Feral White - Feral Brewing Co.
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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
3.88/5 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
3.35/5 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
3.75/5 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
3.83/5 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
3.6/5 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
3.93/5 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
3.18/5 rDev -2.8%
Poured beer in a Hoegaarden glass. Very small head and cloudy. I think i can see vigorouse effervescence when I hold glass up in front of a lamp.
Tart smell with bubblegum and hint of citrus.
Taste is similar but more fruity then I expected. .
Light to medium mouthfeel with good carbonation.
I only bought two bottles, but could easily had a few more.
09-15-2007 12:34:48 | More by aussielars
2.28/5 rDev -30.3%
This bottle reports that Feral White uses 50% Barley and 50% wheat and an authentic Belgian yeast strain. ABV is listed as 4.5%.
Appearance - heavy, persistent head on a medium-strength pour, pale amber/yellow and cloudy - typical for the syle
Smell - Slightly tart, citrusy fruitiness (lemon) with hoppy background present. Slight hints of spices, though not well-blended into the smell - tough to find
Taste - Taste begins as a very tart undefined citrus, but continues as lemon and ever-so-slight coriander for the final moments. The hop character isn't as apparent as the nose would lead you to think, but this is in line with the syle I believe. The aftertaste isn't quite as pleasant as some other beers in the wit style, and it leaves one with a sourness in the mouth that tends to get cumulatively stronger/worse with each sip.
Mouthfeel - Decent mouthfeel with a dry, somewhat oily finish. Carbonation present and not offensive.
Drinkability - One is probably enough for me - I'd take a Hoegaarden over this one for those hot summer days, and it's about the same price here in Australia as this micro. Not a terrible attempt though, and I'm happy to see some diversity of beers from Aussie microbreweries.
04-27-2007 10:06:35 | More by willjansen
3.03/5 rDev -7.3%
25 March 2006
Very cloudy yellow-orange colour with a small white head. Aroma is doughy and citrusy. Tastes of oranges, some light spice and bread. Light bodied. This is a bit better on-tap.
Been meaning for a long time to get up to the brewery and try the other beers. It's just too bad I fear the Imperial IPA is all gone.
09-02-2006 05:56:50 | More by ohitsbrad
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
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
Feral White from Feral Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.