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Beer Styles

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Berliner-Style Weisse

Low in alcohol and refreshingly tart, and often served with a flavored syrup like Woodruff or raspberry, this German-style wheat ale presents a harmony between yeast and lactic acid. These beers are very pale in color, and may be cloudy as they are often unfiltered. Hops are not a feature of this style, but these beers often do showcase esters. Traditional versions often showcase Brettanomyces yeast. Growing in popularity in the U.S., where many brewers are now adding traditional and exotic fruits to the recipe, resulting in flavorful finishes with striking, colorful hues. These beers are incredible when pairing. Bitterness, alcohol and residual sugar are very low, allowing the beer’s acidity, white bread and graham cracker malt flavors to shine. Carbonation is very high, adding to the refreshment factor this style delivers. Many examples of this style contain no hops and thus no bitterness at all.

Category: Wheat Beers

Food Pairings

  • Aged Ham on Pretzel Bread
  • Havarti
  • Cheesecake with Raspberries

Glassware & Serving Temperature

Goblet
45-50 °F

Commercial Examples

Commercial Examples

Appearance

Color

Straw to Pale

Clarity

Clear to Hazy

Carbonation (Visual)

Slow to Medium Rising Bubbles

Flavor/Aroma

Alcohol

Not Detectable to Mild

Hop

Hop aroma and flavor are not perceived. Hop bitterness is not perceived to very low

Malt

Not Perceived

Esters

Fruity-ester flavors will be evident

Phenols

Not common to style

Sensations

Body

Drying

Carbonation

Low to Medium

Finish Length

Short to Medium

Attenuation

High

Ingredients

Hops

German Noble

Malt

Pilsner, Malted Wheat

Water

Varies

Yeast

Lager or Ale

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