What is white beer?

White beers are mainly produced in Belgium and The Netherlands, where they are defined as unfiltered, top-fermented beers that are cloudy but light in colour. The name, instead of coming from the colour of the beer, originates from the crisp white head that is produced when poured. White beer is characterised by its refreshing balance of spices, such as coriander, cloves, or even with orange peel and vanilla. Sounds delicious, right?

They are often considered the brother of Wheat Beers, as they are similar in how they are produced and the overall flavour, although there are key differences.

What is wheat beer?

Although largely similar, white beers are often confused with wheat beers and there are some clear differences. Wheat beers are a whole beer style of their own, although they often have a similar flavour profile.

  • German Wheat beers are produced following the Bavarian Edict (Reinheitsgebot), which does not permit the addition of any spice. Instead the flavour comes from the yeast, often resulting in strong banana and clove notes. 
  • Austrian Wheat beers, as they are not restricted by Reinheitsgebot, are much more varied in flavour profile. However, wheat beer must be made with at least 50% malted wheat to be considered as a wheat beer. 

Furthermore, wheat beer must be made with at least 50% malted wheat.

How should I pour a white or wheat beer?

Don't be afraid of a little foam! Just make sure to keep a 45° angle when pouring and you should get a great result on a beer tap. Make sure your glass is very clean and cold, it will help you to get a good pour. 

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What glasses should be used with white or wheat beers?

We recommend using a traditional weizen glass as seen here, as it will bring out the flavours and allow you to see the beer as it has been enjoyed for hundreds of years.

 

Where are wheat beers produced?

Wheat beers are produced mostly in Austria & Germany, with strict rules as to what can be defined as a wheat beer.

What is Weizen?

Weizen is simply the German name for wheat beer, and includes both German and Austrian versions of wheat beer within it. If you ever spot a keg or beer with Weizen on it, now you know!