Ørbæk Fynsk Forår

Reviewed by on August 12, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Ørbæk Bryggeri

  • Origin: Ørbæk, Denmark

  • Rated On: August 12, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 4.8%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Witbier

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Fynsk Foråra appears to be witbier made with elderflowers, whose name may be a reference to famous Danish composer Carl Nielsen’s work entitled, in English, ‘Springtime on Funen (one of the principal islands of Denmark)’.

This 330ml bottle pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy eggshell white head, which leaves a few swaths of streaky and chunky lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of semi-sweet, bready wheat malt, sort of testy yeast, some lemon and green grape fruitiness, muddled earthy spice, and a pleasant green and mildly estery floral essence.  The taste is more rather sweet grainy wheat malt (very cereal-like), a retreating yeastiness, fairly tart fermenting white wine, apple juice, gritty table-top spice, and a still genial elderflower character.  The carbonation is quite laid-back in its lazy summer day frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth, just a touch of floral edginess tripping up my palate, it would seem.  It finishes well off-dry, the base malt, scattered fruitiness, and elderflower freshness presiding in perpetuity.

Overall, as complex as this brew sounds, it’s really quite simple and easy to drink, that is if you’re OK with flowers instead of hops as your bittering off-set.  For this style, it works, combining well with the usual fruit and spice to render a refreshing tipple on another hot and muggy day.

Brady White

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