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Belgian-Style Wheat Beer

Refreshingly fruity, spicy and bubbly, Belgian-style witbier is both flavourful and light, with an ever-present wheat aroma. Like wine, it benefits from the right glass, so pour it into one with a tall, wide brim. Enjoy it well-chilled, garnished with a slice of fresh lemon or an orange wedge.

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We have Pierre Celis to thank for the renaissance of this age-old, once-extinct traditional Belgian beer style. The milkman-turned-brewer singlehandedly revived the Wit (meaning “white”) in his barn in the village of Hoegaarden in 1965 and later brought the style to North America after he founded a brewery in Austin, Texas. 

 

FRUIT TOPPING

If you want to coax even more fruity flavours out of your wheat beer, serve with a thick wedge of lemon or orange on the rim of the glass.

 

TALL AND COLD

Serve it in a tall, cool beer glass to catch all of its ample foam. To tame the foam when pouring, chill your glass by rinsing it in cold water just before you pour. 

 

  KEEP IT FOAMY

Wheat beer is naturally foamy, with a soft head. After you pour it from the can or bottle, there should be at least an inch or two of the fluffy stuff.

 

YOU MAY TASTE

Lemon zest, orange peel, freshly ground coriander, light wheat, herbal hops. It's airy and medium-bodied with a creamy smooth mouthfeel and a lightly tart finish. 

 

SIP THEM WITH

Steamed lobster, feta frittata, baja fish tacos, shrimp ceviche, mussels and fries, red lettuce and goat cheese salad, tropical fruit cocktail.

 

1. BELGIAN MOON

America’s bestselling wheat beer, this favourite has a zesty nose and notes of coriander and orange that go wonderfully with grilled shrimp.

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2. HOEGAARDEN

Synonymous with summer, this cloudy wheat beer has hints of coriander and orange peel with spicy accents. Try it with grilled seafood.

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3. SHOCK TOP

A classic summer beer, with flavours of citrus peel and coriander that define refreshment. Try it with grilled chicken or Thai barbecue pork skewers.

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