June 20, 2019

Hefeweizen: History and Characteristics

Hefeweizen Beer Recipe Kit

History of Hefeweizen

Originally crafted in Bavaria hundreds of years ago, the Hefeweizen recipe remains hugely popular to this day. Hefeweizen is unfiltered & brewed with top fermenting yeasts. This allows the yeast to remain in the beer & gives it a cloudy appearance. There is a specific set of procedures to follow in order to correctly serve a Hefeweizen. First, get a tall glass or ‘mit hefe.’ Then pour almost all of the beer into your container, swirl the remainder of the bottle(where the yeast tend to gather) to mix the sediment at the bottom, & then neatly crown your brew with the rest.

Characteristics of Hefeweizen

Hefeweizens are cloudy, delicate, & medium-bodied. Half of their construction comes from wheat, & the remainder is usually Pilsner malts -- although Munich or Vienna malts can also be used in small proportions. The traditional hefeweizen (or simply weizen) yeast strain brings classically cut notes of clove & banana to the brew. The hops utilized are often of the noble varieties & can exhibit a diversity of hop flavors. Never age this beer. They are best served fresh. A high level of carbonation is also ideal.

Beer Kit: Bavarian Hefeweizen

Ready to try your hand at crafting a legend? Our Bavarian Hefeweizen will smoothly march its proud heritage straight to your mouth. This cloudy beer carries a potent yeast profile that harmonizes well with an equally strong wheat malt character. It’s a brew that trumpets around with declarations of faint spices & esters that only enhance its appeal. Don’t break traditions, brew them!

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