Never had it but I hear that the Austin Home Brew Blue moon clone is really good. A friend of mine is a Hoegaarden freak and he brews this extract recipe to suit his tastes. He emailed it to me couple of weeks ago, I have never tried it.
6.6lbs Liquid Wheat Extract
1 lbs White Wheat
1 lbs Flaked Wheat
.5 lbs Flaked Oats
.75 oz Saaz 60min.
.25 oz Saaz 30min.
.25 oz Saaz 5min.
1 oz Bitter Orange Peel 5min.
.5 oz Crushed Corriander 5min.
Appropriate yeast such as WLP#400.
He steeps the wheat and flaked adjuncts for 30 or 40 minutes at 155F then adds the extract and boils for an hour. This is for a full boil so if your doing partial you will want to add 3.3 lbs of your extract the last 5 or 10 min or so of your boil, this will keep your IBU's in line.
It's rather difficult to brew a world-class Witbier using extract/steep techniques. Some of the crucial ingredients - oats and raw wheat - must be mashed, requiring at least a partial mash.
That said, Northern Brewer's Witbier kit is pretty good, as is Midwest's. Both can be improved by the addition of some Supah-Sekret Spicez; I like cardamom and paradise seed in addition to the coriander and bitter orange peel.
I don't recommend flavor or aroma hops in Witbier. They clash with the spices and yeast flavors, which defeats the purpose.
I did the partial mash on the AHS kit. You'll need a mesh bag and I would recommend two pots. I used the yeast they recommend at AHS (liquid).
Somewhere else around here someone recommended crushing the corriander seeds before adding them and I would probably do that when I make another batch.
Wife loves it and she won't drink beer normally.
Williams Brewing has a really good Belgian Wit kit that I, my wife and many others were very impressed with. Here is the description of the kit...
Originally associated with the Eastern Belgian province of Brabant, the Belgian Wit (white) style is a fruity, pale wheat beer accented with orange peel, coriander, and other spices. This is a subtle, delicate beer, best appreciated by those who like a refreshing wheat beer with a touch of spice character. The name wit (or white) was attached to this style due to both the original use of unmalted wheat, and to the fact that this beer was brewed without finings, so more yeast than normal remained in suspension.
Includes 8 pounds of our blended malt extract, flavoring hops and spices, liquid ale yeast, and corn sugar for carbonation. Makes 5 gallons with a starting gravity of at least 1.047. Ease of Brewing: Beginner
It's for pellet hops. Been a while since I've seen this thread. Lol. We have since moved on to all grain for most brews but from what I remember this was a pretty tasty beer. My friend brewed it a few times. Good luck!!
Thanks! I've been doing extracts for about a year and half. Want to try the all-grain, but have to have a place to boil the water first. My poor electric stove gets abused as it is with 3 gallons and I don't think running some propane in my house is the best idea...can't wait for a garage!