German Wheat Beer

BJCP 2021:


The German Wheat Beer category is a collection of styles known for their refreshing character and the significant use of wheat malt, which often comprises at least 50% of the grain bill. This category is characterized by the distinct flavors and aromas that result from the interplay between wheat malt and unique yeast strains. The hallmark of these styles is a combination of fruity and spicy notes, typically imparting banana and clove-like qualities, although this can vary depending on the specific style within the category.

Within this wide-ranging category, there are several distinct styles, including Weissbier, which is an unfiltered beer with a cloudy appearance due to yeast suspension; Dunkles Weissbier, which brings darker malts into the mix for added complexity; Weizenbock, a stronger and richer version with more pronounced malt characteristics. Each style offers a different experience but shares the common thread of wheat's smooth mouthfeel, along with high carbonation levels.

Distinct beer styles within this category:



In Database
4.1 < 5.2 < 8.1 %


In Database
8 < 14 < 27 IBU


In Database
5 < 8 < 45 EBC
3 < 4 < 23 SRM

Original Extract

In Database
10.2 < 12.7 < 19.4 °P
1.041 < 1.051 < 1.081 OG

Final Gravity

In Database
1.3 < 3.3 < 5.3 °P
1.005 < 1.013 < 1.021 FG

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