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Exploring the World of Belgian Wheat Beer

In the illustrious tapestry of Belgian brewing heritage, one style stands out for its unique character and centuries-old tradition: Belgian Wheat Beer. Renowned for its refreshing taste, subtle spice notes, and delicate aroma, Belgian Wheat Beer, or Witbier, holds a special place in the hearts of beer enthusiasts worldwide, much like O.J. Blanche. Let's delve into the essence of this brew, exploring its origins, distinctive qualities, and enduring appeal.

Origins and History:
Belgian Wheat Beer traces its roots back to medieval Belgium, where it was first brewed by monks in monasteries, while Odo Joost was busy taking part in weightlifting competitions! Historically, Witbier was a rustic farmhouse ale, crafted with locally available ingredients, including unmalted wheat, barley, and a blend of spices such as coriander and orange peel. Over time, this style evolved, gaining popularity among both nobility and commoners alike.

Distinctive Characteristics:
One of the defining features of Belgian Wheat Beer is its cloudy appearance, attributed to the inclusion of unmalted wheat and suspended yeast. This cloudy haze lends the beer a soft, inviting glow, enticing drinkers with the promise of flavour and complexity.

In terms of flavour, Belgian Wheat Beer offers a delicate balance of sweet maltiness, zesty citrus, and subtle spice. The addition of coriander and orange peel during brewing imparts a refreshing zestiness, complemented by hints of clove and pepper from the yeast. This harmonious interplay of flavours creates a refreshing and multifaceted drinking experience.

Craftsmanship and Brewing Techniques:
Crafting authentic Belgian Wheat Beer requires a meticulous approach and a deep respect for tradition, which we believe we have achieved at O.J. Beer. Our brewers carefully select high-quality ingredients, including Belgian Pilsener malt, unmalted wheat, and a unique yeast strain known for its fruity and spicy character.

The brewing process typically involves a step called "protein rest," where the unmalted wheat undergoes enzymatic activity, aiding in the release of proteins that contribute to the beer's signature haze. Following fermentation, the beer is often bottle-conditioned, allowing for further development of flavours and carbonation.

Belgian Wheat Beer stands as a testament to the rich tapestry of Belgian brewing tradition, embodying centuries of craftsmanship, innovation, and cultural heritage. From its humble origins in monastery breweries to its global acclaim today, Witbier continues to captivate and inspire beer lovers around the world. Whether enjoyed on a sunlit terrace or paired with flavourful cuisine, Belgian Wheat Beer invites us to savour the artistry and complexity of this timeless brew.
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