Summer White (Seasonal) | Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.

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Summer White (Seasonal)Summer White (Seasonal)

Brewed by:
Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Belgian Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Summer

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Added by MYJELLOMISFIT on 04-29-2007

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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 38
Reviews by jwc215:
Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy yellow with a thin white head. Some trailing lace sticks to glass.

The smell is of coriander, orange peel and a tangy, peppery zest.

The taste is of orange peel, coriander. Some crisp wheat lies under a blanket of spices. The pepper that enhanced the aroma becomes almost interfering/clashing in the taste. Late honey sweetness in the finish.

Quite a bit of carbonation in this one. Light and would be more refreshing had the carbonation and pepper not left just a bit too much prickling feeling on the mouth.

The light malt is not quite enough to keep up with the light spices. It's okay, as it has some decent characteristics, but not as creamy as I would like, and the spices seem to clash just too much - especially the pepper. Almost misses the mark in some ways, but as a whole it's decent and has enough to hang in there.

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Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Frisbee dog on the label got me...12 ouncer, no useful freshness info on the label, pours very cloudy light apricot with plenty of yeasty floating sediment/mini chunks, creates a long lasting, light tan head, and leaves some so so lacing...tropical fruit nose...middle of the road wit, a bit thin in the flavor profile, could use some more of something to join the standouts of the style. Better then average none the less, and certaintly a respectable and enjoyable summer sessioner.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright coriander greets you in the nose of Spanish Peaks hazy golden-orange witbier. Beyond that it's mildly wheat-like, a touch citrusy, and just slightly phenolic and fruity with yeast. The same is true for the flavor, and it's a nicely balanced blend of malt and soft spice. The citrus is more apparent, as is the actual yeast flavor, and it's delicately bristling on the tongue with a fine-bubbled, crisp carbonation. It's fuller bodied than most of the examples from Europe, but it's not overly malty or sweet. The head retention is quite excellent, and it leaves some nice lace about the glass. Overall, it's a pretty decent interpretation of the style although slightly heavy-handed in some regards. Enjoyable!

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Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Beertracker
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of rebel1771
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw color with nice white head the fades quickly.

Aromas of coriander, banana, ginger, and a bit of orange zest come from this brew.

The same characteristics found in the aroma make another appearance in the flavor.

All in all a good solid brew, nothing surprising.

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Photo of ragekage23
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- good golden color with some haze, pours with a light head that disappears quickly but leaves a little lace down the glass, bubbles ris right till the end.

S- not as strong as other white ales, smell of citrus, not too much more than that.

T- more citrus and spices that linger in the mouth

M- Fairly dry, full of carbonation, as aforementioned, taste lingers in the mouth

D- great brew if you are just hanging in the backyard or at the pool.

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Photo of plaid75
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy medium straw hue with a two finger creamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a strong estery yeast with hints of clove and anise.

The taste consisted of an upfront spicy yeast esters with a touch of lemon. A minor ginger element detected as well.

The mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side with a lingering yeast.

Overall a very flavorful wit. It doesn't get bogged down with an abundance of citrus, but instead allows the yeast to be featured.

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Photo of dstc
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours the typical cloudy yellow color associated with wheat beers. Nice white head with good retention and a fine lace. Be careful for the sediment in the bottom of the bottle.

Very fruity, spicy aroma. Lemon is coming through.

Like the aroma it is has a very spice taste. Clove flavor really coming through.

Smooth and full in the mouth with perfect carbonation.

A nice seasonal/summer brew. Like too spicy but good nonetheless. Give it a try.

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy yellow brown in color, with a profusion of swirling sediment, a massive, bright-white head, which retains well, and scattered, patchy broken lace.

Aroma: Over-the-top coriander dominates the aroma, with lesser, but still prominent notes of orange zest, and pepper. The aroma is classic for the style, although it may be a bit more intense than typical.

Taste: Opens with lots of coriander, as the taste progresses, there are spicy notes from the wheat malt, lots of orange rind and pepper notes, specifically white pepper. As the taste draws to a close, bitter orange rind dominates the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth and soft, with a little roughness from the carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Its not Hoegaarden, but then again, would we expect that? Its a bit over-the-top for the style, but so what? Better over-the-top than weak and insubstantial. In all, its a good effort in brewing and well-deserving of a try.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard, unmarked brown glass longneck bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass. A nice yellow tint, almost straw like. Thick 2 finger head that stuck around and left decent amounts of lace. Cloudy appearance with highly visible particles suspended. Smell is of citrus with sour notes to it, took a little getting used too. Taste is good, one sip I swear I would really pick up on the lemon and citrus notes and the next I could taste a hint of orange. Crisp and light mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. I still prefer a hefe for a summer drinker but this isnt a bad beer at all.

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Photo of Atlas1
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yet another in a line of summer seasonals that I picked up recently from my favorite beer store. They whet my whistle when I need them too, you see.

Pours a cloudy golden color with lots of bubbles and some chunky bits of yeast a-floatin' around in there. Frothy white head on top which settles quickly into a nice, thin film of protection from the outer reaches. The yeast settles, for the most part, to the bottom of my weizen glass and sits there, waiting for me to drink it down. Typical witbier aroma, with lots of lemon and coriander and other spicey citrus delight. The taste is smooth and refreshing. Lemony with a creamy, buttery feel to it. Spices abound, but evenly so. There is a slight (ever so slight) hop kick at the end, to round things out. Nicely done. Sturdy, almost creamy mouthfeel. It's a good beer all in all. However, that said, it's nothing special in the way of witbiers. There are better wits out there, and there are worse wits out there, which is why my rating is somewhere in the middle. Still, it's good enough to inspire me to try other beers from Spanish Peaks, which I'll be happy to do after tasting this fine representative.

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Photo of Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of acrawf6
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a hazy and light golden yellow straw with a white head, looks good, but quite typical.

Smell. Corriander is a bit heavy with just a small orange citrusness to it.

Taste. Has a small bit of grassiness to it. Corriander is still dominant, but not as potent as the aroma. aftertaste is sweet.

Mouthfeel. Body is light and crisp and refreshing. carbonation is lively, and at a proper level.

Overall, i think it is a decent wit. I really am not a fan of the style, and i dont find anything in this beer to lure me to it, so i say it is a nice and typical wit. I actually had one of these a few days ago with some boiled crawfish, and it went quite well.

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Photo of zeff80
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, yellow color with a very foamy, white, three-finger head. No lace.

S - It smelled of citrus and clove.

T - It tasted of lemon and honey. A slight hint of wheat and grains. Very sweet tasting.

M - It was crisp and very light-bodied.

D - This is an okay beer. It was a little too lemony.

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Photo of ejimhof
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of GClarkage
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11/29/07- Received from a friend as a gift.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with either a born on or best by date on the back. If it's best by, it's past it's prime by a bit.

Appearance- Classic white-lemon pith yellow colored pour with lots of fine yeast particles floating around. About a 1/2 inch head and leaves nice lace sheeting.

Smell- Scent of tons of corriander, white pepper and fruit loops. So, I guess that means some earl grey tea to me as I think the scent's are exactly the same. A bit too sweet for a wit nose I think.

Taste- Yeah, they overdid the corriander just a bit here. They must have dumped in double the amount to try to get "extra" Belgian. Heavy lemon taste as well with white pepper and a definite sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation, kind of a sugary mouthcoating.

Drinkability- Well, they weren't off the mark by much. A pretty decent attempt at a Belgian wit. A bit over the top, but still pretty good.

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Photo of albern
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. It pours a cloudy pale yellow with yeasty chunks in the bottle. There is a white creamy head with a clove and coriander nose, along with some yeastiness.

There is a refreshing, but spicy bite to the beer, somewhere between sweet lemony malts and acerbic citrus. The beer is a tad lemony though, and it gets more watery as it settles. Some of the better parts start to come undone as the beer warms a bit. There is more clove in the aroma as it settles and there is also some wheaty pricklishness in the mouthfeel. This is a very light, fairly simple, good, refreshing witbier.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy apricot-orange color with massive white puffy head.
Smell is notable for citrus, cloves and pepper.
Taste is a great example of the style with lemon, cloves, pepper and other citrusy flavors abounding.
Very freshing and drinkable.
Perfect hot summer afternoon beer.

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3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a heavy haze of golden straw with little head. Little yeast chunks are barely visible. Smell is nice and soft with citrus, yeast, and floral notes. Mouthfeel is standard a slight heavy feel but very wet with little carbonation. Taste is average for style but well done. Easy to drink on a hot summers day.

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Photo of ScottUCF84
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This one poured a cloudy yellow with hints of orange and a ton of floating sediment. A white head was left behind with lacing here and there. The nose has a lot of spices (peppercorn, coriander) and citrus peel. There's some pineapple in the mix, along with wheat malt.

The flavor is definitely citrus (lemon and grapefruit), citrus peel, and spices up front, especially the coriander. There's even a slight hint of coconut in there, I've picked this up in other wits. This is a medium bodied wit, definitely heavier than the average.

This is for sure the most complex and flavorful witbier I've had.... but not necessarily the best. It's drinkability suffers where other wits do not. It is due to the overload of spices; it's not necessarily bad at first, but you're ready to move on after a couple.

Still, it gets props for standing out from the rest. Great brew.

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Photo of Winter
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow with the spices visible floating in it. The head is bleach white. The aroma consists of coriander, wheat malt, orange peel and has a yeasty spiciness to it. The mouthfeel is medium in body, yet airy when pushed around with the tongue. Upfront there's flavors of wheat malt with a spicy yeastiness. Coriander is noticeable in the middle. Already this beer is refreshing on a hot summer night. Some floral hints appear in the middle also. Very enjoyable witbier. If you're a fan of the style, give this a try.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, golden yellow color, not great head but okay, tightly packed.

Aroma is bready, also some grain notes, and an indication of citric and spicing presence.

Pale wheat flavors, coriander-like spices, definite yeast presence. Hops are very subtle but nod toward citric rind.

Classic witbier flavors, light in body and very smooth. Nothing stands out as good or bad, just a smooth summer sipper.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as part of a mixed 6 pack. Thought I better get this one down as summer is (officially) over.

Appearance: Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a hazy pale yellow with a white head about 1 inch in height. Head stuck around for a whiole and left a little lacing.

Smell: Citrus aroma (orange and lemon), slightly yeasty (caused when I swirled the bottle and upended it at the end of the pour). There is some spice hear as well.

Taste: The taste falls heavily in line with the scent. Lemon citrusy, a bit of wheat malt, a little bready.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light in body with some decent carbonation.

Drinkability: Wish I would have had this one sooner (like in the summer when it was hot). A good beer.

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Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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