Review: Sober Carpenter Blanche / White

A few weeks back I saw a non-alcoholic craft brewery called Sober Carpenter following me on Instagram. I had never heard of them before that point but seeing that non-alcoholic beer seems to be an untapped scene in the beer market, I think it's nice to see a Canadian craft brewery dedicated to only non-alcoholic beer. I couldn't find much information about them but according to their can, the Sober Carpenter Brewery is based out of Montreal. I picked this up at the Quality Inn Beer Store in Winnipeg last week.

So far they have two beers, a White/Blanche witbier and an India Pale Ale. The first one I'm checking out is their White - I've honestly never had a witbier-style non-alcoholic beer.

Ingredients: water, wheat, oats, malted barley (Cara malt), hops (Hallertau Mitlefrum), biter orange peel, coriander, maltodrexin, yeast. Less than 0.5% alc/vol. 55 calories per 473mL can, 20mg Sodium, 13g carbs, 9g sugars.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy and dark golden straw with a moderate amount of sediment throughout the body. The head is pretty lacklustre, it starts off with a bit of an off-white head but fizzes off to a dozen tiny bubbles at most.

Aroma: Very heavy dose of coriander right from the beginning, I can tell that the coriander is here to give the beer lots of oomph. Lots of orange peel in here to give it an orangey citrusness to it, a tad cerealy from the oats and toasted wheat, and lastly a light grassy hop presence at the end.

Taste: A heavy dose of coriander yet again to give it a bit of spice to it.. perhaps too much coriander? The orange peel gives off a decent amount of orange citrus zest, as well as a very peel-like presence to it. Moderate amount of oats/toasted wheat to give it a bit of breakfast cereal presence. There's a tad bit of sourness in there after every sip. Bit of a watery mouthfeel and a coriander-like aftertaste at the end.

Overall Thoughts: One of the better non-alcoholic beers I've had so far, you definitely get a decent amount of oats and wheat in this beer but I find that the coriander is a bit excessive to compensate for something else, which reminds me a good deal of Glutenberg's Blanche to an extent. Nice amount of hoppiness in here. I'm intrigued to see how the non-alcoholic beer industry will flourish in the next few years - the beer's only gotten better over the years!

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