From Beau’s All Natural Brewing in Vankleek Hill Ontario comes their “Blood Simple” a Cacao Blood Orange Witbier. The beer pours a cloudy light orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of blood orange, rind, sweetness, wheat, spices and citrus. The flavour on the other hand had some good cacao notes that accentuated the blood orange, rind, wheat, bready malts and more citrus notes. The alcohol content comes in at 5.3%. Beau’s managed to make this a very enjoyable Witbier to drink and would be quite enjoyable on a patio.
Commercial Description: Chase away the winter blahs with a sunshiny taste of California oranges and Peruvian cacao beans! Blood Simple is a chocolate-orange riff on the classic citrus-and-spice character of a Belgian-style witbier. It is brewed with organic blood orange juice, organic orange peel, and organic cacao.
Food pairing as per brewery: Duck a l’orange, chocolate mousse
From Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks in Richmond comes their latest “The Last Mango Wit”. The beer pours a very cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of tons of mango, wheat and lots of sweetness from the lactose. The flavour is of mango, citrus, wheat, bready malts, yeast, maybe vanilla and lactose sweetness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.9% with an IBU of 8. I don’t go out of my way to try wheat beers as a rule but I love mangos and this beer delivers on the promise of a great fruit infused wit without being overly sweet.
Commercial Description: A refreshing Belgian wit brewed with fresh mangoes and sweetened with lactose. A smooth, tropical delight. Contains fresh mangoes. Keep refrigerated.
From Torque Brewing in Winnipeg Manitoba comes their “The Witty Belgian”. The Belgian Wit pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, wheat, yeast, spices and a hint of banana. The flavour is of banana, citrus, wheat, yeast and some spices. The alcohol content comes in at 4.7%. While this wheat beer is tasty it is also confused. A Belgian Wit should not have banana flavour while a Hefeweizen would.
From Penticton’s Bad Tattoo Brewing comes their “R&D Cherry Wit”. The beer pours a copper pink colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of mild cherry, citrus, wheat and some grains. The flavour is of wheat, yeast, citrusy lemon, cherry, exceedingly mild tartness and a grassy finish. The alcohol content comes in at very sessionable 4.5%. This beer is an interesting twist on the wit style.
From Kitchener Ontario’s Waterloo Brewing Co owned by Brich Brewing Co comes their “WATERLOO Blueberry Weizenbier”. The beer pours a reddish orange colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of ripe blueberries, wheat, yeast, bubblegum and sweetness. The flavour is of blueberries, bubblegum, wheat and yeast. The alcohol content comes in at 5%. Not the best Weizenbier I have had but this is an enjoyable fruit beer.
Commercial Description: Bursting with flavour from the blueberry capital of Canada’s East Coast, this refreshing Weizenbier is a true-blue taste of home. Forward blueberry nose, finishing crisply as a traditional Weizenbier (wheat beer). Juicy on the palette, not bitter, with low to no aftertaste.
Food pairing as per the brewery: This light and refreshing Blueberry Weizenbier pairs nicely with crisp summer fruit salads, thinly sliced venison lightly glazed in blueberry reduction barbecue sauce, and freshly homemade burgers seasoned with thyme and rosemary.