Holgate White Ale

The Holgate Brewhouse in Woodend has been in operation for 10 years and produces half a dozen varieties regularly and quite¬† a few one-off or seasonal brews. I now have a stock of 8 different varieties of theirs and will be using them to broaden my tastes over the next little while. I generally lean toward the pale ales so I’m sure the Holgates range will lead me to undiscovered beer pleasures.

Having said that I have started with the Holgates White Ale which is very much the light end of the scale.

The ‘wit bier’ or white beer style originated in Belguim and/or Germany and is characterised by the use of unmalted wheat in addition to malted barley and often herbs or spices to help flavour the brew. The Belgian brews use coriander and/or citrus peel for flavour and this is the example followed by Holgates. The result is a very refreshing, ‘summer’ beer.

Holgate White AleBrewer: Holgate Brewhouse, Woodend.

Variety: White Ale (5% ABV)

The marketers say: It is a hazy light yellow in colour, and during fermentation takes on a white appearance. Holgate White Ale is based on a special combination of wheat and barley malts, lightly hopped and loaded with a delicate combination of fresh Orange Peel and ground coriander seeds.

Appearance: Pured pale yellow with a enormous white soapy head

Aroma: Can certainly pick the citrus and spicy aroma although not too powerful or overwhelming

Taste: Not a lot to it really. The citrus was very noticeable at first but soon dissipated leaving, well..not much.

Overall: Despite (or perhaps because of) the shallowness of the taste, this was very refreshing. I could easily have many of these around the BBQ



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