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BC Beer – Driftwood White Bark

November 23, 2010

White Bark is one of Driftwood’s, now, five mainstay beers. It’s also a beer I know I can always recommend to anyone and they’ll enjoy it. White Bark is the boys from the Rock Bay area of Victoria’s take on a Belgian Wit beer.

As a traditional Belgian-style Wit, this beer is intended to be ‘cloudy’. Subtle malt allows the floral essence of the coriander and Curaçao orange peel from the West Indies to balance the profile of this distinguished ale.”

I like Belgian wit beers as it’s the subtleties that are really in play. It’s a style of beer that separates the best brewers from the mediocre. White Bark does just this. It shows that Driftwood crafts their ales with a little more care than most.

White Bark is indeed a cloudy beer, pouring a hazy-straw colour. The Curaçao orange peel and coriander are immediately apparent. It starts off with flavours of lemon-orange leading to a white pepper-coriander backed-up by the gentle caress of the unmalted wheat. White Bark’s carbonation provides a fluffy, yet smooth, mouthfeel finishing almost on the dry side.

Too compare White Bark to the only other wit beer I’ve done, Central City’s Red Racer White Ale, I found White Bark to be less spicy, softer and subtle overall; which is why I think it’s a better beer.

White Bark also saved the salmon dinner I messed up.

Rating: Great
Style: Witbier
ABV: 5.0%
Serving Temp: 6-9ºC
BCL: 186718


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  1. Adam permalink

    I like how there’s a picture of a Phillips growler in the background. 🙂

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