nick76 (4366) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
The aroma is sweet and citrusy but in an artificial way. There are hints of honey, spice, and wheat. The appearance is hazy gold with floating particulates and a thin head. The taste is like the aroma with the citrus up front and the wheat/malt at the back with a fairly clean slightly bitter finish. The palate is average. Overall it’s sort of interesting if you like citrus (I do) but not great from a quality standpoint.
dchmela (2999) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Redlight. Pours a light gold with a nice white head. Spicy coriander, citrus hop aroma. Smooth clean malt with a touch of wheat, honey and citrus. Good session brew.
Aurelius (4944) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Muted orange blossom aroma with a bit of diacetyl, breadiness, and a very slight tacklebox thing going on in the background - a little chemical a little fishy. Half-foggy, tan gold, good label. A pretty good wit - a little briny, biscuity, a decent hop edge, enough fruitiness to keep things interesting for a while, though my enthusiasm flagged. Medium-light body with a starchy mouthfeel. Pretty respectable. New Leaf Market.
drowland (7775) - Georgia, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2/12/11. On tap. Hazy golden pour with a small white head. Very faint orange soap and grain aroma. Very grainy wheat flavor with hints of orange and butter. Meh.
PorterPounder (6986) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tallahassee, Fl - New Leaf Market - 12 oz bottle. Pours a murky medium orange with a thin white head that leaves just a spot of lacing. Aroma is citrus and honey - a bit on the artificial side. Flavor is on the sweet end of the spectrum for a wit. Some lemony zest, a bit of spice, some honey sweetness in the back end and some hard candy artificial sweetness. Mouthfeel is spritzy and refreshing. Would be a good summer refresher.
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
draft @ redlight redlight. Orange and sweet citrus aromas with traces of fresh bread and hints of earthy and sweet smelling spices. Pours a slightly hazy yellow golden color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Wheaty and bready upfront with orange blossoms and sweet kumquats with coriander and a very dry finish. Very dry finish encouraging another sip. Pretty good!
lucklys (62) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into a plain old tumbler, it appeared mostly cloudy, and even somewhat murky, with a bright golden honey color and straw yellow highlights. There was a lot of suspended yeast and overall particulate floating around that refused to settle on the bottom throughout the drink, but without this feature, it wouldn’t be called a witbier, would it? It produced a solid two-finger thick, fluffy eggshell-white head that was left over from a vigorous pour, which dissipated within a minute, leaving barely noticeable spots along the glass and a thin, patchy island in the middle.
Immediately upon opening the bottle I was inundated with fresh-squeezed juice from nectarines, navel oranges, mandarin oranges, and tangerines - all of which really emphasized the citrus hops. There was quite a bit of wheaty malt that gave the aroma much more body than if it hadn’t been present at all, and I really enjoyed the hints of light coriander rolled in honey that peeked through from under the wheat and oranges. Overall, the nose was faintly spicy, but managed to maintain a mysterious softness that kept it very appealing to smell.
From the smell alone, I couldn’t wait to get this beer in my mouth. It’s been a while since I’ve had a good orange-flavored beer, some of them are just too medicinal or syrupy and it’s hard to find any enjoyment in them. Right away with the Orange Avenue Wit, there was a faint lemon zest that tasted as if it had been sprinkled into a wheat bread base and dipped into grainy pale malts. There were plenty of oranges - both mandarin and navel - and tangerines bursting from the juicy liquid carrying a good amount of tartness along their waves. A dab of honey added the perfect amount of sweetness and kept the oranges from making the brew sour as well as maintaining that fine balance between medicinal and quaffable - which I think can be a big issue with some orange/fruit beers. It offered a light body and mouthfeel with a good amount of spicy carbonation that kept it alive and popping on my tongue, despite a slightly slick finish.
Overall, I found the Orange Avenue Wit very, very easy to drink and extremely refreshing (to the point where I’m probably going to be picking up a four- or six-pack sometime soon). It easily held onto that line between medicinal and quaffable that I mentioned before, being deliciously sweet and yet still managing to deliver a soft kick in the mouth thanks to all of the tangy citrus combined with the heavier wheat. This is very much a summer beer, though it is just as fantastic in the winter, helping bring back that warmth that everybody longs for during the coldest months of the year.
ROGUE (2152) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - JAN 26, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at kybher. Pours a hazy gold color with a thin white head that retains well. The aroma is spiced upfront with corriander and clove, along with orange zest, biscuit and some fruitiness. The flavor mirrors the aroma with some wheat and a mild funk. A good amount of carbonation and a slick finish. Light bodied.
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - JAN 22, 2011
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pours a really light yellow. Big orange aroma though. Very fizzy and almost soda pop-ish to me. I did not get the bread or spice notes that the bottle talked about.
GKillian (525) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 9, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours deep gold with thick white head and foamy lacing. Traditional notes of wheat, orange, and spice. Balanced taste with a slight bitter finish. Crisp and sessionable.