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BJCP 2015 Guideline

Belgian Ale Witbier

BJCP 24A

BJCP 2015 24A Witbier example
24A - Witbier

 

Overall Impression

A refreshing, elegant, tasty, moderate-strength wheat-based ale.

Comments

The presence, character and degree of spicing and lactic sourness varies. Overly spiced and/or sour beers are not good examples of the style. Coriander of certain origins might give an inappropriate ham or celery character. The beer tends to be fragile and does not age well, so younger, fresher, properly handled examples are most desirable. Most examples seem to be approximately 5% ABV.

Commercial Examples

Allagash White, Blanche de Bruxelles, Celis White, Hoegaarden Wit, Ommegang Witte, St. Bernardus Witbier, Wittekerke

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VITAL

  • OG:  1044 - 1052
  • FG:  1008 - 1012
  • ABV: 4.5 - 5.5
  • IBU: 8 - 20
  • SRM: 2 - 4
BJCP 2015 24A - Witbier Commercial Example
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