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Weyerbacher Wit | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Weyerbacher WitWeyerbacher Wit

Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 245 | Ratings: 529
Photo of jakester
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is from a Weyerbacher sampler case. Expiration date plainly visible on the case!! YEA!!!

Pours a very cloudy banana yellow with a 1/2 finger head that drops to islands and a ring in no time. Effervescent. I wish the head would have stayed around longer. No lacing.

Aroma is yeasty wheat, pleasant, with a good citrusy smell, like lemon and orange peels. Also spices like pepper and cloves. Not strong, but spices are there.

The first flavor is tartness, almost sour, lemony and sharp. Yeast, wheat bread, oranges, black pepper; very nice. Very refreshing. Maybe a slight clove presence, not much, but notable. There is a good bittering to balance this out. The aftertaste is tart lemons/oranges, yeast, spices, and wheat.

Mouthfeel is slightly sweet, yet tart, kind of like a lemon sweet tart. A strong carbonation bite is there as well, which lasts into the finish!

I would definitely get this again. On a hot summer's day, it would be tough to beat this!

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was hazy and yellow, with particles floating throughout. The head was somewhat low.

Aroma was slightly smoky and yeasty, with a whiff of bread and pale wheat malts, and a touch of hops thrown in.

The taste was sweet, a little sour, yeasty, with a little orange citrus and some clove spiciness dancing around the tip of the tongue.

Mouthfeel was pretty good. I'd go back for this one.

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Photo of RealityDeviant
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle from a six pack bought at Carytown Wine and Beer.

Appearance: This beer pours a cloudy, straw color with a fizzy, white head that dissipates quickly. There are hints of orange in the coloration as well, which show up particularly under low lighting.

Smell: Strong aromas of lemon peel and banana dominate the smell of this brew, with the former being the most noticeable. I also detected a bit of cinnamon and pepper, which nestled themselves deeply into the wheat and fruit notes.

Taste: Similar to Hoegaarden in flavor, albeit with a more concentration on the citrus flavor. The lemon peel in the smell flourishes on the palate and makes the brew fairly tangy in flavor. It’s refreshing, but possibly a little too tangy for a witbier. There is also a sour, yeasty aftertaste that sticks in the mouth and can be a little dissatisfying. The recurring spiciness kept me interested in it, however.

Mouthfeel: It comes off as a little watery and excessively carbonated, which detracts from the overall quality of the brew. I enjoyed it, but I didn’t feel like I could savor it as long as I wanted to.

Drinkability: I’m glad I tried it, but it’s not a serious contender for my favorite witbier. At $7.99 a pack I could be persuaded to buy it again, but I might just go with something different instead. Weyerbacher has not scared me off with this one, but they have not particularly impressed me.

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Photo of Suds
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 12 ounce bottle, this brew is a milky, cloudy, straw color. The head is clingy and brilliantly white, but only stands about three-quarters of an inch. The appearance isn’t particularly notable. The aroma is dominated by a serious citrus characteristic. Wheat and yeast are present in the smell, but not much spice. The smell also has a distracting musty quality. Coriander does make an appearance in the taste. It’s a bit grassy, and there’s a mouth-puckering astringency that seemed very fitting. It’s a tangy, refreshing brew, for sure. Of course, so are a lot of brews, and this one isn't really a stand out.

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Photo of Foxman
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It came to me a cloudy bright yellow, like a dense lemonade, with a tight white head that lingered softly for a bit. Nicely carbonated, some mild lacing slid down the inside of the glass.

The first hit of the aroma came with a backbone of spice and lemon zest, along with a noteable yeast sourness. Surprisingly, as it warmed, the aroma dwindled considerably.

The first sip delivered a quick glimpse of sweetness promptly dried out buy the tanginess of the wheat and a very credible wash of spice. The lemon element then stomped in and held strong, and combined with the wheat to pucker the tongue and cheeks. The finish was rather thin, with the spicy dryness lingering shortly, then leaving a dull sourness at the back fo the throat. The flavor, to me, comes across as artificially enhanced, and while I know that's not the case, it put me off.

Light bodied, the liveliness and carbonation danced on the palate, and the spice left a gentle glow as it died off.

I'll start by saying that this beer is drinkable, and the way quenches adds to that quality, but it is not my cup of wheat. The citrus and spice duo spark memories of Lemon Pledge in my mind, and that isn't a good thing for me, but if others don't draw that comparison, then it wouldn;t be an issue. So I guess I'm trying to be open-minded in saying that while it's not my favorite, it could be because I'm a freak, or so I'm often told. Still, in spite of the fact that it does go down smoothly, and I would have another if it was put in front of me gratis, I will not drop any coin on anymore myself. Yes, I'm a bit of a paradox that way.

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Photo of trekbiker3000
1.83/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

The pour produced a cloudy light yellow brew with almost no head. It appears to be well carbonated by the bubbles rising up through the beer.

The spice aroma seemed to overwhelm the senses, unfortunatley I could not nail down the exact spice. The taste is what really threw me, harsh wheat flavor and the spices did not seem to blend well.

The mouthfeel was good, the carbonation seemed to flow nicely over the tongue, but again the flavor seemed to take away from it.

While I usually like Belgian Wheats I will have to pass on this one.

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow/cloudy white. White head that has good retention and leaves a nice lacing. The first impression when you smell it is of lemon. The taste starts out with the lemon and wheat flavor but as you drink more the spicey flavors start to become more noticable and really stand out. Very mild hops characteristics. Not many bubbles when observing the beer but on the tongue it has the feal of a highly carbonated brew. Another nice beer from Weyerbacher that I would recomend.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
1.76/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

12 oz bottle into a rare vos 3/4 pint glass

appears murky and super-light in the glass. kind of like a near-frozen glass of coors light. not much head but alot of slow-moving crazy carbonation.

smells very yeasty, bready. there are strong coconut notes here, reminding me of a day at the beach and suntan lotion.

what a surprise. it also tastes like suntan lotion. after the first sip, i was expecting sand to crunch between my teeth. this beer is devoid of any positive flavor other than a mild wheat taste. the proper base is present, but the foul vinegar taste combined with coconut and an absurd viscosity makes for the worst beer of the my 2005 so far.. unless you count the weyerbacher merry monks which was also not my cup of tea (although i could see someone else liking that one). not this.

weyerbacher is the only praised micro that i drink where every other beer i try is absolutely terrible.. and the good ones seem to be the higher abv. will be sticking to those in the future, unless i can get a single to try.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy pale yellow, nearly neon yellow with a nice fluffly head that leaves some spotty lacing. Nose is a mix of light citrusy lemony notes mixed with a heavy dose of spiciness...cloves, white pepper. Not bad, but there's some smell in there that's off putting to me..can't put my finger on it.

First sip is a mix of lemony citrus and wheat tones along with some sour yeasties, cloves and hints of pepper. Earthy tones come in from the yeast along with a bit of mouth puckering sourness.

Light and airy on the palate with pretty good body. Good for the style, but I could use a little more oomph. I'm glad I tried this but I'm not compeled to drink anymore. Thanks to blitheringidiot for the opportunity.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.45/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale light golden/white appearance. Thin white head recedes to just a light rimming rather quickly. Fresh scent of hay, ginger, dew and sweet orange pulp. The taste of this wit really has some snap to it. Lemon shavings and bitter orange. Crisp maltiness. Nutmeg. The acidity is snappy, but not overly sour. A dry finish leaves me begging for more. Nicely carbonated mouthfeel with a body checking in around medium, approaching medium-full. Nice little wit.

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Photo of tomthumbsblues
3.17/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 1/2 finger head was produced as this beer poured out a sort of dusky and cloudy yellow color. The immediate smells were sour and spice along with some hints of apple. The taste was sour and almost metallic, this yielded to fruit with a hint of spice. In the mouth this beer was light. Maybe it was the style or the time of year I sampled this (fall), but I thought it was a bit too light a beer. I am not so sure I'd seek this one out again.

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Photo of ppoitras
2.53/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12ozer bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" white head above an oh-so-light yellow (can you say Countrytime Lemonade?) hued brew. Head is gone in a blink of the eye, and lacing is minimal, to be generous. Aroma is of wheat and some light spices, and something sort of funky that I can't identify. Taste is upfront sour citrus, with a slight rounding out of wheat flavors that falls short of any balancing effect. Mouthfeel is just not working for me, goes down hard. Drinkability, for all of the above observations, is not so great, in my book. It takes some doing, but I won't pour this one out. Not one of their better offerings, to be nice.

Edit - tried another bottle swiped from a sixer to be sure that's not an oldie (since they don't date their bottles), and am sticking to my original review.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A slightly cloudy pale yellow beer with a foamy bright white head. The distinct aroma of orange peel and corriander. Flavor is lightly citusy but has no corriander characteristic and a mild hoppiness in the middle of the taste but finishes very light and easy. Probably a refeshing light drink on a hot summers day.
Note: The label states that this is a malt beverage brewed with spices. ??

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Photo of necoadam
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

What a strange wit. Pours out a yellow/gold color with a little bit of head but went away rather quickly. Smell consisted of wheat, coriander and some sweet candy-like aromas. I was hoping it didn't have that candy-like taste, but it did sad to say. Has some mouth-plucking lemon taste which seems to get worse when the beer warms up. Then some peppery spicies mix in to somewhat calm the lemon taste out, but it's still overwhelming. I got a bunch of beers from this brewery, I hope they're not all this bad. Pass on this one.

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Photo of bultrey
2.76/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very pale golden color, hazy, thin head that lasts until the end.

Smell: Not much to speak of. Perhaps a hint of banana and clove, and some thin malt. Slight spiciness.

Taste: The spicy Belagian yeast flavors are there up front, but quickly fade away to some light malt flavors along with banana. The taste was utterly predictable from the smell. Ends with a clean, but almost undesirable astringency.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery. End of story.

Drinkability: Relatively low alcohol and watery body make for an easy drinking hot weather beer.

Overall: I tried, but I am just not impressed with this brew. To me, it tastes alot like Budweiser, which isn't to say bad, just nothing special. I would choose the Bud based on price. It's certainly refreshing on a hot, summer day, but does not warrant any excitement.

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Photo of aracauna
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very pale yellow and cloudy body is topped by a smallish, chunky white head. The aroma has a nice bit of floral orange above the slightest hint of banana. Not a lot of clove involved in this thing. The wheat is surprisingly big in the flavor, giving off the essence of the tought crust of a hunk of french bread. Esters support the bready malt with tartness just teasing around the corner. Very light and easy-drinking and very refreshing. A very good summer beer.

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Photo of meathookjones
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the 8th Dominion beerfest. Looked a cloudy lemonade color with a decent white head that left some lace around the sample glass. Aroma consists of citrus fruits mainly lemon with a bit of spice to it. Taste starts of with a wheaty malt flavor and is quickly joined by orange and lemon citrus flavors. Clean dry finish with a little spice bite to it and a lingering lemon flavor. Mouthfeel is good for the style and goes down very smooth. A very refreshing drink to have around on a sunny day.

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Photo of cbl2
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Opaque pale banana yellow with no head.


Characteristic odors of a white. Bursting with citrus & coriander and the faintest hint of banana.


Nice and refreshing. Very crisp with notes of banana. Goes down easy, and is IMO one of the better whites produced in the USA.

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

Cloudy yellow "white", topped with a two finger white head. Leaves rings of lace.
Clove and tobacco aroma, coriander, orange, candied fruit.
Wheat based taste (grass/hay), coriander, vanilla, bread flour. Fairly sweet.
Medium bodied, good for a hot day.

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Photo of wsouloa
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this beer this weekend after my local liquor store recommended it. The first thing I noticed was how hazy this beer was. It pours a very hazy yellow color. After this, I was excited to try this brew. The aroma was citrusy with a bit of a spice smell mixed in. In the taste there was a definite mix of orange and lemon flavor. Very good brew but I have had better wits. Still, a very refreshing good brew. I rated the drinkability very high because it definitely deserves that rating. A sixer of this seemed to just disappear, goes down very smooth.

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Photo of Wildman
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very hazy straw color and formed a small bubbly white head that coated the glass with lace as it quickly subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of clove, banana and citrus are present, with a hint of grain. A flavor of clove and citrus with a slight bread hint to it. A slightly tangy, grainy finish to it. Not a bad wit.

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Photo of AllThingsNinja
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this refreshing white on cask at NERAX. the hazy yellow ale boasted a sizeable and lacy head considering that it was served from the cask. It had a coriander lemon scent and a flavor that built upon those notes combining them with some dry grassy notes and an underlying sweetness. It was a refreshing, highly drinkable, ale.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeast, coriander aroma with a pinch of spice (clove?) Big airy white head didn't hold for too long. Golden straw colored beer is transparent with tiny carbonation bubbles floating to the surface. Very light and clean flavor, some spices, yeast, and lemon. Clean finish, almost dry. Body is on the light side. An easy drinker, light and refreshing.

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Photo of mikeys01
4.27/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz bottle courtesy of Unionmade, thanks! The Blanche poured into my glas a pale straw yellow color, just a bit hazy, and capped with a slight delicate white head. Aroma is quite wheaty and bready, with fragrant notes of lemon and banana, just a hint of spice noticeable in the nose. Body is quite light, carbonated perfectly as well. Taste is dusted with wheat and malt and seasonesd with just a bit of lemon and very subtle hop flavor. Spicing of this Wit is very nicely done, with clove and coriander noticeable without taking over. Finish is clean, a bit on the dry side, but very refreshing. Very drinkable stuff, the Blanche is.

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

It's very hazy yellow body is topped by a creamy bright-white head that holds fairly well before dropping to a decent collar and leaves some thin, splashy lace about the glass. The aroma is delicately sweet and citrusy (orange and lemon rind), slightly earthy, and gently cloveish. The body is light, but with a fine, natural carbonation that leaves just a mild effervescence on the tongue before it warms to become smooth across the palate. The flavor offers very lightly tangy notes of orange peel and malt along with a sprinkling of delicate, clove-like spiciness and a wash of yeastiness. The finish is short and lightly sweet, balanced by its lingering, drying cloves. Exquisitely balanced, refreshing, and enjoyable through several servings.

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