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.

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German wheat beer 

Although largely similar, white beers are often confused with German wheat beers and there are some clear differences. 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. It is the yeast that creates the greatest differentiation between white beers and weizen.

The German variation has strong banana and clove notes, whereas the Belgian white beers tends to be more spiced, with citrus notes.

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