Bavarian Hefeweizen All-Grain Kit

SKU: U1254

A medium-bodied, effervescent ale practically exploding with yeast and wheat malt character – kind of like a liquid multigrain bread.

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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 kit is 100% traditional—cloudy, malty, and spicy, with a smooth mouthfeel and dense, whipped-cream head. Serve in a tall glass “mit hefe” - 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!
Regional Style German/Czech/Continental
Beer Style German Ales, Wheat Beers
Color Light
Original Gravity 1049
Total Time to Make 4 weeks

Customer Reviews

Must have done something wrong Review by Rob
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My results were in line with a few others here in terms of color and body- lighter than I expected. I didn't bother to measure the OG, tap water ph, or test for starch conversion so I don't have the data to see where I went wrong. I read that wheat malt is ph pickier than others- maybe that was it. Live and learn. That said, after 3 weeks in the keg, the flavor has really picked up and the alcohol is close to where it should be. I'll try this batch again before I fully judge. (Posted on 1/4/14)
Best beer I've brewed, will be a regular Review by Kyle
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I brewed this a few batches in to AG and it has been one of my best batches yet. Used the Weihenstephan yeast and fermented around 70, maybe as high as 72. Bit of a sulfur taste early on in the bottle, but after 3-4 weeks there was a nice banana flavor with a bit of clove and it is easily my favorite hefeweizens. Everyone at work loved it, will definitely be brewing again (Posted on 10/7/13)
Secondary Fermentation Advised Review by Peter
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First off, this was my first all-grain batch, 2nd ever home brewing, and first utilizing the BIAB method. The process went very well, with a slightly tortured fermentation due to severe temperature fluctuations thanks to summer heat waves and near-freezes, so I gave the primary a three week duration followed by a three week bottle conditioning.
However, there is a stupendous amount of yeast in the bottom of each bottle! I really wish I had done a secondary to help settle out even more yeasts, but other than that, with a bit of orange, the heffeweizen is a pretty darn good drop of beer. (Posted on 9/26/13)
A+ all the way Review by Darrell
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My favorite summer time beer.
Everyone that tries it loves it.
Brew it, you won't regret it. (Posted on 9/20/13)
Great Beer Review by Finley
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Fantastic beer, do a double decoction for some truly spectacular results. If you treat this beer with care and don't rush the fermentation it will reward you generously. This easily blows away the commerical examples that you will find at Total Wine or the grocery store. (Posted on 9/26/12)
Just OK Review by Jason
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I would put the color at 4 SRM, which is much lighter than the picture provided. The beer tastes fine, but has very little banana flavor. I will taste it again in a few weeks and see if I change my opinion. (Posted on 8/22/12)
Not great... but not terrible Review by opxus
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Much lighter than the photo provided. Not a whole lot of flavor, very light. Still MUCH better than a lot of the very popular commercial "wheat beers" on the market, you know the ones. Still a good beer, but not a great beer. Obviously this beer is much better as it warms up or if you just dont chill it too long in the fridge. I prefer drinking it straight from storage in my basement around 60-62 degrees. (Posted on 6/28/12)
Just in time for summer! Review by Mike Robroo
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Having spent 12 years in Germany (military), German weizenbiers have always been a favorite of mine, especially in summer. This was my third all grain beer and my first attempt at brew in a bag method. I especially wanted to use BIAB for the wheat to prevent stuck sparges that I have heard about with wheat. I boiled the brew for an extra hour before hopping because I came in a little low on the OG in the mash, maybe because of reduced efficiency using BIAB (although I did batch sparge the bag after mashing after toying around with the recipe in Beersmith software). When preparing my yeast starter (Wyeast 3068 Weihenstephan Wheat), I used gold DME and poured off the excess and tasted it. I was very impressed by the taste of the starter and realized that weizens get their distinct flavor from the yeast, not from the wheat as I had always thought. I drank up all the excess from the yeast starter! I poured my first finished beer today and it was great! Color and head is just like the picture on NB. Taste was citrusy, crisp, and refreshing. I would brew this again! (Posted on 6/25/12)
Wasn't my favorite Review by Matt
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Not sure if I messed something up because it was my second AG recipe and the multi-step rest could have been too advanced. Didn't get as much wheat flavor as I hoped and it was very light bodied. I'll give it a chance some other time. (Posted on 5/22/12)
not bad Review by Karl
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smells like butt is right but finished nicely (Posted on 4/15/12)
Too light Review by Commando Brewer
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No where near the color of the photo, SRM comes in around 3. Not much flavor. Brewed the all-grain version. Hit the gravity, temps, and volume and used Wyeast.

Will not make again... (Posted on 4/10/12)
Awesome Review by Cooper
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I just bottled this kit on 14 Jan 2012 after two weeks in the primary and the gravity sample tasted fantastic. It attenuated down to 1.008 from 1.050. I fermented it at 65 degrees and it had a nice balance of clove and banana from the 3068 yeast.

If you don't already treat your water, I would suggest adding half a tsp, or 2.3 grams calcium chloride to your strike water and 2% acid malt to your mash to help keep the pH down to 5.3-5.4 range.

The calcium helps with attenuation and the chloride adds mouthfeel and a slight bit sweetness that is very pleasant in a Hefe. Cheers! (Posted on 1/17/12)
High drinkability Review by Smells like butt, but tast good
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Good beer, any issues are probably my fault (except for the smell). Didn't hit my mash tempatures. Yeasty, cloudy and carbonated after a week 1/2. Get past the smell and you'll enjoy. Concerned that not all of my friends will understand/appreaciate the odor. Oh, well (Posted on 9/16/11)
Better with age. Review by Three Birds
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Very good beer. I rushed this one into serve a little quickly, but by the 1/2 half of the keg with was great. (Posted on 2/10/11)
great brew Review by jrodie
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This was the first AG I did and I did it BIAB style. Sat in primary for two weeks and bottles for one and it was already good to go. It turned out wonderful as good as the hef at haufbrauhaus in cincinnati. (Posted on 11/9/10)
Heff Kit Review by Powhatan Brew
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Well I ordered an extra pound of the Weyermann, and I ended up accidentally ordering the Danstar garbage... went to a local brew-house and picked up some White Labs Heff yeast and lemme tell you... so far its just like some weinstephaner.

Bottled today and had some non carbonated samples and it has all the clove and banana notes I'd expect. (Posted on 9/7/10)
Didn't like my yeast choice... Review by Brew Man
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I used the Danstar Munich and I believe that was my problem. It barely had any banana characteristics and no clove that I could pick out. I will try it again using the Wyeast and see if that makes a difference. It is drinkable but not a favorite by any means... (Posted on 7/20/10)

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