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Types of wheat Beer

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The most important difference between regular (barley) beer brewing and wheat beer brewing is the yeast. The unique aroma and flavor profile that represents wheat beer comes only partly from the use of wheat malt.

In my last post I discussed about wheat Beer. Today I am doing to discuss about the different types of wheat Beer.

Wheat Beer can be classified mainly in 3 following categories:

A. German wheat Beer
B. Belgian wheat Beer
C. Other wheat Beer

wheat beer types

A. German wheat Beer can be further divided into following 4 categories based on the proportion of wheat, hops and yeast used.

1. Weizen or Weissbier wheat Beer– Weizen (wheat), also called Weissbier (white beer), is the flavored wheat beer of southern Germany. This kind of wheat Beer is golden yellow in color and so much lighter than the typically dark German ales that it came to be called “white beer.” Weissbier contain around 5% of
alcohol by volume, and lightly hopped.

2. Dunkelweizen wheat Beer– Dunkels (dark) Weissbier or Dunkelweizen is a dark version of weizen. Dunkleweizen is similar to regular weizen as to body, bitterness, and alcohol levels but is brewed with darker malts to produce a richer, maltier aroma and flavor.

3. Weizenbock wheat Beer – Bock is a style of German lager that is traditionally malty, somewhat sweet, strongly alcoholic, with little or no hop flavor or aroma. Weizenbock combines the characteristics of the two styles. It is the heartiest of the wheat beers. It can be either dark or light in color, with alcohol vary from 7% to over 9% by volume.

4. Berliner Weisse wheat Beer – Berliner Weisse is very light in body, pale in color. Contains alcohol as low as 3% by volume), with almost no hop bitterness. Like the Belgian lambic beer family, Berliner Weisse is a lactic beer. It is fermented with both yeast and lactic bacteria, resulting in a sharply sour Beer. It is something of an acquired taste, and challenging to microbreweres consistently because of the dual fermentation.

B.Beligian wheat Beer Belgium enjoys a huge reputation for its high-quality ales, but when it comes to wheat beers, there’s really only one style which is Wit beer.

5. Wit wheat Beer – Wit is a wonderful springtime beer. It is light and refreshing, with a bit of cloudiness to it. It is a slightly tart acidic and some light spiciness from coriander and curacao orange. The Beer is made using equal proportion of blend of pale malted barley and unmalted wheat.

C. Other wheat Beer:

6. American wheat Beer – Around 10 years ago when the brewpub and microbrewery craze took hold in the USA, many small breweries started making light wheat ales that were much different from European variety of wheat Beer. They used less wheat and they used standard beer (ale) yeasts. This light, drinkable beer also served as an ideal base for creating fruit flavored beers, and lots of craft breweries start making flavored wheat beers.

7. Flavoured wheat Beer –  Experimenting in Beer making is not a new idea. Lot of people like the refreshing flavors of fruit and honey and light spices that different brewers use to attract new consumers to the Beer marketplace. These styles offer a lot of space for creativity and innovation, and this Beers often appeal to younger consumers.

I hope I have managed to give you a little bit of idea about what to expect when you are trying to figure out which wheat Beers to buy.

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Wheat Beer

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Wheat BeerWheat Beer basically is a kind of Beer which is brewed with a significant quantity of wheat. In other words we can say that major constituents of mash should  be wheat. So wheat Beer contains larger portion of wheat malt, generally vary from 50%-70% and the remaining is regular barley malt. Wheat Beer generally are  top fermented and vary substantially with the style is brewing is used. During the fermentation process, yeast cells rise to the surface is called top fermented. On the other hand the bottom fermenting yeast settles at the bottom of the beer.

Wheat Beers are comparatively thicker than barley Beer. The reason is that wheat has a lot of protein in it than barley. This protein also creates haze in most  wheat beers. Wheat contributes very little flavor to a beer but it does contribute a distinctively silky mouthfeel. Wheat Beer is highly bubbling and are  generally light in flavour. That is why wheat Beer is preferred in summer.

During last several years wheat Beer have become very popular. Especially because people prefer wheat Beer more during summers. In earlier centuries, the use
of wheat beer in Beer making was illegal in many places, simply because of scarcity wheat to be used in Beer making.

In my next blog I shall discuss about the types of wheat Beer.