Originating in Belgium, Witbier – “white beer” – is brewed with a combination of unmalted wheat and malted barley and is usually very pale to almost white in color. Also known simply as “Wit,” this wheat beer can exhibit fruity aromas and flavors of coriander and orange peel and is generally light-bodied. Belgian Witbier is often served garnished with a fresh orange slice. The juice interacts with the beer’s wheat proteins to produce a creamier consistency.
Characteristics: Fruity, coriander, orange peel, light-bodied
ABV range: 4.8-5.2% IBU: 10-17
Popular Witbier brands: Hoegaarden Wit Blanche, St. Bernardus Witbier, Wittekerke, Allagash White Ale, Avery White Rascal, Ommegang Witte, Southampton Double White Ale, Unibroue Blanche de Chambly, Hitachino Nest White Ale, Clown Shoes Clementine White Ale
Serving Temperature: Cool, 46-54°
Cheese Pairing Ideas: Edam, Feta, Chèvre, Mascarpone, Mozzarella
Food Pairing Ideas: Salads with light dressings, light fish dishes including sushi, mussels, lightly seasoned poultry, apple-glazed pork