Beltian White | Harvest Moon Brewery

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Beltian WhiteBeltian White

Brewed by:
Harvest Moon Brewery
Montana, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.75%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
First brewed by Harvest Moon in 1998, this wheat ale is a mild version of a Belgian classic, with perfect amounts of malted barley and malted wheat, hopped with Czechoslovakian Saaz hops, and finished with a touch of coriander and orange peel. It soon developed a faithful following and has become the brewery's most popular beer, winning many people's choice awards. It is an ale for every season with a hint of fruit in the nose, subdued malty flavor and a slightly orange (citrus) finish. Often it is seved with a slice of orange! Why the name "Beltian"?Because it's a Belgian-style ale brewed in Belt - BELTian white!

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Photo of jrsqc7
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I am to old to be treated like this
Head reduced to nothing little lacing
Cloudy cloudy cloudy
Sweet spring aromatics lilac especially
Fuzzy and easy pouring

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

An aggressive pour from a 12 ounce can into a 10 ounce Pilsener sampling glass produces almost no head- just a slight ring of suds and a couple of forlorn bubbles. There is no freshness date visible.

The aroma is of understated minerals, with a light floral hop note. The flavor is quite good and refreshing, with delicate floral notes and a base sweetness reminiscent of honey. The mouthfeel is nice and frothy, befitting the style (weird considering the lack of head).

If not for the pathetically reduced head (surely, for a wheat beer), I would rate this as excellent all around. I will review again at some point from the bottle.

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Photo of Class6
5/5  rDev +31.6%

This is hands down my favorite witbier. So simple and delicious just a classic witbier. I recommend this to anyone thinking about traveling to Montana. I would make a trip there just for this beer it is that good.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a snifter glass

Appearance – The beer is served a very hazy orange amber color with a tiny white head of pure white. The head fades very fast leaving almost no lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is big of yeast and wheat with a good showing of spices of coriander and clove as well. Along with these aromas comes some notes of a light lemon and orange citrus as well as some bready smells.

Taste – The taste begins with a drier wheat bread taste mixed with a moderate showing of some citrus of orange. There is a bit of yeastiness as well as some flavors of spice upfront, with coriander and clove being the strongest of the spice. The yeast and spice grow slightly stronger in nature as the taste advances, but never become overly strong. A little more orange sweetness comes to the tongue as the taste advances to the end, with a bit more spice and some slightly sour lemon coming as well. With all the changes that occurred throughout the taste, one is left with a nice drier citrus and moderately yeasty and spiced flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker side for a brew of only 4.75 % with a carbonation level that is rather average to slightly higher. The thicker body does well for the yeast and spice, really accentuating these all while the higher carbonation excites the tongue and is very nice for accentuating the sweet citrus. Overall, the feel is very appropriate.

Overall – A rather nice wit overall that packs a nice flavor into a minimal abv. of 4.75 %. Very well done!!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nice summer beer from these guys, the classic orange and coriander thing going on, but its more than just white wheat on the grain front, and the beer is more clear and orange than the typical wit style is. orange tinted and heady, this is almost totally clear, with just yeast particles rather than haze. nose and taste are identical, sweet and tangy orange peel, light toasted coriander seed, and a soft but fruity belgian yeast strain. very familiar, but there is a twist. more grain heft to this, very montana in spirit i think, crystal malted barley is there in some proportion, and the beer gets just a little sweeter as a result. not enough to hurt its refreshment, but definitely beefier than the industry standard. one of the better beers from these guys I've had, i think they have a pretty good handle on a lot of styles though, and i have enjoyed most of the stuff they've done. a worthy hot weather sixer right here.

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Photo of leaddog
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- Pours a clear apricot colour with a thin line of bubbly head.

Smell- wheat, orange, coriander, caramel

Taste- wheat, orange peel, coriander and a huge hit of caramel. A little confusing on the palate as to why this is classified as a witbier. Tastes almost like a EPA or an amber ale.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with light carbonation. A tad thin.

Overall- A tasty but confusing brew by Harvest Moon. Not sure if this is an off bottle or not but it seems as if the witbier base is present but tastes like an EPA or an amber ale as mentioned previously. I feel like the brewers put the wrong batch in the wrong bottle.

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Photo of Florida9
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: mostly clear pale yellow. Forms a fizzy white head that very quickly reduces to barely nothing. 3.5
S: light pale malts. Light lemon. Light orange. 3.0
T: very light flavor of lemon and orange. A touch of coriander. Light wheat malts. Otherwise, very mild. 3.0
M: light bodied. Heavier carbonation. Slight tangy spiciness. 3.5
O: a very simplistic wheat ale that doesn't resemble a wit in the least. However, still quite quaffable, easily approachable, and clearly brewed for the masses. 3.0

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Photo of wordemupg
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into tall pilsner glass 30/6/12

A hazy pale yellow with enough clarity to see streams of bubbles that feed a very long lasting bone white head, several partial rings of lace and still a thick foam at the bottom of the glass

S sweet orange, lemon, coriander and some dry cereal and a little hay, smells pretty good

T a little overdone with the spice but still tastes good but I preferred the smell, a little peppery even

M medium bodied with almost too much carbonation almost turning to foam in your mouth,

O decent example of the style but perhaps just a little over spiced, that's my only complaint though this one went down with ease

this one would make a great patio beer under a hot sun, not the best Wit I've had but it works well and is a decent example of the style

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from a random Montana 6-mixer, a few months past its best before date
A - clear straw golden, very bubbly, short white head retained at a thin covering
S - interesting mix of wheat, sour apricot, leafy and some adjunct
T - the coriander and orange peel comes through nicely off the top, bready wheat with crisp green hop accent
M - light, crisp clean with a pleasant dry finish
O - started a little iffy but came through nicely with bright light flavours and easy drinking feel, a great summer sipper

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Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yo, I may might not to be the first to review this beer from a CAN, but I may be the proudest, coming as it is from a CAN! The CANQuest (TM) loves dem CANs, yo!

From da CAN: "Beltian White Ale"; "Wheat Beer Brewed with Coriander and Orange Peel"; "From the Heart of Montana"; "Brewed with Pure Madison Aquifer and Choice Montana Grain".

Yo, yinz just qualified for a place on one of my jackets! I had some patches in standby for my first review of one of your beers and tonight is the night. I got a finger of thick bone-white head white head with limited retention. Color was a very hazy lemon-yellow. Nose smelled very spicy and I was reminded of a recent convo in which an old drinking buddy copped to suddenly being into Wits. I am never going to be following in his footsteps, but to each his own, plus the musty, dry nose with hints of black pepper got me to thinking about my bias. Mouthfeel was soft, silky smooth, like a fist wrapped in a velvet glove, slowly working me back & forth to a pleasant finish. OK, I'm back. Taste had a very dry black pepper taste on the tongue and it made me reminiscent of Montana, both in terms of the exotic dancer at Papa Joe's with name, as well as my trips to our 41st state. Spicy, baby! If you ever want to drive the US Autobahn, let me know! I am excited just thinking about it. Finish was dusty, musty dry and I was suddenly behind the wheel of a Porsche Spyder, going at unreasonable speeds ... Come back, Jimmy Dean, I need your help more than ever.

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Photo of abeerlovr
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear yellow color, vigorous pour into a chimay goblet. Airy head that dissipated quickly leaving no lacing on the glass. Little carbonation bubbles.

S: Definitely pick up the orange smell with hint of spice.

T: Nice crisp white, not syrupy, the orange and coriander are pronounced without being overwhelming. The beer is a bit thin but the carbonation makes this nice a crisp and refreshing.

M: Crisp, light and refreshing, this is a good beer to drink all night.

Overall: I enjoyed this beer, unfortunately I only received this one can in a BIF so this is it. Would be a great beer to sip on the boat during the hot summer weather. I enjoy this white as it is not too sweet or syrupy, it is clean and crisp.

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Photo of beersteak
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this beer every week for all three years that I lived in Great Falls, MT (bout 10 miles up the road from the Belt Brewery) and it is one of the only things I'm going to miss about the place.

Pours a very hazy, pale straw color with a bright white head that sticks around.

The nose smacks of citrus and coriander, but not over the top. It is clearly a wit.

Tastes smooth, citrusy and a tiny bit of spice. Allagash White comes to mind. Albeit with more character and flavor in my opinion.

This beer is highly drinkable, especially on tap. Superb session beer. If you have questions about whether or not it's a wit, I would ask yourself if you know what a wit truly is. If you're ever in Great Falls, give it a try. It's a nice surprise in an otherwise culturally desolate place.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, courtesy of Ryan011235, poured into a Duvel tulip.

A bright and bubbly but short-lived head tops a glowing hazy golden body. A bit of lacing is teased here and there, but nothing really sticks.

Fresh bready aromas with the advertised wheat, coriander and orange peel wafting gently in and out of the nose. The orange and especially the coriander flavors get a bit bolder, marrying up nicely with the tangy wheat. Finishes fairly dry with a bready aftertaste and mild lingering spicy notes. Could use perhaps a touch more carbonation- it gets a little thin/watery in the second half of the glass.

Overall impression: Easy recommendation for an easy drinking, refreshing beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz pint at a roadhouse in Kalispell, MT.

This beer appears a pale, very hazy golden yellow colour, with one skinny finger of dirty white head, which leaves a bit of streaky lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of semi-sweet orange pith, grainy wheat malt, a hint of earthy coriander, and some faint leafy, weedy hops. The taste is spicy, grainy wheat, fresh and fruity orange citrus, middling white pepper and coriander spice, and soft earthy drying hops.

The carbonation is moderately frothy, the body just on the lee side of medium weight, and a bit too acidic to be considered all that smooth. It finishes mostly dry, and slightly fruity.

A decent witbier - fruity, dry, and thirst quenching. A nice summer sipper, worthy of further investigation.

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Photo of livewire78
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Thanks to Ryan011235 for this extra.

Pours a pale honey yellow. Thick vanilla milk shake like head dissapears quickly and leaves minimal lacing.

Smells of pale malts, coriander, clove in small amounts, and yeasty undertones.

Tastes of coriander, yeasty notes. Slightly peppery towards the end along with all the other typical wit tastes.

Carbonation is average and alcohol is invisible. No burn at all.

Extremely drinkable. Could have this all night and the next day. Tastes are good but this isn't anything super special. Worth a try though.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass on 5/24/10

Best Before September 2010

A - Thin pineapple yellow color; plenty cloudy. 1/8th inch of white head all but vanishes.

S - Wheat & grass; mild coriander spice & orange peel. Some yeasty bread notes, too. Overall it's well-structured.

T - The taste is decent, if a little tame. Solid wheat notes with a penchant for toastiness. Coriander is apparent, as are overtones of clove. Orange peel moves more toward the background.

M - Light bodied with ample carbonation. This is quite the lively beer. Clean finish with a few wheat & spice notes lingering.

D - Not too bad; just comes across as a little to smoothed over. I actually prefer this one colder; it gets weak towards the end of the glass.

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Photo of berley31
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a small, white head that diminished quickly to a thin film. Body is slightly hazy and yellow. Aroma is typical for a wit, but understated... the citrus and spices are there, but muted. Light and thin on the palate, with soft carbonation. Flavor is ok; again, what you would expect, but less in quality. Overall, a drinkable wit, but a real disappointment when compared to its superior brothers.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up on my trip coming out west. I've never reviewed a beer from Montana before and with the weather getting pretty warm out west, I figured that this would be a good fit for the summer. While it's be the best Witbier I've ever had, I certainly enjoyed it!

This had a nice golden hue to it with not a lot of cloudiness in the appearance. It was also sharper-tasting and bit more malty than I expected. While it was certainly not a pils, it had the look and taste of one to a certain extent. The taste was refreshing - a nice mix of grapefruit, apricot, and peach. It went along well with the strong head and it was a nice change from the belgian-style Wit's that I'm accustomed to. It was light-tasting without being a light beer, which is not as easy to accomplish as it sounds!

I have no idea what the ABV% of this beer is, but it almost doesn't matter to me. This isn't something that one's going to get drunk on, although having more than one in a sitting is not that hard a task to pull off. Between this and the Pig's Ass Porter that I had on tap the last time I was out that way, I like Harvest Moon's beers! Of course, the only problem with this is getting it back east...

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.61/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a slightly hazed golden color, with some yeasty sediment that comes out if you leave a little beer in the bottle and swirl it around a bit, and give a small 2nd pour. There isn't much of a head, and what there is settles to practically nothing. Lacing is non-existent as well. Looks to have some moderate carbonation.

S- Great malted wheat aroma really comes through at first, followed by a nice spicy whiff of the coriander and zesty orange/lemony citrus notes. I don't think it's a bad thing, but I do believe that there is a mild soapy aroma in this as well, which I thought was different.

T- Very good citrus flavors are at the forefront of this beer, followed by a yeasty/bready goodness, that is quite rich. The sweet wheat malt is balanced nicely on the finish by the coriander spice and the mild bitterness of the hops. Very well balanced and flavorful beer!

M- The carbonation is fine, but more plentiful than in other wheat beers I've had, but it really brings out the zesty orange peel. Otherwise it is a smooth drink, and really allows you to reminisce about fresh orange slices. The body is a little on the thin side though, which is why I can't give this a higher mark.

D- I would have a very good night drinking this! This is a perfect summer beer and I highly recommend this to anyone who likes a Wit and to those who aren't big beer drinkers, as it's a very easy drinking brew! Lots of flavor, rich, smooth, and refreshing all at once. Quite possibly the best Wheat beer I've had!

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Photo of TheBishop
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer, This is a Belgium white through and through and brewed with local Montana wheat. In summer this is my favorite tap around here, not very many flaws. Hoegaarten is the de facto standard but this beer is every bit as good if not better. On tap this is like silk way better then bottle. After a round of golf could drink quite a few of these. Highly recommeded

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Photo of joe1510
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle

Best by: 12/08

A big thank you goes out to smellysell for throwing this into a box he recently sent my way, nice surprise! Beltian White is a slightly hazy straw golden Belgian style wit with coriander and orange peel. There were only a couple random bubbles of carbonation rising here and there up to the stark white head. The steady fingers worth of head leaves behind a mix of sheet and chunky lacing. This is a good looking wit if I do say so myself.

The orange peel jumps out right away before the tangy wheat. The wheat in the nose has a mild sourness and the coriander adds another layer of citrus in the background. The aroma on this beer is straightforward and to the point but it's done very nicely. The citric qualities pop and are extremely vibrant.

Coriander takes the lead on the tongue and stays in front throughout. Orange peel makes itself known pretty quickly and the wheat adds a touch of sourness that quenches my thirst. A squeeze of lemon juice flashes here and there with some tartness. I really like this brew and wheats aren't usually my style, this one manages to hit the spot.

The body has a light feel and the carbonation really comes alive on the tongue. The carbonation is fine but rapid and helps push the body through quickly to make way for the next swig.

The drinkability on this beer is WAY up the ladder. One bottle of Beltian White is simply not enough and I'm drinking this on a cold winter night. I can only imagine how easy this would go down in the summer.

Like I said earlier, wits aren't my favorite style but this one hits the spot. The citrus bursts from the glass on each drink. Why did you only send one of these?...Thanks again Justin, Beltian White is good stuff indeed!

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Photo of sdockter
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy light yellow color with a nice white head. Very little lacing down the side of the glass. High carbonation.

Nice, clean aroma with hints of coriander and orange.

Slight sour yeast taste with stronger coriander, pepper and orange. Bready, malt taste with more sour yeast flavor on the finish.

Very tasty beer that will definitely be enjoyed in the heat of the summer.

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Photo of josiahschlender
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My brother brought this over when visiting from Montana. He said he'd never seen it in bottles until December.

Sadly, I haven't tried many witbiers to compare this to. Appearance is not what I've noticed on others, though. It's very clear, with a golden straw color with a smalli white cap that faded quickly.

Aromas are clean and sharp. I notice the spiced aspect of the beer. Coriander is present, with maybe a little bit of orange. Definitely some hard to describe yeast characteristics.

The yeast isn't as strong in the flavors. Taste is clean and straightforward, the spices and a little bit of citrus before a mellow, bready malt finish.

This is a tasty beer, but maybe my house is too cold right now to enjoy it to it's fullest. I bet this would hit the spot on a hot day in the summer.

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Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Harvest Moon Saloon in beautiful downtown Belt, Montana as part of our recent Montana Beer Tour.
Self-explanatory word play, a nice example of the style. Cloudy yellow in color, but without the floaties in other unfiltered beers, thin layer of foam that shrank to a wide collar. Lots of citrus aromas and some sweet smell that we couldn't put a name to. Asparagus? More fruitiness in the smell that Hoegaarden, but without the funky yeast smells. Very refreshing and clean flavour with lots of spice, orange, lemon. Nice tangy finish. Could easily have had another and another. Perfect refreshing drink for the hot summer days.
Update 2008 - Stopped at the brewery for a fresh sample. Just as good as remembered. Learned that this is their best seller and is now being bottled and more widely distributed. It is good to hear about a small brewery succeeding!

Also have had the canned version. May actually like it better, stays fresh and not affected by light or poor draft lines.

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Photo of loren01
4.87/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewery. Poured a golden color with nice white head, no lacing down the glass. Smell is very nice, citrusy with coriander spiciness. Taste is very well balanced, nice and sweet. Aftertaste is slightly spicy/peppery. Carbonation is somewhat light, but not flat, this beer goes down very smooth. Overall, one of the best Belgian Wit beers I've ever had.
Note: This beer is also called San Juan White if you are at any of the Mackenzie River Pizza Co. chains. Otherwise its called Belgian White.

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