 11, 2015
 
Rated: 3.71 by outoffocus from Pennsylvania

Jan 09, 2015
 
Rated: 3.6 by kell50 from North Carolina

Sep 21, 2014
White Ale from Sugar Creek Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 26 ratings