One of the greater things about watching football in America is that most matches, especially those of the EPL, are early in the morning American time, giving people an excuse to daydrink. This is part of our series discussing exactly what to drink when you’re at the pub, presented by our resident homebrewer, Keith.
The Beer: Kronenbourg 1664, Brasseries Kronenbourg, Obernai, France
The Pub: The Queen Vic, in Northeast DC
What You Need to Know: I covered the history of the Kronenbourg brewery when I reviewed their flagship pale lager. Basically, they’ve been brewing since the Holy Roman Empire.
White ale, or witbier, is a pretty popular offshoot of the Belgian Ale tradition. It’s a typically hazy ale that blends wheat with the normal barley mash, and often includes spices to help out with the flavoring and aroma. Really good wits have a really nice balance of spice, yeast funk and fruit flavors (often of the citrus variety).
So, About This Beer:Pours a hazy yellow with a thin white head. Funky yeast ester and bubblegum aroma. Tropical fruit and citrus heavy on the initial taste. Light mineral bitter finish.
The Verdict: This is a pretty solid representation of the style. The aroma is a lot more powerful than most wits, so it might not be for everyone just on that alone. However, it’s really tasty, and as it’s fairly light, you could session it very easily. I definitely recommend it.