Wild Beer Co Witness

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Pale Ale
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4 to 7°C
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Wild beer, barrel ageing, wild yeast, madmen are at it again. The name suggests a very different beer however, we were guessing this would be a Wit but alas it is a funky pale ale. This has the classic brett beer smell of horse blanket as it’s so affectionately named. There is a hint of white grape musk and a nice white wine dryness about this beer that makes it really nice on a hot day.

Brewery Info

There is no other brewery in the world making beers like the Wild Beer Company. In fact, there are very few breweries that even look like Wild Beer Company. Most are a study in stainless steel, but walking into Wild Beer’s home on a remote Somerset farm, it’s wood that dominates the scene. Dozens of barrels are stacked floor to ceiling, each with its contents scribbled on the side: Modus, Ninkasi, Sourdough (yes, a beer using sourdough yeast). Not all the beers Wild Beer make will touch the inside of a barrel, but what is clear is that they all live up to their tagline: Drink WILDLY Different.

Take Millionaire for example, a chocolate and salted caramel milk stout that is every bit as decadent as it sounds. Or how about Wild Goose Chase? A tart, sprightly beer fermented using locally-harvested wild yeast and gooseberries? Or perhaps one of our favourite beers (ever?), Sleeping Lemons, a gose (a low-ish alcohol, slightly salty German beer) brewed with lemons preserved in salt – can there be anything more refreshing? Wild Beer is indeed wildly different. And while it can be tempting to take the innovation too far, head brewer Brett Ellis remains true to the aim of making all their beers very drinkable. That’s true whether it’s Zintuki, a quirky sour ale blended from Somerset Wild, their beer fermented using yeast cultivated from a nearby orchard, along with an ale fermented with champagne yeast and some local apple juice, or the more conventional ‘Fresh’ pale ale. Wild Beer pack more flavour in to their beers than many breweries can dream of.

As Brett writes: “We love sour beers, their unrivalled complexity and nuances make them both the most exciting and engaging styles of beer to brew and to drink. The romance and the art of brewing come through in a very different way when using the extraordinary uncontrollable wild yeasts and bacteria.

“There's wild yeast and bacteria everywhere, especially here in Somerset with so many orchards nearby. When you make a happy home for them in your brewery they just show up and spontaneously ferment – and sour – a beer.”


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Amazing Brett beer
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Amazing Brett beer. The aroma was really not good but on the palate there is loads going on - pineapple sherbet hints !
not for me at all
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I appreciate that this is still a well-made beer, that's why it's 2 stars not 1. But personally I'm really not a fan. I love Wild but this is by far my least favourite Wild Beer ever. The super yeasty funky Belgian Brett flavour is not cool.
Real depth of flavour.
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Wild Beef keep pushing the boundaries and although this isn't my favourite it is still a damn fine, fresh beer.

Lovely sour and balanced.
I can't be silent about this Witness
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A combination of Belgian and wild yeasts are used in this one.
The result is superb - I lack the skill to properly describe the wonderful complexity the different yeast styles bring to this beer. Inspired brewing.
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