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Weyerbacher WitWeyerbacher Wit

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Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly White Sun Wit

Added by UnionMade on 06-01-2002

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Photo of soccrgump
4.14/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From 11/12/15
A: Pours a pale yellow with a bright white head, decent lacing
S: Corriander and orange peel
T: Follows the nose with a slight hop finish, peppery
M: Medium carbonation with a creamy feel

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Maybe it's because i had a hot day working outside and this just seemed to hit the spot. Or maybe, it's just a good brew.

Beautiful highlights of yellow are observed along with the distinctive haze that comes with a witbier. But some hazes turn me off whereas the haze on this one was strangely appealing. The odor was mostly coriander, not overpowering, and mixed with some spicy and citrus smells I can't quite point out. Anyway, it all works. On the tongue it is quite carbonated, too much for my taste and a bit astringent, but both are easily overlooked. I really enjoyed the sessionable taste, I wish I had more, I could easily down 3-4 of these in one sitting. Overall, this is another very good beer from a brewer that I am keeping my eye out for more offerings.

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Photo of ajilllau
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a great beer and right up my alley. If I have more than one then I know its a beer for me. It was nice and light with some interesting flavors of spice, maybe coriander. I would carry this again as it sold well for us.

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

This witbier from Weyerbacher pours to a brief-lived, medium creamy white head on an effervescent, hazy-cloudy palish-straw body; lacing is scant, consisting of fast-retreating swoops and blotches. The nose is light-medium in intensity: a fairly balanced blend of coriander, wheat and yeast, a more subdued lemon character and the slightest hint of alcohol on top. The palate is a light, tangy lemon flavor with subtle coriander and a slight yeast bite, all over a light, fairly murky, modestly caramelish wheat foundation. The finish is pretty clean, showing just a bit of lemon and light caramel, followed by a slight wheat aftertaste that is tinged with dark herbs and lasts a minute or two. The mouthfeel is lightish even for the light body, and the texture is medium-creamy and medium-peppery from the well-expressed carbonation. (12 oz bottle, 99 days after pkg)

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a small narrow glass: color is straw gold, head is bright white with fine to medium sized bubbles with moderate lacing on the glass.

Smell is pleasant, nice wheat/biscuit upfront, then moderate clove/banana and hints of spice and orange, finish is a little grainy.

Taste is also good, nice wheat/biscuit/bread flavor then less prominent spice and yeast off flavors than expected. More graininess in the finish of the taste as well.

Mouthfeel is a bit sharp, maybe overcarbonated and somewhat crisp/biting on the tongue.

Overall, this beer looks and smells good but the flavor and mouthfeel are just a touch sharp and grainy for my preference in the style.

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Photo of hman43
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Look: It pours pale yellow with a full white head that produced plenty of Belgian lace.

Smell: It has fruity aromas highlighted by lemon with hints of coriander.

Taste: There are spices, lemon, citrus notes and coriander int the flavors.

Feel: It has a light feel to it with a slightly bitter finish.

Overall: The flavors and aromas seemed to be a bit more reserved than most over Wits that I've had.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass. The color is a hazy, straw yellow with a thin milk-white head and lacing. The smell is light yeast and wheat with a whiff of orange peel and coriander. The taste is very light with the wheat, yeast, citrus, and spice well balanced. The coriander really comes through at the finish. At 4.6 ABV, this is a light and refreshing witbier that is nice on a summer's day. Fairly lightly carbonated. Overall, it is a fine representative of its style. I was wondering how Weyerbacher would do with a wit, given its excellent record of brewing darker, maltier ales and stouts. It acquitted itself well.

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Photo of vish747
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Weyerbacher's Verboten is one of my favorite Belgian-style Pale Ales, so I was really excited to try their Wit. It pours a hazy yellow, and smells like any typical wheat beer (orange peels). The taste is very light, but definitely refreshing, and it goes down softly with an orange-y aftertaste. There's not much to it, it's a bit of a disappointment in comparison to the other beers Weyerbacher makes, but there's certainly nothing wrong with it.

Drink if you want a light beer that doesn't taste skunked or cheap, and has a twinge of orange in it.

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Photo of jhartley
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Bottled on 03/31/15 Best by: 08/31/15
Beautiful hazy golden yellow body, great look for a witbier. Tons of suspended floaties, just like you want.
Aromas of coriander and some pear or apple juice.
Refreshing tastes of pear, bitter orange peel and yeast.
Clean finish and pleasing taste.
A good witbier to be sure. A perfect hot summer day beer! Weyerbacher has been brewing great beers for many years and this is another decent beer. Can drink plenty of this and be quite refreshed.

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Photo of chrismann65
4.31/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on Date stamp = 4/8/15 Nice Hot summer day in Austin Tx. ! I got.t this out of the frig...Pulled up a seat on the patio W/ the great view and enjoyed this Wit- Beer is very good , Wit is Weyerbacher’s 4.6% ABV thirst-quenching spring and early summer ale. The nose has a light spiciness from the coriander, orange peel, grains of paradise and star anise. As you drink this all of the flavors come forward , Very smooth Summer Beer, !!!
I wish i could get Weyerbacher in Texas , !! Thanks to my friend Louis for sending me this great beer.! I want to try the SMS....So Bad I can taste IT !!! Cheers......! Try this beer on a Hot day you will love IT !!!

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 4/8/2015. Pours moderately hazy bright golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, orange peel, pear, apple, light banana, coriander, pepper, clove, wheat, bread, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon, orange peel, pear, apple, light banana, coriander, pepper, clove, wheat, bread, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spiciness and slight bready tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange peel, pear, apple, light banana, coriander, clove, wheat, bread, light honey, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice robustness and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish, Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 4.6%. Overall this is a very nice witbier style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and bready malt flavors; and very smooth to to drink with robust flavors for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

DATE TASTED: May 16,2015... GLASSWARE: Weihenstephan weizen... OCCASION: chilling with the boys after baseball and cub scouts... APPEARANCE: tawny, misty and slow in its effervescence; white head is soapy and fizzy, with a swift descent into the body; still, the head does retain a quarter-inch consistently around... AROMA: banana, orange and coriander--all accounted for and refreshingly light; anise is tough to detect... PALATE: refreshingly light, but with a dull thinness that only wakens to life when swirled in the mouth; due mostly to the pepper, the finish lasts well into the next sip... TASTE: mostly orange peel--not a bad thing, but not as complex as purported by the label; the payoff, however, is in the grains of paradise, a hard, punchy pepper that balances the banana and citrus nicely... OVERALL: Weyerbacher has come a long way--do I write this in all their recent reviews?--creating a refreshing beer, comfortable in its ABV%...I originally had their White Sun or Blanche way back and believe this is either beer rebranded...this is definitely a thirst quencher with enough flavor to be enjoyed without sun or sweat.

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Photo of 57md
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pale in color with a finger of white head. The coriander is apparent in the nose. The flavor profile is that of a standard wit. Ok, but nothing special here.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: hazy; light to medium gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: predominantly coriander with orange also present;

T: balanced between coriander and lemon/orange with fresh yeast in the background; mildly dry finish with light bitterness and a little black pepper spiciness;

M: Light bodied; effervescent carbonation;

O: good, but not great;

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Photo of logicalparadox
4.48/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a creamy, thick, pure white head that causes me to salivate upon the mere sight. The liquid itself is pale straw, hazy, unassuming. Its hiding many secrets. Head retention is ok, with soapy foam residue around the rom of my pub glass.

S: oh, man! Now that's a wit! I smell the spices. Floral, slightly peppery grains of paradise, tons of wheats goodness. Lemony citrus, and i definitely get notes of coriander. Almost a subtle, hidden funk. The yeast comes through.

T: wow, it's almost briny. I get salty sensations. A mildly sweet, not quite tart (but perky) backdrop, with bready grains and spices in the foreground. Almost mildly soapy...but in a good way! The GOP come through and add depth, complexity, and nuance to the typical coriander. Not getting any of the star anise. But, as it warms, the spices blossom and play well with the grains.

M: velvety, full bodied, with a creamy, slightly effervescent head. Bubbles are so sift and delicate, yet the core has a bready structure.

As a lover of white ales and wheat beers, i'm really enjoying this! Hot summer day and this hit the spot!

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This brew pours an opaque, hazy straw color with a small white head which dissipates after a few minuets then collects around the edge of the glass. Light lacing. Good carbonation

The smell is bubble gum, musty hay, coriander and some banana; maybe some Grains Of Paradise as well.

The taste follows the nose with sweet malts, then spices then banana hitting in sequence with light peppery hops on the back-end. The taste seems to improve as the beer warms up.

The mouthfeel is tangy, possibly due to the high carbonation, and smooth. Kinda feels like a "hard lemonade" if you let it sit for a few seconds; goes down smoothly.

Overall this brew took some getting used to; I did not like it the first time I had it but the second time is a charm, it has grown on me. There are other wheat beers out there that are better but this one is worth a try.

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Photo of seedyone
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

07/17/13 At Rattle N Hum, NYC. On tap. Very light & refreshing yet substantial in flavor & mouthfeel. Lots of coriander & floral notes on the nose. Pleasant aftertaste. I may overuse this word, but polite is exactly what this beer is & I will be welcoming it back to my world at a later date.

08/25/11 I knew it then as Weyerbacher Blanche, but is now known as White Sun Wit and is available seasonably.

Not that I mind, as I found it to be just OK. A tad heavy, even at just 5% ABV.

The "coriander and dried curacao orange peels" used to create a "clean finish...with just a hint of tart spiciness" missed the mark, IMHO.

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Photo of Act25
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like American Wit beers usually was well as Belgians, they're just different. I like this brewer. But find them inconsistent.

A: Must aggressively pour, and when you do, rewarded with big foamy white sudsy head, that lace and laces all the way down. Cloudy lemony yellow body.

S: Perfumey, but a bit medicinal. Flowers, fruit blossom, plus wheat, musty spice, brine, clove, bright yeast, and a bouquet of fruit blossoms.

T: Follows smell onto the sweeter, maltier direction as in flower/orange/coriander cookies. More orange flower water than bitter or peppery. Finishes nicely, fruity, and a bit medicinal which mars it enough that I'd go elsewhere. Two would be one too many.

MF: Soft, perfumey, light, watery. Not alcoholic. Good with food.

Too fruity for me to drink more than one. But feminine, flowery, perfumy if you like em that way.

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Photo of Tim9m1r
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Cloudy light golden color with a one finger off-white colored light head that dissipated quickly, small amounts of bubbles rising in the glass.

Smell - Citrus, coriander, and floral followed by biscuit and a faint spiced finish

Taste - Strong coriander followed by sweet wheat then light slightly tart citrus with a light sour citrusy biscuit finish.

Mouthfeel - Light, smooth, light carbonation with a dry finish

Overall - Refreshing and sessionable. Very good wit beer.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Pale yellow with a one-finger head
S: Sweet wheat, toffee, coriander, hints of florals & citrus
M; Light-bodied, balanced but a short finish
O: Tasty, refreshing, would be a good session beer. No flaws but overall unmemorable; needs a longer finish

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

(purchased from the brewery... best by date Sept 14 2014... poured into a 20 oz British pint)

A: a generous pour produces a glass of half crazy-pale yellow liquid and half whipped-spongy, cotton-white foam... not as cloudy as expected, but still a deep haze... the head eventually settles down into a solid cover of crater-marked suds... random streaks of lace

S: flowery, with a soft whisper of anise at the start - breath in deep and long and a surge of bright coriander finishes off the whiff... ends up taking on lasting honey-kissed white cornbread, mild white pepper, and husky coriander aromas

T: very prominent rush of coriander, fading away with a Kix cereal-like character taking its place... a decidedly corn meal aftertaste - something along the lines of cornbread that hasn't cooked all the way through (still batter-y)... almost a celery leaf, garden greens element lingering in the back... mellow bitterness... vaguely-citrus, lactic sort of bland tartness builds on the front of the palate... yeah, this seems all coriander and floury wheat - not much else sticking out - no specter of sweetness

M: proper, bright palate excitement up front, but incredibly dull, dry flow starting before the middle of the palate... a 'dry' wetness - don't know how else to explain it - strange... if you can follow this - it's sort of like when liquid water is thrown out into very low subzero temps and it immediately freezes into powdery crystals - this immediately poofs out into almost nothing... the absence of viscosity, dryness without parching - neutral... again, strange, but it makes it disgustingly easy to pound

O: one of the stranger Wits you may come across... not great flavor-wise, but ridiculously drinkable

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Photo of horshamguy
3.04/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a 22 oz TGIF/Applebees glass.

A--Very light yellow, hazy look. Looks Like a proper wit. No real head, which obviously can't leave lacing.

S--Citrusy & lemon. A little bit of muskiness.

T--Lemon & other citrus flavors. Pretty mild all around.

M--Light & crisp. Carbonation that didn't form a head seemed to be holding back to make an airy mouthfeel.

O--Weyerbacher is my second favorite brewery, but this one is a miss. It's not actively bad, but it's not especially good either. Just Bleh, I expect better from these folks.

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Photo of plaid75
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured featured light esters and a touch of sweetness.

The taste was likewise mildly estuary with some citrus note and a wheat spice.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall a serviceable wit.

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Photo of EBeckett3
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - cloudy yellow, small white head, ok laces
S - citrusy, coriander
T - light fizz, slight lemon, not tart, smooth
M - light body but balanced, thinner than I expected
O - refreshing, cleansing even

Served in a 16 oz pint glass at McMichael's Pub, Gloucester City, NJ

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Photo of BethanyB
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Slightly hazy, and pale straw in terms of color. The tightly beaded head is white, with a creamy top, and about two fingers deep. Leaves some soft, spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell: Lemon zest and coriander give way to a light yeasty, fresh-baked bread aroma. A very typical witbier bouquet.

Taste: More tart, and less sweet than other versions of the style, with the spicy citrus character hanging on tight to the tongue. A light mineral taste brings out some extra acidity. Reminds me of a stronger version of seltzer with lemon. A pretty thin flavor profile, overall.

Mouthfeel: Absolutely effervescent. Crisp and refreshing, and on its own, very appropriate for a witbier. The high carbonation, however, makes this already acidic beer even more dry.

Overall: I could see this appealing to some folks on a summer day, but I personally wished for more sweetness and less tartness, considering the style. This beer reminded me of both seltzer water with lemon and dry champagne, and I wonder if this was really what Weyerbacher was going for.

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