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!

Added by GClarkage on 09-05-2005

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Ratings: 65 |  Reviews: 26
Reviews by yankinwis:
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of biboergosum
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Sara24
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jmccraney
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of drinkin-beeers
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
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 ChrisCage
4.61/5  rDev +20.7%
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 SamuelMiller
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of josiahschlender
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
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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3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
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 TheBishop
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
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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4.08/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of berley31
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
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 abeerlovr
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
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 PDXHops
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
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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3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
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 SocalKicks
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Beltian White from Harvest Moon Brewery
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