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Belgian Style Wits

Craft Brewed Belgian Style Wits

 

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Wits are a Belgian Style wheat beer traditionally brewed with a portion of un-malted wheat and oats, and spiced with citrus peel and coriander. Medium-light to medium bodied with a creamy texture and refreshing finish which can include a touch of tartness.

Wits originated in Belgium decades ago, then faded to near extinction with the rise of German Style lagers. Hoegaarden remained as one of the only brewers of the style, and their brewer Pierre Celis started a resurgence of the style in America over two decades ago at Celis Brewery in Austin. Celis was sold to Miller, then sold again, but during that time other craft brewers took grasp of the style and fantastic fresh brewed versions are now available all across the U.S.

Craft brewers love to modify this style by using an array of spicing ingredients and by brewing higher strength versions. Some adventurous brewers are using barrel-aging and secondary fermentations with wild Brettanomyces yeasts.

Wits are very popular as warm weather seasonal beers and for may breweries, part of their year-round line-up.

Rated A, Fantastic, The Best Wits

(512) Brewing Wit (5.1%) | Traditional style Wit brewed with un-malted wheat and oats. Spiced with organic coriander and grapefruit peel. Crisp and very refreshing. | Austin, TX 

 

The Bruery BottleWorks XII (8%) | Red Wine Barrel-Aged Imperial Raspberry Wit. Crisp, tart, earthy, and complex. | Placentia, CA 

 

Hardywood Virginia Blackberry (6.8%, 12 IBUs) | Wit flavored with fresh Virginia blackberries. Crisp and refreshing with some tart berry notes. | Richmond, VA 

 
Rated A-, Great

Cigar City Florida Cracker (5%, 18 IBUs) | Traditional style Wit spiced with orange peel and coriander. Light and refreshing. | Tampa, FL 

 

Crooked Stave St. Bretta Witbier (5.5%) | Oak-aged with wild Brettanomyces yeast and Minneola tangelos. | Denver, CO 

 

Dieu Du Ciel Blanche Neige (8.3%) | Strong wit brewed with cinnamon and clove spices. Winter seasonal release. | Quebec, Canada 

 

Hopworks Tiger Tonic (5.3%, 20 IBUs) | Fruit flavored Wit, aged with fresh passion fruit, mango, and pineapple. | Portland, OR 

 

Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Blanca (4.8%) | Barrel-aged in oak with wild Brettanomyces yeast. Spiced with coriander and orange peel. Earthy, tart, and refreshing. | Dexter, MI 

 

The Lost Abbey Witch’s Wit (4.8%) | Brewed with grapefruit zest, orange peel, coriander, grapefruit honey, and flaked oats. | San Marcos, CA 

 

Southampton Double White Ale (6.6%) | Brewed with orange peel and coriander. | Southampton, NY 

 

Upright Brewing Pure Wit (4.5%) | Sour-mashed for additional tartness. Spiced with coriander and orange peel. | Portland, OR 

 
Rated B+, Very Good

Adelbert’s Naked Nun (5.8%) | Refreshing Wit brewed with coriander and orange peel. | Austin, TX

 

Block 15 William’s Wit (5.3%, 18 IBUs) | Brewed with coriander and bitter & sweet orange peel. | Corvallis, OR 

 

Clown Shoes Clementine (6%) | Flavored with clemetines, sweet orange, and coriander. | Ipswich, MA 

 

The Commons Brewery Wit (4.8%) | Traditional style Wit spiced with orange peel and coriander. | Portland, OR 

 

Dogfish Head Namaste (5%, 20 IBUs) | Brewed with dried organic orange, lemongrass, and coriander. | Milton, DE 

 

Eagle Rock Manifesto (5.7%, 11 IBUs) | Brewed with rose petals, coriander, and orange peel. | Los Angeles, CA 

 

La Cumbre Blanche De Burque (5%, 12 IBUs) | Citrusy and refreshing. Brewed with un-malted wheat. | Albuquerque, NM 

 

Logsdon Kili Wit (5.5%) | Light and creamy, brewed with organic barley and oats. | Hood River, OR 

 

Newburyport Plum Island Belgian White (5.4%) | Flavors of crisp wheat, citrus, and mild spice. | Newburyport, MA 

 

North by Northwest Brewpub Wit (5.7%, 6 IBUs) | Seasonal release brewed with bitter orange peel and coriander. | Austin, TX 

 

Pelican Pub & Brewery Winema Wit (4.9%, 18 IBUs) | Spiced with coriander, orange peel, and cardamom. | Pacific City, OR

 

Revolution Bottom Up Wit (5%, 14 IBUs) | Brewed with coriander and Curacao orange peel. | Chicago, IL 

 

Trinity Brewing Sunna Wit Bier (4.8%) | Flavored with coriander, tangerine zest, lemon zest, and lime zest. Aged on rose petals. | Colorado Springs, CO 

 

Two Beers Brewing Crooked Belgian Wit (5.2%, 17 IBUs) | Citrusy and refreshing. | Seattle, WA 

 

Vivant Belgian Wit (4.7%) | Brewed with 50% red wheat malt. Spiced with Turkish orange peel. | Grand Rapids, MI 

 

Voodoo White Magick of the Sun (7%) | Strong Wit brewed with juniper berries, coriander, orange peel, and peppercorns. | Meadville, PA 

 

Wedge Brewing Witbier (4.6%) | Brewed with raw wheat, oats, coriander, and orange peel. | Asheville, NC 

 

Westbrook White Thai (5%, 16 IBUs) | Brewed with lemongrass, ginger root, and Sorachi Ace hops. | Mount Pleasant, SC 

 

White Birch Hop to Wit (5.3%) | Spiced with grapefruit peel and pink peppercorns. | Hooksett, NH 

 
Rated B, Good

Alaskan White (5.3%, 15 IBUs) | Available year round. | Juneau, AK 

 

Avery White Rascal (5.6%, 22 IBUs) | Spiced with coriander and Curacao orange peel. | Boulder, CO 

 

Boneyard Wit Shack Wit (5%, 10 IBUs) | Spiced with orange peel and coriander. | Bend, OR 

 

Community Witbier (5.1%, 18 IBUs) | Brewed with un-malted wheat, orange peel, and coriander. | Dallas, TX 

 

Crazy Mountain Lava Lake Wit (5.2%, 15 IBUs) | Spiced with chamomile, coriander, grains of paradise, and sweet orange peel. | Avon, CO 

 

Flying Dog Woody Creek Belgian White (4.8%, 17 IBUs) | Brewed with flaked oats, coriander, and orange peel. | Frederick, MD 

 

Freetail Rye Wit (4.2%, 10 IBUs) | Brewed with 15% rye malt, coriander, and orange peel. | San Antonio, TX

 

Highland Brewing Razor Wit (4.5%, 25 IBUs) | Brewed with flaked wheat, oats, coriander, and orange peel. | Asheville, NC 

 

Hitachino Nest White Ale (5%, 13 IBUs) | Spiced with coriander, nutmeg, and orange peel. | Japan 

 

Idle Hands Blanche de Grace (5.2%, 18 IBUs) | Spiced with citrus peel and coriander. | Everett, MA 

 

Joseph James Alpine Wit (5.1%, 15 IBUs) | Brewed with orange peel and coriander. | Henderson, NV 

 

Monday Night Brewing Fu Manbrew (5.2%, 15 IBUs) | Brewed with ginger. | Atlanta, GA 

 

Portico Rendition (5.4%, 18 IBUs) | Raspberry flavored Wit. | Waltham, MA 

 

Sun King Firefly (5%, 20 IBUs) | Brewed with orange peel, chamomile, and local honey. | Indianapolis, IN 

 

Uncle Billy’s Brewpub Agave Wit (4.6%) | Brewed with agave nectar, coriander, lemon, and orange peel. | Austin, TX 

 

Weyerbacher White Sun Wit (4.6%) | Brewed with coriander, orange peel, grains of paradise, and star anise. | Easton, PA 

 

Wicked Weed Pallino Wit Biere (4.6%, 19 IBUs) | Brewed with lemon peel and chamomile. | Asheville, NC