Brewsters Farmer’s Tan White Ale

Reviewed by on August 28, 2014 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Brewsters Brewing Company

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: August 27, 2014

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Witbier

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

The Brewsters chain of brewpubs extends throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan, and they have recently taken to packaging their wares for commercial sale.  For the time being, however, at most locations you can still buy these off-sale tall bottles, such as this white ale, originally released as a summer seasonal, 5 years ago.  No slice of orange accompanies it, of course!

This 500ml bottle pours a cloudy, medium golden yellow colour, with two fat fingers of billowy and loosely foamy eggshell white head, which leaves some streaky webbed lace around the glass as it slowly falls away.

It smells of semi-sweet grainy wheat malt, underripe banana, spicy cloves, edgy yeast, and some mild black pepper. The taste is more of the same, but more integrated – the light and fluffy grainy wheat malt evenly balanced with the wet banana chips, clove, and mixed peppercorn combo of savoury flavours – a wee bit of earthy, grassy hops emerging as it warms. The carbonation is quite muted in its downplayed frothiness, the body a sturdy medium weight and generally smooth, in a fruity sort of manner. It finishes well off-dry, with a healthy lingering dose of bready malt, fleshy fruit and waning spice.

Definitely a significant step up from the big boy brewing attempts at the style – much fuller and more rounded. Not a bad choice for local summer patio quaffing, with or without that superfluous citrus wedge.

Brady White

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