Hank's Hefeweizen Extract Beer Recipe Kit
This recipe has been in our stable for nearly 20 years, and has proven to be one of our most popular wheat beer recipes. Originally created by a homebrewer named Hank, this delicious German style ale utilizes the famous Weihenstephan wheat yeast strain to produce the time-honored flavor profile of spicy clove phenolics and distinctive banana ester profile. Paired with American malts and hops, this recipe brings this Bavarian classic over the pond to spread the joy of hefeweizen for all to enjoy. Expect a hazy, deep golden ale with a firm and lasting white head and heaps of flavors consisting of soft, luscious wheat notes, medium-low bitterness and fermentation derived flavors ranging from spicy clove to ripe banana. Brew up a batch and keep the legend of Hank alive.
- Style: Hefeweizen
- Fermentation Range: 65-70F
- Original Gravity: 1.052
- SRM: 5
- IBUs: 16
- ABV: 5.1%
- Aroma: Moderate bready wheat malt aroma plays second fiddle to prominent clovey phenolics and fruity banana esters. No hop aroma.
- Appearance: Deep golden in color with a medium-high haziness. Bright white and lasting foam head.
- Flavor: Moderate, balanced flavors of banana and clove are the most noticeable, with plush, bready and slightly grainy wheat malt flavors in the background. Low hop bitterness balances any perceived malt sweetness. Finishes dry with no hop flavor.
- Mouthfeel: Medium-low body without any overly heavy character. Very smooth and soft on the palate with moderate creaminess and a velvety finish.
“Hefeweizen has long been a go-to style for beer enthusiasts due to it high drinkability and complex flavor profile. This particular recipe has been in our recipe hoard for nearly 20 years, and it does not disappoint. Melding classic German weizen yeast with American base malts and hops creates a rich flavor and smooth body that is perfect for anytime a complex yet easy sipping beer is desired.”
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|Total Time to Make||6 weeks|
|Beer Style||German Ale|
|Beer Recipe Kit Instructions||Click here for recipe kit instructions|
IDK where I went wrong, the ingredients were perfect but I think I took some short cuts and the Hef is not the best... totally my fault
So I was so excited about my first brew. Probably because I love beer and I’m retired. Picked Hank’s cause I like Belgium style wheat ale. Dude, everyone who tried this beer, to include me, loved my beer. Much love into my first brew, serious. I’m so nervous for my new brew. I want to carbonate in a keg, nitrogen or some shit. I love this...
We are beginning brewers, and this was our third batch. We chose the Wyeast, and made a starter with it. Directions were easy to follow. A couple weeks after bottling, it tasted good, light and fairly spicy. But at 1 month in the bottle, it REALLY improved! Much richer, more banana notes, and the spice mellowed a bit. A dramatic difference that we didn't expect. Wow!
I've brewed this beer twice now, once with dry yeast, and once with Wyeast 3068. The dry yeast produced a little more ester flavor, where the wet was a little more banana. Both turned out excellent with a creamy mouth feel, smooth draw, and great flavor. First batch turned out to be 8% ABV, second right at 5.2%. I did not secondary ferment either batch, but I like a haze in my brews. 45-50° is a good serving temp for all, I like it a touch warmer at around 55° or even room temperature (under 70°). I find the best flavor right around 60°.
I bought 3 extract kits that were on special and received them in a timely manner.
The kits were complete, all ingrecients were there.
I do not care for hop pellets, i was introduced to brewing using only freeze dried whole hops and actual fresh hops so there was a huge difference in flavor and aroma when I tried using the pellets that came with the kits.
The instructions were adequate for beginning level brewers. I possibly need to just put my own recipes with my preferred ingredients together from now on to achieve the brews that I expect,
So all and all just okay brews, nothing special or noteworthy about them.