Orange County, CA
From The Brewery:
Orchard White is an unfiltered, bottle conditioned Belgian-style witbier. This hazy, straw yellow beer is spiced with coriander, citrus peel and lavender added to the boil and whirlpool. A spicy, fruity yeast strain is used to add complexity, and rolled oats are added for a silky texture.
Release: Year Round
Accolades: BeerAdvocate Magazine, October 2008, “A” Rating
Appearance: I poured the 24 karet gold colored ale from the 750mL bottle into an imperial pintglass. This beer has an amazing pure white, huge, soapy, chunky head. It had fine carbonation floating strong through the clear beer.
Smell:It smelled lightly floral, with sweet citrus – orange or lemon zest – with the spice of the yeast coming through.
Taste: Light but complex. An earthy spice – a peppery/clove flavor like that in chai tea – balanced by the sweetness of the wheat. It has a floral/lavender tea finish.
Mouthfeel:Bubbly and creamy. It has a hhuge amount of carbonation, which I did not find over the top; which surprised me as it normally turns me off of a beer.
Drinkability:Huge; this beer could pair well with many foods and meals. It is extremely approachable.
Notes: A tasty, warm spring night beer. This is my first time trying any of the offerings of The Bruery, and am impressed. I look forward to trying many more. If I was excited as I was about this beer, with a wine that cost the same price, $7.49, then people would think I am nuts. Here is a great beer from a fantastic American brewery for a fraction of cost of a top notch wine or liquer. I love the beer world.