White Lightning | Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Brewed by:
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
California, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by RixBeer on 05-25-2008

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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 42
Reviews by TMoney2591:
Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone weizen glass.

...And the normal beer consumption resumes following a successful completion of the Man's Weekend in the Northwoods area of Wisconsin. This guy pours a slightly hazy pale straw topped by about a finger of short-lived white foam. The nose comprises orange zest, coriander, light cardamom, and light lemon syrup (the kind one would put on a snow cone). The taste follows pretty closely, though a bit lighter on all accounts and leaning to the lemony side to the very slight detriment of the orange contingent. The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly crisp finish. Overall, a nice APWA, nothing I'd call amazing but tasty and very easy to drink.

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Photo of EastBay_Nick
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Jess-T-girl
4.75/5  rDev +42.2%

Photo of tempest
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a single from a friend. Poured into a pint glass it's a clear light orange with a short off-white head that doesn't last.

The hint of cheddar cheese in the aroma, that's not right for a "wit" or American wheat, along with creamy orange. The flavor has the same citrus character, sans cheddar, with a herbal hops. A little thick, and something different.

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Photo of GeorgeH
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of BeerSox
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into large pint glass.

Hazy pale golden hue with a thin white head that disappears somewhat quickly.

Moderate lemon zest and orange peel in the nose. Very light grains.

Seems to be very light on the flavor. The wheat malt adds a little bit of a tart sourdough-bread-like experience, along with a little more citrus. Light bodied, high carbonation.

Refreshing, but very light for the flavor. I've tried others that had more fruit flavor in them, along with some more assertive malts.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.38/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint. 5.2% ABV, no date.

A - Extreme carbonation causes turbulation in the beer when opening which makes pouring without sediment impossible. The bright yellow beer has floating chunks constantly moving around from excessive streams of carbonation. A very effervescent, loosely packed and short-lived white head rises to four fingers, drops to nothing, and leaves no lace.

S - An aroma of cardboard shows a sign of possible oxidation while the coriander and orange peel this beer was brewed with are almost lost entirely. All that's left is a cold and lightly metallic grainy aroma.

T - Plain grainy flavor with a touch of citrus and a strong carbonation bite leaves the flavor of this beer quite bland. A bit of yeast comes through as well but that's no surprise or joy.

M - Way over-carbonated, White Lightning actually hurts the throat on the way down and causes consecutive burps off one small sip. Light-bodied and somewhat dry.

D - Coincidentally, as I enter this review, I'm listening to a White Noise Thunderstorm track in iTunes. Anyway, the nose points towards possible oxidation, the taste to just bland beer, and the mouthfeel is a little ridiculous. The coolness of this beer stops at the screen-printed label. Also, if it's not a Wit, don't label it as a wit.

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Photo of u2carew
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(A) Light golden with some haze but still transparent. Very mellow head - bubbles migrate to the rim of the glass with a thin line following the circumference.
(S) Slight citrus aroma with the wheat scent.
(T) Not a strong or gritty witbier taste, but definitely has some floral tones on the palate combined with mild wheat flavor.
(M) Very light bodied with mild carbonation.
(D) Easy drinkability. Goes down smooth and the light body makes it easy to forget this is a beer.

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Photo of largadeer
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

An American wheat ale with traditional witbier spices. Clear, yellow and somewhat modestly carbonated, looks a bit like a glass of urine, though not as appetizing.

The nose is bready and spicy, lightly sweet with noticeable but not overwhelming coriander and orange peel.

Citrus and whole wheat bread flavors up front, semi-sweet and spicy with strong coriander. There's a bit of astringency from the spice and a faint slickness that prevents this from being as dry and smooth as I'd like, but it's not terribly offensive. Carbonation is at a moderate level, a bit low for the style; greater effervescence would help cut the sweetness and make for a more refreshing mouthfeel. Finishes spicy with a lingering sweet bready flavor. Decent.

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Photo of metter98
3.32/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin head that faded away very quickly and left some lacy patterns of bubbles in the center of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of coriander and orange in the nose.
T: The taste shares similarities with the smell and also has some flavors of wheat.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer goes down rather easily but nothing in it stands out to make me want to have another.

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Photo of Brent
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Speakeasy plays it safe with this beer. Moderate straw color wth nominal head. Malt is well handled, with no raw grain notes. Moderately crisp with vague lemon in the background - more lemongrass than lemon. Finish is clean but unmemorable. On a hot day, this would be a fine quencher, but otherwise not a lot to keep the palate engaged.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Saw this in a bottle and had to buy it. Have been drinking this on tap for a while.

Pours looking like a really good budweiser. A little thin, a little carbonation. Never really got a good look at since I always drank it in the dark toronado.

Smells of wheat Malts, some citrus, some cut grass. Kinda like a midget porn star, not much.

Tastes sweet, some macro taste, a little spicy, wheaty, a little hops.

Sweet aftertaste, thin.

It's a decent beer. Its my 200th review, yay me.

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Photo of weeare138
2.74/5  rDev -18%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to egajdzis for the opportunity...
Appears a pale, straw color with no head, or lacing coming through. Some streams of CO2 slowly rise to the top of the glass.
Smell is of coriander, orange peel, light caramel, tart wheat, and a touch of honey.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a lemony, citrus flavor that leaves the beer a bit bland, overall.
Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, easy drinking, & mildly spiced.

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Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After a long day of drinking beer I had this as part of a flight of Speakeasy beers sampled at the Ginger Man in Manhattan's midtown. I liked this beer a lot but found it to be a better summer ale than when I had it at the end of october. Very light in color as expected with a fizzy and very light head. Great aroma and the flavor was quite good. I would get this if you see it.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A twleve-ounce bottle copped from new beer...
A decent stab at a often imitated, rarely duplicated to perfection, European-styled brew...
Refreshing and invigorating, yet lacks the warmth and profile for this time of the year... Holding all variables constant, still a worthy depiction of the genre...

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.47/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale gold color, with a very thin white head that fades quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, lemon, spices, light malts and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is fruity and spicy up front with flavors of lemon, orange, clove and coriander. The malt character is thin, even for the style. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence. The after-taste is slightly spicy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's a good lighter beer to drink for a while but there are several beers of it's kind that I would select first.

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Photo of Jemonster
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, thin, and pale yellow with a white head. Looks like...not much to speak of.

S: Barely exists in the cold beer, which is understandable for the style. But sweetness and wheat were the most dominant.

T: Bland and "cheap American." Nothing skunky or bad, but nothing really standing out. No complexity of flavors. This is just a beer that one drinks to have some alcohol.

M: Thin and watery. It goes down easy and clean and is at least refreshing.

D: I could drink a lot of these since they don't taste like much, so I suppose that makes the drinkability good...They are a beer for the warm weather. I could see people who usually like American light beers enjoying this.

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Photo of RixBeer
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a super light yellow. It very much resembles any american macro lager. This however is an ale. There is a suer thin head that vanishes completely within minutes. This beer is so light that looking through it just turns everything a light yellow.

There is a really great smell of a sweet wheat with touches of fruit throughout. Hints of clove and a tiny hint of coriander.

You can really taste the wheat with a hint of bubble gum in the after-taste. There are some strange citrus flavors that seem to be wandering around but can't really be placed.

This beer feel to thin (as it looks) but the flavors do make up for that a little. There is no real body or substance to this beer.

I wouldn't want more than 1 of these but you can drink tons of this stuff. It's much like drinking a light beer. You can but do you want to?

I'm good with this one. The kitchen can keep this one.

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Photo of probert
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of billybob
2.2/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

pours a slightly cloudy golden color very short white head that fades quickly and no lace on the glass. citrus and friut aromas. lemon taste over powers any wheat or yeast taste in this beer. mouthfeel and carbonation ok. scratch this one from your list not worth the price of 10.99 for a good wheat beer.

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Photo of smcolw
3.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Stunningly clear; slight chill haze in an otherwise straw color. Modest head with correspondingly light spotty lace. Lots of carbonation floating to the top.

Good wheat aroma--crisp with a low level of alcohol sweetness in the background.

For all of the bubbles, this seems unusually flat. Not much wheat taste either. The body saves this one somewhat. The flavor is malty with a dry-ish finish that doesn't quite make my lips pucker. This could use a squeeze of lemon to add interest (which I am normally loath to do).

What an unusual beer in that there is no consistency of expectations, particularly for the style. It's not a "bad" beer; it just lacks character that I'd normally expect from Speakeasy.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Pizza Port Ocean Beach

A: This one pours a slightly clouded golden orange color with a big white head.

S: Typical aroma for the style: tart citrus and a bit of wheat and bread. There's an emphasis on lemon and orange zest here along with quite a bit of grass. There is a bit of a honey note, which is actually pretty nice.

T: Starts off with sweet bread/malt flavor and a decent amount of wheat. There is honey here again, which is nice. However, the beer is otherwise very heavy on the lemony and is almost sour.

M: The body and carbonation are both solid mediums.

D: This style needs to stop being brewed.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.95/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap at Stinking Rose in Beverly Hills. I made sure to get all my notes down on the beer before diving in to the garlic laced menu offerings. The beer pours a deep gold, with light amber highlights if you hold it just right. The beer has a thin, filmy not-quite-head head. Malt and wheat on the smell. The beer has a bold, round and sweet malt flavor with fruity notes. Light and creamy in mouth, with a slightly sour finish. Light fruity aftertaste. I was surprised how round and full the flavors were compared to how light the beer felt in mouth. Very shocked and impressed with this beer, as I guess I wasn't expecting much from it in the beginning.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.57/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Golden color, clear lots of bubbles, less than a fingers worth of head that settles to a nice ring. No lacing to speak of.

S: Faint smell of oranges and coriander, with a wheat backbone.

T: Just like the smell.... lots of citrus notes, nothing really over taking anything else, just very balanced between the sweet fruit and malt. Little to no aftertaste...

M: Crisp clean and not as light bodied as I thought it would be. Little more on the med bodied feel.

D: Very easy to drink, low ABV and great to drink on a hot summer day.... Well balanced and refreshing... Is it something crazy different of fantastic.... No but it is not a bad little brew.

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Photo of SpunMonkey
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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