A Hefeweizen (“hay-fuh-veyt-sssenn”) is an umbrella term that encompasses a variety of styles. Germans often call this style a Weissbier while North Americans lean towards Hefeweizen. By either name, Hefeweizen Beer are a wheat and yeast mix that has an impressive history.
Brewed in the South of Germany, Hefeweizen Beer is a style of wheat beer that is customarily made with a least 50% wheat in combination with a yeast that gives it the unique and definitive flavor-style of a classic Weissbier. Cloves, bananas, spices and even notes of apple can be found on the palate and nose with an often sharp, dry edge to it. They have a moderate ABV range of 4.0 - 7.0% and not a lot of hop bitterness. Hefeweizens are unfiltered which results in a cloudy appearance and have a fairly long-lasting head. Oftentimes these beers are served with a lemon wedge to cut through the wheat or yeast sharpness, however, since this presentation was popularized by Americans, many still prefer ordering without the lemon.
Our Craft Beer Club is happy to have featured the classic, German-style brew from Church Street Brewing Company in Itasca, Illinois as one of our monthly Beer Club shipments. This excellent session beer would pair wonderfully with our featured recipe for Bratwurst with Apples, Onion and Sauerkraut!
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