ABV: 5.2 IBU: 15
Coronado Brewing Company Orange Ave. Wit
What the brewers say
“Bolstered by orange zest, coriander, and orange blossom honey. A refreshing, light-bodied brew with citrus zing and a hint of earthy spice.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Spices are subtle, making way for a bready and creamsicle-like aroma. Light herbal and perfume notes in the background, with some pleasing coriander and orange peel retronasal. Lots of fruity esters (grape, cherry, bubblegum, light apple, and pear). Smells more like a mead or braggot than a witbier.”
Flavor: “A great balance of coriander and orange peel with light esters from the yeast—the orange, lemon, and bubblegum blend well with the richness from the wheat. Strong malt and honey notes, and the notes of orange blossom, grape soda, and coriander are forward but not harsh or edgy. The palate is soft and drier than the fruity taste and nose would indicate.”
Overall: “An excellent example of how coriander and orange peel should be used—both come through in the aroma and flavor. While the malt character might be a bit too much, the body is nice overall, and the beer is very smooth and easy to drink.”
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