White | Real Ale Brewing Company

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Real Ale Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Summer

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Added by JDV on 06-12-2014

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 139
Photo of Pegasus
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Hazy bright yellow in color, with a somewhat coarse white head, which retains well.

Aroma: A bit hoppy for the style, grapefruit rind hops dominate the aroma,

Taste: Opens with fairly sharp hops, followed by lesser coriander and wheat. As the taste progresses, the wheat malt and hops dominate, leaving little of the character of a traditional Witbier. Finishes with a moderate round of grapefruit hops.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: If you always thought that traditional Witbier examples were under hopped, this is your beer.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of KatyBeerGuy
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pouted into tulip glass. 2 finger head dissipated within two minutes. Smells very nice, citrus and spice. Cloudy. Tastes great, again herbal and spice. Coriander? Very nice witbier.

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Photo of donspublic
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into shaker, nice 1 finger creamy head, dissipates after a while to a pool, great lacing. Crystal clear pale yellow in color, this has to be classified wrong, no yest visible. Very little yeast profile to the nose, get some pale malt, a little citrus and perhaps an inkling of saison yeast. Taste is biscuit on the front, a little spicy and a burst of citrus on the back end. Mild bitterness, nice tingly mouth-feel, not sure this is a wit though Ah in looking this is considered a Belgian inspired wit/wheat beer. I would just man up and classify it as a Belgian IPA and let the yeast have more profile. Still an enjoyable beer at 4.6 abv

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Straw plus color with tight white head; excellent clarity and decent cap and ok lacing. Light lemon nose. Light lemon taste. Light mouthfeel and moderate plus carbonation. Overall a citrus forward wheat beer that barely resembled a Belgian Witt.

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Photo of puck1225
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A nice Belgian white by Real Ale. Poured from a can, a bit hazy yellow with good head and lacing. Nice lemony smell that carries over to the taste. Spice like a saison. A tasty beer!

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Photo of dbnarley
3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am really not a fan of this style but wanted to give it a try. Muh. Had to put a lemon slice in it. I like most Real Ale offerings. This not so much.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can pours a well-hazed straw color with a large, stiff cap of white head. Very nice retention and frothy lace.

Pretty standard wit nose - coriander, lemons, cloves and tangy wheat. Id say the lemon aromas seem sharper on this than your average witbier.

Taste is pretty tame as far as the spices are concerned. The coriander is especially light. Yeast is not overly phenolic either. The crisp wheat and bubble-gummy yeast are the main flavors with an accompanying lemon zest. A worthy local wit option and one of my favorite styles to crush in the summer.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.89/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

CAN: Aluminum. 12 fl oz. White label art. Standard pull-tab.

Reviewed live as a Belgian witbier per the label. Expectations are average given the brewery. Served cold into a pilsner glass at low altitude in Austin, TX.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 5 fingers wide. White colour. Not as frothy as would be ideal, but aptly (i.e. mildly) creamy. It's a biteen weak and thin. Retention is good - about 6-7 minutes. Leaves light inconsistent lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Cloudy yellow of average vibrance. Littered with ample yeast particles held in suspension suggestive that this beer is alive and well. No hop sediment is visible.

I dig that it's not the clean clinical appearance of many witbier. It's not mind-blowing, but it does make me curious to try it.

AROMA: Heavier on the clove spice than probably any witbier aroma I've ever chanced across. It also hits the coriander hard. Lemon zest, starch, Belgian pale malts, flaked wheat, and huskiness. It doesn't quite hit sour apple, but it has a note that comes close. The grassy hop profile works well for it.

I like that it's a bit rough around the edges. This isn't the clinical macroproduction witbier you might expect after growing up around beers like Hoegaarden, but I'm not sure if the taste will be better as a result.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE: Lemon zest, wheat, grassy hops, Belgian pale malts, and faint starchiness & huskiness from the wheat. Admittedly, this is painfully simple, and - contrary to what the aroma suggested - the clove and coriander are barely hinted at, let alone fully evoked. The wheat should be fresher and more interesting, and the lemon zest should be better integrated. This is strangely muted and bland, with no depth of flavour at all. I find no complexity/intricacy or subtlety whatsoever. Blue Moon might be a more engaging witbier.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, unrefreshing (which is something of a crime in a witbier), nicely carbonated, light to medium-bodied, and crisp. The thickness is meh. It's not syrupy or viscous or anything, but it's just so...empty? Just as there's nothing really going on in the taste, there's nothing really going on with the mouthfeel. Should be soft, light-bodied, and approachable. But it's just a shrug.

OVERALL: Not sure what they were after with this one. In spite of its yeasty appearance, it has no yeasty flavour. It doesn't check the basic boxes for the style, missing adequate spice and lemon zest, and even the wheat backbone is dull. Sure, it's drinkable, but I'd honestly prefer a Hoegaarden (even without factoring in price). In a world in which Allagash White is readily available in a fair amount of states (though to be fair, not Texas), I can't see how this can stay market-competitive. It's not the worst beer I've had from Real Ale Brewing, but at least their other offerings try for something. This might be the most muted reticent witbier I've ever had. That said, I'll try to reserve judgment until I try it fresh on-draught.


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Photo of texasbeerfreak
2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

Very disappointed with this offering from a brewery I expect a lot from. Over carbonated, harsh bitter aftertaste, not enjoyable. Shocktop is even better. Community Wit/UFO (in the can) blows this away.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

From a can. Thanks to @xicanobeerrun for the trade.
Pours a hazy white gold with a light silver cloud if foam
The aroma has a slightly tangy clove hint along with a pleasing floral character. The flavor is spicy with some clove and coriander mellow and smooth. It's a tangy wheat beer and I thought it hit the spot.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a cloudy gold with a moderate sized head. Aroma has some Belgian yeast and light spiciness with a crackery grain backbone. Hops are the dominant smell here: tropical fruit and alliums. Flavor is lightly malty with a touch of grain. Yeasty spiciness mixes with some citrus and tropical hop flavor. Finishes dry and tart. Body is light, crisp, and effervescent. This is extremely refreshing. A flavorful take on a white beer.

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Photo of MarioH
5/5  rDev +25.3%

This is by far the best beer I have ever tasted. Real Ale Brewing Co. is definitely coming up in the beer work and I believe they are here to stay. White has all the amazing taste and mouthfeel of an IPA with absolutely none of the bitterness. It has a drinkablility factor that is through the roof! It goes down smooth as silk and each sip tastes better than the last! I look forward to enjoying this beer again and again and again!

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a a very cloudy golden color with a rich white head that settles slowly with abundant lacing down the glass.

The nose is spiced malt with fructose undertones of apple, citrus and vanilla.

The taste is a classic white Belgian married with a taste of Texas with nice hopping that is strong for a Belgian anything that blends super well with the malt, citrus and spice that makes Belgians so damn good. A great marriage of styles here.

The mouthfeel is rich and just right.

Overall an exceptional Belgian White from Texas. Drink this beer.

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Photo of brurevu
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A Belgian inspired witbier that is dry hopped at the same level as there IPA, but has a low 4.6% abv that makes it light and sessionable. The beer poured a thick and hazy straw yellow with a light and fluffy white head. The aroma was of wheat and the typical witbier spices of coriander and orange with the fruity hops hiding underneath it all. The taste began with the light witbier of spicy wheat and orange zest and quickly faded into the fruity hop essence. While you could detect a slight bitterness from the hops it is by no means overly dominant. In fact it added a bold juicy fruit tone that directly complemented the orange and spice flavors of the base witbier. While the White maintained a light and easily drinkable body, there was no shortage of flavor. The Real Ale White hit all the right notes for me and the dry-hopping perfectly accentuated the base witbier. It was a bold yet refreshing brew perfect for our Texas heat.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tumbler. This is a very pale, quite cloudy beer with a tall fluffy head. Coriander and curacao peel come through well, though a little faint, in a nice tight bundle. Very fruity taste, candyish, balanced by a pleasant acidity. Coriander is a clear presence. Bitterness is higher than I expected, given the style, with a spicy, grassy hop presence. Very yummy! Light bodied, effervescent. I hope this becomes a staple of their line-up. I think this will be my go-to Wit from now on. Very well crafted!

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy yellow with a pretty good head and fair lace.

Aroma is way good! Spicy with all the usual witbier suspects, wheat, coriander, lemon, lemon peel.

Body is great, light and still a little thick and chewy, way way easy to drink, very thirst quenching.

Overall I think RABC has done it again, perhaps even gone over the top on excellence on this one. Off hand the only witbiers I've had that are as good as this one come from Freetail, also local, lucky me! Given how hot and humid this summer is turning out, I certainly hope they don't run out of this one.

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Photo of StArnoldFan
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn I love this beer. A hybrid between two of my favorite styles, a wit and an IPA. I'm very happy to have this brewery in my back yard. This is my summer time go to beer, straight from the can.

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Photo of champ103
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours with a good amount of cloudy/haziness. A pale straw yellow color. Two fingers of white head forms with good retention and lace.
S: Very fragrant. Wheat, coriander and orange zest up front, but the hops quickly take over. Spicy, earthy hops with more citrus aromas and very perfume like.
T: Orange zest, coriander, and loads of citrus hops. Spicy and earthy. With the right amount of husky wheat. Really well balanced and very enjoyable.
M/D: A light body that is very effervescent, crisp and dry. Smooth at the same time and very refreshing. So easy to drink. All day with this one.

You certainly get the Wit up front, but it is much more IPA overall. I think I like this more than Chainbreaker, which is saying something. Highly recommended.

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Photo of JDV
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours rich thick cloudy light yellow like hazed lemonade. Smell is fresh wheat, light spice and fruity clean hops. Taste is wheat, light hops, fruity belgian witbier yeast esters and light spice with light bitterness to balance the smooth wheat flavor and leaves it crisp and refreshing. Now this is incredibly drinkable and refreshing. Medium full body and crisp carbonation. As described as a hoppy witbier. Perfect for the summer. I love it.

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White from Real Ale Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 139 ratings.
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