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HefeWeizen- Wheat Beer

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    Posted: 04 April 2010 at 12:13

Wheat beer is a beer that is brewed with a large proportion of wheat. Wheat beers often also contain a significant proportion of maltedbarley. Wheat beers are usually top-fermented  (in Germany they have to be by law). The flavour of wheat beers varies considerably, depending upon the specific style.

German wheat beers are called weizen ("wheat") in the western (Baden-W├╝rttemberg) and northern regions, and weissbier or weiss ("white beer" or "white") in Bavaria. Hefeweizen ("hefe" is German for yeast) is the name for unfiltered wheat beers.

 

 

A south German style of wheat beer (weissbier) is made with a typical ratio of 50:50, or even higher, wheat. A yeast that produces a unique phenolic flavors of banana and cloves with an often dry and tart edge, some spiciness, bubblegum or notes of apples and little hop bitterness, and a moderate level of alcohol. The "Hefe" prefix means "with yeast", hence the beers unfiltered and cloudy appearance. Poured into a traditional Weizen glass, the Hefeweizen can be one sexy looking beer.

Often served with a lemon wedge (popularized by Americans), to either cut the wheat or yeast edge, which many either find to be a flavorful snap ... or an insult and something that damages the beer's taste and head retention.

 

 
I was introduced to hefe weizen back when I was in the 82d Airborne, by a buddy who had spent a tour in Germany. At the PX all kinds of weisse beers were available and I fell in love with the brew. I learnt to drink it with a slice of lemon in it and think it adds a bit of freshness to the beeer, especially on warm days. In the wintertime, I usually skip it. If you like beer, this is a kind you don't want to miss out on. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote 3montes Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 April 2010 at 20:43
Good post John. Although I am not a big fan of wheat beers. I do like malty darks and reds and just a darn good pilsner is fine with me.
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wheat beers are my favourite at the moment; thanks for a great, informative post!
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I really like the Belgin wheat beers,especialy Goose Island 312, and hard to beet Blue moon.
Actually all the  beers from Goose Island are good, I'm on a Matilda kick rite now.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote kiwi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 July 2010 at 22:31
I love hefeweizen.... And doppelweizen and weizenbock and so on. basically I think wheat is a very interesting grain for brewers. I'm talking my flatmate into getting going on the brewing. I'm hoping we'll be able to share some gear that I can use for distilling. I want a steam injected mash tun for bourbon. There will be wheat in my grain bill for sure (mmm creamy).
kai time!
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would like to hear about the results on that project, kiwi.
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will do a post on it when it's done then Wink
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