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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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Emmo26, Jul 23, 2014
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5/5  rDev +25.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

ZachT, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of kjyost
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

660 mL bottle acquired at Luxe Lune in Winnipeg. Poured into a fluted glass cold.

A: Hazy yellow with a with head that last and laces very nicely.
S: Loads of coriander, clove and citrus with anoint of wheat underneath it all.
T: Very similar to the nose, the body has a great citrus flavour to it with a bunch of spices. Some might think this is now nearly subtle enough for a wit, but it is right up my alley of big flavours...
M: Viscous, strongly carbonated.
O: This is how I like my wits and it rends me why I fell in love with them when I first started venturing into craft brews...

kjyost, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of Larz_73
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Larz_73, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of J-Swan
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
Photo of Derek
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Quite white, moreso than many new world version. This isn't just a malt brew with some wheat thrown in. It's the real deal.

S: Light spicing & rind with a little citrus & fruit.

T: Lemony-citrus & rind with a very mild spicing. Healthy yeast character, hints of vanilla, modest bitterness with slight hint of tartness giving it a crisp finish.

M: Light to moderate body is quite smooth & quaffable.

D: Great stuff.

Derek, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of gmcnally
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice fluffy head with good lacing left on the glass too.

Really nice smell and taste. Citrus, and coriander are obviously very forward in the taste. Not overpowering like in some witbier. The carbonation was strong enough to hold up to the sweetness.
Nice bit of yeast In there too which I really liked.
Like to see a great tasting 5% abv too.
Definite patio beer!

gmcnally, May 22, 2010
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4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - poured from a 650ml bottle into a tulip glass. It's cloudy tinted yellow with a white head. The head leaves spatters of lacing settles to a ring around the glass.

S - lots of flower/ester, light citrus and light spice

T - citrus hits right away, once settled a dry malty wheat flavor presents itself, then yeast flavors and a light hop finish with citrus details

M - high carbonation, medium-thin body and semi dry finish

D - refreshing

Grunewald, Nov 18, 2009
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4.3/5  rDev +8%
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.

astout, Jun 19, 2009
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4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow colour with a very citrus like nose. This is a very fruity wit with lots of citrus on the finish and a light bubbly feel to the mouthfeel. I like the way this tastes like warm weather in a bottle. No lack of flavour here as this Wit ups the fruit notes.

canucklehead, Apr 04, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

adhallick, Aug 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

KalanM, Nov 29, 2012
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4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pale cloudy yellow with a foamy white head that sticks around.

Aroma: Yeast and wheat with some sour lemon, pepper and honey. Can seem a bit funky at the first whiff when poured from a bottle but this quickly passes.

Taste: Sweet wheat malt with a citrus tang cutting through nicely, with a citrus and light yeast finish. Clove and cinnamon flavours are present as well. Very nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and light with just the right tingle of carbonation.

Drinkability: Quite good actually, very thirst quenching yet worth savouring. Could be the best BC wheat I've had.

brewymcgee, Jun 08, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Swirl poured a bomber into a glass stein. Two finger fine white head on a hazy dirty lemon yellow. Lots of suspended yeast grains. The head soon diminished to a weak ring. Good lacing. Lots of bread smells up front. Strong citrusy edge. Wow. Big taste. Nice round citrusy coriander with a spicy edge. King of lemony. Light in body. Not too carbonated. Very drinkable. I could drink these all day. A lack of overt flaws makes this an excellent summer session beer.

scott451, Jun 25, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1/2" of white head with fine bubbles which receded quickly over cloudy honey coloured liquid.

S: Yeast, pine, and honey. A smell very typical of German Witbiers.

T: Somewhat bitter up front with the taste of orange peel which transitions into a taste reminiscent of a whole wheat kaiser bun with a nice clean finish.

M: Medium thickness and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: A good Witbier that is better tasting than many of the German representatives of the style I have had in the past.

DaftCaskBC, Aug 25, 2011
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4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle poured into pint glass 24/1/12

A cloudy pale yellow with just a few bubbles feeding a short lived thumbs width of foam that leaves some random lace

S zesty lemon and orange rind with some cereal and yeasty spice, bang on for style

T everything I smell is still there but with even more citrus, still very nice but not quite the blend of everything I smell

M quite light and very refreshing, a mild spicy, citric finish and pin prick carbonation

O went down about as fast as possible, even in the winter season this ones a winner

Would be my go to brew in the Summer if I could only get it in Calgary. Pretty stoked to see 5$ bombers of Driftwood on the BC side of the border

wordemupg, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of BashOnABike
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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4.15/5  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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4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A vacation gift from a friend - people should always buy me beer when they go on a trip! This is the second time I've had this one.

Pours a very light and cloudy yellow, with a frothy bone white head. A few spots of lace are left on the side of the glass. It has the classic Belgian wit aroma, with strong citrus tones (in this case lemongrass and orange peel), reinforced by coriander notes. The flavour is much the same. I find that more than any other beers, wits taste almost exactly as they smell, and in this case its no bad thing. Lots of lemongrass and coriander, with a slightly sour, but crisp, wheat background. Soft pillowy mouthfeel with active, yet not aggressive, carbonation. The drinkabilty is high, and it makes for a good summer quaff. Driftwood know their stuff, and I'd be happy to recommend anything from them on name alone.

bobsy, Jul 14, 2009
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White Bark Ale from Driftwood Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.