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.

Similar Beer Styles: Berliner Weisse, Gose and Hefeweizen.

Learn more about beer styles:

Beer Styles 201: Pilsners

Beer Styles 201: Gose

Beer Styles 201: Amber and Dark Ales

Beer Styles 201: Golden Ales

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