Good evening, my friends. Welcome back to the Daily Beard. Today, I have a beer from a brewery I’ve never heard of, and that’s great. I love finding new beers. Today’s offering comes from California, courtesy of Coronado Brewing Co. The brew du jour is their Orange Avenue Wit. The bottle tells me that this is a wheat beer brewed with honey and spices. I love the witbier style, with the great spices and refreshing, easily drinkable flavors, so I’m excited for this one. Let’s get to it.
The bottle smell begins as a spicy eruption of oranges, potent enough to cling to the inside of your nose and chill out for a while. There is a noticeable wheat aroma underneath, supporting the oranges while the traditional witbier spices hover around the edges. Coriander and clove stand out more and more with each breath, acting like the Jenny to the orange’s Forrest. Despite all this, there is a steady malt backbone underneath everything, keeping the notes rooted firmly in the world of beer, rather than floating away into some juice realm.
The bottle taste is more of the same. Crisp, blossoming oranges show up first, with drizzled honey pouring over the edges of each taste. Wheaty malts provide the base, while coriander, white pepper and clove stand out just below the oranges. A bit of anise and cinnamon show up as well, staying subdued but imparting enough of their essence to add another layer of tasty complexity. Over the tongue, it’s quite crisp, yet lasts forever with each taste. The aftertaste is a malty base of sweet, citrusy oranges that have been soaked in honey. It’s very refreshing and super bright, making it awesomely drinkable.
Poured out into a pilsner glass, the aroma becomes a huge, tangy bloom of oranges, with an underlying base of malts. Coriander and the Spicy Bunch arrive in full force, providing a perfect companion to the oranges. Each note within the aroma continuously blooms, remaining potent for a long time. Visually, it pours a beautiful earthy orange, with some sediment cloudiness. The head is a thick white froth that bubbles away fairly quickly.
The post-pour taste is still a big mouthful of orange, layered over a stronger base of bready malts. The sweetness of the poured taste leans more towards the malts rather than the honey and oranges, but those notes are definitely still present. The spices are still here as well, supporting from the sides and ensuring that the orange notes stay at the top of each taste. Despite that, every flavor is well controlled and in balance with everything else. The orange maintains a sweet vibe, promoting its fruitiness, rather than any bitter orange rind flavors. The aftertaste is long lasting, consisting of orange infused malts. Like the bottle, it’s crisp and refreshing, and rolls thick and creamy over the tongue after starting crisp.
Overall, this is a great take on the witbier style. It maintains the spiced profile, while adding a wonderful touch of honeyed oranges. Each taste begins crisp, but ends thick and clings to the entire mouth, extending the flavors out well after you’ve finished. At times, the oranges were a little too heavy, threatening to overpower the spices a bit, but even then, the sweetness of the orange were still tasty and refreshing. It’s on par with other craft beer prices, but this was the first time I’d tried a beer from Coronado Brewing, so I was definitely willing to take a risk. And I’m glad I did. It’s quite drinkable, lending itself to slower tastes in order to extend the multiple flavors out as long as possible.
This would go great on those days in between summer and fall, when there’s a bit of chill in the morning and evening, but the afternoons are still warm and comfortable. It’s also a great beer to enjoy with friends. It just radiates good times. A great find and one that I’ll pick up again, Coronado Brewing’s Orange Avenue Wit earns a tasty B+.
Lasting Strength: 9/10
Overall: 8.9/10 B+