Community WitbierSeptember 16, 2014
Community Beer Co.
The brewery uses a custom blend of Belgian yeast, including a strain brought to the United States by Pierre Celis, the Belgian brewing legend credited with reviving the white beer, or witbier, style in 1966.
ORIGINAL GRAVITY: 1051.2
Pouring as hazy as a Texas sunbeam on a dusty summer day, this wit gently greets you first with its appealing aromas of fresh oranges and coriander along with a slight bready quality and barely-there whiffs of clove and banana. The first sip brings similar flavors, adding lemon zest, along with a nice, fairly forward yet never intrusive spiciness that prickles in the mouth. A balanced effervescence helps carry the flavors and aromas in the beer. Brewed as a nod to Pierre Celis and his effort to revive the style, this wit is a fitting tribute.
- Lisa Morrison
A vigorous pour brings up a nice white foam over the straw-colored liquid. The aroma is bright, perhaps more lemony than orangey, with notes of black iron. On the palate, everything is in place—a brisk, soft bitterness, a bready-sweet center, and a drying finish with a tangy wheat sign-off. Importantly, this steers clear of the over-spicing that mars so many American witbiers. Nicely done. It could use a bit more carbonation, but that’s a quibble—your goat cheese salad won’t mind in the slightest.
- Garrett Oliver
Lisa Morrison, aka the Beer Goddess, talks beer every day at her beer store and taproom, Belmont Station, and on a weekly radio show in her hometown of Portland, OR.
Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of The Brooklyn Brewery, the Editor-in-Chief of The Oxford Companion to Beer, the author of The Brewmaster’s Table, and the veteran host of more than 900 beer dinners in 15 countries.