Oranje Weisse from Amsterdam Brewing Company Limited in Toronto, Ontario pours a uniformly hazy, orange juice-like yellow colour with a medium-large white head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a decent lace and collar. This wheat beer uses two types of orange peel, coriander and anise to create a spicy and sharp aroma, but also has a honey and banana softness that takes the edge off.
The taste of Oranje Weisse is quite coriander-forward, maybe too much so. There is a decent malty sweetness to it and added anise gives it a certain pine-like flavour, but the coriander really dominates and creates a distinct dryness. The mouthfeel is relatively thin, but has a real creamy quality to it as well. Very easy to drink, has a prickly carbonation as it passes the tongue and an earthy, mushroom-like, almost peppery finish.
The packaging of Oranje Weisse is simple, using a beer cap image printed in orange and white. A description of the beer and an ingredients list are printed and an included tag contains instructions to roll the bottle before opening and to use a tall glass.
Oranje Weisse is not the best witbier, but this solid Ontario Summer seasonal is above-average and it tastes somewhat unique. It is definitely worth a look for fans of the style, but at $3.95 a bottle I'm not sure how often I'll buy it when there are better, cheaper options readily available.
This beer can be found at select The Beer Store and LCBO outlets and Amsterdam Brewing Company Limited welcomes visitors seven days a week.
Brewery: Amsterdam Brewing Company
Format Purchased: 500 mL
Alcohol Content: 5.0%