Witbier vs Hefeweizen
If you love wheat beers, there are chances you would have spotted Witbier and Hefeweizen, specially on craft beer menus. While they both are wheat beers, their taste profiles are completely different. Once you know the the difference, I promise you will be able to tell between the styles even in a blind tasting!
Wheat beer has a high component of wheat in the mash, typically 30 to 70%. They also have a broad range of styles and these are just two of them. Witbiers are light in color, are very cloudy while Hefeweizens are usually darker and not as cloudy. Witbiers typically have a citrus dominated flavor profile with coriander, which are added to the brewing process. Hefeweizens on the other hand have a banana and clove dominated profile.
Yes I said banana, and next time you drink a Hefe, you will 100% agree with me.
God knows the Germans won’t add any flavors to their beers, the banana and clove flavors come from the Bavarian yeast which is used to make this style of beer.
Think orange peels vs bananas and next time you are drinking wheat beer, score bragging points!