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

Belgh Brasse Mons Witte DAbbaye
93 points
Hazy color. Aromas and flavors of quiche, lemon rind, delicate spices, and pureed root vegetables with a slightly chewy, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a nuanced, long finish that exhibits elements of orange meringue and herb bread finish. A very chewy and appetizing white beer with great versatility.
Belgh Brasse La Bittt à Tibi Amos Krystall Witte
93 points
Yellow color. Aromas and flavors of toasted bread, banana scone, praline, and saffron with a round, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, interesting, long finish with suggestions of arugula and lemon pepper finish. A crisp, invigorating wheat ale with delicate fruitiness and vibrant snappy hops on the finish.
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 Éphémère Pomme
90 points
Minutely hazy brilliant gold color. Aromas and flavors of spiced apples, candied orange peels, and apple blossom with a supple, tangy, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, refreshing, long finish revealing suggestions of apple salad, honeydew and starfruit, and wafer finish. A delicious, effortlessly drinkable apple flavored beer perfect for summer celebrations.
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.
Unibroue Éphémère Sureau
89 points
Clear sunburst color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of cherry and orange blossoms, spicy fruit punch, and sangria with a supple, bright, effervescent, fruity medium body and a tingling, engaging, cheery finish that shows suggestions of huckleberry-cranberry compote, nuts, and banana chip finish. A nice spicy, lightly floral and fruity wheat ale.
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.