Feral White - Feral Brewing Co.
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3.93/5 rDev +20.2%
Appearance - 3.5
Poured a finger and a half of bubby, off-white head that quickly all but disappeared. Body is a cloudy, white peach flesh colour.
Smell - 3.5
A typical, zesty witbier smell of wheat malt, spice, coriander and orange. Not strong, but entirely pleasant.
Taste - 4.0
As tasty as Hoegaarden? I think so! Tangy, slightly sour, flavours of wheat, lemon, orange peel and a little coriander. Very refreshing.
Mouthfeel - 4.5
Just about perfect for the style with a constant fine, nearly sharp carbonation, moderate weight in the mouth. Goes down smoothly.
Drinkability - 4.0
Not something I would usually drink as a session beer, but as an easy summertime drink that is tasty with a low ABV.
OVERALL - 3.85
The obvious benchmark is Hoegaarden, and I think Feral White is right up there. It is comparable in quality (slightly tastier, but more clove would be better) and has a clear price advantage here in WA. A beer for guzzlers and connosuiers alike and one of the best things to come out of the Swan Valley.
01-23-2008 05:42:11 | More by LittleCreature
3.88/5 rDev +18.7%
Pours a dark, cloudy yellow. Haze is only slight, despite the rather vigorous swirling of the sediment I tried. Head was initially quite frothy, but dissipates to a film rather quickly. Lacing is very good though.
Nice resin and candied orange notes on the nose. Not particularly strong, but rather authentic. A hint of copper is the only unwelcome note. Otherwise, very nice.
Taste is also very decent, a nice smooth creamy wheat character, and a slight sour twang at the back. Mouthfeel is just great. A little too much carbonation could destroy the delicate flavours, but this is very subtle. There's a very slight bitter character creeping in at the end, which is unwelcome, but that's starting to nitpick what is an otherwise fine example of the style.
This is a witbier done particularly well. I'm not sure I've had a better one from Australia. It's not as big and flavoursome as some of the better ones I've had elsewhere, but it is a true and accurate representation of the style.
05-02-2009 08:59:54 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.83/5 rDev +17.1%
Had this on tap at the Brewery Restaurant in the Swan Valley. Cloudy dull yellow appearance with a decent head. Loses points for being expensive (A$9 a pint - given little creatures retail theirs for $8), but a lovely drop of beer with the softly spicy citris notes, a slight taste of orange peel, and a full flavoured unfiltered taste. An easy drinking beer, and worth the visit to get it on draught.
05-21-2008 05:33:28 | More by foles
3.78/5 rDev +15.6%
Appearance - Cloudy and pale, 2 fingers of head which reduced.
Smell - Quite strong, both spicy and fruity
Taste - The citrus and coriander stand out in the taste.
Mouthfeel - Good carbonation and texture.
Drinkability - Quite an easy drinker
Overall - Better than Hoegaarden, in my opinion.
02-28-2008 07:45:41 | More by Cs1987
3.75/5 rDev +14.7%
Pours pale amber with a small lasting head.
Nose shows coriander, citrus peel and some doughy wheat. Pretty spot on for the style, nice and refreshing.
Same story with the flavours but with more of everything! Really quite nice.
Great med-high carbonation and lightish body.
01-05-2011 00:42:47 | More by CrazyDavros
3.75/5 rDev +14.7%
Poured a cloudy straw yellow colour with good head, & retention plus impressive carbonation.
A: A little florally, cloves, & that belgium wheat yeast with a breadiness/doughy smell.
T: The taste so reminded my of Hoegaaren Wit: wheaty, spices (cloves), citrussy, & also got a little (just a hint) of sourness & tart. No signifant malty flavour other than some wheats & grains. Did have a little bitterness to finish.
M: Also pleasant but not to crisp.
I really enjoyed Feral White, not as smooth as a hoey (maybe no intentions, as this has a fraction more bitterness & tartiness) & would definately recommend this to wheat beer lovers.
09-29-2008 08:50:19 | More by WHROO
3.7/5 rDev +13.1%
Poured with an ok head, retention was ok but the lacing was good and thick. Hazy straw coloured liquid.
Smell was pleasant enough. Had the wheaty grassy breadlike smell one expects from the style. Nice and malty and a little spicy though I'd have expected it to be a little spicier on the nose.
Taste started off very pleasant and refreshing. Very wheaty, a touch of spice and a sour note at the back. Went very well with the meal. I did find by the end that the sour note was beginning to dominate and my last few mouth fulls weren't so enjoyable.
Light bodied compared to what I was expecting. Carbonation was for refreshment rather than for savouring (ie on the robust side).
Until those last few sips I thought I could put away a few of these. Maybe if I drank it fast enough for it to stay reasonably chilled the sourness wouldn't have become out of balance to my tastes.
Overall it's a nice addition to the current line up of Australian beers. Hoping to find some more Feral around the place. Will probably be trying this again from time to time.
06-19-2009 08:51:00 | More by Stavage
3.6/5 rDev +10.1%
A - Cloudy yellow with a couple of centimetres of white head. Patchy lacing is left down the glass.
S - Typical Wit smell - wheaty, slight spice notes, a bit of lemon.
T - Like the smell.
M - Fairly light bodied, medium to high carbonation.
D - Basic but decent quality wit. Could put away a few.
02-09-2008 02:46:42 | More by brendan13
3.53/5 rDev +8%
Pours a pale straw colour with a foamy white head. Not very cloudy and no visible yeast left in the bottle.
Aromas of orange, wheat and coriander are all over this. The orange is quite sweet and almost candylike.
I feel like I'm drinking candied orange. I get the wheat notes and some spicy coriander but I can't get past the very sweet orange. It isn't bad per se but it is a little bit over the top.
A medium light body is coupled with vibrant but not overbearing carbonation to create a crisp, refreshing beer.
On the whole, it is okay but Feral have over done the orange here. A crisp refreshing beer for summer.
07-20-2009 10:09:24 | More by dgilks
3.43/5 rDev +4.9%
Haven't had this beer for a while but due to the recent success at the AIBA, I figured it warranted a revisit. Unfortunately it is as average as I remembered. Very pale yellow with a soapy head that dies very quickly. The orange on the nose and the palate is rather cloying and reminds me of orange cordial. Can't really pick up the coriander just the orange and alittle lemon. Carbonated nicely and is a fairly easy drink but somewhat uninspiring. Heard that it is quite a different beer on tap. Haven't had the pleasure yet. I hope it is better because in the bottle it's a pretty bland wit.
07-27-2009 10:11:37 | More by juju7
3.43/5 rDev +4.9%
Like someone said before me i havnt had this beer for ages and decided to revisit it and yes it isnt as good as i remembered and its such a shame that this brewery only bottles this beer as this is definately not their best brew and they could definately put themselves at the forefront of OZ mircobrew's if they bottled some of their other beers but anyways it pours a pale see thru straw colour with a fast vanishing one finger head and hardly any lacing at all,the aroma is orange rind,honey,corriander and some nice wheat notes,it has an average mouthfeel and the orange rind,wheat taste is dominant unfortunately i remember this beer being heaps better and it seems like there has been some changes to it if not ive prob just had alot better beers lately.
09-10-2009 11:03:35 | More by ADZA
3.4/5 rDev +4%
This is my first Feral brew, I'm not too sure about the name of the brewer though as it conjures up a Simpson's reference about a Red Tick Beer that Homer drank that had dogs swimming around in a vat of wort, only with Feral I'm thinking about cats in the wort instead... "Hmmm, needs more cat".
Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.
A: Quite Witty with it's cloudy stil de grain yellow body and a white head that dissipates to a nice thin lacing.
S: Interesting aroma of papaya upfront, with some of the usual suspects; coriander, orange and wheat grains. I am liking that papaya with its bold tropical notes though.
T: If I had to explain the taste of this brew in one word it would be: Funky. The papaya, wheat and orange mingle in an odd fashion and there is a hint of candi sugar thrown in as well. It's a big mishmash of flavours all vying for attention - fruity papaya, grassy wheat, acidic orange and sweet sugar, but it doesn't overpower at any time. It kinda works in a weird way; it's funky.
M: Mouthfeel is a bit on the light watery side with a relatively flat carbonation, though it was only slightly chilled when I opened the bottle and warmer temperatures can effect the carbonation.
D: Overall it's in the least an interesting take on an interesting style. I would have preferred more cats to be used in the brewing process but hey you've got to take what you can get. It goes down easy, would be refreshing in summer, and has enough going on to keep my taste-buddies entertained, good drop!
Food match: Light summer fare like a chicken or Greek salad, hell Greek cuisine in general would pair well with this.
02-18-2014 11:14:41 | More by doktorhops
3.35/5 rDev +2.4%
Drank from my Duvel Tulip
A - Poured a pale yellow colour with frothy white head that retained fairly well leaving minimal lacing.
S - Orange peel and the typical wheat, spice aromas but nothing too pronounced.
T - Citrus with orange, coriander, tangy lemon with only a slight hint of cloves/spice to finish.
M - Light bodied with medium carbonation
O - A good effort from feral here and an easy refreshing summer session beer but lacks that real intense flavour that you would get with say the Hooegarden.
02-09-2012 12:48:17 | More by PolarBear3
3.35/5 rDev +2.4%
a) Pours a hazy straw colour, with a rough white head
s) Seeds, wheaty, cumquat
f) Wheat grain, coriander seed noticable. Citrus slightly restrained in comparison. Slight sourness, and finishes quite dry. Could have a bit more creamy wheat sweetness in there.
m) Tingly up front, finishes with a bitter coarseness. Touch hollow.
d) Good for a few
10-01-2008 08:42:00 | More by vancurly
3.35/5 rDev +2.4%
A - Cloudy and super pale with a decent 1-2 finger head.
S - The typical witbier aromas of wheat, citrus and clove.
T - Lemon and orange peel. Coriander could be beefed up but its a nice refreshing taste.
M - Thin, light body with moderate carbonation.
O - A pretty basic wit. Feels a bit watered down and plain. Sure is easy to drink but I wanted a bit more punch.
08-22-2011 03:24:09 | More by dansmcd
3.35/5 rDev +2.4%
Smell: slight fruity (banana?) smell, once it warmed up i could get a whiff of wheat, but not too much odour
Appearance: nice cloudy pale yellow colour, not fully opaque but almost there. Head thinned out quickly to about 5mm, but hung around for a while afterwards.
Taste: initially sharp and a bit too sweet for a wheat beer, a slightly sour aftertaste
M: feels lighter than most wheat beers, moderate carbonation that lasts a while. Almost feels like slightly flat champagne, more refreshing than expected
Not a bad witbeer, not my first choice for this style as it is a little bit thin, but its worth a try, it may be better on tap as well.
11-29-2013 07:39:03 | More by chogm54
Feral White from Feral Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.