Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen

Wheat Ale or Hefeweizen
'Frankie Rock' Wheat Ale by Hourglass Brewing photo by Lola Rigdon

What is a Wheat Beer or Hefeweizen?

A wheat beer is a type of beer that is made with a significant proportion of wheat in the grain bill. Wheat beers are typically light in color and have a refreshing, crisp taste. They are often brewed with a combination of malted barley and malted wheat, and they may also include other grains such as oats or rye. Wheat beers are usually top-fermented, which means that the yeast used to ferment the wort (the sweet liquid extracted from the mashing process) rises to the top of the fermentation vessel during the fermentation process. This type of fermentation is typical for ales, as opposed to bottom-fermented lagers. Wheat beers are often unfiltered, which gives them a hazy appearance and a smooth, creamy texture. Some popular styles of wheat beer include hefeweizens, witbiers, and berliner weisses.

Some great food to pair with Wheat Beers or Hefeweizens are:

Salads: Wheat beer is a refreshing option to pair with a light salad, especially one that includes fruit or has a fruity dressing.

Grilled or roasted chicken: The mild, slightly sweet flavor of wheat beer can complement the savory flavors of grilled or roasted chicken.

Seafood: Wheat beer is a great choice to pair with seafood, as its light and refreshing flavor can help to balance out the richness of dishes like lobster, crab, or shrimp.

Spicy foods: Wheat beer can help to cool the heat of spicy foods, making it a great pairing for dishes like curry or Mexican food.

Pizza: Wheat beer’s slightly sweet and fruity flavor can be a great match for the savory and slightly acidic flavors of pizza.

Cheese: Wheat beer can be a great option to pair with a variety of cheeses, especially those with a mild or creamy flavor.

Fruit: Wheat beer’s slightly sweet and fruity flavor can be a great match for a variety of fresh fruit, making it a refreshing option for a summertime snack.


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