Original Belgian Wheat Ale | Belgian Blue Brewing Company

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Belgian Blue Brewing Company

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by doktorhops on 11-12-2013

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3.25/5  rDev +9.4%

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2.99/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle: a standard light brown 330mL bottle with an okay label. Good presentation.

Appearance: a mid straw yellow colour with light haze, lumpy carbonation visible. A white head fluffs up and dissipates quickly to a solid ring. A bit odd for a wit.

Aroma: some wheat, citrus and a touch of Belgian yeasts. Certainly nothing special.

Taste: again a fairly standard witbier, and not in the best of manner - wheat and a touch of yeast. This tastes like a simulacrum of Belgian witbier made to a budget.

Aftertaste: just those yeasts hanging about, but for the most part not much happening. The flavours drop away quickly making it easy to put down quickly. If it was (a lot) cheaper, that would be fine.

Mouth feel: pretty light in body with plenty of carbonation. Feels more like a lager.

Overall: an okay witbier, but certainly not the best by any means. At AU$75 a case of 24 x 330mL, it is pretty easy to get a better wit for less.

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3.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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2.6/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This is a new ale from an, until now, unknown brewer in Melbourne, one of thousands no doubt, but what makes this one special? It's at Dan Murphy's in a similar price bracket to the Hoegaarden, which has IMO gone down hill in quality lately. And the website for this brew proclaims: "All our beers are top-fermented and bottle conditioned at higher temperatures using our traditional process and very own unique yeast strain. This ensures our beers can be exported from Belgium to anywhere in the world and arrive in perfect condition." - I remain dubious at best, but let's taste.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: More hazy than cloudy straw coloured body with excitable large bubble action and a half centimetre white head atop.

S: The aroma is a mixture of barnyard straw & apples (much like a Saison) and coriander with hints of orange-peel (typical Witbier). Then there is that musty yeast note that reminds us of the "unique yeast strain"... smells like any other Belgian yeast, but what do I know?

T: Flavour is quite yeasty... a little too upfront and yeasty. This gives way to coriander, orange-peel and background notes of the barnyard straw with green apple-peel as well. It's a bit more boring than the now boring Hoegaarden, in fact it makes me miss Hoegaarden and its new-found stodginess - not a good sign.

M: And now we come to the worst part of this beer - the feel, which is entirely bonkers, with overtly sharp carbonation and far too much gas for one brew. Body-wise it is mid to light and average, but that carbonation ruins it for me.

D: Comparing flavour, mouthfeel and aroma - Hoegaarden is a clear winner. That being said there are definitely better Witbiers out there - Moa Blanc for example. It's a shame this new brew couldn't be a Witbier saviour from Australia, but the brewer appears to have taken a bland 'pander to the masses' route which many Aussie brewer seem to be adhering to.

Food match: The citrus flavour in this beer would pair well with grilled fish, calamari or shark, with a light side salad.

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Original Belgian Wheat Ale from Belgian Blue Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.97 out of 5 with 5 ratings