Belgian white beers are very similar to other beers made from wheat. First of all, they are similar in the ingredients used to make them, which include:
- Barley malt;
- Wheat malt.
They share many features in common, but Belgian white beer is considered to be a separate and distinct type of beer. It is called “white” because of its pale-yellow color and characteristic opacity. Its color can range from light straw-like yellow to light golden. The beer itself is quite cloudy and unfiltered, may have a milky hue. When poured into a glass, it forms a dense, voluminous white foam.
The composition of this white beer includes the following ingredients:
- Non-sprouted wheat – 50 %;
- Light barley malt (mostly Pilsen malt) – 50 %;
- Oats (sometimes) – 50 %
Spices used to make the beer include:
- Coriander (grated);
- Curacao tree bark;
- Orange peel (preferably sweet).
These spices give the beer a moderately sweet aroma.
Among the spices in the composition of the beer, you can find:
- Chamomile flowers
- Cumin seeds;
- Cinnamon, etc.
They complement the taste and aroma of beer with new notes. Belgian white beer is produced by the usual method of top fermentation. This type of beer is also called typical ale.