Witbiers (or wheat beers) aren’t really my thing, but lots of people do enjoy them so we try to include a few in the lineup from time to time. The Belgian Witbier is generally quite crisp and light, easy drinking drop. With coriander, citrus (most often orange) and hints of bubblegum from the yeast, they are a summer ‘quaffer’.
So when we find a witbier that has something interesting about it, we’ll more often than not say yes. Which brings us to the Uiltje Wingman.
It is a Belgian style wit, made with barley, wheat and oats plus the addition of real watermelon. This makes for a fairly light bready malt backbone, with strong notes of coriander and citrus. There is a strong bubblegum-y note which is probably from the watermelon.
A medium to high carbonation aids the lovely dry finish. The beer is quite big for a wit at 6%, though you wouldn’t know it to drink it.
It’s a decent beer, and I reckon the watermelon comes through a little more as the beer warms as by the end I felt like a had a mouthful of watermelon in the aftertaste. Or was I looking too hard?!!