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Witbier

Style Snapshot

A refreshing, elegant, and complex wheat ale that ranges from light to dark straw in color, is light to medium-bodied, has a moderate alcohol content, and has a distinctive orange taste and spiciness that distinguishes it from other wheat beers. The use of unmalted wheat also sets this style's flavor and body apart.

The Witbier style is stronger than Berliner Weisse and has more body and graininess then German Weizenbiers.

History

Witbier is a Dutch/Flemish term that means white beer. It is a general term for wheat beers which can appear cloudy or white in appearance. This is a 400 year-old beer style that died out in the 1950's, was revived by Pierre Celis in the 1960's, and has grown in popularity to the present.

Style Parameters


Original Gravity (OG):

1.043 - 1.052

Final Gravity (FG):

1.007 - 1.011

Strength (ABV):

4.5 - 5.2

Bitterness (IBU):

15 - 26

Color (SRM):

2 - 4


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Serving This Style

Suggested serving temperature: 44 - 52 F

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Witbier