Here at HonestBrew HQ we love sipping on a wheat beer but we have to admit that the ‘wheat beer’ is probably the most unappreciated category amongst our Honesty Box members. While it’s a style that can get an unfair rap – too sweet or too gassy for some – there is a lot more to discover about wheat beers. We thought it time to shine a light on the different variety of styles and flavours available.
Weizen Bier, Hefeweizen, Weizen bock (strong); kristallweizen (clear); weisse (white); and dunkel weisse (dark) are the most commonly known styles of wheat beer and have been produced predominantly by bavarian breweries in increasing quantities over the past few years.
Contrary to popular belief, the addition of wheat to a beer actually produces very little flavour and is primarily for producing texture and that billowing sail-like head. The distinctive banana and clove flavours that wheat beers are associated with comes from the use of carefully selected yeast (that once upon a time likely started out as a saison yeast).
For people who like dark beers, dunkels offer a characterful alternative to a porter and stout, while a saison drinker will draw similarities from Bavarian wheat beers. Here are three styles of wheat beers we dare you to try this year: