6.D - American Wheat or Rye Beer (BJCP 2008)


Description

Refreshing wheat or rye beers that can display more hop character and less yeast character than their German cousins. Different variations exist, from an easy-drinking fairly sweet beer to a dry, aggressively hopped beer with a strong wheat or rye flavor. Dark versions approximating dunkelweizens (with darker, richer malt flavors in addition to the color) should be entered in the Specialty Beer category. THE BREWER SHOULD SPECIFY IF RYE IS USED; IF NO DOMINANT GRAIN IS SPECIFIED, WHEAT WILL BE ASSUMED.


Profile

Aroma: Low to moderate grainy wheat or rye character. Some malty sweetness is acceptable. Esters can be moderate to none, although should reflect American yeast strains. The clove and banana aromas common to German hefeweizens are inappropriate. Hop aroma may be low to moderate, and can have either a citrusy American or a spicy or floral noble hop character. Slight crisp sharpness is optional. No diacetyl.
Appearance: Usually pale yellow to gold. Clarity may range from brilliant to hazy with yeast approximating the German hefeweizen style of beer. Big, long-lasting white head.
Flavor: Light to moderately strong grainy wheat or rye flavor, which can linger into the finish. Rye versions are richer and spicier than wheat. May have a moderate malty sweetness or finish quite dry. Low to moderate hop bitterness, which sometimes lasts into the finish. Low to moderate hop flavor (citrusy American or spicy/floral noble). Esters can be moderate to none, but should not take on a German Weizen character (banana). No clove phenols, although a light spiciness from wheat or rye is acceptable. May have a slightly crisp or sharp finish. No diacetyl.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light to medium body. Medium-high to high carbonation. May have a light alcohol warmth in stronger examples.


Ingredients

Clean American ale yeast, but also lager. up to 50+% wheat malt. American/noble hops. American Rye Beers can follow the same general guidelines, substituting rye for some or all of the wheat. Other base styles (e.g., IPA, stout) with a noticeable rye character should be entered in the Specialty Beer category (23).


Examples

Bell's Oberon, Harpoon UFO Hefeweizen, Three Floyds Gumballhead, Pyramid Hefe-Weizen, Widmer Hefeweizen, Sierra Nevada Unfiltered Wheat Beer, Anchor Summer Beer, Redhook Sunrye, Real Ale Full Moon Pale Rye


Ranges

Data Min. Max.
Original gravity 1.040 1.055
Final gravity 1.008 1.013
Bitterness 15.0 IBU 30.0 IBU
Color 5.9 EBC 11.8 EBC
Alcohol 4.00 ° 5.50 °


Recipes on Zython (10)

Mi'malodo
All grain- 6.D - American Wheat or Rye Beer
4.3% 43 IBU 55.0 l Abeerbol
03/05/2021
Mi'mojito
All grain- 6.D - American Wheat or Rye Beer
4.6% 39 IBU 55.0 l Abeerbol
17/04/2021
Beatnik!
All grain- 6.D - American Wheat or Rye Beer
4.6% 33 IBU 50.0 l Abeerbol
30/08/2020
Zest Me Tender
All grain- 6.D - American Wheat or Rye Beer
6.5% 7 IBU 24.0 l de_la_broue_dans_le_toupet
15/02/2020
test
All grain- 6.D - American Wheat or Rye Beer
5.1% 24 IBU 50.0 l h2op
30/01/2020
Wheat session IPA
All grain- 6.D - American Wheat or Rye Beer
4.3% 29 IBU 25.0 l laflotte
27/05/2019
Phu Quoc Shock v2
All grain- 6.D - American Wheat or Rye Beer
5.7% 27 IBU 26.0 l de_la_broue_dans_le_toupet
18/11/2018
Wheat session IPA au houblon de Boris
All grain- 6.D - American Wheat or Rye Beer
4.8% 35 IBU 25.0 l laflotte
18/09/2018
Phu Quoc Shock
All grain- 6.D - American Wheat or Rye Beer
5.7% 27 IBU 26.0 l de_la_broue_dans_le_toupet
17/02/2018
Hop Burst American Wheat
All grain- 6.D - American Wheat or Rye Beer
3.0% 0 IBU 18.9 l fender
11/02/2013


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