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Style: Witbier
 
Style Information
Witbier (literally, "white beer" in Belgium) is one Belgian version of a wheat beer. It is also sometimes called a "Witte". The color should be straw yellow to gold, with a notable cloudy haze. A true historical rendering of the style will not use hops, but instead a mixture of spices, herbs and orange. However, current versions of the style generally include hops as a portion of the mixture (or "gruit"). Despite that fact, the hop presence in both aroma and flavor should be minimal. However, there should be a notable citrus or slight acidity present. ABV should be somewhat low.

From Wikipedia:

"Witbier, White beer, (French: bière blanche), or simply Witte is a barley/wheat, top-fermented beer brewed mainly in Belgium, although there are also examples in the Netherlands and elsewhere. It gets its name due to suspended yeast and wheat proteins which cause the beer to look hazy, or white, when cold.

It is a descendant from those Medieval beers which were not brewed with hops, but instead flavoured and preserved with a blend of spices and other plants referred to as "gruit". It therefore still uses gruit, although nowadays the gruit consists mainly of coriander, orange, bitter orange, and hops. The taste is therefore only slightly hoppish, and is very refreshing in summer. The beers have a somewhat sour taste due to the presence of lactic acid. The suspended yeast in the beer causes some continuing fermentation in the bottle.

Witbier differs from other varieties of wheat beer in the use of gruit. French regulation (the territory was French in the 14th century) excluded the use of hops in gruit. Witbier can be made with raw wheat, in addition to wheat malt."

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Top Consumed Witbier
 
 BeerConsumed
1. Blue Moon Belgian White by Coors Brewing Company18
2. White Rascal by Avery Brewing Company13
3. Double White Ale by Southampton Publick House12
4. Shock Top by Anheuser-Busch, Inc.10
5. Calabaza Blanca by Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales10
6. Belgian Prairie Moon Farmhouse Ale by Lake Louie Brewery Company10
7. Namaste by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery8
8. White Bark Ale by Driftwood Brewing Company8
9. Florida Cracker by Cigar City Brewing7
10. Red & White by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery7

Top Reviews Witbier
 
 BeerAvg Score
1. Tunnel Vision by New Albanian Brewing Co - Bank Street Brewhouse94
2. Blanche De Chambly by Unibroue84
3. Calabaza Blanca by Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales83
4. Summer Ale by Barley John's Brew Pub82
5. Batch 8000 by Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Cafe82
6. Double White Ale by Southampton Publick House80
7. Witte by De Struise Brouwers80
8. La Grande Blanche by De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)80
9. Tallgrass Wheat by Tallgrass Brewing Company80
10. Holy Moses by Great Lakes Brewing Company80