Sunday, March 14, 2010

Deschutes Gluten Free Wit Description

I finally have a description of the Gluten Free Wit beer they are serving at Deschutes.  It's not on their website but they have it printed on their beer list in the brewery:

100% Gluten-Free Ale!  This beer is made with Sorghum and brown rice syrup for a smooth gluten-free experience.  We used German noble hops, Perle for bittering and Spalter and Hersbruckens hops for aroma, and spiced with coriander and orange peel.
IBU's: 25  Alcohol content: 4.8%

I reviewed this beer in a previous post, but I want to bring up something that confuses me about this beer's name.  They call it a wit beer, but it doesn't have a traditional wit appearance - that is, it's not cloudy.  Here is a description of wit beer from Beer Advocate:

"A Belgian Style ale that's very pale and cloudy in appearance due to it being unfiltered and the high level of wheat, and sometimes oats, that's used in the mash. Always spiced, generally with coriander, orange peel and other oddball spices or herbs in the back ground."

 The spicing is probably consistent with the style, but the look and filtration of it may not be.  Anyone who has more beer knowledge than I do should feel free to chime in here.


I Am Gluten Free said...

I don't know wit from non-wit, but I can tell you this - it would've been nice to knock one of these down with the Gluten Free Fish Tacos I made and blogged about last night!

gfe--gluten free easily said...

I'm not much of a beer drinker, but that looks really good. My hubby and son would like it for sure!


Anonymous said...

The brewer from the Portland Pub says that our Gluten-Free beer was called a wit because it was spiced with coriander and orange peel. Every gluten free beer we have made comes out clear without filtration. The only way we could make the beer cloudy at this point is to add some clouding agent back to the beer at the end of the process which we don’t want to do. Hope this helps. If you have any other questions about our brews, please send an e-mail through our contact us site and I would be happy to answer:
Gina Schauland
Brand Ambassador
Deschutes Brewery

Gina said...

Great! Thanks for clarifying, as it were.

Anonymous said...

As the description says a lot of the cloudiness in this style comes from the high levels of wheat used. Since this version is GF there's no wheat, so no cloudiness.