Belgian Beer In A Can? That’s Unpossible!

Wittekerke Wit Biere (5% ABV can)- Witbier- Brouwerij Bavik, BEL
Grade: B

Cantastic!

Cantastic!

The aluminum can unfortunately suffers from guilt by association given it’s long and less than glorious relationship with mass-produced beers. Luckily, solid craft beer offerings are appearing more frequently in cans helping to clean up the image of the much maligned metallic vessel. Wittekerke, a Belgian wit, is a good place to start an exploration of good beer in a can.

Wittekerke from the first pour looks like a wit should: a sunny yellow, hazy with yeast, and topped with a pillowy white head. It’s so inviting it almost glows -though that could just be the fluorescent lights. The only minus is the occasional chunk of sediment that floats by, but with wheat beers that comes with the territory.

The scent is light with some sour wheat and a bit of citrus peaking out. But generally there’s not a whole lot to speak of in the nose. The taste sticks with the subtlety, but the citrus that was hinted at really comes out here. It’s a sweet/sour tangerine that is far more prominent than you find in most other wits. While pronounced it’s not artificial which keeps Wittekerke light tasting. Add in a some zippy carbonation and a dry easy finish and you’ve got a refreshing little beer.

Wittekerke is nice, nothing over the top, just a simple citrusy brew. I envision this as a sunny afternoon porch sipping beer or even -dare I say it- a brunch beer. If you are a wit fan, give it a try. If you’ve had Bruexelles Blanche, Wittekerke is very similar and a bit of a bargain with a 6-pack of Wittekerke cans running about the same as a 4-pack of Bruexelles bottles.

Cheers!
-John

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BeerAdvocate’s Return of the Belgian Beer Fest!

Been sitting around wondering how it would be possible to spend 4 hours sampling a ridiculous amount of Belgian and Belgian-inspired beers?

Of course you have!

Here is the answer to your quandry: BeerAdvocate‘s Return of the Belgian Beer Fest Sept 26 & 27!

From the BA email blast–

The Belgian Beer Fest, Returns!
Save these dates for “The Return of the Belgian Beer Fest!” in Boston, MA.

Fri, Sep 26 = Night of the Funk
50+ handpicked funk-a-licious beers, plus guest speakers and delicious food. $50 per person; all inclusive. Limited to ~600 tickets.

Sat, Sep 27 = Sessions One & Two
100+ beers from here and there, guest speaker panels, and two sessions. $40 per session; includes tastings and education. Limited to 1,000 tickets per session.

Tickets are on-sale now and are going fast! We don’t expect tickets to be available online by the end of August.

BBF will be a great chance to meet-up with other BeerAdvocates in the flesh as our fests welcome thousands of attendees, many of whom are BAs. So we hope to see you there!

Held at The Cyclorama at The Boston Center for the Arts on September 26 & 27, 2008 and is proudly supported by Duvel Moortgat and Boston’s Weekly Dig.

To buy tickets and for more info: beeradvocate.com/fests/bbf

Cheers!
Respect Beer.

Jason & Todd Alström
Founders,
BeerAdvocate

BA fests always rock and more importantly always sellout at the Cyclorama. So get your tickets soon.

I’ll be volunteering at the Friday & Saturday night sessions. Come by say “hi” and remind me to update my blog more often.

Prost! -John