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One of the signature brews of Bavaria, Hefeweizen is a medium-bodied, effervescent ale practically exploding with yeast and wheat malt character — kind of like a liquid multigrain bread. Our hefeweizen beer kit is 100% traditional — cloudy, malty, and spicy, with a smooth mouthfeel and dense, whipped-cream head. Serve in a tall glass “mit hefe,” and swirl the bottle to make sure you get all the yeast!
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Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons Recipe and Instructions Click Here for Bavarian Hefeweizen Extract Kit Brewing Instructions Regional Style German/Czech/Continental Original Gravity 1049 Total Time to Make 4 weeks
4.6 / 5.0260 ReviewsGreat Hefe- DO NOT FOLLOW DIRECTIONS Exactly!OK, My third batch of this Heffe (a favorite) is in the primary with the Krausen just fallen (2 weeks). Darker than previous batches because I followed directions. Read the reviews. 1- use liquid yeast 2- keep below 68 for best bananna and clove (I keep 64-66) 3- Primary only for 3 weeks then to bottle/keg 4- DO NOT ADD 6lb of Wheat Syrup until 15 minutes. (I followed directions this batch and more like a Dunkelweisen). NB, great tasting beer in style, but please change the directions as SOOOOO many have suggested!!!October 22, 2011Wow!This is an amazing recipe and very simple. I followed other people's advice here for the correct color to add the extract at 15 minutes which seemed strange since that meant I was boiling 1 oz of hops for 45 minutes, then dumping in the extract (no grains in this recipe) for 15 minutes and that's it. I did it and after one week of vigorous fermentation I put it in bottles. A week later I opened one to see how it was and was blown away. My friends and I ended up putting a big dent in all the bottles that same day, 15 days after brewing. I am a huge fan of the German style hefeweizen (weihenstephaner, etc) rather than american wheats and this is the perfect recipe to get that banana/clove flavor. If this were in a store I would feel great picking this one every time.January 24, 2012Bananas, nuts, and cloves!Above all else: use the Wyeast 3068! It really makes the beer!For all you never-known-how-how-good-it-could-be dry yeast users, you don't even have to prepare a starter because the OG is so low. Goes for the gold; goes to the pate; go for Wyeast 3068!April 3, 2011Hands down the best beer I've made so farBrought this beer to my homebrew club meeting and it received rave reviews. I followed the directions to a T and it turned out like I hoped it would. Very similar to Hacker-Pschorr Weiss, which is what I was shooting for. If you've never used Wyeast 3068--beware! It creates a very active ferementation. I had to rig up an emergency blow off tube in the middle of the night since foam was coming through my airlock! With only 2 weeks of primary fermenation and 2 weeks of bottle conditioning, it has a nice turnaround time. I will definitly order this kit again!June 7, 2013Turned out greatThis batch was my first. The beer turned out great fermented fast, and tasted alot like Hofbrau Hefeweizen. I used danstar munich yeast, and the priming sugar that came with the kit. During the bottling stage i tasted my beer after 4 days, the carb was okay but the taste was great, I tried another at 5 days and the carb/taste was amazing, at the 6 and 7 day the beer started to lose its flavor and only a very small hint of banana could be noticed. Im not sure what I did wrong but I would not carb that long again. I am now on my second batch using the white labs wlp300 yeast and now my entire hallway smells like banana bread bread and fermentation is going nuts. Hopefully a one week carbonation will not dry out this next batch but I will test it once a day after 3 before throwing it in the fridge. Any tips on why my beer started to get lighter in taste when carbonating some tips are more than welcome.February 19, 2014Favorite beerMy favorite thing to do is drink a weizen on the streets of Germany. This recipe takes me across the pond without leaving my bar at home. It is a fantastic Bavarian Hefeweizen. Great banana and clove flavors from the yeast. Much more flavor than an American style wheat.November 24, 2013A Big Hit!Brewed this kit for my daughters wedding reception. Named it the "I Do Brew". Had people who normally don't drink beer try it just for fun....they loved it. Very subtle banana and clove notes with a nice spritzy finish. Even had guys ask if the could buy some from my next batch...that say's it all.September 15, 2014This stuff is bananasThis is my first attempt at beer, but I have made multiple meads and other types of homebrew. I wanted my own supply of hefe, as my beer palate develops, and this one was amazing.I followed the directions to the letter (the directions I got called for half the extract @ 60m, the other half at 15m). Fermented @ 63F for 16 days. SG 1.051 (I only have 5 gallon fermenters) FG 1.012. Smelled like ripe bananas in the entire room, quite plesant. Bottled @ day 16, 3 days straight of no gravity change. Cracked the first one 5 days later. I figured it'd be under carbed, huge bubbles ect, but it turned out quite nice.2 finger head that went away slowly, nice lacing on the glass. Very nice malty, banana, slight clove, bready flavors. Extremely nice. Some of my friends do AG, and I'd put this next to some of their beers any day. Next up is a wit, then an IPA down the road, but I will be back to brew another one of these guaranteed. Yeast used was liquid option.February 13, 2012El Jefeweisen!Ez brew kit. Put it in Primary and it kept waking up! Kept it there for about 1.5 weeks. Very active. In sexondary for 1.5 weeks to settle out. Tasted last night when I was bottling. Spot on sample of the style. Looking forward to poping the bottles in 2 weeks.November 30, 2015Exactly what I expected!This Hefeweizen came out exactly as I had hoped! As a second brew for me it made for an outstanding learning experience. The fermentation is very active and within a day or two I had decided that I would indeed repaint a wall in my house. This is a fantastic summertime beer! I shared it with a neighbor that replied "Damn, that's tasty!" It's not the strongest beer, so you may find your friends chasing quick shots of backyard shine with this one. I'll order it again. Now, if you order this kit make sure you have a big ole blow off hose in place... no, seriously do.March 13, 2016
Browse 10 questions Browse 10 questions and 29 answersWhat is the abv range ?BEST ANSWER: We've made it three times ranging between 4.59 and 4.96. I don't what the source of the variation is but the temperature may be the cause.What should the final gravity of this kit be once fermentation completes?BEST ANSWER: This has been one of my favorite beers thus far after tweaking the recipe & using White Labs WL300 yeast. I consistently get a final gravity of 1.012.I was planning on doing a full 5 gallon boil with this kit. Do I need to do anything different?BEST ANSWER: Nope, boil away. If you're going to try to hit 5 gallons at the end of the boil, though, you'll need to have over that when you start. Boil off rates do seem to vary quite a bit. (I saw anywhere from 5% to 14% in a very brief search on the topic), plus you don't want to add all of the trub from the bottom of the pot to your fermenter (I tend to lose 1/2 to 1 gallon there).
My advice, boil a gallon or 4 of water beforehand if you are worried about having sterile top-up water, let it chill in the fridge while you boil, see where you're at once you transfer to your fermenter, and top up to 5 gallons from there.
And if you need any help disposing of the results, let me know. I love this stuff.Should this kit use a yeast starter?BEST ANSWER: It's not necessary to use a yeast starter with this kit. I have made this beer with and without a starter and have not noticed any difference in the quality of beer. This is an excellent kit and is my friends favorite beers!Does this beer have a banana aftertaste? We are looking for a super traditional hefeqeizen that has that flavor. Thanks!BEST ANSWER: I was actually kind of disappointed in this kit. All the kits I bought from Northern Brewer were good but this one didn't resemble a Hefeweizen and I'm a huge Hefeweizen fan. After my first batch, I thought maybe I did something wrong so I bought enough ingredients to make three more batches and twick the recipe to try to get a good tasting hefeweizen. I twicked the second batch but it still turned out with the same taste. I have determined that the recommended dry yeast (Danster Munich wheat) is not the ideal yeast for this beer. I hear that White Labs WLP300 is a GREAT yeast for hefeweizen and gives the beer a good banana taste at almost any fermentation temperature. I'm actually brewing my third batch tonight substituting the dry yeast for the WLP300. I hope this does the trick. If you do decided to try this beer, please let me know your results and I would stay away from the dry yeast.what is the ibu?BEST ANSWER: its 4 to 5,could increase with some additions if your after higher ibuHow much priming sugar to use when bottling this kit?BEST ANSWER: Hi there, the best way to figure out how much priming sugar to use is to use our priming sugar calculator, which you can find here: http://www.northernbrewer.com/priming-sugar-calculator/
It's dependent on the temperature of your beer. Hope this helps! Cheers!I ordered this kit with the default dry yeast WB-06. I noticed others are recommending a different yeast. Should I hold off and get a different yeast before brewing?BEST ANSWER: I've made this kit with both dry and liquid yeast. Frankly, it was great both times. However, the liquid yeast had a stronger aroma than the the dry did. My friends and I have decided to stick with the liquid yeast from now on. Hope this helps!Hi there - When brewing this recipe, I mistakenly added all the syrup extract at 60 instead of half at 60 and half at 15. That got me to thinking, what exactly is the intention of splitting up the syrup additions like this? Thanks for answering my question!BEST ANSWER: Adding half the syrup at 15 minutes helps the kit turn out with a lighter color if doing a reduced volume boil (2.5-3 gallons). The beer should still turn out fine but it may be a bit darker than you had anticipated if you added it all at 60 minutes.Can I use Muntons Wheat LME and Regular Wheat DME for this recipe? I noticed that the percentages of wheat to barley was much closer together than in the kit you guys offer. (55% Wheat / 45% Barley, compared to 65% Wheat / 35% Barley for the LME)
Would I need to change up the recipe at all or should this be ok?BEST ANSWER: Hello,
Yes, you could use the Muntons DME instead of LME. You'd want to use less though, about 4.8lbs DME instead of 6lbs LME