SKI PATROL: 86 Points
This Witbier is released seasonally in January in 16 oz. cans.
Brewer’s Description: “This crushable slopes-inspired beer complements our Michigan winters with a hazy golden pour and a warming spice on the nose. The cardamom sets this wit apart from the traditional corriander variety. It also plays well with the orange peel, creating a soft warmth so necessary when dangling from the chairlift.”
My Description: Not every Winter beer needs to be high alcohol, it’s nice to have a change up from time to time. It pours a weak, white colored head that fades quick to nothing leaving behind no lacing. The aroma shows prominent spice notes with hints of wheat malt and cardamon. Ski Patrol is light/medium bodied with a slightly lower carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is refreshing with wheat malt aspects detected throughout along with spice notes and hint of sweetness. The beer is balanced beautifully with a touch of bitterness in the aftertaste with lingering cardamon notes. Overall, this beer is definitely “crushable” and a nice take on a Winter Ale that isn’t some big and heavy stout. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with chicken pot pie, veggie pizza, or pea soup.
ABV: 6.1% Color: Golden Bronze Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 2/10