Slow Drift Witbier | Fernie Brewing Co.

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Slow Drift WitbierSlow Drift Witbier

Brewed by:
Fernie Brewing Co.
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Belgian Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Belgian White Ale is brewed with wheat, a distinctive Belgian yeast, a touch of coriander and curacao orange peel. In true Belgian style, this unfiltered beer has a signature cloudy appearance with light and spicy citrus flavours - making it a strong favourite with the European fans.

Formerly called Ol' Willy Wit

Added by bobsy on 05-26-2009

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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by CrazyMike:
Photo of CrazyMike
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy straw yellow appearance with bubbly head that slowly settles down leaving little lacing. Smell consists of citrus, some fruit, yeast and some grass. Fairly light though.

Taste is a dry citrus taste with a hint of orange, grass, yeast and spices. Picked up a faint hint of various fruit as well (apples, lime). It's light tasting, but has some good features and refreshing. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Aftertaste is a lingering dry citrus taste.

Overall, sort of a standard Witbier, but has some distinguishing features and highly drinkable. Will be trying this out again in the summer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of FadetoBock
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of intoxabroad
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, nice grainy, basement wood panel label imagery.

This beer pours a hazy pale golden yellow colour, with two skinny fingers of weakly puffy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some random swaths of ocean upswell lace as it falls away fairly quickly. There also appears to be a bit of swirling black sediment.

It smells of softly gritty and wheaty cereal malt, cold lemon, a touch of orange cream, mashed bananas, muddled savoury spice, faint Belgian yeast, and soft earthy, leafy hops. The taste is cream of wheat, some complex Okanagan orchard fruitiness - more on the sugary side than tart - softly spicy yeast, and leafy, mildly grassy hops.

The carbonation is quite sedate, projecting a pretty tame frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and slickly smooth, with an airy creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the variously fruity malt gently playing us out amongst a barely protesting yeast and spice cabal.

One smooth, and easy-drinking wheat ale, I'll tell ya, the wheat is so soft and creamy, and the citrus/spice component so low-key, it all went down with no muss or fuss whatsoever. Understated, yet lovely, and an awesome new-world rendition of the style.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - basically impenetrable cloudy golden orange, two fingers of soapy white head dissipated slowly to a light film, very light lacing
S - strong orange notes, grainy wheat and yeast notes, nice grassy hops, and a fruity pineapple sweetness
T - a mix or orange and grapefruit citrus, there is a classic yeast flavour, fresh cut grass lingers, along with orange zest
M - smooth and somewhat full yeast characteristic, leaves a zesty tangy feel that is slightly dry and refreshing on finish
D - i enjoy the regular fernie line, but in my opinion this should be a regular, a light Belgian that will not scare the masses but is enough to entice the beer advocate, very worthy

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Photo of elricorico
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured hard and generated only a slim head which fizzed off within half a minute. Body is orange, slightly hazed and has just a bit of slow rising carbonation.

Smell is a pretty nice lemon-lime citrus. Nothing complicated, but appealing enough.

Taste carries the same lemon-lime through the front half of the mouth, then some of the coriander joins in to finish it off. Satisfying in the flavour department, though not a star for the style.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, a little bit of a creamy body with subtle carbonation.

A reasonable representation of the style, which, by definition, is a drinkable one.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a pale yellow color ale with white hues and a large white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of coriander and orange peel with some lightly sweet wheat malt notes. Taste is also dominated by coriander and orange peel with some lightly sweet wheat malt notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. This is a pretty good example of the style with some complexity while retaining a good level of drinkability.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out a cloudy honey-hued colour, decent foamy white head with moderate retention.

There's a creamy sweetness to the nose, light wheat, a good dose of orange and coriander to round it out. Not overly refined, but still pleasant.

Once again the creamy sweetness wins out in the flavour, accompanied by light dustings or orange rind, coriander and some tart wheat. Not offensive, but a ways off from a serious Wit.

Silky smooth texture, medium-bodied, a good zip from the carbonation, it holds its own in this dep't.

It has its moments but could use some refinement to hold its own as a Wit. More presence in the flavour while keeping the mouthfeel the same and we'd have a nice Canadian contender here.

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Photo of BigBry
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Following instructions on the bottle, poured half then swirled the rest, resulting in a cloudy straw yellow liquid topped by a short white head.
Foam quickly faded leaving no real lacing. Very light aromas, grassy, some yeast, and citrus.
Has all the witbier characteristic tastes, orange peel and coriander, slightly peppery spice. Decent wheat malt sweetness. Finishes with some citrus flavor, a bit dry.
Mouthfeel is light to medium, fits the style. Decent carbonation keep it refreshing.
Overall, a nice example. Nothing outstanding, but very happy to enjoy this one.

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Photo of DistilledShark
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Trancesexual
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of DarrenBrule
4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of csmrx7
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poor's a clear straw which I was not expecting.

Smells strong of bananas, some wheat and sightly coriander and spice.

Nicely sweet and wheat on the front with a more bready finish. A bit of citrus which confused with the banana on the nose.

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Photo of joefinnigan15
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of andrenaline
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another bomber that's been lying around for some time and I figured I should give it a try.

A - Pours a slightly hazy pale straw colour, thin layer of head which quickly dissipates leaving no real lacing. Some fine bubbled carbonation on the body.

S - Very light on the nose, but fruity Belgian yeast, cloves and citrus, followed by some grassy malts all make an appearance.

T - This one is quite unique with the orange and coriander coming through off the top, followed by a peppery bubble gum yeast on the finish. A little on the bitter side with some sour citrus flavours that linger on the tongue and a bit of a sour apple cider also coming through.

M - Surprisingly this one finishes a little on the dry side, which was a bit of a turnoff. Apart from that the carbonation on the tongue is nice, and it is relatively refreshing.

D - Overall a pretty tasty offering, but I wouldn't go out of my way to pick it up again. The bottle claims it to be refreshing, but I've definitely had some more refreshing Wit's than this one. The flavours are unique, but weren't all that memorable.

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Photo of Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Howlader
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of leaddog
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a slightly hazy pale straw with two fingers of bubbly white head.

Smell - wheat malts, fruity esters from the yeast, orange peel, coriander, and spicy hops.

Taste - The wheat malts and yeast are the dominant flavour followed by the orange peel and coriander. The spicy hops are present but the other ingredients take precedence.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Finishes dry with the orange peel and coriander lingering in the aftertaste.

Overall - A tasty witbier that delivers on the orange peel and coriander flavours without being off-putting. The only knock on this brew is the carbonation - I wish it had a little more to enhance the mouthfeel and give more longevity to the head.

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Photo of KaraBoBeera
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Corson
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of wordemupg
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650ml bomber poured into pint glass sept3 2010

A golden yellow with loads of suspended particles being moved around by a few bubbles that feed a two finger head that has decent retention and leaves no lace

S not much a little citrus and tropical fruit

T a little better with a little spice on top of what I smell

M light and it has enough carbonation to give it a slightly creamy feel

D easy enough to drink and the last rays of summer sun help its cause

nothing to be ashamed of but not worth going out of your way for it either

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Photo of EskimoDave
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of 604growler
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Shadman
3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Trackside got this and What the Huck in the 650ml Bombers.

Certainly not the palest wit i've sampled, but still a nice cloudy aprocot colour, bright white head whith some lacing.

Aroma is almost undectable. Picked up a wiff of peach, not much else.

Hint of spice inially. Buttery toasted malts tend to be the dominate flavour with hints of orange peel lurking in the background. Not much in the way of coriander spices as advertised on the label. Finisg is dry, yet refreshing.

Light, yet smooth, almost velvety mouthfeel.

A bland, yet drinkable attempt @ a Wit.

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Photo of Ianleesrivette
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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Slow Drift Witbier from Fernie Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 36 ratings