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Beer Styles

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American-Style Wheat Wine Ale

Part of the “strong ale” category, this ale is not derived from grapes as its name might suggest. Made with at least 50 percent wheat malt, this full-bodied beer features bready and candy flavors, and finishes with a great deal of malty sweetness. These beers may be oak-aged and sometimes have small amounts of darker malts added.

Category: Wheat Beers

Food Pairings

  • Smoked Trout
  • Asiago
  • Peach Sorbet

Glassware & Serving Temperature

Snifter
50-55 °F

Commercial Examples

Commercial Examples

Appearance

Color

Gold to Light Brown

Clarity

Slight Haze

Carbonation (Visual)

Slow to Medium Rising Bubbles

Flavor/Aroma

Alcohol

Noticeable to Harsh

Hop

Hop aroma and flavor are low to medium. Hop bitterness is medium to medium-high

Malt

Bready, wheat, honey-like and/or caramel malt aromas are often present

Esters

Fruity-ester aroma is often high and counterbalanced with complex alcohol character

Phenols

Not common to style

Sensations

Body

Mouth-Coating

Carbonation

Low to Medium

Finish Length

Medium

Attenuation

Medium

Ingredients

Hops

Varies

Malt

At least 50 percent Malted Wheat

Water

Varies

Yeast

Ale

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