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Beer Styles

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German-Style Hefeweizen

The German-style hefeweizen is straw to amber in color and made with at least 50 percent malted wheat. The aroma and flavor of a weissbier comes largely from the yeast and is decidedly fruity (banana) and phenolic (clove). “Weizen” means “wheat” and “hefe” means “yeast.” There are multiple variations to this style. Filtered versions are known as “Kristal Weizen” and darker versions are referred to as “Dunkels,” with a stronger, bock-like version called “Weizenbock.” This is commonly a very highly carbonated style with a long-lasting collar of foam.

Category: Wheat Beers

Food Pairings

  • Seafood
  • Chèvre
  • Key Lime Pie

Glassware & Serving Temperature

Vase
40-45 °F

Commercial Examples

Commercial Examples

Appearance

Color

Straw to Amber

Clarity

Hazy

Carbonation (Visual)

Fast Rising Bubbles

Flavor/Aroma

Alcohol

Mild

Hop

Hop flavor is not perceived to very low. Hop bitterness is very low

Malt

Malt sweetness is very low to medium-low

Esters

Banana

Phenols

Clove

Sensations

Body

Mouth-Coating

Carbonation

High

Finish Length

Short

Attenuation

Medium - High

Ingredients

Hops

German Noble

Malt

Pilsner, Malted Wheat

Water

Varies

Yeast

Weizen Ale

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