Whistler Wayside Apricot Wit
Reviewed by Brady White on May 16, 2018 in Summer Guide
- 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 !
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!