PeteyGun84 (13) - Oxnard, California, USA - FEB 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice citrus aroma, light cloudy color, white head. Itís like a light Belgium. Tastes more like lemon honey than orange, also a light Belgium taste really good. Little sour on the palate. Itís a tasty beer.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - JUN 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the brewpub: Pours a hazy orange color with a slice on orange on the rim of the pint glass. There is visable pulb floating in the beer...not sure if this is from the orange slice or the beer. There is almost no head. Aroma is heavy orange. Some light spiciness also floating in the aroma. A good aroma. Flavor is citrus, mainly oranges. Not as sweet as expected...which was a pleasant surprise. Body is much more full than I expected...again, another good surprise. Mild alcohol tingle. A good fruit beer.
J_man (666) - Tustin, California, USA - AUG 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A bottle from an Albertsonís in San Diego thatís closing next week and moving down the street (which got me 25% off!). Starts off with a slight sourdough, bready aroma with orange and spice mixed in. Pale yellow with a finely laced white head. Nice slightly sour zing on the tongue followed by orange blossom, lemon, honey and slightly bitter citrus zest with light toasted malt notes at the very end. Somewhat similar to Hoegaarden in appearance and flavor. Very refreshing and flavorful, a good summer beer.
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - JUN 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy yellow orange with a white head. Aroma is primarily orange blossom honey, so oranges and honeysuckle with hints of wheat and spice. Flavor is slightly bitter with lots of floral citrus flavors and a nice wheat finish. Light bodied, spritzy and delicious. Better than the ratings suggest in my opinion.
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 wouldnít 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 hadnít 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 couldnít wait to get this beer in my mouth. Itís been a while since Iíve had a good orange-flavored beer, some of them are just too medicinal or syrupy and itís 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 Iím 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.
davidm (1926) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Dan Murphyís. Nice and malty, with nice support from the hops. Aromas of caramel, nuts, and citrus. Taste is sweet, with bitter notes at the end, and average length. Palate is oily, and medium bodied. Orange, with a thin head.
Maris (914) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JUL 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 355ml bottle on 2/7/2012. Pours a murky golden with a thick medium head which disappears quickly. Has a strong flowery honeyish aroma with some fruit notes. The flavour is quite distinctive, with oodles of orange and orange peel, lots of honey, some spice, and a reasonably sharp citric hop bitterness. Not remotely like a Belgian style wit, but flavoursome and refreshing. Unusual and pretty damned good.
thebeertourist (4659) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Utobeer. Golden colour, good carbonation, stable eggwhite-like head. Intricate spicy orange fruit aroma. Coriander is complemented by floral and spicy honey. Semi-dry, bitterness mostly from spices, acidic notes of citrus fruit, especially oranges, and sweetish honey. A complex wit.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Aroma of lots of wheat/cereals with orange and cream in the background. Flavor brings out a tangy, sweet-tart orange note along with all the still-strong wheat/cereal malt character. Coriander comes out right at the end seemingly as more of a drying agent than anything else. Pretty creamy texture despite what looks like an overload of carbonation. Didnít realize this was a wheat beer until I had popped it open, but I ended up quite enjoying it.
Drake (7945) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served on draft at Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA, 6/3/10. First time Iíve had a beer with breakfast in a long while and it was sublime. Pours a very hazy orange color with a medium white head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma is yeasty and lightly bready with strong citrus notes. The taste is big citrus, bitter hops and a spicy coriander finish. Medium bodied and refreshing. Quite nice.