The Abstract Becomes the Reality
A Review of Vesterbro Wit by Mikkeller
Posted on 6/29/2012 by Chops
                   
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When we evoke the name Mikkeller in the better beer world, the general understanding is that anything goes. His beers are wacky, adventurous, daring, sometimes flat crazy. Regardless, there is always a strict level of quality that's adhered to. This is why Mikkeller is so revered in the craft beer world. We have often joked here at BrewChief that Mikkeller could make a witbier aggressive. Little did I know that I would find just that on a recent trip to the world famous Mikkeller Bar in Copenhagen, Denmark. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Vesterbro Wit, a hopped-up aggressive witbier. Needless to say, I had myself a little chuckle when I ordered it.

In the glass, this brew has a hazy orange coloration similar in fashion to a mimosa. It comes with a frothy white head that dissipates fairly quickly. On the nose, I detected a floral bouquet of sweet citrus and a crisp hop profile. Most of the standard witbier traits were either muted or nonexistent, so I honestly had no idea what to expect going into that first sip.

Luckily that first swig brought everything together into a harmonious flavor profile. To start, this beer has a rich and sweet honey flavor that acts as the dominant trait. From there, everything is a balancing act. The hops are crisp and aggressive (for the style of course), but only to a point where they refrain from overpowering the honey note. Same goes for all the floral notes, including lilack, lavender and clover. The mouthfeel is very clean and crisp, allowing for a lengthy enjoyment despite the hop intensity. The finish is also very clean and leaves a delightful sweet-hoppy aftertaste. The best way I can describe this beer is to imagine a hopped-up honeysuckle brew.

Overall, Mikkeller's Vesterbro Wit is a delicious brew with a big personality. To say this beer pushes the boundaries of the witbier style would be a gross understatement. Vesterbro Wit has practically created a new wheat beer classification. That alone is reason enough to recommend this beer to any and all beer fans. There is no way I could begin to grade this beer according to style, so I just won't bother with that brain bender. All you need to know is that Mikkeller has created a delectably aggressive witbier that you can only get on tap at the Mikkeller Bar in Copenhagen, Denmark. Let the pilgrimages begin.

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