By The Beer Community on Mar. 22, 2016
Style Name: Wheat Beer (Ale)
Substyle/Region: Weissbier in Germany and Witbier in Belgium
Appearance: These straw-coloured, cloudy beers have a full and fluffy white head.
Flavour & Aroma: The German variation tends to be sweeter and maltier while the Belgian tradition uses coriander and orange peels, but both versions are tangy and refreshing. The wheat malt gives them a fresh fruity and bready character.
Palate & Mouthfeel: These effervescent beers have a creamy texture and refreshing mouthfeel despite having a medium weight. Their finish is often a little tart.
Food Pairings: Due to their refreshing mouthfeel these beers tend to go best with Quiches, shrimp and sweet and spicy Thai dishes.
Comments: Both names actually mean white beer rather than wheat beer, but due to there similar etymology in English it remains wheat beer.
Serving Suggestion: In the US, it has become common to serve these beers with a lemon or orange wedge to highlight their fruity character, but Europeans tend to frown on this practice.
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