Wheat beers are inspired by the German weizen tradition, and they've been steadily gaining a following the past few years. The category is broad, allowing for a lot of nuance. As luck would have it, that provides plenty of excuses to drink new beers. Using wheat as an ingredient in the mash leads to a protein haze that gives wheat beers their characteristic cloudiness. The wheat/malt ratio and decision to filter or not generate a wide variety of wheat beer styles.
Typically, this beer is lighter, crisper and sometimes fruitier than other ales. Don't get scared of an unfiltered wheat beer though; it won't taste like a slice of bread. Wheat beer is served best at 45 or 50 degrees, and if you have the fortitude, enjoy it out of a flute instead of a pint glass.
What Are the Types of Wheat Ale?
There are tons of different wheat ales, ranging from classic German recipes to the American take on the traditional type. While both German and American options are as refreshing as a Super Soaker burst on a hot day, American versions of wheat ale are more hoppy, while German styles tend to have more dryness.
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