White Oak Wheat Beer – Innis & Gunn (Edinburgh, Scotland)

White Oak Wheat Beer – Innis & Gunn, 6.4% ABV, 330 ml., (Edinburgh, Scotland)

on the back label:

Inspired by the aroma and flavours more typically found in a cup of Earl Grey tea, the German-style Kristallweizen beer has been brewed at a warmer temperature to encourage sweeter, spicier flavours to develop. The brew has been aged over oak and then infused with dried bergamot and blood orange to create a fragrant and refreshing finish.


  • Style: (flavoured – bergamot oil, blood orange, white oak aged) Kristallweizen
  • Taste: Malty compounding honey barley malt sweet tea bergamot oil orange citrus rough finish
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $3.50 CAD (7.5% off) – 12 oz.,  September 2015
  • Do I love this enoughto drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: sessionable and forgettable

Visual: Pours golden orange with a smallish dissipating head, ringed fine retention, barely clustered active streams.

Nose: bergamot oil, sweet honeyed malts. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp-slick-thicker

Mid-palate: light tingly, (lvl-5-sweetness), orange pekoe tea, light liquid honey barley malt,

Finish: bergamot oil, orange citrus exhale, mild palate cloying roughness

Summary: Quite a bergamot oil presence, causing just a bit of a gag reflex, even though I’m a huge fan of Earl Grey tea. Flavours are unique and as advertised, although I’m sure this beer isn’t for everyone. As with all Innis & Gunn beers, the sweetness of the malts compound with each sip and this one is no exception.