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White Bark Ale - Driftwood Brewery

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88
very good

88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 15
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Driftwood Brewery visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-12-2009

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.
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Photo of flagmantho
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Chazz_Chetly
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of J-Swan
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of KStark
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of cam477
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of ZachT
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of smekermann
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of adhallick
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of billab914
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Smurf2055
3.14/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

Photo of Geoffeweizen
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of 1stOffender
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of yancot
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of EspressoGuy
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
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 ...

Photo of bigbeerd
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of 604growler
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of pudoo
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of irishgreensoda
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of KalanM
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of intoxabroad
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of ChuckGnarly
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of Rutager
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of spoony
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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