White Christmas Belgian Style Wit
Moylan's Brewery

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Wheat Beer - Witbier
Ranked #521
Ranked #44,380
3.56 | pDev: 12.36%
Moylan's Brewery
California, United States
White Christmas Belgian Style WitWhite Christmas Belgian Style Wit
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Must have been old but for 6.00 I figured it would be a nice winter beer.

A - Nice hazy yellow with an inch of head that turns to a moderate lace. Very bubbly carbonation, this beer still has life!

S - Nothing really stands out on the nose. Mild yeast tones, maybe a bit of orange and coriander with a slight peppery zest.

T - Tastes like a good Wit. Got a bit of orange zest and a nice spice bit from the white pepper. The pepper spice was something I was not used to and kind of rounded the yeasty like malt with the spice twang. Enjoyable. ABV non existent but the orange turns more of a lemon with hop bitterness. Complex indeed.

M - Light to medium. Found it pretty easy to sip and enjoying all the flavors.

D - Man what a nice beer. I don't know if I would go back for a second but surly would expect another bottle next winter. Still the beer even months old, delivered a nice splash of spice orange and hoppy flavors. Better than expected for a "winter lager" (hint hint Samuel Adams)

Feb 05, 2011
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes, sampled about 2 months ago...

Pours an effervescent honey color with one finger of ivory colored head. Minimal head retention

S: Grassy hops, wet grain & breadyness

T: Lemon & grassy hops, plus grainyness, plus honey malt & orange rind. Honey malt & pear once warm, slight astringeny, plus lemons. Finishes with white pepper, coriander & powdery dryness

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation & okay balance

Drinks alright, but not that good a take on the style...

Feb 05, 2011
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StoutHunter from Michigan

2.53/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Its a cold winter night in mid michigan and my first review of the new year, so I decided to go with a bomber of white christmas from moylan's brewery, so lets see how it goes. Poured from a brown 24 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A- This beer pours a pale hazy golden orange color with 2 fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed the rest of the time.

S- The only things I am picking up in the aroma are wheat and yeast with a little bit of orange peel on the finish.

T- The wheat comes out the most in the taste but other then that it is pretty bland. The only thing I can taste that was advertised on the bottle was the orange peel. I don't taste any cinnamon, coriander or white pepper. All in all not a lot going on here, the taste reminds me of a popcorn kernel.

M- Medium bodied and well carbonated.

D- The flavors are very mild and the alcohol is hidden well, but there aren't enough good flavors to make me grab another one, glad I am splitting this bomber with my brother.

Overall I was unimpressed by this beer, I was expecting a nicely spiced lager but all I got was a dull typical wheat beer with orange peel. I don't think I will ever revisit this beer. This was my first brew by moylans and it left a bad first impression.

Jan 04, 2011
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drpimento from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a nice, foamy, frothy, off white head that lasts, and lots of lace. Color is a cloudy medium amber. Aroma is huge hops. Hop bomb.
Flavor is mainly hops with malt, caramel, butter, and yeast. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor. Too much for me.

Dec 29, 2010
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Nov 2007.

Witbiers or White Ales have been quite popular the past year or so. As most are marketed heavily during the summer, it is quite interesting to see the style as a winter seasonal. In a way it makes total sense being that the spices used are "holiday" in flair.

The heavy pour yields a thick chunky-bubbly head with good retention as it leaves rings of lace down the glass. Spiced sugar cookie-batter malt aroma, a hint of butter and a rounding of spices in the nose. More smoothness than crispness with a medium body. A bold spice character actually adds bitterness from the orange peel and coriander with a mild bite from the black pepper. Hops complement that and mesh well with the slightly warming alcohol that throws a light tart plum-fruitiness at the taste buds. Hint of butter with a big sweet biscuity malt flavor, a tad juicy in the middle. Quick spikes of cinnamon and mace hit when the finish just starts to dry out with a lingering bitterness.

This is not your light and fluffy Belgian Witbier here; a bit more body and alcohol with a generous spicing and hopping brings this beer up a couple of notches. Perhaps a bit too complex to drink on its own, a dessert pairing of pumpkin pie would work great.

Jul 07, 2010
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htomsirveaux from Texas

3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle tried 12 Jan 2008.

Tight small off white head. Well carbonated. Clear and bright, color of buttenut squash. Smells somewhat spicy, like mace. Starts somewhat dry, moderately spicy. Orange, ginger, nutmeg all noticeable. Faint vegetal finish. Medium to light body. Alcohol light. Would have preferred a little more orange and coriander.

Shouldn't a wit be cloudy?

Jul 04, 2010
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hophead247 from California

3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a copper orange color with a good amount of white head. Aroma was heavy on the yeast and orange peel; some hints of spice. Low amount of carbonation created a deliciously smooth and light mouthfeel. Flavor on the other hand was pretty boring. Pronounced honey, bread and citrus; spices were only a minimal presence. Some sugary elements as well. Some positive and negative attributes to this one.

Feb 14, 2010
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1000Bottles from Oregon

4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on June 17, 2008.
Shimmering gold color with a thin off-white ivory head. Aroma is light, yeasty, slight honey and a bit floral. Flavor is a touch grainy, lightly sweet, a touch spiced (though nice and not over done) and some floral notes. Very well made and well balanced - might have suffered a bit from 6-8 months in storage (root cellar) but still very nice flavors, if a little under carbonated.

Mar 12, 2009
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Phillyduke from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: 22 oz. bomber poured into an Imperial Pint glass, leaving as much of the sediment in the bottle as possible. Beer is slightly cloudy and golden orange in color with a soapy, rocky 2-3 finger head with very active carbonation. There is some decent retention for awhile and a bit of fine lacing, but no cling and most traces are gone by the end of the drink.

S: Nose is wheaty and yeasty with heavy doses of orange and orange peel. The only other spices indicated on the label that I can pick out are a bit of pepper, some curacao, and lemony coriander. Otherwise the scent is very fruity and sweet (perhaps a hint of strawberries?).

T/M: Taste upfront is very spicy and tingles the palate. The underlying malt/wheat flavor really takes a backseat to the sweet orange zest followed by a cacophony of spices (pepper and coriander being the easiest to pick out). Flavor alternates between spicy and fruity sweet, depending on how large a sip I take. Body is on the light-to-medium side, with a dry, bubbly, champagne-like mouthfeel. Finish is short and spicy, and a bit on the dry side as well.

D/O: A witbier isn't necessarily the style I think of when I think of Christmas brews, but the orange and spice characters in this one make it stack up against other seasonal offerings quite well. The flavors really held together after a year, too (I'm guessing from the less aggressive grain bill, but I could be wrong). The main drawback to a better score for me was the overly-carbonated, champagne-like mouthfeel, which hurt the drinkability for me and prevented me from taking anything but small sips, even towards the bottom of the glass after the head had faded. I don't necessarily look at wits as "sippers", but I was pleasantly surprised at how good this was on a cold January night.

Jan 14, 2009
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magictrokini from California

3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear orange-gold with a big, bubbly head and good lacing. Pleasant aroma of orange peel, cloves, and wheat. The taste was sweet but astringent. The white pepper is strong, as is the orange peel. Some wood/pine flavors, with yeast and a metallic bite. Nice spiciness with the clove and cinnamon in the finish. The first time I tried this, I really liked it. It wasn't that good the second time around.

Side note, I don't know why BA classed this as a "retired" beer. You can find it in several BevMo's in San Diego.

Jan 05, 2009
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fostwal from New Jersey

2.96/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer has a different taste than I was expecting. I expected more of a Hoegaarden type of beer. This one is fairly different. Starting with appearance. It has a dark golden color. The smell is nice. You can really smell the spices of which this has many. (Orange peel, cinnamon, coriander, and white pepper are listed on the lable). The taste is ok. Low/no hoppy bitterness. The low carbonation makes for a mellow introduction and extensive spices makes for a long lingering taste. I could drink this again if it was given to me but, would not buy it.

Aug 22, 2008
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bruachan from Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i've been sitting on this for a few months...not sure exactly how long

it's a hazy amber-orange color and topped by a sudsy, cleanly-white head.

lightfruity aroma...citrus. minimal spice, though. honey malt sweetness

hmmm...bitter, not super wit-ty. it is spicy but not in the usual way. it actually tastes more like a tripel than anything else. significant malt backbone, though the hops and spice dominate flavor

you know...i won't penalize for boundary pushing (i.e. stylenonconformity)

Aug 11, 2008
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Halcyondays from California

3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber, has about 6 months of age on it, bought for 99 cents at a Christmas blowout,

A: Pours a cloudy yellow, with a thin white head, fair retention, no lacing into a Hoegaarden glass.

S: Very spicy, coriander and orange stand out, with some bitter pungent mace, wildflower honey as well.

T: Very peppery, the white pepper and coriander spice dominate the flavour, light wheat malt in the aftertaste.

M: A tad watery, but I thought the lower carbonation level brought out the flavours better, light -bodied, crisp.

D: An interesting Christmas beer, great label, probably the only "Imperial" wit that I have had so I don't have much to compare it to, try it for yourself.

May 09, 2008
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Acquired via trade from t0rin0, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very spicy with coriander, cinnamon, white pepper, wheat, Belgian yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste hits with a strong burst of sweet spiciness containing flavors of cinnamon, white pepper, coriander and citrus. There are background flavors of wheat and Belgian yeast, with a thin malt character and a mild hops presence. The after-taste is spicy and slightly sweet. To me this particular combination of spices just doesn't seem to taste right.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Flavorful but I just wasn't a fan of the cinnamon sweetness in a Witbier, goes down quite ok, not too filling, nice kick, good representation of style while adding a twist, it's a good beer if you're able to get into the unique flavor, but it really didn't work well for me.

Mar 16, 2008
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Gehrig from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Among the various Christmas and Winter leftovers at the sterling Sun Singer, I grabbed this with some other special wares. It's an interesting witbier that also contains fairly good Winter Warmer characteristics. This pours out a cloudy orange body with yellow highlights, topped by a generous finger of white foam that leaves nice lacing in the ol' reliable DAB mug. Various aromas accost the nose, but all are rather faint--orange peel, vanilla bean, ginger and cinnamon. The taste is an improvement, with fruit emerging with more gusto. The texture is smooth, sweet and spicy, but could use a good shot of carbonation for a lift.

Yet on the whole, this is a good witbier, and not a bad warmer. Not my favorite from Moylan's, but still worth grabbing.

Mar 14, 2008
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BeerBelcher from Ohio

2.22/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I was not very impressed with this beer. Malt dominated the flavor, and there wasn't much else counter-balancing this. Spiciness and citrus was very understated and led to an unbalanced product. I would not recommend.

Appearance was a clear and reasonably brilliant copper color with 1.5cm of head. There were some sediment ropes at the bottom of the bottle. Aroma was faint and distantly orange-y. Flavor was as I've described above, and a bit disappointing. Mouthfeel was unremarkable.

I would not recommend this beer.

I bought this 22oz bottle from Minotti's Wine & Liquor in North Olmsted, OH.

Feb 29, 2008
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brewdlyhooked13 from Ohio

3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Well after Christmas, I know, but there were so many beers and so few holidays, lol. Besides, aren't we to have the spirit of Christmas *every* day?? :-) Onward then...

Appearance - pours a hazy golden orange into an oversized Christian Moerlein pils glass. Very active bead helps maintain a creamy, cake-like head. A solid wall of lace around the edge as the head subsides ever so slowly.

Aroma - muted, but very spicy sniff. The pepper and mace pair up with the doughy yeast and make a very herbal, foody smell.

Taste - lots of character here. Grainy malts show off a restrained sweetness. Just a touch of candi sugar on the swallow. The hop balance is equal to the malt plus a little more. The spices mix in and form a vaguely corny along with a generally unidientifiable spice flavor. Even some alcohol warming in there. The finish is mostly hops, drying the palate pleasantly. This has a faint background of Belgian funkiness, very tame, which doesn't knock my socks off but the absolute palette of flavors is worth recognizing. Gets a little too corny as it warms though, starting to go a little malt liquor on me there. By the time I'm down to the last six ounces, it's pretty much a chore and a duty to finish.

Mouthfeel - smoother than expected, has a good glide to it. About what I expected carbonation wise but not over the top.

Drinkability - I'd have it again but likely won't. It's a unique beer that's definitely worth trying just to appreciate the artful mix of ingredients. This is one I'd prefer to share as the corniness and funkiness start to wear on me a little towards the end.

Feb 07, 2008
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NitroGen from Arizona

4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

P: 22 oz Bomber

A: Pours a pale slightly hazy orange/yellow with an intense bright white foam head that reluctantly settles to a cover.

S: Bread dough, fresh squeezed citrus, allspice, cloves and cinnamon spices.

T: Rush of diverse and bright spices: orange, allspice mace at the beginning and then settles to a slightly dry finish with the diverse spices still lingering and fighting for prominence.

M: A wild ride for the mouth! Great on this cold night to sip and savor as it warms and becomes a more intense taste treat.

D: Moylan's continues to impress me with each different beer style that they produce. This one is a BIG beer that I would recommend to anybody that wants a taste treat. Have only one but will look to see if any are left on the shelves for later.

Jan 29, 2008
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kimcgolf from Georgia

3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle to a light copper color with medium white head that lingered thru mid-glass. Aroma is a very pleasant mix of cookie dough and warming winter spices (clove, nutmeg, coriander, cinnamon). The mouthfeel is medium bodied, and the flavor is a good contiunation of the spices found in the nose, with a hint of fruit creeping in at mid-glass. Finish is long and a bit warming.

Another fine effort by Moylan

Jan 26, 2008
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mrasskicktastic from New Jersey

2.74/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - A hazy copper colored brew with a medium head that lasts only about two minutes, but it does manage to leave a crown of lacing about the rim of my glass.

S - Not a lot. A faint bit of spice. It gets stronger as it warms. A bit of malt, though not a sweet smell, and definite spices, mace stands out over a general woodsy odor.

T - My first thoughts were of soap. The beer has a bit of a clean hop profile that conveys a slightly soapy flavor when it meshes with the orange peel and spices. There is also a fair amount of caramel malt, but it is overshadowed by the other flavors. The aftertaste has a clean hop bitterness with a touch of citrus and spice, which, again, tastes a little bit like soap. I want to stress that this does not taste overly soapy, and it isn't even bad really - there are just hints of soap all over.

M - Pretty thick, smooth and a bit refreshing.

D - Alright. The slightly soapy flavor kind of makes me feel like I am four and I just swore at my parents. Other than that it is pretty decent for drinkability. The mouth feel is nice but the aroma and flavor both leave something desired. I don't think I'll have this one next year.

Jan 21, 2008
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blakesell from Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a Belgian tulip.

Appearance- Clear and golden with a one and a half finger high head of creamy light foam. Carbonation fades to a splotchy plateau over the top. Lacing clings and lingers for the duration of the beverage.

Smell- Corriander and cinnamon, light malts, no real hints of wheat on this witbier. No fruits, some floral hops.

Taste- Light and malty once again with little to no wheat detected. Actually this tastes like a spiced Goose Island Honkers Ale. Hoppy with a balanced malt, but that is not what a witbier is supposed to be.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and creamy. Nicely lightly carbonated. Not astringent.

Drinkability- This is light and drinkable but I don't see sessioning this beer or buying it again. I can spice my own Honkers.

Jan 20, 2008
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Raymond69 from Ohio

3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy golden color. Not much head or lacing.

I can smell coriander , some sweet maltiness.

The coriander come through nicely on tasting and somewhat dominates any underlining sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium , slightly under-carbonated,.

Overall a smooth brew with an interesting character.

Jan 19, 2008
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BlindPig from Nevada

3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- 1 1/2" off white head on a light cloudy orange copper body.
S- Complex spice aroma with some cinnamon and white pepper in it, hint of orange peel, sweeter malt body, little bit of wheat aroma, and some coriander.
T- Orange peel, and white pepper come through nicley together on a light wheat sweeter body with a light grass hops that leave a little bitterness on the tongue. Hints of coriander and some fresh orange too.
M- Medium body with low to medium carbonation.
D- It is a nice beer but not to true to the style. Still easy to drink and if I could get it here would buy it again.

Jan 15, 2008
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RoyalT from Ohio

3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – This is a deep, bright orange in color with a decent head that showed little retention.

Smell – The nose starts off with some rather proud spices. The raw coriander, white pepper, and light sea salt work well together. Then comes the slightly-sour yeast with a malt base that is IMO a tad too weak. Otherwise it is a pleasant nose.

Taste – The malt is a bit bigger at the taste and the spices aren’t nearly as prominent as in the nose, so this gives the ale a two-dimensional character. I can also get some rind-based hops of all things making this a complete package.

Mouthfeel – This Wit is medium-bodied, and it’s only real fault is the lack of intense, fluffy carbonation.

Drinkability – This went down fell enough, but the lack of quality carbonation kept it from being a good experience.

Jan 06, 2008
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czechsaaz from Washington

3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spicey and citrussy. The spice is pepper and coriander and I get a little cinamon. No hop aroma which is fine for the style.

Deep gold with very little head. Cloudy. Way too dark for the style.

Flavor is very spicy, definitely a Chrismas Pumpkin Pie spice effect. Mostly cinnamon and maybe a little clove phenolic. There is some malt backbone that has good wheat tartness. On the back end there's a pretty strong hop bitterness which is also out of place for the style.

Medium full bodied. Pretty high carbonation desoite the lack of head.

As a Christmas beer, it isn't bad. In fact it's pretty good. But as a Wit it's not up to expectations. I like it and I give it high drinkability but it's not what it claims to be.

Dec 25, 2007
White Christmas Belgian Style Wit from Moylan's Brewery
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 72 ratings