It’s time for the next round of Into the Pint Glass — this time, we’re drinking and sharing and talking about witbiers.
Now, honestly, witbier is one of those lesser-known styles that I know I’ve had before (Allagash White Ale comes to mind) and know that I generally like, but couldn’t really tell you much about the style. I mean…it’s like a hefeweizen? But…generally less cloudy? With spices? Citrusy? Not overly hoppy?
I mean, how’s this for confusing: your standard Blue Moon, which I always think of as a hef or wheat beer, is technically a witbier. So there’s that.
I do know that my favorite witbier is Hoegaarden. I was introduced to it in Denmark, it’s Belgian but I believe is owned by AB InBev, so it’s pretty easy to find in the US.
It was surprisingly tough to find many witbiers or white ales at the bottle shop, but I managed to get my hands on a local beer (from Lost Abbey).
Lost Abbey Witch’s Wit – 4.8% ABV
Color/Appearance: This poured very pale gold/yellow, with about a quarter-ish inch of white/off-white head that dissipated quickly, leaving some lacing. Very lightly hazy/cloudy.
Aroma: Weirdly, my first impression was that it was very champagne-y. Some citrus. I didn’t pick up any strong hops or malt.
Taste: Like a summer beach campout. Light, crisp, some tangy citrus and spices (it’s brewed with coriander).
Overall: Man, this is delightful. As much as I’ve grown to love IPAs where the hops practically punch you, there’s something so nice and pleasant about these milder styles.
And I have to give it up for the entertaining and creative story they’ve got about this beer:
Do you have a favorite or recommended witbier/white ale/any beer?