South German-Style Weizenbock/Weissbock

Ale - Germany

Style Description

  • Alcohol by Volume: 6.9 - 9.3%
  • IBU: 15 - 35
  • Color:   4 -   18 SRM
  • Original Gravity: 1.066 - 1.080
  • Final Gravity: 1.016 - 1.028

This style can be either pale or dark (golden to dark brown in color) and has a high starting gravity and alcohol content. The malty sweetness of a Weizenbock is balanced with a clove -like phenolic and fruity-estery banana element to produce a well-rounded aroma and flavor. As is true with all German wheat beers, hop bitterness is low and carbonation is high. Hop flavor and aroma are absent. It has a medium to full body. If dark, a mild roast malt character should emerge in flavor and to a lesser degree in the aroma. If this is served with yeast the beer 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.