Slow Drift Witbier | Fernie Brewing Co.

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Slow Drift WitbierSlow Drift Witbier

Brewed by:
Fernie Brewing Co.
British Columbia, Canada

Style: 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
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4.75/5  rDev +32.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of cknoch
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A surprisingly good witbier. Retains the crisp citrus freshness that many other Canadian witbiers lack, as well as being extremely smooth on the finish. Definitely check it out.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
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 biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
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 canucklehead
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this beer as a Summer patio treat with a nice slice of lemon. It has good levels of carbonation , some citrus twang and a balanced finish. Not as good as Driftwoods but on par with Central City this is worth the purchase. Since the Huckleberry beer and this are summer seasonals it will be interesting what Fernie has in store for the Fall/ Winter

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Photo of ZachT
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CrazyMike
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into a weizen glass. A hazy pale straw color with an initially billowing fizzy white head that quickly settles down and a strong pineapple gummy candy nose, smells tart and perhaps even a little astringent, and the palate follows suit with a near-sour bouquet of lemon rind, orange, iced green tea, green banana, very light soda cracker, and very subdued coriander seed (a good thing). Fizzy and crisp, thin to moderate body and a dryish finish featuring some citrus (lime?) and tropical fruit-like hops. All in all, this is a solid example of the style ... Notable for the limited wheat/malt flavor, tasteful spicing, and tart Belgian "farmhouse" character. Others may want things a tad sweeter.

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Photo of Tivlavrie
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of leaddog
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
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 BigBry
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
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 veganbeerboy
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours pale-straw colour with lots of effervescence immediately--very carbonated. Virtually no head/quickly dissipates.

N: Citrus, slight maltiness.

T: Forward crisp citrus, but not too overpowering and finishes with a noticeable coriander element.

M: Light-bodied, doesn't linger. A bit too much carbonation for my taste.

O: I like it, particularly the orange/citrus qualities. It's not my favourite style of beer, but Fernie seems to have gotten it right. Belgian White Ale fanatics would probably appreciate it more than me, but it's solid.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
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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3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bunman3
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is not my favourite style of beer, nor is it my top choice from FBC. This brew definitely hits all of the requirements of a Wit - nice white foam head, cloudiness, coriander and citrus smell. I find Ol' Willy to be a bit tart for my personal tastes. Overall, however, it does a good job of representing the style. This is definitely best suited for a nice warm patio day.

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Photo of scott451
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Swirl poured from a 650ml bottle into a glass mug. Big off white head which soon diminished to a thin layer which persisted to the end. A hazy apricot colour. Good lacing. Smells of bready citrus. Tastes of malty bread with a spicy citrus finish. A very slight bitter twist at the end. A nice round medium body. Drinkability was good.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Howlader
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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Slow Drift Witbier from Fernie Brewing Co.
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