Baird Shikoku Wit is a Belgian witbier and also not a funny beer, ba-doom-tish. It is brewed with wheat grown in Kagawa prefecture, in Shikoku, an island between Kyushu and Honshu. However, the biggest difference between the traditional Belgian witbier, such as Hitachino Nest White Ale, and this one is that no spices or fruits are added at all.
Baird Shikoku Wit Aroma and Taste
Baird Shikoku Wit didn’t pour out like your atypical witbier as it was flat with no head. The body was an unusual dark golden colour with sediment floating around it that appeared to be on the grey side. Hmmm. Without getting too pedantic about witbeer, I’m suprised that Baird Shikoku Wit wasn’t named a weizen as there was none of the usual aromas of oranges or coriander that I expected; rather, some banana and cloves with peach. Yes, peach. Strange….
I was hesitant to drink this at first: the muddy sediment at the bottom wasn’t that appealing in the slightest, but for science…
Well if you’re reading this then you can clearly guess I survived the adventure and this is what I have to say. It’s a weizen. An unmistakable weizen. Baird Shikoku Wit has the properties of a weizen, the taste of a weizen, and the aroma of a weizen. But that peach aroma came through in the body and was just as fruity as I had hoped.
Baird Shikoku Wit One Line Review
If you go in expecting a Belgian wit, you’re going to have a bad time. Baird Shikoku Wit is more weizen than anything else. It’s nice but could do with a bit of a punch.
Where to Buy Baird Shikoku Wit
Baird Shikoku Wit can be bought around the middle of January on draft or in bottles from Baird Beer Taprooms. It can also be bought on their online store here.