I basically make a variation of the version discussed on the ‘Wit’ episode of the Jamil Show, which is actually with Doc Lothamer (instead of Jamil), who gives some AWESOME advice on brewing the style. I cannot recommend listening to this free podcast enough if you want to make a wit. The recipe they give is simply awesome, but I have made a tweak or two to suit my own taste. The one thing they say that I disagree with in this ep is that it doesn’t age well. I found a growler of mine that was 6 months old and it was great (maybe I just missed having it on hand).
I personally do a 2-step mash with decoction, beta-glucan, sacc rests and mash out, but didn’t do a cereal mash since i used instant (pre-gelatinized I think) oats. I do use unmalted wheat as well, wheat malt, belgian pils as my base malt and a whole $#!+load of rice hulls. I actually may experiment with some Zythos/Galaxy hops at flameout to give an extra depth of aroma. The best thing about the style is you can really do whatever you want. I have a buddy that makes one with kiwi, another that makes a great lavender wit.
I frigging love this style, but Blue Moon and ShTop have done to it what Bennigans did to the daiquiri. I actually don’t mind those beers in a pinch, but they are just so far beneath Allagash or Celis, or even Hoegaarden if you ask me.
Doc actually talks about how he will send a witbier back if they give it to him with an orange wedge.