Orange Avenue Wit – Coronado Brewing Co. (Coronado, CA, USA)

Orange Avenue Wit – Coronado Brewing Company, 5.2% ABV, 1 pint 6 fl.oz., (Coronado, California, USA)


printed on the back of the bottle:

This So-Cal take on a traditional witbier honors Coronado’s main street, which is home to our brewpub and was once lined with orange trees. Bolstered by orange zest, coriander and orange blossom honey, it’s Belgium by way of Coronado. Expect a refreshing, light-bodied brew rife with citrus zing and a hint of earthy spice.

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  • Style: (flavoured – orange zest, coriander, blossom honey) Witbier
  • Taste:
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $8.22 CAD (after 5% off) – 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados:

Visual: (cellared for 2 years). Pours opaque orange with a massive slowly dissipating bubbly head, 1mm layer of retention, clusters of micro streams.

Nose: honeyed lager malt with orange overtones, semi-bright (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp, full-CO2

Mid-palate: (lvl-4-sweetness), orange zest undertones, sweet wheat malt

Finish: subtle off-dry coriander, big honey exhale

Conclusion: A good integration of the 3 listed aromatics in balanced harmony. It is very drinkable but doesn’t leave much of a lingering impact as it is only light-medium in depth. Decent.

La Blanche de SHAWI – Le Trou du Diable (Shawinigan, QC, Canada)

La Blanche de SHAWI – Le Trou du Diable, 5% ABV, 600ml., (Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada)


on the back label:

“With its wehat-coloured opal hue, this beer draws a fine veil of foam lace with each sip. Its scent recalls citrus delicately spiced with coriander and lemon. The pallet [sic] is first touched by the fine sweet taste of wheat, which then alternates between sweet and sour and which concludes with a sweet and very refreshing tart.”

Ingredients: water, malted barley, malted wheat, hops, yeast.

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  • Style: Witbier
  • Taste: plain banana wheat malt palate rough dryish
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $8.70 (after 10% off) – 600ml., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: (Their own bottle for their brewery, raised lettering and devil on the bottom, odd size 600ml). Pours cloudy light unfiltered apple juice yellow with a smallish dissipating head, thin ringed retention, a mix of fast large CO2 sporadic streams as well as micro steady clusters. Large bubbles clinging to the side of the glass.

Nose: 70/30-banana/pineapple wheat malt, very slight pukey, a bit of peach. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, banana wheat malt rough palate impression

Mid-palate: (lvl-3-sweetness), mild sour lemony funk, banana wheat malt

Finish: residual tart fruity wheat malt

Summary: Pretty standard, none of the flavours nor textures really grabbed my attention. Just average, and a bit disappointing coming from Le Trou.

West Song Wit – Spinnakers Brewpub (Victoria, BC, Canada)

  • My Rating: [C+]

West Song Wit – Spinnakers Brewpub, 4.5% ABV -15 IBU, 650ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)

-Ok I got suckered into buying another Spinnakers beer; honestly though this should be the last, or perhaps second last.


on the front-right label:

Light, sessionable, and perfect for a summer day, this classic witbier was brewed with coriander, fresh orange zest and Vancouver Island grown red fife wheat. Stroll the Westsong Walkway along the ocean for a pint at the pub!


  • Style: Witbier
  • Taste: Fruity off-dry pear banana wheat malt apple light roughish finish
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6.65 CAD – 650ml., August 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: still can’t say it’s great

Visual: Pours opaque cloudy marmalade orange with a smallish head, a 1mm layer of retention, surfacing bubbles.

Nose: pressed woody apple juice, strong notes of pear juice – quite nice. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: light crisp, orchard fruity-juicy

Mid-palate: pear, banana wheat malt, (lvl-2-sweetness), red apple juice

Finish: yeastiness, mild coriander, subtle hopped bitter, wheat malt dry

Summary: Finally a decent/more decent/decenter Spinnakers beer that has some amount of depth and complexity to it. The finish is a bit rough but the mid is quite delicious especially straight into a chilled glass accompanied by a hot meal.

Belgian Style Witbier – Powell Street Craft Brewery (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

Belgian Style Witbier with Ginger & Cardamom – Powell Street Craft Brewery, 4.8% ABV, 650 ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


on the back label:

Fresh ginger and cardamom seeds lend bright, zesty aromas to this unique take on a Belgian-style witbier. Complex and refreshing, this beer will pair beautifully with spicy foods or sunshine.


  • Style: (flavoured – ginger, cardamom) Witbier
  • Taste: Short length crisp barley malt subtle ginger cardamom spice palate rough finish
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $5.85 CAD – 650 ml., March 2016
  • Do I love this enoughto drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: unspectacular

Visual: Pours clear golden yellow without a significant head, micro ringed retention with loose singular fast streams.

Nose: ginger mixed with floral barley malt – (akin to previous ginger beers I’ve had),  (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp-fizzy

Mid-palate: tingly, (lvl-3-sweetness), light banana wheat malt, mellow ginger in the center, cardamom along the edges, grainy barley malt

Finish: thin body/watery, cardamom lemony citrus, metallic grainy wheat malt rough finish

Summary: The listed additions of ginger and cardamom are there but they can barely assist since the barley/wheat malt body is rather thin and weak. It starts off crisp but mids end too abruptly just as palate is getting warmed up. The roughish finish doesn’t help much either. Just a smidge above average.

The Craft BeerAdvent 2014 Calendar Day #18 – Jeune Gueule Weiti (French Guiana)

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The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #18

Jeune Gueule Weïti – Brasserie Guyanaise, 5.0% ABV – 330ml., (Matoury, French Guiana)

  • Style: Witbier
  • Taste: Bubbly sour orange sweet wheat malt mild roughness
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours cloudy orange with lots of suspended sediment, a HUGE massive lasting foamy head, torrents of fast streams everywhere – visually impeccable.

Nose: lemon-orange citrus, mild barnyard funk sourness (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: fizzy-crisp, bubbly-fullness

Mid-palate: (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) sweet barley malt, orange citrus overtones, tangy wheat malt

Finish: burpy, ginger dryness, wheat malt palate roughness.

Summary: Beautifully visually, good bubbly texture for easy-drinking, decent flavour but not a whole lot of carry at the finish.

Phillips Snowcase 2015 Calendar Day #14 – Phillips Wit Beer

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Phillips Snowcase 2015 Calendar Day #14

Phillips Wit Beer – Phillips Brewing, 5.0% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

on the front-right label:

“Orange peel & coriander infuse this refreshing wit beer. This label was designed by artist Chris Dobell whose talent has brought life to our brewery signage for years. It’s a beer that inspires art, that inspires the art of brewing beer.”

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  • Style: Witbier
  • Taste: Thicker alcoholic sweet caramel roasted barley malt
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: solid, but not noteworthy.

Visual: Pours translucent orange-yellow without much head, ringed retention, lots of steady streams, leftover sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

Nose: orange oils, banana wheat malt, apricot, alcohol. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp-micro fizzy

Mid-palate: (lvl-2)-sweetness, (MAIN) orange peel, apricot, banana wheat malt

Finish: light pukey, light sour-zingy, coriander dryness, tangerine exhale, dry wheat malt palate-rough finish.

Summary: Decent fruity fizzy entry and mids, but I didn’t particularly enjoy the dry, rough finish.

Lost Meridian Wit – Base Camp Brewing (Portland, OR, USA)

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Lost Meridian Wit – Base Camp Brewing, 5.0% ABV, 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., (Portland, OR, USA)

on the back label:

“To triumph over mountain, wave, wind, or boulder, you need a good Base Camp. Your Base Camp helps you rally your adventurous spirit to conquer the next challenge. If that adventure causes you to ‘temporarily mislocated,’ experts agree: stay put! Then kick back with the Lost Meridian Wit. Our twist on a wheaty Belgian witbier, it starts with the traditional wit color and silky mouthfeel, but then boldly turns from convention. Meridian hops deliver bright citrus and refreshing mimosa-like character, creating flavors of orange and dry champagne. Equally good either on a sunny day or as a substitute for one. Go get lost!”

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  • Style: Witbier
  • Taste: Peach wheat malt yeasty wit
  • Where I got it : Liquor Barn (Hastings St.)
  • How much: $7 (after 10% off) – 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., February 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not super impressive

Visual: Pours pale amber with a HUGE creamy head, decent layer of 2mm retention, a bit of lacing, clusters upon clusters of fast activity.

Nose: pineapple, yeasty dank wheat malt. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp fizzy bite

Mid-palate: light acidic, light sour, cuts dry, (lvl-3)-sweetness, (MAIN) peach, wheat malt, yeasty,

Finish: light burpy, soft bitter hopped finish.

Summary: Unique for a wit having some peach in the wheat malt + banana/pineapple profile. Very drinkable and enjoyable, went down fast.

Central City/Parallel 49 2014 Calendar Day #4 – Red Racer Belgian-Style Wheat Ale

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Central City/Parallel 49 2014 Calendar Day #4

Red Racer Belgian-Style Wheat Ale – Central City Brewing, 5% ABV – 341ml., (Surrey, BC, Canada)

on the back label:

“Traditionally opaque, this Belgian Style Wheat Ale is brewed with coriander seed and dried orange peel producing a beer light in body with a refreshing citrus and spice aroma.”

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  • Style: (spiced wheat ale) Belgian White / Witbier
  • Taste: Crisp dry banana wheat malt light citrus almost-barnyard
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not terribly exciting

Visual: Pours unfiltered cloudy pale orange with a huge creamy head, nice retention, some sticky lacing, many clusters of fast activity, sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

Nose: bright citrusy banana wheat malts, hints of barnyard. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: very crisp, fizzy tingly

Mid-palate: (lvl-2)-sweetness, (MAIN) wheat malt, banana, light lemon

Finish: coriander, ultra-subtle hopped bitterness, banana malt DRY finish.

Summary: Decent and drinkable, but it just doesn’t leave a lasting impression. Overall it’s too dry for me.

Blanc Evolution – Moa Brewing (Marlborough, New Zealand)

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  • My Rating: C+

Blanc Evolution – Moa Brewing, 6.2% ABV – 375ml, (Marlborough, New Zealand)

On the front-side label:

“Moa Blanc Evolution is bottle fermented in the Belgian-style with a small amount of coriander added during its extended maturation time giving it a unique spiciness. Described as a rich, mouth-filling beer, it’s really a true wheat lover’s beer and a staple of the Moa Reserve range. ”

  • Style: Witbier
  • Taste: Tangy med-sour wheat malt pineapple/peach coriander dry
  • Where I got it : Legacy
  • How much: $6 (after 10% off) – 375ml., August 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Composite corked. Pours almost clear pale orange with virtually no head but lots of very hard to see steady streams.

Nose: wheaty citrus malts, pineapple, peach. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp sweet malts

Mid-palate: tangy, medium sour, (lvl-4)-sweetness, (main) wheat malts, hints of pineapple, hints of peach

Finish: coriander dryness, dry fruity malt finsh.

Summary: Pretty straightforward with a good body and texture. It could be better visually.

Belgian White – Shock Top Brewing (St. Louis, MO, USA)

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  • My Rating: C

Belgian White – Shock Top Brewing (Anheuser-Busch InBev), 5.2% ABV – 473ml, (St. Louis, MO, USA)

On the front of the can:

“Ale with coriander, orange, lemon and lime peel. Contains wheat.”

  • Style: (spiced wheat ale) Witbier
  • Taste Profile: light citrus sweetness -> coriander/orange/bitter peel -> wheat/yeasty dryness/sour/tingly okay finish.
  • Where I got it : Legacy
  • How much: $3 (after 10% off), November 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Beer in a can = usually not good but then I read the small print of ingredients at the bottom and said why not? Pours translucent cloudy light orange a decent dissipating head, ringed retention, a plethora of activity.

Nose: Barnyard (mild pukey) wheat malts on the nose with a touch of citrus.

Attack: 4/10-light malt sweetness

Mid-palate: coriander, mild orange, mild bitter peel, faint notes of lemon/lime peel

Finish: wheat/yeasty dryness, light-med sourness, mild tartness, tingly almost clean finish.

Summary: The initial sips were underwhelming due to the lack of any prominent flavours. Subsequent tastings revealed a mellow wheat-citrus body which were decently pleasant. Just average I’d say.