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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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Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons Recipe and Instructions Click Here for Witbier Extract Kit Brewing Instructions Regional Style Belgian Original Gravity 1044 Total Time to Make 6 weeks
- 4.3 / 5.049 ReviewsNails the witbier dead onLong 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.March 28, 2010cloudy, amber, bitter, wheaty beerprimary 3 weeks, then keggedThis 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.December 4, 2012Good BrewI 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 AleNovember 1, 2013about as easy as it gets with great flavorI 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.March 23, 2012Blue Moon copyBrewed 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.July 15, 2011Great Wit Flavor - Crowd PleaserBrewed 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.April 13, 2010Great Witbeir or BM CloneGreat 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!!May 24, 2014Very GoodSatisfied with the base product - but do yourself a favor. Invest in a spice blend you like. I used a blend of citrus spices and grains of paradise. The beer started out far too woody and grassy, but 3 weeks after bottling it improved immensely and was intensely and supremely drinkable, so much so that 40 out of 50 bottles were gone in one evening with several friends. Its lower alcohol and very tasty. I was just forced to open the last bottle today due to the cap giving way, and I was treated to a floral note and taste that dominated the beer in the most delicious way, such that I've never had before. I may buy this kit and add several pounds of honey and spices - just to see what I get. Recommended!February 15, 2016True to styleBrewed with Safbrew T-58 and left in primary for four weeks before bottling.
Delicious beer that is true to the style. The orange peel added great taste and just a touch of bitterness. It ends up being a "juicy" beer to drink. Nice hazy appearance. Good head retention. Beautiful aroma.
The corriander is much more obvious than I expected, adding an earthy tone. In fact it's a little too strong for me: I pounded the seeds in their packaging using a meat tenderizer before opening. Next time I will probably not crush them at all and see how it turns out.
Overall, I'm very satisfied with the kit and will purchase again. If you like a good wit, don't pass this one by.March 2, 2017very goodThis 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.June 14, 2011
- Browse 5 questions Browse 5 questions and 7 answersSome one in a review mentioning adding mango to this brew. We are in the middle of mango season. I'm wondering how much for 5 gal, at what point, and how, chunks or puree?BEST ANSWER: How much to add will depend on the sweetness of the Mangos and the amount of flavor you want to add. I would start with 1 lb, pureed. You can always add more if the flavor is too light.What is the Final specific gravity supposed to be?Can you make this beer without the secondary fermentation? If yes how long should it stay in the primary?BEST ANSWER: Since the instructions state it's a 6-week beer, meaning 2 weeks in the primary, 2 weeks in the secondary, and 2 weeks in the bottle, it's best to do a secondary fermentation. However, after 2 weeks in the primary, it will still taste great (I'm sure), but not as great as it would if you have a secondary. Keep it in the primary for no more than 2 weeks. Also keep in mind that since you're not doing a secondary, there will be more sediment in your bottles but since this is a witbier, that shouldn't be a problem for you. Just make sure you keep it bottled for another 2 weeks, unless you're kegging it.
Cheers!I had some trouble with the orange peels clogging up the works during transferring and bottling. Should I have strained the wort before adding it to the primary?BEST ANSWER: I sieve mine out before going into the primary fermenter, so I haven't had to deal with this. This witbier is great with a orange slice, although my final color is mush more amber than wit? Don't know why, it has 6 lbs of wheat malt, must be the specialty grains.I accidentally pitched S04. Will this significantly affect the flavor?BEST ANSWER: It will affect it some. It will still make good beer, just a bit different. It won't have the "Belgian-style" esters, but it ought to still make very good "spiced wheat beer" with this yeast used. -Mike W, Northern Brewer
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