Beer Reviews

Whiffle (Witbier)

Balanced, dry, and effortlessly complex, Whiffle is a refreshing riff on a traditional Belgian Witbier. Airy wheat and bright citrus aromas drift in and give way to a crisp, ardent breeze bearing notes of tangerine and subtle spice—a breath of fresh air.

Reviews are done by Jim Matt, our Chief Science Officer, who is also a veteran FoBAB judge, GABF judge, and BJCP Master judge.

Malts: Origin Malt Pilsner, Unmalted Wheat, Acidulated, Carafoam, Flaked Oats

Hops: Mandarina Bavaria

Can of beer next to full pint glass

This is our first canned Witbier! Talk a little about this style and why we’re bringing Whiffle to our year-round lineup.

This is a style that is reemerging these days due to the trend of some people wanting lighter and less hoppy beers. 

What are some of your favorite examples of this style?

Allagash White, Hoegaarden, also Celis White (back when it was around) was an outstanding example of the style. 

What makes you want to drink this beer?

Because it is low in alcohol and bitterness, but high on flavor.

Six packs of rhinegeist whiffle on canning line

Appearance: Cloudy, yellow, with a stable haze and no particulates. Medium-full white head. Medium high carbonation.

Aroma: Light grainy malt aroma that fades to a soft fruit/spice aroma with hints of orange. Low fruity esters. Very low hop aroma.

Taste: Moderate grainy malt flavor that fades to a soft gentle presence of citrus fruit (orange). Low spicy note in the finish. Medium-low fruity esters. Very clean finish that is lightly tart.

Mouthfeel: Light body, creamy, no alcohol warmth, low astringency.

Overall: A refreshing, complex Wit beer that hits all of the notes for the style in perfect harmony.

What foods would pair well with Whiffle?

Moules Frites or herb roasted chicken.

Ideal glassware for Whiffle?

Tulip glass