Dog days, fave Wit (white) beer
- MOREKASHA Jun 10, 2011 09:27 AM
Boy do I miss Celis. I've been searching for a Wit that isn't cloying ot just plain awful. Just had an Allagash and loved it. I dont miss Wit Black though...
Never had a chance to try the Celis brewed Celis, but it came back for a while after the Miller failure and I thought was pretty good until they had some troublesome batches then it disappeared from the Boston market.
Allagash was a favorite of mine too - can be inconsistent though as far as balance and spice level.
Also liked Victory Whrilwind Wit as it was unique with its orangey flavors, but stopped buying it a few years back after getting some really phenolic batches.
A little more expensive, but St. Bernardus Witbier and Hitachino Nest White Ale are both excellent.
Ive been enjoying Port City (Alexandria, VA) Optimal Wit these past few months. Its quite exceptional when fresh. Its a new brewery though so I doubt its gotten any play outside the Washington DC region but if you see it try it.
If given the choice though Im more prone to german wheats and well made Kolshes, pilsners or non-dark lagers during the hot part of the year. Sometimes the more heavily spiced Wits overwhelm me with coriander and orange peal.
I just tried Upright Brewing's version of a wit beer called Pure Wit, and I really liked it. Spices are subtle, with a fair amount of lemony citrus up front and a bit of funk.