Review of Coronado Brewing Orange Avenue Wit from Coronado Brewing Co. in Coronado, CA
Beer Type: Witbier ABV: 5.2% Tried from bottle.
Their Description: “This So-Cal take on a traditional witbier honors Coronado’s main street, which is home to our brewpub and was once lined with orange trees. Bolstered by orange zest, coriander and orange blossom honey, its Belgium by way of Coronado. Expect a refreshing, light-bodied brew rife with citrus zing and a hint of earthy spice.”
The Reality: If this beer had advertised itself as “A traditional wit with a bunch of oranges in it”, it would have been 100% accurate. When you first pour it you get virtually no head, and the smell is all oranges. Upon tasting it you can tell it is a witbier base, with oranges layered over it. It is unfiltered, which is nice, but the coriander is completely lost and therefore the “hint of earthly spice” never arrives. The aftertaste does have a floral note, most likely from the orange blossom honey. It drinks light and the orange flavor doesn’t linger, which is good. Is it “rife with citrus zing”? Yes. Is it just like beer in Belgium? Probably Not.
Final Verdict: I know it sounds like we’re beating up on this beer, and that’s not fair, it’s a good beer, it’s just fairly one-note. It would be a great beer to drink out of a can by the beach on a hot summer day. The orange flavor and smell are quite pronounced but not fake or artificial-tasting, and overall it’s pretty refreshing. They say this beer is meant to honor the street that their brew pub is located on (170 Orange Ave.), so I’m just glad they didn’t build their brewpub at 97 Tripe Blvd.