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Six°North Wanderlust Wheat

Rating: 3.25

A second beer from Scotland’s only Belgian beer brewery now, this one is Six°North’s take on the witbier style with their Wanderlust Wheat offering. Six°North is an Aberdeenshire based brewery that specialises in brewing Belgian style beers and takes its name from the fact that the brewery is located 6° north of Brussels. I’ve previously only tried the brewery’s Hop Classic Belgian IPA, both on-tap and in a bottle, and that was a beer that I really enjoyed at the time so I was naturally eager to try a couple more of their beers given the chance. This one is a bottle that was recently available in Aldi supermarkets in Scotland and also featured as their beer of the week as part of their recent beer festival, thankfully I was able to grab a bottle and give it a try. It’s not everyday you find a Scottish brewed witbier so I’m quite excited about this one and finding out how it compares to their Hop Classic, let’s find out.

Six°North Wanderlust Wheat

Appearance (4/5): This one pours a hazy, golden-yellow colour that is topped by a half centimetre, foamy white head that has okay retention and doesn’t appear to lose much of its initial height over the opening minute or so at least.
Aroma (6/10): Starting with some light wheat notes and a little Belgian yeast, this one is fairly fresh on the nose and comes through with touches of citrus and a pleasant banana aroma. There was a little lemon and the odd funky note but on the whole it was quite a light beer on the nose with some grassy hops and a couple of background fruits seeing things out.
Taste (6/10): Some light malts and a pleasant citrus taste kick things off here, there was some touches of lemon and a the bit of funk carrying through from the nose as well. I managed to detect a background sourness to the beer and a few grassy flavours with a subtle sweetness coming through from some bananas before a little spice and wheat brought things to a close.
Palate (3/5): Light-medium bodied and strongly carbonated, this one was quite fresh but came through with a slightly grainy feel that also featured a background sweetness and a crisp finish. The balance of the beer was okay but nothing seemed particularly strong or noticeable as a result.

Overall (13/20): This one was an okay offering from Six°North but when compared to their Hop Classic it has to be considered a disappointment and I was expecting a lot more going into this one. There was some nice sweetness and a few subtle fruits that came through but the nose and the taste could both have been a lot more pronounced, I found it difficult to detect much of anything from this one to be honest. The light sourness and funk touches helped mix things up a little at times but there wasn’t enough going on with this beer for my liking and I don’t imagine it’s one that I’d go back to again sadly.

Brewed In: Aberdeen, Scotland
Brewery: Six°North
First Brewed: 2013
Type: Witbier
Abv: 4.6%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Aldi (Scotland)
Price: Gift

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