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White Bark Ale - Driftwood Brewery

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89
very good

80 Ratings
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 12
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Driftwood Brewery visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-12-2009)
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Ratings: 80 | Reviews: 29 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by jrempel:
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

jrempel, Jun 25, 2012
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cam477, Sep 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

trail77, Jun 06, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
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

BashOnABike, Feb 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

nomoon, Apr 16, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

chickenm, Apr 26, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

jpbebeau, Aug 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

intoxabroad, Oct 08, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bomber brought back from Kelowna, BC, earlier this summer.

This beer pours a very, very pale yellow colour, with two fingers of creamy, foamy, bone-white head, which leaves some broad pillars of lace around the glass after it falls away. It smells of light white pepper, mild citrus, and a bit of yeast. The taste is sweet white malt, mild pepper, a trace of coriander, some edgy wheat, and some indistinct citrus. The carbonation is moderate, the body on the low side of medium, and a fair bit prickly. It finishes with a spicy coriander/pepper/orange zest fragrance over a mild sweet wheat malt.

A very impressive witbier, a bit dry, but I suppose that's what so encourages me to finish the bottle! My girl brought home a Blanche de Chambly just now - we are going to proceed to do a taste comparison of East vs. West. The winner, I imagine, will be us...

biboergosum, Oct 03, 2010
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3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Sammy, Nov 30, 2009
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4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

CanuckRover, Apr 24, 2010
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3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
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

joemcgrath27, Mar 20, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

1stOffender, Jun 21, 2013
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3.85/5  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.

Rutager, Sep 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

LiquidAmber, Jan 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Telestic, Jan 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

pudoo, Jan 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

adhallick, Aug 05, 2013
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4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber pours a light, white wheat, crystal clear at top, cloudy on the bottom. A finger or two oh white, foamy head that dissipates, leaving no lacing. Lots of little bubbles.

Smell is fresh. Orange, spices, grains. Definitely light.

Smell is nice, same orange notes, coriander, wheat. Sparkly carbonation gives it a lively feel.

Nice light fare, goes easily with a meal or by itself, and yet different and quality enough to make you take note. A nice offering from a quality new brewery.

ritzkiss, Feb 26, 2009
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3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: opaque pale "creamy" yellow
S:intense clove, pineapple, pepper, yeasty dough, mandarin peel. very nice.
T: full, complete and long lasting with a nice dry finish. Complex. fruit cocktail. Blood orange. But the flavour is fleeting... after 5-10 minutes there wasn't much there but dryness.
M: crisp, dry. Medium carbonation.
O: This would be a delicious summer beer! I think it would be perfect with Indian food ...

EspressoGuy, Feb 12, 2013
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5/5  rDev +25.6%

Emmo26, Jul 23, 2014
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3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to mgermani for this one.

Shared this with my wife last night. Best before sticker on the cap says 11-27-09. No idea of the bottling date.

Poured out of a bomber.

Appearance: A slightly cloudy & pale yellow body with an extreme effervescence. A thick & billowy white as snow head rests on top and lasts pretty long.

Smell: Very nice aroma of citrus & orange. A nice sharp smell of coriander and maybe cloves. Smells quite zesty.

Taste: Not as good as the aroma. Very discreet and flees the scene before i can grasp any taste. Slight mix of spices with a touch of lemon and some orange. Finishes with a whisper of rind bitterness. Better as it warms but was expecting more in the flavor dept.

Mouthfeel: Quite smooth with a not as active as you would have though carbonation. Nothing exciting but nothing wrong either. A tiny bit soapy in texture.

Drinkability: Not hard to drink but not a joy either. This one doesn't really do it for me.

Overall: After a strong showing with looks and aroma, the rest falls short revealing a taste that is a little bland. Give me a St-Bernardus over this one any day.

papat444, Nov 03, 2009
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3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale hazy gold, with a finger of white head reducing down to a barely noticeable row of bubbles around the glass.

S: Great scent of cloves and wheat malt, with a good part fresh Brioche. Wet grain scent, smells like wet wheat fields.

T: Consistent of the scent, this beer tastes like yeasty sweet dough, cloves and grains. The maltiness and the hops are combined in a perfect balanced, making this beer easy to drink

M While there isn't any carbonation in the glass, each sip encourages surprise pin pricks of carbonation on the tongue. I find this White Bark light and refreshing - although there seems to be some that disagree - try it for yourself.

O:The maltiness and the hops are combined in a perfect balance to create a refreshing smooth drinking beer. Consider drinking this a little cooler for maximum refreshment. I wouldn't dare add a lemon slice - this beer is really a stunner on it's own without any help. Pair it with whole wheat bread and creamy rich cheeses, I went with a whole wheat pizza that seemed to springboard the wheatiness. Anything like vinaigrette dress salads or tomato based dishes will over power.

FondueVoodoo, Apr 06, 2012
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4.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Yeast is the star of this show. Light and fruity. Malts and hops take a backseat to the yeast which imparts a fruity and smooth mouthfeel to this white ale. White Bark does a great job showcasing yeasts ability to add complexity and layers. Its pale grey translucent appearance can be off-putting for the uninitiated but I swear its worth a try! I am always excited when i see this on a tap list.

J-Swan, Feb 01, 2014
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3.15/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

About two fingers of white head. Pretty pale yellow. Not as murky as most Wheat beers, you can see through this one. Could be mistaken for a light lager by appearance alone. Decent head retention and carbonation though.

Very subtle smell. Smells sweet but not that strong.

Taste is also mild, semi-sweet, a bit citrusy.

Nothing special, and unless it’s local for you, probably not worth picking up. It’s a decent beer though.

Smurf2055, Jun 28, 2013
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White Bark Ale from Driftwood Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.