Vlaamsche Bandiet Witbier is an unfiltered high-fermentation beer that is brewed according to a slow brewing procedure. No additional yeast is added afterwards, the final product that is poured into barrels or bottles has already attained its best possible taste, thanks to the original brewing yeast.
We, of course, use wheat in the brewing of our Vlaamsche Bandiet, but also several natural herbs, and no chemical flavorings or preservatives. The development, brewing and bottling of Vlaamsche Bandiet, is taken care of at the Sint-Jozef Brewery in Opitter.
Bandiet is white unfiltered wheat beer with fruity notes of orange and herbal notes of coriander.
Alcohol: 5 % abv. Bitterness: 15 EBU
Ingredients: Malt 51,56 %, Hop 0,34 %, Herbs 0,26 %, Wheat 44,30 %, Oats 3,54 %
Although the exact founding date is not known, local archives do show that the Sint-Jozef Brewery was founded by the Vissers family. Of Thomas Vissers, who died in 1807, we know that he was a native of the Den Bosch area in the Netherlands and that his wife was a descendant of an English Lord. Besides that, we know that his son Johannes, who was the mayor of Opitter for a long time, lived in a large residence that comprised of a brewery and stables and was located on Opitter village square. His daughter continued to live there after his death and she married Jozef Cornelissen. It was at that moment that the Cornelissen name became inextricably linked to the brewery.
In 1972 Jef Cornelissen entered the frame. He brought a breath of fresh air into the brewery and became the sole owner of the company in 1980 after his father died unexpectedly. Since then he has been in charge of the Sint-Jozef Brewery.
Just like his grandfather Jef Cornelissen is "infected" with the brewing bug. During the years he has invested in modern machinery, technology and buildings, though without ever renouncing the ancient brewing tradition. His first purchase was a new bottling line. When the line was up and running, he introduced a completely new fermentation area in two phases. No fewer than 9 cylindroconical fermenters with a content of 50,000 liters each were erected. Alongside the new fermentation installations and a new storage area were also constructed. The fully automatic new line replaced the old barrel filling line.
In 1995 attention was turned to the conditioning process. Twenty-two new conditioning vessels were mounted in a brand new, fully air-conditioned building. Together with the conditioning area the filtering area was renovated and housed appropriately. Apart from this radical renovation of equipment and machinery, environmental concern also formed a significant part of the investment plan. For example, the complete wastewater flow was separated. Nowadays industrial wastewater, rainwater and household wastewater are discharged through separate channels. A so-called green shield of trees and shrubbery has been erected around the site, and every single possible effort is made to prevent possible odor and sound nuisance.
The brewery values its position as an industrial and traditional company, located in the heart of the residential nucleus of Opitter. Sint-Jozef Brewery wants to form a harmonious community together with the other inhabitants of the village. The village has, after all, traditionally always had a brewery in its midst.