Whistler Wayside Apricot Wit

Reviewed by on May 16, 2018 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Whistler Brewing Company

  • Origin: Whistler, BC, CA

  • Rated On: May 16, 2018

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Apricot Witbier

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

The Whistler Brewing Co. has produced this apricot-flavoured, Belgian-style wheat beer for the approaching summer season, and it is named after Wayside Park, on nearby Alta Lake.

This 330ml bottle pours a hazy, medium golden amber colour, with four fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves a bit of broken cobweb lace around the glass as it very slowly recedes.

It smells of pungent apricot puree, a further indistinct fleshy fruitiness, grainy and doughy caramel malt, a hint of earthy spice, and some ethereal musty, leafy, and floral green hop bitters.  The taste is thick apricot juice, bready and doughy pale malt, a weak biscuity wheatiness, subtle coriander and black pepper spice, a trace of estery yeast, and more well-understated leafy, weedy, and musky floral hoppiness.  The carbonation is adequate in its palate-taunting frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and generally smooth, with a wee airy creaminess arising as it warms up a tad out of the gate.  It finishes off-dry, the lingering apricot not laying up on the gas against the fading mixed malt.

Overall – yeah, if you’re not into apricots, maybe avoid this one.  On the other hand, if you’re like me and enjoy them, then hold on to your hat, you’re in for a ride! I’m kind of surprised (if pleasantly so), given my history with this brewery, but they’ve created a very flavourful, simple, and yet engaging summer tipple, and for that, I say, good job!

Brady White



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