About Witbier

About Witbier
Witbier or wit beers are pale straw to deep golden in color and range in alcohol from 4.5-5%. These unfiltered beers are a style of flavored wheat beer, and derive much of their flavoring from bitter curaçao orange peel, coriander and other spices. This style is distinctly Belgian in origin and has seen resurgence in recent decades. It is now widely produced in the US as a summer seasonal. Noteworthy example of this style include: Hoegaarden White Beer, Unibroue Blanche de Chambly, and Brouwerij de Gouden Boom Blanche de Bruges. Pair with Thai noodles or baked chicken.

Top Picks for Witbier

Damm Brewery Inedit
94 points
Light gold color. Fruity aromas and flavors of French toast, orange blossom water, sliced bananas, coriander, vanilla wafer cookies, and champagne cola with a velvety, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length finish evoking notes of white grapefruit zest and allspice finish. A well-balanced ale with inviting fruity aromas, interesting spice character, and a dry finish that tastes great on its own or with creamy cheeses and desserts.
Great Lakes Brewing Co. Holy Moses White Ale
93 points
Bright golden yellow color. Citrusy, savory aromas and flavors of quesadillas, lemon pepper bread, dried banana, and five spice with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish that presents notes of orange banana soufflé, lightly spiced nuts, and watercress and sprouts finish. A very tasty, refreshing, not too spicy witbier for summer crushing.
Samuel Adams Cold Snap White Ale
93 points
Hazy old gold color. Aromas and flavors of dried apricot and mango, banana bread and mousse, spiced nougat, and malted chocolate with a satiny, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, appealing, long finish with notes of starfruit and jicama and grassy earth finish. An attractive fruity, lightly spicy witbier that goes down easy.
Awards: 2017 Best Witbier
Belgh Brasse Mons Witte DAbbaye
93 points
Hazy color. Aromas and flavors of quiche, lemon rind, delicate spices, and pureed root vegetables with a slightly chewy, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a nuanced, long finish that exhibits elements of orange meringue and herb bread finish. A very chewy and appetizing white beer with great versatility.
Unibroue Blanche De Chambly Belgian-Style White Ale
91 points
Minutely hazy gold color. Aromas and flavors of orange scented candle, herbed banana bread toast, and citrus vinaigrette with a sharp, foamy, full body and a breezy finish evoking notes of quince and melon in cream, arugula and shaved carrot, and wheat wafer finish. A very lively witbier to liven up a meal.
Unibroue Blanche de Chambly Belgian-Style White Ale
90 points
Golden yellow color. Toasty aromas and flavors of floral talc, egg sandwich, and banana chips with a round, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, appealing, relaxed finish that shows suggestions of wheat cracker and banana pudding finish. A refreshing delicately balanced witbier.
Brasserie Lefebvre Blanche de Bruxelles Belgian White Ale
89 points
Minutely hazy yellow color. Floral, citrusy aromas and flavors of dried lavender, lemon soufflé, and coriander and grains of paradise with a silky, crisp, effervescent, light-to-medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long finish that exhibits suggestions of frosted wheat nut pastry, honeyed clementine and apple and pear finish. A very pretty and very refreshing witbier that hits the floral spicy mark with grace.
Upland Brewing Wheat Ale
89 points
Hazy yellow straw color. Spicy, floral, fresh aromas and flavors of coriander, herb muffin, and hint of mint tea with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, layered, medium-long finish displaying nuances of exotic tropical citrus, spicy bread pudding, herbal tea, and celery spritzer finish. A lovely, delicately spiced witbier with a lovely herbal tea note; would be a great spa beer.
Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery Old Well White
88 points
Brilliant light gold color. Herbal, grassy, musty, floral aromas and flavors of fresh parsley, raspberry leaf, sauvignon blanc, and cider with a lightly tannic, crisp, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a sleek, charming, short finish with notes of orange kombucha, strawberry greens, and coriander seed finish. A crisp and inviting example of witbier.
pFriem Wit
88 points
Bright yellow straw color. Spicy, savory aromas and flavors of moroccan orange spice cake, banana bread, and polenta with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a compelling, medium-long finish with overtones of wafer cookie, kiwi marmalade, romaine and apple salad, and zucchini finish. A nicely polished and table-friendly witbier with a subtle range of flavors.