Witbier Extract Kit

SKU: U1220
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Literally, "white beer," this Belgian wheat beer got its name because of its cloudy haze (it's actually straw-gold in color). The smooth mouthfeel, grainy flavor, and massive head retention of wheat malt meets dry and phenolic Belgian witbier yeast and the tart, enticing character of coriander and bitter orange peel – very complex and delicate. An appealingly crisp, dry, and refreshing alternative to generic warm-weather lawnmower beer.

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Fantastic Brew Review by Trey
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This beer was my third brew. My first two were from Brewer's Best, and they turned out rather undrinkable. Most of that were my inexperienced practices, but you can certainly tell the difference in quality.

Everyone loved this brew, and it went really quickly. It finished with about a 4.5% abv. Not too bad for style. Do not expect a light color though. Mine was rather brown and murky. Delicious beer nonetheless. Stick with Northern Brewer. (Posted on 10/9/14)
Great Witbeir or BM Clone Review by MC
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Great kit thanks NB. I was looking to clone BM with an extract kit and this is the ticket. I used one oz of fresh Hallertau leaf hops put in the coffe grinder to get it close to a BM clone. Also, if you want a light coriander taste crush the seeds wiith a bottle or glass. Grinding them in a coffee grinder really brings the coriander up. Also, since doing a BM clone I used the dried peels of six valencia oranges. Not the bitter peel.. Also ground in the coffee grinder. Both the seeds and orange were steeped in a bag 5-10 miin at end of boil. To get to BM I also steeped one pound of oats for 20 min to 170 deg. This brings the mouthfeel to it. I also used the wyeast 1056 as to get to a BM clone. This is a super kit. As outlined it is great out of the box, but lends itself to being modified for a BM clone. Great work NB. Don't forget to read the NB bottling whitepaper. Use the priming sugar calculator for 3.0 volumes and add 15ml of fresh yeast slurry when bottling. As outlined in NB whitepaper, adding the fresh yeast really gives consistant carbonation and within 3-4 days at that. I used the Saf-05 dry yeast for the bottling slurry......great kit....highly recommended...Great work by NB to bring a kit like this to us!!!! Very versitile. Everyone who has tried it says my version of this brew is even better than BM. Can't beat that!! (Posted on 5/24/14)
Yum! Review by Toria
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This is our 4th kit from NB. Like the others, its an easy recipe to follow and delicious once completed! Nice flavors and good coloring. Friends couldn't believe it was home brewed. (Posted on 12/11/13)
Good Brew Review by Dean
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I have brewed this before and really enjoy it. The only thing I change is the yeast. I like to use the White Labs WLP400 Belgian Wit Ale (Posted on 11/1/13)
Fantastic, better than Blue Moon Review by Mike
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Everyone who tried this loved it, even the guys who normally stick to Coors light. I don't think either Blue Moon or especially Shock Top(which I think sucks), hold a candle to this brew. Is Shock Top even beer? It tasted like Bud just added some orange juice to some beer. Awful stuff. Anyways, I ran out of this batch rather quickly and need to brew more. Not sure how anyone can say BM or ST is better than this, they must have messed up somewhere. This is a true Witbier. Almost a clone of Great Lakes Holy Moses, but that uses chamomile as well. Mine came out darker than the picture I guess since it's an extract but who cares. Brew this! (Posted on 5/19/13)
Can go 2 ways Review by James
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This brew you can really make 2 ways. Either add 1/2 oz more orange for a blue moon or crunch the coriander up and make more like shock top. If you leave the way the recipe says it still is a good beer, but I like to have more coriander. (Posted on 5/13/13)
cloudy, amber, bitter, wheaty beer Review by Preston
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primary 3 weeks, then kegged

This is a really good beer. It does taste a lot like blue moon or shock top, but with way more body, a darker amber color, and a higher ABV. Who can complain about those things though, am I right?

The only thing I think I will do differently next time is to remove the orange peel when transferring to my primary. The orange peel stayed throughout fermentation, and gives a good orange taste, but it's a little more bitter than I would like it to be. Other than that it's fantastic. On my second and already buzzing. (Posted on 12/4/12)
Not what I expected Review by Michael
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I brewed the recipe per the instructions (no customizations). It is just ok. Granted, it is entirely possible I made an undetected mistake while brewing, but the flavor is just not what I was hoping for. I let it bottle condition for about 2 months hoping it would improve before writing this review. It did get a little better. I would really like to brew a beer similar in character to a Blue Moon. This beer was far darker and had nowhere near the same flavor. (Posted on 10/5/12)
OK, but not Spectacular Review by NY_NE_Pats_Fan
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No comparison to Blue Moon or Shock Top. They are much better than this. The taste is kind of........blah. Eleven days in primary, twenty days in secondary. Kegged and tried after two days. Hopefully, this will get better with age. Otherwise, I won't brew it again. (Posted on 6/7/12)
Excellent Review by Mike
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I was looking for a good warm weather beer and this came out perfect. I need to brew another batch because it's still cool in Michigan and my wife is drinking up my batch. Read some earlier posts about issues with coriander seeds and the transfer but I had not issues. (Posted on 4/20/12)

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