Wheatwine

Recipes:
225
BJCP 2021:
22D
Era:
Craft
Origin:
North America
Fermentation:
Top
Color:
Amber
Strength:
Very High
Taste:
Balanced

Profile

Wheatwine is a strong, rich, and full-bodied ale that perhaps can best be described as a wheat-based counterpart to the more familiar American Barleywine. It is characterized by a significant proportion of wheat malt – typically 50% or more – which imparts a unique bready flavor and smoothness to the beer, making it distinctly different from other strong ale varieties. The history of Wheatwine is relatively modern compared to other styles, emerging on the American craft beer scene in the 1980s. Despite its name, Wheatwines have no connection to wine; the term "wine" is used due to their substantial alcohol content which approaches or exceeds levels commonly found in wines.

The appearance of a typical Wheatwine is usually light amber to golden brown, often with good clarity unless unfiltered. A moderate to thick creamy off-white head can be expected and should linger due to the high protein content from the wheat. In terms of flavor, they deliver a profound malty sweetness balanced by a mellow bitterness derived from hops – although they are not particularly hop-forward like some American-style Barleywines. They showcase hearty flavors such as bread dough from the wheat alongside complex alcohols and secondary tones reminiscent of fruits like plums, raisins, or figs. Hints of honey or treacle might be present due to oxidation during aging. Despite their powerfully warming alcohol presence – usually ranging unfortunately upper single digits or more typically into double-digit ABV figures – these beers retain a certain softness in mouthfeel thanks again to the abundant use of wheat.

Specifications

Alcohol

Specification
8.0 – 12.0 %

In Database
7.4 < 10.3 < 12.8 %

Bitterness

Specification
30 – 60 IBU

In Database
21 < 46 < 69 IBU

Color

Specification
12 – 28 EBC
6 – 14 SRM

In Database
9 < 19 < 30 EBC
5 < 9 < 15 SRM

Original Extract

Specification
19.2 – 27.8 °P
1.080 – 1.120 OG

In Database
17.4 < 23.3 < 29.1 °P
1.072 < 1.099 < 1.127 OG

Final Gravity

Specification
4.1 – 7.5 °P
1.016 – 1.030 FG

In Database
1.9 < 5.6 < 8.5 °P
1.007 < 1.022 < 1.034 FG

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