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|
This is a nice summer beer will a little bit of a citrus taste
This was my first time trying out home brew. The directions were easy to follow and the end result was great to drink! Highly recommend this kit.
Easy to make and great bold hef flavor with the grain addition .... might add some coriander or orange peel next time to see what happens !!!
This was my third homebrew attempt (the others being a Belgian white and a sour), but the directions were pretty clear and the product turned out great! Next time I'll use the provided oxygen-absorbing bottle caps, as my reusable flip-tops seem to be getting a little worn and the ones with the weaker seals turned out a little too cloudy and/or had too much debris floating in them. My wife does not traditionally enjoy Hefeweizens, but she LOVED these. My batch had strong citrus and hops flavors, which I love in a beer. The only part of the directions that were unclear were the "wait 1 to 2 weeks" language regarding the fermentation phase - I wish it was a little more precise. Once my bucket airlock stopped bubbling (after exactly 1 week), I figured it was good to move on to the bottling phase, but I wasn't 100% sure, which worried me. Once bottled, it said to wait another 1-2 weeks for the carbonation phase to complete. I tried a few after 1 week, but recommend waiting the full 2 weeks before consuming - the carbonation only got stronger the longer they remained bottled, so by the 4th/5th week when I was down to my last few bottles, they were perfect!
Great flavor, super fast brew, easy recipe/process. The only thing I'll change next time, which there definitely will be, is a few grams lighter on the called for priming sugar.