Japanese Name: サッポロ ホワイトベルグ
Release: May 13, 2014
Type: Happousei （発泡性）
Purchase Price: ￥145 (tax incl.) @7-eleven
(Note: I had not read the can label before taste testing.) Poured into the glass White Belg is the pale straw you’d expect from a wheat beer. It has a very flowery-fresh fragrant aroma, with hints of citrus. The first sip was completely unexpected, full of fresh citrus and something I couldn’t put my finger on. Vanilla? Rose? Only then did I pick up the can which listed orange peel and coriander. The back end has little bitterness, but the flowery notes stick around for a while, too long if you ask me.
Made with 50% Belgian malt, coriander seed, and orange peel, White Belg from Sapporo is definitely a concept brew. It’s nice to try something different once in a while, but White Belg was way over the top on its flowery flavors. I couldn’t help but think floral soap throughout the glass. I have the feeling White Belg is an acquired taste, but I sadly have to pass on a second can.