The Beer

Glossary

Curious about the difference between Sparging, Spalt and Spelt? Pilsner, Perle and Phenols? Then the Glossary is your secret treasure-trove of beer knowledge!

  • Wit

    A Wit (or witbier – ‘wheatbeer’ in Dutch’) is an unfiltered Belgian wheat ale that typically includes coriander and orange peel for flavor. The style was resurrected in the 1960s by the late Pierre Celis.


  • Wild Ale

    Wild ales are fermented using yeast taken from the environment or atmosphere, and typically are dry, tart and a bit funky. Funky not in a music sense, but as in, “is this a bit off?  And, yes, this is a desirable thing.


  • Winter Warmer

    A beer that is released in winter, with a predominately malty character, and sometimes includes Christmas spices (nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, etc.).  The ABV is usually a bit higher than average as well.