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Elevate Your Summer with These Homegrown Witbier Picks

As the scorching summer sun makes its presence felt, what better way to beat the heat than with a cold, refreshing witbier? India’s beer industry offers an array of homegrown delights, each boasting its own unique flavors and characteristics. Witbier is typically brewed with a mix of pale barley malt, unmalted wheat and oats for a creamy mouthfeel. It is a spiced beer with coriander and citrus notes and a small amount of lactic acidity.

Here’s a list of witbier brands to look out for this summer season leading the pack is Lone Wolf’s Alpha, which is a standout choice for its exceptional quality and innovative flavor profile. Joining the ranks are Bira 91 White, a citrusy sensation renowned for its smooth wheaty taste, Simba Brewery’s Witbier adds a touch of Indian flair to the traditional Belgian techniques, while Goa Brewing Co.’s Wheat Ale transports you to the laid-back shores of Goa with its tropical notes. So, this summer, embark on a journey through the diverse flavors of Indian craft beer, and be sure to include the following brews in your tasting lineup.  Here’s to sunshine, good company, and great brews!

1. Lone Wolf’s Alpha

Lone Wolf’s Alpha variant is a refreshing and smooth witbier that tantalizes the palate with its delightful blend of flavors. Crafted with a combination of malted and unmalted grains, this brew offers a unique drinking experience. It boasts subtle yet distinct notes of citrus and coriander, adding depth to its profile. With a color ranging from straw to pale and a hazy clarity, it embodies the classic characteristics of a Belgian Wit. Despite its flavorful nature, it maintains a mild bitterness with an IBU of 9-10, ensuring a balanced taste. Additionally, with an ABV below 5%, it’s the perfect choice for those seeking a lighter option without compromising on taste.

Availability – Delhi, Haryana, Chandigarh and Goa. | Cost: 125 INR

2. Bira 91 White

A deliciously different wheat beer, Bira 91 White is based on the traditional Belgian-style wheat ales. More flavorful than traditional wheat beers, this beer is brewed with premium Indian wheat malt, and flavored with orange peels from Latin America and Indian coriander seeds, giving it a hint of sweetness, tart citrus flavors and a spicy finish.

Availability – Goa, Delhi, Mumbai etc | Cost: Starting from 100 INR

3. Simba Witbier

Simba’s Wit beer epitomizes the essence of summertime, regardless of the season. This brew offers a refreshing and crisp experience, accented by subtle notes of orange peel, coriander, and lemongrass. Perfectly suited for any time of day, every day, it’s a delightful choice that promises to invigorate the senses with its harmonious blend of flavors.

Availability – Goa, Bengaluru, Delhi, Mumbai, Gurgaon etc | Cost: 110 INR

4. Goa Brewing Company Wheat Ale

Goa Brewing Co. Wit is a refreshing craft beer that captures the essence of Goa’s tropical vibes. Brewed with a blend of wheat and barley, this Belgian-style Witbier offers a crisp and smooth taste, accentuated by hints of citrus from orange peel and a touch of spice from coriander. It’s the perfect choice for those seeking a refreshing and flavorful beer to enjoy in the sunshine.

Availability – Goa | Cost: 85 INR

5. BeeYoung Beer

BeeYoung, a barley-based homegrown lager and India’s first crafted strong beer, uses Superior two-row barley malt for a lighter, smoother taste and fresh hops for a delightful aroma. With a 15-day brewing process, it delivers complex flavors and heightened carbonation. Balancing less bitterness with a high ABV, BeeYoung caters to the Indian palate with its distinctive citrusy and malty characteristics, showcasing Kimaya’s dedication to brewing excellence.

Availability: Retailing in Delhi, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh & Uttarakhand | Cost: Starting from 110 INR