On Saturday, I tried a new beer, Mother Earth Weeping Willow Wit. A few weeks ago, Kevin went to the beer shop without me. (He should know better.) To make it up to me, he brought home this little surprise.
I don’t loooooove wit beers, but seeing how Saturday was hot, sunny, and all-around perfect wit weather, I gave it a go. FYI: Mother Earth Brewing is from North Carolina, and this particular beer has 5% ABV.
Appearance: not just golden; downright yellow – no head, but significant carbonation
Smell: not much aroma; light
Taste: upfront lemon; a little yeast on the way down; lingering dough and spice (pepper or coriander)
Mouthfeel: very light and spritzy – the carbonation tingles a little on the tongue
Overall: very refreshing; I like it, though I’m in no hurry to buy it again.
Wit beers often taste of spice, citrus, and yeast. They are commonly referred to as “white beers,” and are also commonly served with lemon. (I find that fruit takes away from the beer, so I always request mine without… or give my Dos X lime to Kevin.) They often have a cloudy appearance due to lack of filtration, but Weeping Willow Wit looked pretty clear.
The term “wheat beer” refers to weiss and wit styles. Weissbiers are German, and witbiers are Belgian. There are some subtle differences; for example, brewers generally filter weissbiers (many of which are hefeweizens). Brewers originally crafted witbiers without hops, and according to Mother Earth Brewing, brewmasters have been brewing this style of beer for over 400 years. I think they might be onto something here…
- Are you a wit fan? If so, got a favorite?
- Do you prefer to drink locally, or is that not much of a concern?