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Beer Styles

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American-Style Wheat Wine Ale

Part of the “strong ale” category, the American-Style Wheat Wine 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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