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Winter White | Legend Brewing Co.

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Winter WhiteWinter White

Brewed by:
Legend Brewing Co.
Virginia, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Get ready for a winterized version of a classic Belgian Witbier (white beer). Legend Winter White starts with a blend of Belgian malts and wheat in the mash for a rich, sweet body and tangy crispness. Spicy hops blend in the boil with coriander and orange peel. During fermentation these flavors combine harmonically with a Belgian Trappist yeast strain (banana, pear bubblegum). The creamy mouthfeel of this unique unfiltered winter warmer pairs well with salads, seafood, poultry and pork dishes.

Added by beer2day on 12-12-2011

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 74
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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Photo of tdm168
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - murky, dark orange with a big, thick, dense, foamy, pure white head that has decent retention

S - some peppery spice, coriander, some Belgian yeast funk

T - Belgian yeast, typical Belgian esters, some faint spice

M - medium bodied, crisp, well carbonated

This is not what I expected as a Witbier, but it's not a bad beer. I will judge this beer to style so it will receive a lower rating than if I reviewed it on its flavor and overall merits as a beer. As a witbier, it's lacking in traditional flavor. The spice is present but that is all I could find to resemble a true Witbier. The flavor more resembles a BPA due to the big esters and fuller than expected body. Overall, this is a decent beer, but a lackluster Witbier. It's probably worth a try for BPA fans looking for something local in VA or north NC.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of ordybill
2.91/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- I catch hints of coriander, wheat and malt a sweet smell.
Appearance- A dark amber color with a small white head
Taste- The beer has a sweet flavor but it has an odd aftertaste that i found rather off putting.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with light carbonation. the aftertaste hurts this beer in my opinion.
Overall- i found this to be an average to slightly below average brew.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.56/5  rDev -3%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of zp6167a
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of vainosuomi
4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: golden yelow, slightly cloudy, creamy head
Smell: Yeast, spice
Taste: Sweet wheat malts, yeast, spicy hops, and a little fruity (mostly banana).
Feel: Medium carbonation, medium bodied, fresh and crisp

The sweet, spicy, and fruity flavors all balance very well.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Hoegaarden glass.

A deep pale amber and quite brown chestnut body. Slightly cloudy, but with lots of visible carbonation making it's way up to a creamy head. Simple two finger head, solid white with a creamy appearance if a little small. This is a real dark witbier I must say.

Nice aromatic hints of corriander and cardamom like spices. Sweet notes and quite a big estery brew going on here. Sensing classic like candi sugar but with not much else going on. A real impressive aroma, but a bit big on the sweet side.

The sweet spice notes of clove, cardamom and sugars really come forth on the palate on first sip. Big booming almost dry hot brown spice all over, large and inviting. Has a big sensing feel of a winter warmer, but with less boozy character. Some controlled sweetness but not too large, but grabbing into minty and large menthol aftertaste.

Looses some classic witbier character in the mix but comes off as quite a unique beer, with a huge candy cane like aroma. Probably a solid Christmas beer ironically for the time, but doesn't really remind me of a witbier so much.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of 88caprice
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall, a great wit. A fair rep of the style and a solid brew I'd try again.

A peachy, dark yellow brew with decent lacing. Nice level of cloudiness. Has a characteristic Belgian yeast smell with some sweet citrus-like high notes. The first taste had a sweet pop like cotton candy (calm down, it's true!), but it thankfully disappeared immediately. There's a spice zing, followed by that tart wheat bite, and it finishes yeasty, almost lemony, and pleasant. I'm not getting any of that lingering unpleasant tart/bitter taste that the style can sometimes have. Great tingly carbonation and fairly smooth mouthfeel.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of baconfromwalmart
4.19/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nofunyons
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow, this is a keeper, stocker upper, keep arounder, gotta have. The mouthfeel on this one is awesome. What a treat. A solid Witbier from Legend. Their beers share a kinship and are rich and full of flavor. However I have no other Witbier to compare it to. I have no problem clearing the shelf and sharing this one with my fellow beer lovers.

Way to go Legend!

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Winter White from Legend Brewing Co.
3.67 out of 5 based on 74 ratings.
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