Icaro – Blanche Italian Craft Beer – White Craft Beers from Italy
This “white beer” is mainly brewed in Belgium but is also found in northeastern France and Holland. The main difference from Weizenbier is in using unmalted wheat instead of the wheat malt used in its German counterpart. The mixture of coriander, orange, bitter orange, and hops in modern recipes gives the beer a fruitier and more acidic taste than its German counterpart, making it very refreshing in summer.
How do you identify a Blanche?
A cloudy blonde beer with a solid head, classic spices, with a typical fruitiness of banana / ripe fruit. It’s slightly creamy, has a sweetish flavor and a distinct acidic note.
To each beer its own glass
A glass with a wide mouth to better smell the aromas of the beer.
Colour: Straw yellow, EBC 11 Alcohol: 5.3% Bitterness: (IBU): 27
Appearance: evenly hazy straw yellow, solid persistent head.
Aroma: Notes typical of the beer type, with a delicate hint of citrus: lime, tangerine, and orange peel. Nuances of aromatic herbs like coriander and lemon verbena, lightly spiced. Clear unmalted wheat notes, slight nuance of cloves.
Taste: Light/medium body. Zippy due to intense carbonation, refreshing acidity, extremely light, almost nonexistent hops note.
Overall impressions: refreshing to the sip, a complex beer based on unmalted wheat and a refined combination of elegant fruity and spiced notes.
Best food pairings
By the book, as the Japanese – who are particularly fond of this beer – have exported around the world: sea bass, sea bream, or amberjack carpaccio. Raw crustaceans drizzled with aromatic oil. But also fatty fish like salmon with dill. Bergamot ginger risotto, tagliolini egg pasta with herbs in melted butter.
PDO buffalo mozzarella burrata from Campania.