Food pairings for wheat beer I: witbiers (bières blanches) and lighter wheat beers
Wheat beers are fabulously flexible when it comes to food matching - the beer world’s equivalent of a crisp white wine.
There are two main styles - the cloudy, citrussy, aromatic Belgian-style witbier (aka bière blanche) and the richer banana-and-clove flavours of German hefeweizen which you can read about here.
In between are a range of wheat beers from different sources which fall somewhere between the two but are basically suited, like witbier, to salads, seafood and dishes flavoured with citrus and herbs
Matches for Northern French and Belgian style witbiers:
Seafood such as crab, mussels, oysters and clams - witbier is great for a beery version of moules marinières
Simply prepared fish like fried or grilled sole or plaice
Smoked salmon or trout
Dim sum and other light Chinese dishes such as stir fries
Raw fish such as ceviche and tartares
Fried fish like fish and chips, calamari or whitebait
Seafood pastas and noodles like crab linguine with chilli and coriander or pad thai
Seafood and light vegetable risottos
White pizza or seafood-topped pizza
Spring vegetables such as peas, beans and asparagus - as you can see from this article
Light fresh cheeses such as young goat cheese, sheep cheese and feta. Beer and food matching guru Garret Oliver recommends an omelette with sharp apple and goats cheese
Salads, especially mozzarella basil and tomato salad, Greek salad and caesar salad
Potjevleesch - a chunky jellied terrine of pork, chicken and rabbit you find in north-east France
Lighter Thai and Mexican dishes flavoured with citrus and herbs
Thai green curries
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