Townsite Zwarte Wheat

Reviewed by on June 10, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Townsite Brewing

  • Origin: Powell River, BC, CA

  • Rated On: June 10, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.2%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Belgian Dark Witbier

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Traditional styles have taken a beating in recent years, and now a black witbier, eh? Sure, why on earth not? Is this an accident that became a necessary current seasonal, or just something that wasn’t meant to be seasonal in the first place?

This 650ml bottle pours a clear (I think) very dark brown colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly beige head, which leaves a bit of random paint splatter lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly subsides.

It smells of lightly roasted caramel malt, some spicy wheatiness, cola syrup, indistinct earthy spice, gently phenolic yeast, and perhaps a suggestion of musty and weedy hop bitters. The taste is grainy and bready roasted pale malt, singed wheat crackers, pithy yeast, faint generic citrus rind, sort of spicy white pepper and coriander esters, and more plain weedy, leafy, and dead grassy hoppiness.  The carbonation is quite active in its pricking and prodding frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and so-so smooth, as the yeast seems to be spreading its pithiness far and wide here. It finishes trending dry, with that toasted wheat character prevailing.

Overall, an interesting, if not particularly quaffable offering, as the roasted nature kind of obscures the typical fresh qualities of the base beer (much like with American Black Ales). Though for a brewing accident, if that is what it was, this turned out all right.

Brady White

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