Feral White - Feral Brewing Co.
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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
3.53/5 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
3.23/5 rDev -1.2%
Pours a pale straw colour with strong head, creating a nice head of off-white froth, very densely packed at the top. Retains pretty well and leaves a nice sticky ring of lace. Slight trace of haze in the glass caps this off. Nice-looking brew.
Smells very citrusy; there is a distinct orange note there, slightly tart with a pleasant sweetness behind it. Not a great deal of spice although a slight peppery zing to it, and a slight candied aspect which gives this a slight soft drink aroma. Quite pleasant, definitely needs more complexity though.
Taste is again sweet with a long candied orange kind of flavour. The wit aspect is more prominent here though, with a zesty coriander spice on the back and mild peppery notes from the yeast. Hint of ginger as well, and maybe some white grape tannins as well contributing to that mélange of spice. Doesn't have too much of a bite though, and finish is blandly sour with a kind of apple juice flavour, lingers without must gusto and certainly without nuance. The sweetness that underlies the palate is, I think, a bit too sweet, and more spice or a more potent Belgian-ness is needed to counteract and make the palate more interesting. It has potential but falls flat towards the end.
Mouthfeel has a nice bit of sizzle and is quite smooth. It's good for what it is, I feel if the flavour were better, but still felt like this, it would be thin, but because the flavour isn't so powerful this feels quite appropriate. It's definitely quite sessionable but the lack of interest would bug me after a while.
07-14-2009 04:57:07 | More by laituegonflable
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
3.43/5 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
United Kingdom (England)
2.63/5 rDev -19.6%
Nose is eggy and sulfuric. Lemony, softly tart sweet start. With a spicy, clovey, lightly fizzy crisp finish. I don't know, it was a touch wishy washy, and definitely sulfuric. Seems like every Aussie micro is doing a witbier these days, trouble is, i'm yet to come across a really good one. This is at least half decent.
02-29-2004 10:13:54 | More by rastaman
3.23/5 rDev -1.2%
A: Pours a hazy copper color with a fair head that fades to bits of lacing.
S: Aroma of citrus, banana and spice, with a bit of malt sweetness.
T: Taste of banana, malt sweetness, some spice and bit of grain. Mild bitterness and a fairly clean finish.
F: Fairly moderate body, smooth with a decent balance.
O: Nice beer for the style.
06-02-2013 07:58:32 | More by soju6
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
2.88/5 rDev -11.9%
From Warner's. No BB.
Pours a hazy golden straw. The head looks the part, fluffy white but dies too quickly.
Aromas are very subdued, a little yeast, hint of apple, some lemon, sherbert.
Taste is again as aromas but shortlived on palate. The nice zesty lemon aftertaste is good, but too shortlived. It kinds of builds into Dullsville after a while.
Mouthfeel good - zesty, well carbonated, light.
I suspect Feral make better beer than this - so why bottle this one? It's a crowded market afer all.
10-13-2012 07:04:07 | More by heygeebee
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
2.15/5 rDev -34.3%
Light golden and only a slight haze for this bottle conditioned brew. Low carbonation. Head settles very quickly and leaves no lacing. Not a very lively beer.
Has a faint but distinct smell of green apple. That sort of mix of sweet and tart. A bit of Belgian yeast character but not much and it's "tainted" by that green apple.
Hmmm. Just sort of dies on the tongue. Very flat in mouthfeel and taste. Some light malt but it's rather generic missing any wheat or yeast influence.
Disappointing. Have only had Hop Hog from Feral before and it was fantastic. Maybe these bottles didn't travel well but I would be happy to try their keg beer any time.
08-01-2012 10:29:57 | More by joecast
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
3.93/5 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
3.4/5 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
3.43/5 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
2.58/5 rDev -21.1%
Feral Belguim White.
A = Poured a Cloudy white with a tinge of yellow.
S = Slight smell of lemon. Very faint. Pretty much bleh.
T = Inital taste of clove and lemon. Very dissapointing. Pretty bland.
M = Moderately carbonated. Nothing special.
D = Not very drinkable. Very bland and not very special.
05-28-2006 12:37:06 | More by BeerNutta
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
Feral White from Feral Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.