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Vesterbro Wit

Rating: 3.8

A thirteenth beer from Copenhagen based Mikkeller now and one that will move the brewery into my top ten most rated on this blog. The beer is one that I managed to try in the Mikkeller Bar bar in the Vesterbro area of Copenhagen that this beer shares its name with, sampling it on the first day of my recent trip to the Danish capital. The beer is a witbier offering from Mikkeller that was one of about three or four that bore the Vesterbro name in some form and I felt obligated to try a glass when in the bar. Originally released back in 2010 as a draught only offering, apparently only available at the bar I tried it, it was since been found available in bottles at bars as far afield as Chile and China but I’m still glad to being trying it pretty much at the source, on-tap. This will also the second new Mikkeller review that I’ve uploaded here this year with it following on from the bottle of their To From Via that I sampled over the Christmas and New Year holidays and thoroughly enjoyed so hopefully this is more of the same from them.

Vesterbro Wit

Appearance (4/5): Golden amber in colour with a semi-clear body and some touches of white lacing around the edges for a head with some patches of lace dotted around the middle too.
Aroma (7/10): This one had quite a light and slightly fruity nose that was kicked off with some subtle pine hops and a couple of fresh, almost floral notes with some grassy hops in there too. Around the middle some citrus came through along with a tiny bit of sweetness plus some wheat with everything coming through quite light but balanced.
Taste (7/10): Fresh citrus and some pleasant floral flavours start things off with the taste, there was some background pine and faint grapefruit that added to the bitterness a little as well. Some of the wheat from the nose made an appearance here as well with some bread malts and a faint sweetness but it didn’t seem to be an overly complex beer to me in truth.
Palate (4/5): Quite a fresh and very dry beer with a sharp bitterness to it and some lingering floral touches in there too. It featured quite a faint sweetness that was most noticeable around the middle of the beer but never really asserted itself. There was crisp carbonation and the beer came through with a nice bite to it and quite good balance as well.

Overall (16/20): This one was quite an enjoyable beer from Mikkeller with a pleasantly fresh and balanced taste that had some nice bitterness towards the end as well. It wasn’t exactly what I’d been expecting from a witbier and I felt it was stretching it to call it one at times but it was a nice beer that was fresh, crisp and highly drinkable without it being overly complex; another winner from Mikkeller.

Brewed In: Copenhagen, Denmark
Brewery: Mikkeller
First Brewed: 2010
Type: Witbier
Abv: 4.6%
Serving: Draught (400ml)
Purchased: Mikkeller Bar, Vesterbro, Copenhagen, Denmark
Price: 55 Danish Krone (approx. £6.05)

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