White Christmas Belgian Style Wit
Moylan's Brewery

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Wheat Beer - Witbier
Ranked #525
Ranked #44,913
3.56 | pDev: 12.36%
Moylan's Brewery
California, United States
White Christmas Belgian Style WitWhite Christmas Belgian Style Wit
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TheLiterati from California

3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I know I’m not the first to say this, but while this beer certainly smells like a Belgian Wit, it looks more like an Amber Ale. There’s a burst of carbonation that eventualy yields a mere collar of foam and virtually no lacing…interesting.

However, I find that as I pour, I’m rather captivated by the aroma of all the requisite spices – dried orange peel, coriander, white pepper – plus the holiday spices – spicy-sweet mace and cinnamon. My olfactory is on overdrive!

Tastes like a wit with a kick – probably from the white pepper – and has a pleasant hoppy bitterness to boot.

This is the kind of beer that I’d normally describe as being confused as to its style…however, strangely enough, I like that I can quite pin this one down.

Dec 05, 2006
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BeerAdvocate from California

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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TastyTaste from Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy medium gold, not too wit, but has a big white head, fast fading.

Smell: Citrus fruit and a lot of yeast, bready malt, and a little more lemon round things out.

Taste: Funky and spicy, a little hard to comprehend at first. The pepper takes hold, the other spices sweeten and flavor. This beer has a whole lot going on, too much? Alos has a touch of the melted plastic flavor I have encountered time to time, but it is not too strong here. Not bad for a winter warmer wit, good spiciness for a cold January night. Interesting, but not one of my favorite in either the Wit or Warmer style. Jack of two trades, master of none.

Drinkability: Very sharp, bold flavor, but maybe a little too much going on. Thanks to Zorro for the bottle.

Jan 18, 2007
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Wildman from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear dark straw color and formed a foamy white head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. No carbonation was present. An aroma of spices, corindar, citrus and pepper. The flavor was of malt, spices and pepper. The body is medium light, heavier than most wits. The finish is peppery. An alright wit, but not outstanding.

Dec 02, 2007
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BeerManDan from California

4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color of this ale was an hazy amber yellow with a orange hue with some white foam and a fair amount of lace. The smell of spices really jumps out at you everytime you smell this Christmas Ale. The taste is mostly of spices and with a hint of mild hops. A nice balance of sweet/tart on the finish. Overall, a nice tasting Christmas Ale that doesn't have that overpowering hop flavor that take's away from the spice flavor.

Different, but, very enjoyable.

Dec 15, 2006
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yemenmocha from Arizona

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

Pours a clear yellow to amber color. Medium white head that retains above average, but is nothing special.

Nose leans towards coriander and baked spice goods. Somewhat dessert like, but focused on spice.

Palate is sweet and spicy, with a resemblance of Belgian Wit character but more heavily focused on the spice.

The traditional estery yeasty flavors of wheat beers in general and especially for Witbiers isn't really present. For that reason I'm a little disappointed.

Nov 11, 2007
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

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

Moylan's xmas witbier pours a darker than usual, hazy orange-amber body beneath a frothy head of yellowed-white. The head drops shortly to a wide collar and partial surface covering, but some nice walls of thin lace are left behind. Spice is solid in the nose, with coriander and white pepper dominating, and then followed by mace (an interesting and unusual choice) and orange peel. The body is fuller than the witbier style dictates, and it's obvious at this point that it's a bigger holiday version. Spice appears upfront in the flavor, and in fact, carries all of the way through. It's followed by silky malt and a refreshing spritz of sharp citrus, and then a sprinkling of cinnamon and mace. Pepper rises, along with alcohol, and it finishes dry with a dusting of mace and cinnamon. Orange peel appears, and then some more pepper and dull spice as it lingers. Charming. The spices appear, disappear, reappear... coming and going as you progress through the glass and your tastebuds become accustomed. Certainly worth trying!

Dec 24, 2006
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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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lackenhauser from Maryland

3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orangeish color. Not a lot of head. Clearer then I expected. Muted aroma-peppery and spicy. Good flavor-quite malty considering. Just a trace of the spices. Quite crisp-marginal trace of sweetness in the finish. Good mouthfeel for the style. Overall a decent effort for a US version. Could be a tad drier for me. Nice holiday beer.

Dec 10, 2006
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ElGordo from Oregon

3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a golden amber hue with a thin white head, belying the witbier description right off the bat. Aroma offers all the advertised spices - clove, coriander, orange peel, mace - with a slighlty sweet malty base underneath. Palate is initially assertively sweet malt, with the spices emerging towards the back of the mouth. A light citrusy flourish comes just before the swallow, leading to a muted spicy finish. Body is nice and crisp, but this beer is just a bit lacking in carbonation. An interesting change from the usual holiday offerings.

Dec 06, 2006
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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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RoyalT from Michigan

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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Gueuzedude from Arizona

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

Very well carbonated, a careful pour produces a four-finger thick, frothy, large bubbled, tan colored head that sits atop a lightly hazy, full copper colored brew. At first whiff this smells exactly like a Belgian Wit with spicy notes of coriander and citrus peel. Things start to get interesting though as soft notes of nutmeg, hints of cinnamon and allspice, perhaps a touch of young ginger and something floral that is reminiscent of chamomile or honeysuckle. With time the orange peel becomes the most pronounced part of the aroma. The aroma is quite aromatic, but purely spice driven in it's dimensionality.

The beer foams up quite a bit as I take my first sip, still quite well carbonated after the five minute rest in my glass. Sweetish malt notes accentuate an up front orange zest character, but also accentuating spice-cake notes of allspice. The finish has that sort of almost, but not quite, hot or perhaps it is an astringency that is typical of pungent nutmeg; this is a fairly subtle not over all though.

This is a very spice driven beer; I do like that the citrus is the dominant spice as it is much easier to overdo some of the other spices in a beer. This is quite a drinkable beer. My biggest complaint is that it does not have enough complexity. Perhaps put another way, all of the noticeable complexity comes from the mix of spices used. I would like to have seen a bit more of the malt and fermentation character in this beer.

Sep 05, 2007
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warmstorage from California

4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, into imperial pint glass.

Pours a bright medium ornage, with a medium dense white head that dissipates to almost nothing, and leaves almost no head. Visible carbonation.

Aroma is fruit and spices, and slightly sour tang.

Taste is dense blanket of spices, hard to place. Clove? Cinnamon? Citrus is also detected. After reading the bottle, I can definitelyt see the white pepper, though I wouldn't have guessed it before.

Mouth is slick, almost syrupy, and sprightly.

Overall, a very nice, interesting, off the beaten path xmas ale, and something I'd buy again.

Dec 29, 2006
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sun-ripened apricot with amber edges; much darker than the typical witbier. Given the list of ingredients, White Christmas is anything but a typical witbier. It would have been great if the interior looked like a snowstorm, but there's very little yeast noted so far. The cap is toasted, skinless almond in color, is firmly creamy and isn't sticky enough to grace the glass with much lace.

The nose doesn't smell as good as it should smell considering what's present. In addition to the usual four ingredients, we have... Curacao orange peel, mace, cinnamon, coriander and white pepper. I love all of those, yet I don't love the way the beer smells. The cinnamon and white pepper are too prominent and the others aren't prominent enough.

I tried to ignore it in the nose, but White Christmas smells and tastes like cigarette ashes and burning incense. I'm sure it has something to do with the spice bill, but yeesh! While it isn't enough to completely ruin the experience, I'm having trouble getting the comparison out of my mind. For some reason, it's better tolerated as I continue to drink.

The shame of it is, without that smoky spiciness, Moylan's would have themselves a pretty decent holiday ale. Enough of the orange peel and coriander peeks through to tell me what the beer might have tasted like with more traditional ingredients. Both sweetness and bitterness (and alcohol, I guess) are more up front than is usual in a standard wit.

I love the mouthfeel, even though (or maybe because) it's much more akin to an IPA than a witbier. If you're going to brew a big wit, then the mouthfeel has to be big as well. This one has a silkiness and a finishing slickness that is mucho enjoyable.

It looks like Moylan's brews a completely new version of this beer every year or two. My feelings wouldn't be hurt if they changed it up completely the next time around. Having said that, with a few tweaks, this one could be pretty damn good. Bottom line: I'm definitely not dreaming of a White Christmas this year.

Mar 09, 2007
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blitheringidiot from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like Moylan's has a new brew! Let's investigate. ABV 6.5% with blurbs about their spices.

Pours with a slightly hazy peach golden hue topped with an instantly deflated this fizzy beige cap.

Nose is a big bold erratic mix of spices that mostly consist of coriander and nutmeg. Some flour pancake scents in there too.

First swigs: Spice bomb! A tad honeyish. Lots of coriander and cinnamon. Dusty with a touch of wet leather. Finishes with a dry orange lolipop.

Feel is shushy soft with a rolling medium to thick body. Coats the tongue.

Last swigs: An ok overly spiced thick wit. Thickness pulls this one away from a trad wit. A little mixed up, but would really be interesting with a touch of chery.

Dec 01, 2006
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Dukeofearl from California

3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1-9-08 Review. A Holiday gift from a co-worker, with a huge beer mug to accompany it (Thanks Monique!). My only concern- have I shared too much about my hobby at work? :)

Pours a golden-orange, much darker than a standard wit, with a slight white head. A slow stream of carbonation keeps a small cap on top. Not at all like a traditional wit- this one goes to new territories.

Aroma has the expected bright grassy lemony wit character, but greatly muted over the traditional style. A richer, fuller malt base and some indistinct spicy notes.

Flavor- a wheaty, but caramel-like base, overlain by coriander, clove, and some other unidentifiable spices. Not as sweet and tripel-like as my review stated last year. Not sure if that's me or the beer.

Fairly tasty and drinkable, but it does not remind me much of a wit. I've boosted the scores a bit from last year, not because of conformance to style, but because it tastes pretty good! But having said that, it's still a once-in-a-while beer.

12-28-2006 review. This is a different one. Wit- think Hoegaarden. Christmas ale- think lots of spices, rich, full and heavy body. This tries to cross the two like I have never seen before. And I have to give them credit for trying, even though this one doesn't really do much for me.

Another review that I just read said this one wavers into tripel territory, and I think that is an excellent observation. Rich full body, pineapple sweetness, and over the top spices. If it were pepper spice, I'd say this was a tripel. But it doesn't- heavy coriander and other wit-related spices keep it away. Too much of an overspiced beer for me, but it is pretty interesting.

Dec 28, 2006
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Zorro from California

3.39/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a hazy amber colored beer with a white head in the glass. It is most definitely too dark for the beer style.

Smell is very strongly spicy with sweet and coriander being the strongest aromas. Lemon and black pepper make up the bulk of the remaining scent. Bergamot comes through as a faint Earl Grey tea aroma. This is a very spiced beer, no clove though and that is good.

Taste begins sweet and bitter with a strong flavor of coriander. Intensely flavored with coriander they went a bit too far with this one. Fairly high bitterness level to counter the malt level, but I suspect that some of that is from coriander and not hops. Subtle flavors are mostly sacrificed here in favor of the coriander but they do exist. Tea and bitter orange make an appearance.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability suffers from too much fresh coriander. This would be gangbuster spicy in a Belgian Ale that was aged a few months in a hot farmhouse to cut it down a bit. In this case its power is a lot like too much garlic in a dish. This is however an example of what happens when you take that one spice too far.

Dec 30, 2006
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loren01 from Washington

3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours orange color, huge amount of carbonation. Very large head, lots of lacing down the glass.
S: Lemony citrus smell, slight bit of corriander. Belgian yeast
T: Belgian yeast, wheat. Tart with a dry finish.
M: Mouthfeel is very prickly, highly carbonated
D: Pretty drinkable wit beer, a little bit different than most but overall very good

Aug 06, 2007
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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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Viggo from Canada (ON)

3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shared at Christmas tasting with biegaman and grub, 22 oz bomber straight from Cali courtesy of biegaman.

Pours a hazy orange, amber highlights, thin white head forms, settles down to a thin layer, some lace spots on the glass. Smell is oranges, caramel, bananas, some spice, vanilla, alcohol, dirty sock aroma, dandelions as grub pointed out, which get stronger as the beer warms. Taste is caramel, very bready, spices, oranges, kind of peppery, dry grainy finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Some decent aspects but kind of a miss, not very focused and the spices were a bit off for me. But nevertheless a good treat from CA, thanks Jan!

Dec 22, 2007
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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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guitarmage from Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a 24oz weizen glass, the head rises over the edge of the glass. It's foamy and sticky. The beer is a vibrant orange, cloudy, clear and yellow near the bottom.

Smell: Cinnamon and cloves, some lemony citrus, the beer smells great.

Taste: A pungent dose of spices, cloves and cinnamon, some yeastiness makes the beer "stinky", a light hoppiness fades in towards the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Nice smooth medium body, the carbonation is light with small bubbles, fizzy and easy to drink.

Drinkability: This beer is tasty and gently spicy, a solid witbier in my opinion. Looks great in the big weizen glass and is easy to throw back.

Feb 20, 2007
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SacoDeToro from California

3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden amber from the bottle with a dense white head.

The aroma was of mild spices, bread, and a fruity Belgian yeast.

The flavor of the beer was biscuity with some caramel malt notes. The hops were mild and didn't battle with the spices. The caramel flavors and somewhat amber color did throw me off a little bit. I guess that's just Molyan's spin on a very defined Belgian style.

The carbonation was good and the mouthfeel was light and creamy.

A solid beer, but can't compete with the more complex entries from Allagash and Jolly Pumpkin.

Nov 29, 2006
White Christmas Belgian Style Wit from Moylan's Brewery
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 72 ratings