Brewed by Holgate Brewhouse
Style: Witbier
Woodend, VIC, Australia
Serve in Tumbler, Weizen


on tap


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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.72/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
A true summer thirst quencher! This refreshing Wheat Beer is styled after the famous "wit bier" or white beer of Belgium and similar to the German "wiess biers". It is a hazy light yellow in colour, and during fermentation takes on a white appearance. Holgate White Ale is based on a special combination of wheat and barley malts, lightly hopped and loaded with a delicate combination of fresh Orange Peel and ground corriander seeds - all combining to make a refreshing and easy drinking Ale, perfect for summer conditions.

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Stew41 (2081) - Phuket, THAILAND - SEP 4, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2011 Seems to be a decent improvement on prior tastings. Very light in the mouth but exactly what I needed in a lawn mower beer (yep I was mowing all day). Soft lemon juice and light pepper and spice. Such a light touch but perfect for summer.

Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - AUG 22, 2004
When ever I see the description of white beer I get a bit worried. To wit or not to wit, what was the question? I don’t like beers that sound like a berocca in the glass and for a beer of this style I expect a big billowy head. Too much spice and pineapple going on here and the flavour is spoiled by the spritz of the over carbonation.

winkle (478) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 20, 2004
For some reason Aussie brewers struggle with this style. This poured a standard lagery pale gold with some haze and a small white head. The aroma was slightly sour with citrus and spice to the fore and a fart lingering in the background. Even though the head was quickly vanishing the beer was fairly heavily carbonated. Flavour was largely citrus with some wheat presence. Usually wit beers use some unmalted wheat in the grain bill, this one needs some.

bluevegie (3938) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 12, 2004
Very short head that didn’t hang around at all. Cloudy straw coloured body. The aroma was of lemon and zest and the taste was pretty much the same as the aroma with maybe some cloves coming through. The body was a bit thin and overall it was pretty average.

johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2003
A good wheat that grows on you. Hints of citrus and a nice broad finish. The complexity develops in the mouth after drinking.

mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 15, 2003
Very pale and pours brilliantly clear. Aromas of honey, melon (like a Sauvignon Blanc), clove, coriander, wheat and a bit of funky meat. Flavour is pretty bland. Lacking the sweetness of a good wit and vinous finish with a bit of weird bitterness. Thin body.

OlJuntan64 (1264) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 16, 2003
Dirty dishwater yellow with floaties and small short lasting pale yellow head. Medium light sour grain with touch of fruity sweetness aroma. Medium light low carb almost flat body. Mild bitter hops and medium sweet grainy malt flavours. Weak low fizz mild bitter finish. Lacks sufficient sour or anything else to really be called a wit bier. Hints of banana in a flat lager?

jazz88 (2699) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 16, 2003
Bottle. A hazy light yellow golden color with a laced off-white head. A strong orange and spice aroma. The aroma isn't bad when you take it all in, but it initially seems odd and slightly disturbing. The citrus fruits have an odd way of mixing with the spice. Light in body, refreshing citrus flavor with corriander. Brought back from Australia by my parents.

omhper (25723) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 26, 2003
Bottled. Cloudy dark yellow with stable head. Odd aroma of licorice, oranges and oregano. Sweet and mild, with notes of vanilla. Pizza-like oregano finish.

LoveABeer (141) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 13, 2003
Pours a decent golden color with a small head. Minimal aroma. Tastes of cloves, orange peel. I concur with "dubs" I can taste strawberries. Not to bad for and Aussie witbier.

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