When it was founded in 2009, Rivertown Brewing Company opened another chapter in Cincinnati's rich history of creating beer.

About the brewery

When it was founded in 2009, Rivertown Brewing Company opened another chapter in Cincinnati's rich history of creating beer. Year-round selections include German standbys like helles, hefeweizen and dunkel - and they complement a broad range of seasonals inspired by that proud nation and beyond. Recently, the brewery has been expanding distribution and showing up in more Columbus bottle shops.

About the beer

Witbier (a Belgian style) is similar to hefeweizen (a German style) in that both are brewed with significant portions of wheat and served unfiltered. However, a traditional hefeweizen's smell and taste come strictly from hops, yeast, grains and water, while many witbiers are brewed with spices, fruit peels and other ingredients.

Why you should try it

Witbiers are perfect for summer, because they provide refreshing citrus flavors and burst with aromas of banana and cloves. Rivertown's version delivers on that front. And because it's brewed with orange peels, coriander and lemon zest, the Wit Ale has a spicy flavor that's drier and more complex than competitors like Blue Moon.

How to enjoy it

A tall pilsner glass shows off the beer's beautiful color. Adding an orange slice highlights the citrusy sweetness, but ditching it accentuates the bountiful aromas. For maximum yeast, I pour two-thirds of the beer, swirl the bottle remnants and dump the agitated remainder into my glass.

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