Tradition: Called "Witbier" in Dutch, White Ale originated in the Flemish part of Belgium in the Middle Ages. Traditionally, it is made with a mixture of wheat and barley. Before hops became widely available, beers were flavored with a mixture of herbs called "gruit". Later in the Middle Ages, hops were added to the mix, and are still used today in most Belgian White Ales.
Taste: White Ale, so called for its very pale, often cloudy appearance, is made with a mixture of wheat & barley. Coriander and orange peel are usually added to the brew, and Witbiers may include other herbs as well. Aromas often include wheat, citrus, and spice. The flavor is crisp and light, with a hint of tartness. ABV is in the moderate range from 4.5% to 7%.