Pressure Drop are one of the best craft breweries in the UK and have recently relocated from Hackney to Tottenham. They’ve produced some wonderful beers like Bokso, Pale Fire, and Nanban Kanpai, so I’m always looking forward to trying one of their beers, and this was especially true for Wallbanger, their Witbier which they say is “is brewed with the classic aromatic additions to make it a refreshing yet flavoursome beer”. The classic aromatic additions include, they claim, are orange zest, crushed coriander seed and gentle spicing, so I was interested to see what the beer would bring to the table beyond the standard Witbier experience.
On the initial pour, the beer has a lovely, light, golden straw colour which is very appealing and gives the impression that this would be a lovely beer to drink in the late spring, early summer. On the nose, however, I was a little underwhelmed – try as I might all I could get was the typical hit of wheat that you get from most Witbiers like Hoegaarden or Leffe. If there were hints of citrus or spice, then they were extremely subtle to the point of being overwhelmed by the wheat. That’s not to say that I disliked the aroma as I do really enjoy the wheat hit of beers like Hoegaarden and Leffe, but maybe I was expecting a little more?
Still, as much as the appearance and aroma can influence the beer-drinking experience, the proof, as always, is in the tasting. And Wallbanger is exactly what it says – a Witbier and that familiar “Hit of Wit” is the first thing that you get when you take that first sip. It’s a familiar, though welcoming, taste if you’ve tried wheat beers before. After a couple more sips, you start getting a little bit more depth with the hits of citrus, namely orange, with hints of pineapple. If there was one word to describe this beer then “subtle” would be it as everything about it is light and subtle – you’ve got a light colour, subtle aromas, subtle flavours and a very light and mellow texture which makes it a beer that is quite refreshing and easy to drink, but not one that will blow you away.
All in all, Wallbanger is a solid Witbier, but it doesn’t break the mould or do anything entirely new. But if you’re looking for a decent Witbier which is refreshing and will be perfect to enjoy on a sunny day, then it’s definitely worth a try.
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