South German-Style Hefeweizen/Hefeweissbier

Ale - Germany

Style Description

  • Alcohol by Volume: 4.9 - 5.5%
  • IBU: 10 - 15
  • Color:   3 -   9 SRM
  • Original Gravity: 1.047 - 1.056
  • Final Gravity: 1.008 - 1.016

The aroma and flavor of a Weissbier with yeast is decidedly fruity and phenolic. The phenolic characteristics are often described as clove or nutmeg-like and can be smoky or even vanilla-like. Banana-like esters should be present at low to medium-high levels. These beers are made with at least 50 percent malted wheat, and hop rates are quite low. Hop flavor and aroma are absent or p resent at very low levels. Weissbier is well attenuated and very highly carbonated and a medium to full bodied beer. The color is very pale to pale amber. Because yeast is present, the beer will have yeast flavor and a characteristically fuller mouthfeel and may be appropriately very cloudy. No diacetyl should be perceived.

The styles listed are based on the Brewers Association 2011 Style Guidelines published by Brewers Association with changes.