About Wheat Beers from Canada

About Wheat Beers from Canada
Canada: Beer Eh? Despite its geographic proximity, Canada has a very different beer scene in comparison to the United States. For example, many beer connoisseurs agree that mass-market Canadian pale lagers are typically stronger and more full-bodied than their U.S. counterparts. Canada’s beer scene also varies due to provincial government monopolies on beer distribution and retail sales. These laws often allow for the rapid growth of microbreweries by eliminating the difficult step of securing distribution and placement in the marketplace. However, it is interesting to note that with an alternatively independent retail sector, Quebec boasts the liveliest craft-brewing scene in Canada, with the similarly unregulated British Columbia falling close behind. Unibroue from Chambly, Quebec has been recognized by the Beverage Testing Institute and many others for their outstanding range of Belgian-style ales. McAuslan of Montreal boasts an excellent range of Anglo-style ales, many of which are also found in U.S. markets. Apart from various artisanal products, U.S. consumers are most likely to encounter Canadian beers from Labatts, Molson or Moosehead. Additionally, a considerable amount of beer from other countries are brewed under licenses in Canada, including Guinness of Ireland, Foster’s of Australia and Carlsberg of Denmark.

Top Picks for Canada

Wheat Beers

Unibroue Éphémère Pomme Flavored Wheat Ale
92 points
Gold color. Fruity aromas and flavors of honeyed sliced apples on apple jack cereal and apple-scented candle with a silky, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish imparting elements of wheat wafer with apple butter finish. A very tasty, balanced and refreshing apple flavored beer that really hits the spot; one for the beach.
Unibroue Blanche De Chambly Belgian-Style White Ale
91 points
Minutely hazy gold color. Aromas and flavors of orange scented candle, herbed banana bread toast, and citrus vinaigrette with a sharp, foamy, full body and a breezy finish evoking notes of quince and melon in cream, arugula and shaved carrot, and wheat wafer finish. A very lively witbier to liven up a meal.
Stanley Park Brewing Salted Watermelon Sour
91 points
Clear light gold color. Attractive aromas and flavors of pickled melon rind, lemon herb scone, and dandelion and greens with a supple, lively, effervescent, sourish medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long finish with accents of sourdough and pretzel bread toast, salted limes and celery, and malt vinegar kettle chips finish. A toothsome, salty sour berry with great balance and nice nuances of flavor.
Unibroue Blanche de Chambly Belgian-Style White Ale
90 points
Golden yellow color. Toasty aromas and flavors of floral talc, egg sandwich, and banana chips with a round, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, appealing, relaxed finish that shows suggestions of wheat cracker and banana pudding finish. A refreshing delicately balanced witbier.
Unibroue Éphémére Cassis
89 points
Cloudy dusty peach-orange color. Aromas of juicy tangerine, ripe peach, mango yogurt, and ripe strawberry with a round, crisp, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-length allspice, strawberry shortcake, flamed orange peel, fruit salad, and jicama finish. A zesty flavored Belgian-style wheat beer with a great sense of juiciness and grown-up fruit flavors.
Vancouver Island Brewing Magic Hour Grapefruit Gose
88 points
Minutely hazy golden yellow color. Fruity aromas of lemonade, melon rind, kiwi, and Greek yogurt with a round, tart, sweet-and-sour light-to-medium body and a smooth, captivating, brisk fresh cantaloupe, mango, weck roll, and salted croissant finish. A refreshingly tart beer with a salty-sweet flavor reminiscent of childhood lemonade stands and salty potato chips.
Unibroue Éphémère Pomme Flavored Wheat Ale
88 points
Bright gold color. Aromas of freshly sliced apple, apple blossom, lemon scone, and strawberry juice with a round, medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, very long spiced apples and pears, apple jack cereal, bread pudding, and celery and cilantro finish. A great apple flavored wheat ale that refreshes and delights the senses.
Vancouver Island Brewing Tidal Series Grapefruit Agave Gose
88 points
Hazy golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of fresh sliced grapefruit and rising pizza crust with lemon zest with a supple, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, medium-length finish with notes of nut toast, grapefruit yogurt, and cucumber with salt finish. A tasty, well balanced grapefruit flavored gose.
Unibroue Éphémère Fraise & Rhubarbe Flavored Wheat Ale
86 points
Minutely hazy golden amber color. Aromas of strawberry rhubarb pie, strawberry jam on toast, berry tea with cream, and berry lipstick with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-long wheat cracker, grilled oranges and strawberries finish. A fun strawberry beer to enjoy in summer.
Brasserie Schoune La Blanche de Quebec White Beer
83 points
Minutely hazy golden yellow color. Aromas of banana herb muffin, hard-boiled egg, lemon soufflé, and toasted fruitcake with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dryish light body and an effortless, brisk turnip and jicama, unripe apple and pear in cream, communion wafer, and spritzy mineral water finish. A pleasant, easy-going witbier quaffer.