Accessibility/Mobile Features
Skip Navigation
Skip to Content
Editorial News
Opinion
Classified Sites

Brandon Sun - PRINT EDITION

Wheat ale with a taste of oranje

Amsterdam Brewery’s Oranje Weisse is a great patio weather beer that’s now in Manitoba just in time for summer. It’s $5.23 for a 500mL bottle at 5 per cent ABV — a bit pricey compared to other beers of the same style. But Oranje comes in an attractive orange-painted bottle that will likely end up in someone’s bottle collection — if they collect beer bottles for some reason.
It’s available at the 10th and Victoria Liquor Mart and in Roblin.

Enlarge Image

Amsterdam Brewery’s Oranje Weisse is a great patio weather beer that’s now in Manitoba just in time for summer. It’s $5.23 for a 500mL bottle at 5 per cent ABV — a bit pricey compared to other beers of the same style. But Oranje comes in an attractive orange-painted bottle that will likely end up in someone’s bottle collection — if they collect beer bottles for some reason. It’s available at the 10th and Victoria Liquor Mart and in Roblin. (CODY LOBREAU)

One of the biggest trends in beer right now is fruit-flavoured beers. Some make sense, such as wheat ales with a hint of raspberry sweetness, while others are just outright strange, like Bud Lime Straw-ber-rita, which tastes more like a fruit cooler than a beer.

One fruity style of beer that has been popular before it was cool were unfiltered witbiers and hefeweizens — Belgian- and German-style wheat ales that have a sweetness of either oranges or bananas.

Unibroue’s Blanche de Chambly and Rickard’s White are two popular examples of the style, while Rickard’s is much more of an orangey wheat ale than most — it’s proven to be a hit, especially on the patio in summertime.

Toronto’s Amsterdam Brewery has a new-to-me wheat ale that’s a huge hit in the Toronto pub scene in summer time — Oranje Weisse Summer White Ale, a Belgian-style witbier that’s brewed with un-malted wheat to give it a hazy appearance.

Featuring two types of orange peel, coriander, and a touch of anise, with all of these flavours, it’s like a party in your mouth in patio weather.

Oranje weisse pours a very hazy golden straw yellow, with a nice amount of fluffy white cloud foam. This isn’t your filtered wheat ale — it looks like how a weisse should be. The aroma has notes of orange peels, coriander, Belgian yeast and a light bubble-gum scent.

For taste, this is a bit of a lighter wheat ale than a Rickard’s as the notes of orange are much more toned down. There still are notes of orange, orange peels, a minimal amount of coriander, a bit of a breadiness to it and a bit of a light bitter aftertaste from the hops and the Belgian yeast to give it a bittersweet flavour that lingers on and on.

Overall, this is a good example of a Belgian-style wheat ale, unfiltered so you don’t lose the subtle citrus notes and hazy as it should be.

One thing that disappoints me about this beer is that it’s not as sweet as I expected. With a name like Oranje, I expected a huge hit of orange right from the beginning. However, the orange notes are quite minimal as I’m tasting more of the Belgian yeast and coriander than the actual orange itself.

If you really want a very orangy beer, add a slice of orange. For me, I like my beers without a slice of fruit.

Coming Soon:

Fort Garry Raspberry Quencher

Remember how I was saying that fruit beers are becoming the rage? Fort Garry is also coming out with a raspberry wheat ale made with puréed raspberries. Available in 473mL cans at 4.5 per cent ABV and $2.96 per can, this could be a popular summertime treat by the campfire.

Fort Garry Evil Goat Doppelbock

I had the pleasure of trying this delicious beer right from the brewing tank back in March. This is a sweet, raisiny ale that’s going to really wow the beer geeks. Apparently at the brewery, it was so good that they weren’t able to can nearly as much as they expected, because they kept drinking it all! Then again, I drank almost a pitcher’s worth when I was visiting the brewery — it’s that good. I really appreciate that Fort Garry is really experimenting with different styles of beer. If you like a strong, sweet, caramel and raisiny beer, you will enjoy this. Pick up a can as soon as you can, as this won’t last long. It’s a powerful 8.5 per cent ABV at $3.14 per 473mL can. This will hopefully be available soon at the 10th and Victoria Liquor Mart and possibly the Corral Centre Liquor Mart, too.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition June 7, 2014

  • Rate this Rate This Star Icon
  • This article has not yet been rated.
  • We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high. If you thought it was well written, do the same. If it doesn’t meet your standards, mark it accordingly.

    You can also register and/or login to the site and join the conversation by leaving a comment.

    Rate it yourself by rolling over the stars and clicking when you reach your desired rating. We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high.

Sort by: Newest to Oldest | Oldest to Newest | Most Popular 1 Commentscomment icon

You can comment on most stories on brandonsun.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is register and/or login and you can join the conversation and give your feedback.

I had this this week as well, and I was underwhelmed by the orange. If you like this general style, try Okanogan Springs Summer Weizen. It has a very refreshing apricot flavour. For me, it's summer in a bottle. Available in 6 packs of bottles at 10th and Victoria.

Post Your Commentcomment icon

Comment
  • You have characters left

The Brandon Sun does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. Comments are moderated before publication. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

One of the biggest trends in beer right now is fruit-flavoured beers. Some make sense, such as wheat ales with a hint of raspberry sweetness, while others are just outright strange, like Bud Lime Straw-ber-rita, which tastes more like a fruit cooler than a beer.

One fruity style of beer that has been popular before it was cool were unfiltered witbiers and hefeweizens — Belgian- and German-style wheat ales that have a sweetness of either oranges or bananas.

Please subscribe to view full article.

Already subscribed? Login to view full article.

Not yet a subscriber? Click here to sign up

One of the biggest trends in beer right now is fruit-flavoured beers. Some make sense, such as wheat ales with a hint of raspberry sweetness, while others are just outright strange, like Bud Lime Straw-ber-rita, which tastes more like a fruit cooler than a beer.

One fruity style of beer that has been popular before it was cool were unfiltered witbiers and hefeweizens — Belgian- and German-style wheat ales that have a sweetness of either oranges or bananas.

Subscription required to view full article.

A subscription to the Brandon Sun Newspaper is required to view this article. Please update your user information if you are already a newspaper subscriber.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

Brandon Sun Business Directory
The First World War at 100

Social Media