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The Top Ten Belgian White Ales from a Taste Test: Blanche de Bruxelles, Hoegaarden, Ommengangs Witte, Victory Wirlwind, St. Brnardis Blanche, Allagash White, Blue Moon and more…

Blanche de Bruxelles The Top Ten Belgian White Ales from a Taste Test: Blanche de Bruxelles, Hoegaarden, Ommengangs Witte, Victory Wirlwind, St. Brnardis Blanche, Allagash White, Blue Moon and more...Blanche de Bruxelles is the 2010 Grand Champion:  Are you down wit da Witbier? 

By Tim Rodgers, Matt Rodgers and Matt Goldstein 

1.  Blanche de Bruxelles:

 4.5%, Belgium.  It’s the perfect Belgian White!  Blanche has a delicate balance of coriander spices with citrus notes and to our surprise, clearly stood out from the crowd. 

2.  Hoegaarden:

 4.9%, Belgium.  This world famous witbier performed extremely well, with a nice aroma, mouth feel, and should be considered the gold standard of Belgian Whites. 

3.  Ommegangs Witte:

 5.9%, Cooperstown, NY.  The Witte is light on color but packs a lot of flavor.   

4.  Victory Wirlwind Witbier, 5.0%, Downingtown, PA.  Very light and refreshing, no aftertaste though. 

5.  St. Bernardis Blanche, 5.5%, Belgium.  According to Ratebeer.com, the St. Bernardis witbier is made under the supervision of the father of Hoegarden and bottle re-fermented much like Blanche de Bruxelles.

6.  Blue Moon, 5.4%, Golden, CO.  You wouldn’t know it was a Coors product in a blind test.  Blue Moon has great color and well balanced citrus for a Belgian Whit. 

7.  Allagash White, 5.2%, Portland, ME.  The critically acclaimed Allagash was a little too heavy on the coriander spices with not enough citrus to balance it. 

8.  Wittekerke Witbier, 5.0% ABV, Belgium.

9.  Shock Top, 5.2%, St. Louis, MS.  It’s the Anheuser Busch answer to craft beer.  Shock Top is not bad, but it lacked the flavor of its competition. 

10.  Leinenkugel’s Sunset Wheat, 4.9%, Chippewa Falls, WI.  Sunset Wheat was way too heavy in floral, lavender, and sweet notes.  It could be used for a bathroom air freshener. 

11.  Bud Light Golden Wheat, 4.1%, St. Louis MS, Another Anheuser Busch creation but to no surprise, it fell way short.  It was a control to our experiment.  There’s no taste, no aroma and a flavor that seems to fake the funk. 

Are you down wit da witbier?

Blanche de Bruxelles is an excellent witbier and specialty of the farm-breweries of old Brabant, Belgium.  Through a very slow brewing process and only the best crops, the master brewers infuse the non-filtered beer with coriander and bitter orange peels and then re-ferment the yeast and sugar.  Blanche de Bruxelles owes its natural cloudiness to the large percentage (40 %) of wheat that goes into its composition.  You need only take a sip of the Blanche de Bruxelles Belgian White to appreciate the fresh and mellow flavor with its hint of orange and realize that it’s not like any other beer.  Also, there is a picture of a little devil child taking a wiz on the label.  It’s amazing.  Maybe that’s where this champion witbier gets it’s flavor. 

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