Summit Releases Wit Bier, Acknowledges National Common Courtesy Day

20 March 2017

imageFrom Summit:

Good morning. How are you? Can we offer you something to drink? We have Summit Wit Bier, a delightful new Belgian-style White Ale featuring refreshing aromas of spice, citrus and flowers. Would you prefer it on draught or served in a chilled 12-oz. can? Perhaps you’d like to know a bit more about Wit Bier before you make up your mind. We’d love to help! 

Over 400 years ago, brewers in Belgium’s Louvain Valley, just east of Brussels, began using herbs and spices like orange peel and coriander to spruce up more traditional Bavarian wheat beers. Adventurous fellows, they were. Customarily called Biere Blanche by the French or simply Wit Bier by the Flemish, Summit’s Head Brewer Damian McConn says these summertime thirst-quenchers are almost opaque or white in appearance.

“Wit Biers contain significant amounts of protein & yeast in suspension,” says Damo. “They’re typically lightly hopped and lower in alcohol, containing pale malt, malted and unmalted wheat, and a touch of oats for mouthfeel and body. Our Summit Wit Bier follows this traditional profile, with small amounts of orange peel, grains of paradise, and fresh-ground coriander enhancing the final beer’s citrus and herbal qualities.” My, are you drooling? Here’s a napkin, Dear.

“For a unique spin on this world classic,” Damo adds, “we’ve used 100 percent Mandarina Bavaria hops and an obscure Belgian white yeast strain for aromas of peach, apricot, and additional citrus refreshment.”

All that adds up to a light body and a slightly dry, tart finish for Summit Wit Bier. We’re planning a cheerful little get-together for its release at the Summit Beer Hall, this Thursday, March 23, should you like to join us.

Beginning the last week of March, Summit Wit Bier will be available on draught and in 12-oz. cans exclusively inside the Boundary Waters Box, a new variety pack also featuring Summit Hefeweizen, Keller Pils, and Summer Ale.----

For more information about Summit Wit Bier and events in support of its release, please visit

Thank you very much for your time and attention. Have a wonderful day!

Summit Wit Bier Information
ABV: 4.8%
IBU: 15
Color: Pale Straw (5L)
Malts: Pils Malt, Wheat Malt, Acidulated Malt, Raw Wheat, Flaked Oats
Hops: Mandarina Bavaria
Kettle Additions: Orange peel, grains of paradise, fresh-ground coriander
Yeast: Belgian Ale Yeast
Serving Tips: Serve in a stemmed wheat beer glass at 38–42F. Pair with shellfish, steamed mussels, gruyere cheese, fruit salad, goat’s cheese omelet, or white pizza.

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