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

Photo of ZachT
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | 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 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 Tivlavrie
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 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 Corson
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of FadetoBock
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Exeter
3/5  rDev -16.4%

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 DarrenBrule
4.75/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of KingHoppy
1.75/5  rDev -51.3%

Photo of DamageCase76
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Trancesexual
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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 Ianleesrivette
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of intoxabroad
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of joefinnigan15
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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 Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of 604growler
4/5  rDev +11.4%

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 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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Slow Drift Witbier from Fernie Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 36 ratings
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