Witbier Extract Kit

SKU: U1220

Belgian-style wheat beer with complex yeast character and aromatic spices. An appealingly crisp, dry, and refreshing alternative to generic warm-weather lawnmower beer.

We strongly recommend ordering dry yeast in the summer months. We do include complimentary ice packs with all liquid yeasts. It is difficult to guarantee that the ice packs will survive the trip given transit times and particularly hot temperatures.

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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.

Additional Information

Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons
Recipe and Instructions Click Here!
Regional Style Belgian
Beer Style Spice or Fruit Beer, Trappist/Belgian Ale, Wheat Beers
Color Light
Original Gravity 1044
Total Time to Make 6 weeks

Customer Reviews

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)
First Kit, Great Brew! Review by WyoBuddy
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This was our first NB kit, great results. My wife loves Blue Moon, and thinks this is considerably better. (Posted on 4/16/12)
about as easy as it gets with great flavor Review by jkratz
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I modified the instructions a bit and this turned out great. I crushed half the coriander and added with 10 minutes left on the boil. Orange peel went in at 3 minutes left on the boil vs 1. OG was 1.043. FG ended up at 1.018 for an approx 3.3% ABV so easy to drink a few of these without worry :) Was in the primary for 2 weeks, secondary for 2, and bottle for 2. the color is definitely off for a wit but not sure. anything to be done about that for an extract kit. what counts is the flavor and this was definitely a wit. fantastic experience. (Posted on 3/23/12)
Great base Review by Andy
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Picked this up to make a Blue Moon clone added zest of 3 oranges in an herb ball for 4 days during the end of the primary fermentation stage. Turned out to be a fantastic taste and close to the Blue Moon flavor (used to make black and blues) however mine did also have a darker color may have been due to the added orange but is worth making again. (Posted on 3/23/12)
New Favorite Beer Review by aae115
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Up until this brew, Hoegaarden was my favorite beer. Now, this is my favorite. Not only is this my favorite, but my wife loves it too. This was my first ever brew and it turned out better than I expected. Initially it wasn't that great but I was too impatient. After 3 weeks of bottle conditioning, it was great. Will definitely brew this one again. (Posted on 3/10/12)
Great brew Review by John
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My only complaint is that both batches came out darker than the picture and what a typical wit looks like. It almost looked like a red ale. Anyway, everyone loved it, but the nose is off slightly, almost like a wet sock. This was the case in both batches, and didn't affect the taste. (Posted on 12/7/11)
Very crisp and represhing beer Review by Shawn
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I brewed this kit 16Oct11. 1 week primary, 1 week secondary, 2 weeks bottle. I crushed the about 1/4 of the coriander for a little more flavor and added the bitter orange peel for the last 5 minutes of the boil. The beer has a nice cloudy appearance and a crisp finish with a hint of citrus. (Posted on 11/21/11)
Just so-so but it may be my fault Review by Tim
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I made this kit with two differences. First, I used the Wyeast 3463 Forbidden Fruit yeast and second, I ground the coriander in a bladed coffee/spice grinder. The beer has a very strong coriander flavor and I don't care for it too much. I think using the Forbidden fruit yeast is fine as it has a nice Belgian flavor, however, the coriander flavor is just too much for my liking. I'm not really concerned with the color but for those who may be, it is much too dark for the style. From what I read it sounds like it is virtually impossible to get the color correct with extract. I plan to make this again sometime and will definitely NOT grind the coriander next time. (Posted on 9/7/11)
An excellent brewing experience was had by all... Review by Mark in SD
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Living in San Diego we wanted to try something that would be appropriate for the weather. It was the first kit from Northern Brewer that we attempted, and we're incredibly happy with the result. This kit fit the bill for our drinking requirements for a beer in this style. The smooth palate showcases generous spice notes that radiate throughout the drinking experience. It even grows creamy once it warms. This is when the citrus aspect really emerged for me. If we make it again I'd like to tart it up with a little more coriander and cardamom. If we get really ambitious, peppercorn!
It was a great first attempt and I'm really happy with the finished product. I can't wait for our next NB kits, so we can keep producing these great beers. (Posted on 9/7/11)
Blue Moon copy Review by Taskeens
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Brewed this up and it was a copy to Blue Moon. I think it could use a little more orange taste. Overall, this was a fantastic summer beer. (Posted on 7/15/11)
very good Review by Melody
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This brewed up good and tasty. I think next time I'm gonna add more organge peel. Maybe I'll try fresh peel, and see if that hits the flavor I'm looking for. (Posted on 6/14/11)
Solid Witbier Review by Paul
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First time brewing this kit -- so went by the book. I agree with those who've said there could be more orange in the flavor, and perhaps also a little more coriander. Next time, I'll add the orange earlier and will likely increase the amount by half again as much. So far, I've found the beer to age gracefully -- my batch is already 3 weeks in the bottle and has mellowed the wheat profile significantly, which results in a more balanced flavor. Still needs more orange for my liking, but is a great beer overall as it is in the kit. (Posted on 5/31/11)
Crisp & Clean Review by JChulsky
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This was my 3rd batch of homebrew and I will tell you that I was not disappointed at all. Mine turned out just slightly darker than the picture. Crushed my coriander seeds in the bag they came in with an empty beer bottle, just rolled it back and forth a few times. Seemed to do the trick. Everything went smooth on brew day. Very easy beer to brew. Spent 2 weeks in primary, 2 weeks in secondary and tried my first one last night after only 1 week in the bottle and produced a very nice head and lacing down the glass. Love it. (Posted on 5/18/11)
favorite so far Review by flytyer
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This is my third homebrew and second using Wyeast. I did crush the coriander prior to it's addition. Mine came out darker than the picture. The orange peel really made it hard to siphon and I had to restart twice. Two weeks primary, two weeks secondary, two weeks bottle. The spice and bitter orange peel hit your nose right away, and continue when tasted. This is a great winter, fireplace, beer. (Posted on 3/8/11)
My favorite Review by Fuzzy
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This is my favorite of the beers I have made. I did boost the orange peal and will probably boost it more the next batch. I also added a few whole cloves for an autumn back note. Worked out really well. (Posted on 10/30/10)
Needs tweaking Review by Bob
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My consistency with this beer is terrible, because I only make it once a year, and I never remember what I did last time.

It's a decent beer if you make it exactly as the kit says, but it could benefit from a few extra pounds of wheat malt. The orange peel needs to come in sooner (maybe somewhere around 5 minutes?) if you want to smooth out their flavor, and some extra coriander would help tremendously. (Posted on 9/20/10)
Follow Up Review by Charles
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As a follow up, this one did not age as well as I would have liked. It was fantastic right at the six-week mark, and still good at seven, but by eight weeks it was no longer balanced as nicely between hop, malt, and spice. Still very drinkable, but nothing compared to the delicious wit that was. (Posted on 9/13/10)
Forgivable Wit Review by Shea
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I made several big mistakes while making this kit. It was my 8th brew and it turned out to be the best one I've ever made. Perfect balance between all the flavors, which are pleasant and agreeable despite th 7.4 abv I got out of it. I also aged it in the secondary for two months. I'm not handing this one out to friends, it's my private reserve. I didn't even care for Wit's that much! (Posted on 7/23/10)
Excellent! Review by Charles
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This kit produced a beer that was the hit of my party! I added about 10 tea bags' worth of chamomile for an extra flavor depth, and it worked out amazingly well. Very nice balance between the malt, the hops, and the spices. I'll be making this again next season! (Posted on 7/15/10)
Very Good Review by Tim
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I am very impressed by this kit... 2 weeks in the bottle and it is good to go. The beer has a great aroma and the flavors are well-balanced. My wife loves it too. (Posted on 6/8/10)
Great Wit Flavor - Crowd Pleaser Review by Joe
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Brewed this with the Yweast Wit strain, turned out great. I fermented this pretty cool, low 60s. The yeast is slow but give it time.

Easily the crowd favorite by both beer fanatics and the bud/miller people. (Posted on 4/13/10)
Nails the witbier dead on Review by Marc
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Long time homebrewer and fan of witbiers. My last batch I hand picked the ingredients. This time I decided to give this kit a shot and I have to say it turned out so well it's become one of my faves in general. To those who find the coriander understated, try grinding them in a spice/coffee grinder and even toasting them in a dry skillet for a few minutes (cooking trick used for Indian food). You can get more orange flavor by adding the peel at 15 minutes instead of 1. But keep in mind this is not intended to be a big beer. Subtlety is the name. The flavors will mostly come through the nose. You won't taste excessive maltiness nor bitterness (the hops are very tame) though it will smell sweet. (Posted on 3/28/10)

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