Wheat Beer Review, A layman's introduction to wheat beer, The best wheat ale, German wheat beer

Wheat beer review speaks to a layman's introduction to wheat beer, the best wheat ale and German wheat beer.

The review states, it is a beer which is brewed with a large proportion of wheat and often a significant portion of malted barley. The beer is usually top fermented and flavours can vary significantly dependent on the recipe used.

The main varieties are weissbier, witbier and the sour varieties.

There are three common types mentioned in this wheat beer review:

Weissbier or German white beer which is a beer that has a mixture of 50% wheat to barley malt which results in a light coloured ale. Weissbier is available in a number of other stronger forms including dunkelweizen (dark wheat) and weizenstarkbier (strong wheat beer), commonly referred to as weizenbock. The dark wheat varieties typically have a much higher alcohol content than their lighter cousins.

Witbier or Belgian white beer which is a beer which uses flavours such as coriander and orange peel. It gets its name due to suspended yeast and wheat proteins which cause the beer to look hazy, or white, when cold. The taste is slightly hoppish and is considered a summer beer. In recent times, some Belgian brewers have been making fruit flavoured wheat beers.

Sour beer are brewed with a significant proportion of wheat and common types are Berliner Weisse, Gose and Lambic.

Imbibers often add sweetened syrups to these beers to make it taste less tart. Sour beer is usually between 2.5% to 4% alcohol by volume.

According to the place in which the beer is brewed and small variations on the recipe, several different names are used for wheat beer:

Weissbier, short weisse': these terms are used almost exclusively in the southern German state of Bavaria. "Weisse" is German for "white".

Weizenbier, short weizen: these names are used to indicate the same thing. "Weizen" is German for "wheat". Hefeweissbier or hefeweizen: "hefe" is the German word for yeast. The prefix is added to indicate that the beer is bottle-conditioned (unfiltered) and thus might have sediment.

Kristallweissbier or kristallweizen: if the weissbier is filtered, the beer will look "clear" (or "kristall"). Dunkles weissbier or dunkles weizen: a dark version of a wheat beer ("dunkel" is the German word for "dark"). Weizenbock is a wheat beer made in the bock style originating in Germany. An example of this style is Aventinus, made by the G. Schneider & Sohn brewery in Kelheim, Germany.

Witbier or simply wit: Dutch language name for the Belgian style of wheat beer.

Bière blanche or blanche: French language name for these beers.


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