Amsterdam Oranje Weisse Summer White

Reviewed by on August 21, 2014 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Amsterdam Brewing Company

  • Origin: Toronto, ON, CA

  • Rated On: August 20, 2014

  • Best Before: December 23, 2014

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Witbier

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Amsterdam is a brewery and brewpub operation in Toronto, Ontario, with obvious Dutch heritage – beyond their name, this seasonal fruit and spice-flavoured wheat beer’s bottle is painted the same bright orange hue that the Netherlands’ national team supporters favour.

This 500ml bottle pours a hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and even a bit creamy bone-white head, which leaves a decent swath of swollen rain cloud lace around the glass as it very slowly fades away.

It smells of neutered orange peel, somewhat astringent coriander, zippy wheat grain, earthy yeast, and some rather understated leafy, musty hops. The taste is more malt-forward, with the pale and wheaty graininess leading off, followed closely by the peppy, spicy coriander, middling orange pith, vegetal yeast, and faint earthy, weedy hops.  The carbonation is fairly laid back, and just mostly frothy, the body medium-light in weight, and kind of hollow in its generic smoothness. It finishes barely off-dry, the graininess shedding the majority of its already limited sweetness, while the spice and yeast pull things in the opposite direction.

A generally pleasant Witbier-style brew, the standard extra ingredients definitely making themselves known. However, the hovering edginess kind of takes a fair bit of the air out of it all. Enjoyable to a point, but after the one, I’m pretty much done – geef me iets anders!

Brady White



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