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This is just a reminder that the Brandon Beer Festival is taking place Saturday evening at 7 p.m. at the Victoria Inn Ballroom. Tickets are likely sold out by now but it doesn’t hurt to visit your local MLCC location to see if they happen to have any left. Last I checked, the Corral Centre LC had seven tickets left, but it’s likely closer to zero by now.
If you aren’t able to go to Brandon Beer Festival this year, I’ll be discussing my "best of show" picks in the next edition of First Draught in two weeks.
Oxus Brewing is a brewery I’ve featured here in the past, and it’s also a brewery I seem to forget all about when I’m shopping for Manitoba beers, and that’s a shame because their beer is absolutely tasty. Their NEIPULA New England IPA is probably my current favourite Manitoba NEIPA at the moment, but it seems to be the same for many local beer geeks as it’s almost always sold out whenever I go to 10th & Victoria.
Today I’m checking out Oxus’s Silicon Wit Belgian-style Witbier. The brewery describes the beer as having a moderate sweetness, low bitterness and aromas of citrus and pepper. It is made using European Pilsen malt, Canadian wheat and oat, bitter and sweet orange zest, coriander seeds and fermented with speciality Belgian yeast to complement its complex profile.
Spring is here so a Belgian-style Witbier is perfect for a review this week! Silicon Wit pours a pale lemon yellow with a liberal amount of carbonation in the body — there’s a lot of fizzing action taking place in the beer. The head starts off thick and off-white only to sizzle away to a very light amount of film that’s mostly around the edge of the glass and in the middle of the beer.
The aroma is somewhat sweet with notes of wheat, bubble gum, coriander and a bit of a breadiness from the Belgian yeast. The beer has a very light pepper spiciness to it and a grassy hop profile at the end.
As for the taste of the beer, the first thing I get from the beer is the taste of coriander which gives off a herbal spice taste to it. The beer also has a light bubble gum sweetness to it, notes of oranges and orange peel, a hint of pepper, a moderate dryness for the mouthfeel and a light flaked oat taste that lingers for the aftertaste. This is a fairly light Witbier compared to a Rickard’s White/Belgian Moon but this has more of a true classic Witbier flavour to it as it’s not overly sweet and the presence of oranges doesn’t overpower the other flavours in any way.
I’ve been a big fan of Belgian-style Witbiers ever since I fell in love with Unibroue’s Blanche de Chambly in 2005 and this is will turn into an ageless classic that pairs well with hanging out with friends on the patio after a long week of work. I like that this isn’t over the top in coriander or orange peel because I find when either ingredient is dominating in the beer, it’s just too much.
This is something you can savour with or without a wedge of orange, but I’d suggest without but it’s all up to you. That being said, this would definitely do well as part of a beer mimosa for a Sunday brunch — three parts beer to one part OJ.
Oxus’s Silicon Wit is available at the South End and 10th and Victoria Liquor Marts for $3.49 per 473 mL can. 5.2 per cent. ABV