Beer: Redoak Witbier
Brewery: Redoak Brewery
Serving Style: Draft
Glassware: Wheat beer glass
Drinking Establishment: Redoak Boutique Beer Cafe, Sydney, Australia
Primary Consumer: Ally
Secondary Consumers: Sue & the Australian Scientists
Sight: Slightly cloudy yellow color, with a 2-finger fluffy, creamy white head. Nice lacing on the glass.
Smell: Citrus, in the form of lemon, and yeast. Although, according to one of the scientists, citrus aroma + yeast aroma = bile aroma.
Flavor: A very mild wheat flavor. And that’s about it.
Feel: Light mouthfeel, almost watery, with mild carbonation.
Concluding Remarks: So, Australia isn’t known for having great beer; in fact, it’s kinda known for having really, really bad beer. However, there are a few exceptions to this rule, and Redoak is one of them. Its unassuming storefront a few blocks from Cockle Bay is deceptive; once inside, it’s a rather classy little joint with a grand menu of in-house brews. And since I happened to be in Sydney during the month of the Witbier, the Witbier is what I ordered.
Thankfully, I ordered other beers too, because the Wit was rather boring. (As Sue liked to point out, it was “boring like Brisbane.”) The taste was much better than bile, but unfortunately, the taste was not much of anything. There were no spice notes, like one would expect from a Wit; and there was not much in the way of any other flavor, except for maybe a slight resemblance to a cider. We all agreed that it was a little too much like drinking water.
So if you travel all the way to Australia and find yourself in one of the only good breweries in New South Wales, don’t get the Wit; try one of the Framboise Froment instead, or get a tasting board with beer pairings.
And for future reference, there are two other beer-selling spots in Brisbane that are worth their salt: the Bavarian Bier Cafe (on the Eagle Street Pier) and Archive Beer Boutique (in the West End).