DetailsA Belgian-style Witbier thats tart, spicy, and hazy gold. This beer owes its uniqueness primarily to the yeast, we strongly recommend using one of the liquid strains for this beer. It is light in body but has significant malt flavor underpinning all the other flavors, lawnmower ale with a twist-very refreshing.
Our ingredients for this recipe include: 3 lb. Wheat DME, 2 lb. Pilsen DME, 8 oz. Caramel 10L, 8 oz. Flaked Wheat, 4 oz. Caravienne malt specialty grains, 1 oz. Willamette pellet hops, grain bag, priming sugar, and yeast.
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4.9 / 5.062 ReviewsBetter than advertisedI wanted to brew something lighter (in color at least) and I love Belgian beers so I thought I'd give this one a shot. It turned out to be far better than I had hoped it could be. I guess that I would say that it is sort of a cross between a German Weizen beer and Leffe Blonde. I added 1 lb. of dark Belgian candy sugar to the recommended recipe and I'm glad that I did. This beer has a wonderful orangish/golden color and good mouth feel. The added sugar upped the alcohol level enough to be sure you know that you've had one.April 22, 2011OutstandingThis beer is one of the best I have made. My wife loved it and she is not a beer drinker. Outstanding Flavor. This will definitely be on my re-order list.September 5, 2011GREAT KIT!!!!I am placing an order for this one again. Brewed this and everyone loves it. 2 weeks in the bottle and it wasn't that good. 4 weeks in the bottle and it is a great tasting smooth brew.March 28, 2011Awesome Summer BeerI added Belgian Soft Candi Sugar, Blond 16 oz. to the boil at 30 mins, used WL yeast and let ferment for 1 month before racking, it just would not stop and use a blow off tube as it's angry in the beginning. I racked and it came back to life for 3 more weeks before finally stopping it's ferment. Racked again for a week to settle it out and then kegged it. Let it carbonate and it's one of the best beers I've made yet. Similar to Blue Moon but better and taste so good on a hot day. I just got back from a day of riding my HD and as soon as I pulled into the garage I opened the fridge, got a frozen mug, poured out a 35 degree glass and drank it down, refilled and am now sitting feeling the warmth of the first, sipping the second and feeling very refreshed. Need to get some orange slices though. Great beer and will be making again. Have a Grand Cru aging now, can't wait, 2 more months on it.July 10, 2011Gets better with ageThis one started with a wild, out of control primary ferment through the airlock. Fitted with a blowoff tube and was fine. It continued to do a slow ferment for 4 weeks total. I wasn't sure how it would turn out, since I've never had a ferment that lasted that long and I've brewed many many batches. I wasn't disappointed. It ended up being a very smooth beer. This is one that benefits from some bottle time. Give it 4-5 months in the bottle and it is a completely different and much better beer. Patience is a virtue with this one!September 21, 2011Excellent Belgian ale, rewards you for your patienceThis was my first attempt at a Belgian ale. One week in primary, then gave it about 6 weeks in secondary before bottling, then another month to bottle condition. TOTALLY worth the extra time. End product was an extremely smooth, crisp ale with a gentle finish. There is also a terrific hint of fruitiness from the yeast that gives it a wonderful character (I used the liquid option). Only problem was that it's so tasty, it has disappeared very quickly. This ale was also a huge hit with friends/family who are used to drinking low-gravity, mass-produced lagers, and haven't quite developed a taste for some of my more heavily-hopped recipes. If so-inclined, a small wedge of orange helps bring out the flavor. Overall, a superb beer for easy, year-round drinking.February 7, 2012Great kitThis was just a hands down great beer!March 5, 2012Absolutely greatI brewed according to directions with only slight variations. This was my first attempt with doing a full 5 gallon boil. I steeped grains for a few minutes longer pre-boil and drained hop bag with 5 minutes left in boil. I did not properly account for boil off and had to add water to reach full 5 gallons at the end. I used the smack pack for the first time. I only broke one of the two interior packages. At pitching time I opened the one that did not break and pitched it with the rest. Like other reviews. If you use the liquid yeast watch this one. I had a very aggressive fermentation. Two weeks primary, two week secondary. Two weeks in the bottle it was ok. Three weeks in the bottle and it is great. I serve with a slice of orange and it is really good. I would like to purchase the all-grain kit next to see which I like better.May 6, 2012Give it some timeTart, spicy and hazy gold is a pretty accurate description for this brew. As others have mentioned, the primary fermentation is very aggressive, so a blow off tube is recommended. I fermented this ale one week in the primary and two weeks in the secondary at about 65 F. After three weeks in the bottle it was pretty good, but it had a slight twang from the yeast. After eight weeks in the bottle it had mellowed out beautifully into an easy drinking crisp ale, great on a hot day with an orange slice.August 6, 2012Good Blonde Ale Extract.I was very pleased with the overall taste and body of this extract. Light and a great summer brew! Would definitely brew again!October 2, 2012
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Browse 1 question Browse 1 question and 1 answerOrange peel. Some of the reviews suggest adding orange but don't say when or how much. Boil? Primary? Secondary? Just curious.
Harry in CovingtonBEST ANSWER: Add during fermentation after about 3 days when the bubbling has slowed down. I wash the large orange (or 2 small ones) and then spray with StarSan 0.15 to sanitize. I use one large orange (usually navel) in my 7.5 gallon (28 litre) fermentation and it produces a noticeable orange aroma and adds a little to the citrus taste.