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White Bark Ale | Driftwood Brewery

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White Bark AleWhite Bark Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Driftwood Brewery
British Columbia, Canada | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This traditional Belgian-style wheat ale is brewed with the addition of freshly ground coriander and curacao orange peel. Hops are outshone by the wonderful floral aromas that dominate the nose of this dry and quaffable beer.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-12-2009

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Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 113
Reviews by astout:
Photo of astout
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Definitely a great belgian style wit, profound not really, but delicious definitely

Pours a cloudy light orange, light foamy head
Aromas of orange, coriander and spice, light and fruity.
Similar orange and coriander profile in flavours with a great light and soft mouthfeel, very drinkable.
Could easily see myself drinking a couple of these on a hot summer day, not going to change your life but a very very good beer from a cool local brewery.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, a bomber brought back from Kelowna, BC, earlier this summer.

This beer pours a cloudy, and very, very pale whitish yellow colour, with two anemic fingers of bubbly and foamy bone-white head, which leaves some broad pillars of droopy lace around the glass as it gently falls away.

It smells of grainy pale malt, light white pepper and other indistinct savoury spice, mild oily citrus, and a bit of earthy yeast. The taste is semi-sweet pale malt, mild black pepper, a trace of very dry coriander, some edgy and ethereally spicy wheat graininess, and a suggestion of also-ran citrus fruity esters.

The carbonation is moderate, just a wee probing frothiness traipsing about, the body on the low side of medium weight, and a fair bit prickly, from, I'll say yeast, to be deemed all that smooth. It finishes with a spicy coriander/pepper/orange zest fragrance standing dominant over a mild wheat malt sweetness.

A rather impressive version of a traditional witbier, a bit dry, but I suppose that's what so encourages me to finish the whole damned bottle! My girl just arrived home with some large format Blanche de Chambly - so we are going to proceed to do a taste comparison of East vs. West. The winner, I imagine, will be us, naturellement!

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Photo of cam477
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of trail77
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of Tiernan
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BashOnABike
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

4oz taster @ The Island Beer Festival, Club 919

A: Light and clouded, like pulpless grapefruit juice or lemonade, nice clean lacing with little head

S: Saison, more spice than phenol or fruit, reminiscent of a weak Tripel/Golden Ale, slight phenol and orange flavour

T: Much like the smell, but with a bit of fruit and malt in the back. Interesting yeast phenols

M: Creamy and full, but not unbearably heavy, with a med-high carbonation.

O: Nice summer-style Belgian, a little watery though

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Photo of nomoon
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of chickenm
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale cloudy golden color with a thin white head. Smells nice, aroma is of fresh citrus, spices, and wheat. Similar flavor with lots of lemon and coriander. Body is a bit thin, dry finish. Pretty good, this is very drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of jpbebeau
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of JonnyBeers
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of intoxabroad
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared with Craig at Bar Volo. Fairly regular witbeer. Yes refreshing citrus, but also on the slightly tin side. A little bitter and sour. Pours hazy white, with a Caesar head. High carbonation.Some sugary sweetness. Drinkability OK, it was a palate cleanser.

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Photo of CanuckRover
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pale straw-gold and not quite as cloudy as I would like. Nice big white head though that takes some time to settle. Bit of sediment floating around.

Nice burst of citrus right on the nose accentuated with some obvious coriander. About what you'd expect.

Something a bit different out of the gate, a bit of tartness. Classic citrus takes over pretty quickly, that familiar lemon-organe, and, true to aroma, nicely blended with refreshing coriander. A dose of yeast spices thing up a tad. Nice cookie dough malt to finish, one of my favourite tastes in the world of beer.

A little thinner than I like by wits, enjoy a bit of body to go with that creamy look.

Very drinkable. A nice witbier, with a bit of sourness that you might not get elsewhere. Citrus and coriander are evident, providing plenty of flavour.

Another winner from Driftwood.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from notes
A - slightly hazy straw golden, very bubbly with a solid head that retained well
S - fresh cut grass, grainy with cloves and orange peel
T - bready wheaty malt, clove and coriander spice, grassy hops are there but lighter than the nose, subtle orange zest finish, pleasant but a little busy
M - refreshingly carbonated with a very bready feel up front, but finishes a little thin
D - generally refreshing and easy drinking, a wit beer with a twist that works

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Photo of 1stOffender
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of souvenirs
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw-coloured and cloudy. Banana, a bit of spice, lemon, light floral hops. Smooth.

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Photo of Rutager
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a light straw with some light haze and a thin white bubbly head.

Smell. Belgian spices and white pepper, bready yeast, some dry toasted wheat and dried orange peel.

Taste. Oranges and Belgian spices, some toasty wheat, bready yeast and saltine crackers. Tastes better than expected from the look and smell.

Mouthfeel. Light+ body with medium+, fairly lively, slightly prickly carbonation. Works well.

O verall. Very easy drinking and fairly refreshing. The flavours were better than the smell led on.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a hazy blonde color ale with a nice large foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of coriander and wheat malt are pretty dominant. Taste is also heavy on the coriander notes with some great wheat malt notes and light residual sugar notes. Body is pretty full with good carbonation. Pretty enjoyable with nice dose of coriander but carbonation could be slightly more pronounced.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy pale yellow. One finger fine white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of wheat, light lemon and a pilsner like bready malt. Taste follows with light bready malt, coriander, wheat, light hops. Finishes smooth and a bit dry. Medium bodied with nice carbonation. An interesting pleasant grassy component. This is a nicely made witbier.

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Photo of Mlkluther
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of largadeer
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Telestic
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of pudoo
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of adhallick
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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White Bark Ale from Driftwood Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.