American Wheat Beer

Recipes:
10,161
BJCP 2021:
01D
Era:
Craft
Origin:
🇺🇸 United States
Fermentation:
Any
Color:
Pale
Strength:
Normal
Taste:
Balanced

Profile

American Wheat Beer is a refreshing, smooth wheat-based ale that blends the grainy, bread-like qualities of wheat malt with the clean fermentation profile of American ale yeast. This style often showcases a bright clarity unless intentionally hazy from suspended yeast or proteins. While influenced by German Weizenbier traditions, the key distinction is that American Wheat Beers are generally cleaner in fermentation character, lacking the banana and clove notes produced by German weizen ale yeasts.

Although sometimes fruit – most commonly citrus – is added for an additional flavor dimension, traditional American Wheat Beers typically derive their subtle complexities primarily from the wheat itself and occasionally from hops used for subtle aroma contributions like herbal or floral notes. As an easy-drinking crowd-pleaser, this beer usually maintains a well-balanced palate with no single ingredient overpowering another; it stands as a great entry point for those new to craft beer while still offering nuanced flavors for seasoned enthusiasts searching for a refreshing pint on a warm day. It relates closely to other light hybrid beers which emphasize fermentables beyond standard barley malt, but this style specifically highlights the crispness and light body yielded by wheat while being fermented with cleaner yeast strains compared to its spice-forward European relatives.

Specifications

Alcohol

Specification
4.0 – 5.5 %

In Database
3.9 < 5.1 < 6.0 %

Bitterness

Specification
15 – 30 IBU

In Database
10 < 22 < 35 IBU

Color

Specification
6 – 12 EBC
3 – 6 SRM

In Database
5 < 8 < 13 EBC
2 < 4 < 7 SRM

Original Extract

Specification
10.0 – 13.5 °P
1.040 – 1.055 OG

In Database
9.7 < 12.3 < 14.8 °P
1.039 < 1.050 < 1.061 OG

Final Gravity

Specification
2.1 – 3.3 °P
1.008 – 1.013 FG

In Database
1.5 < 3.1 < 4.4 °P
1.006 < 1.012 < 1.017 FG

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