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pFriem Wit

December, 2016

pFriem Wit

Judges Rating: 
23 / 24
6 / 6
39 / 40
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
19 / 20

The aroma of this Witbier presents vanilla and orange-peel zest undertones, a hint of sulfur, slight perfumes from hops and yeast esters, a touch of coriander, and a sweet wheat malt breadiness that all combine to provide a very nice olfactory presentation. As the sulfur dissipates, the other, more desirable aromas are left to interplay with no distractions. The color is pale gold with only a hint of haze from yeast or proteins from malted and unmalted grains. The most notable flavor is from the grain profile: wheaty, bready, and very slightly sweet. The mild coriander and vanilla flavors provide good balance and dimension to the grains. A very slight tartness is present also, whether from yeast, bitter orange peel or both. Hop flavors are not obvious. The mouthfeel is medium-light with some creaminess that fades to a relatively dry, surprisingly long-lasting finish. All told, this is a wonderful example of a Witbier that delivers surprising complexity in a very quaffable package. If you seek a beer that delivers a lot without blowing out your palate with hops, make a bee line for this Witbier. It truly exemplifies the wonderful qualities of this uniquely Belgian beer style.