Slow Drift Witbier | Fernie Brewing Co.

Slow Drift WitbierSlow Drift Witbier
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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
Photo of KingHoppy
1.75/5  rDev -51.3%

Photo of Exeter
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Shadman
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
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 DamageCase76
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Serge
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The pour is a hazy golden straw body with a nearly non-existant white head. Some short lived lacing rings. the nose is citric with a nice sweet wheaty malt, mild Belgian spice and a hint of banana bread. The taste is sweet and wheaty in the middle with bready malts and a hint of clove and coriander. Notes of lemon rind and banana. The finish has a light hop. overall, a good tasty wit, but nothing special going on with this one.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
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 wordemupg
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
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 csmrx7
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
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 andrenaline
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
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 elricorico
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
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 intoxabroad
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Kmat10
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

Photo of Corson
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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

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

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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Slow Drift Witbier from Fernie Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 33.3% out of 100 with 36 ratings
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