Weissbier

Includes styles: Weizenbier, Hefeweizen

Recipes:
14,822
BJCP 2021:
10A
Era:
Traditional
Origin:
🇪🇺 Central Europe
Fermentation:
Top
Color:
Pale
Strength:
Normal
Taste:
Malty

Profile

Weissbier, often known colloquially as Weizenbier or Hefeweizen, is a traditional German Wheat Beer that has roots dating back to the Bavarian region. This style is well-known for its significant proportion of wheat malt – typically at least 50% of the grain bill – which imparts a distinctive mouthfeel and flavor profile. Historically, Weissbier represents an old-world style that has experienced ebbs and flows in popularity but has remained a mainstay in German brewing tradition due to its refreshing quality and unique characteristics.

Weissbier boasts a pale straw to gold color with notable haziness due to the yeast content, as it is often unfiltered. This cloudiness is a hallmark of the style. A towering, fluffy white head is typical, showing good retention thanks to the protein-rich wheat used in brewing. In terms of aroma and flavor, Weissbier presents a signature combination of banana-like esters and clove-like phenols produced by the special ale yeast strains used in fermentation. These flavors are complemented by minimal hop character; hops play a very subdued role as this style focuses on yeast-driven complexities. On the palate, it offers a creamy texture balanced with a lively effervescent carbonation. The flavor follows through with what's promised in the aroma: fruity and spicy elements dominate with low to no bitterness present, finishing somewhat dry yet refreshing.

While Weissbier can be related to other wheat beers such as Belgian Witbier or American Wheat Beer due to shared ingredients (notably wheat), it distinguishes itself through its characteristic yeast profile and lower hop presence compared to these styles. As such, Weissbier remains distinctly German with its particular attributes enjoyed by many around the world who seek out its crisp yet complex personality.

Specifications

Alcohol

Specification
4.3 – 5.6 %

In Database
4.1 < 5.1 < 6.0 %

Bitterness

Specification
8 – 15 IBU

In Database
7 < 13 < 18 IBU

Color

Specification
4 – 12 EBC
2 – 6 SRM

In Database
5 < 8 < 14 EBC
3 < 4 < 7 SRM

Original Extract

Specification
10.9 – 13.0 °P
1.044 – 1.053 OG

In Database
10.2 < 12.5 < 14.9 °P
1.041 < 1.051 < 1.061 OG

Final Gravity

Specification
2.1 – 3.6 °P
1.008 – 1.014 FG

In Database
1.3 < 3.1 < 4.5 °P
1.005 < 1.012 < 1.018 FG

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