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White Bark Ale - Driftwood Brewery

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very good

76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 11
Gots: 5 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 00:37:25 | More by Sammy
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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...

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 00:12:22 | More by biboergosum
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at St. Augustines in Vancouver.

Pours a light hazed straw yellow, very light in colour, thick white head forms and settles down to a thin ring around the glass but drops a real nice lace sheet on its way down.

Smell is alright, quite lemony, some pepper and coriander, wheat, a bit yeasty, orange peel, biscuit and a bit of toast, oats, bready, some honey, decently malty but a bit sweet.

Taste is similar, quite dry up front, some wheat and yeast, toasty, a bit of lemon and orange peel, coriander, honey, bitter orange, very dry in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. Comes through a bit too thin and dry for my liking but a solid wit.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2010 20:37:34 | More by Viggo
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billab914

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

07-23-2013 03:06:09 | More by billab914
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 20:53:27 | More by Derek
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

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

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 03:05:04 | More by wordemupg
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LiquidAmber

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 04:31:35 | More by LiquidAmber
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flagmantho

Washington

3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: light silvery hue with a moderate haze and a very light effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy white foam with decent retention.

Smell: lightly wheaty and floral with a nice component of coriander and orange peel. There's a bit of a sour note, though, which doesn't work as well. Still, I find it quite nice.

Taste: quite floral with a grainy malt flavor. I think the orange peel is working against the beer a little bit; there's a spicing element that is not quite working for me. The floral, fresh flavor up front is great, but the aftertaste is a little over-spiced in a not-so-good way.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and great creaminess. Love it.

Overall: the aftertaste on this beer is really getting to me. There are some good components of this brew, but something (I really think it's the orange peel) is not playing well with the rest of the ingredients.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2014 00:03:40 | More by flagmantho
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 00:43:13 | More by canucklehead
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 15:31:02 | More by bobsy
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The last of my tasting notes from my BC trip.

A - Pours a hazy straw colour, thumb of head with decent retention, and no real lacing.

S - Very wheaty with some sour lemon. The coriander also comes through, which was nice.

T - Quite a nice wit, with the orange noticeable off the top. The sweet spices linger after the finish, with nutmeg, coriander, cinnamon and cloves all having a presence. The orange could be a little stronger, and the finish is a little tart, but still quite tasty.

M - Nice light bodied ale, goes down smooth and has the perfect level of carbonation.

D - Overall a very tasty offering and worthy to any wit fan. Not my favourite of the Driftwood beers, but still a very well crafted Wit.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 19:56:03 | More by andrenaline
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 03:16:26 | More by Rutager
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.5%

12-09-2011 09:09:51 | More by schopenhauerale
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.5%

05-30-2014 06:40:36 | More by jrenihan
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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

06-21-2014 20:27:25 | More by bumchilly25
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

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

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 03:14:53 | More by joemcgrath27
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 13:20:48 | More by papat444
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Kurmaraja

Washington

4/5  rDev +0.5%

05-26-2014 03:45:26 | More by Kurmaraja
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Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.5%

08-07-2013 01:42:11 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 01:54:46 | More by chickenm
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avaldivia

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

04-22-2012 17:25:21 | More by avaldivia
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

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...

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 04:38:33 | More by kjyost
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 23:33:06 | More by DaftCaskBC
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 03:31:42 | More by ritzkiss
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spoony

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

08-31-2012 06:11:16 | More by spoony
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White Bark Ale from Driftwood Brewery
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