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American-Style Wheat Wine Ale

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Location: North American
Category: Ale
BJCP Comparable Category: 22D - Wheatwine

Style Description

This is the description of how the American-Style Wheat Wine Ale style of beer should taste, feel and look. However, there may be perfectly fine beers in this style that fall outside of these ranges and descriptions. This information is just to show the most commonly accepted ranges for the American-Style Wheat Wine Ale beer style.

This style is brewed with at least 50% wheat malt.

  • Color: Gold to black
  • Body: Full
  • Malt Flavors & Aromas: Bread, wheat, honey and/or caramel malt aromas and flavors are often present. High residual malt sweetness should be present.
  • Hop Flavors & Aromas: Low to medium
  • IBUs/Bitterness: Medium to medium-high
  • Fermentation Characteristics: Fruity esters are often high and balanced by a complexity of alcohols and high alcohol content. Diacetyl is usually absent in these beers but may be present at very low levels. Phenolic yeast character, sulfur, and/or DMS should not be present. Oxidized, stale and aged attributes are not typical of this style.
  • Common Ingredients: Typically brewed with a combination of American two-row and American wheat. Style commonly uses 50% or more wheat malt. Any variety of hops may be used. May be oak-aged.
  • Commercial Examples: Rubicon Winter Wheat Wine, Two Brothers Bare Trees Weiss Wine, Smuttynose Wheat Wine, Portsmouth Wheat Wine

Brewing Properties of American-Style Wheat Wine Ale

These are the functional brewing properties of American-Style Wheat Wine Ale beers, as descided by the Brewers Association. These guidelines reflect, as accurately as possible, the historical significance, authenticity or a common profile in the current commercial beer market.

The alcohol by volume is shows the amount of alcohol this style of beer should have.
8.5 - 12.2%
The International Bittering Units (IBU) scale is used to approximately quantify the actual (not perceived) bitterness of beer.
45 - 85 IBUs
SRM is a scale for measuring the color intensity of a beer. Low SRM grains impart a pale straw color while higher values mean it will add a darker color to the wort. Learn more »
(10 EBC)
Original Gravity
Original Gravity (OG) is a measure of the sugar content in the wort before alcoholic fermentation has started to produce the beer.
1.088 - 1.120
Final Gravity
The Final Gravity (FG) is how much sugar is left over in the beer when fermentation is complete.
1.024 - 1.032

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Based on Brewers Association 2020 Beer Style Guidelines with changes. Used with permission of Brewers Association.