Granville Island Winter Wit

Reviewed by on February 7, 2018 in Winter Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Granville Island Brewery

  • Origin: Vancouver, BC, CA

  • Rated On: February 7, 2018

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Witbier

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Winter Wit is the latest in the original Granville Island brew-pub’s ‘Small Batch’ series. An apparent blend of witbier and typical seasonal spices.

This 650ml bottle pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and sort of bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a few instances of coral reef pattern lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of earthy clove, coriander, black pepper, and cinnamon spice, bready and doughy caramel malt, a touch of phenolic yeastiness, and some plain leafy, floral, and herbal noble hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, more zingy nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove spice, peppery yeast, weak orange rind, wet wheat crackers, and more leafy, musty, and gently soused-up floral hoppiness.  The carbonation is fairly reserved in its palate-pinging frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, as the spices poke around just a bit too much here, at times. It finishes off-dry, the mixed malt and lingering spicy characters in a strangely compelling pas de deux.

Overall – this is certainly an interesting melding of brewing worlds, heck, they could have gone and called it a ‘Winter Warmer Wit’ (WWW for short, oh wait, never mind). Pretty tasty, as the spices come on strong initially, but settle down soon enough. Worth checking out, if you’re missing all those Yuletide offerings currently in the proverbial rearview mirror.

Brady White

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