White Bark Ale | Driftwood Brewery

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Brewed by:
Driftwood Brewery
British Columbia, Canada | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-12-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
114
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
16.46%
 
 
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Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, a bomber brought back from Kelowna, BC, earlier this summer.

This beer pours a cloudy, and very, very pale whitish yellow colour, with two anemic fingers of bubbly and foamy bone-white head, which leaves some broad pillars of droopy lace around the glass as it gently falls away.

It smells of grainy pale malt, light white pepper and other indistinct savoury spice, mild oily citrus, and a bit of earthy yeast. The taste is semi-sweet pale malt, mild black pepper, a trace of very dry coriander, some edgy and ethereally spicy wheat graininess, and a suggestion of also-ran citrus fruity esters.

The carbonation is moderate, just a wee probing frothiness traipsing about, the body on the low side of medium weight, and a fair bit prickly, from, I'll say yeast, to be deemed all that smooth. It finishes with a spicy coriander/pepper/orange zest fragrance standing dominant over a mild wheat malt sweetness.

A rather impressive version of a traditional witbier, a bit dry, but I suppose that's what so encourages me to finish the whole damned bottle! My girl just arrived home with some large format Blanche de Chambly - so we are going to proceed to do a taste comparison of East vs. West. The winner, I imagine, will be us, naturellement!

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Photo of andrenaline
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Viggo
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of scott451
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Swirl poured a bomber into a glass stein. Two finger fine white head on a hazy dirty lemon yellow. Lots of suspended yeast grains. The head soon diminished to a weak ring. Good lacing. Lots of bread smells up front. Strong citrusy edge. Wow. Big taste. Nice round citrusy coriander with a spicy edge. King of lemony. Light in body. Not too carbonated. Very drinkable. I could drink these all day. A lack of overt flaws makes this an excellent summer session beer.

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Photo of gmcnally
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice fluffy head with good lacing left on the glass too.

Really nice smell and taste. Citrus, and coriander are obviously very forward in the taste. Not overpowering like in some witbier. The carbonation was strong enough to hold up to the sweetness.
Nice bit of yeast In there too which I really liked.
Like to see a great tasting 5% abv too.
Definite patio beer!

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Photo of CanuckRover
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pale straw-gold and not quite as cloudy as I would like. Nice big white head though that takes some time to settle. Bit of sediment floating around.

Nice burst of citrus right on the nose accentuated with some obvious coriander. About what you'd expect.

Something a bit different out of the gate, a bit of tartness. Classic citrus takes over pretty quickly, that familiar lemon-organe, and, true to aroma, nicely blended with refreshing coriander. A dose of yeast spices thing up a tad. Nice cookie dough malt to finish, one of my favourite tastes in the world of beer.

A little thinner than I like by wits, enjoy a bit of body to go with that creamy look.

Very drinkable. A nice witbier, with a bit of sourness that you might not get elsewhere. Citrus and coriander are evident, providing plenty of flavour.

Another winner from Driftwood.

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Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of Grunewald
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - poured from a 650ml bottle into a tulip glass. It's cloudy tinted yellow with a white head. The head leaves spatters of lacing settles to a ring around the glass.

S - lots of flower/ester, light citrus and light spice

T - citrus hits right away, once settled a dry malty wheat flavor presents itself, then yeast flavors and a light hop finish with citrus details

M - high carbonation, medium-thin body and semi dry finish

D - refreshing

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Photo of papat444
3.42/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of Derek
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of bobsy
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of astout
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Definitely a great belgian style wit, profound not really, but delicious definitely

Pours a cloudy light orange, light foamy head
Aromas of orange, coriander and spice, light and fruity.
Similar orange and coriander profile in flavours with a great light and soft mouthfeel, very drinkable.
Could easily see myself drinking a couple of these on a hot summer day, not going to change your life but a very very good beer from a cool local brewery.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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White Bark Ale from Driftwood Brewery
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