Wit or Witout , Saint Benjamin Brewing Company
The Wit or Witout from Saint Benjamin Brewing Company was brought over by a friend from Philadelphia. I recently discovered that the name is inspired from a popular ordering procedure when it comes to the famous Philadelphia Cheesesteak. Having experienced this during my trip last year to the city, one better know if they'd like their cheesesteak "whiz wit" or " provolone witout" when placing their order. The former refers to whether one would like their cheesesteak with cheese and onions, while the latter indicates that they add cheese, but hold the onions. As my friend tells me, this is one of the first things you learn when you move to the city; else the patrons of the cheesesteak joint would be more than happy to guide you to the end of the line.
Paying homage to this cultural reference, this Belgian-style Wit has been named “Wit or Witout". This beer pours with a pale golden colour with very little head, and low amounts of carbonation. The beer isn't as cloudy as other wits I've come across previously. Instead of the classic aromas of orange peel and coriander on the nose and tongue, I picked up a prominent citrus lemony flavour. While the finish was crisp, the beer felt more like a lemony pilsner and not so much a Belgian-Wit.
In terms of food pairing, the prominent lemon flavours of this beer would pair great with any seafood, or a nice summery salad. I can almost imagine sipping this with some delicious grilled fish with a lemon-butter sauce along with a classic watermelon and feta cheese salad. Ironically, the flavours of this beer would get lost with the bold flavours of the Philly cheesesteak.
While this doesn't quite tick the boxes of what I believe is the traditional wit recipe (apologies, I’m not a brewer, just going by what I’ve had in the past) , the Wit or Witout would be a great beer for the hot summer months in a country like India. With a light to medium body, this is quite session able and would find a wonderful place at any summer barbeque or brunch.