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BJCP 2008 Guideline

Belgian and French Ale - Witbier

BJCP 16A

BJCP 2008 16A Witbier style example
16A - Belgian and French Ale / Witbier

 

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.

EXAMPLES

Hoegaarden Wit, St. Bernardus Blanche, Celis White, Vuuve 5, Brugs Tarwebier (Blanche de Bruges), Wittekerke, Allagash White, Blanche de Bruxelles, Ommegang Witte, Avery White Rascal, Unibroue Blanche de Chambly, Sterkens White Ale, Bell’s Winter White Ale, Victory Whirlwind Witbier, Hitachino Nest White Ale

You can view the complete style details on the BJCP website. The 2008 style guide is obsolete but there is a similar 2015 style that you can view below...

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VITAL

OG: 1.044-1.052
FG: 1.008-1.012
IBU: 10-20
SRM: 2.0-4.0
ABV: 4.5-5.5%

BJCP 2008 16A Witbier style example
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