Witbier is a very old beer style, and one that almost disappeared until Pierre Celis revived it in 1965. These beers get their name from their white appearance due to unconverted starch in the brew. These white beers were some of the first styles to use hops in the eleventh century, but today they are principally known for their use of herbs and spices to provide complex flavors and bitterness - the style has come full-circle! Belgian Witbier has a smooth creamy body from the use of wheat and oats, and a spicy finish that comes from the yeast as much as from the addition of herbs. It is a very refreshing beer and a good gateway beer for those that don’t care for the more aggressive bitterness of hops in craft beer today.
The award-winning recipes from Brewing Classic Styles by Jamil Zainasheff and John Palmer, prepared and assembled into ready-to-brew ingredient kits! These kits have been specially designed to be brewed at home on your kitchen stove with a minimum of equipment. Each kit comes with clear, illustrated brewing instructions for the general brewing process and step-by-step instructions for brewing that particular kit. The kits range from extract-only, to extract and steeping grains, to extract and partial mash and contain everything needed to brew 5 gallons of beer. All you need is a standard equipment kit from your local home brewing supply shop and a 5 gallon (20L) pot.