From Granville Island Brewing out of Vancouver comes their new “Winter Wit”. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of coriander, spices, orange, wheat, yeast and floral hops. The flavour is of orange, coriander, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, citrus rind, wheat and yeast. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 18. This is an interesting take on the Wit. It is a bit winter ale and a bit wit. If you like the sound of this you should really like this beer. Granville Island Brewing is owned by Molson.
From Dogwood Brewing in South Vancouver comes their brand new “Barrel Aged Sparkling Wit” a beer aged in Pinot Noir barrels. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of wheat, yeast, lemon, wine, vanilla and some mild oak. The flavour is of Wine but more of a white wine than a Pinot Noir, vanilla, lemon, citrus, yeast, bubblegum, mild oak flavour and a sweet although dry finish with some tannins. The alcohol content comes in at 6%. This is one of the most complex beers that I have enjoyed from Dogwood Brewing. Head over to the brewery to give it a try as this will only be available at the tasting room and select taprooms around town.
Commercial Description: This Organic Belgian Wit was brewed with Coriander and Black pepper, then aged for 3 months in Organic French White Oak Pinot Noir Barrels. Delicate spicy esters create the perfect base for layer after layer of Flavour that Evolves as your glass warms, creating a thoughtfully refreshing drinking experience. Bright Lemon plays counterpoint to the deeper flavour of vanilla and oak imparted by the young barrels which; like a good pinot noir, pairs well with all types of food. Made with all Organic Local B.C ingredients, this creamy Wit is beautifully rounded in its complexity and finishes Dry with a hint of tannin. We’re very proud of this limited release and sincerely hope you enjoy.
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 the temporary gypsy brewers Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks comes “The Last Strawberry Wit”. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma is of strawberries, lactose, sweetness, wheat and some yeast. The flavour is of strawberries, wheat, yeast, lactose and some mild citrus but is not overly sweet. The alcohol content comes in at 4.9%. Fuggles & Warlock know what they are doing when they create a weird beer and this is no different. It tastes great and smells just as good.
From Big Rock Urban Brewery in Vancouver comes their seasonal the “Rhubarb Wit”. The beer pours a cloudy golden orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of wheat, orange, citrus rind, yeast and maybe a hint of rhubarb. The flavour is of orange, citrus, citrus rind, rhubarb, yeast, wheat, sweetness and a hint of tartness in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 12. If you enjoy a good Wit this beer will be for you. I wish the Rhubarb shone through more only because I am a huge fan of rhubarb but this is a really tasty wit and a great sip on a hot day!
Commercial Description: This classic witbier is aged with rhubarb, lending a hint of sour tartness to subtle layers of orange peel and spice, all thrown into relief by the balanced bitter of a low hopping rate. A light bouquet or coriander and citrus crowns the faint undercurrent of rhubarb, unfiltered and echoed through to a delicate finish.