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Thread #77153 Message #1372983
Posted By: Jim Dixon
06-Jan-05 - 02:17 PM
Thread Name: BS: Unpasteurized beer
Subject: RE: BS: Unpasteurized beer
I think the British prejudice against cloudy beer, or beer with a sediment, is unjustified. Belgian 'weiss' beer always has a sediment, and standard procedure, when serving it, is to pour 2/3 of the bottle into the glass, and then swirl the bottle so that the remaining third stirs up the sediment, then pour that into the glass, too. The glass of beer will then be cloudy.
I know there is probably a different type of yeast involved, but I doubt very much that there is THAT much difference, to produce the effect you describe.
There are several American breweries producing this type of beer, notably Blue Moon Belgian White, made by Coors, and Sunrye Ale by Redhook.
I'm not sure, but I think all beer in the US is pasteurized, by law. In the case of the Belgian-style beers, they don't pasteurize it until after the sediment forms.