Whistler Peak to Pier Summer Wit

Reviewed by on July 31, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Whistler Brewing Company

  • Origin: Whistler, BC, CA

  • Rated On: July 31, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Witbier

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Peak to Pier (I almost wrote ‘bier’) is Whistler Brewing’s collaboration with the Vancouver area chain of pubs called Tap & Barrel, which resulted in a ‘Belgian-style peach and cranberry (read: summer) wit’.

This 650ml bottle pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some high-flying cirrus cloud lace around the glass as it slowly but surely abates.

It smells of raw, sort of underripe peaches, a generic red fleshy fruitiness, semi-sweet grainy and wheaty malt, some muddled pepper and coriander spice, and a tame earthy, leafy, and floral bitterness.  The taste is bready and doughy pale malt, a lesser wan wheatiness, canned peaches, still hard to differentiate dark fruity notes, a lighter citrusy tang, some rising estery floral essences, and more weakening earthy coriander and neutered table-top pepper mill pepper spiciness.  The carbonation is quite light and yet still engaging through its gently coddling frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and generally smooth, with a nice airy creaminess settling in as things warm up a tad (not too hard a thing to do around here right now).  It finishes off-dry, the mixed malt and fruity character nicely playing us out.

Overall, it is indeed a grand thing to see Whistler amping up their game of late (their Unique Brews, namely), and this witbier follows suit – fairly true to style, and a simple pleasure to put back, on a day when the heat and humidity require a salve of sorts.

Brady White

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