This Belgian wheat style is 400 hundred years old. It was virtually unheard of by the 1950s, but was resurrected by Pierre Celis at Hoegaarden. These "white beers" are pale straw to light gold color and are cloudy. The taste tends toward the sweet side with orange peel/orange citrus and spice (usually coriander) flavors. Other spices may be present.

Hop presence and flavor is very low and the carbonation is high. These beers finish slightly dry and often a bit tart. Most of the beers in this style have an alcohol range of 4.5-6% with the majority being at 5%, however, there are some newer double/imperial versions with higher alcohol. The IBUs are typically 10-20. These beers do not age well.

Summary from www.beertutor.com


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