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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.24/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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HalfWit White House Ale Inspired by the white (wheat) beers of Belgium, this beer has a clouded mien from a traditional yeast strain, as well as from the use of unmalted wheat. A complex fruity/spicy flavor and aroma is created by judicious additions of curacao orange peel and coriander.


2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 17, 2008
(Draught) Pours a hazy pale yellow body with a small creamy off-white head. Aroma of clove, grass, lemon, and white pepper. Flavor of tobacco, lemon peel, wheat, and coriander.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2008
Draft at the brewpub. Pours a lightly hazy golden orange color. A small, quick head of snow white foam leaves behind minimal, soapy spotting. Aromas include fresh wheat, candied orange peel, crisp floral hop notes, and just a touch of coriander. The malt background is uniquely pilsner like, a hint of creaminess joining the wheat. Flavors are very light and crisp, the freshness of the wheat and the juicy oranges coming through nicely. A floral hop bite is there for balance, exuding freshness in its own right. Light in body but balanced on the tongue, this is a nice little session brew that I wish I had an endless supply of for the hot summer months. Great representation of the style.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - JUN 18, 2008
On draft at the brewpub. Poured a cloudy tan/gold with a thin white head. The aroma was spicy with citrus. The flavor though - not so much. It tasted like there may have been some cumin in the beer. The coriander was evident, but the bitter orange peel flavor was disappointingly mild. The rest of the flavor consisted of wheat malt with some notes of estery yeasty character. The finish was somewhat dry. The mouthfeel was well-carbonated but not spritzy. Overall, a decent, drinkable brew, but not a great Belgian Wit - Half-wit is an adequate description in this respect...

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 02/11/2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub

opaque yellow, wispy white head, bits of lace, sweet spiced orange aroma, lightly sweet orange flavor, nice spicy bitterness for balance, the spices accumulate and begin to take over,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+/4

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 23, 2007
Cloudy yellow topped by a very small white head. Lifeless body with dead carbonation. A bit stinky with old wet hay aroma. The wrong kind of wild aroma. Taste of wet straw/hay and chewy plain cookies. Not crisp, not refreshing. Lacked aromatic flavours. Feeling of old weizen left on the counter for too long. Half wit, Half good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zeswaft (1397) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2007
I sampled this and thought it was a pretty good belgian wit. a good amount tartness and a little coriander. we thought about getting a pitcher of this but then didnít. i donít now what my point is.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
2beerguys (299) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2007
Hazy medium yellow color with a white, fizzy head. No lacing. Aroma is strong with hints citrus and lemon, as well as spices and yeast. Initial taste is moderately sweet, mellowing to a light sweet/acidic finish with an average duration. Light bodied, it has a watery texture with active carbonation. Reviewed on January 20th, 2007.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11213) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2007
on tap- pours a thin white head and cloudy yellow color. Aroma is sweet, musty wheat/raw wheat, fruit, yeast. Taste is sweet, musty wheat/raw wheat, lemon-fruit, coriander/spices, clove, nutmeg, yeast. OK effervescence.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 26, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2007 Draught pilsner-ish glass at the brewpub on 1/19/07. Kind of an odd glass to serve it in. Or actually, the narrow body makes sense to highlight the bubbly effervescence, but the blossoming, highly convex mouth neither holds the head, nor the delicate aroma. Oh well.
Small, bubbly white head immediately fizzles to a ring and then nothing, thereafter. Head can hardly be coaxed with swirling. No lacing. Medium-high clarity, certainly transparent, but with a slight haziness from some unflocced yeast. Soft straw-brass body.
Dry grains in the nose show a light huskiness from the base two-row malt. Definite phenols (white pepper, very light plastics) give a distinct and authentic feel to it, while light orange peel adds livliness while not being overdone. Very dry, all the way through, with no soft, comforting honey malt tones that would seem to support my thoughts that there is little/no pils malt in this. But thatís ok because the graininess is very dry and refreshing and the spritziness from the light citrus tang adds substance/complexity in place of pils malt. Donít get much coriander, which is a good thing, as itís done very cautiously here. Just a bit of leafy spiciness I suppose. Medium strength of aroma, more dry fruitiness emerges with warming.
Hay, straw, light biscuits and baquette notes all create a very dry beginning. Some sweetness combines with citrus (soft orange and tangerine) notes to produce a more round flavor but the brisk carbonation never allows it to get truly "sweet". Light coriander dryness on the finish with a bit of sweatiness from the yeast (minerals, phenols) gives it unique character making it not just another hoegaarden. Sort of halfway between hogaarden and Ommegangís ultra-dry, almost saison-like wit. I think more breweries need to experiment with very minimal spicing and see what they can do with this yeast. Itís quite refreshing, with the moderate amounts of acids it puts out and the manageable, reserved esters. Very light body, some wateriness, no alcohol.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
openwindow (67) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 31, 2005
Havenít had this for a long time, but vivdly remember the experience! on tap at redbones, somerville ma. cloudy golden color. pungent fragrance of citrus with a hint of spice. excellent full bodied flavor. Would go out of my way to sample again.


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