Witbier is a Belgian-style wheat ale brewed with a high proportion of un-malted wheat from which it derives a whitish color. Typically it is a light, tart, crisp and refreshing ale of low-alcohol strength. Baird Winter Wit is a heartier (16.4 plato) and stronger (6.8% abv) cold-season take on this classic Belgian beer style.
Our grist is a blend of un-malted and malted wheat, floor-malted Pilsner and Maris Otter, with touches of carahell (adding body and color). The hopping is light and performed with a combination of New Zealand (Motueka), Czech (Saaz) and German (Tradition, Hersbrucker) varieties. The magic occurs when this ingredient combination is then fermented with our Belgian yeast strain.
The result is a pleasantly tart and spicy, sprightly carbonated ale with a hazy golden hue upon which sits a billowing head of virgin-white foam. The warmth comes in the finish, just enough to furbish without interfering with the refreshment. Glorious!
jonno (2014) - JAPAN - FEB 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thought this was pretty ace. A well made wit turned up to 120. Big, beefy, though highly drinkable ala style. Everything you love about the style with some more Austrian muscle.
KyotoLefty (5575) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Bashamichi. Nose of wheat, spice, citrus, a bit of dry funk. Cloudy dull pastel gold, lace. Nice wheaty flavor, good citrus, nice bitterness to balance. Well done wit.
TimE (2793) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
frothy white head. A bit grainy, but good coriander and oranges. Extremely refreshing , one of the most refreshing beers Iíve had. Wonderful, without being too complex or heavy despite the ABV.
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